The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) may have lost its territories in Iraq and Syria, but in the past two weeks the countries of Afghanistan, Brazil, and Indonesia felt the effects of the terror group and its branches around the world. ISIS claimed responsibility for explosions in Afghanistan last week, where its capital has been the scene of escalated violence since January this year. Brazil charged 11 people for planning to establish an ISIS cell in the country, while in Indonesia three suicide bomb attacks in four days – carried out by families, including children – killed dozens of people. ISIS claimed responsibility for these attacks too. Continue reading
Any lingering doubts that socio-economic inequality is – or will be – a problem in Singapore were probably laid to rest in the past week, when President Halimah Yacob, Minister for Education Ong Ye Kung, and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made inequality and social mobility key themes in their speeches in parliament.
Yet the speeches of Mr. Ong and Mr. Lee (in fact, the IPS study too) were scant on substantive policy solutions. Continue reading