Nation contributor Walden Bello ran for vice president of the Philippines on May 9, 2022. He is currently International Adjunct Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York at Binghamton. He won the Right Livelihood Award (aka Alternative Nobel Prize) in 2003 and was named Outstanding Public Scholar by the International Studies Association in 2008. A long time human rights activist, he is the author or co-author of 25 books and numerous articles.
Alongside rising protests from farmers and workers, China now confronts a middle class anxious about a slowdown in growth and burned by the stock market bust. It’s a volatile brew.
In the Philippines, the grandson of a despised collaborator has endorsed the remilitarization of his country’s former occupiers—by the grandson of a war criminal, no less.