The passing of Nelson Mandala surely brings about a slew of emotions from people across the world. As a symbol of a Third World leader fighting against unjust and institutionalized discrimination on racial basis, his nonviolent resistance and quickness to forgive his enemies exemplify the humanitarian nature needed by so sorely lacking to bring about peaceful resolution of debilitating ethnic conflicts. Yet, while touring the former financial center of Manila, the author has come to realize just how quickly any positive recognition will pass, covered up by unresolved issues that will shift attentions elsewhere.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Thursday, December 5, 2013
at 4:50 PM
For those interested in political history of the global South,
some three hours by train east of Indonesian capital of Jakarta, holds a very significant place. As the host city of the 1955 Asia Africa
Conference that brought together leaders of newly independent/established Third
World countries ranging from Nasser in Egypt to Nehru of India to Sukarno from
Indonesia. The Conference brought together
a coalition of these new countries on collective behavior with intensifying
Cold War as the global backdrop.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
at 2:52 PM
Its funny how human relationships can change so suddenly so fast in such dramatic ways. A few days ago, the same group of people sat in a formal meeting in an office discussing conflicts of business interests, mutual improvements, and concerns on performances, and a few days later, you are sitting around the dinner table discussing life in general, pains of working and hating current jobs, and plans for the (decidedly personal) future. The author has to thank unemployment for even the remote possibility of turning business clientele relationships into personal friendships.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Is Fostering Class Consciousness an Act of Unfettered Freedom of Speech or Institutional Over-confidence?
at 7:59 PM
It is the author's solid belief that modern cinematography of the futuristic fiction genre is becoming increasingly a forum of political commentary, as demonstrated previously by the Purge, and now by the newly released second installment of the Hunger Games trilogy. In fact, the political commentary associated with this latest film was so obviously presented, so not at all subtly nuanced, and so blatantly naked that as a member of the audience in a rather upscale cinema, the author was feeling cold sweat running down his back thinking just how subversive and seditious its conveyed messages are.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
at 3:12 PM
Two guys were sitting in a casual Japanese restaurants. The waitress shows up at their table with their lunches in hand. "Sorry, the soup from one set and the rice from the other will come later," she noted apologetically. The two men did not seem to mind. They carry on chatting and eating whatever that was already served at their table. Almost done with their incomplete meals, and noting that the rice and soup have yet to arrive, they call over the waitress to ask. Embarrassed about her memory loss, she quickly ran back to the kitchen and brought out rice and soup to the table.