Archives 2006

Abbreviations are explained in the column on the right of the screen.

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Dec 2006 Neither honesty nor religious tolerance needed - the American religious right on gay parenting and Muslims Pol, Rel, Hom
Dec 2006 Cinema: Borat is boring - meant to spoof American prejudices, but failed Soc, Med
Dec 2006 Unintelligent toilets - public rest rooms in Singapore are equipped with all sorts of sensors and gadgets, yet... Sec Oth [urban planning]
Dec 2006 Singapore bans tsunami charity book, part 2 - the government says female nudes are acceptable, male nudes not. Pol, Med
Dec 2006 Singapore bans tsunami charity book, part 1 - Leslie Kee's "Superstars" is banned by the MDA because of "full nudity" Pol, Med
Dec 2006 A nonbeliever in the religion of food - fads and favourites in a food paradise Soc, Per
Dec 2006 The safety limits of globalisation - when markets and corporations are global, how effective are governments that are only local? Pol
Dec 2006 Bedside reading - some people get worked up over sexual titillation and pornography Soc, Med
Dec 2006 How to treat citizens better than foreigners - foreign workers will no longer enjoy healthcare subsidies Pol, Soc, Hum
Dec 2006 There's public consultation and there's public consultation - the Hong Kong government has just abandoned its proposed 5% GST Pol, Hom
Dec 2006 Blogging and the making of history - the Workers' Party must get better at seizing the moment Pol, Med
Dec 2006 Atttitudes towards HIV risks and education - do gays and straights hold different opinions? Do males and females see things differently? Soc, Hom, Oth [HIV]
Nov 2006 Cinema: Indigenes and others - art films from France and Germany that I saw recently Soc, Med, Hum
Nov 2006 Hate speech law badly drafted - the government wants to broaden the scope of the law Law
Nov 2006 What our non-crusading media avoids- ranked 146th in the world, some stories are too sensitive to be carried Pol, Med, Rel, Hom
Nov 2006 Our disgraceful trinity: littering, inconsideration and bad service - do we try to find out the deep reasons why? Soc
Nov 2006 The niqab and the freedom of religion - is there any logical reason why people speak of the freedom of religion? Pol, Soc, Rel
Nov 2006 All work, little pay - GST increase to address the low income problem; but there's the demographic problem too  Pol, Soc
Nov 2006 Bad rep costs - the uncounted economic costs of authoritarianism Pol, Kno
Nov 2006 But if you can't rape your wife, who can you rape? - proposed changes to the Penal Code re spousal rape Law
Nov 2006 Waylaid by rubbish - half of people cannot analyse or discern information from the internet. What does that mean? Med, Kno
Nov 2006 Pseudo repeal under cover of smoke? - something's going on about the Penal Code, but what? Pol, Law, Hom
Nov 2006 An echoless ravine - raising interest in politics among young Singaporeans is an uphill task Pol
Nov 2006 Quicksand conservatism - the Ted Haggard case once more shows how bankrupt the anti-gay cause is, and not just in America Pol, Rel, Hom
Nov 2006 A bit of Kenya in Singapore - I met three Kenyans at a stall selling artefacts Soc
Oct 2006 Temasek Holdings' Tongnoi tangle - the investment company came close to having a scoundrel as its corporate advisor Pol
Oct 2006 Kim's bomb and Pax Sinica - what the crisis may bring over the longer term Pol
Oct 2006 New Jersey court orders legislature to provide for same-sex unions - in a split decision Law, Hom
Oct 2006 Cable TV fined over lesbian sex - even when pixelated and aired at midnight Pol, Med, Hom
Oct 2006 Co-opting, Singapore-style - what and why does the PAP co-opt? Pol
Oct 2006 Gay man seeks asylum in US - claiming that he is persecuted in Singapore on account of his sexual orientation Law, Hom
Oct 2006 Christian Taliban demands censorship - George Lim wrote to the Straits Times saying most movies are "worthless" Soc
Oct 2006 What a clean and cultured place we have - or so we think Soc
Oct 2006 Gay sex is for straight men - 10% of married men in New York were having gay sex Hom
Oct 2006 Headlines matter - FEER banned and how does Singapore gain from that? Pol
Oct 2006 Short Circuit 2006 - for the record, part 1 - how the first showcase of queer short films in Singapore came about Med, Hom
Oct 2006 Short Circuit 2006 - for the record, part 2 - personal comments about 5 of the short films shown at the queer film showcase Med, Hom
Oct 2006 When hip hop is scary - 12 members of parliament want to appear "cool" to win votes Pol
Oct 2006 The apology that wasn't - Lee Kuan Yew said Malaysia and Indonesia want Singapore to be like their compliant Chinese minorities Pol
Sep 2006 Volleyball team does Singapore proud - at the Gay Games in Chicago this year Soc, Hom
Sep 2006 From selective wisdom to selective folly: why the future does not belong to bloggers - the lunchtime talk at SMU Soc, Kno
Sep 2006 What we've yet to see, hear or speak of - unequal age of consent struck down in Hong Kong, campaign against "unnatural sex" law in India Pol, Law, Hom
Sep 2006 Lessons from the Thai coup d'etat - the risks to a viable democracy Pol
Sep 2006 Who owns the street? - the Substation's Street Party was killed by the police Pol, Soc, Kno
Sep 2006 Minister tries to explain censorship of gay expression - and gets himself into a twist Pol, Med, Hom
Sep 2006 Tell the people that others are singing our praises - how we delude ourselves about what a wonderful and efficient place this is Pol, Med
Sep 2006 Frontline: Hong Lim - Opposition politician, prevented from marching to Parliament, camps out at Hong Lim Green Pol
Sep 2006 Noisy when people throw stones at tinpots - even the World Bank chief broke diplomatic silence to say "enormous damage has been done" to our reputation Pol, Law
Sep 2006 Why I was such a bitch on Tuesday - I refused to provide the Straits Times with my comments Pol, Med, Hom
Sep 2006 Silence serves us poorly - allowing HIV and AIDS to strike those who are close to us Soc, Hum, Per
Sep 2006 Peaceful streets - why aren't Singaporeans clamouring for freedom of speech and assembly? Pol, Soc
Sep 2006 CNA: fifty-dollar men - a program about male prostitution illustrates why Singapore's creative industries cannot take off Pol, Med, Hom
Sep 2006 The case of Iwuchukwu Amara Tochi - the facts of this drug case; would you have convicted him? Law
Aug 2006 Cinema: Singapore Dreaming - good acting, solid direction, an absorbing film that shows what film-making in Singapore now needs Med, Per
Aug 2006 Selling immigration - the government's lack of political skills makes this an uphill task Pol, Med
Aug 2006 On the front bench - the 5-minute speech I gave in the old Parliament chamber Pol, Hom, Per
Aug 2006 Nice pineapple tarts - 15 people tell their personal stories in a newly published book, 'SQ21' Soc, Hom, Hum
Aug 2006 How NOT to succeed in the conventions business - the World Bank and IMF agree to hold their summit meeting in Singapore next month, then we piss them off Pol, Law
Aug 2006 Immigration, public opinion and seizable offences - throwing your sons out while inviting guests in Pol, Law, Hom
Aug 2006 Taxi problem is not a taxi problem - but a symptom of faulty central planning of transport as a whole Pol, Oth [transport]
Aug 2006 Apathetic youth, idols, buzz and a paedophile - four bits of news tonight Pol, Law, Soc, Med
Aug 2006 PAP wins by a landslide - even gays voted for them during Indignation Hom
Aug 2006 Mahathir's mirror - Singapore politics reflected in Mahathir's campaign against Abdullah Badawi Pol, Med
Aug 2006 Singapore government takes hostages from foreign press - leading international newspapers and magazines to deposit $200,000 each Pol, Med
Aug 2006 Clown show from our state censors - the play 'Smegma' is approved, then banned, then banned with a different reason Pol
Aug 2006 The fear and lunacy that is arts censorship - a poem can be printed but not read; exhibits that are banned for no good reason at all Pol
Aug 2006 Political apoplexy and police priorities - what the police got up to when they heard of IndigNation and why Pol, Law, Hom
Jul 2006 Racial Harmony Day  - a newspaper thought it newsworthy that our teenagers couldn't read race and religion the Singapore way Soc, Med
Jul 2006 Israel attacks Hezbollah in Lebanon - thoughts about militias and statesmanship in the Arab Middle East Pol
Jul 2006 Sauce for the goose - journalist Andy Ho warns of political videos to come Pol, Med
Jul 2006 Honour and the control of others - how sexist and patriarchal ideas make men look stupid Soc, Hom
Jul 2006 Gay marriage defeated in New York court - on what grounds? the key arguments explained Law, Hom
Jul 2006 When the puppet speaks to the master - a striking headline in the Straits Times Pol, Med
Jul 2006 Singapore buys Malaysia, Malaysia bombs Singapore - are we still for free speech? Pol, Med
Jul 2006 Flags and monuments - unfortunately, flying the flag around National Day doesn't mean what it is supposed to mean Pol, Soc
Jul 2006 Much ado about citizen journalism - a feature story in the Straits Times that seemed oddly out of focus Med
Jul 2006 The inutility of speaking truth unto power - the government took a blogger to task for "sarcasm" Pol, Med
Jul 2006 Income inequality widens markedly - one in three households had less income in 2005 than in 2000 Pol, Oth [econ]
Jul 2006 The troubles of Joo Chiat - zoning and urban planning issues, and what really goes on in the district Soc
Jun 2006 Homosexuality and the problem of scale - as gay invisibility among humans and animals start to fall away, there needs a rethink of the place of homosexuality in nature Hom, Kno
Jun 2006 The Straits Times as an educational tool - it's a sad day when poor English creeps into the premier newspaper Soc, Oth [lang]
Jun 2006 Keeping Singapore safe for families - think critically for a moment about our sex industry Law, Soc, Hum
Jun 2006 Goh Chok Tong admits that GRCs are meant to skew - so that "capable" people get an easy ride into office Pol
Jun 2006 How George W Bush feeds Muslim cynicism - survey finds gulf between Muslims and Westerners; Bush does his part Pol, Soc
Jun 2006 Religion in defence of male privilege - a woman head of a major church faces controversy. Nikah Misyar. Criticising religion. Rel
Jun 2006 Lee Hsien Loong not impressed by democracy in Australia - because they have a two-party system Pol
Jun 2006 An appalling standard of English - and why we need to hire teachers from abroad Soc, Oth [edu]
Jun 2006 Stomping its way to.... where? - it's baffling why the Straits Times thinks a portal like Stomp can help reverse its fortunes Med
Jun 2006 Football fan-dom part 3 - sports passion, nationalism and regimentation Soc
Jun 2006 Football fan-dom part 2 - following the World Cup is so much fun Soc, Hum
Jun 2006 Football fan-dom part 1 - why do so many men follow sports, especially soccer, avidly? Why men? Soc, Hum
Jun 2006 Courts must pay attention to the quality of justice - at what point does entrapment become illegitimate? Law
Jun 2006 Yet another exploitative story by the New Paper - 61 words about a court case, 745 more about gays, drugs and sex Med, Hom
Jun 2006 Interpreting the IPS voter survey - how much and where is the support for opposition parties? Pol, Kno
Jun 2006 The propaganda of lies, the propaganda of spin - shaping information and the national agenda in China, Singapore and the US Pol, Med, Hom
Jun 2006 IPS post-election forum, part 2 - the afternoon's proceedings Pol, Med
Jun 2006 IPS post-election forum, part 1 - the morning's proceedings Pol
Jun 2006 The Mbeki Syndrome - South Africa has the highest HIV prevalence of any major country. What can we learn from that? Soc, Hom, Hum
May 2006 Merapi, bird flu and creationism - many people in this world do not subscribe to scientific rationalism Soc, Kno
May 2006 Opposition parties' poor bet - no good reason to oppose casinos Pol, Soc
May 2006 Gay equality: from First world to Third - Massachusetts, China, and New Paper "exposť" in Singapore Pol, Soc, Med, Hom, Oth [edu]
May 2006 Legislator wants to "manage" political expression on the internet - because there was "unbalanced" coverage during elections Pol, Med
May 2006 The misuse of the state - Lee Kuan Yew says (again) that a multiparty system is not necessary for a democracy Pol
May 2006 Indonesia: fundamentalism on the march - what drives religious fundamentalism? Pol, Soc, Rel, Hum
May 2006 The last communist in the cinema - history is still alive Pol, Med, Hum
May 2006 Did CNA act unprofessionally? - a blog claims that the TV news channel doctored its pages before showing them Med
May 2006 Flat-footed and worse - how well did our mainstream media acquit themselves during the elections? Pol, Med
May 2006 Lesbian brains, lesbophobia and the path to the divine - lesbians react to hormone-derived smells in unique ways Hom, Rel, Kno, Hum
May 2006 Race and ethnicity: the Singaporean perspective - a new way of looking Soc, Kno
May 2006 The deadly embrace of politics - how the Enernorth and Ahmad Khalis cases may undermine trust in Singapore law and the media Pol, Law, Med
May 2006 A post-election scolding from old Lee - perhaps it's just compulsive behaviour Pol
May 2006 Chikus and me - one evening I realised I was an adult Hum, Per
May 2006 Some quick thoughts about the election results - The PAP will have 82 seats out of 84 in the next legislature Pol
May 2006 Retreat and own goals - the PAP's missteps this election season Pol
May 2006 Don't open the papers! Screaming banshees! - the James Gomez (non)-issue in the electoral campaign Pol
May 2006 The GRC election quiz - what are the rules for GRC elections? Pol
May 2006 Reviewing the gay question before the polls - which MP or candidate has been homophobic? Pol, Hom
May 2006 On Hougang field - a huge election rally Pol
Apr 2006 11% of Singaporeans have had gay sex - according to the 2005 Durex survey Soc, Hom, Kno
Apr 2006 General election 2006: the manifestos - are you an engaged Singaporean? do you know what each party stands for? Pol, Per
Apr 2006 How religious nuts will damage our economy - kissing in KL, Crazy Horse, casino and "shamanism" Pol, Soc, Rel, Kno
Apr 2006 Blogging during elections 3 - 'Today' newspaper got it wrong, you can blog Pol, Med
Apr 2006 Homo sapiens singaporiensis - a talk I gave to a group of students on the topic of "Singapore - our home?" Soc
Apr 2006 Democracy, liberalism and values - a long response to a reader's email Pol
Apr 2006 In the beginning, corruption may be popular - Lee Kuan Yew says, "you will never eliminate the opposition." Yes, but... Pol
Apr 2006 Heresy in the Tree of Knowledge - the Gospel of Judas and the inerrant Bible that says homosexuality is offensive to God Pol, Rel, Kno, Hom
Apr 2006 The serene backbenches - do our Members of Parliament speak up? Pol
Apr 2006 James gets in the way - rare are ads with even the slightest hint of homosexuality Pol, Med, Hom
Apr 2006 How we misread the Thaksin crisis - seems like the Singapore establishment was sure Thaksin would prevail Pol, Med
Apr 2006 Singapore as a force for good and evil - how this little place impacts society and politics in this region. Pol, Soc, Hom
Apr 2006 Blogging during elections 2 - the government explains the law on blogging and podcasting  Pol, Med
Apr 2006 The PAP and the idealism of nuns - why MPs who "serve the people" may not be good for Singapore Pol
Apr 2006 The emperor's heirs - cultural cross-fertilisation; cultural conceit Soc
Mar 2006 Politicians should be judged by their public statements - the case of PAP candidate Denise Phua Pol, Hom
Mar 2006 Not feelin' good - reading between the lines after another gay party is cancelled Pol, Hom
Mar 2006 She with the brass knuckles - Irene Ng's hardline response to a Straits Times letter Pol
Mar 2006 What rules the public domain? - is religion a private matter? why must societies be organised rationally? Pol, Soc, Rel, Kno
Mar 2006 First 3 PAP newbies don't deserve the gay vote - homophobic and confused, ready to let religion override our secular constitution Pol, Hom
Mar 2006 Is the Temasek-Shin Corp deal a loser? - is the political backlash fatal? Oth [biz]
Mar 2006 Topless Vietnamese woman falls to her death - why morality laws should be scrapped Law, Soc
Mar 2006 Will it kill us to have 20 opposition MPs? - what should voters look for in opposition candidates? Pol
Mar 2006 Deaf tourists and dud names - how visitors get lost in our city Pol, Soc, Oth [tourism]
Mar 2006 No escaping the death penalty - are you in favour of sending murderers to the gallows? Law, Pol
Mar 2006 At 9:18, I remembered - how will we remember the people we love? Hum, Per
Mar 2006 Electoral boundary changes: as opaque as ever - no convincing demographic reasons behind them Pol
Mar 2006 Looking at the Other - awareness, recognition and "all of them look alike" Soc, Hum
Mar 2006 The sounds we make, the questions they raise - Tan Pin Pin's documentary 'Singapore GaGa' captures a side of our city we seldom think about Soc, Med
Feb 2006 Life in glass houses - the ethical and moral challenge posed by information technology Soc, Hum
Feb 2006 Stop building a pantheon - why having Senior Ministers is a bad idea Pol
Feb 2006 Who is mentally ill? - homosexuals or religious nuts? Soc, Rel, Hom
Feb 2006 Brokeback Mountain: a Singaporean conversation - a collection of things straight folks are saying Med, Hom
Feb 2006 Danish cartoons and the doggiesite - how and where do we draw the line? Pol, Rel
Feb 2006 Here's proof that homosexuals can change! - the controversial 2001 study by Robert Spitzer Hom, Kno
Feb 2006 The limits of choice - some people have some choice whether to go gay or straight Hom
Feb 2006 Fools and fraudsters: sexuality education in Singapore - the reasons for the mess Rel, Oth [Edu]
Feb 2006 Danish cartoons stir controversy - religious tyranny versus freedom of speech Pol, Med, Rel
Jan 2006 What our electoral system brings in - Lee Kuan Yew admits that the PAP uses GRCs to bring weak candidates into Parliament Pol
Jan 2006 Blogging during elections - do you know that it's against the law to write favourably about any party or candidate?  Pol, Law, Med
Jan 2006 Racially integrated neighbourhoods? - the Worker's Party said we should scrap racial quotas for flats. Meanwhile in Texas... Pol, Soc, Hom
Jan 2006 The 3 layers of the Liberty League issue - a more structured overview of the case Pol, Med, Hom
Jan 2006 Spread your legs or be caned - why do we make so many distinctions between male and female? Pol, Law. Hom
Jan 2006 On Pulau Tekong - and why free speech is essential to our future Pol
Jan 2006 Government gives $100K to a religious and anti-gay group - breaching 3 of its own criteria for grants Pol, Rel, Hom
Jan 2006 Obviously, Soros was right - billionaire George Soros said Singapore does not qualify as an open society Pol, Med
Jan 2006 Prostitution and the documentary 'Child sex tourism' - how should we approach these 2 problems, prostitution and child sex? Soc
Jan 2006 Deja vu: just a few busts and arrests - despite the gay confetti in the UK, elsewhere police continue to raid and harass Law, Hom
Jan 2006 Rethinking 'Chinese diaspora' - why do we think Chinese migrant communities constitute a diaspora? Soc
Jan 2006 Why our whistles don't toot - whistle-blowing and freedom of speech and assembly Pol, Law








Pertaining to Singapore
Pol Politics
Law Law, court cases
Soc Society and culture
Rel Religion
Med The media
Hom Homosexuality, gay issues
Kno Knowledge and belief
Hum On being human
Per The personal perspective
Oth Other subjects