"The Great Book Blockade of 2009" is over
Submitted by Anonymous Patron (not verified) on May 25, 2009 - 12:11pm
It all started with Robin Hemley's "<a href="http://www.mcsweeneys.net/links/manila/1dispatch6.html">The Great Book Blockade of 2009,</a>" which laid bare the plan to start taxing books imported into the Philippines, contrary to the Florence Agreement, because a customs undersecretary decided that she was the only one in more than fifty years who could interpret the Agreement correctly. There's more in my post on "<a href="http://filipinolibrarian.blogspot.com/2009/05/libraries-and-great-book-blockade-of.html">Libraries and 'The Great Book Blockade of 2009'</a>," but all's well that ends well because today it was reported that "<a href="http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=471074&publicationSubCategoryId=63">Taxes on book imports lifted</a>." Finally, here's the summary of events and reflection that Hemley wrote for the <i>Far Eastern Economic Review</i> on the role he played in all of this: "<a href="http://www.feer.com/authors-corner/2009/may56/Notes-from-a-Blockade-Runner">Notes from a Blockade Runner</a>."