Indigenous Peoples’ Participation in Forest Resource Management: A Case in Palawan, Philippines
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Indigenous Peoples’ Participation in Forest Resource Management: A Case in Palawan, Philippines

  The Philippines has been adamant about protecting its natural resources. Through the years, several legislations have been enacted to safeguard the country’s biodiversity. In 1997, the Government enacted the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA), which devolves some resource management rights to indigenous peoples in approved ancestral domains. However, conflicts between the Government and indigenous … Continue reading

A Filled Bowl and a Filled Palate: Finding National Identity through Food and Horror Vacui
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A Filled Bowl and a Filled Palate: Finding National Identity through Food and Horror Vacui

Food remains a crucial window to any culture. A survey of taste and preparation reveals to us a culture’s worldview, attitudes, and even conflict resolution patterns. In addition, a cuisine’s favored ingredients reveals a lot about the ecological  and economic roots of its unique flavors. Food therefore is a very potent tool to understand and … Continue reading

The Clash of Ideas in Iron Man 3
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The Clash of Ideas in Iron Man 3

This essay explores the thematic portrayal of Huntington’s “Clash of Civilizations” in American national security as featured in Iron Man 3. Spoilers follow. The Clash of Civilizations Samuel Huntington describes post-Cold War global conflict as a “Clash of Civilizations.” He theorized that conflicts in the post-Cold War world happen between groups with cultural or religious differences both within … Continue reading