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WASHINGTON: In Europe, America’s friends are furious, in the Middle East they are mystified and in the Pacific, they are merely puzzled. Mounting questions over the direction of US foreign policy and sweeping espionage operations are threatening to undercut the Obama White House’s claim to have repaired relations with key…

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I risk sounding like a terribly unhip person when I say I own a television set. Once in a while, when it’s not being used for video games, I do the old-fashioned thing and actually watch TV shows broadcast on it. I usually just do “appointment TV” with Survivor but…

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ABOUT five years ago, I went to a concert called Lost 80s at the Araneta Coliseum featuring the bands A Flock of Seagulls, Real Life and When In Rome. I’m not really familiar with their songs (okay, I know “The Promise” by When in Rome, but who doesn’t?), but a…

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The steep fall in the acceptance rating of the Senate reflected in the latest survey isn’t surprising. Many previous Senates’ ratings had also suffered from such a low public perception. What’s most surprising is that this steep fall comes right on the very first regular session of the 16th Congress.…

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The complaint for arbitration against the People’s Republic of China filed with the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea is mainly to defend the Philippine’s sovereign rights over its continental shelf and exclusive economic zone, and to reserve the right to request for provisional measures should these become…

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In last week’s column, I critiqued the shock-and-awe English of the Bohol earthquake news reportage by two major Metro Manila dailies. I took issue with their directly equating the 7.2-magnitude earthquake with 32 Hiroshima atomic-bomb explosions. I do think that like comparing apples and pears, it’s logically untenable to draw…