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China’s Viral Belt and Road Initiative

Analysis and Opinion By Dean de la Paz Hegemony takes many forms.From conquests, and colonization, the menu now includes terraforming watery shoals, foreign debt-compromised infrastructure with sovereign guarantees that hock patrimonial assets, the invasion of online gambling armies and battle-ready battalions of foreign construction and factory workers. The most farfetched form of domination is inflicting … Continue reading

Justice and the second dictatorship

Analysis and Opinion By Dean de la Paz From the time that our first dictatorship was spawned, first in the guise of a two-term presidency, and later when statutory terms ended, all pretensions vanished and martial law was declared to perpetuate both power and plunder, it had taken us more than twenty years to shed its shroud.  Today, 35 years hence, justice has not … Continue reading

Crazy conspiracy theorists and the Philippines

Analysis and Opinion By Joe America A conspiracy arises when we have only a part of the picture and so invent the rest of it, then find other believers who, by the weight of their agreement, legitimize and defend it. If the picture is Monet or graffiti, no worries, it’s ours. One current conspiracy theory … Continue reading

Bitcoin – a new monetary system or Rube Goldberg machine?

Analysis and Opinion By Chemrock This is my maiden attempt on YouTube. Video is a medium I don’t know much about and I’m also lacking in the tools. A man’s got to start somewhere and I’m having fun getting the hang of it. With all due respect, I think the average guy has as much … Continue reading

“Biggest Scam” Awards, Philippines

Analysis and Opinion By Joe America Excellence is driven by constant self-assessment. Transparency. Objectivity. Rigorous study. But the Duterte Administration does little of this. Energy is spent blaming people, making excuses, hiding data (the price of Sinovac; how intelligence funds are spent), and snowing citizens with propaganda. The Government takes credit where blame is due. … Continue reading