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2nd term may lead to dictatorship

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The 31st anniversary of the assassination of Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. on Aug. 21 highlighted the glaring departures of President Aquino from the democratic legacies of his martyred father and late mother.

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

We complain

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Several days of rain in Metro Manila forced me to travel when traffic was at its slowest and most heavy, when going from Quezon City to Makati can take hours.

Posted: August 8th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

The silver fox of dictatorship and democracy

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Throughout his years in power, Eduard Shevardnadze was known as the “silver fox,” a man who seemed to glide effortlessly from leader of Soviet Georgia and Kremlin Politburo member to Mikhail Gorbachev’s reform-minded foreign minister, before reemerging as post-Soviet Georgia’s pro-Western president, ironically opposing Gorbachev.

Posted: July 11th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Make it look easy, Indonesia

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INDONESIA, the Philippines’ sister republic to the south, has solved one of the great cultural-political dilemmas of modern times: It has shown that Islam and democracy are compatible. Most talk on this matter focuses on the West and the Middle East and is very negative about the chances of the two cultures living in peace with each other. Just recently, for example, the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt was seen by some writers as “the death of political Islam.” Indonesia has solved the problem and made it look easy. There was none of the riots, battles, or furious demonstrations we have seen elsewhere.

Posted: June 21st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Why not nationalism?

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In his column, “The future of democracy” (3/1/14), Randy David examines the role of democracy in paring down poverty. “[W]hy expect democracy to end poverty?” he asks. “Rapid economic development and the distribution of assets have been more associated with authoritarian regimes than with democracies.”

Posted: March 15th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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