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A World in Chaos

It’s been quite a terrible 2016 for the world at large. The worldwide phenomenon of Pokémon GO and it’s uniting impact can’t hold a candle to countless terror attacks, increasing violence between protesters and police in the US, war in Syria and South Sudan, the Zika virus, and more problems to list than I can remember.

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World in Crisis

This blog started out with quite a barrage of current affairs, especially the situation in Ukraine. But I’ve noticed and pivately lamented the dearth of such posts since then, because it sort of reflects my misplaced priorities. So many posts to do with films and entertainment and sports and even inane Youtube videos, but not a peep about what’s happening around the world.

Oh, and nothing about my terrible studies too…

But it feels a little silly to be posting about a new situation unfolding because in the end, I’m going to say the same things over and over. That it’s a terrible situation, that things must be done, that governments should take a hard look at it and what they can do, and so on and so forth. I just can’t muster up the motivation to do something so repetitive.

And these things are happening almost all the time now. I’m really wondering if it’s merely an increased awareness or truly the beginning of the end. We see a crisis in Yemen, the rise of ISIS, the horrific shooting in Kenya, the insanity that is Boko Haram, and let’s not forget the very real Ukrainian situation that hasn’t been resolved, but has been shoved aside in the news.

Oh, and plane crashes. So many plane crashes. It makes it hard to believe the statistics that plane crashes contribute to less deaths per year than car crashes do per day.

Enormously glad to be in the bubble that is Singapore. A place with obedient citizens, a place safe enough that students carelessly reserve seats in the canteens with their phones and/or laptops out in the open.

Democracy, Authoritarian Capitalism, and China – Crash Course World History

YAY SINGAPORE!

Or maybe not.

At least we aren’t stuck in gridlock. But moving ahead, I feel like there needs to be change, not just for the sake of it, but to rid government of any complacency that might be lurking around the corner. Because no matter how much we try to avoid it, complacency sets in oh-so-easily.

Congo and Africa’s World War – Crash Course World History

Much like the massive international attention on Charlie Hebdo’s horrific attack versus the lack of said attention on the thousands of dead in Nigeria from Boko Haram’s attacks, the world has often ignored Africa and its problems, many of which were indirectly (or directly) caused by European colonisation and exit. I’m just as guilty of that, but hopefully as people speak up more about the problems in Nigeria, South Sudan, Central African Republic and so forth, the international community can start to do something for those who have great need of help.

Gamer Dad Arrested After Toddler Dies of Neglect

Well, I haven’t been gaming for a while now, but I did have a phase in my life where gaming was a compulsion. It must be tons worse in Korea, where it’s a national sport and people can actually build a career out of gaming.

The guy is 22-years-old, and his wife is working at a factory far from the city? I’m guessing it’s not a planned birth then. I’m 21, and I can barely take care of myself, let alone a baby. Maybe he’s trying to escape from the difficulties in life via gaming? Some people think our generation are mentally weak because we’ve never experienced hardships before. I can’t speak for everyone, but I certainly don’t think I can cope with the sort of stress that comes with raising a family at a young age.

I obviously don’t condone abandoning your own child to play games and run away from your own life (especially that couple that did it to play with their virtual one), but perhaps some perspective is required when viewing the case? It can’t be easy to be a father this young, and your wife leaves the city to work.

Given that he tossed the body away (and probably kept on gaming), he might have been completely uncaring about his child, thinking he’s no more than something he no longer has to take care of. If that’s the case though, then this is surely addiction on a ridiculous level. Hopefully, this case will help the South Korean authorities push for changes that can help compulsive gamers and reduce their number.

TIME

A South Korean man has been arrested on suspicion of allowing his 2-year-old son to starve to death while he spent days playing online games at Internet cafés.

The 22-year-old, surnamed Chung, was arrested Monday after the badly decomposed body of a toddler was found in a trash bag near the southeastern city of Daegu, reports Agence France-Presse. The unemployed Chung took care of the child after his wife began working in a factory far from the city in late February.

Compulsive online gaming is already a huge worry for authorities in Seoul, where lawmakers are weighing up whether to classify the activity as potentially addictive as drugs, alcohol or gambling.

In 2009, a couple let their 3-month-old baby starve to death while they played a video game on raising a virtual child, in a case that horrified the entire nation.

[AFP]

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A Russian Invasion of East Ukraine Would Make Crimea Seem Like a Cinch

Escalation. Not surprised, just resigned and hoping that the volatile situation doesn’t devolve into a war that will only lead to death and destruction. Living in peaceful Singapore, it’s often hard to get a perspective of just how violent the rest of the world is, and how bloodied some countries are.

Pray for MH370? Pray for Ukraine. For Central African Republic. For Syria. For South Sudan.

TIME

The newest wave of separatism in eastern Ukraine feels very familiar. In the last few days, protesters waving Russian flags have seized government buildings by force, barricaded themselves inside, declared their intention to break away from Ukraine and appealed to Russia to send in troops to protect them. At every step, they followed the script that ended last month with the Russian annexation of Crimea. But the stage this time didn’t seem to fit the performance.

Eastern Ukraine is not like Crimea. It is far bigger, more diverse, better integrated into Ukraine’s economy and more vital to its survival than Crimea, and if the action proceeds again toward a Russian invasion of these territories, the Kremlin’s choreographers will have a much harder time pulling it off. The stakes this time are incomparably higher.

For one thing, Ukraine will defend itself. In February, when pro-Russian gunmen seized the Crimean parliament and…

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The Last Frontier

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/04/140403-brazil-peru-amazon-rainforest-uncontacted-tribes-finai-illegal-logging-world/

In our industrialised world, it’s hard to imagine people willingly living in the wilderness. But tribal life still exists it seems, which is a tad surprising for me. I thought most of these tribes would have vanished under the relentless modernisation that the world is undergoing, but I guess I’m wrong.

I think there probably are still some tribal communities in Southwest Pacific islands, and there will always be pockets of humanity that have lived independent of the glass and steel world the rest of the human race is residing in. On one hand, as a modern person, I would imagine it would be good for them to be brought into our lifestyle and way of life. But that’s the kind of thinking that essentially led to the destruction of the Native American way of life.

Preservation of these cultures, these tribes, will be insanely difficult. I have no doubt that the poorly policed logging operations in the vast Amazon will continue to threaten the livelihoods of these tribes. Will their cultures survive? I think it’s an eventuality that these people will either assimilate or die out. We can’t even agree with each other despite being ‘civilised’. They have bows and arrows, and we have guns. It’ll be a massacre if and when the day comes that they make a last stand to protect their homes.

Let’s hope it won’t come to that.

Taiwanese Students Carry Out Epic Occupation of Parliament

There is national pride and wariness of Chinese intentions, and there is short-sightedness. From a 3rd person POV, it looks like the latter. The world doesn’t even want to recognise Taiwan. Surely a trade agreement with China will help boost its economy and give it better footing in the international arena?

Oh well, this IS Taiwan, where they get into fights in parliamentary sessions…

There is national pride and wariness of Chinese intentions, and there is short-sightedness. From a 3rd person POV, it looks like the latter. The world doesn’t even want to recognise Taiwan. Surely a trade agreement with China will help boost its economy and give it better footing in the international arena? Oh well, this IS […]

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Officials Say Missing Plane Crashed at Sea, None Survived

All that’s left now is to find the black box, and find out why the plane took this route and crashed.

TIME

The Malaysia Airlines plane missing for more than two weeks crashed in the southern Indian Ocean and none of the 239 people aboard survived, officials said Monday, dashing the hopes of families who had clung to it by a thread during the longest and most mysterious disappearance in modern aviation history.

Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia, citing a new analysis of satellite data, said investigators have concluded that Flight 370 was in “the middle of the Indian Ocean west of Perth,” Australia, when it crashed. “This is a remote location far from any possible landing sites,” Razak told reporters, adding that he was making the announcement “with deep sadness and regret.” Razak said he would hold a news conference Tuesday to share more details.

His remarks followed a text message sent from Malaysia Airlines to family members of the people aboard, many of whom have been gathered for weeks…

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