Monthly Archives: December 2015

Dutch city plans to pay citizens a ‘basic income’

It’s an idea whose adherents over the centuries have ranged from socialists to libertarians to far-right mavericks. It was first proposed by Thomas Paine in his 1797 pamphlet, Agrarian Justice, as a system in which at the “age of majority” everyone … Continue reading

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In Victory, Magnanimity, not Recrimination: An Open Letter to the Prime Minister

An open letter to the Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr Lee Hsien Loong, from one of the country’s most celebrated writers, Ms Catherine Lim. It makes reference to the PM’s defamation suit against blogger Roy Ngerng. ……. Sir It was … Continue reading

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Decision to retain Section 377A ‘carefully considered, balanced’

SINGAPORE — Raising the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) issue in its human-rights report to the United Nations (UN) for the first time, the Singapore Government said its decision to retain Section 377A of the Penal Code, which criminalises … Continue reading

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Paris and Mali Attacks Expose Lethal Qaeda-ISIS Rivalry

By ANNE BARNARD and NEIL MacFARQUHAR The New York Times NOV. 20, 2015 BEIRUT, Lebanon — Before the hostage crisis at a Malian hotel was over, before the gunmen had even been identified, admirers of Al Qaeda and the rival … Continue reading

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