Showing posts from October, 2012

Political Corruption, Business and Reform (Part I)

By Christian Lee R. Ramirez University of Mindanao
I spoiled myself earlier this week to reading materials so as to help realizing this paper, and when I read a tale about the issue, I could not stop convincing myself from putting this tale here: at the height of a political corruption trial, the prosecuting attorney attacked a witness: “Isn’t it true,” he bellowed, “that you accepted one million pesos to compromise this case?” The witness stared out the window, as though he hadn’t heard the question. “Isn’t it true that you accepted one million pesos to compromise this case?” the lawyer repeated. The witness still did not respond. Finally, the judge leaned over and said, “Sir, please answer the question.” “Oh,” the startled witness said, “I thought he was talking to you.”

The Price of Freedom

By Christopher Ryan Maboloc
Ateneo de Davao University

The headline reads, “Over 300 dead in bloodiest day of Syria conflict”. The message is clear, without any form of intervention, there will be more killings and thousands more in Syria. The United Nations has remained ineffectual in securing the safety of civilian lives. The empire of America is busy with its domestic elections, and more than anything else, the issue that the US electorate is more concerned with is “jobs, jobs, jobs”. In theory, any sitting US President can choose to begin, or end any war. But the body count will continue, for the United Nations is effectively debilitated with the reluctance of Russia and China to cooperate. Syria simply is a hopeless case. Add to this problem a man named Mahmoud Ahmadinejadand his constant vitriolic attacks on the Jewish world and Israel’s threat of a pre-emptive strike on Iran, then you certainly have a recipe for a new world order – the end of the world.