The global machine spreading far-right nationalism

RINKEBY (Sweden) • Mr Johnny Castillo, a Peruvian-born neighbourhood watchman in this district of Stockholm, still puzzles over the strange events that two years...

The high price of multitasking

Not only do smartphones provide unprecedented access to information, they provide unprecedented opportunities to multitask. Any activity can be accompanied by music, selfies or...

Survey: 95% of Singaporeans are supportive of the criminalisation of doxxing

A stark majority of Singaporeans aged 16 and older are supportive of the criminalisation of doxxing, according to findings from a survey measuring attitudes...

Singapore: Small but well regarded

Singapore's intellectual property chief is poised to head the global intellectual property office, after becoming the first Singaporean to be nominated to helm a...

Becoming a city of edible greens

With the goal of producing 30 per cent of its food needs by 2030, Singapore is rethinking, and remaking, farming. The agriculture and food...

In Good Company: For Singapore’s Global Indian, the world’s its oyster

Walking around the $140 million "smart" campus of Global Indian International School (GIIS) in Punggol, where the classrooms upstairs drip technology and analytics while...

Crisis looms on Korean peninsula but Trump administration isn’t ready

North Korea has announced that it plans to end nuclear talks at the end of this year and return to a dangerous pattern of...

No moving ahead without Palestinians

Some two years after its key elements were shared with Middle Eastern allies, United States President Donald Trump announced his administration's "Vision for Peace,...

Europe’s leaders getting younger and bucking politics as usual

The emergence of 34-year-old Ms Sanna Marin as Finland's new prime minister is no fluke. In recent years, Europe has seen its leaders getting...

US foreign policy is broken, and Soleimani’s killing proves it

The targeted killing of Major-General Qassem Soleimani and four others in a precision strike by an MQ-9 Reaper drone at Baghdad International Airport was...

Shangri-La Dialogue 2019: US and China must agree to disagree

The Shangri-La Dialogue held here over the weekend was an opportunity for the United States and China to clarify their views of each other...

US puts Singapore on currency watch list: A nudge to relook currency policy, high...

Think of it as a heavy hand draped gently around your shoulder.The US Department of Treasury's move to include Singapore on a watch list,...

Balancing needs and wants amid the outbreak

"Boba is life," some say. On Tuesday night, that love - or obsession, for some - for bubble tea was out on display, with queues...

Can Singapore remain pragmatic in policies, yet idealistic in vision?

Russian President Vladimir Putin made headlines recently when he loudly and proudly declared that liberalism is, in his words, obsolete.He would have been roundly...

Brick-and-mortar shops hold their own

Brick-and-mortar shops reported steady sales as shoppers streamed in for Black Friday in the last weekend of November. The annual American shopping event has...

Community’s vital role in combating religious intolerance

A "whole of state" approach is required to combat religious intolerance, hatred, enmity and incitement to violence against people based on religion or belief.This...

Economic Affairs: Saving China’s private sector

For China's private sector, this should have been the best of times. It is the engine of growth - 60 per cent of gross...

Attack on Saudi Arabian refinery: The realpolitik of oil

As the fires still burn at Saudi Arabia's giant Abqaiq oil processing plant, attention has turned to the immediate impact on oil prices. The...

Budget should provide targeted relief

Budget 2020, which Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat will present in Parliament next Tuesday, will come at a particularly challenging...

East Asia Watch: Xi Jinping has ‘three great mountains’ to conquer

For Chinese President Xi Jinping, grappling with the pandemic these past five months was no easy task. As the contagion's threat abates, the really...

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