World & Nation

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte needs to improve his manners, and put an end to extrajudicial killings

The great majority of Filipinos continue to admire and show support for President Rodrigo Duterte in spite of the rising voice of discontent and dissatisfaction among the nation’s intelligentsia. The discontent and dissatisfaction are brought about by three – among many – of the president’s widely publicized recent bloopers.

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Why Donald Trump desperately wants to be pals with Vladimir Putin – or why he imagines he already is the Russian president’s ‘friend’

Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump is desperately trying to make friends with Russian president Vladimir Putin. Matter of fact, he gives the impression he and Putin are indeed friends. The question – or, rather, the problem – is why? At one point in the US presidential campaign, Donald J. Trump said “Wouldn’t it be great if Russia and the US got along together - wouldn’t that be great?” to the roaring approval of his followers.

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Why thin-skinned Donald Trump ‘felt hurt’ when ‘nothing nice’ was said about him at the DNC convention – or why he deserves what was said of him

Donald John Trump is well-known for bad-mouthing, insulting, branding, and even threatening his fellow candidates during the primaries as he does now in the course of the presidential campaign. During the primaries, Trump consistently called Ted Cruz “Lying Ted” and referred to Cruz’s wife with uncivility and to Cruz’s father as the likely “assassin of President John Kennedy.” And he branded Hillary Clinton “Crooked Hillary.”

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The 2016 U. S. presidential race: how Trump and Clinton compare - their strengths, their weaknesses, and their odds of winning

The 2016 presidential primaries are history, and the 2016 Republican and Democratic conventions are over. These events have given the American people an insight into the two parties and their candidates. On November 8, Americans will decide who will lead their country for the next four years: Donald John Trump or Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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Donald Trump accepts GOP nomination while making the angriest, most negative, and most incoherent speech ever

Donald J. Trump walked up to the podium without a single wave to the crowd and without acknowledging anyone in the audience. After accepting the nomination, he started his speech with the promise: “I alone can fix it!” apparently referring to the nation's problems.

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The 2016 Republican Convention opening day: a sea of white faces and a dozen poorly mendacious speakers

Day one of the 4-day 2016 Republican National Convention closed out in Cleveland, Ohio, Monday, July 18 with a wholly white audience consisting of Republican Party delegates and campaign workers listening to a long list of third-rate speakers led by discredited former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani. It would have been a historic flop were it not for Melania Trump’s speech (apparently with a lot of plagiarized parts from Michelle Obama’s convention speech in 2008) that emotionally plead for people to vote for her husband.

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Cronyism and the ‘padrino’ system: what they do to the Philippine’s political and business culture, and how to get rid of them

Cronyism and the ubiquitous padrino (patronage) system describe an economy in which certain business people and government officials maintain a close relationship, resulting in favoritism in the allocation of government contracts, permits, grants, benefits, etc. In its more despicable form, cronyism makes use of illegal and corrupt practices, causing people to lose respect for, and develop a mistrust of, both business and government.

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