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Cielo Roque Lutz writes a memoir: ‘I am a Belgian nun in disguise!’

  "Truth is so rare that it is delightful to tell it." --Emily Dickinson   Writer-journalist Cielo Roque Lutz, who once edited the martial law era magazine Woman's Home Companion in the '70s, could have easily just compiled her favorite articles and reviews in one volume.   But no, she chose the harder path of memoir writing, a tell-all one that discloses, among others, a failed first marriage, single-handedly raising four daughters---one of whom got pregnant at age 20 and had to give her baby away for adoption, another who came out to her mother as a bisexual, another who had an abortion---then relocating with her new American husband to Nigeria before ...Keep on reading: Cielo Roque Lutz writes a memoir: ‘I am a Belgian nun in disguise!’.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerJun 9th, 2018

Hillary Clinton’s new memoir compares Trump’s ‘war on truth’ to Orwell’s 1984 p The Guardian

Hillary Clinton uses her new memoir to draw parallels between Donald Trump’s “war on truth” and the Soviet Union and George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. “Attempting to define reality is a core feature of authoritarianism,” the defeated presidential candidate writes in What Happened, published on Tuesday. “This is what the Soviets did when they erased political dissidents from historical photos. This is what happens in George Orwell’s classic novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, when a torturer holds up four fingers and delivers electric shocks until his prisoner sees five fingers as ordered.” The goal is to make you question logic and and reason and to sow mistrust, Clinton writes. “For Trump, as with so much he does, it’s about simple dominance.” She argues that Trump has taken “the war on truth” to a whole new level. “If he stood up tomorrow and declared that the Earth is flat, his counselor Kellyanne Conway might just go on Fox News and defend it as an ‘alternative fact,’ and too many people would believe it.” The cathartic 469-page memoir is heartfelt, honest and at times funny as it tries to come to grips with Clinton’s personally and politically catastrophic defeat last November. She identifies many reasons, including racism, sexism, the late intervention of the FBI and her own mistakes. She writes: “I was running a traditional presidential campaign with carefully thought-out policies and painstakingly built coalitions, while Trump was running a reality TV show that expertly and relentlessly stoked Americans’ anger and resentment. I was giving speeches laying out how to solve the country’s problems. He was ranting on Twitter.” The cathartic 469-page memoir is heartfelt, honest and at times funny as it tries to come to grips with Clinton’s personally and politically catastrophic defeat last November. She identifies many reasons, including racism, sexism, the late intervention of the FBI and her own mistakes. She writes: “I was running a traditional presidential campaign with carefully thought-out policies and painstakingly built coalitions, while Trump was running a reality TV show that expertly and relentlessly stoked Americans’ anger and resentment. I was giving speeches laying out how to solve the country’s problems. He was ranting on Twitter.” Clinton peppers the book with insults aimed at Trump. These include: “a clear and present danger to the country and the world”; “he’d remade himself from tabloid scoundrel into right-wing crank”; “for Trump, if everyone’s down in the mud with him, then he’s no dirtier than anyone else”; “he had no ideological core apart from his towering self-regard, which blotted out all hope of learning or growing”. Clinton also shows little affection for her rival for the Democratic nomination, Bernie Sanders, identifying him as another causal factor in her defeat. “His attacks caused lasting damage, making it harder to unify progressives in the general election and paving the way for Trump’s ‘Crooked Hillary’ campaign. I don’t know if that bothered Bernie or not.” Clinton was hammered by both Sanders and Trump over her paid speeches to Wall Street. She admits these were a “mistake”, explaining: “Just because many former government officials have been paid large fees to give speeches, I shouldn’t have assumed it was okay for me to do it. Especially after the financial crisis of 2008-09, I should have realized it would be bad ‘optics’ and stayed away from anything having to do with Wall Street. I didn’t. That’s on me.” The Clinton campaign’s frustration with a lack of media attention toward reported attempts by Moscow to interfere with the race were well-known. But Clinton dedicates a lengthy section not simply to how she and her aides became increasingly aware of Russian efforts, but also to warn that Vladimir Putin has only just scratched the surface. Clinton attests to sharing a relationship with Putin that has long been “sour”, saying of the Russian president: “Putin doesn’t respect women and despises anyone who stands up to him, so I’m a double problem.” It was for that reason, and her desire to pursue a more hawkish posture toward Russia, that Putin had developed a “personal vendetta” against her, Clinton writes. But, she writes, she would not have anticipated the assault that was subsequently waged against her campaign, and the minimizing of Russia’s role behind it. “This wasn’t the normal rough-and-tumble of politics,” Clinton writes. “This was – there’s no other word for it – war.” The wounds are reopened with each revelation about possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Clinton confessed that she has followed “every twist and turn”. As one of the young attorneys who worked for the House judiciary committee’s impeachment inquiry into Richard Nixon, Clinton advises the Trump-Russia investigation is “much more serious” than Watergate. Each time a new shoe drops, Clinton can’t help but hear Trump’s infamous words to her in their final debate when she confronted him over his affinity for Putin: “No puppet. You’re the puppet.” “This man is President of the United States,” Clinton writes, “And no one is happier than Vladimir Putin.” Clinton is at her most scathing when she reflects on the coverage of her decision to use a private email server as secretary of state. In a chapter dedicated to what she calls the single most decisive factor in her loss, Clinton envisions a history class, 30 years from now, in which students learn about the election that “brought to power the least experienced, least knowledgeable, least competent President our [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsSep 12th, 2017

Peace talks with CPP should be in PH, Palace says

ANY peace negotiation that would be entered into by the Philippine government and communist rebels should be held in the country, Malacañang stated on Monday, June 18. “The President emphasized that this is a talk between Filipinos, it should be held in the Philippines,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said in a Palace press briefing. […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated News24 min. ago

Monsoon floods Rohingya refugees camps in Bangladesh

HEAVY rains and landslides hit Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh as monsoon season picks up. The footage, captured on June 12, shows a huge torrent of water inundating a camp in Cox’s Bazar District. The filmer writes: ”We were doing food and some NFI relief distribution to 1,000 families. ”We had to delay the distribution […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated News24 min. ago

After Norwegia gaffe, Roque hopes PCOO can boost spell-checking

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) should boost its spell-checking efforts after it faced public ridicule for referring to Norway as "Norwegia" and the late National Security Adviser Roilo Golez as  "Rogelio." "Sa akin lang, taong gobyerno lang 'yan. ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News37 min. ago

Malacañang: Legal basis needed for arrest of tambays

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque maintained that legal basis is necessary for the arrest of any person for loitering. His remark comes after President Rodrigo Duterte repeated an order for the Philippine National Police (PNP) to arrest "tambays" or loiterers. "Oo, dapat mayroon naman kahit ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News37 min. ago

Crackdown on ‘tambays’ no prelude to martial law: Roque

MANILA – Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Monday denied the crackdown on “tambays” (loiterers) is a prelude to martial law. Source link link: Crackdown on ‘tambays’ no prelude to martial law: Roque.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated News1 hr. 3 min. ago

Palace on ‘Norwegia’ gaffe: To err is human but spell-check next time

While he assured the public that the Presidential Communications Operations Office will learn from its mistakes, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said that the agency should boost its spell-checking efforts......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News2 hr. 24 min. ago

Bad Filipino Traits We Should Get Rid Of

The last display of bad behavior from President Duterte has been attributed by Spox Harry Roque to Filipino culture. But this half-assed excused did not fool anyone. But the reality is that most pe.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018

Palace: Enforcing laws vs ‘tambays’ is part of crime prevention

          Malacaang on Friday downplayed fears of lawmakers that President Rodrigo Duterte's warning against "tambays" was reminiscent of the situation during martial law.   Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte only wanted a strict enforcement of laws to prevent crime.   "Every Filipino deserves to be safe in the streets," he said in a statement,   "The President's 'tambay' remarks simply mean he wants a strict enforcement of city ordinances as part of making our streets safe from criminals and other unscrupulous elements," he added.   In a speech on Wednesday, Duterte directed authoriti...Keep on reading: Palace: Enforcing laws vs ‘tambays’ is part of crime prevention.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 15th, 2018

Duterte says truth on rice – Roque - Inquirer.net

Duterte says truth on rice – Roque - Inquirer.net.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJun 15th, 2018

PH-China, SC justice applicants, Passport slots | Evening wRap

  Today on Rappler: Drilon urges Duterte to review 'appeasement policy' towards China . Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said he doesn't care if Filipino fishermen are allowed to fish Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal out of China's  "goodwill,"  as what matters is that they now have access to the shoal's resources. What are the elements of freedom of expression? This was the question asked ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

DU30 open to dialogue with church

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is willing to hold a dialogue with the Catholic Church, Malacañang said yesterday. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said despite Duterte’s tirades against Catholic priests, the President is not closing the door on mending ties with the Church leaders. “Kung dayalogo ay talaga naman pong bukas ang… Source link link: DU30 open to dialogue with church.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

Palace open to dialogue with church leaders

Malacañang has not closed its doors on the Catholic Church despite the verbal attacks by President Duterte in the wake of the recent killings of priests, presidential spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

Duterte to Raise Pinoy Fishermen’s Plight to Xi If Necessary

If given the chance, President Rodrigo R. Duterte would raise the issue of Chinese Coast Guard personnel reportedly taking catch from Filipino fishermen in the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal to Chinese President Xi Jinping, his spokesman said Wednesday. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque made this remark two days after meeting three fishermen from Masinloc, Zambales who appealed […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

Shoal incident ‘fish thievery’ — Roque

THE Philippines is not conceding to China the country’s legal rights to fish in Scarborough Shoal, Malacañang said yesterday, even calling “fish thievery” the taking by Chinese Coast Guard officers of the catch of Filipino fishermen in the West Philippine Sea. “We do not concede,” Roque said in a Palace….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

DU30 Boracay land reform plan clarified

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte did not encourage potential beneficiaries of his land reform plan for holiday destination Boracay to sell the lots for profit, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque clarified yesterday. Roque made the clarification after National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) took exception to Duterte’s recent pronouncement that Boracay’s land….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

DU30 open to dialogue with church

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is willing to hold a dialogue with the Catholic Church, Malacañang said yesterday. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said despite Duterte’s tirades against Catholic priests, the President is not closing the door on mending ties with the Church leaders. “Kung dayalogo ay talaga naman pong bukas ang….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

Roque on China goodwill in Panatag: What matters is PH can fish there

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said he doesn't care if Filipino fishermen are allowed to fish Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal out of China's  "goodwill," as what matters is that they now have access to the shoal's resources. Roque made the statement in a news briefing on Thursday, June 14, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

PH still gunning for rice self-sufficiency despite Duterte remarks

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque clarified that the Philippines is still working towards 100% rice self-sufficiency despite President Rodrigo Duterte's remarks the previous day. "We will forever aim to be rice-sufficient. All administrations want to be rice-sufficient," said Roque on Thursday, June 14, during ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

Military-NPA ceasefire starts June 21

  Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chair Jose Maria Sison confirmed on Wednesday that a stand-down, or a preliminary ceasefire agreement, has been reached by the peace panels in back-channel talks in the Netherlands.   In a statement to reporters on Wednesday, Sison said the informal talks between the government and communist rebels were successful and formal peace negotiations were scheduled to resume on June 28 in Oslo, Norway.   "Stand-down means stay where you are and do not shoot at the other side," Sison said.   Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Malacaang would leave it to presidential peace adviser Jesus Dureza...Keep on reading: Military-NPA ceasefire starts June 21.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018