DIPLOMATIC POUCH
A man planting love
by Son Sang-Ha - May 17, 2018 - 12:00am
When I was the Korean ambassador in Manila (2001-2004), I met Wonjoo Lee, a member of the Korean community.
Upholding press freedom
by Harald Fries - May 3, 2018 - 12:00am
‘The freedom of a nation is always proportional to its freedom of the press, so that one cannot exist without the other.’ - Anders Chydenius (1729–1803), founding father of the first Swedish Freedom...
A giant leap for world peace
by Han Dong-Man - May 2, 2018 - 12:00am
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, was heard on Earth saying these immortal words: “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”
Cool Germany – really?
by Gordon Kricke - April 26, 2018 - 12:00am
When I saw the title “Cool Germany” on the cover of one of the latest editions of the magazine “The Economist” I was curious to know what the story was about.
The meaning of Operation Olive Branch
by Mevlut Cavusoglu - April 12, 2018 - 12:00am
The gloomy portrait of the Middle East today should not obscure that peace is achievable.
Something sweet for Lent time
by Giorgio Guglielmino - March 29, 2018 - 12:00am
As Italy is so well known for its food and its culinary traditions, it is obvious that almost every day, celebration, season, holiday in my country is an occasion for a special dish.
The new TPP: A way forward
by Jose Miguel Capdevila - March 22, 2018 - 12:00am
In January 2017, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order formally ending the United States’ participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), casting doubts as to the future of this long crafted...
Awareness matters
by Gordon Kricke - March 15, 2018 - 12:00am
If you check on the Internet you will be surprised how many international awareness days exist.
Marriage for all – nothing queer about it
by Gordon Kricke - January 18, 2018 - 12:00am
What my wife and I like most about being in the Philippines is that people here are generally very friendly and open-minded, warm and welcoming.
Business and human rights
by Gordon Kricke - December 13, 2017 - 4:00pm
As a student making an internship in a company some 30 years ago I was quite annoyed that I had to work without being paid. As a diplomat many years later I found it embarrassing that we had interns working sometimes...
Good news coming from Manila for the protection of endangered species, their future is our future
by Gordon Kricke - November 8, 2017 - 4:00pm
In Manila all eyes are clearly focused on the upcoming ASEAN and East Asia summits and the arrival of an impressive number of world leaders.
Lessons from the past
by Gordon Kricke - September 20, 2017 - 4:00pm
In less than two weeks we will celebrate the German national day, the anniversary of the German reunification. The end of the German – and European – division into East and West would not have been possible...
Germany as a chance for Filipino professionals
by Gordon Kricke - August 9, 2017 - 4:00pm
The German industry can include itself among the winners of globalization.
Israel celebrates 69th National Day
by Effie Ben Matityau - June 28, 2017 - 4:00pm
Our 2017 National Day celebration coincides with the year of jubilees in the relations between our two countries and peoples.
Fellow travellers
by Amanda Gorely - June 21, 2017 - 4:00pm
As Ambassador, one of my highest priorities is to safeguard the interests of Australian citizens in the Philippines. The Australian Government travel advisory for the Philippines provides generic advice to Australian...
Biodiversity and climate change – international responsibility and cooperation
by Gordon Kricke - June 7, 2017 - 4:00pm
Last Monday the World Environment Day 2017 was celebrated and this year’s theme “Connecting People to Nature” is an apt reminder to all of us to get outdoors and into nature more often.
‘Paz’ is a woman’s name
by Luis Calvo - May 10, 2017 - 12:00am
In Spain, as in the Philippines, “Paz” (Peace) is a name given to women; very fittingly so as women’s leadership is essential in preventing conflict and securing peace.
Biodiversity is life
by Gordon Kricke - April 27, 2017 - 12:00am
In the daily hustle and bustle of the busy and exciting city life in Manila it is easy to forget that the Philippines is one of the most important global hotspots for biodiversity.
A well-deserved ‘Golden Lion’ for the Philippines in Venice
by Massimo Roscigno - September 20, 2016 - 12:00am
The Philippines scored a great victory with the “Leone d’Oro” awarded to Director Lav Diaz for his “Babaeng Humayo” (The Woman Who Left) at the “Festival del Cinema di Venezia,”...
Representing Canada
by Neil Reeder - August 23, 2016 - 12:00am
It has been an honour and privilege for me to represent Canada as ambassador to the Philippines since 2013.
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