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Russian dreams(?!)

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US President Barack Obama doesn’t know my friend Digoy or else he wouldn’t have made that statement to the New York Times recently about no one wanting to emigrate to Russia. He said this in connection with the West’s imposition of more sanctions against Russia which looks set to invade Ukraine after having gobbled up Crimea.

Posted: August 25th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Black Americans’ plight still enormous, despite Obama

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Tension has been escalating in Ferguson (Missouri) since the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a police officer early this month. The shooting sparks controversy about whether it was because of racial discrimination. This warrants a broader look at the issue of how African Americans are faring in US society today.

Posted: August 22nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Trouble amid plenty in emerging Africa

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Africa is changing dramatically—and so are outsiders’ attitudes toward it, with the United States finally seeming determined to catch up with China, Europe and India in their interest in the continent. US President Barack Obama’s recent summit with 40 African heads of state and more than 200 US and African business leaders suggests a new, more confident mood. That is encouraging; but as long as parts of Sub-Saharan Africa continue to struggle with violent conflict, poverty, and corruption, the continent’s economic potential will not be fully realized.

Posted: August 18th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

To Robin Williams: ‘Nanu nanu’

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And so he’s gone. But not from our memories of laughter and sadness to which his movies moved us.

Posted: August 14th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Political patronage revisited

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In a previous column, “The Supreme Court as political reformer” (7/3/14), I noted that the recent rulings of the high court striking down the Priority Development Assistance Fund and the Disbursement Acceleration Program may give the impression that the judicial branch has taken on the role of political reformer. The PDAF and the DAP, as we know, quickly emerged as the twin faces of patronage and corruption, following the exposé of Janet Lim Napoles’ pork barrel scam.

Posted: August 14th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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