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There's an interesting link between openness and greater national security.

Singapore being a small, city-state, needs to place her strategic security concerns first and foremost.

A sense of ownership and liberty is as powerful as a NTS tool as one can get, and yet what we see is an attrition of the soft power that could have further strengthened the core of the Singapore identity.

Something real and bottoms-up.

But you can't teach hard power practitioners the enduring strategic value of soft power, can you...

An invitation to bloggers

Dear Bloggers:

If you publish opinion articles on current affairs in your blogs, be they of social, economic, or political nature, you are most welcome to repost them in our current affairs forum "Singapore Kopitiam" for discussion and exposure.

We have daily visitors in the order of a few thousands. The daily number of pages viewed has exceeded 20,000. Any article reposted in Singapore Kopitiam will gain you instant exposure to a few thousands more readers. You can get instant feedback to your opinions and views expressed. You can also join the debate and clarify your thoughts.

Since's Alfresco Coffee Shop was unplugged on 6 August 2008, Singapore Kopitiam has stepped in to replace it and to provide a cyber kopitiam for netizens (both Singaporeans and ex-Singaporeans) to meet, exchange ideas/opinions, and discuss any thing and every thing under the sun. It does provide an important link to the blogosphere community where public opinions are shaped and refined.

There is no waiting period for you to register an online moniker and to start posting your articles. In the spirit of free speech, there is no censorship or moderation.

Why don't you give it a try today? You would be surprised how effective it can be to reach out to your next few thousands readers, as many bloggers already discovered!

Singapore Kopitiam

Excellent post foreigner - very insightful.

Thanks Reeb. Lot of folks from Singapore dropped by for this one.

By chance I came across another Singapore related article that maybe you will find interesting:

A Banking Star’s Inconvenient Singaporean Truth

This is an article about an email Andy Xie (Morgan Stanley Asia Analyst) wrote and got shit-canned for. It's from 10/06, but still worth a read.

That link didn't just include the article -- it also showed the contents of Xie's original e-mail (high-lighted in green).

Fascinating how folks like Larry Summers, Paul Volker and Alan Greenspan were forecasting trouble for the American economy (Xie uses the word "collapse"!) two years back in 2006.

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