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Entries by Virginia M. Moncrieff from 09/2009

The Philippines: an Aquino makeover on the road to the Presidency.

| Posted 09.09.2009 | World

The Philippines hasn't recovered from its official mourning period for former President Corazon Aquino, but there's already pressure on her son, Sen. Benigno 'Noy Noy' Aquino III, to run for president.

Losing Ground: Taliban Cover 97% of Afghanistan: Report

| Posted 09.11.2009 | World

New research indicates that 80% of Afghanistan now has a permanent Taliban presence and that 97% of the country has "substantial Taliban activity."

What's Your Name? Dunce? Bong? Bum?

| Posted 09.21.2009 | Healthy Living

In the Philippines, everyone seems to have some kind of all-purpose nickname that long ago rendered their real name obsolete. Politicians with names like Joker, Boy, Butch and Ping are commonplace.

Philippines Notebook: A National Disaster Brings Death and Blame

| Posted 09.27.2009 | World

An overburdened city is an overburdened city and on Saturday, regardless of whether you lived in a shanty town or in a utilities-paying neighborhood, it was time to pay the price.