Monthly Archives: October 2010

“O brave new world! That has such people in it!” – William Shakespeare

I love the way Shakespeare’s famous phrase – and irony – has been picked up by authors through the years – Voltaire in 1759, Emile Zola in 1885, Rudyard Kipling in 1919 and Aldous Huxley in 1939. It is the inspiration for this blog.
In each of these works, the characters somehow are idealistic (or naïve) and jump into a future world with wonder, expecting the best of human nature. Often, they’re disappointed. In Huxley’s Brave New World, the protagonist hangs himself. Continue reading

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Noynoy Flunks His First Test

Filipinos have high hopes for President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, who took power two months ago with the largest margin of victory in two decades and an 85% approval rating. His popularity rested mostly on promises of good values and cleaner governance—promises his mother, democracy icon Cory Aquino, made too. Yet his first major test in office shows how early political compromises are exacerbating problems in the weak institutions he’s promised to reform. Continue reading

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Blowback: The Massacre in Maguindanao

Editor’s note: Ressa, head of the ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs Group and former CNN Jakarta Bureau Chief, wrote this piece for the blog of the CNN show, AMANPOUR. It was originally posted on December 1, 2009 at 1:29 GMT. … Continue reading

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The future of journalism in the world’s most dangerous place for journalists

Fifty seven people killed in broad daylight, 30 of them journalists. It was premeditated murder because even before they were ambushed, their graves were dug. It was the worst election-related violence we have ever seen and the deadliest single attack on journalists anywhere around the world. Continue reading

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