thesingaporeglobalist has written 40 posts for The Singapore Globalist

Contemplating a New Cold War

By: Timothy Cheah   As Stalin once quipped, a single death represents a tragedy, a thousand a mere statistic. He might have added, for completeness’ sake, that any number would hold our attention, provided it be conducive to some political design. The loss of 298 lives on the ill-fated MH17 has unleashed a violent storm [...]

Elitism in Singapore: A Philosophical Perspective  

By: Timothy Cheah “It’s a small place, no more than a total of those within the ages thirty to forty-five, at the most 800 people. We can put them all into one little lap-top computer, all the basic data.” -Lee Kuan Yew, on Singaporeans qualified to govern (STW, 1 September 1990)   When John Adams, second [...]

Rigged Outcomes: Winners and Losers in the South China Sea Crisis

  By: Timothy Cheah If there had been any lingering pacifist optimism over the means of conflict resolution in the South China Sea, the events of last week would have put it to rest. Thousands of Vietnamese workers, incensed by the building of a Chinese oil rig off the Paracel Islands (which Vietnam claims as [...]

The Future of the Special Relationship by Timothy Cheah

What lies ahead for the United States-Israel alliance? The United States and Israel have enjoyed a unique and longstanding relationship, which dates back to the Eisenhower Administration. However, it was Eisenhower’s successor, John F. Kennedy, who first used the term to describe U.S.-Israeli ties. It has since become a mainstay in the diplomatic lexicon of [...]

Catastrophe and the Arts by Sylvester Long

Unfortunate as they are, catastrophes are an inevitable part of our history. During World War II, we witnessed state-sponsored persecution and murder of close to six million Jews by the Nazi regime; on 9/11, we witnessed the destruction of the World Trade Center by terrorist hijackers; more recently, in Tohoku and Fukushima, we witnessed devastation in [...]

The 2012 Elections and the Fiscal Armageddon by Edison Yong

Barack Obama, shantay you stay. Mitt Romney, sashay away. More than a month into President Obama’s second term, the election fever along with the flood waters of Hurricane Sandy have all receded. As the cleanup crew makes its way through the storm-ravaged east coast and Republicans come to terms with a startling loss – the [...]

Longevity Of The Motherland by Danielle Goh

Why Some Authoritarian Regimes Last Longer Than Others The current wave of democratization stirring in the Middle East and North Africa region brings to focus the relative stability of the Communist single-party regimes, particularly China, and for a relatively long period of 70 years, the Soviet Union. Communist regimes typically outlive other forms of governance [...]

Education in Singapore, revisited by Marcus Leong

Is the Singapore system necessarily inferior? In a previous article, I made a comparison between the Singapore and Finnish education systems. The coincident successes of the two dramatically distinct systems made me question if Singapore is pursuing the same goals, but with a lesser approach. Although my perception has changed, I’m not about to retract [...]

The End Of Privacy by Timothy Cheah

In Parliament a fortnight ago, the Education Minister, Heng Swee Keat, expressed his “concern and disappointment” at the conduct displayed by ‘sex tape scholar’ Alvin Tan. Such behaviour was, according to the Minister, “reprehensible and unbecoming of a scholar”. The damning appraisal was well-calibrated; it contained an appropriate mix of moral opprobrium and paternal concern, [...]

Facebook Privacy by Jordan Harris

Upon receiving my place at SMU, I was invited to a Facebook group in order to ‘meet’ and chat with fellow exchange students before our arrival on this fine Asiatic island. Seeing that there were a few hundred members in the group, I was grateful to SMU for providing me with a perfect platform to [...]