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Opinion polling in Myanmar (Burma)

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Polls of political opinions are, of course, very sensitive, and require government permission.

Posted: December 20th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Boos and cheers are only noise

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Partisan watchers of the governance game do so much booing or cheering that they risk believing their own noise. Fortunately, however, the citizens at large—the “bosses” or ultimate judges, in a democratic society—have the sense to pay more heed to what the players are actually doing on the court, than to what the diehards are screaming from the sidelines.

Posted: December 6th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Ting Paterno, economist

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The late Vicente “Ting” Paterno had very many talents—mechanical engineer; business school graduate; private-sector executive; government technocrat in portfolios of investments, industry, and public works; business entrepreneur. He worked with the National Movement for Free Elections and the Bishops-Businessmen’s Conference for Human Development. He revived the Medium and Small Scale Industries Coordinated Action Program (as Masicap II, independent of the government).

Posted: November 29th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Growing danger of conflict?

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Within Southeast Asia, the Philippines is not the country most susceptible to violent conflict—that distinction belongs to Myanmar (Burma)—but is the one where the danger of conflict has grown the most in the last year, and also grown the most in the last decade.

Posted: November 22nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The Democracy Index

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Democracy, like human development, is something that matters. Furthermore, democracy is not an either-or, black-or-white, but has degrees, of greater or lesser magnitude. In other words, it can be measured by an index, just as human development is measured by the Human Development Index (see “Lagging behind in Southeast Asia,” Opinion, 10/25/2014).

Posted: November 15th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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