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The Libyan trap: A tragedy of our own making

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The primordial role of government, according to the great English philosopher Thomas Hobbes is to secure the life and limb of its citizens. I would disagree with Hobbes’ point that this is the primary role of government, but yes, I agree that providing security is one of the state’s main functions.

Posted: August 4th, 2014 in Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

What the World Cup can teach progressives about corruption

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Brazil’s crushing World Cup loss to Germany’s world champion team wasn’t just bad news for Brazilian football fans. It’s also likely to reignite the anger that many Brazilians felt towards the government of President Dilma Rousseff for hosting such a spectacular event when it could hardly afford decent public transport and social services for its citizens.

Posted: July 16th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

The US State Department Slavery Report: Did the Philippines Get the Right Grade?

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The United States political regime is a fusion of liberalism and imperialism, and its State Department exhibits this contradiction.

Posted: June 26th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

Agrarian reform: Powerful law, ineffectual bureaucracy

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When the original CARP program that was passed under President Corazon Aquino was in danger of unraveling, the peasant movement came together and pushed the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms, or CARPER, through Congress in 2009.

Posted: June 10th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

Military coup follows judicial coup in Thailand

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After declaring martial law on Tuesday, May 20, the Thai military announced a full-pledged coup two days later. The putsch followed nearly eight months of massive street protests against the ruling Pheu Thai government identified with former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Posted: May 24th, 2014 in Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

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