Walden Bello is the author of many books and articles on US political, military and economic relations with Asia. A Foreign Policy In Focus columnist, he was, until recently, a member of the Philippine House of Representatives representing Akbayan (Citizens’ Action Party). He is currently senior research fellow at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies of Kyoto University.
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.
American fingerprints are all over a botched commando raid in the southern Philippines that left dozens dead and shocked the country.