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Philippines: Island Under Siege
FRONTLINE/World and PRI World correspondent Orlando de Guzman, a Filipino reporter from the country’s north, traveled to Mindanao in 2003, to witness and speak with Muslim rebels fighting a guerrilla war against the Philippine government.

The Philippines: Stop the Killings
Correspondent Carlos H. Conde writes a dispatch on the rise of political killings in the Philippines, where one human rights group estimated that nearly 800 political activists, human rights advocates, peasant leaders, farmers and church workers have been murdered execution-style since President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo came to power in 2001.

Philippines: The Black Stain of Oil
FRONTLINE/World reporter Jason Margolis goes to the Philippines to investigate what was called the worst environmental disaster in the country’s history, the 2006 sinking of an oil tanker off of the breathtakingly beautiful coast of the island of Guimaras -- a story that barely caused a ripple in U.S. mainstream media.

Thailand: Women for Peace
Since 2004, more than 2,000 people have been killed in southern Thailand, where Muslim insurgents have been fighting for a separate state. Correspondent Aaron Goodman reports on a group of women offering solace to both Buddhists and Muslims caught in the violence.

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Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting: Ryan Anson Mindanao Project Site
The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting awarded Ryan Anson a travel grant that made much of his photographic work in the Philippines possible. His project homepage on the center’s website features more images from his trip, an extended bio and related information, as well as a link to his dispatches from the field.

Ryan Anson Homepage
Photographer Ryan Anson’s personal website includes a portfolio of his work from around the world, including links to his published images and other multimedia work.

Council on Foreign Relations: Abu Sayyaf Background
The Council on Foreign Relations report offers a brief background on the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf, where and how it operates, and the status of its leadership.

Human Rights Watch: Philippines – Extremist Groups Target Civilians
A 28-page Human Rights Watch report called “Lives Destroyed: Attacks on Civilians in the Philippines,” contains personal accounts of the numerous attacks by violent Islamist groups since 2000. The Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and the Rajah Solaiman Movement (RSM), based in the southern Philippines, are implicated in or have claimed responsibility for many of the attacks.

Further Reading

SFGate.com: Philippines War on Terror Not as Fierce
For The San Francisco Chronicle, Ryan Anson reports on the U.S. military presence in the Philippines, where U.S. troops are training Filipino soldiers to fight al Qaeda-linked terrorists who have made the area a hotbed of extremism over the past decade. The Americans’ relationship to Muslim Filipinos in the region is complicated, as resentment of the U.S. government’s involvement continues to grow.

SFGate.com: Trying to Keep It All in the Family Dynasty
For The San Francisco Chronicle, Ryan Anson reports on the ascendance of Philippines’ congressman-elect Wahab Akbar and his two wives, Jum and Cherrylyn, to positions of power in the province of Basilan, essentially creating a dynasty. Basilan, which is home to three secessionist groups, has experienced dozens of kidnappings and bombings during the past decade.

CNN.com: Terror in the Philippines
This CNN special report from 2001 examined the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf and their extremist efforts at creating an independent Islamic state in the southern Philippines, as well as the efforts of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to stop them.

Smithsonian Magazine: Waging Peace in the Philippines
Eliza Griswold writes about the innovative tactics U.S. forces are using in fighting the war on terror in the Philippines, including working with aid agencies and the Philippine forces to curtail terrorist recruitment by building roads and providing other services in impoverished rural communities.