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  • Fake News Mind Traps

    By: Elmie Nekmat and Carol Soon | Sep 22, 2017 | Hits: 296

    Debates surrounding how to counter fake news typically focus on what regulation, technology companies, media literacy and fact-checking can do. The focus on different types of counter-measures, while important, tends to omit the one thing that is common to all types of misinformation – the human psychology behind information use. Understanding the root cause of…..

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  • Reintegrating ex-offenders a noble cause, but into what kind of a society?

    By: Justin Lee and Fern Yu | Sep 18, 2017 | Hits: 532

    The annual Yellow Ribbon run will take place tomorrow (Sep 17), reminding us of the importance of rehabilitation and reintegrating ex-offenders into society. Many of us probably agree with the Yellow Ribbon Project that society should be more accepting of ex-offenders. Unfortunately, reintegrating ex-offenders remains a complex, multi-dimensional challenge. In the past two decades, our…..

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  • Lessons for S’pore on the rise and fall of empires

    By: Lim Siong Guan | Sep 13, 2017 | Hits: 37685

    When Singapore became independent in August 1965, it was an accidental nation, unplanned in its creation and unexpected in its survival, said former top civil servant Lim Siong Guan. The question now is what kind of nation Singapore wants to be in the coming years and whether its people have what it takes to carve…..

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  • Our shrinking political blogging scene

    By: Siti Nadzirah Samsudin | Sep 11, 2017 | Hits: 5532

    Political blogging reached its most vibrant point in the lead-up to the 2015 General Election. New blogs were coming online, and existing ones produced an unprecedented amount of political news and commentary. Now, the numbers have shrunk, with sites shutting down or becoming less active or dormant. As of August 2017, slightly more than a…..

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  • Shuffles towards Singapore’s fourth prime minister

    By: Gillian Koh | Sep 07, 2017 | Hits: 5768

    On Tuesday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced a Cabinet reshuffle. This is the third since the start of this parliamentary term in January last year. The first was in October last year when the notable shifts were the promotion of Mr Ong Ye Kung and Mr Ng Chee Meng to full ministers. The second,…..

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  • More Singaporeans going abroad, but are no less Singaporean for it

    By: Leong Chan-Hoong | Sep 05, 2017 | Hits: 194

    The number of Singaporeans who choose to work or live abroad has increased over the years. A total of 213,400 Singaporeans have chosen to do so as of last year, compared to 157,800 in 2004. Six in every 100 Singaporeans reside abroad. This figure is significantly higher than that of many other developed countries including…..

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  • Concerns about parents hot-housing pre-schoolers

    By: Mathew Mathews and Leonard Lim | Aug 25, 2017 | Hits: 421

    In his National Day Rally speech, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong highlighted the Government’s commitment to enhance pre-school education. It is indeed timely for Singapore to extend its focus to pre-school education, given research on the positive impact of early childhood experiences on life outcomes. Access to pre-school education also boosts social mobility, as many…..

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  • Cybersecurity & SMEs in Singapore: Immediate Actions Required

    By: Chua Mei Yun | Aug 14, 2017 | Hits: 402

    Importance of Cybersecurity for SMEs Cybersecurity is now an integral part of business models – or should be. As Singapore’s economy becomes increasingly digitalised, it is important for businesses here to develop their cybersecurity defences. This is especially important for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), which currently account for 99 per cent of the nation’s…..

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  • Is Singapore a Small Country?

    By: Tommy Koh | Aug 07, 2017 | Hits: 1832

    As Singapore’s 52nd national day draws near, my thoughts have turned increasingly towards our beloved country, Singapore. I have also been reflecting on the recent debate between two good friends, Kishore Mahbubani and Bilahari Kausikan, on the diplomacy of small states. The question which I would like to answer in this essay is whether Singapore…..

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  • 以成熟方式处理种族歧视事件

    By: 许林珠,(译)叶琦保 | Jul 04, 2017 | Hits: 422

    我们生活在一个多元种族社会。我们不时颂赞这种多元种族精神,但也往往被提醒要维持种族和谐是艰巨挑战。在组屋区、职场和艺术领域,不同族群和习俗相互碰撞。出现矛盾时,我们可以选择感到愤怒或让他人感到愤怒,或把事件变成深化对彼此了解和强化凝聚力的机会。

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