Slavery and history

“Assessing the people of America’s past by today’s standards would compel us to cast the majority of our heroes as villains.” That seemed to be the line taken by Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas last week in his opinion piece for the New York Times. It caused great outrage, the Opinion Editor had to resign, and Cotton was roundly abused for ‘defending slavery’.


Nuclear threshold game

“A glance at the history of nuclear weapons manufacture shows that all 11 countries that wished to build bombs did so within three to 10 years,” wrote Yossi Melman, intelligence and strategic affairs correspondent for Israel’s Haaretz newspaper, on Sunday. So why, he asked, has Iran failed to do it in over thirty years of trying?


A less crowded planet

If you wanted evidence that reasonably competent government – not great, not corruption-free, just not awful – produces good results in the end, here it is.


A warning from Poland

Few people outside of Poland care about the outcome of last Sunday’s presidential election there, but maybe they should. Andrzej Duda is practically a Polish clone of Donald Trump, who will also be seeking re-election less than four months from now – and Duda squeaked out a victory.


Balkan ghosts

“Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown,” says an old friend to Jack Nicholson as the mother is killed, the little girl is handed over to the bad guy and the police wash their hands of it at the end of the

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4 nabbed, shabu seized

Four more drug suspects were arrested by the police in separate buy-bust operations in Negros Occidental, that also resulted in the confiscation of P97,000 worth of suspected shabu.

SSS pension loan releases reach P5B

The Social Security System (SSS) hits a P5 billion-mark in pension loan releases benefitting 138,917 pensioners from September 2018 to July 31, 2020, its press release said yesterday.

Retired judge dies

Negros Occidental retired judge Sixto Guanzon passed away at The Doctors’ Hospital in Bacolod City yesterday at the age of 95.