Politics

Rich executives, lowly clerks: Why we should resist social segregation and question meritocracy

By Sat, May 23, 2015 9:30AM UTC

Why pay S$3,000, then S$600 more every month, for a gym membership? According to Fitness First: so you can avoid having to be “down there in the gym with a lowly clerk”. In response, one reader condemned the fitness company’s choice of words. “[T]o use the adjective ‘lowly’ for a

Rohingya crisis: The myth of Australia’s ‘front door’

By Fri, May 22, 2015 11:23AM UTC

How should asylum seekers, fleeing persecution, aided and abetted by their own government, escape their plight? How may the Rohingya, who suffer mass internment, destitution, malnutrition, starvation and widespread discrimination, find refuge?

One year on: Future looks grim under Thailand’s ruling junta

By Fri, May 22, 2015 8:45AM UTC

When Pink Floyd’s vocalist and bassist Roger Waters wrote the 1979 rock classic ”Another Brick in The Wall”, he was thinking about the authoritarian teaching and rote learning he encountered in his school days that would produce, in his opinion, more proverbial bricks in the wall of mental detachment.

Will Aung San Suu Kyi break her silence on Burma’s Rohingya crisis?

By Thu, May 21, 2015 1:00PM UTC

Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party appears to have finally shown some support for the nation’s persecuted Rohingya Muslims after years of ignoring their plight.

Singapore: Early elections would reveal PAP’s lack of self-confidence

By Thu, May 21, 2015 9:06AM UTC

One of the quirks of the Westminster system is that it grants the incumbent Prime Minister absolute power to call elections at will. In countries where this is permitted, the ruling party typically uses this rule to its advantage, calling elections whenever it has the highest chance of winning it, and delaying elections if it expects its odds to improve even further in the future.