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Sunday, January 18, 2015
Slow but steady progress has come as I've continued to plow this past week through a mountain of mini-papers (we call them “reflective journals”) my American Literature students have turned in. They hope to get them back on the night of our final exam.
We need no experts to tell us that the digital economy will be more prevalent this year. We will be doing more online transactions in 2015 than ever before.
January 19, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, provides occasion for reflection as well as recognition. We honor his personal courage as well as political impact as catalyst for the civil rights revolution.
Except for a friend who chose to fly out to Hong Kong to sit out the papal visit, I don't know of anyone else who isn't ebullient about the coming of Pope Francis to the Philippines, or isn't interested in it, at the very least. It's as if this very public event is bringing a personal milestone to each person's life, no matter one's religion or atheism or agnosticism.
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In the aftermath of France's jihadist attacks, many have been left scratching their heads over how authorities can vaunt the importance of free speech while jailing people for comments that appear to “condone terrorism.”
A day before Pope Francis arrived in the Philippines, detained businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles arrived in court for her continuing trial on plunder and other charges wearing a yellow shirt bearing his image.
Saturday, January 17, 2015
“Peripheries” means “outskirts” or “margins,” and it appears quite often in Pope Francis' distinctively Latin American vocabulary. It stood out, for instance, in the brief intervention he made at the pre-conclave congregation in which the assembled cardinals discussed the situation of the Church and its urgent tasks. To appreciate how Francis uses the term is to understand who he is, what kind of Church he envisions, and why he has come to the Philippines at this time.
Missing airliner MH370 is “very likely” to be found if it lies in the undersea zone now being scoured, and is probably in good condition despite being submerged for 10 months, the Australian search chief told AFP.
More than a million people along with 44 world leaders rallied in Paris to proclaim liberty and call for press freedoms in the wake of the radical Islamist media massacre and subsequent terror attacks. The rallies were the biggest since the liberation of Paris from the Nazis in 1944. But while the Americans were a prominent part of the extraordinary events 70 years ago, this time around the U.S. was notably missing.
The river cries out to be cleaned even if Bharat isn't.
  
  
  
  
  
  
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