Category: poverty

Rizal’s prophecies fulfilled

Oscar P. Lagman, Jr. Tomorrow being Rizal Day, we honor Dr. Jose P. Rizal by reading and pondering his writings. As he wrote prolifically, we choose today to contemplate on what he wrote for La Solidaridad, the newspaper published by … Continue reading

‘First World Philippines’

Karlo Mikhail Mongaya “If the ‘matuwid na daan’ continues, in a generation’s time we’ll be a First World country,” an emotional President Aquino said in his final State of the Nation Address last July. More of the same rhetoric on … Continue reading

A Nation of Oligopolies, Dynasties and Autocratic Nostalgia

Richard Javad Heydarian As Benigno “NoyNoy” Aquino entered his final year in office, the question of how to assess his legacy has gained greater salience. Both his opponents and supporters have powerful arguments to present. Read on…

Joseph Stiglitz: how I would vote in the Greek referendum

The rising crescendo of bickering and acrimony within Europe might seem to outsiders to be the inevitable result of the bitter endgame playing out between Greece and its creditors. In fact, European leaders are finally beginning to reveal the true … Continue reading

Posted in banks, money, poverty


Burma’s boatpeople ‘faced choice of annihilation or risking their lives at sea’ Emma Graham-Harrison Thousands of members of the Rohingya, a Burmese minority group, are now adrift in the Andaman Sea, with aid groups fearing ‘boatloads of corpses’.  They were … Continue reading

Posted in migration, poverty

the poor and the nonpoor

Similar dream, different lives By Joel Ruiz Butuyan The latest survey showing Jejomar Binay as still the front-running presidential candidate has stirred the middle class and the rich (the “nonpoor”) to again mouth their pet refrain: The poor are to … Continue reading

Posted in politics, poverty


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