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Commentary: This National Day, let’s celebrate Singaporeans too

Celebrating Singapore’s 55 years in the midst of a pandemic gives us a chance to go beyond symbolic gestures, says sociologist Professor Paulin ...

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Climate Change

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Commentary: This new Ministry of Sustainability and Environment looks pretty promising

The rebranding of the Ministry is timely because it acknowledges the new challenges of this generation, says Energy Studies ...

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COVID-19 Outbreak

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Commentary: I’ve been career oriented my whole life, until the COVID-19 pandemic took my ambition

Being ambitious has always been a virtue, but we’ve never paused to think about where we get our ideas of ambition from or why ...

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Commentary: Malaysia in a delicate balance after Najib Razak’s conviction

Najib Razak’s verdict has left UMNO divided, the opposition Pakatan Harapan coalition hopeful and Prime Minister Muhyiddin ...

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In Singapore

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Commentary: Here’s what people who criticise plastic surgery don’t get

Plastic surgery conjures images of people who undergo invasive procedures for appearance’s sake, which can be problematic if ...

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Commentary: SGX sees boom in retail investments. But can it last?

The last time the Singapore stock market saw such a major surge in retail participation was probably during the 1993 initial ...

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In Hong Kong

More than 800 infections had been confirmed in the last fortnight alone in Hong Kong

Commentary: How did Hong Kong get to a third wave of COVID-19 infections?

After a year of dealing with protests and months fighting the pandemic, Hong Kong residents have become nonchalant, says Doris ...

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InTheUnited States

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Commentary: A better version of America is emerging

The coronavirus, the George Floyd killing and three years of Donald Trump have left people exhausted. But an election is near, ...

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Rising China

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Commentary: What China’s economy needs most is a good old big investment drive

China should be firm in adopting an expansionary fiscal policy aimed at accelerating economic growth, says Yu Yongding.

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Commentary: North Korea will never give up its nuclear weapons

The value of nuclear missiles to North Korea is very obvious, and it is surprising that US President Donald Trump offered so ...

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Commentary: Booster shots will likely be needed even if a COVID-19 vaccine is ready

Most viruses produce a long-lasting memory in a person’s immune system, but this is not always the case, says an observer.

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COVID-19 Disruption

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Commentary: Grab’s new platform fee may have raised eyebrows but it is nothing out of the ordinary

While consumers might not even notice the difference, it is worth understanding the price dynamics and how Grab has changed ...

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Technology

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Commentary: Why is a consumer watchdog suing Google?

Google hasn’t been straight about how it uses our data as Australia’s consumer watchdog sues the tech giant, says Dr Katharine ...

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Work Life

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Commentary: People are missing their daily commute while working from home. Here’s why

The time spent between home and work provides a useful buffer that segments the day, say observers.

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Family Life

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Commentary: Here's how our elderly can better protect themselves against COVID-19

To ward off viruses, it is vital for the elderly to keep moving even when indoors, says Changi General Hospital's Dr Samuel Chew.

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Living Well

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Commentary: The introverts among us can’t deal with Phase 2 yet

After almost three months of stasis, Singapore families are cautiously re-emerging from homes but that process has been ...

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Aviation News

FILE PHOTO: A Singapore Airlines plane sits on the tarmac at Singapore's Changi Airport

Commentary: Airlines will need to review their fleets to boost passenger confidence and demand

The over-reliance on large aircraft is notable in Southeast Asia and the negative impact of downturns is always amplified by ...

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World News

One viral video urged fans of the South Korean group BTS -- whose admirers are shown here before a

Commentary: K-pop’s hardcore fans are propelling social movements, but have blind spots

There’s a growing desire among youth to pair fandom with activism, but such a movement is vulnerable, says Dymples Leong.

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COVID-19 Health News

FILE PHOTO: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in New York

Commentary: How ‘good’ does a COVID-19 vaccine need to be to stop the pandemic?

A vaccine needs to reach a certain level of efficacy before coronavirus restrictions can be eased, says an observer.

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Modern Business

FILE PHOTO: A view of the city skyline from the Shanghai Financial Center building

Commentary: China is not that dependent on trade for growth

China has shifted towards domestic consumption, investment and development for growth in the last decade, says Zhang Jun.

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Global Headwinds

FILE PHOTO: Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New Jersey

Commentary: Regional trade deals must still go on, even if they are a lesser substitute

In times of trouble, countries coming together to formalise trade are doing the right thing, says one observer.

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Southeast Asia

A farmer plants rice on a paddy field during early morning to avoid the heat in Hanoi

Commentary: COVID-19 affects the choice and price of food available to us

The pandemic has shrunk farmers’ incomes while inflating the price of staple foods and fresh produce, says an observer.

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Lifestyle &Entertainment

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Commentary: In defence of baking bread, watching reality TV and other frivolous fads in the time of COVID-19

From keeping up with Tik Tok trends to stalking reality TV couples on Instagram, the dreariness of living through the pandemic ...

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Education and Entrepreneurship

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Commentary: Are we ready to send our children back to pre-school?

Parents find themselves caught between a rock and a hard place as younger pre-school children return to school, says June Yong.

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