FROM FAR AND NEAR
A health, economic, social, and political crisis
by Ruben Almendras - March 31, 2020 - 12:00am
The current COVID-19 pandemic is a once-in-a-hundred years’ kind of crisis and disaster. It may be comparable to the 14th-century plague (Black Death) and the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemics, but hopefully with...
Are we headed for an economic recession?
by Ruben Almendras - March 24, 2020 - 12:00am
The COVID-19 pandemic is now on its fourth month and the economic impacts are surfacing and spreading.
Banko Sentral could/should do more
by Ruben Almendras - March 17, 2020 - 12:00am
The medical and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are well disseminated and explained, and even the socio-political consequences of the quarantine, lockdown, state of medical emergency declarations of the government...
The world is in trouble but…
by Ruben Almendras - March 10, 2020 - 12:00am
As of March 8, 2020, worldwide infection of the COVID-19 has exceeded 106,000, with more than 3,600 deaths.
Governance in the time of coronavirus
by Ruben Almendras - March 3, 2020 - 12:00am
As of February 29, 2020, more than 85,000 people worldwide have been infected with COVID-19 and more than 2,900 people have died. Ninety percent of these were in China but the infections and deaths outside China...
Who wins in the ABS-CBN issue?
by Ruben Almendras - February 25, 2020 - 12:00am
There are 36 days to go until the expiration of the ABS-CBN franchise and the Senate and Congress only have two weeks of session days before they go into recess.
Positive effects of COVID-19
by Ruben Almendras - February 18, 2020 - 12:00am
As of Friday, February 14, the death toll from the COVID-19 coronavirus has reached 1,523, and more than 66,000 are infected, 90% of them in China.
Understanding China/Chinese phobia
by Ruben Almendras - February 11, 2020 - 12:00am
The recent coronavirus epidemic which is a month old and has resulted in more than 40,000 infected and over 700 deaths has spawned anti-Chinese sentiment in many parts of the world, particularly in countries with...
Why we grieved for Kobe Bryant
by Ruben Almendras - February 4, 2020 - 12:00am
Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash with eight other people that included his 13-year-old daughter last January 26, and people all over the world grieved.
Why the fans love Federer
by Ruben Almendras - January 28, 2020 - 12:00am
I watched the Federer vs. Millman match in the Australian Open on TV last Friday which was a five-setter.
A more dangerous world?
by Ruben Almendras - January 21, 2020 - 12:00am
With the recent eruption of Taal Volcano in the Philippines and another island volcano in New Zealand two months ago, the huge forest fires in California late last year, and the ongoing even larger forest fires in...
Sleepwalking into a war
by Ruben Almendras - January 14, 2020 - 12:00am
A historian philosopher once said that many leaders in many countries have a natural tendency to sleepwalk into a war.
A politically turbulent 2020
by Ruben Almendras - January 7, 2020 - 12:00am
I woke up in the morning of January 1, thinking about this column after recalling the night before most of the socio-political events that happened in 2019.
365 days to live
by Ruben Almendras - December 31, 2019 - 12:00am
In a few hours it will be a new year 2020 and with it a lot of hopes and wishes for us, our families, relatives, and friends.
The political meaning of Christmas
by Ruben Almendras - December 24, 2019 - 12:00am
Every Christmas, we are always reminded by the Catholic Church about the real meaning of Christmas, which is the birth of Jesus. And that the real meaning of Christmas is not the ostentatious celebrations, gift giving...
Filipino shoppers and the paradox of thrift
by Ruben Almendras - December 17, 2019 - 12:00am
Christmas season is shopping time and for most Filipinos it is just more shopping time.
A damaged presidency
by Ruben Almendras - December 10, 2019 - 12:00am
US president Trump’s three years in office have not been exactly smooth sailing.
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...
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