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Trump’s ‘House of Cards’

Trump’s ‘House of Cards’

Perry Diaz May 23, 2017 0

On the day of Donald J. Trump’s presidential inauguration, a trailer of Season 5 of the “House of Cards” Netflix series was shown. The trailer – which movie critics dubbed “creepy” – accompanied an

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The ICC case against Duterte

The ICC case against Duterte

Perry Diaz May 11, 2017 0

On November 17, 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte, before heading to Lima, Peru, told the media he just might order the Philippines’ withdrawal from the International Court of Justice (ICC). He got the idea following

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Trump’s North Korea dilemma

Trump’s North Korea dilemma

Perry Diaz April 25, 2017 0

In the wake of the Tomahawk cruise missile strikes on a Syrian airbase and after dropping a 2,100-pound “Mother of all Bombs” – MOAB – in Afghanistan, North Korea had threatened to test another

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Appeasing the Chinese Dragon

Appeasing the Chinese Dragon

Perry Diaz April 11, 2017 0

According to Chinese mythology, dragons are legendary creatures that symbolize power and strength. Today, the Chinese Dragon is China’s national symbol just like the eagle is to the U.S. and the bear to Russia.

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Donald’s trump card

Donald’s trump card

Perry Diaz March 21, 2017 0

Upon his election to the U.S. presidency, one of the few world leaders that Donald J. Trump talked to was Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. At that time, their conversation was hailed as an improvement

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Duterte’s first political prisoner

Duterte’s first political prisoner

Perry Diaz March 8, 2017 0

When then Justice Secretary Leila de Lima ran for the Senate in 2016, little did she know that she was on a road taken by a growing number of politicians, one that leads to

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Uncle Sam or Xi Dada: A question of trust

Uncle Sam or Xi Dada: A question of trust

Perry Diaz February 21, 2017 0

One of the most quoted maxims in politics is: “There are no permanent friends, no permanent enemies, only permanent interests.” But regardless of whether you’re dealing with a friend or an enemy, the one

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Digong’s ‘neutral’ foreign policy

Digong’s ‘neutral’ foreign policy

Perry Diaz February 7, 2017 0

President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte made a big splash in the international scene by declaring that he was pursuing an “independent” foreign policy. Then he declared his “separation” from the U.S.; threatened to terminate military

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Is a new ‘alliance’ in the offing?

Is a new ‘alliance’ in the offing?

Perry Diaz January 24, 2017 0

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s official visit to the Philippines on January 12-13, 2017, came at a crucial moment in Philippine Rodrigo Duterte’s quest for a place on the table of world politics. Last

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Coup rumors cause jitters in Manila

Coup rumors cause jitters in Manila

Perry Diaz January 10, 2017 0

For the past two months Manila was abound with rumors of plots to oust President Rodrigo Duterte. Among the first to hit the rumor mill was an allegation made by Cabinet Secretary Leoncio B.

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