Monday, July 20, 2009
By Zhiqi, Dionne, Tricia Ann.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
On the July 5, 1989, Nelson Mandela, who had been apartheid for 41 years and jailed for 16 years, took the first step toward racial peace in South Africa together with then-president P.W. Botha.
Some five months later, F.W. de Klerk succeeded Botha and the former requested to meet Mandela. In the discussion, Mandela demanded de Klerk release him and his comrades, lift the ban on the former's African National Congress (ANC) and end the state of emergency. Not giving an immediate response, de Klerk was willing to listen on, opening the door to racial peace in South Africa.
Thereafter, South Africa became a multicoloured nation, where colour is no longer a legal distinction, and a diminishing social cum cultural distinction. The people of South Africa began to find peace.
According to Mandela, South Africa is a shining example to the entire world of people drawn from different racial groups who have a common loyalty, a common love, to their common country. The Afrikaners are going to face a problem of this country together.
South Africa's story of miracle, illuminates the world with hope.
184 words by Moses, Isaiah, Reuben & Gabriel.
Salman Rushdie's controversial novel, The Satanic Verses, angered Muslims throughout the world with its blasphemous content. As such, Iran's supreme leader ordered a death sentence upon him during which Rushdie was given protection by the London police, further accentuating the situation; riots in Mumbai killed 11 people. Behind these controversies, Rushdie actually wished to ask the question of Mumbai's identity; whether, as a religiously diverse city, its unorthodox views boosted or busted its strive for secularism. He wrote the book to show a diverse India, during times when the idea of a “Hindu India” was on the rise. To him, the Satanic verses celebrates this diversity because of its “cosmopolitaness” and shuns the idea of Pure. The price of freedom is the responsibility not to offend. Till today, feelings of distrust exist between the Indian Muslims and the police. Suspicions were drawn towards them after the Mumbai attacks. India is both more and less open to the book today. The Satanic Verses is freely available but remains officially banned.
By Sabila, Natasya and Syaheerah
In October 1, 1989, the Axgils became the world’s first gay couple to legalize their union which led seven countries to permit such marriages and fifteen more to authorize civil unions. In 2005, mass protests held by religious and conservatives groups led to the repeal of such marriages via referendum. In Denmark, polls showed that only 25% of the public opposed and the gay marriage bill was passed with a clear majority. At that time, homosexuality was still a taboo but something changed which led to legalization being the only option after the 1984 attempt to legalize same-sex unions. Traditionalists felt that maintaining steady, single-partnered interactions between gays would be excellent. With this decision, homosexuals could openly show their affections. However, the legislation sees gay and straight unions as different altogether. Also, homosexuals are not allowed to adopt children. Since 1989, Denmark has pronounced 4,700 gay and lesbian marriages.
Done by : Teanna, Samantha and Shayne! :D
Saturday, July 11, 2009
TIME (June26-July6, 2009. pg45-48)
This article starts off by talking about how Mikhail Gorbachev
from the communist system. Before Gorbachev took over,
even though his intentions were good.
the other countries. Gorbachev’s presence cheered on the protesters
who aimed to change history. He had intuitively felt the inevitability of
German’s unification and was not bothered by the disappearance
of the social edifice thus, neither helped nor stopped the collapse of
he was labeled as a traitor by Russian leaders but still,
for respecting their right for freedom.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
- Singapore's Education System
- Recent Developments in Singapore's Education System
- Singapore's education system works @The Straits Times Forum http://comment.straitstimes.com/showthread.php?t=7271
- Singapore's education to focus more on producing global players
- Problems of Singapore's Education System @ Newsweek http://www.angkor.com/2bangkok/2bangkok/forum/showthread.php?t=1509
- Singapore's Education System @ SGForum http://politics.sgforums.com/forums/1639
- Singapore's Education System Ensures Equal Opportunities
- Singapore's Education System Works
- Can the Singapore Education System Produce Entrepreneurs
- The School System in Singapore
- Singapore's Education System must move beyond an emphasis on results
You should also spend some time looking at the private education system in Singapore. This will include international schools as well as the universities. You should also google MOE, SOTA, La Selle SIA College of the Arts, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and the Singapore Sports School for your own enrichment.