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OIL PRICE HIKES AND MILITARY COUPS: PHILIPPINE CASE

Erle Frayne Argonza Kapayapaan! Paz! Pax! Peace! Oil price hike or OPH can be a precipitating factor behind military coups d etat. Since OPH is among the world’s focal issues today, we may as well reflect on a country case to examine how the OPH precipitated the launching of military coups: the Philippine case. Before everything else, I hope the difference between military coup and mutiny is clear...

CAGE BIRDS

CAGE BIRDS They run away from their home, their home a safe place. A place they have adored since they were young. They leave because it’s not safe anymore, because they cannot feed their families, because they have lost hope in the land they once cherished. It hurts them to leave but what can they do, they have two option. First they can stop fleeing and die by the bullets. Secondly by hunger and...

RECESSION STAYS, SPIRAL POINTS TO GLOBAL MELTDOWN

Erle Frayne Argonza The recession stays, the downward global economic spiral will continue for an indefinite time. This is the pattern that we can now see across the globe. Stock markets have been crashing, going through a freefall for couples of months now. In Manila, the Philippine stock market is down at 2,400+ points as of this morning, or 800 points short of its best performance of 3,300+ late...

EUROPE’S TOTALITARIAN SLIDE CHECKED BY IRELAND’S VOTE ON LISBON TREATY

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago Good morning! It is a stormy morning actually as I write this piece, and it seems to coincide with stormy events in the European continent at the moment. The continental storm has got to do with the finalization of the Lisbon treaty that could have effected complete political integration of Europe. What makes the treaty questionable, in the opinion of many in Europe and...

UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES: HAPPY CENTENNIAL!

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago Happy Centennial Anniversary to my Beloved Alma Mater, the University of the Philippines! Being a development expert, I wish to highlight in this briefer the developmental side to the premier university of my beloved country. The University or the Philippines or U.P. is foremost of all an indication of the maturity of Filipino education and educators, in that after 100...

Vacancy Advertisement: Head of State and Government

Krishna Hari Pushkar In Nepal, there are ongoing blackjack contravention about the recruitment issues of Head of the State and Government. After the pronouncement of CA election result, the Maoists (former rabbles) emerged as biggest party and finally claimed for their over estimated privileges to nominate the head of the state and government as per their vested wishes, despite the fact that they do...

PHILIPPINE PEACE TALKS: UPDATE ON GOVERNMENT-MILF TALKS

Good day! I’ve lifted the entire news clip from the MSN news features regarding the peace talks between the MILF and the Philippine government. The news goes: Muslim rebels cautiously welcome peace offer by Philippines Muslim separatists in the Philippines on Thursday cautiously welcomed President Gloria Arroyo’s proposal to resume peace talks that had stalled over control of disputed territories. The...

“Terrorist Tag is Not Permanent”

Krishna H. Pushkar, Berlin, Germany I believe the Terrorist Tag is not permanent. The Tag can be affixed either for certain timeframe or limited in specific activities only. For example, the president of Nepalese largest party CPN (Maoist) Mr. Pusp Kamal Dahal was a once an International Terrorist for a decade and now he is one of the most influencing popular peoples’ leader in Nepal which has been...

DO JIHADIST ABDUCTORS HAVE FUNDS TO BUY PHILIPPINE ARMY’S GUNS?

Erle Frayne Argonza Good afternoon from Manila! The headlines and front pages of the major dailies here are focused (scoop) on the Ces Drilon abduction by the Abu Sayyaf, the CIA-created jihadist group operating in Mindanao (southern Philippines; Ces Drilon is a rated journalist of the oligarchic ABS-CBN). Reports say the P15 Million rock-bottom ransom is out, and that the jihadists have signaled an...

KICKBACKS & PEACEKEEPING, TV JOURNALIST’S ABU SAYYAF ABDUCTION

Erle Frayne Argonza Good afternoon from Manila! As of this moment, Manila is in the heat of coffee shop speculations about the fate of the recently abducted Ces Drilon & crew, personnel of the oligarchic network ABS-CBN, by the Abu Sayyaf. The ‘cara y cruz’ debate is whether the Lopez group will pay for the ransom of Drilon & crew, amounting to $5 Million more or less. Having observed peacekeeping...

UNFURLING BIGGEST PHILIPPINE FLAG: SIGNIFYING GLOBAL LEADERSHIP DESTINY

Erle Frayne Argonza Good morning! As I was moving back to home-base, done with my gym exercise, my eyes caught the news bit in the newsstands about the biggest Philippine flag recently unfurled in Baguio City. So huge was the flag, it weighed over 3 tons. Whoever may have conceived the idea (a lady), she was acting magnanimously on the behest of her own Guide from Above. The choice of creating and...

Canada Apologizes To Its Indigenous Populations For Forced Assimilation Policies

Dear all: Yesterday I attended the parliamentary session in Ottawa, in which PM Harper offered an apology in the name of the government and people of Canada to the First Nations, Metis and Inuit groups. The full text of the apology and official responses is in the Hansard Transcript of the House of Commons: The apology comes as part of a comprehensive settlement between the government of Canada, the...

PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE: ASIA’S BEACON OF HOPE

Erle Frayne Argonza Philippine solidarity to all Fellows on Planet Earth! On the 12th of June 1896, as the sun was rising, the Philippine Flag was raised for the first time in Kawit, Cavite. The Philippine National Anthem was also played, in the genre of classical marches, putting it alongside the French Republic’s anthem. Emilio Aguinaldo, first president of the new republic, declared the independence...

NEPAL’S NATIONALISTS BETTER NOT SQUANDER SCARCE OPPORTUNITY

Erle Frayne Argonza Nationalists are in power today in Nepal. Being a Filipino nationalist, I’d honestly say there is much cause to celebrate the Nepalese nationalists’ victory. Here in my country, we Filipino nationalists have always been in the margins. No matter what efforts we do to create a modern nation-state, our efforts get stalled by the forces of the ancien regime (landlord-clergy...

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES GREEN THE EARTH, THEY DON’T DESERVE TO PERISH!

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago Magandang hapon! (Good afternoon!) I remember very well my first anthropology. I was then around 6 or 7 years old, a very innocent tot growing up in Tuguegarao (capital town of Cagayan). Among our yaya (child caregivers) was a young lady from Penablanca town just beside Tuguegarao, where the yaya invited my family for a visit one day. In the neighbor town of Penablanca...

ASEAN PEACE, COOPERATION AFTER BURMA CYCLONE: FAST-TRACK MEKONG PROJECT

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago The latest Burma cyclone that caused much havoc, with death tolls now past the 100,000 mark, could very well be an occasion for building peace, cooperation and accelerated development in the continental Southeast Asia (Con-SE). That is, if the leaders of the region have the foresight and political will to pursue grand projects aimed at economic and political integration...

Burundi – a background

Burundi – short background With the increasing interest in Burundi and its remarkable peace process, many have asked me to provide a short background. Just a few days ago, a ceasefire agreement was signed with the last rebel group, the FNL and its leader Agaton Rwasa. It is a great step forward in the consolidation of this country’s struggle for democracy, reconciliation and peace. Burundi...
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The Stockholm Iraq conference – A scandal!

May 29, 2008 Lund, Sweden On May 19, TFF’s Board sent an Open Letter adressed to the UN Secretary-General, Iraq’s Prime Minister and Sweden’s Prime Minister and Foreign Minister. Read it here. Regrettably, our concern therein has been confirmed today. The conference is broadcast on Swedish Television. I’ve watched it and write to you while it happens. Here some scattered observations: Opening...
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DON’T COUNT OUT NEPAL’S ROYALISTS, THEY’LL COUNTER-ATTACK!

Erle Frayne Argonza Good morning from Manila! The recent turn of events that saw the catastrophic devastation of the old order in Nepal should not be equated to the complete eradication of kingship. Any adroit observer of political dynamics knows that, in the founding of any modern nation-state, the forces of the deposed ancien regime will counter-attack sooner or later, with the option of a royal...

NEPAL’S ‘LATE NATIONALIST’ REVOLUTION: THORNY ROAD AHEAD

Erle Frayne Argonza Nepal is going through a ‘late nationalist’ revolution. Just like those states that experienced the birth pangs of nationhood, Nepal is expected to pass through the same thorny road. For a long time in their lives, the Nepalese were accustomed to regarding their King as the sovereign of the land. The King was the unifying symbol of all aspects of life in the Kingdom, and this...
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