A top rice importer last year, Indonesia's government is allocating more land to grow it and other food crops.
Employee cutbacks in the US force firms to shift overseas, creating as many as 600,000 new jobs for Filipinos.
Readers share their experiences with the Monitor's old pen-pal column.
Auditions (and just goofing around) on MySpace and YouTube vault amateur rockers into gigs with storied bands.
Corruption cases against Filipino President Arroyo haven't sparked another 'people power' revolt.
Tight supplies reflect population boom and neglect of farming.
Father Bruno Ciceri offers them shelter, helps them get jobs – and tries to lift the consciousness of a nation.