Global Affairs: When green protesters hurt their own cause

LONDON • For weeks, central London has resembled a battle zone. People lying on the roads, refusing to move; others gluing themselves to buildings,...

A united front for challenging times

News that Singapore narrowly avoided a technical recession - or two straight quarters of quarter-on-quarter contraction - demonstrates how precarious the economic times are....

What will it take to calm the storm in Hong Kong?

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam delivered her third annual policy address last week against a backdrop of continuing unrest. Her speech is notable...

Fiduciary duties: Politicians must be held to the strictest standards of integrity

In the past week, readers would have noticed the use of an uncommon and unfamiliar legal term "fiduciary duties".A fiduciary is a person who...

Farming, food security and a greater sense of community

Some 60 years after large areas of farmland across the island were cleared to make way for public housing, roads, schools and other developments,...

Figure out way forward on preservation

There was good news for heritage and architecture devotees last week when three Singapore River bridges and the Padang were gazetted as Singapore's 73rd...

Getting your online affairs in order

It's the kind of news that sends shivers down the spine.In a case of cyber stalking, a Japanese man tracked down a young female...

The fault is in our stars? I think not

Horoscopes are hogwash and zodiac signs are poppycock. There, I said it, albeit with a trace of trepidation. Not because I'm wary of jinxing my cosmic...

A look at how democracies die

"If the accusations are correct, this would be the most serious violation of democratic norms that (United States President Donald) Trump has engaged in,"...

Trump reminds prickly allies why they liked US leadership

Our favourite memories are actually memories of memories. Each time we recall an event or an era, another coat of varnish goes on until...

The tragic truth in Thucydides’ warning from ancient Greece

Since the election of United States President Donald Trump, commentators have rummaged through the past to make sense of the present and predictions about...

The Trump doctrine: American unexceptionalism

According to US President Donald Trump, Turkey's invasion of northern Syria "has nothing to do with us". America's long-time adversaries in the region -...

Let’s redefine multiculturalism for a truly inclusive Singapore

We live in a country that is committed to celebrating our multiculturalism. It is my favourite part of being a Singaporean, and living here...

A climate for change: Beyond protests, there is much that companies and governments can...

Despite sceptics - most notably US President Donald Trump - people today are increasingly concerned about climate change and are calling for action.Governments are...

Bitter realities about high-sugar drinks

Those who are worried about diabetes - and everyone should be - should welcome the announcement that Singapore will become the first country in...

Tech platforms are destroying democracy and the free press

As the US presidential election approaches, the cracks in the digital facade are once again showing.Facebook just removed an "I Love America" page, run...

An ode to the Cultural Medallion

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Cultural Medallion, the highest arts accolade in Singapore.Composer Eric James Watson is the latest recipient and...

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