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Expressions of Islam differ from Morocco to Pakistan IN ITS SIMPLEST FORM, ISLAM IS THE faith with five great pillars. Believe in God, pray, fast, pay zakat, a form of charity, and go on a hajj, if you have the resources to do that. However, beyond the five pillars, we enter into a quagmire because [...]

Posted on October 27, 2003   |   CATEGORY: Special Reports

AT A POPULAR NEWSSTAND on Visayas Avenue—mixed with the dailies, komiks, and the movie mags—are 26 assorted publications that, if they were movies, would be labeled “for adults only” because of their sexually explicit content. Whether here or elsewhere in the world, pornography (from the Greek words “porno” and “graphos,” which mean writing about prostitutes) [...]

Posted on October 27, 2003   |   CATEGORY: Media

It’s going to be a long wait for the Utrecht faithful I FOUND MYSELF IN A CONVERSATION A FEW WEEKS AGO with three batch mates from high school, all of whom, like myself, had been involved at one point or another with the Left. (And here I mean as far Left as you can go; [...]

Posted on October 13, 2003   |   CATEGORY: Commentary

Abdullah’s strong points are his expertise in Islam and his Mr. Clean image NOBODY IS EXPECTING INCOMING Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to outperform retiring veteran Mahathir Mohamad or undo any of the policies that have turned the country into an economic powerhouse. Fondly called Pak Lah (fatherly Abdullah), the 64-year-old Abdullah had repeatedly said [...]

Posted on October 13, 2003   |   CATEGORY: Politics, Special Reports

A FILIPINA NURSING ATTENDANT, 46-year-old Adela Catalon, and her father, 74-year-old Maurico Catalon, were two of 12 people who died of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in the Philippines. Adela got the disease from the infected mother of her room mate, Deborah, in Canada. Adela died on April 14, 2003. After coming home to the [...]

Posted on October 13, 2003   |   CATEGORY: Health, People

MOST MUSLIM COUNTRIES ARE failing in social and democratic reforms, resulting in increased poverty and illiteracy levels and worsening problem on terrorism, according to a US think tank. “With very few exceptions like Malaysia, Tunisia and perhaps Iran, Muslim countries are failing” because “there is not much focus on the social well-being [of the citizens], [...]

Posted on October 13, 2003   |   CATEGORY: Features

The President’s eldest son believes he was groomed for politics by his grandparents, Diosdado and Evangelina Macapagal

Posted on August 18, 2003   |   CATEGORY: People, Politics, Profiles, Today's Feature

UNTIL HIS MOTHER BECAME VICE PRESIDENT, MlKEY WAS AN UNFAMILIAR FIGURE IN PAMPANGA. WHEN HE ran for vice governor, his certificate of candidacy listed as his residence a house owned by a Macapagal relative in Barangay Concepcion, along Highway 54 in Lubao town, but local officials say the President’s son hardly stays there. Like his [...]

Posted on August 18, 2003   |   CATEGORY: People, Places

Mikey’s circle of friends is controversial like him

Posted on August 17, 2003   |   CATEGORY: Today's Feature

Like the father, the son is into breeding racehorses

Posted on August 17, 2003   |   CATEGORY: Politics, Today's Feature

Church leaders should have shown enlightened statesmanship

Posted on August 4, 2003   |   CATEGORY: Commentary
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