A book review: 'The Isles of Fear' The antecedents of the Philippines’ modern day political corruption and social malaise can be traced to the unforeseen consequences that followed the passage of the Jones Law by the US Congress in August 1916. Here is a capsule review of that landmark legislation. The Jones Law, also known as the Philippine Autonomy Act, was the first formal and official declaration of US commitment to grant independence to the Philippines. It replaced the Philippine Organic Act of 1902 which established the moorings of Filipino self-government tutelage under the colonial administration of the US. “An act to declare the purpose of the people of the US as to the political status of the people of the Philippine Islands, and to provide a more autonomous government for those islands,” says its preamble. The Jones Law reiterated America’s avowed intent, as a prudent mentor and steward, which … [Read more...] about The Philippines circa 1920s
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BRUSSELS (NYTIMES) - As the European Union's (EU) importance on the world stage grows, its politics are fragmenting: Smaller, more ideological parties, including populists and nationalists, have made gains and weakened the traditional, more centrist parties. How have the bloc's leaders responded? By calling on strong consensus builders to head up its key institutions. Here are the major names you need to know. URSULA VON DER LEYEN: THE FIRST WOMAN TO LEAD THE EU Germany's centre-right defence minister, Ursula von der Leyen, will be returning to the city of her birth, Brussels, once she's confirmed to lead the European Union's most important institution and her father's former workplace: the European Commission. A medical doctor and economist by training, she is a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right party. She is likely to bring a fervour for more European integration to the job - music to the ears of much of her 32,000-strong staff of bureaucrats, but less so to … [Read more...] about Who did the EU’s leaders choose for its top jobs?
LINTON, Yorkshire: Dave Brailsford is accustomed to answering awkward questions and the man who masterminded Britain's rise as a cycling powerhouse was at it again as Team Sky transformed into Team INEOS on Wednesday.When broadcaster Sky announced last year it was pulling out of funding Brailsford's brainchild after a decade in which his British team won six Tour de France triumphs, it appeared the days of Grand Tour domination were numbered.Instead, Brailsford pulled a rabbit out of the hat and persuaded Britain's richest man Jim Ratcliffe, founder and owner of petrochemicals giant INEOS, to ride to the rescue with a 120 million pounds (US$157.04 million) funding package.The fly in the ointment, however, is that whereas Team Sky earned plaudits for their support of Ocean Rescue, the broadcasters campaign against plastic pollution, Brailsford is now funded by a man who has made a vast fortune making it.Not only that but INEOS, Britain's largest private firm, are advocates of fracking … [Read more...] about Brailsford hits back at critics as Sky becomes Team INEOS