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S’poreans endevour never to let terrorist acts affect their lives as thousands throng Orchard Road, cafes

S’poreans endevour never to let terrorist acts affect their lives as thousands throng Orchard Road, cafes

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Ordinary Singaporeans declare a state of normalcy as buying spree continues unabated.


A state of normalcy has been declared by ordinary Singaporeans from all walks of life, who have said time and again that they will never allow terrorists to determine how they live.

This after a spate of attacks occurred in Paris at night on Nov. 13, 2015, but Singaporeans in Singapore said they will stand up to the doom bearers with stoic indifference and usual frenetic consumerism.

One Singaporean, Mai Huan Loh, said he will not let some terrorists dictate the mood and set the agenda, as thousands of others thronged Orchard Road and downtown areas with the festive shopping mood kicking into high gear: “Do you have this pair in black, size M?”

“Or what other colours do you have?”, he said, in what is the clearest indication that terrorists will never have a hold on Singaporeans’ collective imagination, regardless of how dastardly their acts have increasingly become.

Other clear-focused Singaporeans said not bowing to terrorism-instilled fear is what will make Singaporeans in Singapore strong and not adversity-shunning.

Lim Koh Pi, another local, said: “I’d like to order the Eggs Benedict and a long black, please.”

At press time, other ordinary Singaporeans vowed not to be easily influenced by social-mediated images and videos of other people’s plight overseas, even as a few thousand car-driving locals are stuck somewhere in the basement looking for a parking lot around City Hall area as all shopping centres are currently full with people going about their everyday lives without a care in the world.






Spying not as serious as hacking, S’poreans insist

Spying not as serious as hacking, S’poreans insist

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They echo government’s stance that hacking is terrorism because people can die from it.

BFF -- not

BFF — not

Singaporeans from all walks of life with varying levels of trust issues are echoing the government’s perspective by saying that hacking is more serious a problem than spying.

This after recent revelations by Edward Snowden that Singapore is a partner of the United States in spying on Malaysia and Indonesia.

One Singaporean, Hen Huai Yi, said: “Yah, spying for the US is definitely not as severe as hacking. This is because hacking is akin to terrorism as it endangers people’s lives.”

“Spying, on the other hand, will not cause people to die.”

Another Singaporean, Zhen Que De, said Singapore assisting US in spying is the right thing to do as Singapore can never be wrong: “If Singapore says hacking is akin to terrorism, then surely it is. And if Singapore helps spy on Malaysia, we cannot question this action, because we can’t.”

“It is definitely right.”


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Jaywalking akin to terrorism if it endangers lives





Jaywalking akin to terrorism if it endangers lives

Jaywalking akin to terrorism if it endangers lives

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The latest threat to Singapore society besides hacking is jaywalking.


Besides the recent hacking crisis that is threatening to kill all Singaporeans and destroy Singapore forevermore and bring it back to a fishing village stage, the other major threat facing us today is jaywalking.

This was revealed in a dialogue today called Jaywalking Actually Can Kill All Singaporeans Swiftly (JACKASS).

A JACKASS spokesperson, Kong Jiao Weh said in response to media queries as to how jaywalking is so serious: “Jaywalking is nothing short of terrorism as people can get hurt offline.”

He also elaborated on how jaywalking can be used as a form of terrorist negotiation, when push comes to shove.

Kong Jiao Weh explained: “Imagine the terrorist, who threatens to jaywalk if his demands are not met, is fat. He will cross the road slowly and haphazardly and this will cause cars on the road to swerve out of his way and crash and pile up and people will die.”

However, the government has reiterate its stand that it will do its best to guard against jaywalkers.

By reiterating that jaywalking will kill everyone because it is dangerous.





How the British helped capture Gaddafi’s enemies

How the British helped capture Gaddafi’s enemies

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In war on terror, the West sent Gaddafi’s enemies right back to his prison cell in exchange for intelligence on Islamic militants. A 60 second summary gleaned from various articles here, here and here.

Read the original Tripoli secret documents here.

Probably the most hated man in Libya. Photo: Donkey Hotey

A Libyan Islamist was imprisoned in Tripoli in an operation MI6 hatched in 2004 with the co-operation of Muammar Gaddafi‘s intelligence services.

Sami al-Saadi, a leading member of a Libyan mujahideen group was flown from Hong Kong to Tripoli together with his wife and four children, the youngest a girl aged six. They were then taken straight to prison. Saadi was interrogated under torture while his family were held in a nearby cell.

“They handcuffed me and my wife on the plane, my kids and wife were crying all the way,” he told the Guardian. “It was a very bad situation. My wife and children were held for two months, and psychologically punished. The Libyans told me that the British were very happy.”

Saadi says he was regularly beaten and subjected to electric shocks for more than six years. Shortly after his arrival in Tripoli, he says, then-Libyan intelligence Chief Moussa Koussa visited in person to explain how Gaddafi’s new friends in the West were helping him track down the regime’s opponents around the world.

“He told me: ‘You’ve been running from us, but since 9/11 I can pick up the phone and call MI6 or the CIA and they give us all the information we want on you. You’ve nowhere to hide.'”

According to secret files found in the private offices of Koussa, the British intelligence MI6 supplied its counterparts in Libya with details on exiled opponents living in the UK, and chart how the CIA abducted several suspected militants before handing them over to Tripoli.

The Guardian reports that associates of Saadi saw no reason for his rendition to Tripoli, other than as a ‘gift’ from the British to the Gaddafi regime; the Saadi operation coincided exactly with Tony Blair’s first visit to Libya. He shook hands with Gaddafi exactly two days after a fax sent to Tripoli, concerning the forthcoming rendition of Saadi and his family.

In the trip, Blair worked to make “common cause” in counter-terrorism operations. It was also announced that Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell had signed a £550m gas exploration deal. Three days later Saadi and his family were put aboard a private Egyptian-registered jet and flown to Tripoli.

More tellingly, it wasn’t just the usual MI6 and CIA involved in the Saadi’s rendition. Hong Kong, Malaysia and Thailand were complicit in monitoring Saadi’s location as he travelled from one airport to another.

Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post goes even further, writing that the Chinese Semi-Autonomous Region was still used as a base for Western spy operations.

A personal history of 9/11

A personal history of 9/11

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It’s been 10 years since the world was introduced to the term ‘9/11′ but the legacy of the fallen twin towers still lives on. By Fang Shihan

Courtesy: ibtimes.com

You don’t really give a shit about things when you’re 15.

I know I was having a nap during English class when I first heard about the World Trade Centre attack in New York.

In fact I was probably a little confused because when Ms. C our teacher asked us if we knew what the place was, I immediately thought about cable cars and the yearly family trip to Sentosa.

I really didn’t care – not even when a classmate watched an online video of a plane crashing into one of the twin towers, and not even when another classmate related a probably made-up story of her friend making a phone call to her saying that the plane just flew past her office window.

The O Levels then came and went in 2002 with almost no mention about Osama bin Laden or Islamicism. I probably knew the text of Julius Caesar better than the causes of the 9/11 attack or the implications it had on the global economy.

It was only in 2003 that I starting taking note of the legacy it made in the world. And it all started with a television broadcast of the war in Afghanistan.

After a long hike through Tioman island, a bunch of us JC kids (including pre-NS weapons enthusiasts) decided to sit down for dinner at a restaurant which happened to have a TV set tuned in to the evening news.

I didn’t understand a word of Bahasa, but I did understand the footage. In a dusty city somewhere in the Middle East, U.S. troops were driving though town squares in heavily armored vehicles, flashing their machine guns while civilians were being killed every minute. No war is without collateral. At that time my only point of reference was World War II and we all know WWII, in a nutshell, sucked.

Fast forward to university. After going through various texts and theories of war, international relations and exhaustive arguments with culture relativists, I decided to pick up religious studies as a minor because

1) I didn’t understand why people would pick on a religion that when translated, literally meant ‘peace’
2) why terrorists would terrorise for the promise of 72 virgins
3) why some Muslims were so hard up on a bunch of Danish cartoons when the rest of the world lampoons Christian nutters with little resistance
4) why people would wuss out on talking about the problem of obviously conflicting opinions, choosing instead to say “Oh everyone has a right to an opinion.”

Obviously everyone has a right to be nuts, but there had to be a reason why some opinions are considered more nutty than others.

And that was also when I decided that being in the news industry was pretty cool. Different aces report on the very same issues so differently, with so many consequences.

And we have no way of drawing any proverbial line on the black/white, right/wrong, objective/ subjective. Is Al Jazeera wrong for publishing shit about everyone else in the middle east except its pay masters, the Qatar royalty? Is Fox News being unobjective for slamming the liberals and having a Christian undertone when the liberal outlets have their own slant too?

So a decade down the road since 9/11, here i am at New Nation, where we write about stuff that happens everyday. It’s been a long time since the first image of the twin towers collapsing was etched deep into my memory but in truth, 9/11 has really stuck.

So what if Osama’s dead. Obama’s still getting flak for having a Muslim middle name, people are still making money talking about Islamic security threats (real or imagined) in the region, and Muslims are still being detained in Singapre by Internal Security for being terrorist threats.

The truth is, 9/11 just gave the developed world an excuse to pick on something else after the Cold War. And until we find that something else to demonise, there can be no closure to the event that will shaped the histories of Muslims, Americans, Singaporeans and the like, for better or for worse.