Monthly Archives: April 2011

Mysterious American kidnap and release in southern Philippines, Part 2

Two days after the release of American Milton Taylor, we can establish some facts: 1. He was kidnapped in January in Cagayan de Oro City. 2. He was released on Wednesday, April 13. 3. At least one Lanao del Sur … Continue reading

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Mystery Surrounds the Alleged “Kidnapping and Rescue” of an American in the Southern Philippines, Part 1

In early March, I received a videotape of American Milton Taylor who was allegedly kidnapped on January 12, 2011 in Cagayan de Oro City in the southern Philippines. On the videotape, he is holding a slip of paper in his … Continue reading

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Taur Matan Ruak and the Cycles of History

This is Major General Taur Matan Ruak, Chief of the Defence Force of Asia’s youngest nation, Timor Leste. He hugged me enthusiastically on the sidelines of the Jakarta International Defense Dialogue. I was thrilled to see him again. Like most … Continue reading

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