More than 200 civilians were reportedly killed in a single airstrike on Mosul, as the United Nations warns the worst was yet to come for those still trapped in the Iraqi city. Some 230 bodies of mostly women and children were pulled from three adjoining houses in the Jadida neighbourhood of west Mosul where ISIS fighters are still active.
6 years on, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station is still leaking. The facility’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) recorded “record high levels of radiation” inside a damaged reactor.
Several challenges still remain for women in the developing world, where regressive cultural practices, social stigma and religious autocracy still impede the progress of women in society. In these 5 countries in particular, woman still lack the basic rights we have taken for granted in the developed world.
The government is not the least bit interested in tackling the proliferation of fake news. If they were, we would have seen our own ministers and MPs passionately chiding the mainstream media for their countless lapses. Rather, the changes to the broadcasting act will likely target websites with, pro opposition, anti-establishment, anti-PAP leanings.
For all of Singapore’s first world accolades, we are sorely lacking in the department of human rights, and in particular – LGBT rights. With the archaic S377a still in the legal books, Singapore holds the unenviable title of being the only developed country in the world that still has laws criminalizing homosexual relations.
Many Singaporeans who voted for the PAP in 2015 appealed to the patriotic emotions still running high from the SG50 Celebrations and the death of Lee Kuan Yew – a watershed moment in Singapore’s history. But given the events of the past 18 months, it appears that the PAP hasn’t learnt its lessons from the past.
Whether it’s the price of water or carbon taxes, Budget 2017 will most certainly have adverse consequences on Singapore’s middle and working class already squeezed by the high cost of living. Neither out of touch comments made by elitist MPs in their ivory towers or token gestures like GST vouchers are going to help alleviate the financial burdens of Singaporeans.