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Saturday, January 2, 2010
  • "A nationwide protest march to highlight President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s alleged string of heinous crimes against farmers will kick off in Mindanao on January 10 and end in Manila on January 22, in time for the 23rd anniversary of the Mendiola Massacre, a partylist lawmaker said on Saturday.

    Anakpawis partylist Representative Rafael Mariano said the nationwide farmers’ caravan was only an “opening salvo of sustained mass actions for this year leading to the end of the anti-peasant, corrupt, and fascist Arroyo administration.”"

  • "Cosatu in the North West on Thursday called for the dismissal of Sun International chief executive officer David Coutts-Trotter.

    "We call on comrade Valli Moosa, chairman of the board of Sun International, to instruct David to resolve the strike and thereafter he must go," provincial secretary Solly Phetoe told about 2000 SA Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers Union (Saccawu) members in Sun City.

    He said Coutts-Trotter displayed arrogance by going on holiday while workers were on strike.""

  • "Clearly, the Orientalist Riff and the equally-orientalist “proto-cliché” originated from historical, anti-Asian sentiment in white-majority countries. Yet even today, the “proto-cliché” (or the riff itself) is being perpetuated in television and film, as if the rhythmic pattern is a natural representation of Asian culture instead of the obvious manifestation of white racism that it is. For example, in Karl Lagerfeld’s Paris-Shanghai: A Fantasy (2009), which debuted just this month (December), the “proto-cliché” appears in the second video (part 2) at about 6:06."
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