Martial Law


“Haunted by Our Continuing Pain”: Martial Law Survivors React to Marcos Restoration

Michael Beltran

Survivors of martial law in the Philippines gathered in the wake of the restoration of the Marcos family to power. They fear a return of the worst abuses from the era.


Moving to Taiwan

Albert Wu & Michelle Kuo

Taiwan was becoming something. And I was getting left behind.


Martial Law Lifted in Philippine South, But Military Presence Persists

The Interpreter

The role of the military on the strife-torn Philippine island isn’t about to change – and will continue to ensnare legal activists.


Martial Law Set to End in Restive Philippine South as Violence Ebbs

Voice of America

Curfews and road checkpoints have dominated much of Mindanao, an island racked by rebel violence, for 31 months


The Duterte Doublespeak: Exploring the Philippine President’s Long List of Lies

Michael Beltran

From backpedaling on promises to resign to ceding ground against China, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is becoming known for playing fast and loose with the truth.


Exploring Taiwan’s Hundreds of Obscure Political Parties

If Lin

Founding a political party is far easier than dissolving one under current rules.


5 Signs the Philippines is Drifting Toward Dictatorship

Michael Beltran

Filipinos are accustomed to chaotic periods in politics, but the killings of several young boys by police brought tens of thousands of protesters onto the streets. As tension between Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and the public escalates, the threat of martial law and a repeat of the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos is all too real.


Pain Still Runs Deep as Taiwan Marks 30 Years Since Martial Law

Agence France-Presse

Official records state around 140,000 people were tried by military courts with as many as 8,000 executed during the 38-year crackdown. Many believe the actual numbers are higher.


Mindanao's Vanishing Chance for Peace

Jeroen Adam

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao not only has serious implications for human rights and democracy, but also risks shattering an already fragile pathway to peace on the island, Jeroen Adams writes.

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