Author: Naomi K L Wang

COVID-19 And The Crisis Of Education

As COVID-19 deaths worldwide pass the 200,000 mark, the global community is rightly focused on channeling its resources and efforts into strengthening healthcare systems and developing medical treatments. A pandemic of this scale and severity, however, brings numerous critical consequences beyond immediate medical needs, thereby warranting unparalleled global attention.  One

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COVID-19 In Singapore: Over 20,000 Migrant Workers Quarantined

On 9 April 2020, Singapore reported 287 new cases of COVID-19, the highest daily rise in the country thus far. Over half of these new cases are linked to the dormitory clusters, which house tens of thousands of low-wage migrant workers, most of whom are nationals of Bangladesh and India.

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Can Singapore’s Response To Covid-19 Still Be An Example For The World?

On 3 April 2020, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong addressed the nation in English, Mandarin Chinese, and Malay, through a livestream on his social media platforms. In his address, Prime Minister Lee commended Singaporeans for their calm and responsible behaviour thus far, but also expressed concern regarding the escalation

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The Fate Of Foreign ISIS Affiliates: Part 2

Part 1 of this series on the fate of foreign Islamic State (IS) affiliates called on governments to step up and take responsibility for their nationals in Syria, who in the aftermath of the regime’s collapse, are seeking return to their countries of national origin. This second instalment focuses on

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Covid-19 In The West: Pride Or Health?

Just weeks ago, the global community observed the Wuhan virus from a distance, watching as Chinese authorities locked down entire cities, and as neighbouring areas and countries enforced travel restrictions and encouraged social distancing. On 30 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO), declared the virus a public health emergency

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Mahathir Out, Muhyiddin In: The Recent Chaos In Malaysian Politics

On 1 March 2020, Muhyiddin Yassin was sworn in as Malaysia’s 8th Prime Minister, having defected from his 2018 election-winning alliance Pakatan Harapan (PH) with Mahathir Mohammad and Anwar Ibrahim’s parties, and instead backed by members of his old party, United Malays National Organization (UMNO). UMNO is also the party

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The Fate Of Foreign ISIS Affiliates: Part 1

When the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (also known as ISIL, ISIS or its Arabic acronym Daesh) was at the height of its power and influence, it occupied over 35,000 square miles of territory, had an average monthly income of $81 million, and was reinforced by over 40,000

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Living in Fear: Militia Attacks Claim More Lives In The DRC

On 31 January 2020, Nyatura Domi rebels plundered a village in North Kivu’s Walikale territory and claimed five civilian lives. A day earlier, seven independent incidents across North and South Kivu took 20 civilian lives. For inhabitants of eastern DRC, these events do not come as a surprise. With over

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