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Enhancement?

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.

Posted: April 14th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Lying at the Pope’s expense

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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.

Posted: April 7th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Filipino vets finally to get their due?

“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.

Posted: March 1st, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Sotu and Super Bowl

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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).

Posted: February 3rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

History’s irony: Obama nullifies legacy of King, Mandela

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. [...]

Posted: January 3rd, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

‘Photos can lie’—flirting and sneezing edition

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe AFP

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.

Posted: December 16th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Obama’s teaching moment: more than about face

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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.

Posted: October 31st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Pork and popularity

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.

Posted: October 24th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

Woman of power

Another woman rose to a powerful global position when US President Barack Obama nominated Janet Yellen to head the Federal Reserve Board.

Posted: October 14th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

Exceptionalism

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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.”

Posted: October 11th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Between gridlock and greed

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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.

Posted: October 2nd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | 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 »

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