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DID we just miss it or are we inching our way towards it? This is the question some people have been asking since April 14 when the United States, the United Kingdom and France launched 110 ballistic missiles against Syria without any mandate from the UN Security Council, purportedly in…

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ON March 17, 1957, the plane carrying president Ramon Magsaysay and 25 others en route to Manila from Cebu crashed on Mount Manunggal in Cebu, killing everyone on board except a Philippines Herald reporter named Nestor Mata. He was 31. On April 12, 2018, Mata died at 92, after spending…

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IN George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984, criminals caught by the Thought Police are routinely “vaporized.” Their names are removed from all public registers, every record of everything they had ever done is wiped out, and their one-time existence denied and forgotten. They are abolished, annihilated—vaporized. In the propaganda organ called…

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IN the face of President Rodrigo Duterte’s blistering attack on the embattled Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, whom he openly wants ousted, many expected the SC justices to rise to the occasion and demonstrate their constitutional separation and independence from the Executive Department. We saw none of it…

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IN the tangled web of Rodrigo Duterte’s presidency, it is not easy to see when the former Davao city mayor is trying to promote war or peace. He has mightily succeeded of late, in confusing the public with his strong words on his desired ouster of Supreme Court Chief Justice…

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AMID accusations of alleged Russian intervention in the 2016 US presidential election to put Donald Trump in the White House—accusations vehemently denied by both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump—comes this startling revelation that Cambridge Analytica, a British political consulting firm, had a hand not only in Trump’s but also…

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CONTRARY to the political propaganda, the incidence of poverty in the Philippines is growing—and it is a rural and agriculture-based phenomenon. This is what the statistics from the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the Philippine Statistics Authority tell us. Urban poverty has not been banished, but the urban…

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JUSTICE finally came to Joana Demafelis, the 29-year-old murdered Filipino domestic worker in Kuwait, when a Kuwaiti criminal court on Sunday sentenced to death, in absentia, the Lebanese-Syrian couple who had fled to Damascus to escape arrest for…

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DESPITE the peace and joy of Easter, the world’s folly marches on. The Philippine media have tried to keep the story away from the public, and even the Western press appears to have opted to play it down, but the move of 27 like-minded countries to punish Russia for a…

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NOT all my friends are firm believers, and one of them has asked me, in the spirit of the season, to explain to him why one should believe in God. Does anyone need God at all? This goes far beyond the question of the atheist, who does not believe in…

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