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A Kiasu State of Affairs

A Kiasu State of Affairs

By comparing things that happen in daily life to occurrences of statecraft between international states, can we draw parallels between two seemingly detached realities? How differently then, would we approach these traditionally important parts of our lives if we simply just view it through a different lens? Parallels can be drawn between norms and behaviours from seemingly incompatible facets of life. Perhaps, once these lines are drawn, we can shake off the invisible shackles.

Is Going Paperless Just Another Greenwashing Tactic?

Is Going Paperless Just Another Greenwashing Tactic?

Going paperless to save the environment? This article examines the idea of paper and the digital economy. While accepting that there is tremendous growth in digitalisation, there is also the danger of assuming our internet habits are clean when they are not. It also gives a brief overview of reducing our carbon footprints and other telecommunications that contribute to carbon dioxide. The conclusion is that corporations continue to play their denial game, however, the author believes that there is still hope in preserving our natural environment.

The Pandora Papers: the Revelations Everyone Saw Coming

The Pandora Papers: the Revelations Everyone Saw Coming

It comes as no surprise that the rich and powerful operate on a completely different plane to the ordinary man. The Pandora Papers scratched the surface of the parallel shadow economy, leaving the world conflicted on the next step to take from these revelations. Claire from the IAS Gazette navigates through the workings of offshore banking and the shadow economy, and discusses what the Pandora Papers’ revelations mean for the everyday man.

The Violence of Legibility

The Violence of Legibility

Morphing into and from different forms, legibility is a force of nature that has flown under the radar for most of human history. What is legibility? Has its consequences brought out more bad than good? From the Enlightenment to High Modernism to Dataism, I explore the harm that this decoding and recoding force inflicts on the human condition.

Political Apathy Amidst the Mechanisms of Youth Diplomacy

Political Apathy Amidst the Mechanisms of Youth Diplomacy

Some tend to shy away when it comes to politics, but what is politics? Why is political apathy so concerning and how big of an impact can be created when youths are politically interested anyway? Sherry from the IAS Gazette explores political apathy and its consequences, especially with the prevalence of youth diplomacy in the global landscape.

“Sustainability” is Not Sustainable: Reimagining Fashion for True Sustainability

“Sustainability” is Not Sustainable: Reimagining Fashion for True Sustainability

Sustainability and ethics when it comes to the fashion industry has taken the form of movements and advocacy. Certain practices like recycling and upcycling have been advocated in the name of sustainability, but are these methods truly sustainable? Is the quest for a sustainable fashion industry a lost cause? This piece explores the complexity of sustainability in today’s context and the need for fashion to be redefined and reimagined in order to encapsulate this.

We Were Here, Will You Forget Us?

We Were Here, Will You Forget Us?

Is it bad to forget culture? Is there a point to endlessly accumulate or remember cultural information? Is there more to forgetting that we are missing out on? The implications for cultural erasure and forgetting are damning. On an international stage, however, perhaps there could be generative and restorative value in forgetting.

Diving Into Singapore’s Mental Health Journey

Diving Into Singapore’s Mental Health Journey

As the COVID-19 pandemic takes its toll on our mental health, more people are becoming aware of the importance of prioritising it. At the TODAYOnline webinar mental health in 2020, the panellists shared some mental-wellbeing advice. The IAS Gazette’s Natalia and Kimberly believe that while they have brought up several important points, they were merely touching the surface of the issue.

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