British universities must stand up to Chinese pressure

Imagine you are running a mid-sized university, and you get a call from the Chinese embassy expressing concern that one of your professors has...

Room for heroes, legends to grow

History wanted. But dead or alive? That is the question. The repurposing of the historic Gedung Kuning (Yellow Mansion) in Kampong Glam has some...

The point of departure: Brexit and beyond

In the Brexit saga, where many untruths have been told, nothing speaks more clearly than the official photo marking the second day of negotiations...

Most hackers are not hoodie-wearing crooks in dark rooms

When asked what his father did for a living, my son explained to his kindergarten teacher that "he steals things, but it's OK because...

Foreign domestic workers: A suggested rule book

There are approximately 250,000 foreign domestic workers (FDWs) in Singapore.My wife and I used to employ domestic helpers in Singapore, New York and Washington....

Forging ties and trust amid spat

The United States and China are close to a partial trade deal that will de-escalate their trade war that has gone on for more...

A Cold War-era mill town in East Germany hangs on

BERLIN • "If we catch a cold," Mr Holger Wachsmann says with an ambiguous smile, "the city is getting pneumonia".The 51-year-old locksmith, who was...

South China Sea spat a big test for Vietnam as new Asean chair

Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc made a pitch for a "cohesive and responsive Asean" as his country took on the role of Asean...

Workers’ Party has avoided giving answers, failed to take action: DPM Heng Swee Keat

RESPONSE BY DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER HENG SWEE KEAT I've raised this motion because it concerns the integrity of members of this House. And I've asked...

AHTC will discuss matter; Sylvia Lim, Low Thia Khiang will not take part: Pritam

REPLY BY MR PRITAM SINGH The timing of this motion by Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat is highly unusual for a legal system that...

Pence markers on the China decoupling road

A week, Harold Wilson once said, is a long time in politics. How about a year then, in international politics?The quote from the former...

RCEP pullout will be negative for India

India's decision to withdraw from the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) will allow New Delhi more flexibility in its conduct of trade policies, but...

DAP – a tale of broken eggs for Malaysia’s minority voters

It was the fiercest and most feared party on the Malaysian political landscape but its largely Chinese supporters now see it as the "silent...

The case for calling climate change an ’emergency’

The planet is facing a climate emergency - and it is no longer just the activists saying that.Now, 11,258 scientists in 153 countries have...

Berlin Wall fall: Time to remove the rose-tinted spectacles

BERLIN • Until Nov 9, 1989, East and West Germany had been separated for 40 years, and generations had grown up with the belief...

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