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Asean’s role against Ebola

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It was exactly 10 years ago when I went on my first mission with MSF (Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders) to Liberia, specifically Monrovia. It was a year after the end of the second Liberian civil war, which the locals had termed World War III. Fighting was still going on in the midst of the United Nations’ disarmament and demobilization program.

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

The quagmire in Iraq and Syria

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It must feel terrible for US President Barack Obama to enter the final years of his presidency ordering air attacks against Islamist rebel forces in Iraq and Syria.

Posted: September 18th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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 »

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