Realpolitik 101; ‘Bye, Eki CardenasREALPOLITIK Lesson No. 1: The US military, or anybody else’s military, would come to help us if it would be in its interest to do so. Again, Kissinger, to whom is attributed—a country has no permanent friends or enemies, only permanent interests. Echoing Lord Palmerston, who said no eternal allies, no perpetual enemies, only interests are eternal and perpetual. (Kissinger deserves to be known not only for saying that power is the ultimate aphrodisiac. Power can make one gwaping, is one reading of it. Who are in power today?) We were one huge military base of the US in 1941; it was in its interest to thwart Japan’s invasion. No dice though as we were occupied and trampled upon anyway. But, the US would come to help if it would be in its best interest to do so, treaty or no. Same with other countries. Same guiding star that led us to side with China against Japan in WW2, lack of treaty notwithstanding. And then, there is the UN, … [Read more...] about Realpolitik 101; ‘Bye, Eki Cardenas
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MANILA - Moro civic leader Samira Gutoc made her way through a centuries-old Catholic church in the quiet Bicol town of Iriga, trailing a monsignor who, despite their religious differences, gave his blessing for the only woman in the opposition Otso Diretso senatorial slate. This was not the first time Gutoc walked down church aisles and sat on pews while also wooing Muslim voters to catapult her into the Senate and end a decades-long drought in Muslim representation in the chamber. She attended a Mass in a Caloocan cathedral alongside political titans and neophytes. She even sought endorsements from faith-based groups like El Shaddai, Jesus is Lord Movement, and Iglesia Ni Cristo. For Gutoc, it's an example of respect among religions and that peace, despite their differences, is possible. "Importante po sa isang verse ng Islam na (There's an important verse in Islam that says), 'To you your own and to me my own religion,'" Gutoc told reporters in Iriga. "Naipapakita … [Read more...] about Samira Gutoc shatters Muslim stereotypes in Senate bid
Updated 4:08 pm PDT, Friday, April 26, 2019 ADDS DA SILVA'S SENTENCE REDUCTION - Supporter of Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, holds signs with text that reads in Portuguese "Free Lula" and "Lula Innocent" during a vigil in front of the headquarters of the Superior Court of Justice, in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, April 23, 2019. Da Silva, who was found guilty of passive corruption and money laundering, has been in jail since April of last year. Brazil’s second highest court is reducing the sentence of incarcerated ex-president Luis Inacio Lula da Silva from 12 years and one month to eight years and 10 months. less ADDS DA SILVA'S SENTENCE REDUCTION - Supporter of Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, holds signs with text that reads in Portuguese "Free Lula" and "Lula Innocent" during a vigil in front of ... more Photo: Eraldo Peres, AP … [Read more...] about Ex-president Da Silva: Brazil governed by ‘crazy people’
By Greg Keraghosian Updated 5:20 pm PDT, Wednesday, April 10, 2019 Brunch is better with a view, which you'll find at El Balcon del Zocalo. Brunch is better with a view, which you'll find at El Balcon del Zocalo. Photo: Greg Keraghosian Photo: Greg Keraghosian Image 1 of / 28 Caption Close Image 1 of 28 Brunch is better with a view, which you'll find at El Balcon del Zocalo. Brunch is better with a view, which you'll find at El Balcon del Zocalo. Photo: Greg Keraghosian It seems like everyone in the Bay Area is vacationing in Mexico City. Here's why it's so great. 1 / 28 Back to Gallery Flying non-stop from San Francisco to Mexico City takes about as long as flying to Chicago. The … [Read more...] about It seems like everyone in the Bay Area is vacationing in Mexico City. Here’s why it’s so great.
Carnival, March 3rd Photo: Desiree Martin/AFP They may not have pancake day, but Spaniards know how to let their hair down before the frugality of Lent. Carnival fever sweeps across the nation as people prepare their costumes ready for a big party. While Rio style parades are held in the Canary Islands, some smaller celebrations really capture the imagination. Las Fallas, Valencia, March 15th - 19th Photo: AFP Each March in Sagunto, Valencianos celebrate Saint Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters. After months spent creating giant papier-mâché models satirizing politicians and popular figures of the day, the ninots are paraded through the streets before being burnt in a ferocious climax of bonfires and fireworks. The festival has now been awarded Unesco heritage status. Semana Santa (Holy week), March 14th -21st An Easter procession in Palma de Mallorca. Photo: AFP Easter week is one of the year's biggest celebrations in Spain, where towns and … [Read more...] about Twelve epic festivals in Spain to attend in 2019