JAPAN WEATHERS A DOUBLE TROUBLE

2018 ushered in a sombre summer for Japan as the nation found itself beset by a spade of natural disasters – most notably a typhoon on 4th September and an earthquake three days later. The Typhoon The barrage of natural disasters began with Typhoon…

RAINBOW AFTER THE RAIN IN INDIA

What Happened? On Thursday (Sep 6), the LGBTIA+ community in India celebrated a historical triumph: After 24 years of legal challenges and determined struggle, the supreme court of India finally scrapped a colonial-era law criminalising consensual gay sex, called Section 377, hence officially legalising…

WTO IS TRUMP DOING NOW?

What Happened? President Donald J. Trump has threatened to leave the WTO according to reasons that include unfair treatment by the international body. This comes as no surprise – after all, his protectionist trade policies often contradict the open-trade ethos of the WTO. In…

MAHATHIR-MOCRACY

What happened? Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad met up with former Singaporean political dissident Tan Wah Piow and several other Singaporeans last Thursday (Aug 30) in Kuala Lumpur. The meeting ended off with an invitation for Dr Mahathir to give a keynote address at…

CHAOS DOWN UNDER

Last Friday, Scott Morrison took helm over Liberal Party leadership as the new Prime Minister of Australia, marking the end of a week of chaos. It has been a civil war of sorts within the party, with Morrison taking over the reigns from incumbent…

TRUMP’S HOUSE OF CARDS IN FREE FALL

A conviction and a plea deal Paul Manafort, US President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, was found guilty on eight counts last Tuesday, including: Five counts of tax fraud, one count of failing to report foreign financial accounts and two counts of bank fraud.…