Marcos not a Hero but a Despot (via Red Lion Oratory)

Absolutely. I have followed the Marcos story for some years now. He is a hero alright, to other despots and to major crooks everywhere. Of course, thieves everywhere may just envy him for the incredible amounts of money he was able to steal.

I agree with the author that there is no way to measure what the Philippines would be like if the incredible wealth of the country had not been diverted into private fortunes for so many years.

James Pilant

Ferdinand Marcos is a despot exactly like Cambodia’s Pol Pot, Serbia Slodoban Milosovic, Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak, Libya’s Gaddafi and the reclusive Myanmar generals just to name a few. Any attempt to label him a hero by burying him in a place designated for heroes is sick. Marcos deprived the Filipinos of liberty and freedom. He operated a secret police, incarcerated his known opponents without charge, and tortured scores of contras calling them en … Read More

via Red Lion Oratory

Saudi bans domestic workers from Indonesia, Philippines (via Radio Netherlands Worldwide)

It appears the Saudi government is attempting to set a record for mindless greed.

This is incredible. Read this little piece –

Earlier this year the Philippines asked Saudi Arabia to guarantee higher pay for Filipina housemaids but the request was turned down.

The Philippines demanded $400 in monthly wages for for housemaids but Saudi authorities offered a base monthly salary of $210, Filipino labour official Carlos Cao had told AFP in Manila in May.

So, let me get this straight, one of the richest nations on earth is unwilling to pay its maids almost $2 an hour but is willing to pay less than one dollar an hour?  (This is assuming a forty hour week which I find totally implausible. I figure 12 – 16 hour days with no weekends off.)

I’m sure this is great publicity for one of America’s closest allies and apparent beneficiary of the neo-liberal school of economics – which is a basic philosophy of unregulated capitalism. Well, here it is, unregulated capitalism in all it glory. Here we have not just greed but sexual harassment and physical violence, not to mention the occasional execution.

Read the article, you’ll find it interesting.

James Pilant