FROM FAR AND NEAR
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...
Lessons on Trump’s self-destruction
by Ruben Almendras - January 19, 2021 - 12:00am
On January 20, 2021, Joseph Biden will be sworn in as president of the US and Trump will be a footnote in history, as the only US president to have been impeached twice in his term.
How to fast track COVID vaccinations
by Ruben Almendras - January 12, 2021 - 12:00am
Now that the COVID-19 vaccines are available, the objective is to vaccinate as many as 70% of the world population to achieve “herd immunity”.
Que sera 2021
by Ruben Almendras - January 5, 2021 - 12:00am
Reviewing the predictions of fortune tellers at this time last year, including feng shui, card readers, and “maghuhulas”, not one predicted the COVID-19 virus and the ensuing pandemic which had disastrous...
A COVID Filipino Christmas
by Ruben Almendras - December 22, 2020 - 12:00am
The COVID-19 pandemic that started early this year has changed the world in many ways. It has upended nationals and races in all countries and affected families and individuals regardless of status. On top of the...
Is it game over for Trump?
by Ruben Almendras - December 15, 2020 - 12:00am
In Google’s most-searched topic in 2020, the US election was the most searched query among Filipinos, topping even the coronavirus pandemic.
COVID pandemic a necessary pause?
by Ruben Almendras - December 8, 2020 - 12:00am
If we start with the from the discovery of the virus in Wuhan, China, last December, the COVID pandemic has been with the world for 12 months.
Economic recovery in 2022?
by Ruben Almendras - December 1, 2020 - 12:00am
In the companies where I have involvement, September is the usual start of our budget process in discussing the assumptions for the income and resource projections of the coming year.
Governance by task force?
by Ruben Almendras - November 25, 2020 - 12:00am
In the last few months our government have created four task forces, among them the Manila Bay Task Force, the Anti-Corruption Task Force, the Typhoon Task Force, the COVID-19 IATF, and the long-existing Marawi Task...
Who were the Filipino “Trumpers”?
by Ruben Almendras - November 17, 2020 - 12:00am
The US elections is over and Biden won by 306 electoral votes over Trump’s 232 votes, a 14% margin. In the popular vote, Biden got 79 million over Trump’s 71 million, a 6% margin. Given these figures,...
Global repercussions of the US election
by Ruben Almendras - November 3, 2020 - 12:00am
As the world’s biggest military and economic power, the actions of the US have global implications.
When politics undermines economics
by Ruben Almendras - October 20, 2020 - 12:00am
The recent fight for the speakership in Congress which threatened to delay the passage of the very needed, but “pork barrel” embedded 2021 Budget to help in the Covid pandemic and the unnecessary closure...
The limits of political power
by Ruben Almendras - October 13, 2020 - 12:00am
The current power struggle for the speakership in the Lower House of Congress, and the peripheral power maneuvering among the congressmen and affected politicians are examples of flexing political powers.
The “high stakes” in the speakership issue
by Ruben Almendras - October 6, 2020 - 12:00am
The ongoing struggle for the Speaker of the Lower House will not be settled even after the October 14 deadline of the gentlemen’s agreement between Velasco and Cayetano on their term sharing.
Martial law and the Philippine economy
by Ruben Almendras - October 1, 2020 - 12:00am
Last week was the 48th anniversary of the declaration of martial law in the Philippines that lasted for 14 years.
Stress testing your business/livelihood
by Ruben Almendras - September 22, 2020 - 12:00am
Among the simulation exercises that are done in strategic planning is “stress testing” the organization’s ability to survive severe or extreme negative conditions, and project the results.
Financial management in COVID time
by Ruben Almendras - September 15, 2020 - 12:00am
The economic and financial impact of the COVID pandemic started to have greater impact in April this year.
Should we be afraid of China?
by Ruben Almendras - September 8, 2020 - 12:00am
In the past few years, China has been increasingly flexing its economic and military power all over the world, demonstrating its ascent as a global power.
The US elections: A morality play?
by Ruben Almendras - September 1, 2020 - 12:00am
The 2020 US elections is getting much interest and importance globally due to its greater impact to many countries and to the world.
Is Trump a threat to democracy?
by Ruben Almendras - August 25, 2020 - 12:00am
The Democrat party in the US had their four-day virtual convention to proclaim Biden as their candidate for president, and Harris as vice president in the coming November election.
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