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‘The Great Purge’

A month ago, I began a ‘Great Purge’ of my books to solve the problem of the acute shortage of shelf space. I sold the books guilty of constricting the available room in my book case to my friends in Facebook. The term ‘purge’ has acquired a rather negative connotation stemming from decades of western…

How Late it Was, How Late

How Late It Was, How Late

How late my posts are getting published here. Indeed, how late. In order to remedy the increasing irregularity of my postings, I will resort to simply putting out brief impressions of some of the recent books I read. One of the stunning novels I’ve read lately (as the title suggests) is James Kelman’s How Late…

CCTV footage of Jennifer Laude with suspect PFC Pemberton entering an Olongapo City lodge. Photo Credits: kapederasyon.wordpress.com

Jennifer Laude, Gender Oppression, and US Domination

The brutal murder of a Filipina transgender in an Olongapo City motel by American suspect Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton of the US Marines highlights the impunity with which violence against Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual, and Transgenders (LGBT) as well as women is perpetrated in the country. Jennifer died of drowning from her face’s being…

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Marcos and BS Aquino: The Dictator and the Wannabe

Last September 21, the nation commemorated the 42nd anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law. President Benigno Simeon ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III once again spoke in memory of his father who died standing up against the dictatorship. Yet the irony is not lost on many who see BS Aquino’s recent machinations as reminiscent not of his…

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‘Going Too Far’? Abad Deserved More

When Budget Secretary Butch Abad’s exit from a forum at the University of the Philippines (UP) School of Economics last Sept. 17 was met by heated protests, student activists were reprimanded by some UP professors and administrators for supposedly ‘going too far’. The usual gangs of President Benigno Simeon ‘Noynoy’ Aquino’s apologists were also quick…

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The Day of Naming (Poem)

The Day of Naming By Varavara Rao, Translated by D. Venkat Rao 1 Can the empire acquiesce If insurrection makes The vagrant and untitled Valiant? Heroes must have lineage When people of the forest converge, Gather mortar, wood and stone, And build; Can this become a saga? History must have foundation Do you light a…