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Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

Foolish and Dishonorable Specimen of the Day

December 14, 2007

One thing that as the Blogger Samurai in training, that leaves me gasping for air is the seeming ebb of wisdom and honor from the world. Sometimes it is enough to drive me mad. It is for this that I will attempt to start a new category called FOOLISH AND DISHONORABLE SPECIMENS OF THE DAY, […]

David Brooks falls into Alternate Continuum Where Singapore REALLY is China

December 5, 2007

Apparently New York Times columnist David Brooks has in seeking to describe China, ended up describing Singapore. Read it all here. Op-Ed Columnist The Dictatorship of Talent By DAVID BROOKS Shanghai Let’s say you were born in China. You’re an only child. You have two parents and four grandparents doting on you. Sometimes they even […]

Thoughts on the National Day Rally Speech

August 20, 2007

Here are just some assorted thoughts of mine on points raised in the National Day Rally Speech.  They are not always, and often not, political, they are mostly thoughts of my own on the sort of life I want to live now, especially at the stage of my last year in NUS, a formative stage […]

Iraq Wins Asian Cup

July 31, 2007

Oh. My. God. This is one of those things in life that is often too awesome and too dramatic to believe, but Iraq just won the Asian Cup in Soccer. One of those few occasions when even briefly, your faith in human potential is restored. Message to US Occupying Forces: Get out NOW. This is […]

The Worst of “Positive” Racial Stereotyping

July 29, 2007

I rarely read the articles by the Brotherhood Press on the Intelligent Singaporean blog site, but one of their latest article is a laughable example of “positive” racial stereotyping: asking the question, entitled “Can Someone Tell Me Why Our Scholars aren’t as smart as the Jews?” the article laments on how the Jews became so […]

Commandment No. 2: Beware the Hall of Mirrors

June 25, 2007

In the famous fight scene above, Bruce Lee must defeat the evil Mr Han (Shek Kin), but in order to do so, he must stop hitting at images that throw him off the scent of his real enemy. Are there illusory images that we too, waste our time and effort chasing after, rather than going […]

The Real Lessons of Abdul Basheer Abdul Kader

June 19, 2007

The internet is abuzz over why former university lecturer Abdul Basheer Abdul Kader, growing up in one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, could ever come to embracing self-radicalisation and militant Islamic Jihadism. Indeed, why the educated and cosmopolitan are instead self-radicalizing and turning to radical Islamic Jihad may be the single most damning statement […]

What Global Conversation?

June 14, 2007

Anne Applebaum expresses an utter lack of understanding about the nature of the internet and its role here.  Most of all, though, the world’s divided attention proves once again that global Internet access and global television have not created anything resembling a global conversation. On the contrary, the BBC fights hard for its viewers, so […]

Cindy Sheehan: Farewell Brave Amateur

June 9, 2007

The film “300” has won praise from reactionary critics for its “defense” of Western civilization and culture, and some scorn from liberal and progressive critics who consider it a politically neanderthal screed of anti-Middle Eastern propaganda, an opinion seconded by the decision of Iran to ban the film. What the progressive and liberal sides have […]

Words of Wisdom

June 6, 2007

PLAN FOR THE FORTHCOMING US EMBASSY IN IRAQ The complex “will include two office buildings, one of them designed for future use as a school, six apartment buildings, a gym, a pool, a food court and its own power generation and water-treatment plants.” The U.S. embassy is likely to create even greater Iraqi resentment toward […]