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In the Rim of a Storm

The Philippine Supreme Court has issued a TRO that prevented the impeachment court to have a subpoenaed bank divulge account[s] of Chief Justice Corona. The TRO is specific to any that falls under Republic Act 6426, or the Foreign Currency Deposit Act (FCDA). It stayed clear of  Republic Act 1405, or the Bank Secrecy Act, which then left wide leeway to the opening of  information on several  peso-accounts owning to the CJ. It was issued upon a motion by the bank, actually.

RA 1405 allows the opening of bank accounts in cases as impeachment. RA 6426 specifies written permission of the owner of an account for its divulgence.

The Three Sides of it. Lifted from Google search: the impeached Chief Justice Renato Corona, Senate President and Impeachment court head Sen Juan Ponce Enrile, The President Benigno Simeon C Aquino III.

The TRO has been viewed by prosecutors as an intervention by the SC in the impeachment process. By itself, I don’t think the SC intervened in the big meaning and in the serious implications of the word. This made me post a comment somewhere, excerpts hereunder:

I think the supreme court never intervened for anybody, anywhere, anytime. It only receives the complaint. It must act on them. It likes doing them or not. It [SC], they [justices], must.

But, does the Supreme Court really intervene with the impeachment? I think the right-of-way of the Impeachment Court has never been in question. Nobody has questioned it. Nobody is questioning it.

There were series of events that led to the defense running to the Supreme court for relief. I think the TRO came at a time better than if the SC might or will say later that the impeachment court had been party to what the SC might say is [anything not good]. The impeachment court, being not really a party to prosecution, has choices between agreeing with the prosecution on their interpretations of the constitutions and by laws, or to honor the TRO from the SC,  so it seems now. I think it would be safe for the impeachment court to give a little room for the SC at some distance.

in·ter·vene

(past and past participle in·ter·vened, present participle in·ter·ven·ing, 3rd person present singular in·ter·venes)

intransitive verb
1. become involved in situation: to involve yourself deliberately in a situation, especially in a conflict or dispute, in order to influence what is happening and, most often, to prevent undesirable consequences
2. have preventive or delaying effect: to occur or take effect in such a way as to stop or delay something
3. elapse: to elapse between one point in time and another
4. break into conversation: to break into a conversation or discussion
5. be situated in between: to be located between two things
6. law enter lawsuit: to enter a lawsuit as a third party in order to protect your own interests
7. economics act to manipulate economic markets: to take economic action that is designed to counter a trend in a market, especially in order to stabilize a country’s currency

[Late 16th century. < Latin intervenire “come between” < venire“come”]

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The apparent conflicts between Malacañang and some legislators in one hand and the Supreme court in the other hand, made people to worry of a constitutional crisis. Malacañang Palace says that such a crisis is “malabo” [unlikely to happen].

Not only the possibility is there. Filipinos may not be in the eye of a constitutional crisis but they are already in the dark cloud of such a storm. I think the constitution is in effect being questioned by the President and his men.

There are times when people can debate in public on what they cannot agree with, without any problem to them. They are so when  the subject is hypothetical or the exercise is academic. Any question to the constitution right in the middle of a difficult real situation is, I think, itself a constitutional crisis. There is a difference between amending a law and subverting a law, the high forms of them.

That [duty and obligation of the SC] being it, a constitutional-political crisis is not impossible. Right now some legislators want the supreme court to totally stay out. The way some legislators act, it is possible the SC upon complaint might say the rights of the defendant is violated during the impeachment. Executive and Legislative could override the Judiciary. We have a collision when or if that happens. We can only imagine the rest.

Some of the President known allies and men. Lifted from Google search. Clockwise from top left: Sen Kiko Pangilinan, Sen Franklin Drilon, Presidential spokesperson Edwin Laceirda, Head prosecutor Cong Neil Tupas

The TRO handed to the Impeachment court was promulgated by the Supreme court after a vote of 8-5 with 2 abstentions. Cong Rodolfo Fariñas, member of the Impeachment prosecution panel has called for the impeachment of the 8 justices who favored the TRO.

No doubt Malacañang has the numbers in the lower house of congress where impeachments are born. The impeachment of the Chief Justice passing in there without or without much house deliberations has proven it. But Cong Feleciano Belmonte, the current head of the lower house, although a known ally of the President, has been quite apologetic for Cong Fariñas’ action.

Right now, the critical theater is the Senate where the impeachment of the Chief Justice is being handled.  Has Malacañang the numbers in there to finally impeach Justice Corona, too? Most political analysts will say yes.

But Philippine Senate in general, especially Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, has been trying to show impartiality in handling the proceeding.

Senator Enrile’s tenure as Senate President has always been threatened by coup.  Nearest contender would be Senator Franklin Drilon, a staunch ally of the President. But a coup would not be necessary. In the Senate that is acting as an impeachment court, anybody can be overruled.

People could wake up one morning under a declared or undeclared revolutionary government. It might not be planned. It could just happen.  A Judiciary that, in deed or in effect, might be gagged and suspended or arrested by the Legislative and Executive branches of government.

And that is not actually stated in the constitutions.  But it can be squeezed by the Executives into the shell of an emergency rule and then hatched. And the Philippine constitution saw only an independent Legislative branch to check that, which in the imagined scenario based on how things are, is likely a mere formality rather than functional. We see a scenario of the Legislative, more than checking, ganging up with  the Executives over the [Supreme Court and the] Judiciary.

Well,  if that would not be a constitutional storm enough that can develop into a political one. Whether Revolutionary government or dictatorship, then, are but matters of opinion.

This has always been a natural material world. Behind the rhetoric about good governance it is hard for the situation not to develop into a simple struggle for power and survival.

“The symptoms of this weak state are the large gap between rich and poor—a gap that has been exploited for political ends—and a political system based on patronage and, ultimately, corruption to support that patronage,” Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, former President.

That is where PGMA has been. Stated one way differently, as political power is harangued and harassed, it gathers all forces around it and in the end their interests – personal survival – become one, or are one of symbiosis. A formidable machinery whose loyalty is to itself is formed, by people tolerant of one another, and whose mainstay is the President.

Filipinos have seen history repeated times and again. We have the ingredients of past failures very much around. It is hard to hope for something very different under the same old circumstances.

The Two Views on the Matter

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is being impeached for culpable violations of the constitution, betrayal of public trust, and graft and corruption –  that’s the legalistic side of it.

The President, even before he was sworn into office, has never liked the Chief Justice, and his camp is busy working on that – that’s the politics’ side of it.

Meanwhile, things are drifting towards a storm and pointed to the eye of it.

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How Do We Do

How are we doing. Former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has criticized the present administration lately as a “politics of division”. The Aquino administration, in the other hand, claiming to be making strides, hit back at her as a “huge failure”. Except for, I should say, its overly zealous campaign against alleged anomalies of the past administration, I think, the Aquino administration is no more than threading along on the paths left by the PGMA administration i.e. Build Operate and/or Transfer schemes for public works, Tourism development, Cash Transfer for the destitute, others. Carry overs of the Arroyo administration, furtherance or expanding some of them,  actually.  Tourism seems to be one good prospect.

But are we really making stride at everything as claimed? I think this has become a boring claim by everyone since President Marcos. Where Filipinos are, today, tells it loud.

GDP and the Simple Man in the Street.

Gross Domestic Product [GDP] is one system indicator that a government relies on to tell itself of the country’s progress. It is a language usually understandable only to the business sector. It is usually expressed in amount of money and converted to percentage, say a GDP of 3.2% [annual] growth. And what does that in turn mean? Actually, nothing except to give people a near idea how the country is doing compared with its neighbors.  Sometimes we hear politicians prate about them. But figures are not really conclusive unless we are comparing countries that have exactly same external-internal conditions. But this is going a-side.

So, let’s say there was P95.00 then that now is P150.00. It shows a gain of P55.00 or roughly a 58% of [accumulated] gain. It might be considered good for the business sector. What is presented there as gain is more of a result of inflation – value on production was re-adjusted. It does not necessarily mean that the business has grown. It does not also automatically mean that business has become more profitable which is another thing independent.

But there must be growth of businesses as the population grows so we can say that the country is really doing good. Growth of businesses means more employment. And growth of businesses has to surpass growth of population so it can be said that the whole nation is making a stride forward. This is within what they mean by Positive economic growth. That will mean pushing against an existing huge backlog in employment for one thing.

[The figures in term of money given as example represent 1 kg of chicken then [P95.00] and 1 kg of chicken now [P150.00]. While it showed a gain [P55.00]. I kg then and I kg now, actually, is zero growth. What was presented as a 58% gain is actually inflation figure. It has to be 1 kg then and 1 plus [1+] kg now, to have really grown. If production was 1 unit then that now is 1.1 unit, then 0.1 unit or 10% is the real growth. What was P95.00 then must now show P165.00, which is actually 58% inflation plus 10% growth.  The gross production that is P165.00 is actually inflation plus growth.]

Whatever in reality, what  are perceived as gains cannot be felt or understood by people in the streets. Sometimes there is actually a feeling of retrogression. As when one breadwinner had 3 mouths to feed then, but now he has four or five. Or, when a bread-winner belongs to a sector that is short-changed at every round of unending readjustments because of inflation, as happening in countries where states lean or lean heavily on the side of the business class who are themselves also hard pressed by world trade and competition. The buying power of the wage earners in such places is shrinking. While the business class might be progressing, the wage earners will be seeing retrogression. But we are going a-side.

Figures will have been expressed better based on volume of production i.e. metric tons, other units; or showing both volume and value of production to compare them then and now. Otherwise partial figures [showing only value] are actually some misleading.  The national figure is a summary of them. And a summary is possible only using a common denominator – value. The amount in money can be awesome. It somehow projects progress.  But there are people who cannot feel it. They don’t understand why.

One direct indicator, a short cut showing the state of national economy, is employment figure. A claim of economic growth is actually false when there is a decline in employment. [Again, in there, figures might be tricky but we are going a-side.]

I think another, and real-hard indicator, is the 8 million overseas Filipino workers [OFW].  I was in Guam in 1991 when overseas Korean workers started going home, many of them cutting contracts. I guess it was a feeling of missing  new-found-friends that made me think they were wasting opportunity that, as a Filipino earning 10 times more in there, was how I saw things.

That there was a growing need for employment in Korea, that the differential in pay was narrowing, and that they have no more reason to be away from family – those are what I learned from them. How true. People will do with less if they can have them near their loved ones.

[SOKOR economic stride was awesome. Today, a few hundred thousand Filipinos are in Korea doing work. Korean corporations like Hanil and Hanjin are in the Philippines directly providing tens of thousand jobs for Filipinos not to mention secondary opportunities they have generated.]

For business to go abroad may mean  expansion or growth. But for workers going abroad to find work does not speak well of local economy.

Problems are not solved overnight.  But at least we should see a reversal of the trend of Filipinos going abroad to find work, to claim our country’s economy  is really doing good.

Yes, how do we do. There are sleeping issues not up yet because of the impeachment of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. How long can this administration keep economic issues at bay or how long before economic issues will come to play remains to be seen.

Or maybe some of them already do. Discontent can assume any form. It can ride even on unrelated issues.

Lifted from Pinoyweeklyonline / Google search: mga larawan, P-noy

Scaring away graft and corruption might be good for this administration.  But that alone is not enough.  People have seen the best of PGMA’s economic programs and policies.  Ok, maybe same things, same everything, but different players equals different results.  Frankly, I find it hard to be optimistic.

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ARMM, Peacetalks & Malacañang’s Grant to Rebels

Malacañang Palace, as revealed to the public recently, has granted the Moro-Islamic Liberation Front [MILF] some P5 million peso dole-out. It is creating a stir in public.

People can debate and argue on the correctness of the move by government,  by Malacañang Palace executives actually, but fact is money has already been handed to and been received by the MILF. And never has it stirred much since a dozen and more of government soldiers had died in encounters with the MILF just some days ago. Rebels claimed that government soldiers went a-stray, whatever they meant by that. Government troopers were pursuing a kidnap for ransom group [KFR] operating in rebel controlled or operated territory when they were ambushed.

Government troopers. Lifted from Google search: Mindanao war

Abu Sayyaf fighters. Lifted from Google search: Mindanao war

About the grant, Malacañang has justified the move by saying that it was an agreement of the Arroyo administration in one of its secret meetings with the MILF and the new administration merely implemented it.

Talking about shrouded meetings between Malacañang and the rebels now reminds of the aborted MOA-AD by the past administration of President Arroyo. It appears the present Aquino administration has also been doing their own hushed meetings with the rebels like the ones that transpired in Japan, and in Kuala Lumpur, recently.  They were late-publicized and  known very little-about by the public – if people can call them transparent.

Regular combatants. Lifted from Google search: Mindanao war

And since talking about the controversial MOA-AD, we are reminded also of another thing very critical and controversial – the postponement of election for the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao [ARMM].

The Aquino administration had moved to postpone the ARMM election only to stumble over the Supreme Court on the issue.  It would have allowed Malacañang to appoint ARMM officials, a move that political oppositions have cried foul. Malacañang in fact caused a postponement of ARMM election in the sense that the election was not held on the day as stipulated by law that created ARMM, in the course of all that. [updates on ARMM and ARMM election here]

Former President Gloria M Arroyo. Lifted from Google search Mindanao war

ARMM is an institution beholden to the Republic of the Philippines and Malacañang Palace is there to oversee that. But, an ARMM that is beholden to Malacañang Palace, or whoever seats in there, is something different. The kingpin and some stalwarts of the Ampatuan clan that controlled the ARMM and former President Gloria M Arroyo are right now facing allegations of election fraud viewed on that alleged unholy relation, in fact.

As the Arroyo administration had learned in the MOA-AD, Republic of the Philippines is not a hacienda. And even in a hacienda, the administrators can only do things that the hacienda owners allow or stated. And the owners, Sire/Ma’am, is people of the Philippines and not the Christians, not the Muslims, and absolutely not Malacañang Palace.

“Walang kama-kamaganak, walang kai-kaibigan”“Kayo ang Boss ko. No privileged relatives, no privileged friends; You are my boss, people of the Philippines liked hearing them and they want them real.

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A Global Problem – Unemployment

So much about our neighbor. Looking around in our own backyard, what good is a super highway to the moon when there are people living in streets and gutters and without food on their tables, Sire/Ma’am?

Imagine all the options for survival by people like these. Lifted from Google search: Street people. Philippines

In the other hand, of late report, we have more than 8 million Filipinos who are abroad either working or looking for work [OFWs].  I bet it does not include Filipinos who have immigrated for good.

Out in the world, Globalization has now tended to drown the working class of the developed countries. [Add to that overseas Filipinos competing for jobs and resources]. And that is not a problem solely of their working class because depression of them affects consumerism that in turn affects industries and whole economy of nations. There tends growing pressure mounting against governments in there. But their problem of unemployment is in fact superficial when compared to that of the underdeveloped world. A remedy to their problems may be lost opportunity, and burdens in underdeveloped countries.

Today, the dollar remittances of OFWs are gross estimated to amount P 475,000,000,000.00 [475 Billion PhP] a year.  That, and ever increasing debt by government from borrowings, cascaded and rippled in the local economy, are the only things that literally keep Philippines on its feet at present.

[Gross estimate is based on partial report for year 2011.]

Lifted from Google search: Street demonstrations. Philippines

Expect things like this and brace ourselves for them, folks! No, they are not coming all-at-once. Garrote ito kay Juan dela Cruz that should be remedied or out-paced now. And the remedy – seemingly nothing short of a social overhaul – appears next to wishful thinking. And there are only two ways social-political-economic reforms are known to come. If they don’t come from the top then they must be coming from below.  There’s the challenge, Sire/Ma’am.

And never mind arts and culture. They are just expressions that reflect the people of time. They are parts of a hard, real, world. They evolve with the world that is constantly changing with times.

Ohh…Maybe obese children left to fend for themselves in the kitchen would make more interesting and refreshing subject matter to write about next time.  😦

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Reflections of Little Known Goliath to our Northwest

Obscured to the world for many decades, People’s Republic of China [PRC] has been of great interest to many. Here’s some observation I find interesting. I submitted a few comments in there that I realized might appear long but that I felt were really short or lacking for the matter. I decided to collect them back to create a post in here:

I think Communists found themselves a little bit quandary at some crossroads not found in any of their old books. Situations nowhere seen in an inbreed ideological world.

…old Communist revolutionary songs with their high-minded lyrics are taking the country’s public spaces and television screens by storm.

Arts and culture have always been under firm watch and control by Communist states. As the world has known, never have they been used tyrannically by Jiang Qing, Mao’s widow,  and her faction for political ends – unparalleled witch hunting and persecution – attacking anything and anyone tagged as bourgeois – in a program called Cultural Revolution.

Lifted from Google search: Jiang Qing

So, there is a revival of the old days. If it is to go back in time and to stick in there, I think, is equally totally getting lost. It is also futile. The past was all about a struggle against feudal and colonial oppressive rule for the Chinese masses. That struggle found expressions in arts. The situation no longer [exactly] exists today. Something that is now imaginary. More in the side of hollow strings of words to a new generation. Those arts are just history. Present day people tend to buy arts that reflect them or their situation in real-time. Maybe the Beatles’ Hard Days Night might sell better in there, today.

Same Old Books, Same Everything

Same old books, same everything, different perspectives. The old ruled has become the new ruler, the former strugglers have become the present struggled.

Well, maybe the purpose is to try to remind, or should I say tell, the new generation of the masses where they have come from and just ‘be thankful and eat what is there on the table’.

‘…against [ ] oppressive rule, there’s the double edge pointed at some if not the selves. Old art may project different picture or interpretation in the minds of a ruled people – modern forms of oppression perceived by the ruled masses – as different to the interpretation of the new rulers.

Chinese Communist Party [CCP]  sees itself as on top of a continuous revolution. Any conflict coming outside of the party are viewed as forces of reaction. But objectivity is, a sure legitimate continuous struggle is only that of the masses who are forever ruled.

Communists see society as something that is class-dictated. State is defined as an instrument of a class [Marxism]. If it is not a dictatorship of the [working class] then it must be a dictatorship of the [owners of the means] and no way escaping that situation. One of the biggest problem is that it goes further to say that state now has the right to dictate the people. So we see why some Lady Gaga songs cannot be played there.  They do not want their people to hear them.

No, regulating arts and culture is not stranger in a liberal – democratic society. Comparing societies, one difference is in the degree of regulating them by governments.  One social structure is considered tight while the other is considered lax. One takes it upon itself to determine for everyone that Lady Gaga’s song is nonsense, while the other leaves it to everyone to determine if Lady Gaga’s song makes sense or not.

I think PRC is at one crossroad where either they should usher modern liberal democracy in or they must suppress it. CCP may not like it but as Mao himself saw, it is people who make history. [One translation of that is: people made leaders and it is not the leaders who made the people. Leaders are those who fitted people.]

Maoism is much part of present day CCP ideology. Any repudiation of Mao are more on the interpretation or the application of what he had laid.

Lifted from Google search: Chinese people

Communists believe in democracy. They have their idea of that they call “Democratic centralism” [Maoist]. The Western world has its own idea of democracy. I’m sure Chinese masses have their own idea, too. And it is that of the masses that counts, which worries the state.

There would be no conflict of ruler and ruled in the theory of democratic centralism – from the masses to the masses, which is republicanism from certain perspective. That sounds harmonious. But harmony exists only in the book. Fact is, we see conflicts existing between the rulers and the ruled. State happens to be also expropriation. That, itself, is just one of the many conflicts between rulers and ruled. Issues out of that conflict are usually how much in taxes and, more  important,  how public money is appropriated.

I think now is more in the side of a futile attempt by forces of reaction to freeze the world. When there is conflict of ruler and ruled, it is the consensus of the masses that prevails in the end.

People make history. That is one tenet of Maoism. That is also true in the liberal-democratic world. It’s been history of humanity.

Right now it would be a war of shaping the mind of that people. In one side, we have seen authorities trying to win that war with arts and culture as instruments. Arts and culture are themselves contested grounds between rulers and ruled.  Cyberspace is a new ground added in there.

A Party that is run by first generation revolutionaries like Mao and Deng might be gauged by the books. Today’s leaders in China [its bureaucracy] are born and grown in the time when the CCP has been in control. In short most of them were born sort of privileged elites, born of a different time. I guess, only those who know them and know China today, know what really goes in their mind. Nothing escapes evolution.

If there is indeed a growing revival of revolutionary days fervor within Chinese leadership then I guess another thing is to lean away from late day experiences, say of the Russians. They are gone past a situation when all they need is to refresh and take any start other than their present day situation.

Surely Chinese leaders have been watching the world.  While Russia was ahead in socialism, the Chinese appear advanced ideologically and politically getting their cues from the Russians. A part of them apparently would like to apply the brakes to the direction that the Russians took of which present day China has a similar version, too, for one thing.

PRC is a single-party political system. Inner party struggle is normal and natural.  They are closed-door matters. That would be to protect the prestige of the only party. When inner party struggle has gone out the door they are at the level of extreme sharp antagonisms, like the Mao-Lin Biao and the Mao-Deng Xiaoping conflicts.

Marxist Communist View of Culture

Culture is regarded not separate and independent of economics and politics. So we see a form of culture. It has behind it some expressions in economics. It will also have forms in politics. They are all viewed inter-related and inter-active. A liberal culture will have a liberal economy and a liberal politics, for example. Or, a liberal economy and politics have a liberal culture. A feudal culture comes with a feudal economy and a feudal politics. You see one, you see all or you can imagine their forms.

Stated another way, economics and politics created and promoted a culture that in return promotes that kind of political economy. Idea cannot be independent of matter.

Concerted efforts to eradicate and or to create a culture have been practiced by communist run states. In the Liberal world they are all let go in some way. What prevails is what it is, of the real world, of the real-time. What prevails is the product of a natural-material world of time.

I think more focus is on economics. It is the hardest of real objects. Art and  culture stem from it. So do political ideas.

They are calling for more equal distribution of wealth even at the expense of slower economic growth. They are attacking privileges of any kind.

There’s the factor of economics. Unequal distribution of wealth. I think that would be the problem confronting Chinese bureaucracy and State. In Capitalism, landowner [capitalist] expropriated its workers so he enjoys cars, mansions, revelries, you name it. At the extreme we see individuals who have too much while at the other end we see individuals  who are too deprived.

The theory of Socialism is: [owner of the means of production] is eliminated so workers enjoy their fruits. Workers own everything administered for them by the state. Sounds good. But that’s a theory. Russia has failed the theory of socialism. Around seven decades of Communist socialist rule failed to eradicate poverty. It failed to stop decadence like prostitution closely associated to that. At a time when western prostitutes earn a low of $35.00, their Russian counterparts were worth a used Levis jeans @ $20.00 brand new, or a pack of Marlboro cigarettes @ $1.25 a pack.

Reality is: At the surface of it, Socialist state now wants to own the world, go to the moon, own the universe, so to say. All that carried [too far] at the expense of [sacrificing] the workers. OK, Let us tone it down, there are things that are unnecessary but they must posses to survive. In like manner that a woman who does not believe in cosmetics spends a lot for them just so she will fit.

Why would people be attacking privileges of any kind? Privileges are qualities of life enjoyed by some when they should be enjoyed by all. State has failed to deliver quality services to all. At the extreme, masses would rather kill the practices since they cannot have them.

But, I don’t think people anywhere will take forever for a sacrifice. There appear symptoms of discontent. Suppression will only mount the pressure building up. [Lesson from North Africa, perhaps?] In a nation comprised of a billion people, awesome lots can be imagined from all that.

A Massive World Set in Motion by Petropolitics

I’ve been thinking of writing about something known as petroleum-politics or Petropolitics.  But, until now I really feel that the subject is fragmented in me so I need to sort my perceptions  into places, first.

In the other hand I doubt if I really have time to think about them, or why should I. Well, if I ever get to post them in here later, I think they might go this way

While "American Imperialism" has been one pole of global conflict, the other pole has shifted. The USSR and the Cold war are gone factors, equation has now pointed to forces that identify itself as Islamism.

  • All about world’s ever pressing need for petroleum, in particular. This is not limited to capitalism as the need for petroleum also involves socialist states.

  • A review of the petroleum industries in the free world, their motivation or nature, that again is not limited to them because in socialist states, state and bureaucracy merely took over, assumed role or assimilated, everything formerly of private capital.

  • The need by capital, to mean both capitalist and socialist in the case now, to exploit resources in traditionally international spaces.

  • The universal natures of politics and politicians of time. The need by states to provide for their people, the need for political-economic-social stability internal to them.

  • Lobby and/or corruption, a symbiotic relation, interests of capital and states have naturally collude become mutually beneficial along lines if not one.

Today's richest government on Earth is building up its military hardwares and flexing its muscles.

  • International conflicts in the race by states to get hold of free territories, the universal natures of people – patriotism and nationalism readily rallying behind states.

  • Added in there are: regional, cultural and racial differences that are generated further with the conflicts. The prospects of neo-global polarization of east-west-black-white, of insurgencies and world terrorism.

Peoples Republic of China - the big foot in the Spratlys, South China Sea

The main engine that drives world’s economy and politics, propelling the world in its present course is Petropolitics.  The thing has contributed much in shaping local and foreign policies of nations. It shaped laws, United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea [UNCLOS] is no different.

This  world has been spinning on an axis called petropolitics. So very natural and perceived to be normal, to many people it’s just the way of the world. Living for the day is man. And that may be dangerous. The dangers of armed confrontation and wars is never been real.

By the way, have you ever wondered why all the fuss about cigarette  smoking when nothing is said about one car out there is 10,000 X more hazardous than one cigarette smoker? Well, that’s because we do not have thing called tobacco-politics with us. The thing is dwarfed, dying, if not already dead.

And look who says what is, or what is not, more important thing in this world. Like, the stride for alternative energies, say hydrogen, for all reasons, can wait.

Maybe I missed lots more than are stuffed in this thing called petropolitics. Maybe somebody should polish and finish the ideas.  But is not everything antedated, antiquated, nowhere in time, thus boring?

Ohh, what me worry. I am not Clark Kent.

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