Under the auspices of the International Committee DEFEND, Filipino political scientist and writer Professor Jose Maria Sison will launch his latest two books on Philippine and global issues at the ABC Treehouse, Voetboogstraat 11 in Amsterdam on May 15, Saturday, from 3 to 6pm.

The books, Crisis of Imperialism and People’s Resistance (Volume 3) and People’s Struggle Against Imperialist Plunder and Terror (Volume 4) are part of the four-volume series of the selected writings of Prof. Sison from 1991 to 2009.

The earlier volumes were launched year also in Amsterdam. Volume 1 is entitled For Justice, Socialism and Peace and Volume 2, For Democracy and Socialism Against Imperialist Globalization. These shall also be available for sale at the new launch.

Prof. Sison is the chief political consultant of the National Democratic Front Peace Panel in peace negotiations with the Manila government. He is also the chairperson of the International League of Peoples’ Struggles (ILPS), an anti-imperialist and democratic alliance of more than 300 organizations in more than 40 countries.

Prof. Sison will autograph the book copies sold and will have a commemorative photo with every book buyer. The four volumes have been published by Aklat ng Bayan, a progressive Philippine publisher, to celebrate Prof. Sison’s fifty years of patriotic service to the Filipino people.

The book launch comes in the wake of his legal victories, one involving the dropping of false charges against him by the Dutch prosecution service and the other requiring the removal of his name by the European Court of Justice from the terrorist blacklist of the European Union.

Prof. Dr. Mario A, Fumerton, a professor in conflict studies at the University of Utrecht, will give a brief review of Volume 3. Prof. Paoyu Ching, professor emeritus of economics at Marygrove College, will give a book review of Volume 4. Other distinguished guests will be present.

To enliven the book launch, a song in honor of Prof. Sison shall be sung by the music composer Jefrey Guiban. There shall also be a photo exhibit by the documentary photographers Viory Schellekens and Nwel Saturay, presenting candid still photos of Prof. Sison in the course of his daily life. — International Committee DEFEND

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