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BISAG UNSA: Laghan

DAKBAYAN SA DABAW (MindaNews/Hunyo 27) -- Usa sa mga nakaon nila Magellan dihang midunggo sila sa Cebu niadtong 1521 mao ang laghan – subay...

PEACETALK: Celebrating ‘Id

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 24 June) -- There are two religious festivals in Islam - ‘Id al Fitr which takes place on the first...

OUR MARAWI: Good night world.

ELIN ANISHA GURO's note: I wrote the English part below in Melbourne, Australia while watching a video of Marawi City burning on June 5,...

BISAG UNSA: Kaningag, Take Two

DAKBAYAN SA DABAW (MindaNews/Hunyo 20) -- Usa sa lamas nga nakapaintriga nako dihang nagreserts ko sa lutong Lumadnon sa Dabaw mao ang karingag o...

POSTSCRIPT: Addressing challenges posed by the Abu Sayyaf Group: Violent extremism enters a...

Last of three parts Are Negotiations Possible…Or Even Desireable? In a speech given in a military camp recently, President Duterte ordered the troops to “crush” the...

POSTSCRIPT:  Addressing challenges posed by the Abu Sayyaf Group: Violent extremism enters a new...

Second of three parts  Addressing the Crisis Right now, the Government is addressing the crisis in Marawi primarily with a military response, with an aid package...

POSTSCRIPT:  Addressing challenges posed by the Abu Sayyaf Group: Violent extremism enters a new...

1st of three parts As the ten-part series on the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) was being published in MindaNews (May 20 - 29 2017), the...

TURNING POINT: The War that Should Not Have Been

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 18 June) -- The current public disclosure that Malacanang was aware of a Maute plan to attack Marawi City...

BEYOND THE BEND: Meeting terrorism head on

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 18 June) -- It is not clear from the text of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation No. 216 if martial law...

PEACETALK: The different Islamic schools of thought in the Philippines

(Disclaimer: The author wishes to highlight the fact that there are many manifestations of how Islam is understood and practiced as a way of...

MOORISH AND MOORING IN TAWI-TAWI REEFS: The Flowers of Elopura

Flowers are born too even in precarity, cross-pollinated from seeds and pollens windblown or sea drifted. Their originary seedpods are clipped tightly in the...

PEACETALK: Addressing Religious Violent Extremism from an ideological framework: Some thoughts for consideration

Many social scientists have looked into violent extremism and many have always talked about socio-economic contexts and conditions as the push and pull factors...

BISAG UNSA: Tangkong

DAKBAYAN SA DABAW (MindaNews/Hunyo 13) -- Usa sa akong paboritong gulay ang tangkong, ilabi na karon nga naglikay-likay kog uric acid. Sa akong pagkasayod,...

COMMENTARY: Responding to a Misreading of Islam: talking about Cosmopolitanism of Islam Yusuf Roque...

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 12 June) -- I have come across something written by Patricio Abinales, a commentary on "Why Cosmopolitan Islam will Defeat...

MOORISH AND MOORING IN TAWI-TAWI REEFS:  Religiously Plural, Cosmopolitan and a Sama (Part 1)

Is Bai Tan real or fiction? But maybe when I meet a real one, she shall be a Sama, specifically, a Sama min-dilaut. No,...

COMMENTARY: Scared Like You: Thoughts on Terrorism, Rebellion and Martial Law In Mindanao ...

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 June) -- People are divided in their reactions to the recent declaration of martial law in Mindanao. I daresay...

BISAG UNSA: Walay Kaligo, Walay Kalipay

DAKBAYAN SA DABAW (MindaNews/07 June) -- Ang mga Katsila ug ubang European nga makabisita sa Pilipinas kaniadto mahingangha gyod kay sige kunog kaligo ang...

TURNING POINT: It is Bad to be Poor

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/07 June) -- Always, in natural and man-made calamities, the poor bear the brunt of the disaster. In natural calamities, everywhere the...

OUR MARAWI: Together, we shall rise again and make Marawi City better than before

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 06 June) -- A simple appeal to our brothers and sisters in Islam: Allah Al-Mighty is witness to all the...

OUR MARAWI: Days Before the Siege

  ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews / 06 June) -- I have talked a lot about my hometown Marawi on my blog in a negative light. There...

COMMENTARY: Why Cosmopolitan Islam will Defeat Islamic Fundamentalism

HONOLULU  (MindaNews / 06 June) -- Folks in this island state I live in ask whether it is dangerous to go visit the home...

MY, MY, MY MARAWI: Mothers Were Heroes

  ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews / 05 June)-- Mothers were heroes in the Marawi crisis. One mother of TWELVE literally walked kilometers, dragged the whole brood...

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: Tight options in Marawi

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/04 June) -- From where we stayed inside the provincial capitol in Marawi City, one could hear the sounds of rockets fired...

MUSINGS FROM TEXAS: Being vulnerable: the Apostolate of the Marawi Prelature

HOUSTON, Texas (MindaNews/ 04 June) -- Being vulnerable. Very simply, this sums up the framework of the apostolate of the Catholic’s Marawi Prelature since it...

TURNING POINT: My Marawi

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 03 June) -- Marawi City is another hometown to me.  I spent four years of my  vagabond life in...

MARGINALIA: The gulf between the science and practice of politics

MAKATI CITY (MindaNews /3 June) – At the opening ceremony of the Philippine Political Science Association (PPSA) International Conference held last month in Cebu...

MUSINGS FROM TEXAS: Philippines grapples with its own band of terrorism

HOUSTON, Texas (MindaNews / 03 June) -- The Philippines is now taking its turn in staring terrorism right in the eye as violent acts...

LATE BLOOMS: Friendly Fire

Friendly fire, they call it, deadly bullets misdirected or fearsome bombs misguided hitting your own troops instead of the enemy targeted. But bullets and bombs can never be friendly. When you are in their way, it matters not if you’re friend...

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Review of “Revisiting Documentary Sources in Mindanao Muslim History: From the...

In this very important and timely book – REVISITING DOCUMENTARY SOURCES IN MINDANAO MUSLIM HISTORY: From the Advent of Islam to the 1800s –...

TURNING POINT: The Military Semantics on Intelligence and the Marawi Crisis

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 31 May) – Defense Secretary Lorenzana does not consider the ongoing Marawi crisis as resulting from a failure of...

THE POINT BEING: A different kind of martial law?

WHILE on an official visit to Russia, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Proclamation No. 216 “Declaring a State of Martial Law and Suspending the Writ...

BEYOND THE BEND: Old Martial Law vs. New Martial Law

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 30 May) – According to Malacañang, Martial Law over the entire island of Mindanao will “strengthen the hand of government...

COMMENTARY: Addressing challenges posed by the Abu Sayyaf Group (10): The Role of Religious...

Last of 10 parts 29 May 2017 By definition, the majority of the population of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) are Muslims – 98%...

TURNING POINT: Beyond the Target

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/29 May) -- In essence, Martial Law is accordingly imposed in Mindanao to effectively stop terrorism and protect civilians from terrorist...

PERSONAL ESSAY: The New Martial Law Babies?

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 28 May) -- As soon as I learned that Martial Law has been declared all over Mindanao, I looked at...

COMMENTARY: Addressing challenges posed by the Abu Sayyaf Group (9): Islamic Framework for Development

Ninth of 10 parts 28 May 2017 In undertaking any development interventions in the areas impacted by the Abu Sayyaf and its affiliated groups, the...

PERSONAL ESSAY: Who would have known that the most peaceful assignment can become a...

 (written 26 May 2017) More than 30 years ago in Sulu, in a small hut we played and laughed and dreamt. It was common to see...

COMMENTARY: Addressing challenges posed by the Abu Sayyaf Group (8): Community Support

Eighth of 10 parts 27 May 2017 So far in this series, we have looked at factors which this writer believes should be considered in...

PERSONAL ESSAY: Loneliness in the Time of Martial Law

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 26 May) -- He said they only wanted to return to their village and get supplies before finally evacuating for...

COMMENTARY: Addressing challenges posed by the Abu Sayyaf Group (7): Collusion with the Abu...

Seventh of 10 parts 26 May 2017 Whenever lengthy discussions of the Abu Sayyaf are undertaken, the matter of the possible collusion of persons in...

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Martial law in Mindanao: will it heal or destroy our island?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 25 May) -- The evening of May 23, 2017, 10 p.m. to be exact, when President Rodrigo Duterte...

COMMENTARY: Addressing challenges posed by the Abu Sayyaf Group (6): The Shadow Economy

Sixth of 10 parts 25 May 2017 Reference was made in an earlier article in this series to the smuggling of rice, sugar and petroleum products...

LOLA GOT’S LUTONG BAHAY IN AMERICA: Time in New York City

The month of April spent in NYC has been fruitful, in so many ways. Living with our Aunt in her 19th floor apartment, in...

COMMENTARY: Addressing challenges posed by the Abu Sayyaf Group (5): Poverty

5th of a series The issue of poverty is undoubtedly a major contributing factor to unrest in an area.  Let us look at the data...

MARGINALIA: A media narrative’s textual interplay on Marawi incident

MAKATI CITY (MindaNews /24 May) – Early this month I presented a paper about the media discourse on violent extremism in Mindanao at the...

COMMENTARY: Addressing challenges posed by the Abu Sayyaf Group (4): Governance

4th of 10 parts It has long been recognized that governance is a key issue in the Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi (BaSulTa) area.  In fairness, governance...

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: To tell a story that moves

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 May) -- “Everybody’s a filmmaker today,” was an opinion shared by John Milius (of Conan the Barbarian and also wrote the screenplay...

COMMENTARY: Addressing challenges posed by the Abu Sayyaf Group (3): Radicalization of Outlook

3rd of 10 parts 22 May 2017 In the second article in this series we raised the question as to whether feelings of enmity still exist...

COMMENTARY: Addressing challenges posed by the Abu Sayyaf Group (2): Muslim-Christian Enmity

2nd of 10 parts Let us begin by posing an uncomfortable question:  does there still exist a deep-seated enmity, perhaps below the level of consciousness,...

COMMENTARY: Addressing challenges posed by the Abu Sayyaf Group (1): Overview

1st of 10 parts Starting today, Saturday, 20 May 2017, MindaNews begins a 10-part series on the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) to stimulate discussion on...

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