Category «Politics»

Of Sh–holes & Trump-Era USAID

No matter how offensive Trump’s opinions of developing countries is, it’s probably for the best that the developing world understand the viewpoint held by the leader of the United States. Let’s face it: racism is the reason why many Americans voted for Trump in the first place. Trump may claim not to have said the …

Of Sh–holes & Trump-Era USAID

No matter how offensive Trump’s opinions of developing countries is, it’s probably for the best that the developing world understand the viewpoint held by the leader of the United States. Let’s face it: racism is the reason why many Americans voted for Trump in the first place. Trump may claim not to have said the …

IMF: From ‘Washington Consensus’ to ‘Soak the Rich’

Even the IMF has moved on from the 80s-vintage “Washington Consensus.” Trump, however, still adores it. In many ways, Donald Trump is a throwback to the past. Unfortunately, he wishes to bring back a lot of what was regrettable and not desirable about the past: militarism, racism, sexism, etc. Even in the international economic realm, …

Trump’s USA & Norway: What’s the ‘Sh–hole’ Country?

Trump should dress in more appropriate garb…but we can do more sensible things. I am utterly appalled, but not surprised, by American President Donald Trump’s reported characterization of a number of developing nations as “shit–hole countries.” In his rhetoric, Trump can be argued to subscribe to a global racial hierarchy which goes roughly like this: …

Geography Flunkies: UK in Trans-Pacific Partnership?

Can the UK join these Pacific nations in a regional FTA? It’s far-fetched. I am utterly befuddled by British officials giving lip service to the idea that they wish to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deserted last year by the United States. Now formally known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership or …

On CFIUS Dissuading Jack Ma’s MoneyGram Purchase

Is this ant a PRC Communist apparatchik? The CFIUS apparently thinks so. There is a long history of Chinese companies being prevented from purchasing American firms on highly questionable “national security” grounds. The source of this discrimination is the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). What is interesting here, though, is that …

Hijab-Wearing Barbie and Social Responsiveness

Is so much ado about a Barbie doll warranted? There’s a hard-hitting op-ed in al Jazeera criticizing a move one of the United States’ largest toymakers has made to produce a hijab-wearing Barbie. On the face of it, this action is a long-overdue one in recognition that the world’s population is nearly a quarter Islamic. …

American Decline & Declining Life Expectancy

If “truth in advertising” held, this ditty should be the United States’ national anthem. If America is such a great place, then why do so many Americans want to end their lives faster? The numbers don’t lie: for a second consecutive year in 2016, US life expectancy has decreased. All this is happening in the …

Sen. Zubiri shows his world-class Kali-Arnis skills – NewspaperPH

Advertisement Sen. Antonio Trillanes seems to be good at making enemies as he challenged Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri in a physical fight, a challenge accepted by Sen. Zubiri. Trillanes is skilled in hand-to-hand combat as a former member of the Philippine Marines.  However, Trillanes might want to rethink his challenge as Zubiri was a former …

Sen. Trillanes Hininihikayat ang mga Sundalo na wag Sundin ang Pres. Duterte – NewspaperPH

Advertisement Trillanes Gustong pamunuan ang imbestigasyon sa BI, Hinikayat ang Sundalo na wag basta basta sumunod sa mga utos ni Pangilong Duterte. Sa kanyang panayam sa Gma News TV binalaan ang mga Sundalo na wag basta basta sumunod sa mga utos ng pangulong Duterte. at baka mapahamak sila kungsundi ang mga utos ni Pres. Duterte. …