What in the world is a foreigner to do?

By JoeAm As a foreigner living in the Philippines, I find myself straining to find a place to fit in. On one hand, I love the Philippines, Filipinos, the dynamic culture, the food, the sea and land adventures, and even driving in the chaos. On the other hand, the nation has become a bit of … Continue reading

News is getting dissembled on us

By JoeAm How do you get your news? How do you vet that it is factual and not propaganda or political pap? It is getting more and more difficult to have confidence that one is not being fed someone’s political line or vested interest. Moodys says the Philippines may be brewing a debt problem and … Continue reading

Peering at Senator Sotto in the manner of Jonathan Swift

By JoeAm The way I figure it, writer Jonathan Swift, who died in 1745, was one of the world’s first bloggers. Well, in those days, they called him a “political pamphleteer”, but the profession is the same: frequent writings that inform or provoke or advocate. Swift was a master at it. He is best known … Continue reading

In defense of Mocha Uson

By Joe America A reader recently expressed concern that I resisted his call to eradicate Mocha Uson and other propagandists who undermine Philippine democracy. I explained that, as an alien, I don’t do active resistance, and this is not a partisan blog. Any presumption of yellowness is in the mind of the beholder. It crossed … Continue reading

Epimanes from Davao

By Chemrock The Guardian once described the Philippines as an event rich country. Even for them, the events in the past few days must have been a stupendous world record. I refer to : 1. Congress voted overwhelmingly to impeach CJ Sereno in a Kangaroo court where: The respondent was denied representation and the right … Continue reading