thesingaporeglobalist has written 37 posts for The Singapore Globalist

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 [...]

Deconstructing Environmentalism by Maxine Chen

The Environmentalist should not be given a class of his/her own   I have a theory that there are different prototypes of the “epic person” – the friend-of-a-friend who is known for doing something – and these prototypes are replicated in different social circles around the world. The Person who takes Photos of her Food [...]

Maybe The Men Do Get It, by Jessica Rovira

“What are little boys made of? Slugs and snails and puppy dogs’ tails. That’s what little boys are made of. What are little girls made of? Sugar and spice and everything nice. That’s what little girls are made of.” I remember this Mother Goose rhyme from way back, circa 1996, a time when class participation [...]

The Unexpected Maverick, by Vignesh Kumar s/o Kumanan

As the longest serving president Singapore has had, there are bodyguards appropriately stationed outside S R Nathan’s office at the School of Social Sciences. Nestled amongst the oft visited professors we wait just moments before we are ushered into his office despite arriving early. As it happens, any tension is dissipated with a ready smile [...]