27 January 2007
26 January 2007
25 January 2007
The head of the Roman Catholic Church in the UK wrote to PM Tony Blair over the Equality Act, threatening to close Catholic adoption agencies rather than serve gay couples as required by the non-discrimination provisions of the new law. Full essay.
22 January 2007
From their survey of 800 people under 30 years of age, the Singapore Polytechnic found that 50% said homosexuality was acceptable. How did it get that way? Full essay.
20 January 2007
17 January 2007
In this guest article, Loh Kah Seng recounts the significance of an example of student activism in Singapore. In the 1950s and 1960s, the Socialist Club played an invaluable role in raising political consciousness, at a time when Singapore's political future was in flux. Guest essay.
Economists at a recent conference pointed out that Singapore seems to have a dual economy, with the domestic sector much more sluggish than the globally-oriented one. They warned of social instability to come. Two recent encounters with the destitute suggest that society may already be fraying at the edges. Full essay.
16 January 2007
12 January 2007
Temasek Holdings appears to be caught in difficulties arising from Thailand having a law that wasn't enforced for convenience until politics changed the game, but the Singapore government has no right to complain as it is just as keen on such fudges. Full essay.
07 January 2007
06 January 2007
03 January 2007
There is a common link between the relatively tiny problem of how to enforce a smoking ban on eating places and a key mechanism of totalitarianism, which is to get ordinary citizens to exercise control over each other on behalf of the government. Full essay.