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Inclusion, not exclusion

Pope Francis has brought inclusiveness, among other things, to the Church, literally opening its doors to those it has long excluded—the lowly and the lapsed, as well as those with nonconformist lifestyles. He has brought about this great change both in word and deed, and called on the faithful to redirect their emphasis from the pompous to the practical, from indulgence to action.

Posted: September 28th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The Kurds and the Isis

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As graduate students in England in the late 1960s, my wife and I struck a close friendship with a classmate from Iraq and his Lebanese girlfriend. He was a Muslim Kurd, and she was a Maronite Catholic. Although he carried an Iraqi passport and was sent to England on a scholarship by the Iraqi government, he insisted on being called a Kurd. He did not seem as emphatic about his religious identity as he was with his ethnicity. Later, I realized that apart from Muslims, there were Kurdish Christians, Kurdish Jews, Zoroastrians, and Yazidis.

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No bribe-taker when no bribe-giver

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Together with Sen. Grace Poe and Rep. Leni Robredo, I addressed the “Integrity Summit” last week at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati. I was invited to speak on how to stop corruption and reform the judiciary. I began my address with two anecdotes:

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Losing urbanity

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“Urbanidad,” or urbanity, is the term used to refer to not just “good manners and right conduct” but to overall respect for others and the maintenance of pleasant social interactions.

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Change of mind

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According to a story I heard, the Japanese whisky Suntory got its name because the owner of the company had three sons (“son three”)—hence, Suntory! I also heard that the name of the Japanese car Datsun came about when American engineers exclaimed “That soon?!” after hearing how fast the Japanese could assemble a car.

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