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Commentary: Laptops for every student – a lot could go wrong

Issues with distraction and unsafe content are real and safeguards must be in place before every student is given a digital device, says Professor ...

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Commentary: Singapore's Sea is world's best performing stock. And it can do better

Sea Limited’s rapid stock rise has given it a market capital larger than any other Singapore company, says The Smart ...

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COVID-19 Outbreak

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Commentary: When Singapore homes become workspaces – huge changes in the house and beyond

Big changes in the home, residential estates and the Central Business District are underway, say Kwok Tian Long and Sing Tien Foo.

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InTheUnited States

US President Donald Trump says Mexico has to "step up to the plate" and crack down on

Commentary: Who cares if US President Donald Trump pays only US$750 in taxes?

On the back of news of Trump's tax returns last week, NUS Business School Professor Simon Poh discusses why paying taxes matter.

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Climate Change and Sustainability

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Commentary: Forces of climate action are reshaping finance in Singapore and around the world

A stronger-than-ever business case and the current pandemic call for finance to go green, says WWF-Singapore.

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


The big online firms Google and Facebook are the first of the major tech platforms to face antitrust

Commentary: Are the best days of Big Tech over?

The growth of Big Tech is in fact in danger of being pared back by interventionist politicians in many parts of the world, say ...

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Commentary: What the Singapore tourism vouchers are really about

The local tourism vouchers are a smart policy innovation to lift the tourism industry without propping up zombies. And ...

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Aviation & Travel

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Commentary: This is the end of business conferences as we know it

MICE tourism may never recover completely as many conferences and meetings are taking place online and as businesses seek to ...

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Modern Business

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Commentary: Low interest rates could tempt more to borrow beyond their means

More consumers may be buying houses and taking on big housing loans, which poses risks for the Singapore economy, says NUS ...

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Work Life

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Commentary: Cure to burnout requires a pervasive culture of rest

In burnout culture, we’re constantly doing. To cultivate a similar culture of rest, perhaps we should reframe rest as ...

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

Rising China

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Commentary: Hong Kong’s future clearly lies with China

Tim Summers argues that Hong Kong’s future is increasingly integrated with that of China as a whole, but this does not spell ...

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Spotlight on Malaysia

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Commentary: Sabah’s surprise results – and how Warisan lost big in state elections

Warisan should have paid attention to Kadazandusun Murut concerns over livelihoods and undocumented migrants, says James Chin.

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Commentary: What is behind the EPL’s record goals haul this season?

The average goals per game in the 28 games so far this season is by some distance the highest average in the league’s history, ...

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Commentary: COVID-19 will leave many of us poorer and angrier

Dashed expectations are bad not only for individuals’ health and wellbeing, but also for a society’s functioning, says an ...

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Top Asia Pacific

Apologies from the North -- let alone attributed to Kim Jong Un personally -- are extremely unusual

Commentary: What good is an apology if North Korean ‘accidents’ keep happening?

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s apology says more about South Korea than on first sight, says Robert E Kelly.

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Southeast Asia

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Commentary: Myanmar’s 2020 elections a major test for Aung San Suu Kyi

With a slate of new parties and shifting alliances, a repeat of the NLD landslide of 2015 is unlikely, says an observer.

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Lifestyle &Entertainment

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Commentary: We will miss Singapore's nightlife scene sorely if it dies

Clubs have been closed since Singapore slapped the circuit breaker but a chance outing to Zouk reminded Karen Tee of why it is ...

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COVID-19 Health News

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Commentary: Singapore’s almost in our new normal. Don’t be the dud who jeopardises that

With the fusion of TraceTogether and SafeEntry, Singapore’s contact tracing system is finally coming together. But individual ...

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World News

Petersberg Climate Dialogue

Commentary: This isn't the end of multilateralism

Great powers will use multilateralism to protect the system within which they have flourished, says Ngaire Woods.

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Family Life

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Commentary: There is no shame in being a Tiger Parent

We know pushing our kids to do well might earn us a bad reputation but Tiger Parents just want the best for their children, ...

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Living Well

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Commentary: Uncovering the factors fueling record-high dengue cases in Singapore

The circuit breaker contributed to higher dengue numbers for two reasons, say experts at NEA and the Saw Swee Hock School of ...

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Global Headwinds

US President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden

Commentary: America’s fragile economy under Trump

The outcome of the next US election will bear directly on people’s welfare, and there can be no question that Biden would want ...

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Education and Entrepreneurship

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Commentary: Online teaching doesn’t have to suck for students or educators

This wholesale leap into digital education has also reaped surprising benefits for learning, says NUS’ Chris McMorran.

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Commentary: Here’s what women really want regarding gender equality

As the Government looks to make gender equality a fundamental societal value, caregiving, employment and the sexual ...

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