Duterte’s Response to the Coronavirus: ‘Shoot Them Dead’
The Philippines president’s order to kill quarantine violators amid coronavirus chaos tests democracy yet again in his country.
Coronavirus Lockdown Launches Manila Into Pandemonium
Duterte announced unprecedented measures, but nobody knows what they mean.
Duterte Terminates U.S. Defense Pact, Pleasing Trump but Few Others
Ending the Visiting Forces Agreement between the Philippines and the United States is a deeply unpopular move.
Filipinos Don’t Trust Duterte to Handle China
A maritime clash has left the public wondering why their president won’t stand up to Beijing.
Duterte Turns Death Squads on Political Activists
Government-backed vigilantes in the Philippines are targeting farmers and protesters.
Defenders of Human Rights Are Making a Comeback
With larger powers in retreat, small countries and civil society groups have stepped up—and they have won some significant victories.
Only the Law Can Stop Duterte’s Murderous War on Drugs
Local lawyers are fighting to hold the Philippine government accountable. To win, they need international human rights groups to give them more help.
How to Stand Up For Human Rights in the Age of Trump
Western democracies that were once reliable defenders of human rights have been consumed by a nativist backlash, leaving an open field for dictators and demagogues.
A Message From Philippine Sen. Leila de Lima
The 2017 Global Thinker hopes that the world will "keep watching the Philippines."
Is the Philippines the Next Caliphate?
ISIS is looking to regroup, and is setting its sights eastward.
Duterte’s Death Squads Were Born in America’s Cold War
The Philippines' new "war on drugs" is claiming thousands of lives. But the culture of vigilante violence started with anti-communism.
The Location of America’s Nuclear Submarines Isn’t Really a Secret
Donald Trump’s mistake wasn’t lack of discretion. It was being too clever by half.
Duterte Declares Martial Law, Moves Putin Meeting
Russian authorities were apparently understanding.
The Real Reason Trump Shouldn’t Meet With Duterte
U.S. presidents and Cabinet officials have met with worse than Duterte, but the Philippine leader is all but invigorating China's rise.
Trump Calls Duterte, Venezuela Protests, Belarus Cracks Down: The Weekend Behind, the Week Ahead
Catch up on the top headlines from the weekend, and learn what to watch in the days to come.
Extrajudicial Killings Prompt Suit Against Duterte at the International Criminal Court
The Filipino president may not get away with all those killings after all.
Philippines To Deploy Troops to Disputed Islands in South China Sea
Just what the dispute-riddled waterway needs is more troops claiming empty atolls.
How to Cover a President Who’s Literally Willing to Go to War With the Media
Lessons for the D.C. press corps from the front lines of Duterte's reign of terror.