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DEMONSTRATION IN CATALONIA TURNED NASTY

What happened? Peaceful marches in Spain’s Catalonia region have taken a violent turn. Masked protestors tackled riot officers near the national police headquarters in Barcelona, threw stones and cans and set rubbish cans on fire in the streets. Riot police retaliated with tear gas,…

TL;DR: WEEK OF 14 OCTOBER

FRI: EBOLA VACCINE SEES GREEN LIGHT AT THE END OF EUROPE’S REGULATIONS European drug regulators approve American drugmaker Merck’s vaccine Ervebo, as a licensed treatment against the Ebola virus. (Picture Credits: Reuters) Read more about the planned developments after the vaccine’s approval at Reuters.…

TURKS AND KURDS CLASH IN SYRIA

What happened? Turkey launched a military offensive, codenamed Operation Peace Spring on 9 October, two days after the Trump Administration ordered American troops to withdraw from northeastern Syria, where the US had been supporting its Kurdish allies. The operation’s aim is to push back…

DIPLOMAT TOMMY KOH SPEAKS FOR THE CRITICS

In Support of Alfian Sa’at Singapore’s Ambassador-at-Large Tommy Koh has voiced out his support for Mr Alfian Sa’at with regards to the Yale-NUS saga. “We should not demonise Alfian Sa’at. He is one of our most talented playwrights,” posted Tommy Koh.  “Freedom of speech…

HAMMER DROPS ON THE WORKERS’ PARTY

WP ministers found guilty Worker’s Party (WP) chief Pritam Singh, along with party members Ms Sylvia Lim and Mr Low Thia Khiang have been found liable for the misuse of public funds from Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC). On 11 October 2019, High Court judge…

HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM… WITH CHINA

Assisting China’s political agendas? A now-deleted controversial tweet by Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey offering support for Hong Kong’s anti-government protests saw hostile backlash from China. Various Chinese companies, such as the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), Li-Ning, Tencent and the Shanghai Pudong Development…

TL;DR: WEEK OF 7 OCTOBER

MON: SINGAPORE TAKES ON VICE SYNDICATES In a bid to protect women from trafficking and exploitation, amendments to the Women’s Charter have been proposed to give police greater jurisdiction over online vice-related offences. (Picture Credits: TODAY Online) Read more about the proposed amendments to…

DEEPFAKES ARE BECOMING REAL PROBLEMS

The rise of deepfakes Deepfakes are doctored videos that are created by sophisticated artificial intelligence (AI) capable of “deep-learning”. Deep-learning is a subset of machine-learning, where algorithms modeled after the human brain learn from large amounts of data. Deepfakes are created by AI analysing…