Singapore

Singapore’s 'Little India' riots: "Tensions had long been brewing"

 
It had been decades since Singapore had witnessed violent riots. Several hundred foreign workers faced off with the police on Sunday in Little India, a neigbhourhood with a large South Asian community, after a young Indian man was hit and killed by a bus. The country’s transport minister says alcohol may have been a factor in the riots, but our Observer, who studies Singapore’s South Indian community, believes the violence stems from underlying tensions between migrant workers and locals. Read more...
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In pictures: Hazardous smog engulfs Singapore

 
Authorities have announced that the hazardous smog that has engulfed Singapore could last for weeks. To show just how bad the situation has become, concerned citizens are sharing photos of the hazy city – mostly taken from behind windows, where they can breathe more easily. Read more…
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Singapore, an urban model for the French suburbs?

One of our Observers in Singapore wonders if the urban set-up there — which he says preserves an almost crime-free society — could also work in the French suburbs. Read more...

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A blogger stands up to the Singaporean government

Gopalan Nair is being charged for having "insulted" a judge on his blog. According to him, the case is a message from the government to its bloggers, more inclined to self-censorship than the traditional media. Read more...

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