After years of pushing a narrative of anti-Americanism and Filipino nationalism, President Rodrigo Duterte reversed his decision to void a long-standing defense agreement with the US. Analysts say Manila is in need of American assistance to counter Chinese aggression.
Critical State, our weekly foreign policy fix, takes a deep dive into new research that looks at the challenges of public health communication in areas of civil conflict, with a focus on the Philippines.
Gunmen stormed Kabul University in Afghanistan on Monday, leaving at least 19 dead and dozens wounded. And, A massive typhoon struck provinces south of the Philippines capital of Manila on Sunday with winds of up to 190 mph. Also, authorities in Hong Kong arrested seven prominent Hong Kong opposition leaders.
When the group debuted in the mid-2000s, AKB48 was more easily dismissed as a novelty act. But in recent years, the group has expanded into a bona fide musical empire — one that has spread across Asia.
Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-Catholic scorn does not appear to be seriously damaging his appeal. The first polls of 2019 show the president’s approval rating is up to 80 percent, despite 8 in 10 Filipinos being Catholic.
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