Singapore’s Bipolar Human Rights Lawyer Faces Disbarment

Singapore’s Bipolar Human Rights Lawyer Faces DisbarmentSingapore’s Law Society is to decide today, Aug. 28, whether to disbar M. Ravi, Singapore’s most prominent human rights lawyer, who has defended a long string of defendants facing the death penalty, critics of the government and human rights activists. The Law Society is holding a disciplinary hearing against Ravi regarding his conduct in several…

Singapore’s Perpetual Rulers Prep for Early Polls

Singapore’s Perpetual Rulers Prep for Early PollsSingapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is gearing up for a general election later this year, despite the fact that under the country’s parliamentary system they do not have to be held until January 2017. It will be a watershed vote, the first since the death of the country’s founder Lee Kuan Yew and coming…

S’pore’s Pounding of Powerless to Cost Them at Poll Time?

S’pore’s Pounding of Powerless to Cost Them at Poll Time?Although a Singapore judge has put the libel payment judgment against blogger Roy Ngerng Yee Ling on hold until Aug. 31, the publicity from the government's bullying of two powerless youths could cost it in the next election, critics of the government say.   Besides Ngerng, there is Amos Yee, the 16-year-old who made the mistake…

Singapore Uses Big Guns on Small ‘Threats’

Singapore Uses Big Guns on Small ‘Threats’Singapore this week is in the middle of two controversial cases that demonstrate that despite the March 22 passing of Lee Kuan Yew, the patriarch and founder of modern Singapore, the government has lost none of its appetite for using the legal system to bring down those it considers enemies. One of the cases involves…

New Singapore, Old Tactics?

New Singapore, Old Tactics?Opposition politicians have made gains in Singapore as the late Lee Kuan Yew’s influence has waned but one of the few elected leaders from outside the ruling party is finding it tough to battle through the paperwork, financial constraints and other impediments to governance being hurled at her.  Sylvia Lim could be a sign of…

Singapore Defense: The Shrimp Swims like a Dolphin

Singapore Defense: The Shrimp Swims like a DolphinLast year, according to the authoritative military analysis publication IHS Jane's Defense Weekly, Singapore added 16 new F-15s to its existing fleet of 24, giving it a total of 40 top-ranked US-built fighter jets among a list that also includes F-16s, A4 Skyhawks and other craft. One report has the island republic eventually buying as…

Singapore Brings Hammer Down on ‘Net Critics

Singapore Brings Hammer Down on ‘Net CriticsNearly two years after Singapore’s Media Development Agency pushed through regulations putting a tight leash on Internet journalism, the authority has shut down its first news site, called The Real Singapore. For good measure, the government charged the site’s editors, Singaporean Yang Kaiheng and his Australian girlfriend Ai Takagi, with seven counts of sedition and…

Where does Singapore Go from Here?

Where does Singapore Go from Here?With the death of the man who ruled Singapore for three decades and passed on his harsh governing tactics to his son and to the ruling People’s Action Party, Singapore’s citizens today are trying to dope out whether one of Asia’s most modern societies is ready to open up a new era in freedom of…

The Darker Side of Lee Kuan Yew

The Darker Side of Lee Kuan YewFor all of Lee Kuan Yew’s accomplishments as the founder and architect of Singapore, his death has unleashed reminders by many that he could be petty and uncommonly vindictive. At 91, Lee had outlived most of his critics, but not all. There are too many episodes of that vindictiveness to be able to list them…

Lee Kuan Yew, 1923-2015

Lee Kuan Yew, 1923-2015The creator of modern Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, respected as one of Asia’s foremost statesmen abroad and feared as a ruthless authoritarian at home, died today at 91 of complications from pneumonia. He had been on life support for several days. Becoming Singapore’s first prime minister in 1959 as the British colonials were leaving, he…
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