Daily Archives: 2010-11-17

YPAP – Hearing only the good stuff?

On 17 November, Young PAP posted the Straits Times article on Alan Shadrake’s sentencing on its Facebook wall. The posting sparked off a debate regarding the credibility of Alan Shadrake’s book, Once A Jolly Hangman. Two of The Online Citizen’s editors – Andrew Loh and Joshua Chiang – weighed in as well. (see an excerpt of the exchange below): A …

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Detention without trial – abolish or improve?

The following is an excerpt of an article from Yawning Bread. For some of us who believe in civil liberties, the latest spate of gang-related violence has called for some soul-searching. The police, signalling their determination to stamp it out, mentioned that they are prepared to use preventive detention to achieve their goals. Is this supportable? “Criminal Investigation Department director …

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UN votes once again to end executions

Amnesty International: The UN General Assembly’s human rights committee today [11 November] adopted a resolution on a moratorium on the use of the death penalty, the third since 2007. The resolution was adopted by 107 votes in favour, 38 against with 36 abstentions at the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee in New York. The resolution garnered more support from UN …

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Time to go beyond Compulsory Education

by Lisa Li Half a year ago, I met two boys aged seven and eight. They had just moved into temporary flats, because their families were homeless and previously living in public parks. The seven year-old told me he attended a school that, by my calculation, was possibly an hour away by public transport. The other boy stared at me …

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