There’s a lot we still don’t know about Libra

Last month, Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg spent over five gruelling hours answering myriad questions from the members of the House Financial Services Committee...

Keeping donations well spent

The National University of Singapore (NUS) has done the right thing by shedding light on its $9.5 billion reserves. About $230 million in investment...

Covid-19 crisis fatigue: ‘We forgot about Dorscon orange’

"Lots of people chiong (rushed out) like ghosts when the hell gates opened," said a Straits Times Facebook reader of the crowds seen since...

Coronavirus’ fallout for Hong Kong and Singapore

A decade ago, economists used to quip that "when America sneezes, the world catches a cold". Now that cliche seems more applicable to China,...

Why doctors need to step up to sit in judgment on peers

A decade ago, then Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan tried to get a judge or senior lawyer to chair disciplinary hearings against doctors.He was...

I invented the World Wide Web. Here’s how we can fix it

My parents were mathematicians. My mother helped code one of the first stored-program computers - the Manchester Mark 1. They taught me that when...

Global Affairs: Why judges are becoming more powerful

LONDON • The diminutive 74-year-old Brenda Hale looks like any other Englishwoman of her generation: grey hair cut in no particular style, sensible dark...

Where is the leadership?

by Brad BowyerPrime Minister Lee Hsien Loong makes a statement that many think was undiplomatic and is rightly questioned for it but what has...

2020 outlook: Blue skies or storms ahead?

I think the year 2020 will have both blue skies and stormy weather. Since I am an optimist, let me begin with the three...

Looking out for employees’ interests

The provision of proper rest areas for outsourced workers and a new training programme to help food delivery riders switch from e-scooters to e-bicycles...

As oceans rise, so has the younger generation

Globally, the younger generation has been inspired to claim our rights to a climate-stable future, with mass protests by global movements such as Fridays...

Jan 13, 2020

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s long goodbye

She will soon be marking 15 continuous years at the helm of Europe's biggest and wealthiest nation. She remains - by far - her...

What kind of capitalism do we want?

GENEVA • What kind of capitalism do we want? That may be the defining question of our era. If we want to sustain our...

Why the global telecoms dream turned sour

LONDON • Just nine years ago, Telia was on top of the world. The Swedish company had launched 3G services on Mount Everest by...

How the West misread Hong Kong’s Basic Law

After many years of rejecting the people of Hong Kong's persistent demands for genuine universal suffrage and other rights, China made its position clear...

The communal power of a real job

In the United States, the conservative blueprint envisions a flourishing society built upon a foundation of strong families and communities, buttressed by a free...

In the market for cost and quality

Social responsibility and the profit motive are often seen as antithetical by business owners. But as today's consumers become more aware of social and...

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