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Even without it, we were already in serious trouble MANY COUNTRIES HAD TO ENDURE TERRORISM BUT STILL PROSPERED IN THE MEANTIME. IT IS a test of strength of any society. The British had to live with it for decades with the IRA. The Spaniards still have it with the Basque separatists under the ETA. The [...]

Posted on November 25, 2002   |   CATEGORY: Commentary

Where would we all be without jargon and diplobabble? AMONG THE MANY JOBS I HAVE TO KEEP—A UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR’S SALARY BEING WHAT IT is hereabouts—is that of an editor (nay, translator) of technical documents produced by government agencies, NGOs, and private corporations. Thankfully for guys like me, institutions like these churn out documents by the [...]

Posted on November 11, 2002   |   CATEGORY: Commentary

Is it time for the press to break off its long-running affair with the Left? IN OUR OFTEN SELF-STYLED JOURNALISTIC TRADITION, FEW PRACTICES HAVE ENDURED THE test of time and trends in the media. Recently, one of these practices has been a topic of heated debate inside newsrooms and boardrooms. The traditional liberal bias associated [...]

Posted on November 11, 2002   |   CATEGORY: Commentary

Of course, he’s looking for money to fill the 2004 ‘war chest’ SOMETHING HAS DISTURBED ME OF LATE. NOT MY USUAL SOURCES OF OUTRAGE—POVERTY, corruption, outright stupidity in officialdom. But linking Assunta to the kidnapping of her boyfriend’s children. The “Cabinet in black” picture. The Sex Bomb Dancers. Looking for Mike Arroyo under every scam. [...]

Posted on October 28, 2002   |   CATEGORY: Commentary

GMA should star in a soap of her own WHAT IS IT ABOUT SOAP OPERAS THAT KEEPS US WATCHING? WE KNOW THE PLOTS ARE RIDICULOUS, the suspense is frustrating, and the acting is hoary, but we stay tuned until the bitter end. What was that you just said? That I should speak for myself because [...]

Posted on October 28, 2002   |   CATEGORY: Absurdia, Commentary

However long and costly it takes, in the end, Saddam will be out of power IT SEEMS THAT AMERICAN MILITARY ACTION AGAINST SADDAM HUSSEIN IS inexorable. It doesn’t seem to matter whether the UN inspectors go back in. Neither will the inspection results. This is not only about weapons of mass destruction. This is perhaps [...]

Posted on October 14, 2002   |   CATEGORY: Commentary

First, let’s get something out of the way: I love America and things American just as much as the next fellow, if not a little more. After all, I studied and lived there for five years, and—like many Pinoys—had, in a sense, spent most of my youth preparing to go there, learning about Tom and [...]

Posted on October 13, 2002   |   CATEGORY: Commentary

Despite the high level of bellicose rhetoric, why do both sides hold on to the possibility of resuming negotiations? COLIN POWELL, PRESIDENT ARROYO, AND JOMA SISON HAVE CONSPIRED TO SCUTTLE the peace talks. Why have they failed? It is easy to say that President Arroyo’s quick assent to US Secretary of State Colin Powell’s announcement [...]

Posted on September 30, 2002   |   CATEGORY: Commentary

The literal and downright pedestrian style of projecting the President’s war on crime is making even her silent supporters uneasy IT’S A RECIPE GOVERNMENT HOPES WILL WORK: ROUND UP CRIMINALS FROM THE STREET, LINE them up for the cameras, get the President into frame, and, well, hope the public gets the picture. So far, it’s [...]

Posted on September 30, 2002   |   CATEGORY: Commentary

It is pointless to kill each other when an asteroid will do the job more efficiently We better understand that we weren’t meant to be, and we don’t have dominion over everything and we’re not always as smart as we think.—Paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould (1942-2002) REPENT, FOR THE END IS NIGH! MWAHAHA. I HAVE ALWAYS [...]

Posted on September 16, 2002   |   CATEGORY: Absurdia, Commentary

The current policy crisis could not have come at a worse time OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM HAS SHOT OUR ECONOMY IN THE FOOT ONCE AGAIN. TAKE our power sector. The good news is that the newly installed GMA administration, displaying strong political will, managed to get Congress to pass the new power sector reform law. At [...]

Posted on September 2, 2002   |   CATEGORY: Commentary
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