My Arab News column for this week is Spying on the US Makes Manila Look Bad. Related reads are Jove’s recent reports from the USA, and a curious article in the Manila Times, concerning an American “mystery ship” off Mindanao. Spymania!
The punditocracy offers up the following for our delectation today: the Inquirer editorial tackles what it views as a Palace good cop, bad cop routine, with a twist; Greg Macabenta says “Gloriagate” has fractured the Filipino-American community on a scale reminiscent of martial law; Carmen Guerrero Nakpil comments on another fractured community: that of the descendants of those who fought in the revolution, split since Bonifacio’s execution, and split again because of what she perceives as the President’s trying to use the descendants of heroes for partisan purposes; and Ambeth Ocampo, on a lighter note, has a charming column on pre-war gossip magazines, bordellos, and ham. Jarius Bondoc, on the other hand, accuses the senate of sloth.
The blogosphere has been rather quiet. Uniffors issues a blast against the Anti-Terrorism bill. Big Mango has been continuing his series of responses to the Blueprint for a Viable Philippines. BuzzMachine insists journalism is an act, not a person. Go Figure has an interesting entry on the Nobel Prize for Economics and Game Theory. Sassy devotes her legal skills to the case of a Makati-based alien.
I’ve been meaning to point out Vaes9’s list of Metro Manila Trivia for some time. So there.
Follow-the-links: Global Voices Online points to Yuga’s views as to how many Filipino bloggers there really are. New Economist points to a book titled The Conquest of Nature: A Brief Economic History of the World, 10,000 BC-2000 AD. TPM Cafe has an article pointing to a paper on the new Iraqi Constitution. Kottke.org points to the Kingdom of Bhutan which measures not Gross National Product, but Gross National Happiness.