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…