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Ukraine will cease to exist thanks to the westUkraine will cease to exist thanks to the west Scott Ritter is a former Marine intelligence officer who served in the former Soviet Union, implementing arms control agreements, and on the staff of General Norman Schwartzkopf during the Gulf War, where he played a critical role in the hunt for Iraqi SCUD missiles. From 1991 until 1998, Mr. Ritter served as a Chief Inspector...

Bride's family asked for RMB 500,000 in bride priceBride's family asked for RMB 500,000 in bride price Contrary to popular beliefs, many couples in China are unable to afford to get married. With the exception of rural villages, those in the cities mostly asked for hundreds of thousands in bride price (聘礼/彩礼). According to our techie who has been in China for over a decade, the bride price may include monies intended...

Higher salaries lead Singapore to become top pick for Asian workers looking to moveHigher salaries lead Singapore to become top pick for Asian... I refer to the Independent Singapore’s Featured News SG Economy, “Higher salaries lead Singapore to become top pick for Asian workers looking to move” (Feb 22). In this era of rapid technological advancement, all countries are faced with the dilemma of being hungry for talent. Therefore, top talents in respective...

Where Romance Meets FinanceWhere Romance Meets Finance Sugarbook was launched by Darren Chan in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is a luxury dating website designed to resolve financial issues through emotional support. It provides a platform to grow your relationships through mutual benefits that are not restricted to mentorship, companionship, wealth and emotional support. It...

Marriage, children and practical concernsMarriage, children and practical concerns A couple bows before their parents and offers them tea, as is traditional in Chinese weddings. I refer to The Straits Times’ Editorial “Marriage, children and practical concerns” (Feb 5). Since the history of human civilisation, the formation of individual family and the issue of procreation have become two...

Not in my backyardNot in my backyard I refer to the TODAY’s Commentary, “'Not in my backyard' — when some groups can protest more loudly, the most vulnerable ones suffer” (Jan 25, 2024). A few good points from the article are worth to be probed further and discussed. In December 2023, the announcement of plans by The National Environment Agency...

Opposition parties seek to strengthen parliamentary presenceOpposition parties seek to strengthen parliamentary presence I refer to The Independent Singapore’s SG Politics column, “Opposition parties seek to strengthen parliamentary presence” (Nov 29, 2023). As we know, Singapore political scene has been firmly dominated by the PAP since 1959. Thus, the opposition parties in Singapore have to face and withstand many challenges ahead...

Educating the next generationEducating the next generation I read with interest the Straits Times’ Editorial, “Educating the next generation” (Jan 5, 2024). Any form of spontaneous learning should provide you with a happy, positive, and memorable experience. However, only a small number of children are in exception. Therefore, based on this, parents should realize the...

GST increase in 2024GST increase in 2024 On 1 Jan 2024 GST rises 1% from 8% to 9%; this is a 12.5% increase in GST. I am not convinced that this is necessary. It will contribute to inflation, and cause economic hardship. The handouts to mitigate this are temporary and the increase is permanent. In 2015, when the possibility of GST rising was an election issue...

Race relations in SingaporeRace relations in Singapore I refer to the Today’s “Commentary: In 1954, David Marshall spoke about race relations in Singapore. Have we made real progress since then?” (Dec 15). For any country to be prosperous and powerful, it must first achieve political and social stability, and its people must live in harmony and be united. Only in this...

Passenger says he almost suffocated in Grab ride due to heavy cigarette smokePassenger says he almost suffocated in Grab ride due to heavy... I refer to The Independent Singapore’s In the Hood “Passenger says he almost suffocated in Grab ride due to heavy cigarette smoke” (Nov 22) and “Passenger says TADA driver kept falling asleep during his ride” (Dec 3). It is understandable that most riders who engage the service of private hire vehicle for their...

Tribute to Mr Lee Tee TongTribute to Mr Lee Tee Tong This white-haired elderly gentleman caught my attention at Hong Lim Park on the 50th anniversary observance of Operation Coldstore in 2015. Fiery oration in Mandarin, without a script. That was my first impression of Mr Lee Tee Tong, the elected Member of Parliament for Bukit Timah in 1963. He was the candidate from...

Exposing the fake news about ChinaExposing the fake news about China With so much misinformation and hate happening in the world today, it’s very easy to be misled by fake news. Reason why in this video, I’m showing you the truth with facts about China and news from China so that you can understand the reality on ground especially after traveling across China for 60 days. As...

Young people are redefining what is a good life and advertisers need to wise upYoung people are redefining what is a good life and advertisers... I refer to the “Commentary: Young people are redefining what is a good life and advertisers need to wise up” (Today, Nov 29). The author of this article analysed and discussed purely from the perspective of commercial advertising practitioner how Singaporeans, especially a group of young professionals and intellectuals...

Nearly 50% of Singaporeans in the past two years unable to repay debtsNearly 50% of Singaporeans in the past two years unable to... I refer to The Independent Singapore’s featured news “Nearly 50% of Singaporeans in the past two years unable to repay debts” (Nov 22) and TODAY’s news “Higher credit card spending in 2023 made S'pore households slightly more vulnerable to income, interest rate shocks: MAS” (Nov 27) It is really sad and mindful...

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Editorial
Violent  protests against Netanyahu's government erupts

Violent protests against Netanyahu's government erupts

Overnight protests against the Israeli government, led by PM Benjamin Netanyahu, erupt across Israel....
Israel proceeds to invade Rafah while the world watch...

Israel proceeds to invade Rafah while the world watch...

Israeli tanks and fighter jets bombed eastern Rafah as last-minute ceasefire talks between Israel and...
Northern Israeli state Galilee to declare independence

Northern Israeli state Galilee to declare independence

Amid escalating tensions and Hezbollah bombardments, a growing chorus for statehood is resonating from...
UK has become a third world country under Rishi Sunak

UK has become a third world country under Rishi Sunak

Has Rishi Sunak's UK become a third world country? From economy to road and prisons- everything is...
Putin Takes Oath as Russian President for the Fifth...

Putin Takes Oath as Russian President for the Fifth...

Vladimir Putin has taken oath as the president of Russia for a fifth time in an elaborate ceremony at...
US threatens to target ICC's chief prosecutor's family

US threatens to target ICC's chief prosecutor's family

At least twelve U.S senators sent a stern warning to the International Criminal Court's (ICC) chief prosecutor,...
Rishi Sunak's Conservative Party hammered by Labour...

Rishi Sunak's Conservative Party hammered by Labour...

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has suffered another setback. The UK held local body elections on...
Hamas says it accepts ceasefire deal proposed by Egypt...

Hamas says it accepts ceasefire deal proposed by Egypt...

Hamas says it has accepted a ceasefire deal proposed by Egypt and Qatar which seeks to halt the seven-month...
Houthis to escalate attacks against Israeli ships that...

Houthis to escalate attacks against Israeli ships that...

Days after Houthis rejected US's offer of money, the Yemeni group announces '4th Phase' Of Red Sea ship...
US and Israel exposed for threatening ICC

US and Israel exposed for threatening ICC

International Criminal Court’s (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Karim Khan issued an unusual warning about alleged...
Turkey ends all trade arrangements with Israel

Turkey ends all trade arrangements with Israel

In a major blow to Israel amid its war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Turkey has ended all trade ties...
Islamic Resistance strikes Mossad’s intelligence...

Islamic Resistance strikes Mossad’s intelligence...

Iraq’s Islamic Resistance has carried out a daring strike against Israel. The militant group rained...
New militant group in Bahrain joins fight against Israel

New militant group in Bahrain joins fight against Israel

Fight against Israel in the Middle East region amid ongoing Gaza war snowballs. A militant group from...
AstraZeneca's shocking admission has sent shockwaves...

AstraZeneca's shocking admission has sent shockwaves...

The revelation by AstraZeneca regarding rare side effects of its Covishield vaccine has sent shockwaves...
LIVE: Tornedo, torrential rains and flashfloods hit...

LIVE: Tornedo, torrential rains and flashfloods hit...

A tornado struck the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, killing five people and damaging more than 140...
Australian students join protests for Palestine

Australian students join protests for Palestine

Students from universities in Austraila are joining their American peers in protests for Palestine. Like...
Pro-Palestinian Students Protest At Elite Paris University

Pro-Palestinian Students Protest At Elite Paris University

Students at Elite Paris University have reignited pro-Palestinian protests following the police's intervention...
Anti-Israel protestors in US universities manhandled...

Anti-Israel protestors in US universities manhandled...

Shocking scenes emerge from universities across the US as protests against US-Israel ties escalate into...
Anti-Israel protests are spreading throughout America’s...

Anti-Israel protests are spreading throughout America’s...

Campus protests of the Israel-Hamas War have extended beyond Columbia University and NYU. Watch...
Untold hard truths on Iran versus Israel

Untold hard truths on Iran versus Israel

William Scott Ritter Jr. (born July 15, 1961) is an American author, former United States Marine Corps...
Opinions
Looking

Looking "white" in the face

I am drawn to the most dismal critiques by The Economist on our politicians that make them seem like...
Tan Chuan Jin has picked up himself from the affair...

Tan Chuan Jin has picked up himself from the affair...

I am glad that Chuan Jin has picked up himself from the affair saga and started to get back to life again. I...
How governments print money

How governments print money

Money itself is like a commodity and it has a price which bows to Keynesian doctrine of supply and demand....
Lawrence Wong has taken the less than conventional...

Lawrence Wong has taken the less than conventional...

Lawrence Wong has taken the less than conventional pathway. And he is not pedigree. He was a divorcee....
The pomposity of PM Lee Hsien Loong's career achievements

The pomposity of PM Lee Hsien Loong's career achievements

In history there were Nazi Germany Adophl Hitler and Indonesia Achmed Surkarno who crew to the world...
Tan Chuan Jin (TCJ) will be conducting a Leadership...

Tan Chuan Jin (TCJ) will be conducting a Leadership...

I do not know Tan Chuan Jin (TCJ) but I do know that he was once the Speaker of our Parliament, a one...
Scoring brownie points using K2 students' graduation

Scoring brownie points using K2 students' graduation

This is totally unacceptable! How can the PAP MP made use of children from Kindergarten for his own propaganda?! Did...
Cashing in on what am I

Cashing in on what am I

I was out with the boss yesterday when I noticed a rather unusual sight. We were walking along the river...
The grandstanding of PM Lee Hsien Loong

The grandstanding of PM Lee Hsien Loong

The dust has not yet settled. Is Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong the greatest or merely one of the greatest...
Singaporeans will not become the minority in Singapore

Singaporeans will not become the minority in Singapore

Singaporeans will not become the minority in Singapore-DPM Wong, 9 May 24. The Straits Times online. With...
US-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (USSFTA)

US-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (USSFTA)

The mainstream media likes to paint a glowing picture of the US-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (USSFTA)...
The earhshattering farewell speech of PM Lee

The earhshattering farewell speech of PM Lee

The tranquil atmosphere of Singapore was erupted by the earthshattering speech of PM Lee Hsien Loong...
Limping

Limping

Since I’m due in the UK, I thought I’d touch on a character that had been an interesting part of...
Newly wed Philipino wife

Newly wed Philipino wife

Happy May Day to all and since today is a public holiday, I will post something which I consider to be...
The paradistic perception of Lawrence Wong

The paradistic perception of Lawrence Wong

As usual with the ultra-pompous PM Lee Hsien Loong his announcement that he will hand over the baton...
Opposition opposing anything everything?

Opposition opposing anything everything?

Someone question me why did I "oppose for the sake of opposing"? I asked him, what do you mean by that? He...
Young and old investors pick fixed deposit as their...

Young and old investors pick fixed deposit as their...

Young and old investors pick fixed deposit as their top investment choice-poll (26 April 24, Straits...
There are crimes and there are crimes

There are crimes and there are crimes

I was, until a month ago, married to Vietnamese girl, who believes that Singapore is heaven on earth....
Singapore Has The Oldest Population In SEA

Singapore Has The Oldest Population In SEA

Look at the startling statistics below. Singapore has the oldest population in SEA by a long way! Thanks...
Major traffic accident in Tampines

Major traffic accident in Tampines

Many people woke up to a major traffic accident in Tampines yesterday morning that involved a speeding...
Letters
Higher salaries lead Singapore to become top pick for...

Higher salaries lead Singapore to become top pick for...

I refer to the Independent Singapore’s Featured News SG Economy, “Higher salaries lead Singapore...
Marriage, children and practical concerns

Marriage, children and practical concerns

A couple bows before their parents and offers them tea, as is traditional in Chinese weddings. I...
Not in my backyard

Not in my backyard

I refer to the TODAY’s Commentary, “'Not in my backyard' — when some groups can protest more loudly,...
Opposition parties seek to strengthen parliamentary...

Opposition parties seek to strengthen parliamentary...

I refer to The Independent Singapore’s SG Politics column, “Opposition parties seek to strengthen...
Educating the next generation

Educating the next generation

I read with interest the Straits Times’ Editorial, “Educating the next generation” (Jan 5, 2024). Any...
Race relations in Singapore

Race relations in Singapore

I refer to the Today’s “Commentary: In 1954, David Marshall spoke about race relations in Singapore....
Passenger says he almost suffocated in Grab ride due...

Passenger says he almost suffocated in Grab ride due...

I refer to The Independent Singapore’s In the Hood “Passenger says he almost suffocated in Grab ride...
Young people are redefining what is a good life and...

Young people are redefining what is a good life and...

I refer to the “Commentary: Young people are redefining what is a good life and advertisers need to...
Nearly 50% of Singaporeans in the past two years unable...

Nearly 50% of Singaporeans in the past two years unable...

I refer to The Independent Singapore’s featured news “Nearly 50% of Singaporeans in the past two...
Gaza protests risk getting radicalised

Gaza protests risk getting radicalised

I refer to the Straits Times’ Editorial, “Gaza protests risk getting radicalised” (Nov 9). Israel...
Snippets
Ukraine will cease to exist thanks to the west

Ukraine will cease to exist thanks to the west

Scott Ritter is a former Marine intelligence officer who served in the former Soviet Union, implementing...
Bride's family asked for RMB 500,000 in bride price

Bride's family asked for RMB 500,000 in bride price

Contrary to popular beliefs, many couples in China are unable to afford to get married. With the exception...
The fall of Alibaba's Jack Ma

The fall of Alibaba's Jack Ma

The story of how Jack Ma betrayed everyone that helped and gave him what he has today. The video also...
中國唯一的一妻多夫制的地方

中國唯一的一妻多夫制的地方

A land enshrouded in spirituality, Tibet is home to distinct cultural traditions and astounding natural...
Tibetan Wives Can Be Shared Between Brothers

Tibetan Wives Can Be Shared Between Brothers

A land enshrouded in spirituality, Tibet is home to distinct cultural traditions and astounding natural...
頂級中文在線賭場需要具備哪些條件?

頂級中文在線賭場需要具備哪些條件?

什麼樣的中文在線賭場更適合你?僅僅只是提供中文客戶服務支援是遠遠不夠的。中文玩家的需求具有一些特殊性,比如更注重網路安全,更偏好東方文化的遊戲,希望與其他中文玩家互動等等。本文列舉了一些頂級在線中文賭場必備的因素,供玩家參考。或者,你也可以直接閱讀線上賭場推薦列表,選擇一家安全、技術強大、遊戲質量高的中文賭場。 一家頂級的中文在線賭場應滿足以下幾點: ...
Kuasa Kalendar Forex: Menavigasi Lanskap Ekonomi dengan...

Kuasa Kalendar Forex: Menavigasi Lanskap Ekonomi dengan...

Dalam luasnya pasaran kewangan terbesar di dunia, pedagang forex adalah seperti pelaut yang melalui pelayaran...
Where Romance Meets Finance

Where Romance Meets Finance

Sugarbook was launched by Darren Chan in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is a luxury dating website designed...
Why does Singapore have the Casino Entry Levy?

Why does Singapore have the Casino Entry Levy?

Singapore's casino entry levy debuted in 2006 alongside the arrival of integrated resorts (IRs). The...
Things to Know for Online Casino Betting in Singapore

Things to Know for Online Casino Betting in Singapore

Photo by Mike Enerio The legal landscape of online betting varies significantly between countries,...
Sticky & Recent Articles

Upholding the rule of law

Upholding the rule of law

“Singapore’s success arises in no small part because of its policy in upholding the rule of law and adopting a zero-tolerance policy to corruption. Both are necessary factors and our zero-tolerance policy must be upheld in a manner that complies with the rule of law,” so says our Minister Indranee Rajah. It’s reassuring... 

How many persons to fix a light bulb?

How many persons to fix a light bulb?

PAP Wayang - How many persons to fix a light bulb? Do you know how many persons PAP will need to fix a lightbulb? They will employ TWO foreign workers just to hold the ladder with 1 lady wearing long skirt to fix the light bulb! No wonder our Total Factor Productivity is LOW! Correction: They actually needed FOUR persons to... 

Forever Friends

Forever Friends

While several countries pulled out their ambassadors from Israel soon after it carried out genocidal acts against the Palestinians, Singapore decided to show its warmest affection for the country. On December 19, 2023, Singapore appointed Mr Ian Mak as its first ambassador to Israel. For more than half a century, Singapore did... 

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