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Daily Archives: 2014-07-15

NLB book ban – just another instance of state intervention in family

By Benedict Chong The recent removal of two books from the shelves of all libraries administered by the National Library Board (NLB) resulted in much furore from the civil rights community. The books “And Tango Makes Three” and “The White Sawn Express: A Story About Adoption” had led to a member of the public writing in to NLB complaining that they …

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ASEAN counter-terrorism workshop on joint incident management held in Singapore

The ASEAN Counter-Terrorism (CT) Workshop, organised by the Home Team Academy (HTA), will be held in Singapore from Tuesday, 15 July 2014 to Thursday, 17 July 2014. 28 participants from the security agencies of ASEAN Member States will be attending this workshop to  exchange knowledge and best practices among the countries. The workshop’s theme “Joint Incident Management” recognises that it is no longer viable …

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Understanding the LGBT-religion debate – Part 2: Interpreting religious text

By Saiful Saleem The religions that have perdured are the ones that have succeeded in transmitting their message across time and spaces, instead of merely communicating their message within a particular time and space. These religions tend to have been able to achieve this by having at least one central text (in many cases multiple texts) that lays out its …

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Lee’s legacy – weak, populist leadership

The Lee Hsien Loong Government has been terrible in providing leadership on the gay issue. Its pussyfooting stance on the anti-gay sex law, for example, is laughable if it also did not have serious consequences. Yet, Lee’s Government either seems oblivious to them, ensconced as it is in its ivory tower; or it just plain does not care about the …

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Have you seen our professors?

By Nathan Bullock More often than not, Singaporean academicians are woefully absent and silent in the spaces and face of oppression and violence. The most recent case to hit the headlines of Roy Ngerng being sued by Prime Minister Lee for defamation highlights this matter and deserves comment (if not action). Members of the universities – professors, provosts, department chairs, …

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Patient dies after staff forgot to turn on oxygen tank

Madam Ramasamy Krishnama was warded in June last year at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) following a heart attack she had had. About a month later, she was being transferred to Mount Elizabeth hospital when the staff accompanying her forgot to turn on the oxygen tank after putting her on a ventilator. According to news reports of a coroner’s inquiry, …

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Hoax holiday – president clarifies, police report made

A police report has been lodged with regards to the hoax letter purportedly from the president of Singapore in which he declared 14 July to be a public holiday. The date was when the final of the football World Cup would take place. The letter allegedly written by the president said he was declaring 14 July 2014 a public holiday …

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