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Duterte's First 100 Days

Daniel Wagner | Posted 10.07.2016 | Home
Daniel Wagner

As Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte enjoys a "very good" net satisfaction rating three months into his presidency, and high approval ratings from ...

Duterte, Trump, and Implications of 'Sticking It' to the Rest of the World

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.13.2016 | Home
Daniel Wagner

Rodrigo Duterte has only been in office a few months in the Philippines but is giving Donald Trump a run for his money as the most bombastic and outrageous political figure on the global media stage.

Marcos Redux

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 08.19.2016 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

But the father answered never a word, A frozen corpse was he. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Wreck of the Hesperus We interrupt ...

Philippines at a Crossroads: "Iron Fist' vs. 'Straight Path 2.0'?

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 05.04.2016 | Home
Richard Javad Heydarian

Will the Philippines fall into a Machiavellian cyclical history as it did in the 20th century or, instead, embark on a Hegelian march towards the terminus of genuine democracy?

The Folly Of Philippines' Autocratic Nostalgia

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 06.15.2016 | Home
Richard Javad Heydarian

MANILA, Philippines -- "The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion," Edmund Burke, the great 18th century conservative thinker, once warned. Today, a specter is hunting the democratic world -- the specter of autocratic nostalgia.

The End of Philippine Democracy?

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 05.06.2016 | Home
Richard Javad Heydarian

"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one," Albert Einstein once famously declared. On the surface, the Philippines is a bustling e...

Philippines' Bernie Sanders: A Conversation with Walden Bello

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 03.08.2017 | Home
Richard Javad Heydarian

In a country known for its capitalist excesses and broadly center-right values, a self-professed "democratic socialist" is now the most favorably-perc...

Philippines' Incomplete Revolution: Elite Democracy and Autocratic Nostalgia

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 02.25.2017 | Home
Richard Javad Heydarian

Three decades after its world-historical 1986 "People Power" uprising, which inspired similar non-violent revolution across the world, the Philippines is still struggling to anchor itself on a unifying narrative of nation-building.

Managing the End of the Marcos Regime and the Rise of Corazon Aquino

ADST | Posted 01.11.2017 | Home

Opposing the rule of Philippines president Ferdinand Marcos, Senator Benigno Aquino returned from exile in the U.S. in August 1983, only to be assassinated upon his arrival in Manila.

9/11 Plus 14: The Morphing Long War Bloodily Meanders On

William Bradley | Posted 09.11.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

How is it even possible that the jihadist situation is even more screwed up now than it was right after the 9/11 attacks? Because two successive presidencies, seeming and mostly real political opposites, have pursued deeply incoherent and ultimately profoundly counter-productive strategies.

32-Year-Old Video Gains Half a Million Views on YouTube: The Remarkable Legacy of a Filipino Martyr

Jim Laurie | Posted 08.26.2016 | Home
Jim Laurie

It was 32 years ago, August 21st, 1983, that I witnessed a murder. I didn't actually see it, mind you. The gunshots. I was more an ear-witness than eyewitness. The victim was a 50-year-old politician named Benigno Aquino Jr. -- known to everyone in the Philippines by his nickname "Ninoy."

The Missing Marcos Billions and the Demise of the Commission on Good Government

Edsel Tupaz | Posted 12.13.2014 | Home
Edsel Tupaz

The recent seizure of works of art believed to have been acquired through ill-gotten wealth by Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos are a reminder of the enduring political legacy of the Marcos family.

Dear Anti-Marcoses, Pro-Marcoses, and the Spirit of Philippine Martial Law

Bino A. Realuyo | Posted 11.18.2014 | Home
Bino A. Realuyo

The success of the political landscape of the Philippines is contigent upon how we can move the populace out of poverty and bring them to the educated middle class with power and decision making.

Circus Politics Is Alive and Well in the Philippines

Edsel Tupaz | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics
Edsel Tupaz

The circus continues with the motion to impeach President Aquino, with opposition politicians having sharpened their knives in an attempt to draw some blood from the Teflon President.

Obama Wins Back Lost Advantage in the Philippines As He Dabbles, Fitfully and Perhaps Fatefully, in the Ukraine Crisis

William Bradley | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

As Obama accomplished something quite real in the Asia-Pacific his administration and the European Union pursued something unreal, announcing new sanctions against individual Russians for their involvement in Russia's strategy to foment discord in Ukraine and keep that nation, which is only a few hundred miles from Moscow, out of NATO.

Back to School and Ahead to...?

Jack Levison | Posted 10.30.2013 | Religion
Jack Levison

So much of school seems to consist of teaching kids to listen for hours on end. Instructing them in the art of large group compliance. Training them to relent. Kids should be relentless--not behaviorally modified to relent, to give ground, to concede and cave.

Philippine Dictator Forced Generals To Perform In Drag

Agence France Presse | | Posted 06.09.2013 | Home

Then-Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos forced his military chiefs to parade as women during a tasteless, sycophantic birthday party planned by his ...

Yank Him, Obama; Reagan Would Have

Phil Bronstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Phil Bronstein

Why is Mr. Obama not paying attention to the piece of the Reagan legacy in the Philippines that we'll call "dealing effectively with a dictator who's lost his grip?"

Open Web Platform for Gulf Oil Spill Beats Media Boom Ban

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Georgianne Nienaber

Yobie Benjamin with Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu "But at the end of the day, it's not about me. It's about the people of the Gulf," Sa...

The Philippines Spamdex - How An Election Could Be Decided By Tinned Meat.

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Virginia M. Moncrieff

MANILA, Philippines - Manuel Villar is one of the front runners in next week's national election. He makes much of his humble roots. Born in a squalid...

Imelda Marcos' Flamboyant Shoe Collection Saved From Philippines Floods

Associated Press | TERESA CEROJANO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

MANILA, Philippines (AP)- When a powerful storm inundated the Philippines last month, most people rushed to save their homes or their lives. Employees...

Imelda Marcos Opens Run For Philippine Congress | CARLOS H. CONDE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

MANILA -- Imelda Marcos, the flamboyant widow of the dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos, filed last-minute papers on Tuesday declaring her candidacy for a s...

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

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Virginia M. Moncrieff

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.

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

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Virginia M. Moncrieff

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.

The Day They Buried Cory Aquino

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Virginia M. Moncrieff

Since Saturday, when Corazon Aquino died, my neighborhood in Manila has been awash with yellow ribbons and banners. At my local 7/11, I asked about the yellow ribbons tied to the door, and the cashier burst into tears.