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It’s all over but the signing. Philippine officials have been careful to say that the agreement on enhanced defense cooperation between Manila and Washington will not be unduly rushed merely to coincide with.
By Antonio Montalvan II
There are two ways of reading the meeting of Pope Francis and US President Barack Obama at the Vatican. The first is to read it as it actually happened, and that is what the terse communiqué from the Holy See did. The second is to read it from one’s bias, and that is what Obama himself did.
“Obama vows to reverse tide of inequality in US” (Front Page, 1/30/14). This is a welcome development for Filipino World War II veterans given the US government’s continuing denial of their valid, longstanding claim to veterans’ benefits.
By Cielito F. Habito
I was in Washington, DC a week ago when US President Barack Obama delivered his annual State of the Union (Sotu) address, the American counterpart to our own President’s State of the Nation Address (Sona).
South Africa is lucky. Despite apartheid, a person in the mold of Nelson Mandela emerged as a leader and managed to become its elected president. His personal struggle for racial equality and social justice is legendary and will surely be recorded in world history books. A similar valiant struggle took place in the United States. [...]
By John Nery
The controversy over the Obama “selfie” at the Mandela “funeral” invites us to reconsider the role photographs play in the public space, in the Instagram age.
By Curtis S. Chin
Rumor has it that US President Barack Obama’s on-again-off-again visit to the Philippines might be rescheduled for Spring 2014, and if not then, he should at least show up when the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit comes to the country in 2015. That is, if budget showdowns and issues of “face” don’t once again get in the way.
What do the recent surveys tell us about the impact of the pork barrel scandal on President Aquino? The first round of reporting and analysis of the Social Weather Stations and Pulse Asia surveys, which were conducted roughly at the same time in September, seems to have ranged between dire prognostications of devastated ratings and the first suggestions of a Teflon presidency. The more likely reading, however, is somewhere in the middle: A popular President has sustained a small hit but retains considerable goodwill.
Another woman rose to a powerful global position when US President Barack Obama nominated Janet Yellen to head the Federal Reserve Board.
By MANUEL F. ALMARIO
In his speech last Sept. 10, postponing the vote of the US Congress on his plan to strike militarily at Syria, US President Barack Obama raised a row with Russian President Vladimir Putin over American “exceptionalism.”
By Randy David
It is difficult to say which is preferable: a party-based politics that sometimes results in governmental gridlock, or a money-based politics that runs smoothly on pork barrel privileges. America today illustrates the deep-rooted dysfunctions of the former, while the Philippines showcases the perverse pragmatism of the latter.
By Karen Pimentel Simbulan
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.