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Nation building 101: lessons from Singapore

Singapore's successes are largely due to the intense pragmatism of its founding father Lee Kuan Yew. It is no secret that the government is involved in basically all aspects of society. More than 50 years after the birth of Singapore, blindly trusting the state is something the younger generation of Singaporeans are not willing to do without question. Lee has been dead nearly a year. The government can no longer rely on his iron grip over the nation.

How Donald Trump has used social media to outplay his opponents

No other candidate uses new media as well as Trump. With his rallies live-streamed through Youtube and his brutally authentic Twitter feed, he is a ‘disruptive technology’ in the world of political campaigning. The 2016 Presidential Election marks the point when the online and offline realities are no longer separate, and Trump, who has 6.3m followers and 30,900+ tweets, is winning in the real world for the same reasons he wins online.

Military crushes Aung San Suu Kyi’s hope of becoming President

Burma's commander-in-chief, General Min Aung Hlaing, has announced that the constitution will not be amended to remove to ban on Aung San Suu Kyi becoming President. Despite Suu Kyi's landslide victory, in which her party won 77% of available seats, unelected officials hold the constitutional power to obstruct any democratic government. This is a blow to anyone who cares about democracy, justice, or the future of development in Burma.

Brave Gove should be forgiven by Cameron, but might not be

It was widely known in Westminster circles that Gove was by instinct a Brexiteer, and that the only thing that might keep him in Cameron’s Remain tent was his friendship with and personal loyalty to the PM. The angst he suffered making his decision is clear. Though Cameron has in the past shown little capacity for rehabilitating those who have crossed him, Gove deserves to be forgiven and respected for choosing principles over friendship.

How the Bronx bounched back

Four decades ago, the Bronx was literally burning as crime rates (including arson) soared. However, a neighbourhood renaissance began under Mayor Ed Koch, followed by the revolution in policing and public safety under Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Now, unlike other American cities that have never recovered from their mid-20th century peak, the Bronx is boasting a higher population and business rate than ever before.

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