COP28: A Step Forward or a Mere Gesture? (GP Topics: Environment & Politics)

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Dubai, November-December 2023 – As the world faced record-breaking temperatures in 2023, the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) convened in Dubai with a critical agenda: to transform climate promises into tangible actions. This pivotal event, held from November 13th to December 12th, brought global leaders together to chart a course for dramatic emissions reductions and protect lives and livelihoods. …

Sex in the Lion City: Undressing Singapore’s Political State Amidst Secret Affairs (GP Topics: Politics, Society, Singapore)

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Love, betrayal, and politics; an unlikely trio that has taken center stage in Singapore’s political arena, leaving the nation both captivated and concerned. The recent extramarital affairs involving politicians from both the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) and the opposition Workers’ Party (WP) have sent shockwaves through the Lion City, raising questions about the impact on Singapore’s reputation, internal politics, …

The Swift Effect: How Taylor Swift’s Touring Phenomenon Transforms Cities and Fortunes (GP Topics: Media, Economy)

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… Ready For It? On just the very first day of registration, an estimated 8 million fans registered for the Singapore leg of the Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour, sparking comments on how this is the true SEA games (Taylor’s version). With 106 shows that have been constantly selling out, we have to wonder, what exactly is the impact of these …

The TikTok Dilemma: Protecting Young Minds or Silencing Creative Sparks? (GP Topics: Media, Society)

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TikTok, the immensely popular social media platform known for its short-form videos and creative content, has become a cultural phenomenon, captivating millions of users worldwide. However, amidst its rise to fame, concerns have emerged regarding the platform’s impact on children. As such, understanding the advantages and disadvantages of such a ban is crucial in navigating the complex landscape of digital …

F***ing Populism and Partisanship: A Lesson in Responsible Discourse (GP Topics: Politics, Singapore)

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In a defining moment during Singapore’s Parliamentary debate on April 17, 2023, the Speaker of Parliament, Tan Chuan Jin, unintentionally brought the concept of populism to the forefront of the nation’s political discourse. The incident occurred as Opposition Member of Parliament, Associate Professor Jamus Lim, delivered a stirring speech titled ‘Hard Living in Singapore,’ which shed light on the challenges …