LML Polettiques (326)

Duterte’s time running out — monumental failures

Wednesday, 10 February 2021 09:36 Written by
THIS regime ends in 15 months. Before that, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (PRRD) becomes a lame duck unless he is perceived as still powerful and influential in shaping the next administration, either as a “surrogate president” under the harebrained proposals…

The political economy of vaccines: World poverty, vaccination, herd immunity

Wednesday, 03 February 2021 08:34 Written by
Last of 2 partsTHIS second part on the Covid-19 vaccine puts into perspective the need for massive vaccination as a precondition to lifting the lockdowns and reviving the global economy.Lockdowns, the knee-jerk solution to the pandemic, have exacted an intolerable…

SIC SEMPER TYRANNIS. The fall of Trump, the rise of Biden

Wednesday, 27 January 2021 03:50 Written by
JAN. 20, 2021. The world was riveted to their TV sets for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. Earlier that morning, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania were seen sneaking out of the White House for the very last time. Marine…

Where is America going?

Wednesday, 20 January 2021 11:14 Written by
AT noontime Eastern Time, Jan. 20, 2021, Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States.Weeks ago, I wrote about the elections, focusing on President Trump’s dangerous behavior, a sad episode in American history. US…

The political economy of vaccines

Wednesday, 13 January 2021 09:37 Written by
IN the past, I commended the Deegong for his efforts to contain the pandemic — in contrast to what his counterpart did in America, allowing 370,000 people to die. But this is not about Trump; this is about the political…

Wishes that should and shouldn’t come true

Wednesday, 06 January 2021 09:29 Written by
OVER the years, I claim expertise at crafting beautiful and well thought out year-end resolutions — on weight loss, smoking, alcohol intake and diet — that I adopt seriously for a day or two and promptly discard. Thus, I save…

2020 in review; 2021 — what it should look like

Wednesday, 30 December 2020 06:21 Written by
THIS is my last column this year. I’d use my allotted 1,200 words for a cursory review of 2020 and what 2021 should bring or, on a more personal level, what I want next year to look like. There is…

Pisteng yawa ning tuiga! And hopefully a different 2021

Wednesday, 23 December 2020 05:03 Written by
ONLY a true Bisdak (Bisayang Daku) can appreciate the nuance of this greeting — both a curse and a benediction. The year 2020 was one of contrast, not unlike the contrapuntal opening lines of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two…
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