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IThink Issue 23

The iThink magazine is a most interesting read to boost the language and critical thinking skills of the upper-secondary students, (and high-ability lower-secondary students). With an engaging mix of thought-provoking articles and lighter stimulating reads, iThink is the one-stop solution to making reading both a leisure and an intellectual pleasure to students. iThink symbolizes the magazine's focus on critical thinking by adopting the thematic model. iThink was nominated Best Educational Title in 2016 and 2018 by Singapore Book Awards 2016 and 2018.

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2 min.
editor's note

Dear Reader, The 2018 World Cup witnessed the victory of the French team. As supporters rejoiced, many also noted that 87% of the team players were migrants or children of migrants. Trevor Noah of the Daily Show even passed a remark, half in jest, that “Africa won the World Cup”. Migration is nothing new, with humans migrating long before written history. However, in these modern times, there are indeed hordes of people packing up and moving with their families in search of new lands. The reasons are varied, with some doing it out of choice, and some, without. With the plight of Rohingya and Syrian refugees in the spotlight in recent years, economically successful countries are now faced with the dilemma of whether they should allow these refugees into their countries. In…

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do developed countries have a responsibility to welcome refugees? yes

WORLD REFUGEE DAY is commemorated on 20th June every year. As of June 2018, the number of refugees has reached a staggering 25.4 MILLION REFUGEES WELCOME World Refugee Day is 1commemorated on 20th June every year. As of June 2018, the number of refugees has reached a staggering 25.4 million, which is certainly not an insignificant number. The current refugee situation has resulted in many countries, particularly those at the borders, opening their doors, willingly or otherwise, to those fleeing from their homes. The pressure on these countries to welcome refugees is tremendous, particularly if they are developed countries. The question that comes to fore in such situations is, do developed countries have a responsibility to welcome refugees? I believe that developed countries do indeed have a responsibility to welcome refugees. Developed countries…

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However, naysayers argue that opening the doors to refugees may bring with it several challenges for the developed country. Refugees will utilise resources such as housing, food and money, hence reducing the availability of these resources for the citizens. This resource constraint affects the citizens as well and thus, may result in developed countries showing resistance in welcoming refugees, citing that they have a responsibility towards their own citizens first. Despite these concerns, it is worthy to note that the economic benefits developed countries may reap through harnessing the potential the refugees bring with them to the workforce far surpass the negative consequences arising from the resources utilised by the refugees. Refugees, for instance, may fill labour shortages in certain areas where locals are not skilled at or not willing…

4 min.
do developed countries have a responsibility to welcome refugees? no

In today’s world, it is not uncommon to read about political unrest within a country, a situation that may cause certain groups of people to be persecuted, thus forcing them to flee to neighbouring countries. Such involuntary migration has put tremendous pressure on countries, particularly developed ones, to welcome refugees, the number of which is growing at an alarming rate. The current situation brought about by the movement of refugees seeking safe and secure homes in developed countries brings to the fore that one question - do developed countries have a responsibility to welcome refugees? I do not believe that developed countries have a responsibility to welcome refugees. One of the critical success factors of a developed country is its economic stability, and it is the government’s responsibility to ensure that…

2 min.
the beauty of syria (that once was)

The word ‘Syria’ today conjures up images of guns, bloodshed and violence, a war-torn country in a dry and dusty desert. With the current political climate in Syria, it is easy to forget the beauty of the country it once was. Syria is home to a rich cultural history that dates back to ancient times. Throughout the annals of history, Syria’s strategic location has led to its occupation by various civilisations, such as the ancient Macedonian kingdom, the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, as well as the Arabic caliphates and dynasties. As a result, the Syrian people come from a diverse background of Arabs, Greeks, Kurds and Turks, among others. One of the largest Syrian cities which has been inhabited since the 6th Century B.C. is Aleppo. Although Damascus is the official…

3 min.
at tea houses & coffee shops winding alleyways

The low-rise city sprawl allowed one to peer into the distance, and prominent landmarks such as baroque mosques, protruded along the skyline. In the streets, one used to be able to choose from the innumerable cafes and restaurants which adorn the city, providing shelter from the harsh elements during the day. One’s appetite would be whetted by the many different aromas wafting from the various food places. Middle Eastern cuisine is known for its rich and full-bodied flavours, and the abundant use of spices and herbs makes each meal a multi-sensory experience for the 3palate. A popular dish is kibbeh, made with a fried ball of bulgur wheat stuffed with spices and minced lamb, an explosion of sweet and savoury in one neat little package. As the national dish in Syrian…