Japan and its complicated relationship with the West is my Arab News column for this week.
But first, a world-historical event. My good friend Clinton Palanca releases his first short film, “Amber Dew,” marking yet another remarkable development in the career of the leading mind of our generation: writer! novelist! columnist! chef! publisher! film auteur!
The big news of course is that impeachment has gotten bogged down and that the House is pushing the theory that the Constitution permits the entire Congress to vote together, which would permit the votes of the House to swamp the votes of the Senate.
The punditocracy today has Greg Makabenta taking off from the appointment of a Fil-Am Executive Chef in the White House to examine the Filipino propensity to blame, blame, blame. Carmen Guerrero Nakpil says the oil crisis is the one thing not the fault of the President; Emil Jurado lectures the opposition on impeachment; Jarius Bondoc writes on Salvador Araneta’s “Bayanikasan Constitution”; Max Soliven points out the military is what matters; Armando Doronila considers the “Blueprint for a viable Philippines” a coherent alternative for the country; Michael Tan talks about the high cost of what he refuses to call Liberation in a poetic article that ignores the reality that all countries liberated during World War II were devastated (and preferred it to continued fascist occupation). Hot Manila reprints an article by a cleric who examines the President’s “moral relativism.”
The blogosphere has Jove tying the threads of the oil crisis, impeachment, charter change, and even the idea of a truth commission, together; PCIJ wraps up its coverage of yesterday’s House (un)proceedings (Paeng echoes something I said to friends yesterday: want to see the future Philippine parliament? Observe the House); Punzi extolls the abilities of the spokesman for the President’s defense team; Banketa Republique reprints Akbayan’s sheepish explanation for its publicity stunt at the House;
There are the perils of third world living: Perpetual Malcontent is irritated over being unable to use a less expensive DSL account for his business; Ronnel Lim bewails the inability of government offices to produce accessible data for ordinary citizens (and compares our procedures to Singapore’s “ruthless efficiency”).
The bloggers of Filipinos abroad make for interesting reading, whether it’s Love and Light discussing earthquakes in Japan, Dubai Chronicles recounting a LAN party with friends, or Palabok discussing the Australian system of identity points for immigrants.
In a cultural vein, Filipino Librarian points out a Filipino komiks page; and Rocketboy reviews Korean movies (complete with Filipino extras).