Friday, January 11, 2013

Citizen's Primer Against Corruption by Conception C. Asis

This Primer… is a collection of data and information in order to provide a simple and general understanding of corruption. Chapter 1, What is corruption? presents the definition, elements, types, and causes. Chapter 2, Tracking, Detecting and Monitoring Corruption, helps define ways to tract, detect, and monitor corruption it is often a covert action and comes in various forms. Chapter 3, Effects of Corruption on Poverty, Development and Governance, presents snap shots of effects of corruption on development and governance....
Chapter 4, The Moral Dimensions of Corruption, shifts the war against corruption from the battlefield of civic action to the domain of personal discipline. Chapter 5, Survey of Philippine Laws against Corruption, presents a legal overview of existing laws, administrative orders covering the conduct of government offices and employees in the government which include legal remedies. Chapter 6, Governance at the Core of Corruption, presents how corruption challenges governance. Chapter 7, Corruption in the Electoral System, is a presentation of fraud and corruption in the elections of 2004 and 2007, before the poll automation. In Chapter 8, Citizen's Participation in the Fight against Corruption, governance is the core in the fight under a democracy; it presents remedies and strategies on how to fight corruption. Chapter 9, Recommendations for Reforms against Corruption, is a brief discussion of proposals and plans for reforms. Chapter 10 is the conclusion.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Workplace Wisdom Edited by R. Hechanova-Alampay, M. Teng-Calleja, R.A. Ortega-Go

This book is a compilation of articles published in the column "Workplace Wisdom" of the Philippine Daily Inquirer from 2009 to 2011. The research-based articles seek to harness knowledge that comes from Filipino workers and empower our leaders and organizations to manage workers and organizations in the Philippines effectively.

     These articles are clustered into six themes: The Philippine Workforce; Leadership in the Philippines; Developing Employees; Employee Wellbeing; Issues in the Workplace; Developing Organizations.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Obama's Wars

by Bob Woodward

Obama's WarsPublication Date: September 27, 2010

In Obama's Wars, Bob Woodward provides the most intimate and sweeping portrait yet of the young president as commander in chief. Drawing on internal memos, classified documents, meeting notes and hundreds of hours of interviews with most of the key players, including the president, Woodward tells the inside story of Obama making the critical decisions on the Afghanistan War, the secret campaign in Pakistan and the worldwide fight against terrorism.

At the core of Obama's Wars is the unsettled division between the civilian leadership in the White House and the United States military as the president is thwarted in his efforts to craft an exit plan for the Afghanistan War.

"So what's my option?" the president asked his war cabinet, seeking alternatives to the Afghanistan commander's request for 40,000 more troops in late 2009. "You have essentially given me one option.... It's unacceptable."

Playing with Fire: Pakistan at War with Itself

by Pamela Constable
Playing with Fire: Pakistan at War with ItselfPublication Date: July 19, 2011

A volatile nation at the heart of major cultural, political, and religious conflicts in the world today, Pakistan commands our attention. Yet more than six decades after the country’s founding as a Muslim democracy, it continues to struggle over its basic identity, alliances, and direction. In Playing with Fire, acclaimed journalist Pamela Constable peels back layers of contradiction and confusion to reveal the true face of modern Pakistan.

In this richly reported and movingly written chronicle, Constable takes us on a panoramic tour of contemporary Pakistan, exploring the fears and frustrations, dreams and beliefs, that animate the lives of ordinary citizens in this nuclear-armed nation of 170 million. From the opulent, insular salons of the elite to the brick quarries where soot-covered workers sell their kidneys to get out of debt, this is a haunting portrait of a society riven by inequality and corruption, and increasingly divided by competing versions of Islam.

Beneath the fa├žade of democracy in Pakistan, Constable reveals the formidable hold of its business, bureaucratic, and military elites—including the country’s powerful spy agency, the ISI. This is a society where the majority of the population feels powerless, and radical Islamist groups stoke popular resentment to recruit shock troops for global jihad. Writing with an uncommon ear for the nuances of this conflicted culture, Constable explores the extent to which faith permeates every level of Pakistani society—and the ambivalence many Muslims feel about the role it should play in the life of the nation.

Both an empathic and alarming look inside one of the world’s most violent and vexing countries, Playing with Fire is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand modern Pakistan and its momentous role on today’s global stage.

The Interrogator: An Education

The Interrogator: An Education

Publication Date: June 28, 2011

To his friends and neighbors, Glenn L. Carle was a wholesome, stereotypical New England Yankee, a former athlete struggling against incipient middle age, someone always with his nose in an abstruse book. But for two decades Carle broke laws, stole, and lied on a daily basis about nearly everything. “I was almost never who I said I was, or did what I claimed to be doing.” He was a CIA spy. He thrived in an environment of duplicity and ambiguity, flourishing in the gray areas of policy.

“The Interrogator”: Six Questions for Glenn Carle

By Scott Horton, Harper's Magazine

A career clandestine-services officer in the CIA, Glenn Carle drew an unusual assignment in the fall of 2002. He was sent to serve as the case officer of an Afghan merchant who had been seized and rendered, and who was believed to be Osama bin Laden’s “banker.” Carle quickly discerned, however, that the Agency’s suspicions were unjustified — what followed was a frustrating effort by Carle to win his release. In The Interrogator: An Education, Carle describes his struggle against the lethargy and self-protective instincts of the U.S. intelligence community. In the process, he discloses a great deal about the renditions process and the Agency’s reticence to acknowledge or act on its own mistakes. I put six questions to Glenn Carle about his book:

1. Your book was published following a year-long struggle with the CIA Publications Review Board, which insisted on redacting large amounts of material before it approved the work for publication. Even the fact that you speak fluent French has been blacked out. But a great deal of what was redacted is perfectly obvious or can easily be derived from the public record — for instance, we note in “Unredacting The Interrogator” that CAPTUS is in fact Pacha Wazir, that you first interrogated him at a location jointly operated by the CIA and Moroccan intelligence near Rabat, and that the prisoner was then removed to the CIA’s Salt Pit prison in Afghanistan. The PRB claims that it redacts to protect national-security-sensitive materials. Do you think the heavy redaction of your book was appropriate?

Click here: “The Interrogator”: Six Questions for Glenn Carle—By Scott Horton (Harper's Magazine)

Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche

Crazy Like Us

by  Ethan Watters

Free Press; 306 pages, 2010

The U.S. exports plenty of things that much of the world would gladly send back: the Golden Arches, Jerry Bruckheimer movies and Baywatch, to name a few. But in addition to the cultural flotsam that drives the rest of the world crazy, America is literally exporting its mental illnesses. "In teaching the rest of the world to think like us, we have been, for better and worse, homogenizing the way the world goes mad," writes journalist Ethan Watters. He traces how conditions first widely diagnosed in the U.S., such as anorexia and PTSD, have spread abroad "with the speed of contagious diseases." The growth of Big Pharma and the widespread adoption of U.S. health standards have made the ailing American psyche the primary diagnostic model. By 2008, for example, GlaxoSmithKline was selling over $1 billion worth of Paxil a year to the Japanese, who didn't know they had a problem with depression until drug marketers informed them. Though Watters' indignation can be wearying at times, he is on to something worth pondering.

When Gadgets Betray Us

Official selection of the Scientific American Book Club and the Science Fiction Book Club

When Gadgets Betray Us
 Technology is evolving faster than we are. As our mobile phones, mp3 players, cars, and digital cameras become more and more complex, we understand less and less about how they actually work and what personal details these gadgets might reveal about us.

Robert Vamosi, an award-winning journalist and analyst who has been covering digital security issues for more than a decade, shows us the dark side of all that digital capability and convenience. Hotel-room TV remotes can be used to steal our account information and spy on what we've been watching, toll-booth transponders receive unencrypted EZ Pass or FasTrak info that can be stolen and cloned, and our cars monitor and store data about our driving habits that can be used in court against us.

When Gadgets Betray Us gives us a glimpse into the secret lives of our gadgets and helps us to better understand—and manage—these very real risks.

Watch Robert Vamosi on Bloomberg TV and TechCrunch