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Volume 2 - Number 27 - July 9-13, 2012
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3 The Challenge of Competitiveness and Poverty
Growth and credit ratings are up, but the real challenges are improving
competitiveness, attracting investement, and beating poverty and hunger.
Even the government admits there is much yet to be done
13 The Unprecedented Power of President Aquino
In two years, President Benigno Aquino III has dominated Congress, tangled
with the Judiciary, and captivated media and public. Now he must use that power
to advance sweeping reform
19 The Long Battle Against Corruption
The Aquino administration has launched its 2011-16 anti-corruption plan, with
collaboration with civil society and international bodies and experts
Some good news: The Ombudsman cites a positive survey on bribery
22 When Will Lasting Peace Come?
After two years of talks and government concessions, the peace negotiations with
communist and separatist rebels are at an impasse
25 A Delicate Balancing Act
In the high-seas confrontation with China, President Aquino plays the U.S. card,
and the Americans have responded with force and gusto. But don't cheer yet
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ability to promote and protect the welfare of 5 million temporarily assigned and
irregular Filipinos?
33 Revving Up the ICT Jobs Engine
Policies to give the $7-billion-a-year business process outsourcing
and other high-tech services industries a big boost
E-government roadblock: Lack of online access limits public
services via the Internet
39 The Interminable Reproductive Health Debate
Population growth is slowing in the Philippines, but we still have population
momentum to worry about
Death in the womb: RH advocates say it will reduce the number of abortions
Critical mass reached? Experts say population growth is slowing, but
population momentum will keep the numbers up
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Salam's work and the Standard Model as a whole
~ Khurshid Hasanain, physics head at Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, on
the conrmed discovery of Higgs boson, the so-called 'God particle'
e way [Salam] has been treated is such a tragedy. He went from . a national
celebrity to someone who could not set foot in Pakistan. If he came, he would be
insulted and could be hurt or even killed
~ Physicist Pervez Hoodbhoy recounting his late colleague's fall from grace for
belonging to Islam's persecuted Ahmadi sect