Geopolitics

PerryScope By Perry Diaz One of the most quoted maxims in politics is: “There are no permanent friends, no permanent enemies, only permanent interests.” But regardless of whether you’re dealing with a friend or an enemy, the one that could earn dividends is the mantra: “Don’t burn your bridges because you’ll never know when you would need them.” American presidents since the beginning of the Read More …

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By Erick San Juan Is war between the US and China imminent as what Steve Bannon, who is President Donald Trump’s chief political strategist said last March? According to Steve Bannon the United States will go to war with China in “five to 10 years” over the South China Sea dispute. The said comments resurfaced at a time when Washington and Beijing’s relations have soured Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte made a big splash in the international scene by declaring that he was pursuing an “independent” foreign policy. Then he declared his “separation” from the U.S.; threatened to terminate military treaties with the U.S. and proposed defense alliance with China and Russia. The world leaders did not bat an eye. But when his campaign against drug lords Read More …

U.S. President Donald Trump signs an executive order on U.S. withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership while flanked by Vice President Mike Pence (L) and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus (R) in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington January 23, 2017.   REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

By David Brunnstrom and Matt Spetalnick | WASHINGTON REUTERS The new U.S. administration of President Donald Trump vowed on Monday that the United States would prevent China from taking over territory in international waters in the South China Sea, something Chinese state media has warned would require Washington to “wage war.” The comments at a briefing from White House spokesman Sean Spicer signaled a sharp Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s official visit to the Philippines on January 12-13, 2017, came at a crucial moment in Philippine Rodrigo Duterte’s quest for a place on the table of world politics. Last November, Duterte declared his “separation” from the U.S. in front of his Chinese hosts in Beijing. Then a week later, on his way to Lima, Peru to Read More …

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By Erick San Juan The following are the words of President Rodrigo Duterte before a gathering of envoys at the New Year Vin D’Honneur at Malacañang. “In a world that recognizes our interconnectedness and respect each others’ sovereign independence, the horizons and frontiers of cooperation are virtually limitless. Friendship, after all, knows no bound.” “We value partners as we seek to strengthen existing friendships even Read More …

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By Rey O. Arcilla Malaya WHO could blame President Rodrigo Roa Duterte aka Digong for his strident remarks against the outgoing Obama administration in Washington? US State Department spokesperson Mark Toner confirmed last week that criticisms and actions taken by Washington against the Duterte administration on its war against illegal drugs were merely based on unconfirmed allegations! Below is a reprint of excerpts from Toner’s Read More …

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Source: RT.COM Should Donald Trump break the “one-China” policy after taking office, the Chinese people will call on the government to “take revenge,” Beijing’s unofficial mouthpiece warned shortly after Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen made a stopover in Houston. “Trump is yet to be inaugurated, and there is no need for Beijing to sacrifice bilateral ties for the sake of Taiwan. But in case he tears Read More …

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By Erick San Juan Both leaders are polar opposites – a mensch in Moscow on the right side of history compared to a US menace in Washington waging war on humanity. [Mensch means a person of dignity and honor. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mensch ] A paragraph taken from the article of Stephen Lendman referring to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and US outgoing president Barack Obama on the Read More …

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Reflections Fr. Shay Cullen PREDA Foundation This coming 2017 will be a momentous year for the political and moral landscape of the planet. There is a rising tide of political and moral challenges facing humanity. Pope Francis will continue his historic reforms of the Church and the Curia, bringing back the Gospel values and true evangelization. He will continue challenging the world to work and Read More …