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How to make sense of “crazy” Donald Trump? Try comedy

Ever since Donald Trump was elected in 2016, his bizarre antics have been a constant source of confusion and bewilderment around the world. In fact early in his presidency, a book by 27 psychologists and psychiatrists was published to make … Continue reading

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Take breaks while you study

Dear students, As you head towards those stressful final exams, you might feel compelled to lock yourself in your bedroom from 8 am to 10 pm and stare at your textbooks for 4 hours at a time. That is not … Continue reading

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Asean, Singapore and the challenge of a protectionist America

A very good analysis by Grace Leong of the Straits Times on the likely impact of Donald Trump’s avowed protectionism on Asia, and Singapore in particular. I doubt he will be able to live up to his anti-free trade bluster. If … Continue reading

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Looking far and going deep: Futuring the Economy

One of the boldest and most penetrating commentaries I have ever read on the Singapore economy, by Devadas Krishnadas, a recognised thought leader in strategy as well as public and economic policy. His writings have been published in local and regional newspapers such as … Continue reading

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Why the debate on unconditional basic income is relevant for Singapore

Chua Mui Hoong Opinion Editor, The Straits Times Published Jun 5, 2016, 5:00 am SGT It sounds like Utopia: getting a fixed basic income every month for doing nothing. Yet it’s something being considered seriously. Switzerland votes this weekend (June … Continue reading

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Number of UK children complaining about exam stress soars by 200%

The number of British children complaining about suffering from exam stress has soared by 200 per cent in the past year, according to ChildLine. The children’s helpline said it had carried out 34,454 counselling sessions with children complaining about school … Continue reading

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Iran nuclear deal: supreme leader makes supreme decision

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has weathered some critical moments over the last quarter of a century – the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 when Tehran feared it would be the next target, the disputed re-election of Mahmoud … Continue reading

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Why we need more light, less heat on sexuality issues

By Siti Nadzirah Samsudin TODAY June 30, 2015 The past debates on the rights of LGBT (lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender) individuals and their implication on public policy in Singapore have generated much heat. These debates have also almost exclusively … Continue reading

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Something is rotten in the state of….

One of the most moving descriptions of corruption I have ever read. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/09/opinion/no-roads-are-straight-here.html?pagewanted=all Corruption is a topic that is often under-emphasised in GP. It is worth reading and thinking more about corruption because it is a problem that afflicts virtually … Continue reading

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To really appreciate how technology has changed our lives…

Talk to people who lived in the days when there were no laptops, tablets or personal computers. I find that many GP students, being digital natives who grew up with the Internet and mobile phone, don’t truly appreciate how profound … Continue reading

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