Marrakech Climate Talks Thrown into Confusion by US Election

Marrakech Climate Talks Thrown into Confusion by US ElectionNews broke that Donald Trump had won the US presidential election on the third day of United Nations-sponsored annual talks on climate change in Marrakesh, Morocco. Given Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric calling global warming a Chinese plot, understandably the news came as a shock. Hundreds of delegates are attending the 22nd session of the Conference of…

Can the World Meet its Climate Change Commitments?

Can the World Meet its Climate Change Commitments?There is growing concern over whether developed countries will meet their pledges to finance the historic pact agreed in Paris in 2015 on climate change, with no concrete plans on how to do so, according to critics at current United Nations-sponsored climate negotiations in Marrakech, Morocco. Instead, a women’s protest group said on Nov. 7…

In the Philippines, Who is the Real Duterte?

In the Philippines, Who is the Real Duterte?Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will be in China from Oct.18 to Oct. 21 to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping, yet another polarizing action as he moves beyond his 100-day honeymoon as the nation’s chief executive.   Using a combination of bluster, brutality and vulgarity to espouse domestic and international policies that have veered wildly…

As ASEAN Turns 50, Rights Lag

As ASEAN Turns 50, Rights LagAs the international backlash continues over Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody war on drugs, the lack of due process and the consequent deaths of “suspects” in his campaign, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, along with its individual member states, has been characteristically silent. For instance, ASEAN’s leaders and ministers met at their summit in…

Former Philippines President Ramos Loses Patience with Duterte

Former Philippines President Ramos Loses Patience with DuterteSharp criticism from his erstwhile major supporter, former Philippine President Fidel Ramos, has been a surprise antidote to the popular praise heaped on Rodrigo Duterte for the first 100 days of his administration. Outsiders might see his performance as almost entirely negative, focusing on his encouragement of murder of alleged drug dealers, insults to foreign…

Fossil Fuel Industry Knew the Climate Damage it was Causing

Fossil Fuel Industry Knew the Climate Damage it was CausingFor almost 40 years, the fossil fuel industry has been keeping a huge secret from the general public. They have known that their products including oil, coal, and natural gas are the primary causes of global warming and the resulting climate change worldwide.  That was revealed with the release of a report last year by…

The disgrace of Filipino Cleanup Efforts Post-Haiyan

The disgrace of Filipino Cleanup Efforts Post-HaiyanWhen Typhoon Haiyan smashed into Tacloban in the central Philippines almost three years ago, Arsenio was one of the lucky ones – he survived by swimming a kilometer to safety. “Every time there is a storm, I get scared, even after three years,” he said. “I don’t want to go through the same thing again.” …

Philippine President Duterte Sows Chaos Internationally

Philippine President Duterte Sows Chaos InternationallyWhat kind of drugs – or to be polite, medicines – is President Duterte taking? This is a serious question. It is hard to remember any Asian leader in the past half century whose behavior has been so erratic, whose pronouncements so damaging to the position and image of his country. Meanwhile his actions appear…

Can a Hero’s Burial for Marcos be Legally Stopped?

Can a Hero’s Burial for Marcos be Legally Stopped?The Philippine Supreme Court tackles this week three petitions which aim to stop the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos in a cemetery for heroes. The petitions, filed by victims of martial law, argue that giving the deposed strongman a hero’s burial is a dishonor to those who suffered under his 20-year regime. The…

Philippines’ President Duterte Earns his Cowboy Spurs

Philippines’ President Duterte Earns his Cowboy SpursJust six weeks into the presidency of Rodrigo Duterte, the world is discovering with a good deal of horror that the Philippines is getting what he promised: hundreds of deaths of people who may or not be connected to the drug world, at the hands of death squads who are killing, often with little evidence.…