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The 89th Academy Awards offered drama of its own

Prospero The Economist Feb 27th 2017 by N.B. IT IS a pity that the 89th Academy Awards will be forever remembered for that last-minute bungle. Presenting the Oscar for best picture, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were given the wrong … Continue reading

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The end of American meritocracy

Edward Luce Published in the Straits Times (originally in the Financial Times) May 10, 2016 What is in a word? When it is packed with as much moral zeal as “meritocracy”, the answer is: a lot. A meritocrat owes his … Continue reading

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DPM Tharman defends the Singapore way at St Gallen

This interview is a must-watch for all Singaporean students, as well as anyone keen to understand Singapore at a deeper level. Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam takes on the BBC’s hard-driving Stephen Sackur (host of the famous Hard Talk programme), … Continue reading

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Climate change already accounts for most of current heat extremes: study

NEW YORK — The moderate global warming that has already occurred as a result of human emissions is responsible for about 75 percent of daily heat extremes and about 18 percent of precipitation extremes, scientists reported Monday. Especially hot days … Continue reading

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The dangers of certitude

One of the most intelligent articles I have ever read on the issue of religion versus science. Philip Bowring says that whatever our faith, secular or religious, there is a need to continually question received opinion, in the spirit of … Continue reading

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Charlie Hebdo horror is not an attack on free speech

Just read a very balanced commentary on the inflammatory topic of the Charlie Hebdo bloodbath, written by a Singaporean PhD student. For me, what happened in France was the result of the clash of two extremes: an extreme interpretation of religious … Continue reading

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The trouble with the genetically modified future

Like many people, I have long wondered about the safety of genetically modified organisms (GMO). They have become so ubiquitous that they account for about 80 per cent of the corn grown in the United States. Yet, we know almost … Continue reading

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