JAIME J. YAMBAO

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IN his by now established self-congratulatory style, US President Trump praised his recent recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as an act of courage his predecessors had been too cowardly to do. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, of course, was no less lavish in his adulation, naming a subway…

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US President Donald Trump’s foreign policy statement on Afghanistan was criticized by many as short on details. But as Trump himself said, that was just the intention, indeed part of the policy itself. From now on, the US will not be signaling to its enemies abroad what it really intends…

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FAILING to get a speaker from the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, the organizers of the World Council for Curriculum and Instruction-Asean Regional Conference invited me recently as a former ambassador to that country to share my perspective on education there, providing me an opportunity to make certain points about education…

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A FEW days ago, I was asked by Ambassador Larry Baja, our chairman and president, respectively, of the Philippine Ambassadors Foundation Inc. and the Department of Foreign Affairs Retirees Foundation Inc. to address an affair hosted by the DFA’s Human Resources Management Office honoring the 2017 retirees. Pondering what I…

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US President Trump has expressed increasing impatience with the diplomacy of patience that the United States has followed since the Obama presidency with regard to North Korea’s nuclear and missile build-up. If China is not able to induce North Korea to give up making an intercontinental ballistic missile tipped with…

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IN the Philippines, June 12 is known as Philippine Independence Day. It is also known, especially abroad, as the National Day of the Philippines. Countries like the Philippines that have experienced colonial rule or have suffered under an oppressive ruler or regime mark their National Days on the anniversary of…

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Last of 2 parts THERE are things that to my mind are indispensable prerequisites to the national campaign against dangerous drugs. Foremost among these is the clean-up of the police force. Widespread corruption, including particularly involvement in the peddling of dangerous drugs (taken from the cabinet of confiscated drugs) is…

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LONG before President Duterte even announced his candidacy, I called attention in this column to the terrible menace of dangerous drugs abuse engulfing the country. Coming home after a six-year assignment abroad, I was shocked to find my neighborhood in Manila and my mother’s remote village in Nueva Ecija both…

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UNLESS rebuffed by the US Congress like it did with his repeal of Obamacare, President Trump’s proposal to boost the budget for nuclear weapons production could make him the greatest threat to the future of mankind. Not climate change. Not terrorism. Already America’s 5,500 strategic nuclear weapons possess enough destructive…

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THERE is nothing novel, much less revolutionary, in President Donald Trump’s America First foreign policy. The world has long suspected that under the cap of Policeman of the World and World Champion of Liberal Democratic Values lies uppermost in the mind the selfish, national interests of the people of the…

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