TL;DR: WEEK OF 8 JULY

MON: DUTERTE’S WAR ON HUMAN RIGHTS According to a new Amnesty report, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs has created a “large scale murdering enterprise” and should be investigated by the UN for crimes against humanity. Estimates suggest that as many as 27,000…

TL;DR: WEEK OF 1 JULY

MON: HONG KONG PROTESTERS TURN VIOLENT, REJECT CLOSED-DOOR DIALOGUE Thousands of student protesters stormed the Legislative Council (LegCo) complex on July 1, destroying parts of the building and defacing portraits. In response, Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam invited student leaders from the University…

TL;DR: WEEK OF 24 JUNE

MON: DENGUE IS BACK! The number of dengue cases this year has surged to four times the figure in the same period last year, with the largest clusters found in Woodlands, Geylang and Thompson. This prompted the National Environment Agency (NEA) to carry out…

TL;DR: WEEK OF 17 JUNE

MON: WILL I GET AN ‘A’, PROF? The A-grade giveaway by Professor Harney to 169 students at SMU has prompted MOE to clarify that bell-curve grading is not used for any national examinations in Singapore. Of the six autonomous universities here, only NUS and…

TL;DR: WEEK OF 10 JUNE

MON: UNPROVEN CANCER SUPPLEMENT POT-TENTIALLY FRAUDULENT The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has warned Singapore-based Riway Pte Ltd to stop making false claims about its supplement, Purtier Placenta. Riway claims, without evidence, that its health supplement could cure diseases such as cancer, eczema and stroke.…

TL;DR WEEK OF 3 JUNE

MON: #KUTOO – JAPAN’S ANSWER TO THE #METOO MOVEMENT In a bid to ban mandatory dress codes at workplaces that force women to wear high heels, 32-year-old actor and writer Yumi Ishikawa submitted a petition with 18,856 signatures to the Japanese government. Ishikawa ignited…

TL;DR: WEEK OF 27 MAY

MON: A UNION DIVIDED – EU ELECTIONS 2019 With the conclusion of the EU parliamentary elections on 26 May, the polarised political climate was made clear as far right and pro-EU parties made significant gains at the expense of the Social Democrats (centre-left) and…

TL;DR: WEEK OF 20 MAY

TUES: HUAWEI HOO-HAH IN SINGAPORE In light of the brief suspension of business between Huawei and Google, anxiety between businesses and customers have surfaced in Singapore. Consumers are worried that they might not be able to access Google applications, with some having tried to…

TL;DR: WEEK OF 13 MAY

MON: CO2 LEVELS REACHED HIGHEST IN 3 MILLION YEARS Carbon dioxide levels have reached the highest point in human history. The last time the world experienced such levels was during the Pliocene Epoch, the geological period 2.6-5.3 million years ago. If continued at this…