A friend, who like me shall remain anonymous throughout the existence of this blog, once called me a “people’s war correspondent.” Not a war correspondent or reporter — a “people’s war correspondent. A term, of course, that came from what is billed to be the kind of war being waged in the Philippines and elsewhere. (In Maoist terms, a “people’s war” is a war waged by mass-based revolutionary movements, usually for national liberation, from foreign domination and colonialism or from class-based oppression.) Having written a number of stories on the revolutionary war in the Philippines, my friend meant it as a compliment. Of course, as a journalist based in one of the major urban areas in the Philippines — this urban area shall remain unnamed at the moment — such a title does not in any way endear me to the military establishment, nor even to colleagues in the so-called mainstream media. But this is a title I have come to embrace. I am a people’s war correspondent. There is a people’s war going on in the Philippines, a raging, violent and in many ways necessary struggle between (mainly) two opposing forces — and it is the biggest story of all.
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But this blog is not about my stories in the front-lines. This blog is partly about my being a reporter writing about the people’s war, but it is more about how mainstream (global corporate) media covers the subject of my reportage. This blog shall become my public repository of magazine and newspaper stories, film clips, etc. about the many revolutionary movements and struggles throughout the world. In a way, this space shall present how mainstream media has come to view radical, often violent, transformation in many parts of the world. It goes without saying that this is a view through the prism of class bias. So in presenting this view, I plan to insert a few commentaries on the stories.
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The posts are for activists and other people interested in how radical social transformation is viewed by the mainstream media that has become so influential to public opinion and attitude.