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Duterte vs Barack Obama In A Remark About Filipino Sovereignty

By Tunde Olupitan Latest news on the Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, is of his calling USA President Barack Obama a son of a b***h. We...

Duterte and the Multipolar Strategy That Shakes Washington

By Federico Pieraccini   On May 30, 2016 Manila’s parliament appointed Rodrigo Roa Duterte as the sixteenth president of the Philippines following his election victory over...

Time for Reset and Realism in the South China Sea

By Dan Steinbock After the South China Sea arbitration ruling, uncertainty and friction may increase in the region. However, the economic promise of China’s rise...

The Duterte Whirlwind: The Reawakening of the Philippines

By Dan Steinbock The new Philippine president is waging a tough drug war, pushing economic growth domestically and greater pragmatism in foreign policy that could...

Philippines 2016: Navigating Between the US and China

By Dan Steinbock               In the past six years, Washington and Manila have been cementing a military alliance, which is reassuring to many Filipinos but leaves...

The Philippines “BRIC” Plan: From Regime Change Ploys to Accelerated Economic Development

By Dan Steinbock While the Obama White House prepared plans for regime change in the Philippines, President Trump is working on an assertive strategy in...

The Philippine National Election 2016: The Good, the Bad and The Ugly

By Pauline Eadie  Rodrigo Duterte was elected president of the Philippines in May 2016. Arguably Duterte’s electoral success was down to his straight talking approach...

How To (and Not To) Navigate between US and China 

By Dan Steinbock The first 18 months of the Duterte government suggest that the effort to recalibrate the Philippines’ ties between the US and China...

Can Sustainable Peace and Co-operation Be Achieved in the South China Sea Region?

By Li Jianwei and Ramses Amer Since mid-2016, positive improvements have been made in the South China Sea region. However, more efforts are needed to...

Obama-Duterte Blow Up: What the Corporate Media Doesn’t Get

By Wayne Madsen The western corporate media generalised the Duterte-Obama feud as one between a statesmanlike US president and a Filipino Donald Trump. For Obama...

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