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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 [...]

Why They Are Afraid by Timothy Cheah

Barely a week into London’s post-Olympic stupor, before the stardust had settled, a lanky, middle-aged man emerged on the ground-floor balcony of a white stucco-fronted, red-brick building on Hans Crescent, Knightsbridge. The flowing snowy hair had been replaced by a crew cut, but there was no mistaking the body language—this was Julian Assange; bold, controversial, [...]

Burma’s Uncertain Future? by Henry Zwartz

Despite apparent political reform, deep-rooted problems such as human rights abuses and ethnic conflict prevent Burma from truly becoming a functioning state. Stay tuned for Henry’s upcoming companion piece, where he shares his personal experiences with the kids under Burma’s broken education system. A New Dawn for Burma? Straddled between India and China, Burma’s natural [...]

A Plea for Constructive Debate by Augustin Chiam

After the speech made by Aljunied GRC MP Pritam Singh that called for the creation of an ombudsman, I was excited to hear the lively discussion that, I felt, would arise in response to the speech. However, I was sorely disappointed to see the attention, especially on the Internet and social media platforms, diverted to [...]

A Cut Above The Rest? by Timothy Cheah

If one were to throw a stone in Parliament, two outcomes would likely result. First, a herd of navy-clad officers would swiftly descend, steel handcuffs in tow, consigning the unfortunate offender to a lengthy prison stay and a hefty fine to match. The second is, of course, far less dramatic. The stone would invariably hit [...]

The Structural Problems With The European Monetary Union (EMU) by Kenneth Ho

Introduction When Eurozone crisis surfaced in late 2009, many people were caught off guard. But to some economists, what has transpired was inevitable from the very start. They say that this is what happens when a set of economies decide to operate with one currency and one monetary policy – but very different everything else. [...]

Why the Governments of Developed Nations Can Do Little About Low Birth Rates by Dominic Foo

“It takes faith to have a child, faith in mankind’s purpose.” The above quote is actually the title of the Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’ article in The Times, which is probably one of the most incisive analyses on the reason why most Western secular nations are suffering from low birth rates. The summary of my response [...]