Welcome to the future of Singapore's past. Having spent 2015 in a year-long jamboree of reflecting on the better-than-anyone-expected progress over the last five decades, the republic now enters its post-SG50 and post-former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew era, with many pondering just what the future entails.
Recently a friend of mine called to inform that his nephew (studying in class three in an English medium school in Dhaka) has been severely beaten by his teacher.
A few days ago I read B.R. Ambedkar's essay, "Buddha or Karl Marx." Ambedkar writes that the basic tenets of Marxism involve violence, as the dictatorship of the proletariat cannot be established without. The second objection was on the duration of dictatorship.
The end of a calendar year is an occasion to take stock of everything that has gone before and look forward to a new timeframe where things will hopefully be better.
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"The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum." -- Noam Chomsky, The Common Good (1998)
Today ASEAN wakes up to a new reality: the realization of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). This new reality marks the culmination of the region's long-held aspiration for the people of Southeast Asia to determine their own political, economic and socio-cultural courses.
It's official. Mainland China has put an end to its highly contentious "one-child policy," dating to the late 1970s. As of Jan. 1, all mainland Chinese couples are now allowed to have two children.
As the New Year approaches, there is an unmistakable sense of urgency on Afghanistan. Pakistan Gen. Raheel Sharif's visit to Kabul yesterday is in no way a make-or-break trip, but it is certainly significant in terms of expectations over the weeks and months ahead.
A bolt from the blue has hit Bangladesh as if the nation didn't have a plateful on our hands already: SMS threats to some Christian bishops as Christmas approached, earlier attacks on a couple of them and attempted intimidation of the Shiites with the lethal bombing at Hussaini Dalan.
When world leaders were signing the decisive climate agreement in Paris, the world's biggest polluters China and India along with other countries were witnessing signs of global warming and climate change.