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Specter of the Red October: A Hauntology of Philippine State Propaganda under Rodrigo Duterte

IN 2018, MORE THAN a thousand Filipinos clutching placards and flags marched to Luneta Park on September 21, the day of commemoration of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos’s declaration of Martial Law. Weeks before the successful protest mobilization, rumors of a…

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The Origins of ISIS under Political Opportunity Structures

Introduction ISLAMIC STATE OF IRAQ and Syria (ISIS) did not emerge overnight like many other movements around the world. The group’s political claims, structure, sectarian motives and ideology knitted together to form the extremist group we know. To better understand…

Developing Islamic Materialism: Toward the Struggle of the Political Economy of Progressive Islam

11 AUGUST 2016, a couple of poor peasants named Suhartono and Sulistiorini were found dead in a paddy field of Butuh Village, Keras Subdistrict, Kediri. They both committed suicide by drinking poison due to the unbearable amount of debts. Both…

An Encounter with a Communist: Jose Maria Sison and the Filipino Revolutionary Spirit

The NDFP is the revolutionary united front organization of the Filipino people fighting for national freedom and for the democratic rights of the people. Established on 24 April 1973, the NDFP seeks to develop and coordinate all progressive classes, sectors…

Call for Submissions: On Populism, Imperialism, and Nationalism in Southeast Asia

Mouffe on For a Left Populism (2018) calls the rise of the far-right in Western Europe as a 'populist moment', the crisis of neo-liberalism's encroachment of liberal democracy since the Thatcherite Britain in the 80’s. The 'populist moment' is both…