Arming The Kurds – A Fine Line

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By Javi Martinez and Dom Ranises The Islamic State, otherwise known as IS (and formerly ISIS or ISIL), is at the forefront of today’s news. Its penchant for ultra-violent practices such as mass executions of religious minorities has gained international notoriety and this, coupled with both the groups’ acquisition of advanced military equipment and its […]

KamalAEAn 2014: The APEC and its Relevance to the Philippines

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By Donald Bertulfo and Bernice Halili Internationalization has become a buzz-word in contemporary economic thought as countries start forming blocs in pursuit of a superordinate goal or interest. With this in mind, the Philippines is continuously trying to discover the opportunities and hazards of entering the “global game.” In line with offering depth and insight […]

Indigenous Cultures in the Age of Globalization

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By Christian Dy Indigenous peoples, as may be deduced from the definitions of the International Labor Organization, the Working Group on Indigenous Peoples (WGIP), and the World Bank, are peoples whose ancestors have been living in a certain territory prior to the arrival of other groups, who, due to their isolation, have preserved their culture, […]

Local Business and the ASEAN Integration

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By Jake Cureg In the year 2000, the heads of state of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) formally launched the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) with the goal of providing support to ASEAN’s newer and lesser-developed member states, namely Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam. The initiative aims to narrow the development gap between […]

Fearing the Dictator Reincarnate

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By Christian Dy A constitution, when justly approved by the people, is a social contract that seeks to limit the powers of the government over the governed. When a constitution prevents strong leaders from say, extending their terms, it is only doing what it ought to. Essential to the preservation of a country’s democratic institutions […]

A Review of Isis

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By Javi Martinez, Jose R. Mendoza and Aaron Salvan The name of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has been well-known these days. For the past year the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sha has been making a name for itself by taking advantage of the conflict in Syria and in Iraq to […]

The Pacific and Beyond: The Philippines and the TPP

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By Dom Ranises The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a free-trade agreement (FTA) currently being negotiated between twelve Asia-Pacific nations. It is a trade deal so massive; it encompasses more than 25% of global trade and 40% of global gross domestic product (GDP), stretching from Vietnam to the United States. Noting the potential geographical shift in […]

Revolutionizing the Music Industry

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By Jonas Cabochan and Gabe Pila Piracy was already a reality in the Philippines as early as the 1950’s. To address this, local recording companies collaborated with each other to form the Record Industry Association of the Philippines (RIAP) where their objective mirrors that of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in combating piracy […]

How Charities Operate

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By Meeko Rustia and Josef Singson Charities are just like businesses; they are legal organizations set up for the purpose of providing goods or services. However, this is done normally in exchange for nothing. They are non-government organizations that are non-profit. If they do ask for money in return, it is usually for fund-raising or […]