Teen Singapore Blogger Goes Free

Teen Singapore Blogger Goes FreeA Singapore court has sentenced the 16-year-old blogger Amos Yee Pang Sang to four weeks in jail, backdated to June 2 – meaning he was freed  on the same day as the sentencing, ending an ordeal that began shortly after the March 23 death of founder and patriarch Lee Kuan Yew, who had ruled Singapore…

It Doesn’t Pay to Insult Lee Kuan Yew, Dead or Not

It Doesn’t Pay to Insult Lee Kuan Yew, Dead or NotShortly after the March 23 death of the towering leader Lee Kuan Yew, who had ruled Singapore with an iron hand directly or behind the scenes for much of the 56 years since he took power in 1959, a youth named Amos Yee Pang Sang uploaded an obscenity-laced nine-minute video onto YouTube criticizing Lee and…

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…

Amnesty International Gives Singapore a Low Grade

Amnesty International Gives Singapore a Low GradeWith per capita gross domestic product the highest in Asia at US$62,400 by purchasing power parity, Singapore ranks as the world’s seventh-richest country.  It remains an anomaly, the most modern city in Southeast Asia, but it still canes offenders, ruins its political enemies and uses the courts to silence its enemies either through defamation suits…

The Ultimate Nigerian Scam Letter

The Ultimate Nigerian Scam LetterIn April, the Lagos, Nigeria-based Seven Energy International Ltd, an indigenous integrated energy concern, announced it had secured US$255 million of new equity capital, some US$150 million of it coming from Temasek, the Singapore sovereign fund. The rest was funded by the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation, US$75 million, and the IFC African, Latin American,…

Islam: Up for Grabs

Islam: Up for GrabsThe world is wrestling with a variety of events, all classed under the name of Islam. A storm of social media criticism against the shocking kidnapping by the militant Boko Haram of more than 200 schoolgirls in Chibok, Nigeria, eventually prompted countries like the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Israel and Canada to offer…

Saintly (Sort of) Singapore Songstress Stirs Court Case

Saintly (Sort of) Singapore Songstress Stirs Court CaseIn a case that can only be described as bizarre, a Singapore judge has ruled that six leaders of a local megachurch must answer to charges of misappropriating S50 million (US$40 million) from the church to fund the pop singing career of the church founder’s sexy wife. She is Ho Yeow Sun, better known as…

Elderly Lee Kuan Yew Ailing?

Elderly Lee Kuan Yew Ailing?Concern is rising over the health of Lee Kuan Yew, one of Asia’s most influential figures over the past half century, after the above picture of him appeared on Yahoo, greeting Hassanal Bolkiah, the sultan of Brunei, and his consort. The 90-year-old former prime minister and father of independent Singapore has not been seen in…

Singapore’s Smart Army

Singapore’s Smart ArmySince its inception as a small city-state, Singapore has grappled with insecurity and strategic uncertainty. Traditionally, small states have experienced considerable limitations in balancing their security needs and strategic ambitions with policies directed at maintaining economic growth and social stability. These challenges have become even more acute within the context of East Asia’s changing and…

Irate Singaporeans Want to Stomp STOMP

Irate Singaporeans Want to Stomp STOMPMaybe citizen journalism isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.  Ask Singapore Press Holdings, publisher of the Straits Times, which in 2006 founded the Straits Times Online Mobile Print, or STOMP, to give ordinary citizens the chance to have a voice in the island republic’s daily affairs. Now they want a voice in shutting down…
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