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Fishing rights? What about sovereignty?

BEIJING, CHINA – Rodrigo Duterte’s state visit to Mainland China this week is already bearing fruit. With promises of billions of dollars in infrastructure investment and even some non-specific promises about Filipino fishermen regaining access to disputed areas in the South China Sea (with some conditions which are yet to…


There’s something missing in Malacañang

The wide boy antics of the newly elected president of the Philippines notwithstanding (it certainly is one hell of a show) there is something missing from the narrative. As much as his hard line stance on drugs is proving popular with the electorate, there is a pattern emerging, one which…


Newton’s third law

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. That’s Newton’s third law, and it’s something that is inescapable. It holds true across everything from the physics of our universe to the emotional responses of human beings to certain situations. It appears to be something that the current administration…


The Battle of Long Tan

50 years ago this month, 108 Australian soldiers walked into an ambush in a rubber plantation in the Vietnamese province of Phuoc Toy. The Vietnam war has become infamous as an event that polarized the United States and yet many people forget that the United States Armed Forces were not…


Bramovich: Why prejudice? The marginalisation of white males

I am regularly called a misogynistic racist. I don’t necessarily fight the labels either because those who tar me with the hate brush are so caught up in their own political correctness that they can barely remember what it is to be a human being. People say that travel broadens…


The Hague Decision, Who Cares?

In the wake of the recent favorable decision for the Philippines in the international courts there are many who seem to feel that this is going to make a huge difference to the situation in the South China Sea. It won’t. China will not acquiesce control of the oil and…





In The Missionary Position

“Sometimes the Bible in the hand of one man is worse than a whisky bottle in the hand of (another)… There are just some kind of men who – who’re so busy worrying about the next world they’ve never learned to live in this one, and you can look down…