Sparking joy and fearing shame: The irony of Singapore’s National Day parade

by James LeongAmerican writer Mark Twain once wrote, “Dance like no one is watching, sing like no one is listening, love like you’ve never...

GE2020: Voting for the Singapore I want

The best voting advice I've ever received came from a friend who told me to vote not just for the government I want but...

China’s new civil religion

In the northern suburbs of Beijing is a small temple to Chinese folk deity Lord Guan, a famous warrior deified for more than a...

A third party solution to US-China tech war?

The main show in the US-China trade battle has begun. President Donald Trump recently stopped Chinese telecom giant Huawei from selling into the US...

Reminders on race from an ad and a rap

Recent events have reignited debate on the issues of race and racism in Singapore, and some have questioned the Republic's commitment to multiracialism.Three weeks...

The push and pull of the Chinese Singaporean identity

In 1975, then Foreign Minister S. Rajaratnam stressed to an audience in Beijing that Singapore's identity is a multicultural one.While Singapore's predominantly Chinese ethnicity...

Start-up boom deflates as reality bites

Over the past decade, technology start-ups grew so quickly that they couldn't hire people fast enough.Now, the layoffs have started coming in droves. Last...

Tackling the world’s driving forces

Former foreign minister George Yeo recently highlighted four driving forces in the world today. They are the social-media revolution, the fragmentation and reconfiguration of...

Anwar, Mahathir and the great handover question

Malaysia's prime minister-in-waiting, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, is very active on Twitter. On some days, there are as many as 20 tweets and retweets...

Celebrating in the right spirit

It is reasonable that the National Day Parade (NDP) executive committee is taking on board feedback that people should be able to opt out...

Trump backs Bolsonaro on Amazon fires. Because of course he does.

US President Donald Trump doesn't think highly of most international leaders, but he made sure to express his support for one in particular: Brazil's...

The new geopolitics of the Moon

When the Apollo 11 spacecraft landed the first humans - Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin - on the Moon five decades ago today, the...

Why people self-sabotage, and how to stop it

Self-sabotage occurs when we want to achieve a goal and then go about getting in our own way, as if to make sure what...

Panic and fear more deadly than virus

Personal and familial insecurities came to the fore in a surge of panic buying after Singapore's disease outbreak response level went up to orange....

Poet of democracy: Walt Whitman and the celebration of the divine average

When Walt Whitman arrived in Washington at the end of 1862 to take up residence in the city and serve as a hospital volunteer,...

Another big step towards food security

Singapore has taken another step towards food security with the imminent setting up of a research institute that will help it to grow more...

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