Tag Archives: human rights

New op-ed on Duterte in The Conversation

10 Jan

I have an op-ed entitled ‘Duterte: Philippines’ brutal president must be condemned, but the West is guilty of double standards’ in The Conversation. The comments section has become a bit heated, as comments sections tend to. (Illustration on this post by the highly talented Louis Netter).

Not since the grim Marcos era have Western commentators been so interested in the Philippines. Their focus is the country’s brutal and boorish president, Rodrigo Duterte, whose gruesome anti-drug campaign – death toll: 20,000+ so far – should be condemned by any rational, humane person.

But some of these Western critics ignore or understate the role of Western policy in helping to create the conditions that birthed “Dutertismo”. They have also simplified Duterte’s erratic policy gestures and not held the Western powers to the same moral standards they expect of his regime.

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New story on the Rasta Village in New Statesman

27 Jan

This Thursday’s New Statesman will feature my report on the struggle of Rastafarians in Abidjan, Ivory Coast to reclaim the land that was cruelly seized from them by a wealthy real estate developer in cahoots with repressive state forces. Photos by the redoubtable Alexander Sebley.

(Photograph by Alexander Sebley)