China’s Communist Party Conundrum
by Ruben Almendras - March 28, 2023 - 12:00am
The Chinese government’s geo-political maneuvers, cold war tactics, and massive propaganda aren’t necessarily approved or known to majority of the Chinese people.
A disaster waiting to happen
by Ruben Almendras - March 21, 2023 - 12:00am
In the first general membership meeting of the Financial Executives Association of Cebu, the main speaker was retired Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas deputy governor Diwa Gunigundo. A UP Economics graduate with a master’s...
Governments “gaslighting” the people
by Ruben Almendras - March 14, 2023 - 12:00am
“Gaslight” is a 1944 movie by George Cukor starring Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, Joseph Cotton, and Angela Lansbury.
Social and ideological dimensions of WWIII
by Ruben Almendras - March 7, 2023 - 12:00am
The ongoing escalation of the financial/economic sanctions on Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran, and the continuing bombardment of Ukraine are indicative that there is already a new Cold War, together with the...
The ongoing and coming world war
by Ruben Almendras - February 28, 2023 - 12:00am
Recent events like the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Chinese escalation in the South China Sea, and the continuing missiles tests by North Korea, are beating the drums of war. 
Surviving 2023
by Ruben Almendras - February 14, 2023 - 12:00am
Having survived the worst of COVID-19 in 2020 and 2021 and the effects of the pandemic on public health and the economy, almost half of the Filipinos are probably more confident of surviving 2023.
Mang Pandoy and the 7.6% GDP growth
by Ruben Almendras - February 7, 2023 - 12:00am
The Philippine government reported the GDP grew by 7.6% in 2022, the highest in so many years and hinted as an achievement of the BBM presidency.
Rotary clubs and disinformation
by Ruben Almendras - January 31, 2023 - 12:00am
As a part-time journalist, I get a lot of emails and forwarded posts, and some 30% of them are fake news or disinformation.
Do countries go bankrupt?
by Ruben Almendras - January 17, 2023 - 12:00am
Considering that the Philippine government has outstanding debt to local and foreign creditors nearing P14 trillion which is already 64% of its GDP, the recent Department of Finance announcement of another $3 billion...
SNAFU in the Manila airspace
by Ruben Almendras - January 9, 2023 - 10:39pm
The shutdown of the Manila airspace last January 1 was a major disaster lasting four days.
China’s propaganda offensives
by Ruben Almendras - January 3, 2023 - 12:00am
The China we are referring in this article is not the Chinese people or nation but the Chinese government and/or the Chinese Communist Party that runs the government.
The political meaning of Christmas (Part 2)
by Ruben Almendras - December 27, 2022 - 12:00am
In December 24, 2019, my column was part one of the above title.
The power of righteous dissent
by Ruben Almendras - December 20, 2022 - 12:00am
There is a recent movie, “The Power of the Dog” starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst, which I watched during the pandemic lockdown as the title was intriguing.
The risks of MWF to BBM
by Ruben Almendras - December 13, 2022 - 12:00am
If you do not know what is the Maharlika Wealth Fund and the issues against its creation, you are likely have given up on the Philippines, or are not an SSS/GSIS pensioner or potential pensioner, or don’t care...
Holding on to yesterdays
by Ruben Almendras - December 6, 2022 - 12:00am
The COVID-19 pandemic with the consequent lockdowns that restricted socializing, the environmental disasters, and the Russian invasion of Ukraine have so stressed so many people that a wave of nostalgia enveloped...
Poverty with impunity a recipe for disaster
by Ruben Almendras - November 29, 2022 - 12:00am
For many days last week, Justice Secretary Remulla repeatedly denied the existence of impunity in the Philippines and that the government does not want impunity to rule the country.
FINEX summit for Cebu
by Ruben Almendras - November 22, 2022 - 12:00am
The Financial Executives Institute of Cebu (FINEX-CEBU INC.) scheduled a forum in 2020 to get the vision of the local governments of Cebu.
The relevance of the US elections
by Ruben Almendras - November 15, 2022 - 12:00am
The elections in the US matters to people and governments not just in America but all over the world, because of its dominant role and position as the most powerful country economically, political, and militari...
Inflation and price elasticity
by Ruben Almendras - November 8, 2022 - 12:00am
Official Philippine government statistics released last week showed 7.7% inflation in October this year, the highest in the last 14 years.
Democracy vs. autocracy
by Ruben Almendras - November 1, 2022 - 12:00am
Recent global socio-political events in some countries points to a continuing attack on democracy and democratic institutions.
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