SASS ROGANDO SASOT

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ONE of the achievements of the end of the Cold War, the Arctic Council is a high-level forum for cooperation of the eight states with sovereignty claims over territories in the Arctic: Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the United States. Created in 1996, the council evolved from…

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I ONCE believed that offensive speech shouldn’t be allowed to circulate in the marketplace of ideas. I held this view for quite some time, especially when I was still living in the Philippines. When I started living in the Netherlands, my views changed. I became more and more tolerant of…

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A MENACE is currently troubling some vanguards of traditional journalism: the menace called political bloggers. Reacting to the inclusion of political blogger Bruce Rivera to the list of Asean’s accredited media, in a Facebook post on August 7, veteran journalist Inday Espina-Varona raised the issue of accountability. “Who do they…

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SINCE last year, anti-Duterte forces have been celebrating the concerns expressed by top US officials regarding the killings which coincided with the Duterte administration’s aggressive campaign against the illegal drug trade and narcopolitics. These forces sympathized with President Barack Obama when President Rodrigo Duterte lashed out at him. Shaped by…

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FORGET Clausewitz. Throw away your copy of Musashi’s The Book of Five Rings. Machiavelli who? Move over Sun Tzu. Here comes Sen. Kiko Pangilinan whose strategic insights could make these luminaries lose their relevance. On Sunday, July 30, armed with search warrants, a PNP-CIDG team conducted a raid on the…

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DURING his inaugural speech on June 30, 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte said: “Allow us a level of governance that is consistent to our mandate.” For any critique of Duterte to be substantive and not mere rhetorical flourishes, it must start from a careful appreciation of the sources of his actual…

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BEING a political realist, I tend to always look for the “who.” As political philosopher Raymond Geuss discussed in Philosophy and Real Politics, the “who question” is one of the three fundamental questions a political realist seeks to answer; the other two are the question of legitimacy and the question…

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A MING dynasty nautical map, the Selden Map of China, represents a world engulfed by a wave of changes that happened in the South China Sea (SCS) region since the arrival of the Europeans. Its maker and origin are still mysteries waiting to be solved. It is named after its…

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A YEAR has passed since the arbitral decision on Philippines v. China was released. Since then, pundits have been offering advice on what the Philippines must do next. We can group them into two general categories: One group wants to internationalize the issue, and pursue a multilateral track; the other…

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