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Philippine Election Violence, New Honduran President, and I Heart Hamas

New America Now, Audio, Posted: Dec 04, 2009


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    A California Filipino-American media group organized a memorial to honor 31 slain Filipino journalists who were among the 58 civilians murdered in a politically-motivated massacre on Nov. 23 in Maguindanao province in southern Philippines. The Committee to Protect Journalists says this appears to be the single deadliest attack on the press since 1992. The journalists were part of a convoy of more than 60 people which included the wife and female relatives of Vice-Mayor Ismael Mangudadatu. They planned to file his official candidacy on his behalf for governor of the province, and the journalists wanted to cover the event. Esther Chavez of news site Inquirer.net explains why Mangudadatu decided to send his supporters in his place.

    The main suspects for these murders are members of the political clan, the Ampatuans. Their patriarch is the current governor. His son, Andal Ampatuan Jr., planned to contest Ismael Mangudadatus bid for governor. Ampatuan, Jr. was arrested and is being held by Manilas National Bureau of Investigation.

    This comes as no surprise to Rene Ciria-Cruz, a Filipino-American journalist based in San Francisco, who has long covered Philippine affairs. He believes these murders are emblematic of traditional electoral politics there.


    Sandip Roy talks to:

    In a tense election marred by the military overthrow of Manuel Zelaya, Porfirio Lobo has been elected President of Honduras. New America Media's Marcelo Ballve discusses the recent developments.


    Historian Patricia Sullivan chronicles the early days of activism, struggle and bravery for the NAACP in her new book, Lift Every Voice: The NAACP and the Making of the Civil Rights Movement


    I Heart Hamas: And Other Things I'm Afraid to Tell You is the provocative title of a play by a first generation Palestinian. This one woman show playing in San Francisco explores the many identities of Jennifer Jajeh. Additional performance have been added, Feb 11-13, at the Off Market Theater in SF.


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