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Wikileaks and Singapore’s reputation

12 Dec

A series of Wikileaks cables obtained by the Sydney Morning Herald has shown that senior Singaporean officials have been sending confidential information to their U.S. counterparts on their dismissive impressions of neighbouring states.

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National security, public interest, Manning, Assange and Wikileaks

11 Dec

National security is usually an overriding reason given by governments to suppress information or persecute those who choose to release these information to the public. Yet, when it comes to defining national security, most officials would have a difficult time, trying to justify the need to classify these information as confidential.

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NSW Climate Camp 2010

6 Dec

According to this SMH report, 67 people have been arrested in NSW, near Muswellbrook at ”Climate Camp” for offences ‘related to anti-social or criminal behaviour’.

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A slice of history: SGX – ASX… Singtel – Optus

2 Nov

The recent kerfuffle over Singapore Stock Exchange (SGX) bid to take over the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) is not unsurprising. Continue reading

Why are they persecuting Wikileaks frontman, Julian Assange?

26 Oct

According to this New York Times report, Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange is on the run. Wanted by the U.S. government for the 1917 Espionage Act and facing sexual assault charges by the Swedish government, he believes he has also lost the possibility of refuge in other countries such as Britain and Iceland which are likely to hand him over to the Americans. Even Australia, where he was born, will do the same. In a reported conversation with an Australian senior official, the latter said, “You play outside the rules, and you will be dealt with outside the rules.”

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Deficiences in political science through the prism of Australia’s (2010) elections

22 Aug

Politics is hardly a science if we compare the discipline to the natural sciences, such as physics, which has generated predictable and quantifiable mathematical laws. Scholars have mainly argued that the self-reflexivity and complex variables within societies make any plausible and probable predictions extremely unlikely. In this sense, are the latest Australian election results merely an episode showcasing the non-predictability in politics? Continue reading

Barangaroo and overdevelopment?

1 Aug

The mainstream media has not really picked up on this yet but it is perhaps worth mentioning on this blog how large-scale development projects can cause the local community to sit up and demand for greater public participation. Continue reading