Category: At Ground Level

The unending wars: Part of Obama legacy

In his farewell speech on Tuesday, US President Barack Obama tried to project confidence in America’s future, while saying economic inequality, racism, and closed-mindedness threaten national unity. He pledged to support his successor, Donald Trump, in face of the widespread fears expressed over how the volatile political outlier could mishandle the superpower’s problems and affairs.…

New nuclear arms race, martial law both perilous

Perish the thought! You’re playing a perilous game!! Verily that is the singular message addressed to both President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Donald J. Trump, the incoming president of the United States, regarding their recent statements that beclouded the holiday atmosphere: Duterte’s on removing the constitutional safeguards on declaring martial law, and Trump’s on reviving…

SC ruling on Marcos burial stokes anew public protests

The Supreme Court’s majority ruling (9-5-1) has upheld President Duterte’s oral order to the Armed Forces of the Philippines to bury the remains of former president-turned-dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. The alleged aim is “national unity and healing.” Instead it has stoked anew public protests and indignation across the nation…

China, Japan back-to-back visits part of policy design

Behind the bluster and expletive-laced pronouncements of President Duterte, he is gradually giving shape to his avowed independent foreign policy – away from dependence on the United States. In this regard, his back-to-back official visits to China and Japan, and their reported results, provide an initial insight into how he aims to construct the policy…

Facets of injustice in US justice system

This week I came across the interesting stories of two political prisoners. Both served as soldiers under separate American wars of intervention but subsequently, for different reasons, turned against the US government. Both were arrested, and their experiences provide insights into the downside of America’s much-vaunted claims to uphold human rights and its justice system.…