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We have Racist Spectacles, but where is the national reckoning?

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It’s not just about a sexist poll, it’s about sexism and gendered violence

You've probably seen the news about a sexist online poll promoting sexual assault against Muslim religious teachers. (I briefly mentioned it in a previous weekly wrap.) The police are now investigating it, but punishing these perpetrators isn't going to be enough to tackle the problem at its root. Today I'm

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"Nothing more than business-as-usual": A look at the SG Green Plan

A guest issue by Singapore Climate Rally (SGCR)

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"You tend to bear the burden of the cost": A food delivery worker on the petrol hike

On 16 February, the Singapore government announced a petrol hike, framed as a way to address climate change. Premium grade petrol went up by about 23%, while intermediate grade petrol increased by about 18%. While the government is offered rebates to soften the impact, delivery riders and private hire vehicle

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"May our country be our own": An open letter from Myanmar

On 1 February 2021, the military in Myanmar staged a coup. Claiming widespread electoral fraud in last November’s elections — allegations that were rejected by the election commission in late January — they detained Aung San Suu Kyi, the country’s de facto leader, and other democratically elected leaders, and declared

"May our country be our own": An open letter from Myanmar
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#FixSchoolsNotStudents: A rare protest against institutionalised transphobia in Singapore

Yesterday, five Singaporeans — some students, some not — staged a very short-lived protest outside the Ministry of Education headquarters, against institutionalised transphobia in schools. They stood next to the MOE sign with a Pride flag, a Trans Pride flag, and placards. I suspect that the police knew they were coming; even

#FixSchoolsNotStudents: A rare protest against institutionalised transphobia in Singapore
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A look beyond Singapore: What's going on in Thailand?

I’m doing something different for this special issue. I want to take us outside Singapore and turn our attention to something really significant happening with our neighbour, Thailand. What’s happening there is really quite stunning, considering the amount of risks young Thai protesters are taking, and the taboos

A look beyond Singapore: What's going on in Thailand?
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Social Media Influencers and Their Role in GE2020

I hope everyone’s caught up on sleep after staying up for the GE2020 results on Friday night/Saturday morning! For this week’s special issue, I co-wrote (actually, more like “added little bits”) this piece looking at influencers and their participation in GE2020 with Dr Crystal Abidin. For those

Social Media Influencers and Their Role in GE2020
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GE2020: "Hello, I am not your model minority."

One last piece before Polling Day! In this guest issue, Mysara writes about elitism, the model minority myth, and harmful stereotypes that Singapore’s Malay community have had to grapple with for generations. "Hello, I am not your model minority."By Mysara Aljaru As young voters, there are many issues

GE2020: "Hello, I am not your model minority."
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GE2020: "I yearn to be heard politically"

Here we are… the last day of electioneering before Cooling-Off Day. So much has been crammed into this short period. If you’re still looking at manifestos, my compilation of all the party manifestos (now with Peoples Voice included) can be found here. There’s a Community Teach-In tonight that