Category: The Explainer ANC

The Explainer: Remembering Martial Law

Tweet The young, dynamic, glamorous image of the Marcoses, seen here in the film “Iginuhit sa Tadhana,” seems so long ago. That image was eventually tarnished by martial law. They say, it could never happen again. Marcos wore pomade, today our president wears Prada. What was martial law? Why was it welcomed, then rejected?   …

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The Explainer: The battle of ideas

Tweet That was a scene from the controversial documentary, “Fahrenheit 91” Critics of American foreign policy often allege, that the country’s destiny is being decided by a small band of intellectuals in the corridors of power. They’re often referred to –and refer to themselves- as “neoconservatives.” In turn, their policies find justification in the War …

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The Explainer: Votes in a Parliamentary System

Tweet I was watching a television program before, with a kind of roving moderator who spoke to a seated panel of young women who were having some sort of problem with their boyfriends – apparently, because the boyfriends had all slept with the girlfriends’ mothers. And they brought the boyfriends out, and they fought, right …

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The Explainer: The Presidential System

Tweet   That was a clip from the cable TV series, “Rome,” in which the Roman Senate gave Caesar a crown; and the Republic died. What’s to stop a body of frightened men –whether it’s the Roman senate or the German Reichstag, from surrendering to a dictator? To the Americans, the answer lay in not …

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The Explainer: The Parliament

Tweet I. Parliament: a legacy of monarchy   Why did we begin with the United Kingdom? Because the British parliamentary, or Westminster system, is considered one of the legacies of British colonial rule, in contrast to the political traditions of republican government, a legacy of the Roman republic and the French and American revolutions. At …

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The Explainer: Lebanon

Tweet Those were scenes showing the bombing of Beirut by the Israeli air force in recent days.  “The Lebanon” a song by the Human League, reminds us that for most of the 1980s and early 1990s, Lebanon was synonymous with war. Now, after a decade of renewed optimism and rebuilding, Lebanon is again under attack …

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The Explainer: SONA

Tweet   Zoning in on the SONA   The State of the Nation Address has been a steady feature of the Philippine presidency since 1936, when the first one was delivered. In a sense, then, this year marks the 70th anniversary of this ritual. But what is the State of the Nation Address? Why is …

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The Explainer: Church & State

Tweet That was Jeremy Irons playing an inquisitor in the movie Casanova, set in venice in the 17th century. This is our enduring image of the nosy, meddlesome, sinister priest. Why is it 300 yrs later, we’re still obsessed with priests ordering officials around? Don’t we have the separation of church and state? I’m Manolo …

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