Monthly Archives: December 2016

Month: December 2016 China flips Trump the bird

Outside a shopping mall in Taiyuan, north China’s Shanxi province, a giant sculpture of a chicken that looks like US president-elect Donald Trump has been erected. With its tiny wings parroting Mr Trump’s distinctive hand gestures, replicas of the bird are also available on the Chinese shopping site Taobao, priced at around 12,000 yuan (S$2,504) for a 10-metre version. Mr

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Month: December 2016 Barack Obama says nation still largely embraces his political vision

President Barack Obama says he could have been re-elected for a third term and that the nation still largely embraces his political vision despite last month’s election of Donald Trump to succeed him. The US leader’s remarks were made in an interview posted on the podcast The Axe Files, produced by CNN and the University of Chicago. Obama, who winds

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Month: December 2016 The liberals’ dehumanization of the majority race is misguided and is backfiring

‘White men’: the most dehumanising insult of our times by Brendan O’Neill, December 2016 The one good thing about Twitterstorms is that they tend, witlessly, to prove the point of the person they’re hounding. In the very act of whipping up fume and fury against someone who’s said something you’re not meant to say, these virtual pitchfork gangs confirm that

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Month: December 2016 A new Chinese approach to Southeast Asia

With the Philippines aligning itself more closely toward China and the election of President-elect Trump and the ensuing uncertainty about a continued U.S. “pivot to Asia,” China seems to have started laying out a new approach in dealing with its Asian neighbors. Recently, it has embarked on a charm offensive aimed at Malaysia, which led to the signing of 14

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Month: December 2016 Singapore is heading for a recession

Singapore is heading for a recession, or two straight quarters of economic contraction, after the economy shrank 2 per cent in the July-September quarter. Overall this year, the government reckons growth will be no faster than 1.5 per cent. To make matters worse, high costs are beginning to bite. The elite joke about packing up and selling one overpriced home

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Month: December 2016 Asian countries make top spots in latest PISA survey for teaching of science, reading and mathematics

Asian countries dominated the top places in the latest PISA survey of 15-year-olds in 72 countries and economies. Singapore came top of the table for its teaching of science, reading and mathematics. “Singapore is a standout performer,” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria at the global launch of the report in London. “In Singapore, one in five students master the most

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Month: December 2016 Donald Trump’s tactics for saving jobs could kill them instead

Donald Trump has pulled off a public relations coup by persuading Carrier, the air conditioning company, to reverse plans to offshore hundreds of jobs from an Indiana factory to Mexico. That fulfills a campaign promise before the incoming president even takes office. But the kind of corporate arm-twisting Trump is engaging in could easily backfire and end up destroying more

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