Happy birthday, Pepe!
“Ang hard copy kasi, sinasabi nila, puwede kang umupo sa tabi, magkape ka, kahit matagal ka magkape, okay lang. Di kagaya ng nakikita mo sa TV, fleeting ’yan eh…pagka di mo nabasa ’yung nag-i-scroll na ganun, maglu-loop na naman ’yun, babalik na naman ’yun. Kumukuha ka ng impormasyon, nai-stress out ka pa. Eh lumabas ’yung mga e-books, mga iPhone nga, na puwede kang umupo, magkape nang matagal. At your own pace, puwede mo rin i-flip ’yung pages, nagpi-flip mag-isa.”
26 year old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the Boston bombing suspects killed in a shootout Friday, had at least one thing in common with the Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines: they spread an apocalyptic prophecy that foretells the triumph of Islam and is a secret motivation of al-Qaeda. Its symbol: the black flag, according to former FBI agent Ali Soufan, uniting and leading an all-powerful Islamic military force that will rise up from Central Asia and defeat the infidels.
"I long for the day when the people of Southeast Asia can see themselves as ASEAN citizens, but despite the fact that the ASEAN Community is almost upon us (by 2015), many of us in the region are still driven by primordial attachments to place, identity, language and culture.
It can be summed up thus: We Southeast Asians are caught between a fluid region and a hard state.” —Farish A Noor