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ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas The problem of trafficking of Filipinos in the United States came to the fore again last week when 25 teachers who were victimized by unscrupulous recruiters went to the Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C. to again air their grievance and seek the help of Ambassador Jose Cuisia Jr. for a resolution of their case. The ambassador assured them Read More …

No one cared enough

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GLIMPSES By Jose Ma. Montelibano I was so stunned by Senator Grace Poe giving a privileged speech about the hunger and malnutrition stalking 15 million children in the Philippines. Privileged speeches are nothing new. Nor is the hunger and malnutrition that the senator mentioned. What is new is that a senator mentioned it at all. The hungry might have just gotten lucky, for once. Everybody Read More …

Economics of War and Peace

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By Erick San Juan “Business as usual in unusual times” was the punch line and the theme of the business forum hosted by the Manila Times at the Dusit Hotel in Makati City the other day. The forum was a success with the former President Fidel Ramos as the main speaker. To name a few popular personalities like Rodger Baker, vice president for East Asia Read More …

Scarborough is Phl, antique maps show (2)

Engraved in stone in Fuchang in 1136AD during the Song Dynasty, this map of China entitled 'Hua Yi Tu' or 'Map or China and the Barbarian Countries' was published in the 1900s and is now in the Forest of Stone Steles Museum in Xi’an, China. It shows Hainan Island as the southernmost territory of China.

GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc The Philippine Star  (Continued from last week) Thirty-four maps of Asia and the Philippines, made over a span of 304 years, 1636-1940, show Scarborough Shoal as part of the archipelago. This debunks the claim of Beijing’s Communist rulers over the entire South China (West Philippine) Sea by virtue of “ancient historical facts.” Supreme Court Senior Justice Antonio T. Carpio dug up Read More …

Rising Eastern Empire: Shanghai Co-operation Organization as the new NATO?

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 Source: Standart News Moscow is forging three rising alliances which are about to shake the very basics of the current EU-US hegemony. The three upcoming giants you should watch out for are the Eurasian Economic Union/EEU/, Russia’s new „best friends forever” alliance with China based on the new Power of Siberia pipeline and their increasingly joint efforts to strengthen the Shanghai Co-operation Organization. Russian President Read More …

Vladimir Putin’s Eurasian Economic Union gets ready to take on the world

Ex Soviet state leaders Leaders of former Soviet states gather for a regional summit in Minsk, Belarus. Photograph: Sasha Mordovets/Getty

Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus at heart of post-Soviet trading bloc that aspires to commerce but not community By Benoît Vitkine The Guardian   Until the last moment Alexander Lukashenko, the president of Belarus, held out for 7 October, to coincide with Vladimir Putin’s birthday. But in the end the parliament in Minsk ratified the treaty on Eurasian Economic Union on 9 October, the day before Read More …

Autonomous swarm boats to defend U.S. Navy

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 Source: FutureTimeline.net The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has announced a technological breakthrough that allows unmanned surface vehicles (USV) to not only protect Navy ships, but also, for the first time, autonomously “swarm” offensively on hostile vessels. First-of-its-kind technology – demonstrated on the James River in Virginia – allows unmanned, self-guided vessels to overwhelm an adversary. This is achieved using a combination of sensors and software Read More …

The hero that Stockton forgot

Larry Itliong, arriving for a union meeting in the 1960s. RECORD FILE

By Michael Fitzgerald Record Columnist  A park, a school, a street — something in Stockton should be named for Larry Itliong, the forgotten Filipino leader. Itliong (1913-1977) had as much to do with the creation of the United Farm Workers as Cesar Chavez, about whom there was a movie earlier this year, and Delores Huerta, for whom a Stockton school is named. Both have been Read More …