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Many of his colleagues have had to flee the country for their safety. He has chosen to carry on this work inside Rwanda, but the threat of arrest, prosecution, and imprisonment hangs over him every day. Although Human Rights Watch has spent close to 20 years working on Rwanda—before, during, and after the devastating genocide—the Rwandan government has just denied a work visa to our representative in Kigali.

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However, these achievements have not been matched by parallel advances in civil and political rights. Freedom of expression, freedom of association, and freedom of assembly have been routinely curtailed. But the repression has intensified in recent months, casting doubt over whether Rwandans will be able to exercise their right to vote in the upcoming elections in a free and fair way. The Rwandan Constitution sets forth the basic tenets of democracy and provides for a multiparty system.

But in practice, the right to assemble and to vote freely has been restricted as a pre-election chill affects members of political parties, journalists, and the human rights community. Arillo blames the poverty of the Philippines partly on the agenda of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, which is dominated by neo-classicists. Others have said this and I had long been skeptical of it.

Another thing is that I can more appreciate Renato Constantino after earlier branding him as a leftist, as he is oft-quoted by Arillo on the Marcos aftermath. The real surprise to me in this book was Arillo seemingly adhering to the beliefs of nationalist economist Alejandro Lichauco, who espouses protectionism and rejects economic liberalization.

This came as a sort of blow to someone who supports economic liberalization as I do.

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But then I saw that he wanted the Philippines to become a highly industrialized country, which sits well with me. Lichauco also sees problems with the Constitution. He agrees that Article XII is problematic, but more because of its self-contradictory nature. Of note is Sec.

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This is contradictory since raising crops does not create factories. This is said to be the main reason the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines supported the Aquinos.

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Arillo also finds it strange that while the Vatican rejects the policies of free trade, the CBCP does not. Arillo also calls the Catholic Church the "world's oldest surviving transnational corporation.

While one may shake their heads in disbelief after reading it, much of the information seems reliable. But Arillo brings it all together, and gives the whole story in one book.

While Arillo, may be seen as a Marcos apologist, the information he gives in the book deserves a long look.