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Workers of the world unite, you have nothing to lose but your chains*

Workers of the world unite, you have nothing to lose but your chains*

IT came as a surprise to most of our kababayans residing in the United States that May 1, International Workers Day, is not a communist legacy but an American one. Unfortunately, despite its American roots, there is no official observance of the IWD in the states on the first of May. The U.S. observes Labor Day on a different date […]

Maaring magbago 2*

Maaring magbago 2*

MARAMI ang nag-react sa huli kong kolum kung saan nasabi ko na maaring magbago si Senador Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos at ituwid ang mga kamalian ng kanyang mga magulang sa panahon ng martial law. Ilan sa mga mambabasa natin ay nagsabi na naisulat ko raw ang gayon kasi hindi ako nakaranas ng panunupil ng diktadura ni Marcos. Ang dapat daw na […]

by Nelson Flores, LL.B., MSCK· · 1 comment · Opinions
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Broke and Paranoid…How the US Risks Nuclear War*

By Finian Cunningham Many observers fear that not only are we seeing a new Cold War, but that we are also in the throes a new global arms race. This stems from the United States being both wildly over-stretched militarily and wildly irrational. In short: broke and paranoid. Twenty-five years after the official end of the Cold War between the US and the […]

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Rodrigo Duterte

“Kim Digong” on the way to Malacanang?*

“IT’S the character, stupid” This is the phrase used recently by critics of presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte to describe the political antics of the witty local executive from the south as election day comes nearer. It is a slight variation of US President Bill Clinton’s popular “It’s the economy, stupid.”  Simultaneously, the same critics are now […]

by Janet Rebusio-Ducayag· · 0 comments · Opinions
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Cool ka lang! Chill! Easy Lang!*

MAINIT na ang ulo ng mga tao. Palapit na kasi nang palapit ang araw ng eleksiyon. Alam n’yo ba ‘yung pakiramdam nang umaawat ka ng isang barkadang nalasing at bigla na lang nagwala at naghahamon ng away? Brod, cool ka lang! Chill! Easy Lang! Marami sa atin ang ganyan ang pakiramdam ngayon. Lalo na ‘yung mga kababayan natin na bagamat […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Opinions
Maaring magbago*

Maaring magbago*

MARAMI ang nagtatanong sa akin kung karapatdapat daw bang suportahan ang kandidatura ni Senador Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos para sa pagka Bise Presidente ng bansa. Sa kabilang banda ay marami rin ang nagsasabi na hindi siya dapat manalo sapagkat may utang ang kanyang ama at ina sa bayan dahil na rin sa martial law. Ewan ko, pero sa palagay ko ay […]

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Ang ehemplo ng Taiwan*

NOONG nakaraang linggo, naglunsad ang Taiwan Tourism Bureau ng isang kampanya para makaakit ng mga turista mula rito sa North America. Ginanap ito sa isang sinehan rito sa Los Angeles. Nagpalabas sila ng isang maikling pelikula kung saan itinampok ang 10 nakakagiliw na mga dahilan kung bakit masisiyahan ang mga turista kung magbabakasyon sila o mag-stopover lang sila sa Taiwan. […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Opinions
A woman casts her vote during the parliamentary elections in Damascus, Syria April 13, 2016. © Omar Sanadiki / Reuters

‘US has already decided Bashar Assad’s government is illegitimate and must be overthrown’ *

WE should be welcoming any kind of election and progress towards democracy under these conflict circumstances, so it makes no sense the US government is condemning this vote, former US diplomat Jim Jatras told RT. The United States dismissed out of hand the Syrian poll to elect a new parliament saying it doesn’t reflect “the will of the people.” But […]

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Ukraine in Ruins:Catastrophe or One More of Washington’s ‘Success Stories’?*

It is hardly surprising that Europeans are growing angry with their leaders who blindly follow Washington; it seems that neither Brussels, nor Washington is bothered by the fact that it is the citizens of the EU member states who pay the price for the US’s political adventurism, Ron Paul writes. Anger is rising in the EU, and with reason, former US Republican […]

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US State Secretary John Kerry in Hiroshima © REUTERS/ Jonathan Ernst

Gut-Wrenching US Hypocrisy at Hiroshima*

By Finian Cunningham American top diplomat John Kerry became the highest US official to visit Hiroshima this week. Kerry said his tour of the site where an American atomic bomb obliterated the Japanese city nearly 70 years ago was “gut-wrenching.” Many observers around the world would agree with the US Secretary of State’s choice of words. But not for the meaning of horror he apparently intended. […]

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Luke Who’s Talking #13*

Luke Who’s Talking #13*

“Trapik sa San Juan, Trapik sa Sta. Mesa, Trapik sa Sto. Tomas, Trapik sa San Joaquin, Trapik sa San Mateo, Trapik sa Sta. Maria at Trapik rin sa Sta. Ana .. Grabe na ang Trapik … Wala Na Talagang Sinasanto“                     * Ang mga pananaw sa artikulong ito ay sa sumulat.  […]

by Luke Coloco· · 0 comments · Grains of Salt, Opinions
Araw ng pagbagsak ng Bataan*

Araw ng pagbagsak ng Bataan*

NGAYON ay ginugunita ng bansa ang Araw ng Kagitingan bilang pagkilala sa kabayanihan ng magkasamang tropang Filipino-Amerikano na nakipaglaban sa mga Hapones sa peninsula ng Bataan nuong 1942. Wala akong duda sa tapang na ipinakita ng ating mga kababayan. Pero hindi ganito kabuo ang aking paniniwala sa ating mga kasamang Amerikano sapagkat ang kanilang puwersa ay naka-talaga sa likuran ng […]

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Yes, there is an alternative to capitalism: Mondragon shows the way*

 By Richard Wolff REALLY? We are to believe, with Margaret Thatcher, that an economic system with endlessly repeated cycles, costly bailouts for financiers and now austerity for most people is the best human beings can do? Capitalism’s recurring tendencies toward extreme and deepening inequalities of income, wealth, and political and cultural power require resignation and acceptance – because there is […]

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Ang maigsing buhay ni Paris*

HINDI kami nagkakilala nang personal ni Paris. Kaeskuwela siya sa kolehiyo at kaibigan ng isa sa mga anak ko. Sa Facebook ko lang siya nakita at sa mga kuwento ko lang siya nakilala. Kung naging babae siya: maganda. Kung naging lalaki: guwapo. Pero siya hindi lalaki at hindi rin siya babae. Pero batay sa mga kuwento; isang magandang nilalang. Hindi […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Opinions
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Dalamhati para sa biktima ng Kidapawan massacre*

KATATAPOS ng April Fool’s Day habang sinusulat ko ito. Kagagaling natin sa paggunita ng Semana Santa. Teka, parang kailan lang ‘yung Pasko, ‘di ba? Ang ibig kong sabihin, ‘yung Pasko ng Pagsilang — hindi ‘yung Pagkabuhay. Hay, bilis talaga umusad ng panahon. Ano pa ba ang mga susunod na okasyon sa kalendaryo? Sa atin, Mayo 1 —Araw ng Paggawa. Tapos, […]

by Abner Galino· · 0 comments · Opinions
Luke Who’s Talking #12*

Luke Who’s Talking #12*

“Ok lang magkamali, basta nasa tama ka“                                 ** Ang mga pananaw sa artikulong ito ay sa sumulat.  Maaring hindi ito ang opisyal na posisyon ng Beyond Deadlines.

by Luke Coloco· · 0 comments · Grains of Salt, Opinions
Philip Hammond has a funny way of showing his commitment to ‘international norms’*

Philip Hammond has a funny way of showing his commitment to ‘international norms’*

By Danielle Ryan Gone are the good ol’ days when Russia was only a ‘threat’ to countries on its periphery. Moscow now represents a threat to “all of us” according to British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond. Speaking to Reuters during a trip to Georgia, Hammond said Russia was a threat to all countries on the basis that it “ignores the norms […]

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Nanganganib ang Kristyanismo (Unang Bahagi)*

Nanganganib ang Kristyanismo (Unang Bahagi)*

NANGANGANIB ang Kristyanismo hindi lamang dahil sa kumokonti ang bilang ng mga mananampalataya kundi dahil nag-iiba ang tingin ng karamihan tungkol sa “greed” o pagiging ganid at mammon na ang ibig sabihin ay ang labis na pagkarahuyo sa yaman. Kapansin-pansin ang pagtanggap ng marami sa lipunan sa ugali na pagiging gahaman. Kinikilala na ito na importanteng sangkap ng kasalukuyang kalakaran […]

Syrian soldier raising his national flag in Palmyra © Sputnik/ Mikhail Voskresenskiy

Assad’s Moral Victory: How Palmyra Battle Exposed Washington’s Hypocrisy*

THOSE who repeated the “Assad must go” mantra and swore to eradicate Daesh, failed to expel the Islamist organization from Iraq and Syria in the course of a year-long operation. It is “evil” Assad who has dealt a lethal blow to the Islamic State and liberated Palmyra, Martin Berger writes. The liberation of the historic site of Palmyra, an invaluable ‘pearl […]

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Greed and Christianity, a reflection.*

Greed and Christianity, a reflection.*

CHRISTIANITY is in danger not only because of the marked decline in the number of believers worldwide but also due to its practitioners changing perception of greed and mammon, especially those from highly competitive and influential societies. Greed or avarice is now accepted by many Christians as a necessary free market tool and no longer frowned upon. Instead it is […]

Naghihingalo ang ipinaglabang soberenya ni Sen. Jovito Salonga noong 1992*

Naghihingalo ang ipinaglabang soberenya ni Sen. Jovito Salonga noong 1992*

TALAGANG inililim tayo ni Pangulong Benigno Simeon Aquino sa pantalon ng kanyang padron na si Tiyo Samuel matapos nitong makipagkasundo na hayaang magtayo ng limang base militar ang tiyuhin nating pakialamero sa ating bansa. Lalo ngayon magiging paurong ang ating Hukbong Sandatahan dahil imbes na tumindig sa sariling sikap ay tiyak na aasa na naman tayo sa mga pinaglumaan na […]

Media Caught Focusing on Europe While Skipping Over Terrorism Elsewhere*

Media Caught Focusing on Europe While Skipping Over Terrorism Elsewhere*

THE media hype sparked by terrorist attacks in Brussels has already raised concerns over possible moral hypocrisy. Thousands of people in Europe and across the world expressed their condolences to the victims of violent terrorist attacks. But even as historical landmarks in Europe were illuminated in the colors of the Belgian flag and sharing solidarity cartoons on social networks, some […]

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Why Western Outrage Following the Brussels Terrorist Attacks Is Useless*

By Alexander Mercouris REPORTS of terrorist attacks in Brussels provoke bitter thoughts. These terrorist attack now happen in Europe with the regularity of clockwork. In 2015 Paris witnessed two. Now it is the turn of Brussels. The pattern of response to each of these terrorist attacks is always the same. Western governments express shock and outrage.  Security is tightened. The weeks pass and everything goes back to what […]

by Admin· · 0 comments · Opinions
Europe gets burned playing with fire

Europe gets burned playing with fire

By Finian Cunningham BRUSSELS, the administrative capital of Europe, was turned into a war zone after a series of deadly bomb blasts caused the city to shut down all transport links to the outside world. Zaventem International Airport was struck by two blasts during the early morning rush hour. An hour later, a metro station in downtown Brussels underneath the […]

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The subversive Jesus, a reflection on the meaning of Palm Sunday*

The subversive Jesus, a reflection on the meaning of Palm Sunday*

PALM Sunday’s gospel where Jesus was depicted entering Jerusalem on a donkey followed by a multitude of disciples for the Jewish Passover strikes me as a clear illustration of what true power is compared to that which appears to be real but is actually based on an ephemeral illusion. According to bible scholars Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan, […]