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FAQs ABOUT DUTERTE (Thread): Why is Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte so popular? #HRC41
Many reasons. He depicts self as an ordinary Filipino politician, one who is approachable, who understands how a common person supposedly thinks or acts. Folksy, uses offensive language.
(2) But Duterte's popularity grows out of a widespread disenchantment and disappointment among Filipinos toward their political leaders who are perceived as generally corrupt and a political culture that is seen as driven mainly by patronage politics that is dynastic and elitist.
(3) Philippine political culture has not changed since Marcos, who -- through corruption -- damaged it in ways that ensured the perpetuation of patronage and crony politics. Marcos destroyed our democratic institutions and govts after him never quite succeeded in fixing them.
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One of my favorite part of working at UN Geneva offices as part of my sabbatical is seeing democracy in action: protests and demonstrations outside the gates. This morning it was a vocal & desperate group of #Uighur . 1/
I think they are demonstrating at the occasion of the #HRC41 meeting. The Chinese repression of the Muslim minority #Uighur is vast and horrific, yet many colleagues & countries still treat China as a normal collaboration and trading partner. 2/
None of this is ok. I criticize my home countries (USA, UK & Switzerland) for the harm they do, I won't be silent on China or anywhere else.
It was touching witnessing the dedication and courage of these protestors, standing up to one of the most powerful governments on Earth.4/
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1 to 20. Assange a true HERO. The Siege & Injustice with Julian Assange
By @khrafnsson
Émile Zola changed public perception in the Dreyfus Affair w J´Accuse..!This ExcellentWriting is the equivalent for Assange.Zola may have helped the release of Dreyfus from DevilsIsland. I hope this 1will help secure Assange doesn’t go there…
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