Political killings in Philippines a tragic symptom of the nation’s problems

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In 2006 I was visiting the Philippines during the pre-election campaigning period, and was dumb-founded to read of scores of politically-motivated killings. Political candidates and their aides, advisors, assistants were being picked off in ones and twos all around the nation. I quickly learned that, sadly, this was par for the political course in the Philippines. Coming from Australia, where a political candidate…

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Cheap airfares?

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I’m a sucker for a cheap airfare! Anything that will get me to Philippines one more time makes my ears prick up. So Air Asia’s current sales have me salivating like Pavlov’s dog! Under $300 return to Philippines if I’m prepared to fly via Kuala Lumpur. There’s only one catch… Their web site is so shockingly slow that it keeps timing out, falling…

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Why experiences are key for non-profit organisations

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For many years, fundraising (and, for that matter, commercial marketing) has operated on the basis that a simple transaction occurs when money changes hands, and the recipient of the money delivers a product or service in return. That ‘service’ may be the delivery of humanitarian services in poverty-stricken countries, as readily as it may be a material product. But the transaction wasn’t seen…

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