ReadNUS Issue 30

JUL 2021 | ISSUE 30
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Here’s Your Reading Summary

This week, we examine the power and challenges of national freedom and independence, a theme that has always been particularly integral to Singapore’s identity as a post-colonial nation. Given that we’re almost approaching the end of our summer break freedom, it’s an apt reminder as well for us to enjoy the remainder of our vacation before the semester takes our independence away.

This Week’s Reads:
Freedom & Independence

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This book analyses the relationship between privacy and national security within the framework of a social contract in which citizens play an active role as participants rather than passive targets, in order to defend freedom without compromising liberty. Case studies include the United Nations, United States and Britain.

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This paper examines Australia’s First Nations’ rejection of the federal government’s desire to provide symbolic, formal recognition of their original habitation in the Australian Constitution. It exemplifies the point made by Indigenous scholars that, in the particular circumstances of colonialism, recognition can lessen instead of increase, Indigeneous freedom.

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This article offers insights to the negotiations that ended apartheid and into Mandela’s relationship with the Commonwealth as a whole, both in the apartheid era and in the years after 1994 when, as South Africa’s President, Mandela played a leading role in Commonwealth affairs.

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The book explores the hidden social dynamics and everyday practices of political violence in Myanmar’s war-torn borderlands to present a perspective on one of the world’s longest running armed conflicts. Extensive fieldwork on the internal politics of the Kachin and Karen rebel movements is analysed.
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Ancient Stories Retold

Guest Wrtier Zubin Jain reviews “Project Hail Mary” by Andy Weir – This week’s book review features an open call contributor, Zubin Jain. He writes about his passion for written science fiction, and provides a well-rounded review of Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir. Head over to our website for this fantastic.

Orientalism's Interlocutors

Find out why Haris thinks “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig is an average read – Also in our Book Review today, Haris explains why he thinks you should keep The Midnight Library by Matt Haig in your reading list, albeit closer to the bottom of the list than the top. To find out more about his thoughts on this best selling book, head over to our website to read the full article!


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