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Until very recently, few mainstream economists took climate change seriously when projecting growth. Weather is something the polite talk about when they have nothing to say.
 
As of the time of writing, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is standing pat on his decision to allow the transfer of the remains of former President Ferdinand Marcos to the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes' Cemetery) in September, ostensibly to live up to his promise given to the Marcos family and the voters of the Ilocos region.
 
If at times it appears that the state is not demonstrating enough seriousness in the fight against terrorism and militancy, there is also ample evidence that, notwithstanding Pakistan's battle-scarred landscape, the citizenry itself has the same mindset.
 
Any thinking person could quickly tick off a list of concerns that come to mind in the wake of the violence that broke out within steps of the Taipei District Court last Wednesday after a legal proceeding in the so called "cat-death trial."
 
Brazil is truly a nation in flux. The Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro have unfolded fairly smoothly, though not without incidents and ongoing tensions. On Aug. 14, four swimmers from the United States reported being robbed, but that incident is now discounted.
 
What is a memorable way to celebrate a country's independence day? For Indonesia, one of the events lined up was the sinking of foreign fishing boats caught after allegedly encroaching into its territorial waters. Not one boat, not several boats, but 60 in one go.
 
Shock and awe just about sums up the stunning achievement of young Singaporean swimmer Joseph Schooling at the Rio Olympics.
 
A vital American ally has gone geopolitically adrift in the wake of Turkey's failed military coup and the subsequent crackdown on all forms of domestic political dissent by the strongman ruler Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The bloody coup in which hundreds died, nonetheless served as a tragic backdrop for what appears to be a pre-planned crackdown by Erdogan loyalists on a wide swath of opposition forces.
 
One of the promises that every government in Pakistan holds out to the people is that it will end load-shedding. Deadlines are announced but not met. Waiting for uninterrupted power supply from the grid is like waiting for Godot.
 
Celebrating its 71st Independence Day anniversary, Indonesia has revealed an ugly, disturbing side that the nation should have long discarded: xenophobia.
 
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