The 7 October 2023 Hamas attack on Israel has triggered another wave of Islamophobia, a prejudice that predisposes people to blame the collective for the crimes of a few. CHERIAN GEORGE explains its features and its sources.
It has no place in any society that respects equality, but misapplying the term can aggravate the problem, explains CHERIAN GEORGE.
Borrowed from American political discourse, the term was first used in the Singapore Parliament by opposition member Low Thia Khiang to describe the ruling party, but it has since been monopolised by economic conservatives. CHERIAN GEORGE contextualises its use. POLITICS OF ENVY Politics of envy is a commonly heard accusation in the real world of […]
Cash-strapped Singaporeans are asking for more help to cope with the high cost of living. Some criticise cash transfers as wasteful handouts. NG KOK HOE explains their merits and how they can be structured to reduce the risk of misuse and fraud.
The term “ageing population” is normally framed negatively, limiting public perceptions of this demographic trend, says sociologist SHANNON ANG.
One of Singapore’s main policy dilemmas is how to address economic inequality. NG KOK HOE and TEO YOU YENN explain one approach.
LINDA LIM explains a concept that is familiar to other developed countries though rarely used in Singapore’s policy debates.
It is a label that people apply on views they disagree with. Is there a better way to understand “propaganda”? CHERIAN GEORGE provides a primer.
It’s said that Russia has violated Ukraine’s “sovereignty”. But what does the word mean, and why does Vladimir Putin not seem to get it? CHONG JA-IAN offers a primer.