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New charter: as old as tyranny itself

We believe that any unnecessary interference with the public will is not merely a tyranny but a folly Undue legal interference goes even...

Suffer the little children

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” — Novelist James Baldwin Let’s begin...

A man in a man’s world

Time and again, we’ve seen and been told what it was like for a woman to live in a man’s world. Allow me, therefore,...

A night of no colors

by Joel Pablo Salud They were not the ‘usual suspects,’ at least, not those you’d often see hobnobbing at a coffeeshop. This ‘eclectic’ gathering of Filipinos,...

Indolence as insolence

My recent three-day bout with the flu was anything but normal. Younger, I was of the habit of easily dispensing with the bone and muscle pain which go with the viral infection. Close to fifty-six, it appears that my body has weakened to the...

‘What’s going to happen now?’

The previous weekend saw me and my wife in the middle of two very important events: a dinner invitation by none other than National Artist for Literature F. Sionil José, and a book launch-cum-birthday bash the day after of another National Artist for...

Falling asleep in the time of the ‘Woke’ generation

  Growing old is not what I thought it would be. As the Polish poet and essayist Zbigniew Herbert wrote, it’s like owning a dog-eared dictionary, published long ago, with absentee words clinging at the hem of its tattered cover jacket. A new take on language...

Why press freedom? Why not responsible journalism?

We hear it often said how important press freedom is to the nation’s sociopolitical health. The reason being is that information is currency, and with such currency in the hands of the people, their chances for survival are greater than without it. Information in and...

Caligula and the weaponization of humiliation

I’m no historian. Call me a history buff with an insatiable liking for what is either vintage or ancient. I love reading anything that reeks of the sands and pyramids of Egypt, the lost city of Atlantis, the ancient Holy Roman Empire, and,...

Dengue de Rigueur

Summer comes, and with it mosquitoes and dengue. Even as the holiday cold fritters away, the Department of Health has already noticed an alarming spike in cases of what is otherwise known in its extreme form as hemorrhagic fever. Some 2,100 people have been infected...

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