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FRANCISCO S. TATAD

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Property magnate and political outsider Donald Trump takes his oath of office in Washington, D.C. today as the 45th President of the United States, amidst so much anxiety about the direction his government will take. While many wonder whether he is wholly suited for the job, the greater wonder is…

Editorial

EDITORIAL

ONCE more, an international expert on economic growth and policy-making has suggested that our government must reduce our dependence on exporting Filipino labor and focus on creating more jobs. This time it’s Dr. Dan Steinbock, founder of the Difference Group, a global consultancy and research outfit, who made the analysis.…

Columnists

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WHY should Prez Digong formally inflict martial law with its downside? It would be admitting that, at variance with his campaign promise, qua candidate, six months would not suffice to bring us to paradise. He now has an elastic, sliding- scale timetable. First an extension of three months, then six,…

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THE following has been going on in the Sulu Sea in the past few months. First, a multiple number of sea-jackings for kidnapping for ransom purposes of international ships passing international waters. And the latest, the abduction and killing at sea of eight fishermen in the area. The very latest…

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President-elect Donald Trump’s threats against American companies looking to relocate in foreign countries have won favorable review from many quarters. Support comes from those alarmed about trade deficits, those who want a “level playing field” and those who call for “free trade but fair trade,” whatever that means. Some American…

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WASHINGTON, DC: Last February, a top Russian cyber official told a security conference in Moscow that Russia was working on new strategies for the “information arena” that would be equivalent to testing a nuclear bomb and would “allow us to talk to the Americans as equals.” Andrey Krutskikh, a senior…

STRATFOR ANALYSIS

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The world is in a state of flux, and according to Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar, that can be a good thing for a rising regional power such as India, which in many ways is primed to seize the moment and propel itself toward a greater global leadership role. Today…

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First read I borrowed my title from a perceptive observation made by journalist Salena Zito in an article in the Atlantic magazine. Ms. Zito suggested that there are today two kinds of Americans: (1) supporters of Donald Trump who “take him seriously but not literally”; and (2) Trump critics, including…

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In his first week as President of the United States after his inauguration at noon today, East Coast time, the most earth-shaking question he will ponder is: Do we go to war with Russia and China? Not this instant, of course, but as security advisers and hawking fellow Republicans have…

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GIVEN all that has been happening, half borne of the discourse of confusion and noise, the other half just the utter lack of information, I almost missed what might just be one of the best New Year’s presents we could get from President Duterte: his Executive Order 12. Here, the…

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ONE of the pillars propping up the United States’ superpower status and worldwide economic dominance is the US dollar’s being accepted as the predominant reserve currency. Central banks of various countries have to stock up their dollar reserves because they can only buy their oil requirements and other major commodities…