An analysis of Super Tuesday

By Sean Francis Han This year’s Super Tuesday consisted of participating states, Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado (with caucuses), Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota (with caucuses), Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, and Virginia. Three other Republican caucuses were held in Alaska, North Dakota, and Wyoming making Super Tuesday much more indicative of general electability on the Republican side. American Samoa … Read more

FIDH: Singapore needs to drop charges against Hong Lim Park protestors

Paris, 23 February 2016: The Singaporean government must immediately drop all charges against three peaceful protestors and guarantee the right to freedom of peaceful assembly in accordance with international human rights standards, FIDH said today. Activists Hui Hui Han, 24, and her supporters Mr. Koh Yew Beng (60) and Ms. Low Wai Choo (56) will … Read more

FIDH: Singapore government fails to address key human rights concerns during UN review

By FIDH – International Federation for Human Rights The Singaporean government failed to address important human rights concerns that were raised during the country’s second Universal Periodic Review (UPR), FIDH said today. The UPR was held in Geneva, Switzerland, on 27 January 2016. “With regard to civil and political rights, the Singapore delegation went on an … Read more

Singapore: Bloggers, internet users increasingly targeted

Repression of Free Speech and Assembly Undermine Credibility By Human Right Watch Singapore’s government increased scrutiny of the Internet in a year in which it further restricted rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2016. “In 2015, bloggers and online news portals increasingly faced punitive … Read more

Singapore ranked 75 out of 167 countries in EIU's democracy index

Singapore ranks 75 out of 167 countries in the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)’s Democracy Index 2015. EIU in its report wrote, “The fearful era in which we live is not conducive to defending democratic standards or extending democracy’s reach across the globe. The latest edition of The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index reflects the situation in … Read more

What elections look like in Taiwan

By Peng Yu By now, everyone would have seen the campaigns trucks and mass rallies of the Taiwanese election 2016. But is anyone familiar with how ballot counting for the election works? The Online Citizen (TOC) takes you inside a counting centre in southern Taiwan for the recently concluded presidential and legislative elections there. Apart … Read more

Chou Tzu-yu’s apology set to influence Taiwanese election

Taiwan’s presidential candidates waded in to a row with China and South Korea on Saturday after a teenage Taiwanese K-pop star was forced to apologise for waving the island’s flag. A video apology from Chou Tzu-yu, 16, went viral hours after it was posted, with more than three million views [youtube id=”t57URqSp5Ew” align=”center” mode=”normal”] “There is … Read more

#KamiTidakTakut shows solidarity of Indonesians in face of deadly bomb attacks

#KamiTidakTakut (We’re not afraid) is now trending on social media platform Twitter in Jarkata to show that Indonesians are not intimidated by the bomb attacks in the Indonesian capital as they shared news and well-wishes about the incident. Earlier on, six explosions were reported around Sarinah shopping mall in Jakarta, Indonesia on Thursday afternoon. Five attackers and … Read more

Multiple explosions and gunfire at downtown Jakarta

Update: Six explosions were reported with five attackers and two other people confirmed dead from the incident. Multiple explosions have been reported near Sarinah, a shopping mall in Central Jakarta on Thursday. 5th and 6th bombing — Jeremy Douglas (@jdouglasSEA) January 14, 2016 One police officer reportedly killed in the first blast.  More casualties have … Read more