By Randy David
We know only too well what it means to have an undocumented relative living abroad. A parent dies and one of the children could not be at the funeral. An explanation, about invalid papers, is offered in hushed tones: “Hindi pa ayos ang papeles.” Or, we ask why someone very bright, with a college degree from a top university, could get only low-paying menial jobs after so many years living in the United States. And again, we are told: “Wala pa kasing papeles.”
The joint announcement in Beijing by US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping marked the first time ever that the world’s two largest emitters of greenhouse gases have agreed on a specific timetable for cutting down on those emissions.
By Denis Murphy
America voted Republican and repudiated its first black president. It seems to some, myself included, that while the voters censured Barack Obama and issues like his universal healthcare law, they were really censuring issues that lie much deeper in American society, namely the inequality and powerlessness that characterize its present economic and political systems. The voters looked with frustration and even hatred at Obama and his Democratic Party, but they did not lay a hand on the underlying evils. Voting Republican may make matters worse.
By Mahar Mangahas
“A fresh blast of discontent reshapes the political order” is how the multiawarded pollster Gary Langer titled his blog last Wednesday, analyzing the exit poll of his company Langer Research Associates for ABC News on the 2014 midterm elections in the United States (http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/11/a-fresh-blast-of-discontent-reshapes-the-political-order/).
By Ramon Farolan
Last month, the US Secret Service, the agency tasked to protect its national leaders, was rocked by a series of security lapses that resulted in the firing of its director, Julia Pierson.