My op-ed in the Wall Street Journal "A New Vision for Singapore," or rather what happened following its publication, is an example of what has to change in Singapore. I had first offered the piece to the main daily newspaper, the Straits Times. It was not accepted for publication. This is not surprising as in the nearly a quarter-of-a-century of my involvement in opposition politics in Singapore, I have not had any opinion piece published in the Singapore press even though I have contributed articles in many international newspapers in the past. My piece in the Wall Street Journal elicited a predictably heavy-handed response from the government. The Straits Times and other pro-government news sites ran identical reports titled Singapore responds to 'dishonest' commentary by Chee Soon Juan in WSJ. My piece was nowhere in sight. The 'dishonest' label is one assiduously cultivated by the riling People's Action Party (PAP); it is the favored tactic of the ruling party to character assassinate its opponents. In this instance, the charge is already an improvement compared to earlier criticisms. In a courtroom hearing in 2008, Mr Lee Kuan Yew testified -- after consulting his doctors -- that I was a "near-psychopath." A Straits Times columnist even penned an editorial confirming the diagnosis after looking up a medical website. Mr. Lee's successor, Mr. Goh Chok Tong, declared that my integrity was suspect, vowing that the government "would try and annihilate" me. The third and current prime minister, Mr Lee Hsien Loong, said in 2006 that I was a liar and added for good measure that "he's a cheat, he's deceitful, he's confrontational, it's a destructive form of politics." The condemnations were not just in word. I was sued for defamation by the three prime ministers and made bankrupt (for which I recently managed to annul after paying off a reduced amount of the damages), imprisoned and fined on more than a dozen occasions, and banned from running for office for nearly 15 years. I am not the only one so targeted by the government. Many before me have suffered greater abject fate, some imprisoned without trial for decades, all branded societal menace by the state media. If all this sounds archaic, that's because it is. PAP is clinging to a past that has long since finished. When the party came to power in 1959, it, with considerable help from the country's British overlords, locked up its political opponents, including journalists whom it deemed unhelpful to its agenda. Through the decades, the party's grip on the media tightened, resulting in the present situation where every Singaporean TV channel, every radio station and every newspaper is owned and run by the state. The World Press Freedom Index 2014 ranks Singapore 150th out of 180 countries. Even Myanmar does better at 145th. The control of the media and the heavily financed propaganda has held Singaporeans in utter thrall, enabling the PAP to rule uninterrupted for more than half-a-century. Even today, albeit with less of a swagger due to push-back from the online community, the party continues to dictate to Singaporeans what they should read, watch and hear. The state-controlled media shield the ruling class from being responsive to the needs and aspirations of the common people. They have put reason and intellectualism to sleep and, as a result, stymied development. Such kind of politics cannot continue, not if Singapore is going to graduate into the next phase of development. The ruling party must stop attempting to conquer people and, instead, move to contest policies. It must end the political solipsism from which the PAP arrogates unto itself sole ideological legitimacy and turn to a contemporary pluralism where differences in opinion are debated, indeed celebrated. If the country is going to survive the next phase of technological advancement in an increasingly competitive global environment, politics in Singapore must evolve in tandem. Starting with the media. Singaporeans have a lot to offer to the world. We built this island-nation to what it is today and we can build an even better country for tomorrow. The only thing that is holding us back is the anachronistic political system and the received opinion among the public that democracy threatens progress. To this end, Singapore must free the media. The government must let the people go. Chee Soon Juan is Secretary-General of the Singapore Democratic Party
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Разворот : Новое дело против Саакашвили, Эхо Москвы, 28.07.2014 В дополнение: The Mass Media in Singapore "Freedom of the press, freedom of the news media, must be subordinated to the overriding needs of the integrity of Singapore, and to the primary purposes of an elected government." Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew Media of Singapore "No person shall print or publish or assist in the printing or publishing of any newspaper in Singapore unless the chief editor or the proprietor of the newspaper has previously obtained a permit granted by the Minister authorising the publication thereof, which permit the Minister may in his discretion grant, refuse or revoke, or grant subject to conditions to be endorsed thereon." —Newspaper and Printing Presses Act of 1974, Cap. 206, Sec. 21. —(1) Press Freedom Index MediaCorp Temasek Holdings Singapore Press Holdings Censorship in Singapore Internet censorship in Singapore
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The most important event of the "coming" week was unexpected, and did not even take place during the week, but the weekend. So with Summers unexpectedly, and uncharacteristically out, here is what else is in store. The coming weak is hosting many monetary policy meetings in the US, India, Turkey, South Africa, Norway and Switzerland. Consensus expects no change in all except the US. Specifically, as is now largely expected, the Fed will announce a shift in the mix of monetary policy instruments away from asset purchases and toward forward guidance. Regarding the forward guidance, some such as Goldman expect a clarification that the 6.5% unemployment threshold is conditional on a return of inflation to the 2% target, and even more emphasis on the importance of broad labor market improvement. There is a meaningful probability that the committee will reduce the 6.5% threshold, but this is not the base case. Regarding the asset purchase program, most seems to expect a tapering of $10 bn, all in Treasuries, as well as confirmation from Chairman Bernanke that the committee still expects to end QE in mid-2014. Journalists at the press conference are likely to ask Chairman Bernanke if the unemployment rate is still the best measure of slack in the economy, whether the FOMC has discussed lowering the unemployment threshold, how much of the decline in labor force participation is structural and how much is cyclical, whether 7% unemployment and mid-2014 remains a reasonable forecast for the end of asset purchases, and how credible the committee's forward guidance is at a time of leadership change. If tapering does begin, journalists are likely to press the Chairman on why the committee is tapering with inflation well below the target and a recent payrolls trend of about 150k. Minutes from six CBs including RBA and BoE are also on deck. The week will also prove interesting with the release of external balance statistics in a number of countries and end with German elections - the latter expected to be a non-event from a financial markets perspective. Monday, Sep 16 US Empire Manufacturing Survey (Sep) US IP (Aug): Consensus +0.4%, previous flat. Euro Area CPI (Aug): consensus unchanged at +1.3%yoy Brazil IGP-10 Inflation (Sep): previous +4.12%yoy India Wholesale Prices (Aug): previous +5.8%yoy Argentina CPI: GS +25.4%yoy, previous +25.3%yoy Also interesting: Canada Existing Home Sales Tuesday, Sep 17 Australia RBA MPC minutes Turkey MPC: Consensus has two key policy rates - repo and overnight lending - unchanged at 4.5% and 7.75% respectively US CPI (Aug): GS +0.1%mom, consensus +0.2%mom, previous +0.2%mom US TIC data (Jul): previous USD-66.9bn UK Core CPI (Aug): consensus +2.1%yoy, previous +2.0%yoy Euro Area Trade Balance, SA (Jul): consensus EUR+15.0bn, previous EUR+14.9bn New Zealand CA Balance (2Q): consensus unchanged at -4.8% of GDP Also interesting: US Homebuilders Survey, UK House Prices, Poland Employment, Singapore Non-oil Exports Wednesday, Sep 18 US FOMC: on Fed Fund rate - Consensus has it unchanged at 0.25%; on pace of MBS purchases - Consensus has them unchanged at USD+40bn; on pace of Treasuries purchases - Consensus has them at USD+35bn, previous USD+45bn. Sweden MPC minutes UK MPC minutes US Housing Starts (Aug): Consensus +2.1%, previous +5.9% South Africa CPI (Aug): Consensus +6.4%yoy, previous +6.3%yoy Also interesting: US MBA Mortgage Applications, Russia CPI and Retail Sales, Poland IP, Australia Leading Indicators, Mexico FX Reserves Thursday, Sep 19 South Africa MPC: Consensus have rate unchanged at 5% Norway MPC: GS and consensus have deposit rate unchanged at 1.5% Switzerland MPC: consensus has target 3m Libor rate unchanged at 0% Poland MPC minutes Kuroda speaks in Tokyo US Initial Jobless Claims (Sep): consensus +330K, previous +292K US Philly Fed Survey (Sep): Consensus +10, last +9.3 US Existing Homes Sales (Aug): consensus -2.6%, previous +6.5% US CA Balance (Q2): consensus USD-97.2bn, previous USD-106.1bn Japan Tankan Survey (Sep) Japan Trade Balance (Aug): consensus JPY-1113.8bn, previous JPY-1024.0bn Switzerland Trade Balance (Aug): consensus CHF+1.80bn, previous CHF+2.38bn Also interesting: Mexico Aggregate Demand, UK Retail Sales, Ireland GDP, Russia FX Reserves Friday, Sep 20 Fed's George, Bullard and Kocherlakota speak in NY; Tarullo speaks on regulation in New Haven India RBI MPC Mexico MPC minutes Euro Area Consumer Confidence (Sep): consensus -14.5, previous - 15.6 Brazil IPCA-15 Inflation: Consensus +5.93%yoy, previous +6.15%yoy Argentina real GDP: previous +3.0%yoy Argentina CA Balance: previous USD-2380mn Also interesting: Thailand FX Reserves, Canada CPI, UK CBI Industrial Trends Survey Sun, Sep 22 German elections - although being a significant event with uncertain outcomes we recently discussed in GS Top of Mind that any of those outcomes should not in our opinion contribute significantly to European market movements in the week pre- and post the elections Visually: Source: GS and SocGen
PRESS RELEASE: Most U.S. Workers Likely to Lose Out from Proposed Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement, Report Finds
September 10, 2013 Tiny Economic Gains from TPP Would be Dwarfed by Increased Inequality for Most Workers For Immediate Release: September 10, 2013 Contact: Dan Beeton, 202-239-1460 Washington, D.C.- A new report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) finds that most U.S. workers would experience a net negative impact from the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently under negotiation. The paper, “Gains from Trade? The Net Effect of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement on U.S. Wages,” by economist David Rosnick uses economic modeling results that are widely-cited by proponents of the agreement. These recent estimates of the U.S. economic gains that would result from the TPP are very small—only 0.13 percent of GDP by 2025. This paper finds that taking into account the effect of the agreement on wage inequality, the median wage earner would lose as a result of any such agreement. “Most U.S. workers are likely to lose out from the TPP,” CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot said today. “This may come as no surprise after 20 years of NAFTA and an even-longer period of trade policy designed to put lower- and middle-class workers in direct competition with low-paid workers in the developing world, but it’s still important to examine the economic projections.” By examining economic modeling done by researchers Peter Petri, Michael Plummer, and Fan Zhai, the paper finds that “it would take only a very small contribution to inequality due to trade to wipe out all of the gains that most workers would get from this agreement.” Because of such an “un-equalizing effect of trade on wages” – and considering that the GDP gains are expected to be so small - the paper finds that the median wage earner in the U.S. will probably experience a net loss were the TPP to be implemented. The paper’s author arrives at this conclusion by examining different projections for the effect of trade on inequality and concludes that “despite the very modest gains in expanded economic activity, wages will generally fall as a result of future trade agreements.” The TPP is currently being negotiated among the U.S., Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. The text of the draft agreement has largely been kept secret, including from most legislators, but those who have seen it, such as Representative Alan Grayson (D – FL), have confirmed that it is modeled on NAFTA and similar U.S. trade agreements. ###
Men convicted for roles in gang-rape and murder of woman likely to face death sentence but are expected to appealFour men have been convicted for their roles in the gang-rape and murder of a young woman in a moving bus in Delhi last year. Judge Yogesh Khanna delivered the verdict on Tuesday morning shortly after noon local time at the district court of Saket in south Delhi."I convict all of the accused. They have been found guilty of gang rape, unnatural offences, destruction of evidence … and for committing the murder of the helpless victim," Khanna said.The bus cleaner Akshay Kumar Singh, gym instructor Vinay Sharma, fruit-seller Pawan Gupta and unemployed Mukesh Singh will be sentenced on Wednesday and are likely to face death by hanging, though life imprisonment is a possibility. Their lawyers said they would appeal.With tears in her eyes and wearing a pink sari, the mother of the 23-year-old victim – who cannot be identified under Indian law – sat just a few feet from the four men who stood against a wall in the court as Khanna read the verdict.Outside the courthouse, where dozens of protesters had gathered, a chant began quickly after the verdict: "Hang them! Hang them! Hang them!" The trial of the men, aged between 19 and 34, started in January. One defendant, a bus driver, hanged himself in prison in March. The oldest of the six men accused of the attack on the physiotherapy student, he was alleged by police to have been the ringleader. The youngest among the alleged attackers, who was 17 at the time of the assault, was tried separately and was last month sentenced to three years in a juvenile reform home – the maximum possible punishment under Indian law. The incident, which took place on a Sunday night in Delhi in December 2012, provoked outrage in India with protests across the country. It also led to an unprecedented national discussion about sexual violence and calls for widespread changes in cultural attitudes and policing, and legal reform. The international image of the country was damaged, with numbers of female tourists dropping significantly. The victim's father, Badrinath Singh, told the Guardian he wanted the case to set an example to other women in India, where there has been a wave of sexual violence in recent years. "I want other girls and women to know how brave my daughter was so her sacrifice does not go ashamed," Singh, 48, said shortly before the verdict.Since the attack laws have been tightened and pledges made to improve the investigation and processing of sexual violence cases. Vrinda Grover, a well-known activist, said the challenge was to make any changes "institutional". "There is certainly much higher awareness now … but the Indian system has huge inertia," she said. Much of the trial was held behind closed doors, with media excluded for many months. The men arrived at the courtroom on Tuesday morning wearing hoods to avoid photographers. The mother of the victim, who suffered severe internal injuries when repeatedly violated with an iron bar, had called for all those guilty to be hanged, whatever their age. "It has to be the death penalty," she told reporters earlier this week. Singh, the victim's father, told the Guardian earlier this year that the family would push for a harsher sentence by any means possible in India and internationally. All the men denied charges of rape, murder and destroying evidence. Two said they had been to listen to a music concert in a park on the night of the attack. One said he was driving the bus in which the assault took place and did not take therefore directly take part in the assault. A fourth, a 26-year-old drifter, said he had left Delhi for his village. Police have said the juvenile convicted last month was the most violent of the attackers of the girl. The prosecution case relied on testimony from 85 witnesses, a statement given by the victim before she died, DNA samples, dental records from bite marks on the victim's body that matched the teeth of some of the men and the evidence of her male friend, who was also badly beaten in the attack. The victim's friend described how the couple were attacked after boarding the bus on the way home from an evening movie at an upscale shopping mall. The attackers beat the man and raped the woman, police and doctors told the court. The victims were eventually dumped on a roadside layby on the outskirts of Delhi, and the woman died two weeks later in a Singapore hospital. Her ashes were later scattered in the Ganges river, near her ancestral village in rural India. The men were also found guilty of robbing another man earlier in the evening of the incident. Police described how the six had set out from the Singh brothers' home in a bus on a "joy ride". They then tricked the victim and her friend into boarding the bus and assaulted them shortly afterwards. There has been widespread criticism of the fast-track court set up specifically to ensure rapid justice in the case, which is one of the most high-profile in India for many years. The trial of the adult defendants started in January. The victim's father has said the idea of a fast-track court was a farce. "This case should have wound up within a month after it started … We have waited so long. We don't want it to be for nothing," he said. Gang-rapes, acid attacks and other acts of violence against women continue to be reported every day across India. In one recent incident a photojournalist was raped repeatedly by a group of men in a disused building in the commercial capital, Mumbai. The men have since been arrested. The victim of the attack was widely praised for her courage in complaining to police and identifying her attackers. Rape victims in India often prefer to remain silent rather than risk social ostracism, and sexual harassment remains a daily reality for Indian women."Every day I take trains, buses and rickshaws and every day I get harassed one way or another. Last week it was a boy of only nine years old. We have to stand up to them. No one will take the first step unless you take it yourself," said Shurbhi Sharma, a 19-year-old student in Mumbai. In the Delhi case, defence lawyers said police "tortured" and beat their clients into making confessions. Such abuse is systemic in India. "He was crying. He said: 'Mum, mum, do something. Get me out of here. I never did anything wrong. I don't understand what is happening to me,'" Champa Sharma, mother of the defendant Vinay Sharma, said this weekend. It is hoped fast-track courts such as the one where this trial was held will help improve a poor conviction rate. Many families of victims pressure their relatives who have been assaulted not to press charges, police often refuse to file cases for those who do, witnesses are systematically intimidated and courts rarely deliver swift justice in the few cases that are filed. Indian courts had a backlog of 33m cases as of 2011.IndiaGenderWomenJason Burke theguardian.com © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds
Азиатская медиа-группа Singapore Press Holdings заявила о планах по привлечению около S$540 млн ($429 млн) путем проведения IPO инвестиционного траста недвижимости. Согласно заявлению компании, листинг акций траста будет проведен в начале июля.
Statement by the Press Secretary on the visit of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore to the White House
President Obama will welcome Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore to the White House on Tuesday, April 2. The United States and Singapore have strong economic and security ties, and our strategic partnership reflects a shared commitment to working together to ensure the continued peace, stability and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region. The President looks forward to discussing with Prime Minister Lee a broad range of strategic and economic issues affecting the Asia-Pacific region. The Prime Minister’s visit underscores the strategic importance the President places on Asia and the value we place on our relationship with Singapore as a key partner. The visit will provide an opportunity for the two leaders to discuss deepening our bilateral relationship, working together in the region’s multilateral institutions, including the East Asia Summit and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, and continuing progress on the Trans-Pacific Partnership.