May 27, 2015     Philippines
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At Ground Level

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

Downsides, upsides (?) in US free-trade policy

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star In 1993, then US President Bill Clinton had to fight hard to overcome his Democratic partymates’ “fierce opposition” to the passage in Congress of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Today another Democratic president, Barack Obama, is encountering similar opposition to his bid for

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

My father cherished Kapampangan verse

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star The month of May evokes in me memories of joy and sadness. May is the month of fiestas. Where I was born and grew up, we...

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

The threats to the press, within and without

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld May 3 was proclaimed in 1993 by the United Nations General Assembly as World Press Freedom Day on the recommendation of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)....

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Can US take a softer, wiser tack on maritime row?

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Since my first column piece (this is the sixth) on our maritime dispute with China in the South China Sea/West Philippine Sea, I have consistently urged...

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

Foolhardy military steps to counter China bullying

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star It wasn’t just a foolhardy turn (as I wrote here last week) that the Department of Foreign Affairs welcomed with alacrity the Pentagon’s announced intention to...

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Prudent diplomacy best in handling maritime row

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Our dispute with China over its claims on certain islets, reefs and shoals in the South China/West Philippine Sea may not be resolved soon. Of late,...

Monday, April 13th, 2015

How US easily drags Phl into its ‘war on terror’

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Take what I have to say in the spirit of academic discussion, she counseled in her lawyerly manner. But academic views are more than what she...

Monday, March 30th, 2015

P-Noy’s accountability on Mamasapano tragedy

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star “What decisions did I make? My decisions were based on information available to me at the time, and that’s how I want to be judged.” That’s...

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

Confronting the ugly face of war in Maguindanao

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star For how long will the AFP pursue in Maguindanao its “all-out offensive” or the “war on terror” sequel to the tragic Oplan Exodus carried out in...

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

Underdevelopment inertia

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Besides the slowdown in the growth of gross domestic product last year (to 6.1% from 7.2% in 2013), government economic planners have acknowledged that national poverty...

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

Venezuela retaliates vs US interventionism

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star “Our struggle today, the historic battle of the Revolution and the Venezuelan people, is to put an end to all forms of modern slavery, a dark...

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