Navigating the minefield of President Duterte’s pivot to China

By Yvonne The episode in the popular TV show ‘Madam Secretary’ aired on CBS network on March 12, 2017, depicted a fictional Philippine president whose pivot to China alarmed U.S. leaders to the point that the ‘Secretary of State’ made a visit to the ‘President’ to dissuade him with an offer of more military aid … Continue reading

When dreams are lost

By Joe America It is unusual to speak to both Filipinos and Americans and have the same message. Are you feeling dismayed or angry much of the time? Do you think leaders are betraying your nation? Betraying what you know to be good, and right? Does government seem better at generating division and anger than … Continue reading

National debt – a tale of two cities

By Chemrock US national debt is now $19.7T and there are many who hold the view that it is still manageable due to the size and strength of the economy. There are yet others who maintain that debt is not a concern because the US can simply print money and pay it off no matter … Continue reading

War gaming the Western Pacific: what it means to the Philippines

By Joe America The Philippines is a chip in the Western Pacific, not a player. But it is a sentient chip, with a brain and the ability to spin itself about on the war table. Where the spinning chip lands is up to the President. And maybe the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Look at … Continue reading

China’s 9 dash lines and the demise of the $ (Part II)

  By Chemrock Nov 2016 I wrote on the high possibility of the huge US debt crashing the economy.  I went to great length explaining economics, money, the special strength of the $ as a world reserve currency, how the loans were affected through issue of Treasury Bills which have never ever been repaid as … Continue reading