Dear hardcore Catholics/moral terrorists: Clicking on “Like” or “Share” on someone’s body ravaged by disease or commenting “Amen” on angels’ or Jesus’ photos does not up your odds at your so-called heaven. In the same token, not circulating the chain letter does not diminish one’s stake at your self-professed salvation. You are allowing yourself to be fooled by those bored and confused geriatrics in the Vatican who are simply out to get your pledge money. You really think they don’t spend your money on their luxury SUVs and schooling their bastard children?
…and how to paddle and probably even build the boat, too—one step at a time, with not just one person doing the teaching part.
ODA (official development assistance) may no longer be that sustainable, considering the shifts of economic powers and political positions in the world order in the last half-decade. In the last two decades we also saw the rise of corporate foundations (CSRs), multi-laterals, development agencies and bi-lateral relations come to the fore in advancing global development.
So yesterday was Ash Wednesday, the launch of what the Catholic Church declares a period for abstinence, sacrifice and fasting. Today everyone eats bags of chocolates, dines in pricey restaurants, spends a fortune on flowers and f*cks like there’s no tomorrow in honour of another Church-devised icon. The pope has thus so rightfully quit his job. Who’s next?
There’s a racist in all of us, waiting to say it out loud given the right moment. But while we all have our own prejudices on or against certain groups or nationalities, there’s also a little part of us that craves for some understanding as to why we feel that way towards…them.
All jobs require English nowadays.
There is a direct line between the attacks on September 11, 2001 — the most significant instance of blowback in the history of the CIA — and the events of 1979. In that year, revolutionaries threw both the Shah and the Americans out of Iran, and the CIA, with full presidential authority, began its largest ever clandestine operation: the secret arming of Afghan freedom fighters to wage a proxy war against the Soviet Union, which involved the recruitment and training of militants from all over the Islamic world. Steve Coll’s book is a classic study of blowback and is a better, fuller reconstruction of this history than the Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States (the “9/11 Commission Report” published by Norton in July).
It’s a good way to cap off this year. Now you all can suck it, Catholic extremists!
The fight is really loaded for the RH bill, but despite that, it was a close vote. Truth is not always determined by the majority…It is not determined by pork barrel, by dangling of government projects, by political convenience, or political whip. They have these to see to it that members of the Liberal Party follow what the President wants, but many did not follow.
The countries worst hit by Europe’s debt crisis are also thought to be the most corrupt, according to a new global survey. Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece all had the lowest scores in Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perceptions Index.
When I left for grad school in 2005, what is now BGC (Bonifacio Global City) used to be nothing but a field of weeds, bushes and some residential towers you could count with just one hand. A short but fast forward to my return in 2009 and BGC resembled the mushrooming of office and residential towers of Dubai or Doha.
Angeles City is known to many as one of the country’s food capitals for its exotic Kapampangan delicacies. People flock to the province for the food-adventure it offers, particularly the curious, the daring and the fearless. But little would we, even us Filipinos, know that it’s also thriving on another delicacy: strip clubs.
Development progress is about overcoming institutional blockages, usually underpinned by collective action problems. It is not, for the most part, about resource shortages or funding gaps.
An alarming consequence of Greece’s economic meltdown has been the rise of the virulently ultra-nationalist political party, Golden Dawn. In this week’s issue of TIME, we report on the group’s tactics and ideology as well as the political climate that feeds Golden Dawn’s anti-immigrant drive.