Author Archives: jessgmiddleton

How the west supported the Khmer Rouge

The late travel documentarian and TV chef Anthony Bourdain once said that “once you’ve been to Cambodia, you’ll never stop wanting to beat Henry Kissinger to death with your bare hands”.  Bourdain was reflecting on the legacy of the Cambodian genocide, a period in which around a million and a half Cambodians were murdered under Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge.  The

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What’s the deal with Armenia and Azerbaijan?

Every now and then geopolitics has the tendency to show up uninvited in our every day lives. Whether that be South Park commenting on China’s relationship with western culture, or Dreamworks movies being pulled from cinemas over a South East Asian territorial dispute, sometimes there just isn’t any avoiding it. This was perhaps most poetically demonstrated earlier this month, when

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A Brief History of Singapore

How did Singapore become the successful multicultural city-state it is today? Find out about Singapore’s history as it passed between the control of Asian empires in the Middle Ages, the impact of British imperialism, why the loss of colony to the Japanese in WWII was so significant, and the struggle for independence under leaders like Lee Kuan Yew.

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