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Commentary: Frustrated with tightened COVID-19 restrictions, Johor residents hope this MCO is the last

With this MCO, Johor residents face a double whammy after coping for months with restrictions on commute to Singapore where many used to earn ...

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Zuckerberg and Trump

Commentary: Facebook’s eleventh-hour suspension of Trump’s account raises questions about its motives

Facebook’s decision to deplatform the president “indefinitely” appears altruistic but the company’s track record suggests ...

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In Singapore

FILE PHOTO: Tesla Model X electric cars recharge their batteries in Berlin

Commentary: Electric vehicles in Singapore – how much is just hype?

The march towards greater electrification of Singapore’s transport has gathered speed with big plans in the pipeline, argues ...

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COVID-19 Outbreak

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Commentary: Pharmaceutical firms saved the world with COVID-19 vaccine in record time. But credit goes to others too

Big pharmaceutical companies have played a huge role in rolling out one of the fastest vaccines to be developed in human history.

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Climate Change and Sustainability

Dan Yergin

In The New Map, author Daniel Yergin takes on energy, climate change and the slow but sure shifts in big power relationships

New energy sources and the climate crisis have transformed not only the planet, but also the global order. Pulitzer ...

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InTheUnited States

A protest in Washington on December 12, 2020 drew several thousand supporters of President Donald

Commentary: US paid dearly for absence in Pacific trade deal

The opportunity costs in terms of incomes and jobs make joining the Comprehensive Partnership for Trans-Pacific Partnership a ...

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China's parliament has endorsed Xi Jinping's move to abolish rules limiting the head of

Rising China

H-6 bomber of Chinese PLA Air Force flies near a Taiwan F-16 in this February 10, 2020 handout photo

Commentary: They already have jet bombers and super missiles. Will Chinese fighter jets be more powerful than America’s soon?

China’s military modernisation has proceeded with impressive speed, but there are reasons why buying Chinese arms might be off ...

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Virus Outbreak COVID 2020 Atlas United States

Commentary: Beating COVID-19 will be harder if governments are trying to win a popularity contest

2020 has been a brutal year of lessons regarding good governance. A look at why some low-income countries thrived should spark ...

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Spotlight on Malaysia

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Commentary: What struggling Malaysians need from this Budget is a stronger safety net – and higher taxes

A rethinking of Malaysia’s tax regime and social welfare programmes is overdue, says Stewart Nixon.

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Global Headwinds

FILE PHOTO: Worker assembles a box for delivery at the Amazon fulfilment center in Baltimore

Commentary: On the contrary, low-skilled jobs aren’t going anywhere

The pandemic has revealed just how essential some workers truly are, says Edoardo Campanella.

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Digital manipulation may be good for Hollywood but new "deepfake" techniques could create

Technology

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Commentary: Don’t be too quick to write-off Elon Musk

Some might criticise multi-billionaire Musk for biting off more than he can chew and having his finger in too many pies, says ...

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Work Life

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Commentary: Being forced to log on to work from home created stress and fatigue for workers

Employers should enter 2021 resolving to communicate clearly boundaries on when responses to work are required, says NUS ...

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Southeast Asia

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Commentary: Moving to Singapore in the middle of a pandemic has changed the meaning of home

The move was disorientating but has prompted deeper reflections on what home and belonging mean, says Annisa Natalegawa.

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Gender Issues

Cho Doo-soon

Commentary: Why a convicted rapist’s release in South Korea stirs anguish 12 years after the crime

Cho Doo-soon, the perpetrator of a horrific rape case involving an 8-year-old, was released last week, stirring up public ...

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Aviation & Travel

SIA cargo vaccine loading

Commentary: Can Singapore be a major COVID-19 vaccine transshipment hub and save its aviation industry?

The share of COVID-19 vaccines that land in Singapore and utilise the cold chain equipment of Changi’s cargo handlers may ...

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Modern Business

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Commentary: Is Airbnb’s IPO listing this week worth your investment?

The travel experience company has its fair share of knocks over the years but it has some solid fundamentals, say Howard Yu ...

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Education and Entrepreneurship

2020 PSLE results (1)

Commentary: PSLE scores could impact life outcomes. So don’t let them

Where PSLE scores have been a high-stakes milestone for years, the shift towards subject-based banding (SBB) will change that.

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Sports

Hougang v Tampines

Commentary: Great that Tampines Rovers is playing with the best in Asia. But what will that do for local football?

After a decade, Tampines Rovers becomes the first local team to compete in Asia’s premier football competition. But that isn’t ...

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Lifestyle &Entertainment

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Commentary: Museums and performing arts turned to Zoom to survive. But spectators find the experience frustrating

Technology allowed us to enjoy things we didn’t know we could during COVID-19. But a computer screen simply cannot capture ...

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Top Asia Pacific

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Commentary: Parts of Asia will miss Donald Trump’s tough China policy

While some countries fear an Obama 2.0 under Joe Biden, there are measures the new US president can take to boost confidence ...

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Living Well

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Commentary: Smoking near windows dismissed as neighbourly nuisance but has public health costs

As people spend more time at home, smoke wafting into people’s homes can be a deadly public health menace, and should not be ...

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Family Life

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Commentary: Glamping at Jewel Changi Airport - where’s the fun in that?

Setting up tent in the middle of a mall may sound fun but it takes away many things that are good about traditional camping, ...

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World News

FILE PHOTO: Senate HELP Committee's update on COVID-19 and progress toward safely getting back

Commentary: How Anthony Fauci became the hero of America's fight against COVID-19

Fauci may have only become a household name, but he’s been a prominent scientist, administrator and spokesman for decades, ...

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Hawker Centre in Singapore

Commentary: Hawker food isn't what it used to be. And it’s partially our fault

We are all custodians of our hawker culture – and it takes more than a UNESCO nomination to preserve it, say Annie Tan.

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