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FROM FAR AND NEAR
Democracy strikes back
by Ruben Almendras - June 22, 2021 - 12:00am
World events in the past two weeks were dominated by the meeting in Geneva of the Group of Seven major democratic countries, and the meeting between US President Biden and Russia President Putin.
Political effects of Saso’s USGA win
by Ruben Almendras - June 15, 2021 - 12:00am
The biggest news in the Philippines last week was Filipina-Japanese golfer Yuka Saso winning the 76th USGA Women’s Open on the final day of the tournament.
Who are the anti-vaxxers?
by Ruben Almendras - June 1, 2021 - 12:00am
Since the start of the COVID vaccinations in November last year, the pace and coverage of the worldwide vaccination have been uneven.
“Unintended consequences” is justice
by Ruben Almendras - May 25, 2021 - 12:00am
The nightmare of every political, military, or economic strategist are unintended consequences that were never anticipated.
Inevitable political decline
by Ruben Almendras - May 18, 2021 - 12:00am
With the 2022 Philippine elections 11 months away, and the recent politically-corrosive controversies engulfing the present government, it might be the right time to revisit the life cycles of politicians/political...
The Manchurian Candidate
by Ruben Almendras - May 11, 2021 - 12:00am
The Manchurian Candidate is a best-selling book by Richard Condon published in 1959.
The necessary China pushback
by Ruben Almendras - May 4, 2021 - 12:00am
From all indications and indicators, the confrontation in the West Philippine Sea/South China Sea will be escalating.
Social dynamics of community pantry
by Ruben Almendras - April 27, 2021 - 12:00am
So much has been aired, televised, published, written, and shared about community pantries, that it’s clearly a successful program and project.
Critical issues in the 2022 elections
by Ruben Almendras - April 20, 2021 - 12:00am
It is less than 180 days from the filing of the certificates of candidacy for the 2022 national elections and less than 13 months from election day.
Economic recovery in 2022?
by Ruben Almendras - April 13, 2021 - 12:00am
One of the companies I work for was selected as respondent for the Quarterly BSP Business Expectation Survey sometime in 2018, so I have to answer a two-page questionnaire a month before every quarter.
Are Filipinos Easter people?
by Ruben Almendras - April 6, 2021 - 12:00am
The Easter greetings I received last Sunday were the most that I have received in many years, and were more profound and meaningful.
Vaccination and private enterprise
by Ruben Almendras - March 30, 2021 - 12:00am
In two earlier columns that I wrote in January 10 and January 31 this year, I already proposed that the private sector be involved in the procurement, distribution, and injections of the vaccines against COVID.
Relevance of the Palawan “no” vote
by Ruben Almendras - March 23, 2021 - 12:00am
With the resurgence of the COVID infections, the result of the plebiscite to divide Palawan into three provinces has been quietly forgotten.
Women’s rights are human rights
by Ruben Almendras - March 16, 2021 - 12:00am
March 8, 2021 was International Women’s Day. It’s a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women.
The relevance of Vico Sotto
by Ruben Almendras - March 9, 2021 - 12:00am
At a time of great distrust of the Filipinos of political leaders aggravated by the mishandling of the COVID pandemic, the award by the US State Department to Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto as one of the 12 International...
Government blunders, management and leadership
by Ruben Almendras - March 2, 2021 - 12:00am
While all organizations blunder, government blunders are more damaging and costly because these are bigger and affect more people.
Why Myanmar matters
by Ruben Almendras - February 16, 2021 - 12:00am
Among the current world events with global implications is the anti-government demonstrations in Myanmar, now on its ninth day with no sign of abetting.
Living in interesting times
by Ruben Almendras - February 9, 2021 - 12:00am
The greeting, “May you live in interesting times” is an English expression that is claimed to be a translation of a Chinese curse.
Vaccination to revive Philippine economy
by Ruben Almendras - February 2, 2021 - 12:00am
As we had written a few months back, the Philippine economy shrunk by 10% in 2020 which is some P2 trillion less than the 2019 value of all goods and services produced in that year, or in demand terms, P2 trillion...
Why dictators self-destruct
by Ruben Almendras - January 26, 2021 - 12:00am
My column last week on “Lessons on Trump’s Self-Destruction” elicited some interesting feedback which led to a discussion on the above topic on the self-destruction of most dictators, or aspiring...
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