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In new textbook, the SG story begins 500 years earlier

In new textbook, the SG story begins 500 years earlier

John N. Miksic, an archaeology professor at the National University of Singapore. (Photo: Jane A. Peterson) (11 May) Singapore has rewritten the history taught in secondary school to expand the story of the island state’s birth. While earlier generations learned a narrative that essentially started in 1819 with the British... 

Spy thriller exposes Israel-Singapore ties

Spy thriller exposes Israel-Singapore ties

(19 December) – In Smokescreen, a fast-paced espionage thriller by Khaled Talib, someone wants the prime minister of Israel dead. An innocent man will be blamed for the assassination. Israel’s leader has held secret talks with the Palestinians, including Hamas, and is willing to make serious concessions in exchange for... 

The great famine

The great famine

A history of the Chinese revolution 1945 - 1957 (10 Sep) – IN THIS week’s print edition we review “The Tragedy of Liberation”, a new book by Frank Dikötter, a Dutch-born historian at the University of Hong Kong, about Mao’s murderous “land reform” in the early days of Communist rule. It is the latest of several... 



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