Analysis

STRATFOR GLOBAL AFFAIRS

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BY IAN MORRIS The new year could be, among other things, the Year of the Wall. President-elect Donald Trump is likely to be under pressure to honor his campaign promise to build a wall (or at least a fence) between the United States and Mexico along every inch of their…

FOCUS

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KABUL: Afghan officials are pushing to create a “safe zone” for Taliban insurgents in a bid to wean them away from traditional sanctuaries inside Pakistan, in a radical and contentious strategy to de-escalate the conflict. The plan underscores desperation in Afghanistan for out-of-the-box solutions to tackle the 15-year insurgency, as…

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ANTONIO P. CONTRERAS #LENILEAKS exploded into our social imaginations. It affirmed the fact that social media is no longer just a venue for self-affirmation of people about their looks and their food. It is where you could rise and be famous through serendipity and tenacity, or fall on your stupidity.…

ATTY. DODO DULAY

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Atty. Dodo Dulay A GOVERNMENT-SPONSORED study pinpointed the five recurring causes of road traffic congestion. First, the growth rate of total length of public roads cannot keep up with the current growth of vehicle fleet, and building more road transport infrastructure alone cannot resolve traffic congestion, and to the contrary,…

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David Ignatius WASHINGTON, DC: Watching Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, a gruff, 50-year veteran of the spy world, answer congressional questions Thursday, you couldn’t help wondering if perhaps this time Donald Trump has met his match. To recall a quip made years ago by a prominent Washington lawyer, Clapper…

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RACHEL A.G. REYES RAMON Tulfo, the TV personality, radio show host, and columnist for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, thinks he has hit upon the solution to ridding the country of its age-old problem of corruption. In a recent column http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/858783/on-target-use-extreme-measures-against-most-corrupt, he dispensed the following advice: “If the President is dead…

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Ma. Lourdes N. Tiquia THE Commission on Elections (COMELEC) will have to come clean on the brewing issue of the Vote List leak that happened in March 2016. With the National Privacy Commission now ruling on the breach, the “we apologize this happened” will no longer hold water. Why? Because…

STRATFOR ANALYSIS

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For those who gauge China’s aspirations in near-Earth space as well as cyberspace, it has been a busy 48 hours. Beijing yesterday released a white paper outlining its strategies to develop China’s space program, setting out its goals for the next five years. Today, it released another strategy outline, this…

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TOOTS OPLE EVERY person has the right to rise, like sunrise parting the clouds of social inequity and poverty. This right includes just compensation, security of tenure, and social protection–all rights that define dignity of labor. Unfortunately, the right to rise to one’s fullest potential and earn a decent wage…

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Tita C. Valderama EVERYONE deserves a chance, of course. Each one of us is given a chance to prove his worth, a chance to correct mistakes, a chance to change…hopefully for the better, not worse. Yes, even Mocha Uson deserves a chance to re-invent herself and be better known as…

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