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Knowledge rising in the Philippines

By Joe America I think the Duterte Administration has a new enemy much stronger than the “Yellows”.  It is knowledge, an awakening of Philippine universities and students to the offensiveness of the Marcos burial. An awareness of history, a compassion for victims, and an understanding that this sneaky burial was simply not right. An awareness that … Continue reading

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Two cases from the Society’s legal department: on line violence and presidential immunity

By Joe America I find legal documents in the Philippines to be enlightening. For one thing, I can read the arguments from the people involved rather than as filtered through mass media, the State’s troll armies, or other biased or unreliable sources. Here are two cases I found pertinent because they involve how to deal … Continue reading

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Does Senator Poe understand and approve of Duterte’s Propaganda Centers?

By Joe America I’m sorry I had to use Wikipedia to get a list of Senate Committee members. However the Senate’s web site listing has not been updated since August, 2015, and I know Senator Drilon is not the Senate president anymore. Some guy of very different principles and evidently little administrative precision took over the … Continue reading

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The Philippines leads the world into post-truth modernism. It’s ugly.

By Joe America In the post-truth world we live in, we define our values according to utility, and so we paint the factual world around us as we need to in order to get what we want to get. Okay, okay, I know that is vague, a lot of words chasing an idea but not … Continue reading

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Dear Son . . . Get Angry

By Maria Cynthia Zamora   November 13, 2016, Sunday Dear Son, I saw your comments in the social media recently and noticed that you visit these particular accounts more often than before. There is an undertone of anger in your messages. I wonʼt ask you why. I assume I know why. But, next time you hit … Continue reading