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07 May 2011 15:07


World: Traditionally-harsh Singapore expands freedom of speech online

  • Social media have lowered the barriers of entry into political discourse everywhere. But that’s particularly significant in Singapore because here the barriers to entry into political discourse and the accompanying risks have been so high.
  • Nanyang Technological University professor Mark Cenite • Discussing the recent changes that Singapore has made to its internet policy, allowing for a larger amount of freedom of speech online. The country, well-known for basically banning any sort of political dissent and creating incredibly harsh punishments for those who break the rules, could prove a breaking point for smaller parties that don’t have the money or influence that the leading People’s Action Party does. It’s already proven itself in the form of large crowds at some opposition rallies. But the real question: Will it translate to actual votes? source

16 Feb 2011 08:34


World: Kim Jong-Il’s son: Huge Eric Clapton fan, apparently

Middle child Kim Jong-chol was reportedly seen at a Clapton concert in Singapore. We imagine he mouthed all the words to “Layla.” source

04 Nov 2010 10:37


World: Airbus A380 engines aren’t supposed to look like this, we don’t think

If you’re Airbus and you see your golden goose’s engine dramatically do this, you’re freaking out. If you’re Qantas, you’re just chalking up another bad incident this year. source

04 Apr 2010 11:28


World: The New York Times won’t bend to Singapore’s will anymore

  • Google faced a similar painful dilemma in China. With potentially billions of dollars at risk, it stuck to its principles, and The Times applauded editorially. I think Google set an example for everyone who believes in the free flow of information.
  • New York Times Public Editor Clark Hoyt • Regarding Google’s China example for free speech and what that means for the Times and its Singapore interests. The company is considering leaving Singapore, where its International Herald Tribune has a major foothold, due to the government clamping down on their free speech. Why? The IHT dared call the current government a “dynasty.” Twelve years ago, the IHT agreed not to do that anymore, but broke their promise when they noted former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew and current prime minister Lee Hsien Loong in an article about dynasties. The Times won’t work that way anymore, kids – some are surprised the free-speech defenders did in the first place. source