Philippines

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Philippine High Court OK’s Historic Birth Control Law

The Philippine Supreme Court has finally ruled that the landmark Reproductive Health Law passed in 2012 but suspended awaiting Tuesday’s verdict is constitutional, but offered a compromise on an edict that has ...
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Climate Change Threatens New Filipino Areas

Shifting weather patterns laid to climate change can be expected hit new areas of the Philippines that have not traditionally been in the direct path of typhoons, the Philippine Climate Change Commission has wa...
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Manila’s Mouldering Tourist District

At the Badonkadonk bar in Manila’s historic Ermita district, a lone tourist sits on the balcony at sunset. The tortured cry of a drunken karaoke singer nearby competes with an Alicia Keys video on the club’s wi...
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Tacloban Starts to Come Back to Life

“Tindog Tacloban!” read a large poster in the center of this destroyed Leyte city in the Philippines. It roughly meant “stand up Tacloban” and was a sign that things were changing in a city devastated by Typhoo...
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The Philippines’ Tough Rebuilding Task

The 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 P...
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The Warsaw Climate Deal

Negotiations 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. U...
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ADB’s Chilling Report on Pacific Climate Change

With 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 worl...
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The Tragic Logistics of Disaster Relief

In 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 ha...
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The Philippines: PNoy Comes to Visit

Twice 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 perf...
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Climate Change Denial is a Criminal Act

On 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...