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HONG KONG: Cua Chiu-fai is on a mission to rid Hong Kong's classrooms of what he sees as poisonous anti-China bias. His soldiers: Mainly parents. He has recruited hundreds of mothers and fathers to monitor and report on teachers deemed guilty of filling their students with hate for China and urging them to take to the streets in protest. Using his YouTube channel, which has 114,000 subscribers, Cua says he has enlisted parents and other volunteers as part of an initiative called "Help Our Next Generation". In a video posted in late October, he talks about seeing pictures of "people who looked like teachers" directing young students to pick up bricks during the demonstrations that roiled Hong Kong last year These teachers need to have their licenses revoked, he says in the video: "If you're a teacher and you make your students destroy this place for certain so-called political positions, that's something we absolutely cannot accept." Cua's vigilante initiative has won the … [Read more...] about China wields patriotic education to tame Hong Kong’s rebellious youth
SINGAPORE: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Monday (Nov 18) that the United States no longer considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank a violation of international law. This unilateral decision reversed four decades of American policy and removed what has otherwise been an important barrier to Israeli designs of annexing occupied territory. READ: In new pro-Israel shift, US no longer calls settlements illegal It also breaks away from a common consensus forged internationally and shared by most countries. International condemnation to the announcement has thus been swift, with Palestinians, the Arab League, the United Nations (UN), the European Union and a number of countries decrying the move as undercutting any chances of a broader peace deal. Without specifically naming the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Belgium and Poland issued a joint statement stating: “Our position on Israeli settlement policy in the occupied Palestinian territory, … [Read more...] about Commentary: International law only works if everyone plays by the rules
SINGAPORE: As digital banks look set to make their debut here later this year, observers say it may be an uphill task for them to build a customer base against more established conventional banks. While digital banks may find success in appealing to a digitally savvy customer base, traditional banks - which already have advantages such as a strong brand and an established customer base – have already started their own process of digital transformation, they noted. Last year, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced it would issue up to five digital banking licences to non-bank players. Of these, up to two of the licences will be for digital retail banking, which will allow firms to provide a range of financial services as well as take deposits from customers. Another three will be issued for digital wholesale banking, which allows licensees to serve small-and-medium enterprises, as well as other non-retail sectors. MAS announced earlier this year that it had … [Read more...] about Companies vying for digital bank licence may face uphill battle, say experts
TOKYO: As Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announces his plans to resign over health problems, attention turns to who could succeed the country's longest-ruling premier, with no consensus clear yet on a candidate. Abe said his health started declining around the middle of last month, and that he did not want illness to affect important policy-making decisions. READ: Japanese Prime Minister Abe resigns over health concerns "I have decided to step down from the post of the prime minister," he said at a press conference, saying he was suffering from a recurrence of ulcerative colitis. He said he would not comment on his potential successors, but said the next premier should continue to work on fighting the coronavirus. Here are details of some likely contenders to take the helm of the world's third-largest economy. TARO ASO Finance minister Aso, 79, who also doubles as deputy prime minister, has been a core member of Abe's administration. Without a clear … [Read more...] about Who could lead Japan after Shinzo Abe?