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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 »

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