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“Globalization”—beginning in the 1970s—has opened national markets, stimulated growth and lifted millions out of poverty. But the worldwide spread of jobs, goods and people has also had unintended—and unwelcome—consequences. The most poignant among these is the way globalization has made loneliness—that most intimate of heartaches—a public health concern. In the…

SUNDAY READ

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Go to a supermarket, and chances are many, if not most people there, even in Catholic Philippines, are among some five billion on the planet, including most Christians, who don’t believe the consecrated host and wine at mass is God Himself. Even believers who profess that the Almighty became a…

Editorial

EDITORIAL

Adding fuel to the fire is easy: Just pour more gasoline into the flame and you’re ready to go. Our man in Atlantic City could have chosen to do the fiery job, literally, by egging on two young men to strut their stuff but who instead, according to a report,…

Columnists

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A minor quibble on the Forbes list of 14 Filipino dollar billionaires. Were an in-depth study of privately held wealth undertaken, a handful of vice lords and politician-warlords would have been found wealthier than both Mr. Ongpin and Mr. Sia. Not in the league of Mr. Sy, of course, but…

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When she was 11 years old, Jazell was forced to live alone with an older man almost forty years of age. She was treated like a “wife,” living in the house with him, cooking, cleaning and constantly being sexually abused. She became pregnant at 14 and had a baby. Her…

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The conversation about the occupation of the idle government housing units in Pandi, Bulacan has unsurprisingly settled simplistically on the fact that members of the urban poor, all members of Kadamay, took over these houses outside of the process set for them by the public housing system of government. Yet…

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Truly, we are a country where talk is cheap. Not even knowing the details of what lies underneath, politicians started throwing lightning rods at each other. If Benham Rise could only speak, it would have said “back off and leave me alone.” * * * As one expatriate told me…

IN THE MAELSTROM OF CHINA, DUTERTE AND THE US

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Second Part Isn’t it along this very principle of collaboration as expounded by Dr. Laurel in dealing with the Japanese that President Duterte is conducting relations with China now? Those relations are avowedly non-combative, as President Duterte has demonstrated on various occasions, beginning with his visit to China October last…

FOCUS

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WASHINGTON D.C.: A rape at a Washington area high school has drawn intense scrutiny as part of the immigration debate launched under President Donald Trump, since the two alleged attackers are Latinos who entered the United States illegally. Under normal circumstances, a case like this would not make national headlines.…

FOCUS

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WASHINGTON: The Republican Party’s longstanding ideological divisions were laid bare in very public fashion this week, sinking President Donald Trump’s Obamacare repeal plan and threatening other elements of his agenda. The health care bill fell victim to bickering between two competing groups in Trump’s party: a band of grass roots…

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First Read PONDER this: it is not President Duterte or Vice President Robredo who are on the defensive with the rush of impeachment complaints at the House of Representatives in the Congress. It is rather the Constitution that is on the rack. Before the fever passes, the Charter could have…

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THERE is one burial that I have to protest. There is a slow, but certainly deliberate, effort to bury the humanities and the social sciences. I am referring to the alarming global trend, which found its dramatic manifestation when the University Council of UP Diliman voted to reduce its General…

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PICKING the best performers among lawmakers was one of the most trying and most satisfying activities I had undertaken in my 30 years of covering the legislature. Extreme care and vetting must be exercised for a questionable choice could damage not only my professional integrity but also the reputation of…