Tag: Duterte

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for November 14, 2017, it’s the Overseas Trump edition of the show with your hosts, Hartford CT radio maven Todd Feinburg and all things nano person Mike Stopa. This week, we have a Filipino flavor to the podcast in honor of Trump’s visit to and bromance beginning with Rodrigo Duterte. And, in the latest edition of the Florida man saga, who is Ja Du and why does he think, in spite of all evidence to the contrary, that he is Filipino? Isn’t he culturally appropriating? Does he need a bathroom all his own? And, more seriously, why does someone who “identifies” as a different race or ethnicity need to *be* that race or ethnicity? Isn’t it enough to simply *like* Filipino food, clothing, dance, and culture? Why does Ja Du need to actually *be* Filipino? Is it possibly more a denial of his own culture – a need to rebel – that is driving him to insist that his real ethnicity is something else?

We then get into the developing relationship between Duterte and Trump. Are they, perhaps, a match made in heaven? Who are the forgotten people of the Philippines? Isn’t the system there rigged far worse than the system here?

ISIS Fighting in the Philippines


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It began on Tuesday. The Philippine government received word that Isnilon Hapilon, the emir of the local ISIS branch in The Philippines, was in the city of Marawi to meet with other militants. Government forces moved in to try to capture him, and that’s when things … went badly.

Firefights erupted and now Marawi, a city of 200,000 people, is in the midst of “clashes” between government forces an unknown number, definately several hundred, ISIS fighters. They have taken over buildings, including the city hall, city jail, and a medical center.