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One Death is Too Many

The great Irish philosopher Edmund Burke said that for evil to triumph, all that is necessary is that good men do nothing. I am reminded of Burke’s words as I look into the culture of impunity here in the Philippines. Impunity is a big word and so are the men behind it. And on the other side is a government that allows it to happen. In December last year, a local court has issued a warrant of arrest against ...

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Saving the world shouldn’t feel good

Much to my own surprise, I'm not paying extra for organic food products to avoid funding dead zones on the sea floor caused by agricultural fertilizer run-off from non-organic aka "conventional" farms. I'm not buying organic food to abstain from supporting industrialized farming in leaking excess pesticides into our ground water, each year leading to polluted bore holes being shut down and new ones having t ...

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Great Journalism Shines on the Web

Movies have the Oscar, cultural and scientific advances have the Nobel Prize. As far as awards go in media, nothing lends more prestige than a Pulitzer. Self-declared "Internet newspaper" Huffington Post, one of the most controversial players in online media, has been breaking out the bubbly after taking a step into respectability by winning a Pulitzer Prize, the traditional standard of journalistic excelle ...

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Wanted: Access To Energy For All By 2030

The Millennium Development Goals, set up in the year 2000 by world leaders to eradicate global poverty, failed to address one crucial issue – energy. To correct this error, politicians come up with a set of initiatives that promise to deliver sustainable energy to all people of our planet. ...

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Mining

For several weeks now, various stakeholders here in my country, the Philippines, have been debating, clashing and trading barbs through the media on the benefits of mining. On one side, giant mining companies, which earn big from the business, are defending the benefits of mining. It helps the local communities they say. On the other side, environmentalists and local communities are stressing that mining do ...

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Notes of Despair

The smell of wrath in Syntagma Square is still thick- for the last two years this place in the center of Athens seem like the barrel of a gun named social despair, pointing straight to the heart of the Parliament, on the other site of the road… ...

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