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Nightfall comes to Moro armed separatism

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DEATH OF A MORO FIGHTER   The hand of a Moro fighter killed during Philippine military clearing operations against armed members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), who occupied villages in Zamboanga City. AFP

There is no doubt that popular opinion has gone against the latest caper of Nur Misuari. There is condemnation all over Mindanao and the rest of the country. The Moro Islamic Liberation front (MILF) has called it anarchic adventurism and Gov. Mujiv Sabbihi Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) downplayed the religion angle, revealing how the leaders duped some of these “rebels” into joining it

Posted: September 21st, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

Realities of conflict in Israel

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THIS Aug. 21 citizen journalism image, which has been authenticated based on its content, shows an old man mourning the dead after an alleged poisonous gas attack by regime forces in Douma, a suburb of Damascus. The chemical-weapons attack killed more than 1,400 people. AP

From Aug. 26 to 31, when images of US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry were being beamed all across the globe, talking about the inconceivable horror of Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons against his own people and priming the public for what seemed to be the inevitability of US military intervention in Syria, I was wandering the Old City of Jerusalem. I was trying to make sense of a longer, albeit similarly intractable conflict—the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Posted: September 14th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

Fast facts

Capital: Damascus, Land area: 185,180 sq. km. (includes 1,295 sq. km. of Israeli-occupied Golan Heights territory), Administrative divisions: 14 provinces, Population: 22.5 million (July 2013 est.), Ethnic groups: Arab (90.3 percent), Kurds, Armenians and others (9.7 percent)

Posted: September 14th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

Taking a stand on Syria

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The government’s diplomatic stance on the Syria crisis is emblematic of the safe, passive, and self-interested track it has taken in the previous crisis in the Middle East.

Posted: September 14th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

Stop violence, work for peace

The Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy (PCID) is alarmed by the events unfolding in Zamboanga City. The violent clashes, reportedly between forces of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines have already killed at least two and injured several individuals, and forced hundreds to leave their homes.

Posted: September 10th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Chemical reaction

He was about to launch a military strike against Syria. Instead, a startled world saw US President Barack Obama undergo a very public road-to-Damascus moment. He had rediscovered the religion of congressional authorization—and that, without a doubt, is a good thing.

Posted: September 5th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

End sexual violence in armed conflict

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Too often, the world seeks to end a conflict and rebuild war-torn societies without addressing the very reasons that make reconciliation so difficult and that contribute to renewed violence.

Posted: April 10th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Irony: Malaysian-trained Sulu fighters

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There is a touch of irony in the fighting in Sabah where Malaysian forces, using eight fighter jets, laser-guided bombs, artillery and hundreds of troops, have failed to subdue a handful of Filipino Muslims from Sulu.

Posted: March 7th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The global march toward peace

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If we were hoping for peace in our time, 2012 did not deliver it. Conflict grew ever bloodier in Syria, continued to grind on in Afghanistan, and flared up periodically in West, Central and East Africa. There were multiple episodes of ethnic, sectarian, and politically motivated violence in Burma (Myanmar), South Asia, and around the Middle East. Tensions between China and its neighbors have escalated in the South China Sea, and between China and Japan in the East China Sea. Concerns about North Korea’s and Iran’s nuclear programs remain unresolved.

Posted: December 31st, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The defenseless

IT IS with great sadness and foreboding that we watch the news from Syria. The civil war has already claimed over 44,000 lives, and even though it seems to be entering its final phases it looks set to consume many more. The latest developments are worrying, precisely because they show steady but incremental rebel advances; [...]

Posted: December 27th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

Stop the killing of children, women, civilians in Gaza

Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM) condemns Israel’s air strikes on Gaza, which resulted in the death of more than 70 civilians, including children.

Posted: November 29th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Bloodshed victims mostly ordinary people

The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power; in his justice and great righteousness, he does not oppress. (Job 37:23)   In a span of 10 months—from October 2011 to the present, three incidents of pointless ambushes were reported in the island of Basilan. These claimed a total of 17 precious lives and [...]

Posted: August 16th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

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