Erle Frayne Argonza's Blog – June 2008 Archive (18)

FATTENING FINANCIERS’ PURSES: WHY WARS HAPPEN

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago



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

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 28, 2008 at 9:28am — No Comments

OIL PRICE HIKES AND MILITARY COUPS: PHILIPPINE CASE

Erle Frayne Argonza



Kapayapaan! Paz! Pax! Peace!



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

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 26, 2008 at 3:48am — No Comments

RECESSION STAYS, SPIRAL POINTS TO GLOBAL MELTDOWN

Erle Frayne Argonza



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

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 24, 2008 at 3:20am — No Comments

EUROPE’S TOTALITARIAN SLIDE CHECKED BY IRELAND’S VOTE ON LISBON TREATY

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago



Good morning!



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

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 23, 2008 at 7:30pm — No Comments

UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES: HAPPY CENTENNIAL!

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago



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

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 21, 2008 at 6:05am — No Comments

PHILIPPINE PEACE TALKS: UPDATE ON GOVERNMENT-MILF TALKS

Good day! I've lifted the entire news clip from the MSN news features regarding the peace talks between the MILF and the Philippine government. The news goes:





Muslim rebels cautiously welcome peace offer by Philippines



Muslim separatists in the Philippines on Thursday cautiously welcomed President Gloria Arroyo's proposal to resume peace talks that had stalled over control of disputed territories.



The leadership of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 19, 2008 at 7:48am — 1 Comment

DO JIHADIST ABDUCTORS HAVE FUNDS TO BUY PHILIPPINE ARMY’S GUNS?

Erle Frayne Argonza



Good afternoon from Manila!



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

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 17, 2008 at 3:47am — No Comments

KICKBACKS & PEACEKEEPING, TV JOURNALIST’S ABU SAYYAF ABDUCTION

Erle Frayne Argonza



Good afternoon from Manila!



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

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 16, 2008 at 8:39am — No Comments

UNFURLING BIGGEST PHILIPPINE FLAG: SIGNIFYING GLOBAL LEADERSHIP DESTINY

Erle Frayne Argonza



Good morning!



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

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 14, 2008 at 5:30am — No Comments

PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE: ASIA’S BEACON OF HOPE

Erle Frayne Argonza



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

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 12, 2008 at 4:42am — No Comments

NEPAL'S NATIONALISTS BETTER NOT SQUANDER SCARCE OPPORTUNITY

Erle Frayne Argonza



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

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 11, 2008 at 5:00am — No Comments

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES GREEN THE EARTH, THEY DON'T DESERVE TO PERISH!

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago



Magandang hapon! (Good afternoon!)



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

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 10, 2008 at 6:34am — No Comments

ASEAN PEACE, COOPERATION AFTER BURMA CYCLONE: FAST-TRACK MEKONG PROJECT

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago



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

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 8, 2008 at 10:59pm — No Comments

DON'T COUNT OUT NEPAL'S ROYALISTS, THEY'LL COUNTER-ATTACK!

Erle Frayne Argonza



Good morning from Manila!



The recent turn of events that saw the catastrophic devastation of the old order in Nepal should not be equated to the complete eradication of kingship. Any adroit observer of political dynamics knows that, in the founding of any modern nation-state, the forces of the deposed ancien regime will counter-attack sooner or later, with the option of a royal revival or equivalent being the top… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 8, 2008 at 8:52am — No Comments

NEPAL'S 'LATE NATIONALIST' REVOLUTION: THORNY ROAD AHEAD

Erle Frayne Argonza



Nepal is going through a ‘late nationalist’ revolution. Just like those states that experienced the birth pangs of nationhood, Nepal is expected to pass through the same thorny road.



For a long time in their lives, the Nepalese were accustomed to regarding their King as the sovereign of the land. The King was the unifying symbol of all aspects of life in the Kingdom, and this was already a step ahead of its former state.



To recall,… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 6, 2008 at 9:18am — No Comments

BLACKS HOPELESSLY LESS SMARTER? TRY YOGA TO INCREASE INTELLIGENCE

Erle Frayne Argonza



The recent news about Watson, the American Nobel prize biologist, claiming that Blacks are less smarter than Whites due to genetic factors, comes as a real shock to me. I can’t believe that a 20th century post-war scientist would declare such highly destructive, bigoted contention.



Not only that, Watson even pushed his racist theory beyond the limits by claiming that Blacks are hopeless, as genetics have doomed them to be mentally inferior to… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 4, 2008 at 9:23pm — 2 Comments

BLACKS BIOLOGICALLY LESS SMART PER WATSON'S CLAIM

Erle Frayne Argonza



Good morning!



I just stumbled across a contentious and controversial news this morning that echoes back racialist theories that were declared obsolete even before World War II erupted. It has to do with the claim of Watson, one of USA’s biological stalwarts and Nobel Prize winner, contending that Blacks are inherently less smart than Whites.



The article was written by Henry Louis Gate Jr. and published at TheRoot.com. The article was… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 3, 2008 at 4:51am — No Comments

MALAYSIA'S INTERNAL SQUABBLES AND MANILA'S PEACE TALKS

Erle Frayne Argonza



In a previous article, this writer noted the sudden withdrawal of the Malaysian peace team that was brokering the GRP-MILF peace talks (GRP = Government of the Republic of the Philippines, MILF = Moro Islamic Liberation Front). The talks had now stalled, war looms in the south, the 3rd party is out.



The withdrawal is surely temporary, as this has been the behavior of 3rd parties in other peace talks before (including those brokered to cease other… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 1, 2008 at 11:36pm — No Comments

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