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Hiding won’t eliminate poverty

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ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas While Pope Francis were calling on Catholics, especially the wealthy and powerful, to see the importance of solidarity with the poor and the needy during his five-day visit to the Philippines, the Aquino administration was busy insulating the Pope from the poor by hauling them from the streets where the revered visitor was scheduled to pass. The more Read More …

Reality beyond euphoria

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GLIMPSES By Jose Ma. Montelibano Many continue to have Pope Francis in mind. His words ring strongly still, and many quotations will be like guideposts to millions. Filipinos cannot stop talking and writing about a man who came, who saw, and who conquered our hearts. As I begin this article that will not be posted until several days from now, I had just seen the Read More …

8 leadership lessons from the extraordinary Pope Francis

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BULL MARKET, BULL SHEET By Wilson Lee Flores The Philippine Star  One need not be religious or a Catholic to discern and admire the remarkable leadership qualities of Pope Francis. Although the historic and successful visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines has ended, I recently came across a unique 2014 book published by the American Management Association entitled Lead With Humility: 12 Leadership Lessons Read More …

THEY DON’T GET IT

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By REY O. ARCILLA  MALAYA (Criticisms against Noynoy’s welcome remarks for Pope Francis.) President Noynoy Aquino’s apologists just don’t get it. Granted, Noynoy was just telling the truth when, in his welcome remarks for Pope Francis, he griped about the biases of some bishops during the Marcos and Arroyo regimes. But that wasn’t the point at all! The reason for all the criticisms leveled against Read More …

US: Maritime dispute an issue for all Asean members

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel gestures during a press conference with his Philippine counterpart on the fifth Philippines-United States Bilateral Strategic Dialogue in Manila, Philippines Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. Russel and a Philippine official said that their countries have separately urged Beijing to stop activities that ignite tensions and violate a 2002 accord designed to prevent armed conflicts over contested islands and reefs. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

By Pia Lee-Brago The Philippine Star  MANILA, Philippines – After calling China’s activities in the South China Sea “wholesale reclamation,” the US government said yesterday that Beijing’s behavior is a concern not just for the Philippines and the United States but all of Southeast Asia. “This is not an issue exclusively for the Philippines and the US but for all 10 ASEAN countries, to see Read More …

The Creator seen in our Planet

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Fr. Shay Cullen PREDA Foundation It struck at 3.35 AM last week, in the darkness of the night, a loud rattling grew in intensity as the roof tiles went off like castanets clacking and clicking rising to a crescendo as the building shook violently. It was another earthquake, a strong one, 5.9 on the Richter scale and I leapt from sleep and called on all Read More …

Atomic scientists: We’re 2 minutes closer to doomsday

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By Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists says Earth is now closer to human-caused doomsday than it has been in more than 30 years because of global warming and nuclear weaponry. But other experts say that’s way too gloomy. The advocacy group founded by the creators of the atomic bomb moved their famed “Doomsday Clock” ahead two minutes on Thursday. It Read More …

American Sniper ignites debate about hero status and glorifying the US war machine

Former US Navy SEAL Chris Kyle killed 160 people during four tours of Iraq. Picture: Paul Moseley / The Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Source: AP

 SOURCE: NEWS.COM.AU   WAS American Sniper Chris Kyle a hero or a villain? The former US Navy Seal’s war record — 160 confirmed kills including 19 kills in a 24-hour period — is the subject of the Hollywood blockbuster that has grossed more than $128 million at the US box office. But the movie has been labelled “pro-war” and has been compared to Nazi propaganda Read More …