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The Dogged Determination of Franco Consolacion

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It is the customary practice at funeral wakes to recall and honor only the good deeds of the dearly departed and to ignore or forget the bad. But that custom often prevents a full appreciation of the life of an individual and it would not have done justice for my friend, Franco Consolacion.

Posted: June 19th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

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The self-perpetuating elite of the Philippines

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In the American magazine Foreign Affairs http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/24006/benigno-s-aquino-jr/whats-wrong-with-the-philippines published in July of 1968, a young Filipino senator introduced his country to the American people as “a land in which a few are spectacularly rich while the masses remain abjectly poor . . . a land consecrated to democracy but run by an entrenched plutocracy… a people whose ambitions run high, but whose fulfillment is low and mainly restricted to the self-perpetuating elite…a land of privilege and rank – a republic dedicated to equality but mired in an archaic system of caste.”

Posted: June 4th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

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Nationalism means opposing China’s imperialism

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China responded to Pres. Obama’s recent Asian tour by deploying an armada of 80 military and civilian ships, along with support aircraft, to install a billion dollar oil rig right smack dab on Vietnam’s continental shelf well within its 200 mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

Posted: May 14th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

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We treasure our Sierra Madre

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In the1948 John Houston movie, “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre,” three destitute Americans working as gold prospectors mining the Sierra Madre mountains in Mexico are confronted by bandits posing as mounted police (“Federales”).  When they are asked to produce their badges, the chief bandit’s response is classic:   “Badges? We don’t need no stinking badges!”   […]

Posted: April 19th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists,Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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Sen. Leland Yee and the politics of pay to play

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California State Sen. Leland Yee was arrested at his San Francisco home by the FBI on March 26, 2014 on seven federal felony charges related to public corruption and gun trafficking charges, specifically with attempting to facilitate the purchase of automatic firearms and shoulder-launched missiles from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to smuggle into the US.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

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