The Five Principles: China’s Take on the New World Order
Politics,Society,China
By Yu Fu - 31 Jul 2018

The Five Principles: China’s Take on the New World Order

The “Five Principles” will be the main feature of China’s version of the new world order. According to China, they give expression to the democratic spirit in contemporary international relations and the desire of the international community.
The New Space Race
Politics,Society

By Tai Wei Lim - 20 Jul 2018

The New Space Race

Albinos at Risk in Africa
Politics,Society

By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim - 09 Jul 2018

Albinos at Risk in Africa

Domestic Workers’ Woes Spark Tension between Philippines and Kuwait
Politics,Society,Southeast Asia

Domestic Workers’ Woes Spark Tension between Philippines and Kuwait

As the rising number of reported cases of abuse suffered by Filipino domestic workers in Kuwait reveals, these maids are vulnerable to all forms of maltreatment, including physical, sexual or verbal abuse, non-payment of salaries, and long working hours with no rest days.
The Evolving Dynamics of Religious Extremism in Xinjiang
Politics,Society,China

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.
By Yu Fu - 25 May 2018 | 1 comments Read more...
Thanos and the Population Bomb
Economy,Society,Environment

Thanos and the Population Bomb

The concerns about population in Avengers: Infinity War have deep precedents in environmentalist thought, including the works of Thomas Malthus and Paul Ehrlich.
The Use of AI and Robotics in Weapon Systems
Society,Security

The Use of AI and Robotics in Weapon Systems

New technologies can bring military applications to new heights. The X-41 Common Aero Vehicle Falcon program is a glimpse of the future. The X-41 operates like a missile that can fly at high altitude and carry nuclear and non-nuclear warheads.
By Tai Wei Lim - 23 Apr 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
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.”
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