The case has provoked outrage among transgender activists in the Philippines and the U.S. and renewed criticism over a 1998 pact between the two nations that requires American service members to be held in U.S. custody during criminal proceedings. In 2006, an American soldier convicted of raping a Filipino woman by a local court stoked similar anger.
Multiple universities, including City University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong University, have issued statements encouraging professors to consider making allowances for protesters. Students say they are still attending class in between protesting and that schoolwork, if taking some hits, is not outright tanking.
“What is at stake in Hong Kong is not just the future of democracy in this compact, wealthy territory. It could be the future of China itself, whose leaders dread the same fate as the Soviet Union, which no longer exists. Try as it might to impose its will, China is wrestling with an empire whose peripheral peoples do not share its values and even its culture.”—Howie Severino, Ghost and angels over Hong Kong protests
(Most) designers don’t consider pockets as part of the functionality of women’s clothes just yet—they’re still looking at purses as the way for women to carry their smartphones and other technological devices. And surprisingly, some major brands haven’t come up with a clear plan about how to design for new technology.
The number of wild animals on Earth has halved in the past 40 years, according to a new analysis. Creatures across land, rivers and the seas are being decimated as humans kill them for food in unsustainable numbers, while polluting or destroying their habitats, the research by scientists at WWF and the Zoological Society of London found.
“Devolution—meaning the decentralization of power—is the geopolitical equivalent of the second law of thermodynamics: inexorable, universal entropy. Today’s nationalism and tribalism across Europe, Africa, and the Middle East represent the continued push for either greater autonomy within states or total independence from what some view as legacy colonial structures. Whether these movements are for devolution, federalism, or secession, they all to varying degrees advocate the same thing: greater self-rule.”—Parag Khanna
Ignored, forgotten or never quite learned, much less understood, is how the martial law period not only savaged the Bill of Rights, the economy, and those institutions of liberal democracy such as the press and representative democracy that, though flawed and limited, nevertheless allowed some measure of dissent and free expression, but also established a pattern of abuse and repression from which the country still has to recover, and decimated the ranks of an entire generation of the country’s best and brightest sons and daughters.
“The report detailed torture methods used on the prisoners interviewed. These included prolonged beatings with fists, kicks and karate blows; beatings using rifle butts, heavy wooden clubs and family-size soft drink bottles; pounding heads against walls or furniture; burning of genitals and pubic hair with cigarette lighters; falanga, or beating of the soles of the feet; and “lying on air,” where the prisoner was made to lie with his head on one bed and his feet on a second bed, and was beaten and kicked whenever his body sagged or he fell. This method of torture was also called San Juanico Bridge, after a bridge connecting Samar and Leyte provinces built during the Marcos administration.”—‘San Juanico Bridge,’ other tortures detailed
It does not matter if nobody reads your writing. The point of writing is self-expression—gathering an audience should be secondary. You cannot connect to other people without connecting first to yourself.
“Every writer, of every political flavor, has some neat historical analogy, or mini-lesson, with which to preface an argument for why we ought to bomb these guys or side with those guys against the guys we were bombing before. But the best argument for reading history is not that it will show us the right thing to do in one case or the other, but rather that it will show us why even doing the right thing rarely works out.”—
Being in a country where there a noticeable wave of historical revision of the Marcos years, I was drawn more to this part:
The real sin that the absence of a historical sense encourages is presentism, in the sense of exaggerating our present problems out of all proportion to those that have previously existed. It lies in believing that things are much worse than they have ever been—and, thus, than they really are—or are uniquely threatening rather than familiarly difficult.
Odd though, where I am, those who are quick to praise the dictator and his minions are kids born in the years after he was kicked from power.
A survey by the Pew Research Center in conjunction with Rutgers University has found that social media doesn’t encourage discussion on controversial subjects. It may, in fact, cause people to stay quiet.
“The most important skill of the future will be the ability to learn and adapt. You need to be resourceful, keep your eyes open for advances coming out of nowhere, and embrace the new opportunities as they emerge. You need to be able to collaborate with others and build relationships. You need to be able to share ideas, inspire, and motivate.”—Vivek Wadhwa
“When a photo is published on the web, it falls into nimble, anonymous hands that upload and share millions of images each day. Context becomes a casualty. Its loss threatens photographers’ reputations, may endanger their subjects, and chips away at journalistic credibility. If a photojournalist’s responsibility is authenticity, her challenge is control.”—Safeguarding Truth in Photojournalism: Ami Vitale’s Survival Guide
Broadly speaking, World War I resulted to the nurturing of an Adolf Hitler, the creation of the USSR and the breakup of the Ottoman Empire. And these three in turn resulted into the Second World War, the Cold War and the never-ending conflicts in the Middle East.
Almost a century ago, Mark Sykes of Britain and François Georges-Picot of France arbitrarily carved up what was then the Ottoman Empire, doling out territories to the victors of World War I, and creating the modern borders of the Middle East in the process. The effects of those ham-fisted efforts are still felt today, especially in ISIS-dominated Iraq, where ethnic divides within the post-WWI borders have been the primary cause of unthinkable bloodshed.
Nicknamed the Steel Butterfly—Thatcher with bling—Marcos called herself “my little people’s star and slave,” a burden that ended in 1986, when she and her husband, Ferdinand Marcos, were ousted in the People Power Revolution, amid accusations that they had looted the national coffers and conspired to kill a political rival.
The use of heroes and heroic movements to sell goods has been on-going for centuries. Enduring brands and goods like Tanduay and San Miguel took their names, in part, from the localities in which they were founded. We have Manila beer, Manila envelopes, even Manila abaca. At times, even vice…