LML Polettiques (203)

Sara, for heaven’s sake, it’s just a song!

Wednesday, 11 December 2019 08:45 Written by
AND your father, the Deegong, in a rare unguarded moment was caught in the euphoria thumping to the beat of “Manila, Manila” — the band Hotdogs’ iconic song. I wrote a similar comment on my Facebook page as all major…

America — a terrorist state

Wednesday, 04 December 2019 12:52 Written by
MY grandson Maximillian has been fascinated of late by wars and history. When not absorbed in “Mine Craft,” the internet video game that has occupied the waking hours of his peers (he is seven years old), questions about his country’s…

America — a terrorist state

Wednesday, 04 December 2019 09:29 Written by
MY grandson Maximillian has been fascinated of late by wars and history. When not absorbed in “Mine Craft,” the internet video game that has occupied the waking hours of his peers (he is seven years old), questions about his country’s…

Destined for War and PH’s peripheral role

Wednesday, 27 November 2019 12:30 Written by
IN 2017, I came across this fascinating book by Graham Allison, Destined for War, which described the rise of China and its impact on the world, particularly on America’s position as the architect of the international order that has prevailed…

Rome-Argentina-Filipinas: Lessons to be learned

Wednesday, 20 November 2019 07:36 Written by
THIS column concludes a three-part series on the creation of a populist welfare state as the precursor of the downfall of empires and governments. Rome is a case in point in the first half of the 1st century A.D. and…

Argentina, an enigma

Wednesday, 13 November 2019 14:16 Written by
I HAVE been to some Latin American countries since the 1980s and have found a certain affinity with their people. It is perhaps because we were all once colonies of Spain: Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Paraguay and Argentina. The Spanish…

Collapse of empire and the welfare state

Wednesday, 06 November 2019 11:37 Written by
HISTORICALLY the rise and fall of empire is measured in millennia. The former is often imperceptible, while the latter could be abrupt, immediate and deadly. Such was the fate of the Roman Empire. Its rise is covered in the mists…

Two presidents and independent foreign policy

Wednesday, 30 October 2019 13:19 Written by
AMONG the foreign policies that the Deegong adopted from his predecessor are the “Three Pillars”: preservation and enhancement of national security; protection of the rights and promotion of the welfare of overseas Filipinos; and promotion and attainment of economic security.…
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