Tonight on The Explainer, my show will be about the State of the Nation address. Guests will be Jonathan Malaya, co-editor of a definitive book on presidential speeches, and Inquirer Senior Editor Jon Neri, who also has the Newsstand blog. Do join us from 6 to 7 pm on ANC.
Fred G. Rosario recounts what it was like to evacuate Filipinos from the Middle East in 1991.
In The Daily Nightly, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams blogs about broadcasting live from the Middle East.
Andrew Sullivan suggests what may be emerging is a kind of Mideast civil war between Sunni and Shi’ites. Uri Avnery says Israel wants to install a puppet government. The famous Stratfor think tank suggests Israel is poised to mount a full scale invasion.
Washington Note well, notes how the US plan to evacuate its nationals from Lebanon by cruise ship may have unintended (or intended?) consequences. Shmuel Rosner examines whether democracy for Arab nations remains a viable proposition.
In China: problems with exporting Mandarin.
Senators say impeachment’s doomed; Palace tries to apply mouth-to-mouth to keep “people’s initiative” alive a few more months. The Department of Justice starts hauling in people it accuses of supporting a military withdrawal of support but hedges on going further in accusing members of the clergy of involvement.
Malaya newspaper asks: is US using Bolante to blackmail the President?
What world leaders discuss over a piece of bread. Smile, you’re on candid microphone!
Eruptions and tsunamis meanwhile put a grim mood on things.
In the punditocracy, Conrado de Quiros says bearing down on supporters of the foiled military withdrawal of support can only reveal how illegitimate the government is.
Juan Mercado focuses on the bishops’ condemnation of political killings by government and the NPA.
Tony Abaya bids farewell to his wife.
In the blogosphere, inthe PCIJ blog, in response to some government-friendly ads, the comments wax poetical (and polemical).
I was quite happy to have been asked to contribute a chapter to the book, and was quite saddened that the book became a casualty of the Liberal Party split (I have good friends on both sides of the divide). Mercifully, the book seems available, so do get a copy (regardless of what your party affiliations, if any, might be).