TL;DR: WEEK OF 29 JULY

Written by Millegram

MON: TROUBLES ACROSS THE SEA OF JAPAN

South Korea has pushed back strongly after Japan’s recent retaliation against a court ruling on compensation for local World War II victims. Many industries have joined in the boycotting of numerous Japanese goods and services, including flights to Sapporo, Japan, leading to a downturn in the tourism and tourism-related sectors. Much of these anti-Japanese sentiments are voluntary, promoting the shift away from Japanese imports and towards local produce.

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CNA – Cancellation of Korean Air flights to Sapporo
CNA – Boycotts of Japanese imports by the local South Korean communities

 

TUE: PREETI-PLS TAKE THE VIDEO DOWN

Homegrown rapper and Youtuber Preetipls was forced to issue an apology statement after a video she posted drew flak for being racially insensitive. The video was in response to a Mediacorp advertisement featuring actor Dennis Chew appearing in  “brownface”, where his skin was darkened to portray an Indian man and a Malay woman. Members of the public have weighed in on the issue, with Minister K Shanmugam condemning the video as a threat to Singapore’s racial harmony and social fabric.

The Full Story @
South China Morning Post – Youtuber Preetipls’ response to the racially insensitive video
South China Morning Post – The “brownface” issue that sparked the response

 

THU: MALAYSIAN SENATOR PROPOSES SEXUAL HARASSMENT LAW TO PROTECT MEN FROM… SEDUCTION?

Malaysian lawmaker Mr Mohd Imran Abd Hamid proposed a law to “protect men from the actions, words and clothing of women” lest they be seduced to “commit acts such as incest, rape, molestation, [watching] pornography and likewise”. He has since retracted the suggestion and apologised, but Malaysians still want him out, with a petition for his resignation gaining traction.

The Full Story @
Malay Mail – Initial reporting of the proposal and its supporters
CNA – Mr Mohd Imran’s apology
Malay Mail – Public outrage and the petition

 

FRI: NUCLEAR WITHDRAW, NO CLEAR WITHHOLDING 

The US has formally withdrawn from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia, as the US military prepares to test a new non-nuclear mobile-launched cruise missile. The withdrawal has marked the end of a ban on the development of ground-based missiles with a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometers. This withdrawal comes after Russia tested a cruise missile in 2014, in violation of the accord, and failed to comply with the Treaty even after negotiations.

The Full Story @
CNN – In-depth on US withdrawal
Vox.com – Pros and Cons of withdrawal

 

FRI: AND..THEY’RE OFF! LOOK OUT FOR THE TARIFFS! 

On 1st September, Trump will start implementing an additional tariff of 10 percent on US$300bn of Chinese imports. This is on top of the 25 percent tariff implemented in May. This US-China tension has sent markets around the world reeling and falling.

The Full Story @
The Independent – greater coverage of the new tariffs
International Business Times – Timeline of tariffs

 

SUN: A NEW FOE HAS APPEARED – PROGRESS SINGAPORE PARTY LAUNCHES

The Progress Singapore Party (PSP) publicly launched last Sunday. Led by former PAP member Tan Cheng Bock, the party is running on a platform of job creation, getting technology-displaced workers rehired, lowering the voting age to 18, and most strikingly, government transparency. With Lee Hsien Yang, PM Lee’s younger brother, recently expressing support for the party, the next general election is bound to be one to watch.

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CNA – Full report on the public launch
CNA – Lee Hsien Yang disses the PAP in favour of the PSP

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