SPORTS + POLITICS = BAD?

The latest edition of the FIFA World Cup features the maiden face-off between Switzerland and Serbia, which included a scintillating last-minute goal to cap off a Swiss victory. However, Swiss goal scorers Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri drew contention by making a hand sign…

WHAT DID WE GET FROM THE SUMMIT?

It sure was an unexpected moment as Kim and Trump shook hands on 12 June, but what made it all the more surreal was that this historical meeting was held right here in Singapore! Spending S$20 million on the summit, Singapore pulled out all…

IT WAS ONLY A KISS

President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte drew flak from many when he kissed migrant worker Bea Kim on the lips (!) at an event with overseas Filipino workers in South Korea. Bea Kim, who is married to a Korean, and was on stage to receive a…

SURPRISE, SURPRISE!

  China announced on 12 Apr that it would hold live-fire drills in the Taiwan Strait on 18 Apr this week. This decision, just hours after staging the biggest naval parade in China’s history, was observed by experts as an attempt to show support…

WALLS HAVE EARS

Or rather, lamp-posts have eyes. GovTech, the public authority responsible for digital transformation in Singapore, has plans to install surveillance cameras on lampposts around Singapore to help authorities pick out and recognise faces in crowds. This initiative is still at its nascence, with GovTech…

HUSH-HUSH

What happened? It started out on Mar 26, when Japan’s Kyodo News reported that a special train was seen passing through the north-eastern border city of Dandong, China. This train (green with a yellow stripe) looked similar to the one used by Kim Jong-Il to visit…

DUTTA QUITS

Professor Mohan Dutta has quit NUS after 6 years as Head of the Communications and New Media (CNM) Department, and will join Massey University in New Zealand as the Dean’s Chair Professor of Communication. Unless you are a CNM major, you probably wouldn’t really…

#MARCHFOROURLIVES

“Never again!” Chanted the youth supporters in one of the largest youth demonstrations in the US to date, numbering an estimated 800,000 (Singapore’s youths number to about 1 million – imagine that!) at the main event in Washington D.C. The protest, held on 24…

“HUMANITARIAN” AID?

“A national disgrace.” The United Kingdom (UK) and Saudi Arabia signed agreements to cooperate on humanitarian issues, pledging SGD 180 million to “support livelihoods and economic prosperity in the Horn of Africa and East Africa” through the creation of vital infrastructure. This was announced…