Wars fatten financiers’ purses. This has been an established fact, a modus operandi of abominable usurers since the time of the Greek and Italian city-states yet.
The modus is simple, though complex in their implementation. The financier oligarchs, planning behind the scenes, would identify sources of potential conflict, reasons for launching them, and then finance war machines on both sides of the competing parties. Whoever wins hardly… Continue
Oil price hike or OPH can be a precipitating factor behind military coups d etat. Since OPH is among the world’s focal issues today, we may as well reflect on a country case to examine how the OPH precipitated the launching of military coups: the Philippine case.
Before everything else, I hope the difference between military coup and mutiny is clear to the readers. A military coup is an offensive action aimed at a… Continue
They run away from their home, their home a safe place. A place they have adored since they were young. They leave because it’s not safe anymore, because they cannot feed their families, because they have lost hope in the land they once cherished. It hurts them to leave but what can they do, they have two option. First they can stop fleeing and die by the bullets. Secondly by hunger and starvation and torture.
Yes this is the story of the cage birds. They all have… Continue
The recession stays, the downward global economic spiral will continue for an indefinite time. This is the pattern that we can now see across the globe.
Stock markets have been crashing, going through a freefall for couples of months now. In Manila, the Philippine stock market is down at 2,400+ points as of this morning, or 800 points short of its best performance of 3,300+ late last year. The pattern is true in other stock markets as… Continue
It is a stormy morning actually as I write this piece, and it seems to coincide with stormy events in the European continent at the moment. The continental storm has got to do with the finalization of the Lisbon treaty that could have effected complete political integration of Europe.
What makes the treaty questionable, in the opinion of many in Europe and across the globe, is that it didn’t pass through the… Continue
This coming Tuesday, 24.06.2008, together with other friends we will support with our hearts and intentions the event of the Big Hug in Jerusalem in Lelystad, Platinastraat 33 from 1-6 hrs (afternoon).
Happy Centennial Anniversary to my Beloved Alma Mater, the University of the Philippines!
Being a development expert, I wish to highlight in this briefer the developmental side to the premier university of my beloved country. The University or the Philippines or U.P. is foremost of all an indication of the maturity of Filipino education and educators, in that after 100 years of existence, we as a people were able to show to the world the… Continue
In Nepal, there are ongoing blackjack contravention about the recruitment issues of Head of the State and Government. After the pronouncement of CA election result, the Maoists (former rabbles) emerged as biggest party and finally claimed for their over estimated privileges to nominate the head of the state and government as per their vested wishes, despite the fact that they do not have either essential consensus for their proposed candidate among the CA… Continue
I believe the Terrorist Tag is not permanent. The Tag can be affixed either for certain timeframe or limited in specific activities only. For example, the president of Nepalese largest party CPN (Maoist) Mr. Pusp Kamal Dahal was a once an International Terrorist for a decade and now he is one of the most influencing popular peoples’ leader in Nepal which has been observed by recently exposed result of CA election in… Continue
The headlines and front pages of the major dailies here are focused (scoop) on the Ces Drilon abduction by the Abu Sayyaf, the CIA-created jihadist group operating in Mindanao (southern Philippines; Ces Drilon is a rated journalist of the oligarchic ABS-CBN). Reports say the P15 Million rock-bottom ransom is out, and that the jihadists have signaled an ultimatum.
As this is happening, the national army is… Continue
As of this moment, Manila is in the heat of coffee shop speculations about the fate of the recently abducted Ces Drilon & crew, personnel of the oligarchic network ABS-CBN, by the Abu Sayyaf. The ‘cara y cruz’ debate is whether the Lopez group will pay for the ransom of Drilon & crew, amounting to $5 Million more or less.
Having observed peacekeeping for some time now, and having had the privilege of being… Continue
As I was moving back to home-base, done with my gym exercise, my eyes caught the news bit in the newsstands about the biggest Philippine flag recently unfurled in Baguio City. So huge was the flag, it weighed over 3 tons.
Whoever may have conceived the idea (a lady), she was acting magnanimously on the behest of her own Guide from Above. The choice of creating and unfurling a big flag, on the occasion of Philippine Independence… Continue
Philippine solidarity to all Fellows on Planet Earth!
On the 12th of June 1896, as the sun was rising, the Philippine Flag was raised for the first time in Kawit, Cavite. The Philippine National Anthem was also played, in the genre of classical marches, putting it alongside the French Republic’s anthem. Emilio Aguinaldo, first president of the new republic, declared the independence of the Philippines from Spain and the official birthing of the… Continue
Nationalists are in power today in Nepal. Being a Filipino nationalist, I’d honestly say there is much cause to celebrate the Nepalese nationalists' victory.
Here in my country, we Filipino nationalists have always been in the margins. No matter what efforts we do to create a modern nation-state, our efforts get stalled by the forces of the ancien regime (landlord-clergy classes) that dominate power in the economic, political and cultural domains… Continue
I remember very well my first anthropology. I was then around 6 or 7 years old, a very innocent tot growing up in Tuguegarao (capital town of Cagayan). Among our yaya (child caregivers) was a young lady from Penablanca town just beside Tuguegarao, where the yaya invited my family for a visit one day.
In the neighbor town of Penablanca did I first encounter the Aetas (Atta in Ibanag language)… Continue
The latest Burma cyclone that caused much havoc, with death tolls now past the 100,000 mark, could very well be an occasion for building peace, cooperation and accelerated development in the continental Southeast Asia (Con-SE). That is, if the leaders of the region have the foresight and political will to pursue grand projects aimed at economic and political integration in the near future.
The Burma calamity is also an opportunity for the… Continue
With the increasing interest in Burundi and its remarkable peace process, many have asked me to provide a short background. Just a few days ago, a ceasefire agreement was signed with the last rebel group, the FNL and its leader Agaton Rwasa. It is a great step forward in the consolidation of this country's struggle for democracy, reconciliation and peace.
Burundi is number 171 out of the 175 countries on UNDP's Human Development… Continue
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