Friday, August 18, 2017

Sink Altalena!

The French government wanted to have influence in the British-controlled Palestine after the United Nations’ 1947 partition of the ancient land to the Jews and the Palestinian Arabs. The French government of Charles de Gaulle donated 5,000 rifles, 250 Bren guns, 5 million bullets, 50 bazookas, and 10 Bren carriers. These arms and ammunitions were carried by the ship Altalena when it left the seaport of Marseille, France on June 11, 1948 and sailed to the port of Tel Aviv, Israel.
The first Prime Minister of Israel, David Ben Gurion, wanted the Irgun to relinquish ownership of all the arms and ammunitions in the ship to the Israel Defense Forces. The Irgun, however, wanted the weapons and the ammos to be of their safekeeping and use. Two negotiations on the ownership and disposal of the weapons were held between the Israel Defense Forces and the Irgun, but the negotiations failed because the Irgun insisted that the weapons and ammunitions which the French donated to them should be at their disposal and ownership.
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Catherine's Homecoming

“I have always longed to come back to the Philippines. It is my home. Everything in my life started in my country,” Catherine told her seatmate, Laura Khristenson, in the plane on a long flight from Denmark to Manila.
Laura was surprised.
Her seatmate, a Caucasian from Denmark, was visiting the Philippines for the first time. She was with five other tourists from Denmark. They would visit the
Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore, before heading to Sydney, Australia.
“How long have you been away from home?” her seatmate asked her.
Catherine smiled and briefly looked through the window of the commercial plane.
“More than a decade,” Catherine said...

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Ricardo Sapelino, USM, And The Vietnam War

Ricardo Sapelino of the United States Marines, or USM, was a Filipino combat soldier during the Vietnam War. He joined the United States Navy or USN in 1965, during the middle period of the Vietnam conflict. He received training as a member of the Marine Corps, which was under the USN during the long American involvement in the Vietnam conflict.
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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Peace Talk

Josephine Marquez watched on television the live nationwide media coverage of the announcement of the government’s response to the massacre of thirty-six soldiers under the command of General Teodolfo Bautista on October 10, 1977 by Muslim rebels in Patikul, Sulu.
The Muslim rebels led by the bandit Usman Sali, who tricked General Bautista by pretending that he wanted to have a peace talk with the army general with the intention of surrendering himself and his one hundred fifty men.
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Silk Trade

Menachem was a young Jew who had been engaged in the silk and spice business for almost two years. The silk came from China, and the spices from India.
Menachem and his friends bought the silk and the spices from Parthian businessmen in the city of Petra. Parthians bought these goods from China and from India, and sold these to enterprising Jews who traveled in caravans using camels, donkeys and horses. Menachem and his business associates had already made seven business travels since they began their trade.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Strangers In Egypt

The town of Rhinocolura had a seaport called Al Arish. Passengers from the town of Raphia in Judah travelled to Egypt by crossing the river using the boats operated by Egyptian entrepreneurs. This is the town where Joseph, Mary and the Child Jesus first entered when they escaped from the town of Bethlehem in Judah.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Escape To Egypt

“Why would King Herod look for my Child to kill Him?” she asked Joseph.
“I don’t know…” Joseph replied.
Mary asked him where they would go.
“The angel told me to go to Egypt with you and our Child, and stay there until he tells us to leave,” Joseph replied.
Mary felt a certain joy when Joseph stated “our Child” to her even though he knew that the Child Jesus was miraculously born of the Holy Spirit, and not by natural means. She appreciated Joseph for his kind gesture, and told him so.
“The Child is the Lord. It is our duty to take care of Him and to protect Him. I will be a father to Him…” he told Mary.
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