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Philippines masters the art of “win-win” at APEC summit in a geo-economic triumph for Duterte

Rodrigo Duterte has opened new doors for Philippines, has made the country a safer and better place to do business and continues to pursue avenues of cooperation with old partners.

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Just as the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit closes in Da Nang, Vietnam, the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit kicks off in the Philippine capital, Manila.

Going into the ASEAN forum, Philippine businessmen and women can feel confident that President Rodrigo Duterte’s new geo-political and geo-economic game plan for his country has been a success and importantly, a success which lays a wide foundation for future expansion.

Philippines under Duterte, has led the way for all of South East Asia in transforming the long running South China Sea dispute from a tense situation wherein South Asian nations are often political footballs in a dispute which ultimately pits the Chinese superpower against the US superpower, into a pragmatic understanding of prevailing realities.

Under Duterte, Philippines has made a solid commitment to peace and cooperation over issues regarding South China Sea maritime and territorial rights. This positive attitude has been applauded by China and now it is being rewarded in the form of new investment in Philippines by China, a country better placed than almost any other to inject money into Philippines which is one of the top ten growing economies in the world.

Chinese media has praised the results of the discussions between Presidents Duterte and Xi at the APEC summit which is a clear indication of China’s high regard for Rodrigo Duterte.

In addition to solidifying new cooperative initiatives with China, Rodrigo Duterte also had a productive meeting with Vladimir Putin, the progress of which will be carried forward by the substantial Russian delegation, including Russia’s Premier, which has arrived in Manila for the ASEAN summit.

In addition to further cooperation on security issues which will see Philippines receiving world-class Russian weapons for both the police and military use, Philippines and Russia look to cement cooperative infrastructure projects for Philippines as well as energy initiatives.

Duterte welcomes Russian Naval ships to Philippines as military cooperation pact is signed

Josephine Romero, an adviser at the ASEAN Business Advisory Council and Program Chair of ASEAN Business and Investment Summit 2017 has said the following about cooperative measures between Russia and Philippines,

“They (Russia) also mentioned their advanced [space] technology. Different ASEAN member nations are also exploring space technology, something the Russians are very proud to say they’re very advanced. Finally, they mentioned they would like to strengthen relations with ASEAN member nations. We expect the Prime Minister to lay down some of their strategic directions”.

These sentiments were echoed by Duterte’s official spokesman Harry Roque who stated,

“There are Russian companies wanting to invest in transportation [projects], including a subway, and he (Putin) even made particular mention of the interest in building a light metro rail for Baguio and La Trinidad”.

Further discussions between Russia and Philippines including talks concerning Russia building a nuclear power plant in Philippines and even the possibility of joint efforts in aerospace technology and space exploration have been conducted and will continue during the ASEAN summit.

The two overriding themes of Duterte’s geo-economic reach can be summed up as follows:

1. Philippines is open for business with new regional and international partners 

2. Philippines is becoming a safe, comfortable and forward looking place to do business 

Those who cannot see the causal relationship between Duterte’s tough law and order position on drugs and related crime and terrorism issues, and new possibilities of investment in Philippines, are simply being naive. A safe and stable country is the kind of place where international investors feel confident about doing business. Duterte’s stance on the drug, crime and terrorism problem is effective an insurance policy for foreign investors which says ‘make investments in Philippines because the best is yet to come’.

Furthermore, as Philippines looks to host a new human rights conference in the near future, the wider western world ought to also drop the colonial approach to human rights issues. While some in Washington and the EU think that human rights means showing leniency in policing drug crime, in reality the drug problem in Philippines has been a detriment to the human rights of the wider population who want to live in a peaceful place where children can grow up safely and securely.  Furthermore, while many emphasise Duterte’s war on drugs when it goes after dangerous drug users and other criminals who continue to menace innocent people, they often forget that Duterte has also offered an amnesty where drug users can turn themselves in and receive medial attention.

This is the real model of human rights for a forward looking 21st century, something which should be  positively emphasised by the Philippine leadership at future international summits.

Philippines Secretary of Foreign Affairs delivers philosophical message to United Nations

Duterte’s pivot towards new partners like Russia and China is often contrasted with his negative view on the United States. While Duterte has offered criticism of the United States, criticism which speaks to Duterte’s push to forever end the colonial mentality of Washington, he has not ever said he refuses to do business with the United States. Duterte instead has said that when doing business with the United States, such deals must be made on an equal footing based on respect, pragmatism and realism, rather than on colonial arrogance or with political ultimatums. This is both a realistic and dignified way forward with an often difficult US government.

Duterte has already stated that his “most meaningful” meetings at APEC were with Presidents Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin of China and Russia respectively. This is a clear message to the United States that if Washington wants to maintain good ties with Philippines, it cannot take Philippines for granted ever again. Duterte’s statement is also an example to fellow South East Asian nations, that the road to the future involves cooperation with both Russia and China. This is the future and Duterte has seen it first.

Rodrigo Duterte is about to conduct his first full-scale meeting with Donald Trump and the results will likely show that Duterte is leading a country that is able to conduct deals with both old partners and new. While Duterte has many opponents in the US Congress, Donald Trump has often praised Duterte’s stance on safety issues while Duterte has spoken highly of the US President, unlike his predecessor Barack Obama.

In the words of Xi Jinping, this is the modern “win-win” attitude that is needed for all countries who wish to expand their economic output, increase living standards and make life better for their citizens.

Among all the APEC and ASEAN members, Philippines has mastered the “win-win” mentality more effectively than any other. While the Liberal opposition party continue to undermine Duterte’s achievements, the wider world is acknowledging their success. Duterte is a leader who gets things done and all Filipinos will ultimately benefit from this.

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President Duterte is a true leader.

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As a Filipino, the shift of PRRD’s foreign and geopolitical policies has made the Philippines gain its respect among its ASEAN neighbors and the international community. We had been awkwardly subservient for the longest time under the American-imposed policies. It’s high time that colonialism is dramatically eliminated and a stronger Philippines emerges in the horizen. All it takes is a political will and being a lackey no more. Thank you very much for this truthful article.

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US media suffers panic attack after Mueller fails to deliver on much-anticipated Trump indictment

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom said it all: “Mueller – The name that ended all mainstream media credibility.”

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Important pundits and news networks have served up an impressive display of denials, evasions and on-air strokes after learning that Robert Mueller has ended his probe without issuing a single collusion-related indictment.

The Special Counsel delivered his final report to Attorney General William Barr for review on Friday, with the Justice Department confirming that there will be no further indictments related to the probe. The news dealt a devastating blow to the sensational prophesies of journalists, analysts and entire news networks, who for nearly two years reported ad nauseam that President Donald Trump and his inner circle were just days away from being carted off to prison for conspiring with the Kremlin to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

Showing true integrity, journalists and television anchors took to Twitter and the airwaves on Friday night to acknowledge that the media severely misreported Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russia, as well as what Mueller’s probe was likely to find. They are, after all, true professionals.

“How could they let Trump off the hook?” an inconsolable Chris Matthews asked NBC reporter Ken Dilanian during a segment on CNN’s ‘Hardball’.

Dilanian tried to comfort the CNN host with some of his signature NBC punditry.

“My only conclusion is that the president transmitted to Mueller that he would take the Fifth. He would never talk to him and therefore, Mueller decided it wasn’t worth the subpoena fight,” he expertly mused.

Actually, there were several Serious Journalists who used their unsurpassed analytical abilities to conjure up a reason why Mueller didn’t throw the book at Trump, even though the president is clearly a Putin puppet.

“It’s certainly possible that Trump may emerge from this better than many anticipated. However! Consensus has been that Mueller would follow DOJ rules and not indict a sitting president. I.e. it’s also possible his report could be very bad for Trump, despite ‘no more indictments,'” concluded Mark Follman, national affairs editor at Mother Jones, who presumably, and very sadly, was not being facetious.

Revered news organs were quick to artfully modify their expectations regarding Mueller’s findings.

“What is collusion and why is Robert Mueller unlikely to mention it in his report on Trump and Russia?” a Newsweek headline asked following Friday’s tragic announcement.

Three months earlier, Newsweek had meticulously documented all the terrible “collusion” committed by Donald Trump and his inner circle.

But perhaps the most sobering reactions to the no-indictment news came from those who seemed completely unfazed by the fact that Mueller’s investigation, aimed at uncovering a criminal conspiracy between Trump and the Kremlin, ended without digging up a single case of “collusion.”

The denials, evasions and bizarre hot takes are made even more poignant by the fact that just days ago, there was still serious talk about Trump’s entire family being hauled off to prison.

“You can’t blame MSNBC viewers for being confused. They largely kept dissenters from their Trump/Russia spy tale off the air for 2 years. As recently as 2 weeks ago, they had @JohnBrennan strongly suggesting Mueller would indict Trump family members on collusion as his last act,” journalist Glenn Greenwald tweeted.

While the Mueller report has yet to be released to the public, the lack of indictments makes it clear that whatever was found, nothing came close to the vast criminal conspiracy alleged by virtually the entire American media establishment.

“You have been lied to for 2 years by the MSM. No Russian collusion by Trump or anyone else. Who lied? Head of the CIA, NSA,FBI,DOJ, every pundit every anchor. All lies,” wrote conservative activist Chuck Woolery.

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom was more blunt, but said it all: “Mueller – The name that ended all mainstream media credibility.”

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Canadian Lawmaker Accuses Trudeau Of Being A “Fake Feminist” (Video)

Rempel segued to Trudeau’s push to quash an investigation into allegations that he once groped a young journalist early in his political career

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Canada’s feminist-in-chief Justin Trudeau wants to support and empower women…but his support stops at the point where said women start creating problems for his political agenda.

That was the criticism levied against the prime minister on Friday by a conservative lawmaker, who took the PM to task for “muzzling strong, principled women” during a debate in the House of Commons.

“He asked for strong women, and this is what they look like!” said conservative MP Michelle Rempel, referring to the former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould, who has accused Trudeau and his cronies of pushing her out of the cabinet after she refused to grant a deferred prosecution agreement to a Quebec-based engineering firm.

She then accused Trudeau of being a “fake feminist”.

“That’s not what a feminist looks like…Every day that he refuses to allow the attorney general to testify and tell her story is another day he’s a fake feminist!”

Trudeau was so taken aback by Rempel’s tirade, that he apparently forgot which language he should respond in.

But Rempel wasn’t finished. She then segued to Trudeau’s push to quash an investigation into allegations that he once groped a young journalist early in his political career. This from a man who once objected to the continued use of the word “mankind” (suggesting we use “peoplekind” instead).

The conservative opposition then tried to summon Wilson-Raybould to appear before the Commons for another hearing (during her last appearance, she shared her account of how the PM and employees in the PM’s office and privy council barraged her with demands that she quash the government’s pursuit of SNC-Lavalin over charges that the firm bribed Libyan government officials). Wilson-Raybould left the Trudeau cabinet after she was abruptly moved to a different ministerial post – a move that was widely seen as a demotion.

Trudeau has acknowledged that he put in a good word on the firm’s behalf with Wilson-Raybould, but insists that he always maintained the final decision on the case was hers and hers alone.

Fortunately for Canadians who agree with Rempel, it’s very possible that Trudeau – who has so far resisted calls to resign – won’t be in power much longer, as the scandal has cost Trudeau’s liberals the lead in the polls for the October election.

 

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Why Joe May be Courting Stacey

Joe Biden has a history on compulsory integration dating back to the 1970s that Sen. Jesse Helms called “enlightened.”

Patrick J. Buchanan

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Authored by Patrick Buchanan via The Unz Review:


Of 895 slots in the freshman class of Stuyvesant High in New York City, seven were offered this year to black students, down from 10 last year and 13 the year before.

In the freshman class of 803 at The Bronx High School of Science, 12 students are black, down from last year’s 25.

Of 303 students admitted to Staten Island Technical High School, one is African-American.

According to The New York Times, similar patterns of admission apply at the other five most elite high schools in the city.

Whites and Asians are 30 percent of middle school students, but 83 percent of the freshman at Bronx High School of Science, 88 percent at Staten Island Technical and 90 percent at Stuyvesant.

What do these numbers tell us?

They reveal the racial composition of the cohort of scientists and technicians who will lead America in the 21st century. And they tell us which races will not be well represented in that vanguard.

They identify a fault line that runs through the Democratic Party, separating leftists who believe in equality of results for all races and ethnic groups, and those who believe in a meritocracy.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has expressed anger and frustration at the under-representation of blacks and Hispanics in the elite schools. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature have ignored his pleas to change the way students are admitted.

Currently, the same test, of English and math, is given to middle school applicants. And admission to the elite eight is offered to those who get the highest scores.

Moreover, Asians, not whites, are predominant.

Though 15 percent of all middle school students, Asians make up two-thirds of the student body at Stuyvesant, with 80 times as many slots as their African-American classmates.

The egalitarian wing of the Democratic Party sees this as inherently unjust. And what gives this issue national import are these factors:

First, the recent scandal where rich parents paid huge bribes to criminal consultants to get their kids into elite colleges, by falsifying records of athletic achievement and cheating on Scholastic Aptitude Tests, has caused a wave of populist resentment.

Second, Harvard is being sued for systemic reverse racism, as black and Hispanic students are admitted with test scores hundreds of points below those that would disqualify Asians and whites.

Third, Joe Biden has a history on compulsory integration dating back to the 1970s that Sen. Jesse Helms called “enlightened.”

Here are Biden’s quotes, unearthed by The Washington Post, that reflect his beliefs about forced busing for racial balance in public schools:

“The new integration plans being offered are really just quota systems to assure a certain number of blacks, Chicanos, or whatever in each school. That, to me, is the most racist concept you can come up with.

“What it says is, ‘In order for your child with curly black hair, brown eyes, and dark skin to be able to learn anything, he needs to sit next to my blond-haired, blue-eyed son.’ That’s racist!

“Who the hell do we think we are, that the only way a black man or woman can learn is if they rub shoulders with my white child?

“I am philosophically opposed to quota systems. They insure mediocrity.”

That was 44 years ago. While those views were the thinking of many Democrats, and perhaps of most Americans, in the mid-’70s, they will be problematic in the 2020 primaries, where African-Americans could be decisive in the contests that follow Iowa and New Hampshire.

Biden knows that just as Bernie Sanders, another white male, fell short in crucial South Carolina because of a lack of support among black voters, he, too, has a problem with that most loyal element in the Democratic coalition.

In 1991, Biden failed to rise to the defense of Anita Hill when she charged future Justice Clarence Thomas with sexual harassment. In the Senate Judiciary Committee, he was a law-and-order champion responsible for tough anti-crime legislation that is now regarded as discriminatory.

And he has a record on busing for racial balance that made him a de facto ally of Louise Day Hicks of the Boston busing case fame.

How, with a record like this, does Biden inoculate himself against attacks by rival candidates, especially candidates of color, in his run for the nomination?

One way would be to signal to his party that he has grown, he has changed, and his 2020 running mate will be a person of color. Perhaps he’ll run with a woman of color such as Stacey Abrams, who narrowly lost the 2018 governor’s race in Georgia.

An ancillary benefit would be that Abrams on the ticket would help him carry Georgia, a state Donald Trump probably cannot lose and win re-election.

Wrote Axios this morning:

“Close advisers to former Vice President Joe Biden are debating the idea of packaging his presidential campaign announcement with a pledge to choose Stacey Abrams as his vice president.”


Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.”

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