Opinion & Analysis

AN UNCOMPLICATED MIND: False patriotism

The simmering dispute in the South China Sea between the Philippines and China has unfortunately divided the expat Filipino community in the U.S. and in Canada. All because the organizers of the Toronto protest against China’s bullying tactics last May 11 were disappointed by the turnout, which was so paltry that the organizers have now 

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AN UNCOMPLICATED MIND: Community journalism

A transplanted journalist from San Diego recently wrote in his column in one of Toronto’s Filipino community newspapers that he thought “coverage of the Filipino community in the Greater Toronto Area is wanting in depth and substance.” The fault he said did not lie with the newspapers or their publishers but in the community’s desire 

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Deleting the backlog is irresponsible, cruel

Dear editor, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney’s callous treatment of people’s lives by hitting the “delete button” on the immigration backlog should make us all concerned. Kenney will be cancelling and returning the applications of 100,000 people who applied before February 2008 and have been patiently waiting to immigrate to Canada under the Federal 

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Aquino’s unwavering commitment to the neoliberal dogma

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat.com Rarely does one see Pres. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III to be so unequivocal and firm about policy issues. But recently, he did exhibit political will and decisiveness. Unfortunately for the working people, he demonstrated his resolve in rejecting two important issues confronting the Filipino worker: the call for a P125 increase 

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Disconnect

In the 1960s the University of the Philippines’ being supposedly “godless” and its students’ being agnostics if not atheists was common lore among middle-class families thinking of where to send their children to college. Among the reasons could have been UP’s being a secular institution rather than a religious one, and the claim, made through 

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My Cordillera Exposure

Some observations on life in barangays Bob McElhinney Retired Minister, United Church of Canada As I prepared to return to Canada on April 17, I felt very grateful for the opportunity to be exposed to the beautiful Cordillera and its indigenous people. My wife Dorothy and I were part of the Beaconsfield Initiative, a United 

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World Press Freedom Under Attack

Thomas Saras President and C.E.O; National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada (Speech delivered at the opening of the National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada exhibit of various ethnic publications in Toronto and Canada, May 7, 2012, Toronto City Hall) Your worship Mayor Rob Ford, Hon. Jim Karygiannis, Hon. Demetris Azemopoulos and 

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AN UNCOMPLICATED MIND: Canada’s sinister immigration backlog solution

With a clear majority in Parliament after leading two minority governments, nothing can now stop the ruling Conservative Party in having its way over the next four years. This is why Canada’s Minister for Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney appears to be in a hurry to overhaul the country’s immigration system every time he announces 

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What’s the point in the standoff with China?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat.com There is so much government and media hype over the country’s disputes with China. First it was about the territorial dispute over the Spratly Islands. Now it is about the standoff at Scarborough shoal. It seems as if somebody is trying to stoke the tensions or create a crisis. (Read story…)

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On Philippine sovereignty, US & China

The standoff with China over the Scarborough shoal and the competing claims over the Spratly Islands have been all over the news recently. The Aquino government has been blowing hot and cold in its dealings with China. Its only consistent position is allowing the US to increase its military presence in the country and justifying 

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