Category Archives: Politics


Maureen Dowd wrote a really nice, provocative piece the other day – WHY IS HE BI? (SIGH). I’ve been thinking about leadership for a very long time. These are the sentences that resonate the most for me: “It’s not enough … Continue reading

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Bali Bomber Umar Patek’s Journey to Meet bin Laden

More details surfacing about Indonesian Umar Patek’s activities: 1. He told authorities he married his Filipina wife, Ruqoyah Binti Husen Luceno, in 1998. She was a teacher at a “primary school madrassah.” She was arrested with him in January this … Continue reading

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Power – When You Have it and When You Don’t

I’ve been thinking a lot about power recently. Here in Singapore, I watched the government and its ruling party, the PAP (People’s Action Party) hold elections last Saturday. It was the most nervous I’d ever seen the PAP in my … Continue reading

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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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