Posted on August 22, 2005 - 11:20am :: ISD-Philippines | Culture
By Katherine Adraneda
August 22, 2005 | The Philippine Star

TF! Editorial Comment: The death of Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr. inspired and galvanized the opposition to the Dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos and led to the first "people power revolution"--an attempt to restore authentic democracy in the country. On his death anniversary, August 21, PAG-ASA, a spiritual-cultural movement held a prayer rally and cultural event yesterday at the People Power Monument and called for the resignation of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and the renewal of Philippine democracy as described in the article below, which appeared on the front page of the Philippine Star.

A group claiming to represent the "silent majority" scored the mass apathy of Filipinos at a prayer rally held at the People Power Monument on EDSA in Quezon City yesterday.
Posted on August 21, 2005 - 10:04am :: Contributors
Panjee Tapales Lopez
August 21, 2005

Last week, I began my column with a personal memory of the days that followed Ninoy Aquino's death. Today we mark its 22nd anniversary. This afternoon, many of us will converge at the People Power Monument to celebrate hope and inspire those still mired in apathy to wake up and be heard. "Ipagdiwang Liwanag ng Pag-Asa" will happen this afternoon. It will be a few hours of artistic performances, interfaith prayer, reflections, and sharing for a better Philippines.

A text I received last week implored me not to mislead people by saying we are celebrating Ninoy's death anniversary when all we want is GMA's resignation. How can you mislead anyone when you are calling for an authentic restoration of truth? I had to remind this reader that one of the first to ask for GMA's resignation was Cory Aquino, Ninoy's widow. Yes, we are calling for GMA's resignation but it is part of a deeper and higher call for truth and integrity not just in government, but in every institution and individual, ourselves included. It is not a call for disunity. It is a call for unity through the path of cleansing, truth-telling and truth-living-- the only way we can defend and renew our democracy.
Posted on August 20, 2005 - 5:47pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Economics
Jurriaan Kamp
September, 2005 | Ode Magazine, Issue: 26

TF! Editorial Comment: Money is a pervasive aspect of daily life. It intervenes in most social interactions and in many cases, has become a source of social pathology – how it's accumulated, distributed and managed. But what is money, really? Some communities are already experimenting with alternative currency systems or Local Exchange Trading Systems (LETS). As discussed in the article below, most people have little real understanding of what money actually is. Greater understanding coupled with changes in the way we think about and work with money could be the basis for positive social change, and indeed, might change the world.
Posted on August 20, 2005 - 5:35pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Culture
Jay Walljasper
September 2005 | Ode Magazine, Issue: 26

TF! Editorial Comment: Utility, functionality, efficiency and price are often the enemies of aesthetics. But human beings and especially children need to be surrounded by and exposed to beauty, for beauty nurtures the human spirit. As discussed in the article below, beauty is often in short supply in our surroundings, but it makes a big difference in people's lives and outlook--even perhaps, influencing crime rates.
Posted on August 20, 2005 - 5:14pm :: ISD-Societal Change | Individual
John Malkin
September 2005 | Ode Magazine, Issue: 26

TF! Editorial Comment: According to the Arts and Humanities Citation Index, between 1980 and 1992 Noam Chomsky was cited as a source more often than any living scholar, and the eighth most cited source overall. His critical views on foreign policy and the struggle for human rights and economic justice continue to inform contemporary discourse. In the interview below, Noam Chomsky offers a wide-ranging treatise on empowerment. He touches on democracy, globalization, popular movements, media and autonomy—-ways of bringing power to the people.
Posted on August 20, 2005 - 5:12pm :: Good News | ISD-World Affairs | Economics
by Dan Kent and Dan Imhoff
August 16, 2005 | TidePool

TF! Editorial Comment: Sustainable agriculture is a holistic term that incorporates seven dimensions of sustainability that move far beyond conventional notions of organic farming. Recognizing the "embeddedness" of farm ecosystems in the wider ecological landscape is part of this broader conception. In the article below, there is growing recognition of the benefits of small organic farms for biodiversity conservation. It is a view that promotes every farm as an opportunity for habitat improvement or conservation, moving beyond traditional conceptions of organic.
Posted on August 20, 2005 - 5:11pm :: Good News | ISD-World Affairs | Nature
By The Associated Press
August 14, 2005 | Canton Repository, USA

TF! Editorial Comment: Most, if not all cities, have massive ecological footprints that depict the amount of land appropriated to support the resource use patterns in dense urban environments. In the article below, growing environmental sensitivity (as well as energy costs) is creating new opportunities in some cities for saving energy, cutting waste and addressing questions of sustainability. It's a small beginning which may help bring more systemic thinking to urban development challenges.
Posted on August 20, 2005 - 5:10pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Economics
August 8, 2005 | All Africa

TF! Editorial Comment: Microfinance is increasingly being hailed as a solution to poverty. A recent article raised questions about viewing microfinance as a simple solution to a complex problem like poverty. As discussed in the article below, microfinance initiatives are embedded in a larger context where various non-monetary aspects help build social capital and facilitate the development process.
Posted on August 20, 2005 - 5:09pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Society
By Walden Bello*
August 05, 2005 | Cyberdyaryo, Philippines

TF! Editorial Comment: There are more than 15 armed conflicts across the world today impacting children, communities, nation-states in cycles of violence and instability. Against this backdrop, the global peace movement, including efforts like the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict, is working to highlight and address the underlying and interrelated causes of conflict as a path to ultimately preventing violent conflict. In the article below, Walden Bello surveys the global and local trends and countertrends shaping the struggle for development, justice and peace.