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Singapore's gig musicians talk Covid-19 and the live music situation

Apologies for not having a weekly wrap today — an emergency came up yesterday afternoon and I basically ran out of time to write a wrap. 😭 If I can, I'll write one this weekend so you'll get a wrap on Monday. If not, we'll be back to regular programming next weekend,

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A look at Singapore’s Mandarin media coverage of China

Apologies for not having a weekly wrap this Saturday; in trying to take on a few big deadlines I've overdone it and run myself down. 😢 But I'm really excited about this special issue; it covers something that I've been curious about for a long time, and I'm so glad that

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I light a candle 🕯

cw: death, murder, violence

I light a candle 🕯
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On “cancel culture” and the misuse of equalities claims

The following is a guest issue by Jolene Tan. Jolene is a Singaporean writer whose novels include AFTER THE INQUIRY (Ethos Books, 2021) and A CERTAIN EXPOSURE (Epigram Books, 2014). She previously ran communications and advocacy at AWARE, and she was a co-founder of No To Rape, the campaign to

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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