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(This is the last of the two-part column, whose Part 1 appeared yesterday) Last of two parts In Southeast Asia, communist rebellions in Vietnam and Laos emerged victorious, with military coups with shades of socialist leanings prevailing in Cambodia and Myanmar. From the Bolshevik experience, we see that seizure of…

COMMENTARY

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[This is the Dec. 12 editorial of the New Delhi daily The Mint, supplied to The Times by the Tribune News Service-TNS.] In a courtroom speech in 1953, Fidel Castro made the claim: “Condemn me, it does not matter! History will absolve me!” But Castro himself would make the job…

STRATFOR ANALYSIS

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FORECAST Barring a decision to loosen government controls on credit, investment and home purchases, China’s housing and construction sectors will slow in 2017. Industries that hold the bulk of China’s outstanding corporate debt, including commodities, building materials and other sectors related to construction, will bear the brunt of a sustained…

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CRITICS argue that the Supreme Court took the legalistic and technical route to settle the issue of the Marcos burial, and failed to take the moral high ground. They also accuse the President of taking the same route. These people forget that the state is not a moral entity, but…

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“KILL” is probably the favorite word of President Rodrigo Duterte and the one that resonates best among his millions of rabid admirers. He has been using the word “kill” from during his campaign for the presidency until today, cheered on by his followers to keep it on top of his…

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I CHANCED upon a commentary of Virgilio P. Alconera, a trial lawyer for 32 years, promoting his book “Black Holes of Justice.” It is a sort of coincidence since I had set my sights on writing about the perceived “perverted” dispensation of justice by the Office of the Ombudsman. Just…

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A MORE dreadful secret weapon seems to have been unleased from Syria, more dreadful than any of the chemical weapons it has been known to possess. It has wafted through the air, crossing the borders in the Middle East, crossing the Mediterranean, crossing the borders in Europe, crossing the Atlantic,…

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I’VE followed with great interest a fascinating discussion in Jose Carillo’s English Forum between two English-usage enthusiasts, an American teacher based in Florida who goes by the username Kal and a Filipino English teacher Michael Galario based in Manila. The subject:“the complex-complex sentence.” (http://tinyurl.com/gwtkptg) Let me say at the outset…

STRATFOR ANALYSIS

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South Korean President Park Geun Hye’s nationally televised announcement of her willingness to resign in the face of a growing political scandal drew intense reactions from the public but may do little to calm the country’s political turmoil. Following weeks of growing popular protests calling for her resignation, and with…

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