An Uncomplicated Mind

Philippine politics: All in the family

By Joe Rivera Sometime ago, an article in The Economist posed an interesting query that is so relevant to the politics of our times: “Is politics in the blood, or in the genes?” Every country in the world has its share of political dynasties, but political families in the Philippines are an anomaly in this 

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America’s other “pop” culture

Pop, pop, pop!, the continuous burst of bullets from a Glock or assault weapon, instantaneously ending the lives of innocent people in the wrong place at the wrong time. This ominous sound of pop shows America’s maniacal obsession with guns. Instead of gun culture, they might as well call it more aptly as their other 

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Privatizing immigration

It all began with the rapid rise in the number of temporary foreign workers who have been coming to Canada to fill in labour shortages that cannot be addressed by Canadian workers. There is no quota for this type of workers, no upper limits. There are more temporary foreign workers in Canada over the past 

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Canada’s dream daycare program

By Joe Rivera One of the recurring program changes that Canada Immigration considered between 2008 and July 1, 2012 was the proposal to impose a four-year limit on temporary foreign work in Canada and a four-year waiting period to return to Canada. This was supposed to include all temporary foreign workers, without exception. On April 

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The invisible Pinoy

“Who knows but that, on the lower frequencies, I speak for you?,” Ralph Elllison wrote at the end of his novel, Invisible Man. It’s difficult enough to be noticed in a world of diversity. Yet, in Filipinos in Canada: Disturbing Invisibility, its editors and contributors seriously lament the exclusion of Filipinos in Canada’s circles of 

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Farewell to arms

There is a popular expression in Muslim Mindanao that a Moro would rather sleep with his rifle than with his wife. You would think that’s a joke. But the bigger joke is what the recently signed Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro would try to accomplish, which according to some observers, including the government panel, is 

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A pestering relic

By Joe Rivera There was a Vicente Sotto in the Philippine Senate long before his namesake incumbent Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III rose to fame. Actually, they are related by blood. The former movie personality and now a staunch opponent of the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill pending in Congress is the grandson of the older 

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