Monthly Archives: September 2015

While the Philippines’ economy grows, the number of its people living in extreme poverty continues to rise


A London-based research firm has projected that the Philippines will be the 26th largest economy in the world (rising from its current 45th position) by the year 2025. But the same organization could not make any good predictions for the … Continue reading

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Religion’s propagators – not religion per se – are to blame for vilification, discord and war among peoples


Most of the wars on earth have been labeled “religious” or “holy” because they were caused by differences in religious doctrine – and by religious urgings. Those wars that included the Jewish conquest of the Levant, the Muslim invasions, and … Continue reading

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Donald Trump: an opportunistic, pathological fabulist who flip-flops, vacillates and condescends


When a member of his campaign audience suggested to him that President Barrack Obama was a Muslim and not an American citizen, Donald Trump verbally agreed with the speaker on a side issue while silently acquiescing on the allegation regarding … Continue reading

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Ahmed Mohamed and his encounter with a bigoted, socially conservative Southern culture


Ahmed Mohamed is a bright and resourceful 14-year-old inventor who has been keeping himself busy creating various electronic devices. Recently, he built an electronic clock, from scratch. He bragged about his latest creation to one of his teachers at MacArthur … Continue reading

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Why Syrian and Middle Eastern refugees flee to Europe and not to their affluent Arab neighboring states


There are ‘complaints’ that affluent Arab countries such as the Gulf States and Saudi Arabia are not contributing their share and providing asylum to Syrian and other Middle Eastern refugees. Let’s get things straight: those Syrian and other Middle Eastern … Continue reading

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A peek into the 22nd Century: Urbanites living in environment-friendly luxury, in harmony with nature


What would we see if we looked into the future – into the year 2101? In the last half of the 21st Century, earth was in trouble – the environment had been mostly polluted, the ozone layer almost gone, and … Continue reading

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Religion is losing appeal: Should the church stop dealing in temporal matters and focus on the supernatural instead?


Pope Francis recently announced steps to have the Catholic church respect the rights of gay people and to make marriage annulment easier and cheaper, while Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle advised Filipinos not to work too hard – to drop … Continue reading

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Immigrants provide a nation with cultural diversity, plus the stimulus and energy for economic growth


History proves that nations which welcome immigrants develop vibrant societies and robust economies. Immigrants bring in new ideas, new spirit, new enthusiasm and new industry. Immigrants have a distinct determination to succeed and an ethic of not willing to fail. The … Continue reading

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A vicissitude of growth: the view of Manila’s iconic Rizal Monument with a 46-story condominium as a backdrop


A 46-story condominium building – Torre de Manila – has risen in the city of Manila, creating a new and imposing backdrop for the city’s iconic Rizal Monument at the Luneta Park. Members of the Order of the Knights of … Continue reading

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