FROM FAR AND NEAR
Democracy strikes back
by Ruben Almendras - December 3, 2019 - 12:00am
Front page and headline news in the main and social media last week was the local elections in Hong Kong, wherein the pro-democracy candidates won 90% of the council seats with a 70% voter turnout.
The paradox of wealth and power
by Ruben Almendras - November 26, 2019 - 12:00am
The recent demise of prominent Filipino wealthy individuals like the Gokongweis, Bong Tan, CDO’s Ong, and others, and the high-profile power push by political leaders like Trump, Xi, Putin, and Erdogan, brings...
Is Robredo powerless in ICAD?
by Ruben Almendras - November 19, 2019 - 12:00am
As lecturer and researcher in Organization and Human Behavior in Organizations, the offer to Robredo to be part of the current government’s drug war, and her acceptance to be co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency...
South China Sea overreach
by Ruben Almendras - November 12, 2019 - 12:00am
Last week’s harassment of an all-Filipino manned Greek tanker by the Chinese Coast Guard inside the Philippine territorial waters may be a minor incident compared to the ramming by Chinese fishing militia of...
Headwinds on the Philippine economy
by Ruben Almendras - November 5, 2019 - 12:00am
In the past four weeks, all of the 2019 GDP/economy growth forecast of the Philippines were downgraded to less than 6% by analysts/economists of the major Philippine and foreign banks.
The rise of discontent
by Ruben Almendras - October 29, 2019 - 12:00am
In the past 90 days there have been at least 11 demonstrations/rallies in as many countries all over the world.
The economics of disasters
by Ruben Almendras - October 22, 2019 - 12:00am
In the past 31 days, there was the typhoon that hit Japan, a forest fire in California, floods and drought in parts of the Philippines, and most recently an earthquake in Mindanao.
NBA, Hong Kong, Beijing and liberty
by Ruben Almendras - October 15, 2019 - 12:00am
Of the over seven billion people in the world, there must be a hundred million who watch the NBA games or are familiar with the NBA basketball games.
Is it time to go to Hong Kong?
by Ruben Almendras - October 8, 2019 - 12:00am
On the second month of the protests/demonstrations in Hong Kong, we joked among friends that it might be a good time to go to HK as there were discounted plane fares and hotel rates.
Democracy in action in the US and UK
by Ruben Almendras - October 1, 2019 - 12:00am
The media coverage, both in the main and social media on the ongoing impeachment investigation of US President Trump, and the parliamentary and Supreme Court censure of UK Prime Minister Johnson are quite pervasive...
Consequences of martial law
by Ruben Almendras - September 24, 2019 - 12:00am
The longest Martial law in the Philippines was declared 47 years ago in Sept. 21, 1972 and it lasted for 14 years.
Vested interests in the rice problem
by Ruben Almendras - September 17, 2019 - 12:00am
In the past five weeks the price of “palay” has been dropping like a stone that in some areas it is below P10 a kilo and a high of P16 a kilo depending on the moisture and the location of the farms....
GCTA and other prison jokes
by Ruben Almendras - September 10, 2019 - 12:00am
Good Conduct Time Allowance was a relief not only to some Muntinlupa prisoners but also to some erring husbands who used it to plead with their wives for forgiveness.
Homework is not just about school
by Ruben Almendras - September 3, 2019 - 12:00am
Two congressmen filed a house bill prohibiting schools and teachers from giving homework to students from kinder to high school.
Eroding the presidency
by Ruben Almendras - August 27, 2019 - 12:00am
In the Philippines’ highly-personalized politics, while the presidency is the office and the president is the person, the terms are often merged and the credibility of the office and the person are taken as...
The coming world economic slowdown
by Ruben Almendras - August 20, 2019 - 12:00am
For the first time since 2009, the US interest “yield curve” inverted last week and investors and economists reacted in near-panic as this is another sign that the US economy will be slowing down and...
Hong Kong as financial center over?
by Ruben Almendras - August 13, 2019 - 12:00am
The anti-government demonstrations in Hong Kong are now in their 11th week and showing no signs of abating.
Isko Moreno effects and consequences
by Ruben Almendras - August 6, 2019 - 12:00am
A welcome development in many local governments after new Manila Mayor Isko Moreno started cleaning up Manila, was the copycat actions of mayors in many cities to also clean up their cities of illegal structures,...
Investments 101: Sunlife Mutual Funds
by Ruben Almendras - July 30, 2019 - 12:00am
As a pay forward and payback for my subsidized University of the Philippines education in graduate and postgraduate courses, I will have some columns in Finance and Investments to help the financial literacy campaign...
Isko Moreno for president in 2028
by Ruben Almendras - July 23, 2019 - 12:00am
Newly elected City of Manila Mayor Isko Moreno has been all over the news, both in social and main media due to some bold and uncommon directives and moves in the first two weeks of his three-year term.
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