The Philippines: To Be Watched

The black-bearded, Oriental-eyed effigy ablaze before the U.S. embassy in Manila looked more like Charlie Chan than Uncle Sam. But no one could mistake the mood of the 5,000 torch-bearing students, trade unionists and agitators swarming before the embassy gates. Their placards read "Stop fooling us, Yankee dogs!" and "Go home, white monkeys!" The mob shouted not only for immediate removal of all U.S. military bases but also for things clearly beyond U.S. control, including an increase in the minimum wage (currently $1 a day for industrial workers). Then a soft rain began to fall, and the demonstrators, mindful...

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