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The Uhuru blueprint: What if PH had stayed in ICC?

March 25, 2019 • Dan Steinbock, On Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock Recently, the Philippines withdrew from the ICC opting for the path of US and Russia, China and India. To focus on a new economic future and the battle against drugs and corruption, the government shunned the Uhuru blueprint. On March 17, the Philippines withdrew from the International Criminal Court (ICC), which has …

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Development Should Guide US-Philippine Mutual Defense Treaty Review

March 20, 2019 • International Relations, Commentary, Dan Steinbock, On Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock     In times of great uncertainty, strategic ambiguity offers little clarity. The review of the U.S.-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty should be guided by the quest for sovereignty and economic development.   During his recent visit

The Shift of the Philippine Peso Regime

March 20, 2019 • Commentary, Dan Steinbock, On Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock In the Aquino era, the focus was on financial flows, which rested on a strong peso. In the Duterte era, it is on the huge investment drive, which can live with a weaker currency. The peso’s political economy is shifting. Recently,

Venezuela – US Attack Imminent?

March 2, 2019 • World Politics, International Relations, CommentaryComments (0)

By Peter Koenig Imagine, the President of the self-declared, exceptional and unique Superpower, Donald Trump of the United States of America, has the audacity to threaten the Venezuelan military with their lives, if they keep standing behind the

A Postcard from Malaysia

February 27, 2019 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, World Politics, Dan SteinbockComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock Not so long ago, Malaysia was set to lose years of economic progress. Today, following the re-imposition of economic discipline, the country is almost back on track. A new era dawned in Malaysia in May 2018, when the opposition coalition led

Gender Gaps in the Economic Sphere: Is Indonesia Making Progress?

February 13, 2019 • World DevelopmentComments (0)

By Namira Samir Women’s rights have long been the centre of arguments since ancient times. Though societies have formidably dealt with the issue the best way they could, these efforts are shortchanged due to the underwhelming support for empowerment. In

Empowering Lives With Zakat: Why We Need More Transparency And Innovation

February 12, 2019 • Responsible Finance, World DevelopmentComments (0)

By Namira Samir and Imad el Fadili A recent study by Sumner (2012) suggested that approximately 960 million people from 1.3 billion poor people in the world live in Middle-Income countries1. This evidence is being referred to as the “new bottom billion”.

Philippine Peso Stability Relies on Duterte’s Infrastructure Success

January 30, 2019 • Dan Steinbock, On Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock                                       Recent concerns about peso’s depreciation have been exaggerated. In the most dangerous international environment since the postwar era, there is no room for

Venezuela – An Appeal to Russia, China and all Unaligned Countries for Support of Sovereign Venezuela

January 25, 2019 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, World Politics, World DevelopmentComments (0)

By Peter Koenig On 23 January 2018, the United States has initiated a coup against President Nicolás Maduro and his Government, by encouraging and fully supporting the “self-proclaimed” opposition leader, Juan Guaido, as interim President. Already days

From ASEAN Economic Development to Militarization

January 22, 2019 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, International Relations, Dan Steinbock, On Donald Trump AdministrationComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock               In Africa, the Trump administration is setting a precedent by replacing economic development with militarization. In Asia, it seeks to couple “rebalancing” in trade with a rearmament drive. In a recent