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Seven Reasons China Will Start a War By 2017

Seven Reasons China Will Start a War By 2017 May 23, 2015 China will start its war for a number of reasons: Regime Legitimacy Very few people in China believe in communism anymore, including almost all of the 80 million members of the Chinese Communist Party. The party itself is now a club for mutual […]

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PHL Slams China for Questioning its Actions in the West Philippine Sea

PHL Slams China for Questioning its Actions in the West Philippine Sea The Philippines on Wednesday shot back at China for questioning its action to bring journalists to Manila-claimed Pag-asa Island off the South China Sea, insisting it has “full sovereignty” over the feature. “We have all the right to do such actions and no […]

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Bottom-line question: ‘Will it last?

Bottom-line question: ‘Will it last? “Yes, yes,” the wife snapped. “But when can we get a copy from local bookshops?” She had flagged the full-page ad of the just-published Time magazine book: “The Francis Miracle: Inside the Transformation of the Pope and the Church.” The author is veteran Vatican correspondent John Allen Jr. of the […]

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Many People Now Get their News from their Mobile Phone or their Facebook Feeds

Many People Now Get their News from their Mobile Phone or their Facebook Feeds In the landscape of online media consumption, mobile is king, and Facebook stories or 140 character Twitter blasts seem to be eclipsing more traditional forms of publishing. The Pew Research Center released these and other findings in its 2015 State of […]

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AFP Chief: We’re on Our Own Against China

AFP Chief: We’re on Our Own Against China MANILA – Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gregorio Catapang has admitted Filipino soldiers will have to go it alone if armed conflict erupts in the West Philippine Sea between the Philippines and China. Catapang said the United States would not come to the defense of Manila, its […]

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Buzzwords Rehashed

Buzzwords Rehashed April 18, 2015 Emerging issues produce new buzzwords. You see that in the spread of slash-and-burn (kaingin) agriculture in once-timber-rich areas like the province of Palawan. Today kaingin has blistered the towns of Aborlan, Rizal and Quezon in the south, plus Roxas and Taytay over in the north. Slabs of once-lush forests of […]

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Tightening Water Spigots

Tightening Water Spigots “There go those stunning roses in the Palo Alto garden of our daughter,” the wife muttered. She had flagged a New York Times article on California Gov. Jerry Brown’s order: Reduce water use. Tightening spigots is a first in California’s history. A four-year drought crested crisis proportions after winter’s record-low snowfalls. A […]

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Holy Week in the Philippines

Holy Week in the Philippines Holy Week in the Philippines (Spanish: Semana Santa, Filipino: Mahál na Araw, English: Holy Week) is a significant religious observance for the Roman Catholic majority and most Protestant groups. Beginning Maundy Thursday, businesses in the Philippines either shut down operations until Black Saturday or have later opening and earlier closing […]

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Distortion of Facts- is Aliping Guilty, is Vergara Guilty?

Distortion of Facts- is Aliping Guilty, is Vergara Guilty? March 28, 2015 A lot of people must be jumping with joy with the recent pronouncements on the charging of Cong. Nicasio Aliping for violation of PD 705 or Illegal Logging and the recent inclusion and accusations against the former Cong. Bernardo Vergara and company for […]

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This Pope did not Blink

This Pope did not Blink March 21, 2015 “By now, one thing is clear,” writes John Allen in Boston Globe. Faced with attempts to hobble reforms, through the character assassination of his reformers, Pope Francis did not blink. The latest case swirls around Australian Cardinal George Pell, whom Francis put in charge of straightening up […]