Author: Mary Grace Costa

NORTH KOREA: YOU THINK THIS IS A JOKE?

MARY GRACE COSTA WRITES – It’s all fun and games until you’re charged with accessory to murder. A woman allegedly involved in the assassination of Kim Jong Nam claims that she thought she was carrying out a harmless prank rather than someone’s political agenda. On February 13, local South Korean news reported that Kim Jong Nam, elder brother to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was assassinated in Kuala Lumpur. Security camera footage of a young woman identified the assassin as Vietnamese national, Doan Thi Huong. Three days later, Malaysian police took Indonesian national, Siti Aisyah, 25, into custody...

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SOUTH KOREA: MIRACLE ON THE RIVER FINALLY FLOWS INTO AFRICA

MARY GRACE COSTA WRITES – South Korea, not known as a world-beater as a foreign investor, has pledged $10 billion in energy and infrastructure investment in Sub-Saharan Africa. The extraordinary pledge came at this year’s Korea-Africa Economic Cooperation (KOAFEC) Ministerial Conference. KOAFEC is the meeting of a consulting group founded jointly by the Korean Ministry of Strategy and Finance and the African Development Bank (AfDB) that aims to promote economic and social development. This year marks the conference’s fifth meeting, held in Seoul from October 24 to 27. Despite lingering memories of foreign encroachment, Africa in recent times has...

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PHILIPPINES: DEAR AMERICA, IT’S OVER, SINCERELY DUTERTE

MARY GRACE COSTA WRITES – The Philippines and the United States have enjoyed a decades-long marriage, but there’s trouble brewing in paradise. Many people didn’t take Philippine President Rodrigo “Rody” Roa Duterte seriously when he said he was considering cutting ties with America and cozying up to Russia and China. But those same doubters were left dumbstruck last week when Duterte announced to a crowd in Beijing that it was “time to say goodbye” to the U.S. On October 17, Duterte left Manila for Beijing, where he met with Chinese President Xi Jinping to talk South China Sea, economic...

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PHILIPPINES: STRONGMAN VS. STRONG WOMAN

MARY GRACE COSTA WRITES – Strong-armed President Rodrigo Duterte might be fresh out of victory after the Senate voted out major dissenter Leila De Lima, but the ousted former chair of the justice committee warned the president not to rest on his laurels. On September 19, the Philippine Senate voted Senator Leila De Lima out of her chairmanship of the justice and human rights committee after accusing her of being “biased.” De Lima was appointed Secretary of the Philippines Department of Justice by former president Aquino, and she claims that voting her out of her position was an act...

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PHILIPPINES: Pacquiao K.O’d for Homophobic Comments

MARY GRACES COSTA WRITES – No, Manny, gay people aren’t “worse than animals”, but you might be. Eight-division world boxing “People’s Champion”, Manny Pacquiao, has boxed himself into a corner with some horrific comments made to Filipino television network, TV5, and his homophobia has cost him a contract with Nike and the people’s favor. TV5 assembled some senatorial candidates for an interview, and they asked Pacquiao about his views on same-sex marriage. The boxer maintained that heterosexuality was “common sense”, and that if even animals “recognize gender differences”, then gay people were “worse than animals.” Global reactions poured in faster than a ref could take...

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