Category Archives: International

He says, she says: who is the liar, who is the victim?

By Allan Jacob

He said, she said, but I was warned — by a colleague on Monday. Yes, by a female colleague who told me to back off about going public with my support of Brett Kavanaugh, the judge courting controversy for alleged sexual misconduct in the United States. I use the word ‘alleged’ with great responsibility here. The man remains innocent until he is proven guilty and I refuse to haul him over the coals for a perceived infraction.

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Three years on, has the world forgotten Alan Kurdi?

By Sherouk Zakaria

One afternoon in September three years ago, I was in office when a picture started trending on social media. The body of a small boy wearing a red shirt and blue shorts lay face down on the shores of a beach in Turkey. He was among the refugees who drowned on their way to Europe to start a new life. Instead of bringing him to safety and a promised life on the Greek island of Kos, the waves of the Aegean Sea washed Alan Kurdi’s body ashore.

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Musk must sleep like a baby for his next bout of genius

By Allan Jacob

I like Elon Musk and CEOs like him who make the impossible happen. Their innovative streak and their spark for ideas is infectious. It inspires people to be entrepreneurs who set out on their own and go against the grain. They are called visionaries, who envisage the future, who are driven, while mortals watch and fawn at their achievements. They can go on and on, and their contribution to humanity becomes the stuff of legend. “Iconic, out of the world!’’ are terms and phrases thrown about with stray abandon and the legion of admirers are only growing for these Silicon Valley types and titans. Continue reading Musk must sleep like a baby for his next bout of genius

Did America just win with love?

By Sherouk Zakaria

It was a hot Saturday afternoon when a handful of Americans gathered in upper Manhattan in New York to commence their march against the hate that has been wreaking havoc across the country.

They had decided to walk over 200 miles from New York’s George Washington bridge to Washington DC’s Lincoln monument over 10 days to carry the message of love. Continue reading Did America just win with love?

How many Filipino phrases do you know, anyway?

By Keith Pereña

Recently, my friend posed a question on Instagram: “How do you say daybreak in Filipino?” Knowing the answer, I replied, “Easy. It’s bukang liwayway.” Wrong. There’s supposed to be a dash separating the two words, my friend said. The dash in Filipino, she said, is called gitling. This was an interesting to learn. As it happens, August in the Philippines is Buwan ng Wika or the National Language Month. Continue reading How many Filipino phrases do you know, anyway?