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cop-out in san francisco

April 10, 2008


It was the biggest cop-out ever. The city of San Francisco, the sole US stop for the global Olympic torch relay, decided to chicken out rather than face the protesters. Reuters photo The city claimed that in the interest of public safety, it had to pull a bait and switch on both pro- and anti-China […]

earth hour

March 30, 2008


Critics might label Earth Hour gimmicky and deride it as the work of a few activists which would not have much long-term effect on slowing down the earth’s destruction from global warming. But with the pretty dire situation the earth is facing, they should instead look on the bright side — every little gesture can […]

the people’s car, the people’s nightmare

January 14, 2008


Tata Motors’ launch this week of the Nano, a little car that can seat 5 and costs $2,500, has attracted much attention for its potential to bring mobility to the masses. Technologically, it is significant, capitalizing on India’s plentiful labor and cheaper materials to build a car that could be affordable to people of lesser […]

hello kitty, goodbye bad cops?

August 7, 2007


Does shame really work as a deterrent? Perhaps in Asian societies, it would both be a deterrent, and a negative incentive, to behave. Or at least not to get caught. At least that’s the thinking of the new Thai acting chief of the Crime Suppression Unit in Bangkok. In an acknowledgment that the police forces […]

the battle against bottled water

July 10, 2007


It’s truly heartening to see the spread of the movement to ban bottled water in cities, with the cities’ governments taking the lead on the matter. First, it was Los Angeles, whose mayor Antonio Villaraigosa made city agencies stop buying bottled water for employees in 2005. Villaraigosa was prompted to take that step after finding […]

new 7 wonders — popular choice

July 7, 2007


China’s Great Wall, Rome’s Colosseum and Peru’s Machu Picchu were the top choices of around 100 million global votes cast in a contest to decide which landmarks worldwide are worthy of being anointed the title of the “New Seven Wonders of the World”. The world’s most famous ode of love by a Mogul emperor to […]

a dubious first

May 3, 2007


“Slow down, you move too fast. You got to make the morning last. Just kicking down the cobble stones. Looking for fun and feelin’ groovy.” – Simon and Garfunkel Singaporeans are in a great hurry. They beat folks from 32 other cities to win the dubious honor of being the fastest walkers, outpacing those from […]