The Evolving Dynamics of Religious Extremism in Xinjiang
Politics,Society,China
By Yu Fu - 25 May 2018

The Evolving Dynamics of Religious Extremism in Xinjiang

China has often been condemned for being repressive in Xinjiang. If we look beyond the political rhetoric and propaganda, we can see that the rise of modern religious extremism in Xinjiang was an inevitable outcome of Chinese history.
Thanos and the Population Bomb
Economy,Society,Environment

By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim - 10 May 2018

Thanos and the Population Bomb

The Use of AI and Robotics in Weapon Systems
Society,Security

By Tai Wei Lim - 23 Apr 2018

The Use of AI and Robotics in Weapon Systems

Civic Activism Gains Momentum in Afghanistan
Politics,Society,South Asia

Civic Activism Gains Momentum in Afghanistan

The people of Afghanistan have made use of democratic practices, such as popular sit-ins, social media activism, and even satire, as ways to make themselves heard even if their faith in the government and the administration continues to diminish by the day.
What is Structural Blindness?
Politics,Society

What is Structural Blindness?

The recent discovery of a hitherto-unrecognized human organ, the interstitium, has provided an example of the phenomenon of structural blindness: the inability of people to see something not because of a defect in their eyes, but because of a long-standing feature of the world.
“Annihilation” and the Modes of Becoming
Society

“Annihilation” and the Modes of Becoming

Alex Garland’s Annihilation is a loose cinematic adaptation of the first novel in Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy. The movie and the book vividly illustrate the modes of becoming described by the philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari.
South Africa and the Global Indigenous Struggle for Land
Politics,Society

South Africa and the Global Indigenous Struggle for Land

On February 27, 2018, South Africa’s National Assembly voted to begin a process to amend Section 25 of the Constitution to allow land expropriation without compensation, potentially redistributing the 72 percent of farmland currently owned by whites to black ownership.
Wakanda and the Mirror of History
Politics,Economy,Society

Wakanda and the Mirror of History

The Marvel Studios production Black Panther has opened internationally to great acclaim, largely in part to its presentation of the fictional kingdom of Wakanda as an Afrofuturist utopia, an “African country that was never colonized and is the most advanced nation in the world.”
Lessons Drawn from TV Series Depicting the KMT and CPC Contest
Politics,Society,China

Lessons Drawn from TV Series Depicting the KMT and CPC Contest

In recent years, there are many television series about the power struggle and cooperation between the KMT and the CPC since July 1921 in general and the period from September 1931 to December 1949 in particular.
Cambodia and Maritime Southeast Asia Before the Revolution
Society,Southeast Asia

Cambodia and Maritime Southeast Asia Before the Revolution

While the maritime states of Southeast Asia are not in Cambodia’s immediate neighborhood, they are important for the study of Cambodia’s foreign relations. The pre-colonial kingdoms of today’s Cambodia and maritime Southeast Asia had significant dealings with one another.
Explaining China’s Fast Rise as an Innovative Country
Society,China

Explaining China’s Fast Rise as an Innovative Country

In the last few years, China has climbed to the pinnacle of nations of the world in terms of creativity and innovation. Breakthroughs in artificial intelligence and quantum computers are thought to give China a big advantage in its global power and influence.
How is Art like Bitcoin?
Economy,Society,Cyberspace

How is Art like Bitcoin?

Given that speculative bubbles have long affected markets around the world, bitcoin is hardly the first object to have this gulf between its intrinsic value and market value. Indeed, the world of art is ripe with objects presenting this same phenomenon.
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