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On my bookshelf, China and dictators steal the spotlight

Dec 07, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Three books on the changing world

Chile jails 6 Pinochet agents for murder of ex-president

Jan 31, 2019 - 8:41 AM

The Chilean judge hands down the verdict after a 15-year investigation during which Frei's body was twice exhumed for forensic examination


[OPINION] Do dictators tell jokes?

Aug 28, 2018 - 4:12 PM

If President Rodrigo Duterte is a sovereign trickster, there have been others who came before him. Humor...can, in fact, be used to reinforce power relations, or to establish patterns favorable to a person seeking power.

CHR to Duterte: Learn from lessons of Marcos dictatorship

Feb 09, 2018 - 5:56 PM

Activist youth group Anakbayan warns President Rodrigo Duterte to be careful what he wishes for because 'dictators are overthrown'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 45th Founding Anniversary of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) at the NEDA Central Office in Pasig City on February 6, 2018, reiterates his stance on eliminating corruption in government. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte on dictatorship, ICC on war on drugs, Twitter records profits | Midday wRap

Feb 09, 2018 - 1:10 PM

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Phlpost issues Ferdinand Marcos birth centennial stamps

Oct 27, 2017 - 9:36 PM

Netizens are outraged over a commemorative stamp showing a smiling Marcos with his signature and the words "Birth Centenary," which was issued to mark the centenary of his birth on September 11

COMMEMORATIVE. The Philipine Postal Corporation issued stamps in time for the centennial of the birth of the ousted dictator. Photo by AFP

Thousands sign petition calling for Aguirre's resignation

Sep 20, 2017 - 3:04 PM

'Kung hindi po siya tatanggalin ni Pangulong Duterte siya mismo ay magkaroon ng delicadeza na magbitiw sa opisina dahil sa kontrobersiyang kinasangkutan niya,' a youth protester says

RESIGN CALL. Protesters from Youth Resist wearing colorful wigs troop to DOJ on September 20, 2017 to file a petition calling for the resignation of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II over fake news and other controversies. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Youth and human rights groups, netizens condemn Carl Arnaiz slay

Sep 05, 2017 - 4:50 PM

Youth groups human rights organizations and netizens demand transparent investigation and justice for the death of 19 year old Carl Arnaiz

CALL FOR JUSTICE. Youth organizations, human rights groups, and netizens, cry for justice for the death of former UP student Carl Arnaiz

'Imelda Marcos wanted to return 7,000 tons of gold to PH'

Aug 30, 2017 - 4:24 PM

Once upon a time the Iron Butterfly admitted to a long time political foe that she wanted to return 7 000 tons of gold to the Philippines

CHIT-CHAT WITH IMELDA. Buhay Representative Lito Atienza recalls a rather surprising conversation with the former first lady. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Celebrities at the Himagsikan Para Kay Kian rally

Aug 22, 2017 - 10:51 AM

Agot Isidro Audie Gemora Mae Paner and Pen Medina are among those who are calling for justice for the slain teen

Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Protesters express rage over Kian slay, ask for end to killings

Aug 21, 2017 - 11:34 PM

More than 1 000 protesters march to the People Power Monument along EDSA despite the rain Monday evening

TAMA NA. One of the interesting placards during the protest against the killing of 17-year-old Kian delos Santos. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Youth groups file ethics complaint vs Aguirre over fake news

Jul 05, 2017 - 12:30 PM

If he resigns that s very good that s delicadeza but our strongest position would be for the President to actually take him out of office says one of the complainants

ETHICS COMPLAINT. Youth groups file an ethics complaint against Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II before the Office of the Ombudsman on July 5, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit

End of era in Cuba as revolutionary Fidel Castro dies

Nov 26, 2016 - 1:36 PM

4th UPDATE Castro s ashes will be buried in the southeastern city of Santiago on December 4 after a four day procession through the country

REVOLUTIONARY. (FILE PHOTO) This file handout picture released by Cuban Agency ACN taken on April 19, 2016 shows Cuban Former President Fidel Castro applauding during the closing ceremony of VII Congress of Cuban Communist Party (PCC) at Convention Palace in Havana. Fidel Castro died on November 26, 2016 according to a statement from the President of Cuba, Raul Castro. AFP/Omara Garcia Mederos

Behind the scenes: 12 hours to prepare for Marcos burial

Nov 19, 2016 - 10:26 AM

The military claims they were told only at 5 pm Thursday November 17 about the Marcos family s wish to bury their patriarch at 12 noon the following day November 18

Photo from Marcos Presidential Center

New textbooks to include SC ruling on Marcos burial – DepEd

Nov 15, 2016 - 8:00 AM

The textbooks however will not dictate on school children whether Marcos is a hero the education department says Let s give them facts [so they] can make a judgment

Martial Law victims to Duterte: Reconsider Marcos burial

Nov 09, 2016 - 7:30 AM

President Duterte has hoped the Supreme Court decision will bring closure A petitioner says the contrary will happen and the issue will be enflamed

FIGHT CONTINUES. Despite the SC ruling, anti-Marcos groups plan to continue protesting against a hero's burial for the late strongman. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Burying a dictator: How other countries did it

Sep 07, 2016 - 12:00 PM

UPDATED Many countries have struggled with reconciling a dictator’s burial with their history

Historic leader Fidel Castro turns 90 in new Cuba

Aug 14, 2016 - 9:35 AM

Castro makes a rare public appearance at a gala organized by a children s theater company

In this image grab from the Cubavision TV station, former Cuban President Fidel Castro (C), Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (R) and Cuban President Raul Castro (L) are seen attending the celebration of Fidel's 90th birthday at the Karl Marx theatre in Havana on August 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Cubavision / HO / XGTY/ RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE-MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/CUBAVISION" NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS-DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS-GETTY OUT

Rodrigo Duterte: Whom should he emulate?

Jun 03, 2016 - 2:54 PM

In today’s world great leadership is about acknowledging the limits of power and accordingly pursuing necessary reforms within the coordinates of possibilities Not making grandiose and unrealistic promises

PRESIDENT-ELECT. Rodrigo Duterte listens to questions at a news briefing in Davao City weeks before he assumes the presidency. Photo by Ritchie Tongco/EPA

Obama honors victims of US-backed Argentina dictators

Mar 25, 2016 - 8:44 AM

US President Barack Obama becomes the first US president to formally acknowledge the victims of the 1976 1983 military regime

PAYING TRIBUTE. US President Barack Obama (L) and his counterpart from Argentina, Mauricio Macri (R), take a walk as they pay a floral tribute to the victims of the military dictatorship at Parque de la Memoria in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on March 24, 2016. Photo by David Fernandez/EPA

Worse than death: Torture methods during martial law

Feb 23, 2016 - 6:00 PM

During the Marcos regime San Juanico Bridge did not just refer to the longest bridge in the country It had a far more sinister meaning

Your life under the next dictator

Jan 07, 2016 - 8:00 AM

You still believe that it s only the bad guys that will be hurt and somehow that is miraculously determined by vigilantes with guns

Senegal to stage 'historic' trial of Chadian former despot Habre

Jul 19, 2015 - 11:56 AM

The landmark trial will set a historic precedent as until now African leaders accused of atrocities have been tried in international courts

DICTATOR. This is a portrait of former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre. Image from Wikimedia Commons

The Dark Lord doesn't share power: 4 points against dictators

Sep 21, 2014 - 6:00 PM

If you think that Marcos was the best president we ever had think again

Lest we forget martial law

Sep 21, 2014 - 11:36 AM

That day was said to be the beginning of one of the darkest eras in Philippine history

Martial law? Never again!

Sep 18, 2013 - 8:20 PM

To the younger generation those who did not experience the Bad Times this is for you

Meeting Pramoedya, seeing the past

Jul 09, 2013 - 8:59 AM

I came to watch a play about an Indonesian author; I certainly got more than what I came for

THE STORY HIT HOME. I was reminded of the little-known historical facts I had lived through, of a revolution gone awry, of a purge that killed its own, and of the tortured and dead still needing to be acknowledged. Poster courtesy of Susan Quimpo

South Korea elects dictator's daughter first woman president

Dec 19, 2012 - 11:40 PM

Park will face numerous challenges handling a belligerent North Korea a slowing economy and soaring welfare costs in South Korea

MADAME PRESIDENT. South Korea's presidential candidate Park Geun-Hye of the ruling New Frontier Party smiles during her election campaign in Seoul on December 18, 2012. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE

Happy is the despot in 'The Dictator'

Aug 17, 2012 - 7:46 PM

The movie screened in Manila only for a week but you can still catch it on DVD when it is released

SACHA BARON COHEN AS Admiral General Hafez Aladeen, supreme leader of the fictional Republic of Wadiya in North Africa. All movie stills from Paramount Pictures/IMDb

Dictators guilty in 'baby-stealing' case

Jul 06, 2012 - 10:41 AM

Two Argentinian dictators were handed prison sentences for overseeing the kidnapping of babies from leftist activists in the 1970s and 80s

'Madagascar 3' tops N. America box office

Jun 12, 2012 - 9:20 AM

Madagascar 3 and Prometheus take the top spots in the North American box office charts over the weekend

A promotional image for the film "Madagascar 3." Photo courtesy of Madagascar 3 page on Facebook

'Snow White' takes bite out of N. America box office

Jun 04, 2012 - 6:43 AM

Starring Charlie Theron Snow White and the Huntsman earns US 56 3 B over the weekend

'SNOW WHITE' PREMIERE. (L-R) Producer Joe Roth, actors Sam Claflin, Kristen Stewart and director Rupert Sanders arrive at a screening of Universal Pictures' "Snow White and The Huntsman" at the Village Theatre on May 29, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP