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100 civil society groups in South Korea launch protest against the established Christian-political association

On 27 January, 30,000 citizens and 100 civil society groups gathered for a demonstration against a series of social disturbance by a Korean Christian complex at Gwangwhamun Square in Seoul, where symbolic political and social movements are run, including the recent democratic Candlelight Revolution. “Global Citizens’ Human Rights Coalition to Call for the Shutdown of the Christian Council of Korea …

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“PAP’s response” to growing inequality within Singapore’s society “has been largely defensive”: Associate Professor Bridget Welsh

Singapore’s ruling People’s Action Party (PAP)’s response to the growing inequality in the Republic has been “largely defensive,” according to Bridget Welsh, an Associate Professor of Political Science at John Cabot University. In her summary of 2018, which was published on 31 Dec on East Asia Forum, Welsh wrote: “With the blockbuster Crazy Rich Asians featuring the Singaporean super-wealthy in the backdrop, …

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“Singapore figured very highly as a place from which money laundering occurred”: Veteran business journalist on 1MDB fiasco

Veteran business journalist P. Gunasegaran and his team from the now-defunct online business news portal KINIBIZ suggested in “1MDB: The Scandal That Brought Down a Government” that “Singapore figured very highly as a place from which money laundering occurred”. “1MDB: The Scandal That Brought Down a Government” is the first ever book to be written about the 1MDB fiasco. Quoting the …

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MAS issues lifetime prohibition order on former Goldman Sachs banker; Malaysia charges Singapore GS unit for abetment

The Monetary Authority of Singapore, the Republic’s central bank, has issued a lifetime prohibition order against Tim Leissner, a former banker at global investment banking firm Goldman Sachs after he pleaded guilty to the criminal charges slapped against him by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) in relation to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) graft scandal. Channel NewsAsia reported that Leissner …

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Filipino news site Rappler to be first recipient of international fund for journalists facing threats to press freedom

International media groups started raising fund for journalists “facing extensive legal battles meant to suppress critical journalism”, and Rappler and its CEO Maria Ressa will be the first recipient of the fund. As mentioned in Rappler’s site, this project is initiated by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and First Look Media’s Press Freedom Defense Fund (PFDF), with the International …

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Hyflux announces suspension of contracts following US restoration of sanctions on Iran

Amidst US President Donald Trump’s decision to restore sanctions against Iran, Singapore-based water technology company Hyflux faces the prospect of shouldering “material adverse effect” on top of its mounting debts as a result of its decision to suspend its contracts with Water Development Engineering Company (AWDEC). The suspension took place only eight months after Hyflux had been awarded a deal …

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Governments, authorities, and political parties decide if elections are “free and fair”, not tech firms such as Facebook: Facebook’s EMEA vice president for public policy

While tech giants such as Facebook want to do what is necessary using the tools they have engineered in order to contribute to a democratic and just election process in the age of online disinformation surrounding politics, Facebook’s vice president for public policy for Europe, Middle East and Africa Richard Allan said that ultimately the governments and political parties of …

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Luxembourg aims to make all public transportation free by 2020

Soon, all public transport in Luxembourg will be free as fares for trains, trams, and buses are lifted next summer. This is one part of the plans of the re-election coalition government led by Xavier Bettel has been sworn in as Prime Minister for a second term. Luxembourg’s capital is home to about 110,000 people while a further 400,000 commute …

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