With some help from friends and readers of We, The Citizens, a starting point for anyone wading through all the social media posts, news reports, misinformation and confusions about the war in Ukraine.
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,
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
cw: death, murder, violence
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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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 [https://www.wethecitizens.net/what-should-we-do-about-national-service/].) The police are now investigating it [https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/mps-and-religious-leaders-speak-out-against-offensive-poll-ranking-female-asatizah] , but punishing these perpetrators isn't going to
A guest issue by Singapore Climate Rally (SGCR)
On 16 February, the Singapore government announced a petrol hike [https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/budget-2021-petrol-duty-hiked-23-singapore-takes-fresh-steps-combat-climate-change] , 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,
On 1 February 2021, the military in Myanmar staged a coup [https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-55882489]. Claiming widespread electoral fraud in last November’s elections — allegations that were rejected by the election commission [https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/myanmar-election-body-rejects-military-allegations-electoral-fraud.html] in late January — they detained Aung San Suu