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Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes At approximately 2:20 a.m. local time on June 17, 2017 the US Navy Destroyer USS Fitzgerald suffered a collision with the Philippines-registered container ship ACX Crystal approximately 64 miles southwest of Yokosuka, Japan.   … Read the rest

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes Dating and Diplomacy in the Age of Nuclear Missiles… Part ten million one of a seemingly infinite series. Note: For the deepest emotional experience, please play “Sweet Dreams” by the Eurythmics as you read … Read the rest

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes On July 12, 2016, a landmark event occurred for the South China Sea — the Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled against the People’s Republic of China in a case filed by the Philippines under … Read the rest

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes Chinese aggression in the South China Sea is causing Japan to strengthen its alliance with the US and build new and unlikely partnerships with some traditional enemies.     Building a stronger defensive alliance … Read the rest

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes In response to the People’s Republic of China’s recent sovereignty claims over the entire South China Sea/West Philippines Sea and China’s escalated aggression in those international waters, US President Obama and his administration have … Read the rest

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes On August 26, 2015, the Philippine government took a major step in Philippine foreign policy toward its closest ally, the US. During an official visit to the Philippines, the commander of US Pacific Command, … Read the rest

By Jay Holmes In The Scream Heard Around the World–Manila, Part 1, we saw the far-reaching effects of a speech given by Carlos Cespedes in Cuba and how it spawned a movement for freedom in both Cuba and the Philippines. In The … Read the rest

By Jay Holmes In The Scream Heard Around the World–Manila, Part 1, we saw the far-reaching effects of a speech given by Carlos Cespedes in Cuba and how it spawned a movement for freedom in both Cuba and the Philippines. … Read the rest

By Jay Holmes Last week in The Scream Heard Around the World, we looked at how one Cuban raised his voice and instigated a war that defeated Spanish occupation in two island nations half a world apart. Today, we look … Read the rest

By Jay Holmes Here in the U.S., if we hear the words “the Battle of Manila,” we generally assume they refer to the WWII battle that took place in the Philippine Islands in 1945. That’s a reasonable assumption, but long … Read the rest


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