Mong Palatino

blogging about the philippine left and southeast asian politics since 2004

About

@mongster is a manila-based activist, former philippine legislator, and blogger/analyst of asia-pacific affairs.

Published by Bulatlat In 1917, Russian communist leader Vladimir Lenin published “Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism,” which provided the working class with a theoretical tool to understand the capitalist crisis, the great war in Europe, and socialism as a feasible alternative. Since then, the book has become a standard Marxist reference in analyzing the […]

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Published by Manila Today *Remarks during the June 2017 United National AntiWar Coalition assembly in Richmond, Virginia Magandang umaga sa inyong lahat. Good morning everyone. Mabuhay! Or should I say good evening because it’s already past 10 p.m. in the Philippines? I’d like to share two narratives: first, the narrative of colonialism and/or neocolonialism; and […]

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Several governments and political parties in Southeast Asia have raised the issue of foreign intervention this year. In Malaysia, the police are probing some non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for receiving funds from a foundation owned by American businessman George Soros allegedly in order to topple the ruling party which has been in power since the 1950s. […]

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Publishied by Bulatlat Outsourcing may be a popular business innovation but when applied to politics it becomes an atrocious aberration. Political participation is reduced into voting since we expect mainstream parties to oversee and dominate the bureaucratic political processes. Meanwhile, more and more people are shunning political association as they opt for the convenience provided […]

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Anti-Americanism, anyone?

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

Written for Bulatlat I believe in America. This is the famous opening line of the Hollywood film The Godfather. Incidentally, I share the same sentiment and I’d like to believe that most of my activist friends have a similar high regard for what America stands for. So why are we called anti-Americans? First, America should […]

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