The Philippines: The Shark's Fin

"When the students look at the government, they are oppressed by the feeling that the nation's resources are going to waste, or worse, are being cornered by a few people. What they see is in large measure true."

Those surprisingly candid words appeared last week in a statement by Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos. They convey a sudden new respect for the student demonstrators who have marched and rioted in Manila's streets practically every week since late January. The determined student protesters have triggered the Philippines' worst political crisis since the island nation...

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