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Roland Huntford’s “Race For The South Pole: The Expedition Diaries Of Scott And Amundsen”

A short review of Roland Huntford’s “Race for the South Pole: The Expedition Diaries of Scott and Amundsen”. Continue reading

Five Lessons As A First-Year (Social Welfare) PhD Student

After passing the first-year oral comprehensive examination, I am moving on to my second year as a PhD student. The three quarters have flown by so quickly, and there is still the summer to come, but I wanted to document five reflective lessons. Continue reading

The Weekly Global Roundup: The Trump Doctrine: “We’re America, Bitch” (June 11 to 16, 2018)

“We’re America, Bitch”: President Barack Obama “apologised to everyone for everything. He felt bad about everything”. President Donald Trump, on the other hand, “doesn’t feel like he has to apologise for anything America does”. And this Trump Doctrine was on full display in the past week, at the Group of Seven (G7) Summit and at the Singapore Summit. Meeting with the leaders of the G7, Mr. Trump made headlines for inviting Russia back and for threatening the other countries over trade and tariff issues. The summit also ended on a bitter note, as Mr. Trump “refused to sign the final joint statement, antagonising other members who had already acceded to the agreement”. Meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore, both leaders agreed to work towards a complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo later added that the United States was seeking to achieve “major disarmament” of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal in the next two-and-a-half years. Continue reading

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