LOMBOK EARTHQUAKE 

Two earthquakes struck the island of Lombok last week. The first, a 6.4 magnitude quake on July 31, stranded more than 500 hikers and guides after it triggered major landslides on Mount Rinjani and blocked hiking routes. Most of those stranded managed to make their way…

FROM NORTH KOREA WITH LOVE

On the 65th anniversary of the 1950-53 Korean War armistice, North Korea followed through with a promise made to President Trump by returning the remains of American GIs killed during the Korean War. This move was a gesture of good will, but also a…

FACEBOOK’S BIG FALL

How would it feel to lose US$16 billion in a day? Well, just ask Mark Zuckerberg. Last Wednesday (July 25), Facebook shares dropped by 19% and as one of the major shareholders, Zuckerberg lost US$16 billion. Granted, US$16 billion is not a lot for…

TRUMP’S FUND

Most US presidents wait a bit before they launch their re-election campaign, but Donald Trump did something a bit unusual. He launched his 2020 bid as soon as he was sworn into office. Currently, his political war chest holds more than $88 million dollars.…

EDUCATION OF THE FUTURE

What happened? On July 11, the motion ‘education of the future’ was debated in parliament. Central to the discussion was the paradox of meritocracy and inequality. This refers to how our meritocratic system of standardised examinations has ironically seemed to lead to unfairness. The…

BREXIT: THE EXIT STRATEGY

What happened? Two years after UK announced that it was leaving the EU, Theresa May and her cabinet have finished ironing out how the UK will be leaving the EU. May’s soft exit plan will allow the UK to maintain close ties with the…