The Philippines’ Tough Rebuilding Task

The Philippines’ Tough Rebuilding TaskThe following analysis of the fiscal, infrastructure and social challenges of rebuilding the Philippines in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda was prepared by the Manila-based country risk analysis firm Pacific Strategies and Assessments. Although subscription only, it was made available to Asia Sentinel. The Philippines faces a daunting task of rebuilding and reconstruction following…

The Warsaw Climate Deal

The Warsaw Climate DealNegotiations at the Warsaw Climate Change Conference have culminated in a compromise deal that commits the parties to a new international mechanism to deal with losses and damages linked to climate change. Under this arrangement, rich nations are to pay compensation for the consequences of global warming to poorer countries suffering from the worst impact…

ADB’s Chilling Report on Pacific Climate Change

ADB’s Chilling Report on Pacific Climate ChangeWith world climate talks in Warsaw droning on to come up with a lukewarm agreement to require governments to set targets on curbing greenhouse gas emissions to curb global warming, on the other side of the world the Asian Development Bank is growing increasingly concerned about looming disaster for low-lying Asian countries. In its second…

The Tragic Logistics of Disaster Relief

The Tragic Logistics of Disaster ReliefIn the base operations lounge of the military’s central command at Cebu City’s airport, an energetic phalanx of air force pilots and aid workers comes and goes from all over the world. A bar in one corner has been made into a ‘Flight Crew Check-In’ counter for what is being referred to as ‘Relief Airlines’…

The Philippines: PNoy Comes to Visit

The Philippines: PNoy Comes to VisitTwice Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III pointed at a torn piece of iron sheeting laced against a bare tree, focusing on it in a vista where everything else around him was utter loss. Aquino paid a perfunctory visit to the devastated town of Guiaun Sunday, nine days after Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) made landfall here,…

Climate Change Denial is a Criminal Act

Climate Change Denial is a Criminal ActOn Dec. 12, 2000, the United States Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision that was judicially flawed and politically dubious, decided in Bush v. Gore, 531 U.S. 98 (2000), that a recount of votes in Palm Beach County, Fla., could not go ahead, effectively making George W. Bush the President of the United States. The…

The Dead and the Reds in the Philippines

The Dead and the Reds in the PhilippinesThe Philippine government’s disarray in dealing with the impact of Typhoon Haiyan on 10 million or so Filipinos, with hundreds of thousands struggling with inadequate aid to recover or simply survive, threatens to revitalize support for communist insurgents in the huge area devastated by the storm. Meeting and mediating the pressing needs of almost 10…

Grim Warning on the Philippines

Grim Warning on the Philippines(This is an advisory from the Manila-based country risk firm Pacific Strategies & Assessments, a subscription only service. It paints a grim but comprehensive picture of traveler safety in the typhoon-hit provinces of Samar and Leyte in the Philippines reminiscent of Cormack McCarthy’s apocalyptic novel The Road.) The situation in Samar and Leyte—the two most…