The Little India riot of 8 December 2013 highlights the ethnic divide in the island-nation of Singapore. As reported earlier, a mob of angry men of South Asian decent became violent following a fatal bus collision that killed a 33-year-old construction worker. The man has been identified as Sakthivel Kumarvelu, an Indian national. According to eyewitness accounts reported by local media, the man may have been intoxicated and belligerent as he tried to board the bus, which ran him over shortly after. Unconfirmed reports indicate that the police officers who arrived on the scene before the ambulance behaved in an unseemly manner, fueling the rage.
Negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership have been pushed to 2014 as a round of negotiations in Singapore failed. The agreement which has faced some controversy due to the highly secretive nature of the negotiations as well as several damming leaks about spying allegations is still to push ahead in 2014. The talks include the 12 countries Australia, the US, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, New Zealand, and Singapore but could potentially include more in the future.
The stage is set for a civil war in Thailand. The tough stand taken by Suthep and his yellow shirts is a sign that he has been given an edict to get rid of Yingluck. This is shown in his confidence and persistent to push to the end. He would not compromise, he is showing his cards without taking it out. They are even talking of arresting Yingluck for treason. This is the last push by the monarchy to stay in power. The red shirts have been exceptionally restrained and non confrontational so far. They have been on the retreat, on the defensive, trying to appeal for reasons and negotiation.
The largely Anglophile Singapore is an anomaly in South-East Asia. It has staunch connections with the US and Israel, and a network of varied corporate interests all around the world. Singapore is a small primarily non-Muslim city-state surrounded predominantly by much larger Muslim countries. Sovereignty disputes upon the South China Sea are ongoing, and unpredictable events like Sulu militants invading Lahad Datu in Sabah continue to occur. Singapore’s security is of prime importance to the nation.
The man who was supposed to be signing for the deaf at Nelson Mandela's memorial service was a fraud, according to sign language experts. While dignitaries addressed the crowd at the former South African president's globally broadcast memorial, the man produced a series of hand signals that meant absolutely nothing, observers said on Wednesday. "He wasn't even doing anything. There was not one sign there. Nothing," said Cara Loening, director of Sign Language Education and Development in Cape Town. "He was literally flapping his arms around."
Australia's High Court on Thursday struck down gay marriage in the nation's capital where dozens have wed under a landmark law, ruling that parliament must decide whether to approve same-sex unions. Had the nation's top court upheld the Australian Capital Territory's gay marriage legislation it would have opened the door to similar laws being passed across the country, pressuring the government to make it legal at a national level.
A former Taiwanese air force captain was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday for leaking military secrets to China, in the latest spying scandal to hit the island. Chiang Fu-chung was convicted of leaking large amounts of confidential documents to China through his uncle, a Taiwanese businessman based on the mainland, the high court said. No other details were released but he can appeal the ruling.
Senior defense officials from Singapore got to see U.S. Marine Corps F-35 fighter jets in action on Tuesday at the Luke Air Force Base in Arizona as the Asian country mulls buying the Lockheed Martin Corp planes, a base spokeswoman said. The aircraft flew to Luke Air Force Base, a pilot-training center near Phoenix, from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, which is about 175 miles (280 km) away. Yuma is home to the first operational squadron of F-35 fighter jets, said First Lieutenant Candice Dillitte, a spokeswoman for the Arizona base.
The demonstrators are an eclectic amalgamation of Italians, from truckers to students. The origin of the protests stems from the ‘Pitchfork Movement’, which began as a group of Sicilian farmers pushing for government reforms but grew into a nationwide revolt against banks, the Italian tax collection agency Equitalia, the European Union, and the Socialist-backed minority government, which is moving to privatize higher education.