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Crossing lines in multiracial Singapore

August 7, 2017 - 10:58 -- Admin

The day after the news filled with Hillary Clinton’s pneumonia diagnosis, I found the Al-Salaam restaurant closed. I looked up and down my local stretch of Changi Road, wondering where else I could get some breakfast roti, and quickly gathered this wasn’t a normal Singapore weekday. A large crowd — Malays, Indians, Arabs, others — was leaving the local mosque. A hawker centre was dense with patrons eating noodles with conspicuous unhurriedness.

When health becomes a risky business

August 7, 2017 - 09:31 -- Admin

Almost all the choices made by doctors and patients involve judging risks – the risks of particular treatments versus the benefits, and those risks or benefits against the likely impact of alternative options. Geoffrey Kabat makes the bold claim that this book will help us to get these risks “right.” He assesses a series of health risks and also gives some insight into wider issues of riskiness.

The eyewitness

August 6, 2017 - 12:10 -- Admin

Sydney-born Daniel Berehulak, widely regarded as one of the world’s leading photojournalists, was winner of this year’s Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography. His winning entry, centring on his photo-essay for the New York Times titled “They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals,” documents the reality of the war on drugs in the Philippines.

Remember the nuclear renaissance? Well, it’s over

August 4, 2017 - 10:45 -- Admin

Monday’s announcement that the construction of the Virgil C. Summer nuclear power plant in South Carolina is to be scaled back or halted marks as good a point as any to declare the end of the “nuclear renaissance” in the United States. Launched by George W. Bush in 2002 as the Nuclear Power 2010 Program, the supposed revival ran way over time and way over budget.

Is this the end of meritocracy?

August 3, 2017 - 11:20 -- Admin

Qantas chief Alan Joyce’s obvious pleasure when he was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday honours is easy to understand. Through difficult times and in the face of plenty of criticism over many years, he has shown that he can do a tough job successfully. You can hardly begrudge the Companion of the Order of Australia to a man who has also had to endure a televised pie in the face.

Aziz in Jakarta

August 2, 2017 - 11:19 -- Admin

The hotel cleaner was knocking on the door, telling him it was time to check out. But he didn’t want to leave. He had hardly slept and hadn’t eaten since a meal on the plane from Dubai the day before. The man who had met him at the airport in Jakarta had taken his false passport and, as a final payment, almost all of his money.

“Okay, okay, finish,” said the cleaner knocking on the door. “Finish, finish.”

Power, in black and white

August 1, 2017 - 12:12 -- Admin

“I have formed the view that I have too much power.” They’re not the most natural of words to fall from a politician’s lips, but that’s what Labor immigration minister Chris Evans told Senate estimates in February 2008.

Knocked sideways by luck

July 31, 2017 - 17:19 -- Admin

When you look at your father, how much of yourself do you see? Alive, his personality may overwhelm your sense of self, but after his death the question may return with more force. It hangs over many memoirs and autobiographies, especially when decades of resistance to a powerful figure fail to erase the clear mark of likeness on the author’s own personality.