A massive show of ‘people power’ in the streets of Manila led to a spectacular overthrow of a dictatorship. This Hollywood-style melodrama could only have happened in the Philippines…
But something was missing, a gel to hold society together. The people at the top still had the same detached attitude to the native peasants as the mestizos in their haciendas in Latin America had toward their peons…
If only The Philippines could get their elite to share their sentiments and act, what could they not have achieved?
”—Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew in his book, From Third World to First (via pepediokno)
I want nothing more than for the unrest in the Middle East to end and for them to have peace and freedom.
But I can’t help but wonder what democracy would bring to them. From the little that I know about the Middle East, it is that they are predominantly Islams, and Islam communities rely heavily on their religion in their ways of life. And so I wonder what a democracy based on Islam be like? Then what about those who are not Islam? What of them? Though I am a believer of freedom and exercising of one’s free will (given that they follow a set of principles that preserve the well-being of others and of themselves), I can’t help but fear what democracy might do for their culture. Whatever happens, I hope they would do much better than we did. Perhaps it’s just a matter of finding the right balance. and perhaps they would have better people ruling them.
My heart aches for all the senseless and cruel killings. It’s frustrating to not be able to do anything but express this ache.
CNBC: Libya Placed Billions of Dollars at US Banks: WikiLeaks
Libya’s secretive sovereign wealth fund has $32 billion in cash with several U.S. banks each managing up to $500 million, and it has primary investments in London, a confidential diplomatic cable shows.
The cable, obtained by WikiLeaks and revealing the details of a January meeting between the head of the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) and the U.S. ambassador in Tripoli, comes as the United States and European governments explored the possibility of freezing assets belonging to the Libyan government. Read more.
I’m not sure I understand the implications of this article. Can anyone tell me?
Teenagers now have grandparents born after the war. This is a very big deal. Your grandparents are your era but your great-grandparents are history.
…The exhibition at Auschwitz no longer fulfills its role, as it used to. More or less eight to 10 million people go to such exhibitions around the world today, they cry, they ask why people didn’t react more at the time, why there were so few righteous, then they go home, see genocide on television and don’t move a finger. They don’t ask why they are not righteous themselves.
To me the whole educational system regarding the Holocaust, which really got under way during the 1990s, served its purpose in terms of supplying facts and information. But there is another level of education, a level of awareness about the meaning of those facts. It’s not enough to cry. Empathy is noble, but it’s not enough.
PIOTR CYWINSKI, director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Poland
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THIS ALSO APPLIES TO THE MARCOS DICTATORSHIP and the way it is being taught in schools. What a society we’re raising, where young people know one of the most oppressive regimes in our history simply as, “when many roads were built.” (-Pepe)
“So avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys - to woo women - and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do. It also won’t do in your essays.”— John Keating, Dead Poet’s Society (via paulavaleria)
In the past two months the world has watched as Tunisia and Egypt have now successfully had protests to oust their dictator presidents in efforts for a better life. As the world has watched, so have been other countries under a dictatorship such as Libya.
Just now, I read an article that spoke of a BIR executive being shot close range while on a breakfast stop on his way to work one morning. Apparently, he was shot by two people on a motorcycle without a plate number who went on to ride away and escape.
It’s frustrating. Even more so because I’ve been noticing a lot of these happening recently. It doesn’t even matter to me if the ones getting killed are good or bad, what matters is that they’re being assassinated. And I absolutely hate the fact that people are either becoming less and less afraid to do such things in broad day light because of the incredibly weak government, or perhaps because people up on top are allowing them to be so, and if I were to push it further, I would say that the reason why these killings can be done in broad day light is because it’s being manipulated by those at the top!
It’s incredibly frustrating. I have seen good people get killed. People who are actually doing their job and are affecting positive change in the government. And these are the ones getting killed. UGH.
These are the people whom the CBCP should be asking to confess before taking communion instead of these people.