NEW YORK -- Rapper Kanye West, who has been outspoken in his support for President Donald Trump, now says he's going to focus on his music and fashion after being "used" in the world of politics. In a series of tweets, the 41-year-old West lashed out at conservative pundit Candace Owens for saying he had designed apparel for the so-called "Blexit" campaign, or "Black Exit" from the Democratic Party. "My eyes are now wide open and now realize I've been used to spread messages I don't believe in," West wrote. "I am distancing myself from politics and completely focusing on being creative!!!" He did not say if his support for Trump had changed in any way, but he was unsparing in his criticism of Owens. "I introduced Candace to the person who made the logo and they didn't want their name on it so she used mine. I never wanted any association with Blexit. I have nothing to do with it," he wrote. "I would like to thank my family, loved ones, and community for supporting my ACTUAL beliefs and … [Read more...] about News Kanye West says he’s been ‘used’ in politics
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MANILA, Philippines — After almost a decade since the destructive Typhoon Ondoy, two decades since the millennials started making an impact, and three decades since the first People Power Revolution (and the birth of The Philippine STAR), defining the Filipino has only become more complicated. We gathered insights from Filipinos who embody unconditional resiliency and advocate empowerment in the face of modern challenges; local globetrotters who have traveled around the world, to refine our idea on where we stand at present; multi-hyphenate individuals, whose list of accomplishments may give us an idea on how to improve ourselves; and modern Filipino heroes, to ground us through our continuous search for peace and freedom. * * * Manny Gonzalez How can Filipinos positively impact the nation and the whole world? Filipinos blame our problems and our poor economic performance on everything and everyone but themselves. But most of the symptomatic problems — drugs, corruption … [Read more...] about What have we learned so far?
ESTORIL – In 1924 at the tender age of 14, Claude Bellanger was already involved in editing the school paper in his town in France. A few years later, he traveled across Europe and North Africa by train – not a comfortable ride in those times – because he wanted to meet people, understand their cultures and respect differences. As head of France’s national student union, he opposed the rise of fascism before World War II. He became a member of the national confederation of the clandestine press but was arrested and spent six months in a German concentration camp, denying to the Nazis that he was a member of the French resistance. From that wartime ordeal, according to his son Francois, Claude developed two “life lessons” or rules – struggle and hope. In August 1944, as the war was about to end, Claude co-founded and published the newspaper Le Parisien Libéré. It would become the biggest newspaper in France, with … [Read more...] about Touchstone
EDITORIAL The establishment and adoption of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in Rome on July 17, 1998 could be regarded in every respect as a difficult one, like a Caesarean birth. At birth, the Rome Statute of the ICC was adopted by a vote of 120 to 7, with 21 countries abstaining. The seven countries that voted against the treaty were China, Iraq, Israel, Libya, Qatar, the United States and Yemen. Following 60 ratifications by state parties, the Rome Statute entered into force on July 1, 2002 and the International Criminal Court was formally established. The Philippines was one of the 120 countries that signed the Rome Statute in 1998. It became the 117th state party to the Rome Statute in August 2011, when the Philippine Senate ratified the multilateral treaty. The Philippines is by no means the first state party to signify its intent to withdraw from the ICC and reject the Rome Statute. In October 2016, after repeated claims that the Court was biased against African … [Read more...] about ICC could face new tide of opposition from Asia
By Michael Lewis Bloomberg View Mon., Feb. 19, 2018 Back when he was president, Barack Obama told me that only two people treated any interaction with him as a zero-sum game. One was Vladimir Putin, the other congressional Republicans. Both behaved as if there was no such thing as a win-win situation: Any gain for Obama was a loss for them, and any gain for them must also entail a loss for Obama. The moment that the Russian president or congressional Republicans saw he wanted something, they went to work trying to keep him from getting it — even if it was something they might otherwise have approved of. Approaching any aspect of life as a zero-sum game has obvious practical costs: Deals that leave some people better off without making anyone else worse off suddenly don’t get done, because making some people better off now, by definition, makes other people worse off. It also comes with some psychological side effects. It cripples your imagination. It … [Read more...] about Looking for Donald Trump in all the wrong places