Walter Sim published in Media 17th Jan '18:Russia fumes at Japan missile deployment
Russia has blasted a decision by Japan to deploy a new US-made land-based missile system, prompting Japanese defence chief Itsunori Onodera to reassure Moscow yesterday that the new Aegis Ashore system would "purely be for defensive purposes". Last month, Japan confirmed its purchase of two Aegis... View full article
Walter Sim published in Media 17th Jan '18:Sea 'incursions' test thaw in Japan-China ties
The unprecedented presence of an advanced Chinese nuclear stealth submarine in the waters near islets contested by Japan and China in the East China Sea has jeopardised tentative moves to improve bilateral ties. Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera yesterday slammed the Chinese action as on... View full article
Jane Haile published in Social Sciences 1st Feb '16:LITTLE EMPERORS & MATERIAL GIRLS:SEX & YOUTH IN MODERN CHINA - "BARE BRANCHES" & "LEFTOVER WOMEN"
At the end of 2015 China announced the end of its One Child Family policy , established some 35 years ago. The Communist leadership credits this policy with having prevented arou... View full article
Jane Haile published in Social Sciences 24th Jan '16:WHY IS CHILDBIRTH SUCH A PAIN ?
We can say that the ability to conceive and bear children is the last frontier of gender equality; it is possibly the least contested arena & the best illustration of the words of the Edward Koren cartoon in the New Yorker ‘Despite my best efforts you’re still the man and I’m still the ...View full article
Jane Haile published in Social Sciences 24th Jan '16:THE NEW FEMINISM: MAKING WAVES OR BONFIRES? AND DO WE NEED A NEW NAME FOR A BIGGER & MORE VARIEGATED ROSE?
What does feminism's new celebrity look like? Most obviously, it looks like Emma Watson and the queasily-named HeforShe campaign(2). Other celebrities -Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, and Karl Lagerfeld to take just three examples - have also publically espoused the cause.... with varying degrees of cr...
Jane Haile published in Social Sciences 12th Jan '16:CURVOLOGY: A "SCIENTIFIC" EXPLORATION OF THE FEMALE BODY SHAPE (1)
Curvology purports to take us on "a scientific journey into the evolution of women's bodies and what that means for their brains"(2). Engagingly, David Bainbridge attempts to diffuse the unease or scepticism generated by the title by stating his credentials and limitations for this task ...View full article
Johannes Nugroho published in Humanities 21st Dec '15:What's Really Behind the Freeport Fracas
When Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Sudirman Said reported the then-speaker of the House of Representatives, Setya Novanto, to the House Ethics Council (MKD) over the latter’s alleged attempt to demand shares from the mining giant Freeport Indonesia, he effectively exposed what had been ... View full article
Johannes Nugroho published in Humanities 21st Dec '15:On Natuna, Beijing Might Just Be Biding Its Time
When China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei announced earlier this month that his government was “willing to accept” Indonesia’s sovereign claim to the Natuna Islands, Jakarta indeed scored an important diplomatic victory over Beijing. But while the Chinese affirmation enhanced understa... View full article
Graham Leonard published in Social Sciences 26th Oct '15:BEHIND MALCOLM X’s SECOND CONVERSION TO ISLAM
None of what has been published about Malcolm X’s conversion from The Nation of Islam to Sunni (mainstream) Islam discusses the period between Malcolm’s Pilgrimage to Mecca and his announcement of that change which ten months later cost him his life. The diaries, auctioned in March 2002, purport... View full article
Graham Leonard published in Social Sciences 22nd Sep '15:GREAT EFFORTS for SCHOOL EDUCATION: 1957-1969
Introduction In October, 1957, the writer was on his honeymoon on a ship in the Atlantic when the USSR’s “Sputnik” crossed the sky every six hours, like a slow moving shooting-star. That the Russians’ rockets had put a satellite into space before the USA caused panic in American poli... View full article