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Slavery by poverty

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GLIMPSES By Jose Ma. Montelibano “Power concedes nothing without a demand, it never did and never will.” Few words can move me like these from Frederick Douglass, an African-American born a slave who became an abolitionist, orator, author and statesman. I wish someone would translate these same words into the regional languages of the Philippines. Technically, we have no slavery here as what America had. Read More …

BBL WILL DISPLACE 123,000 LUMADs IN ARMM

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By Bernie Lopez In an exclusive interview, Jimid Mansayagan, Chair of the Lumad Mindanaw Peoples Federation (LMPF), which has about 8-million members Mindanao-wide, expresses concern that the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) would result in the displacement of 3 Lumad groups numbering 123,000* within the ARMM. (* according to the Institute for Autonomy and Governance or IAG.) The LMPF plea is for the BBL to respect Read More …

The reign of the idiots

Health Acting Secretary Janet Garin and AFP Chief Gregorio Pio Catapang in Caballo island.

Making lifw worth living By Ellen Tordesillas Malaya I’m staggered by the justifications of Health Acting Secretary Janet Garin and Armed Forces Chief Malacañang of their visit to the quarantined peacekeepers in Caballo Island in Cavite which Malacañang approves. Garin and Catapang have drawn flak for what many see as violation of the idea of quarantine. The peacekeepers from Ebola-stricken Liberia are on 21-day quarantine, Read More …

Stupid is, as stupid does

Aquino meets Xi at the 2014 APEC in China.

By Ninez Cacho-Olivares The Daily Tribune With the deteriorated relations between China and the Philippines and with Noynoy continuing to court China’s utter displeasure by acting like America’s attack dog in Asia, the Noynoy government now seeks a dialog with China, and China has rejected the Philippines latest conciliatory move. Can’t say China can be blamed for rejecting the Philippines’ new “peace” stance, considering the Read More …

What’s next in South China Sea? 4 scenarios simulated

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By Camille Diola The Philippine Star MANILA, Philippines — More than 70 analysts from various countries held debates in a bid to simulate the future of the disputed South China Sea. In a statement earlier this week, consultancy firm Wikistrat examined “key factors” driving instability in the waters claimed by China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Taiwan to come up with “master narratives” or possible Read More …

Faulty translations misled Beijing’s sea claims (2)

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GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc The Philippine Star  (Continued from Wednesday) Beijing’s apparatchik brazenly lies. It invokes “abundant historical facts” to claim all the islands, reefs, rocks, and waters of the South China Sea. Yet it cannot show any detail. That’s because it relies only on say-so of a middling 1933 Inspection Committee for Land and Water Maps. That committee never visited the outermost edges of Read More …

The End of China’s Economic Miracle?

After four years in China, a reporter is pessimistic about its future. Imaginechina/Corbis

Debt and corruption are hobbling the Asian giant. By Bob Davis Wall Street Journal On a trip to China in 2009, I climbed to the top of a 13-story pagoda in the industrial hub of Changzhou, not far from Shanghai, and scanned the surroundings. Construction cranes stretched across the smoggy horizon, which looked yellow in the sun. My son Daniel, who was teaching English at Read More …

Mafia Hit Man Confesses to Killing President Kennedy

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By Jim Meyers Newsmax Mafia hit man James Files says in interviews first aired nationally on Newsmax TV Thursday night that he worked along with major mob figures and fired the shot that killed Kennedy from the grassy knoll at Dealey Plaza in Dallas. Friday, Nov. 22 marks the 51st anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s tragic assassination and Newsmax TV marked the occasion by Read More …