Category Archives: Recommended Articles

Lee Kuan Yew’s Shadow

One of the most provocative commentaries on Singapore I’ve ever read. For sure it will be a tough one for a Singaporean to contemplate – we Singaporeans are conditioned to think of our little country as exceptional, best in everything … Continue reading

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Hong Kong needn’t fear the PLA, even if it is a US-China battleground

This is no Tiananmen – despite delusional radicals on both left and right itching for a military intervention, Beijing is likely to wait these protests out. But another type of battle may already be underway – one for political influence … Continue reading

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Human Contact Is Now a Luxury Good

Screens used to be for the elite. Now avoiding them is a status symbol. By Nellie Bowles Ms. Bowles is a technology reporter for The New York Times. March 23, 2019 SAN FRANCISCO — Bill Langlois has a new best … Continue reading

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Pakatan Harapan must not rest on its laurels

In May 2018, the ASEAN region was riveted by the election results in Malaysia, where the Barisan Nasional coalition which had ruled Malaysia for over six decades was toppled in a stunning upset by Pakatan Harapan. If you are a … Continue reading

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The War on Huawei

This hard-hitting commentary by the director of Columbia University’s Center for Sustainable Development and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Prof Jeffrey D. Sachs, has caused a real stir. It sheds substantial light on one of the most important developments … Continue reading

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Ex-schoolteacher & RI alumna’s post illuminates the consequences of S’porean “meritocracy”

For this former teacher, studying at an elite school and teaching at a neighbourhood school made her realise just how problematic the message of meritocracy was. By Matthias Ang, Mothership October 4, 2018 Earlier this week, a video from CNA … Continue reading

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Hitting back at China’s ‘economic and information warfare’: Steve Bannon explains

In recent times, the US government led by President Donald Trump has confronted China on the issue of trade with a hostility that is unprecedented in modern times. Accusing China of stealing US technology and unfair trade practices, Trump has … Continue reading

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Singapore’s National Service obligations need clarity in a global world

by Daniel Yap, Yahoo News Singapore He was born and educated in Thailand, served in the Royal Thai Army and is no longer a Singapore citizen. Yet Ekawit Tangtrakarn, 24, now faces a potential jail term of nine weeks for … Continue reading

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Hopes from Hong Lim: Disappointment could give way to delight

This article is a bit old (from late 2017), but I only just discovered it and think it is still very much worth sharing. One of the points that writer Jason Tan makes would probably be met with a firm … Continue reading

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Education arms race fuelling inequality; solution to improve income alongside access

By Sharanya Pillai, The Edge 4 June 2018 SINGAPORE: Part-time supermarket cashier Rozaini and her husband, who works as a driver, earn a combined income of S$2,000 a month. That money has to support them and their four children, aged … Continue reading

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