SASS ROGANDO SASOT

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SUFFERING from conceptual overstretch, the label “fake news” has been used by the opposition to label perspectives they do not agree with or views that acerbically counter their political positions. Take for example how the Union of Progressive Students (UPS), a student organization at the University of the Philippines-Cebu aligned…

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BURMA’s government considers the Rohingya illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. But like Burma, Bangladesh rejects them. And here lies the pivotal problem of the Rohingya ethnic group: for them to fully live a dignified life, they must be fully accepted as legitimate members of a political community. In 1982, Burma enacted…

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IN a recent Facebook post, Vicente Rafael, a Filipino historian teaching in the United States, offered this bizarre reading of why EDSA no longer sway the imagination of people today: “…that EDSA moment, the moment of martyrs and their bereaved widows, has [been] arguably eclipsed by something else: the manufactured…

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THE Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has been criticized for seeming to undermine the government’s efforts against the narco-trade. CHR’s critics feel the palpable silence of the CHR whenever shabu addicts and drug syndicates commit all kinds of violence, endangering the right to life of a lot of people, the…

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“THE rise of China,” international relations theorist John Ikenberry said, “will undoubtedly be one of the great dramas of the twenty-first century.” China’s dramatic economic growth and increasing prominence in international politics propel its ascendance. America’s pre-eminence has now met its rival. And Uncle Sam can already feel on his…

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The setting IN October 2015, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) declared Caloocan City to be one of the seven cities in the National Capital Region with 100 percent drug affectation rate. That means that all its barangay have at least one drug user. Out of 188 Caloocan barangays, 90…

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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…