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Ashley Wong

Europe/UK

France Fuel Protests: ‘Yellow Vest’ Protesters Clash with Police in Paris

The streets of Paris escalated into a war zone as “Gilets Jaunes” (yellow vest) protesters battled with the French riot police on December 1, in the third weekend of nationwide unrest. French authorities fired tear gas, stun grenades and water cannons to disperse the crowds while masked protesters hurled projectiles, damaging retail stores with metal bars and setting buildings on fire. Some going as far as to deface the Arc de Triomphe with “the yellow

Medicine

Woman Is the First in U.S. to Give Birth With Transplanted Uterus

It was a monumental moment for both doctors and women in the U.S. when a woman who had a transplanted uterus gave birth, making her the first person to do so in the country. The mother, who was born without a uterus, received the transplant from a living donor last year at Baylor University Medical Centre in Dallas, and had a baby boy there last month, the hospital said on Friday. At the family’s request,

Real Life

World Psoriasis Day: No Longer Ashamed, Only Liberated

Today is world psoriasis day, and people from all over the world is gathering in unison to promote awareness for a skin disease that is shunned in the media and across the globe. What is Psoriasis? Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune condition that causes the rapid build-up of skin cells. This build-up of cells causes scaling on the skin’s surface. Inflammation and redness around the scales are fairly common. Typical psoriatic scales are whitish-silver and

Politics

Marches Converge in Washington in Protest of Racial Injustice

Fall has never felt crisper as thousands of protesters unite in Washington D.C. on Saturday (30 September 2017) with their fists up high and feet steady for rallies half a mile apart. The March for Racial Justice and the March for Black Women held independent rallies in the morning before converging in the Capitol Hill neighbourhood to march in unison and eventually marching together on the Mall. Love in arms, purpose aligned The March for

International

A Step Forward for Women and Minority Representation as Halimah Yacob is Appointed President of Singapore

It was Thursday evening (Sept. 14) when the inauguration ceremony for Singapore’s first female President was held. The grand State Room of the Istana was silenced by this solemn moment as 63-year-old Halimah Yacob inked her signature after she took the oath to mark the start of her six-year term. And it was official; Singapore has sworn in its first Female Malay President — a monumental ceremony that will go down in history as the

Real Life

A Perfectionist’s Guide To Being Imperfect

Cambridge Dictionary defines a perfectionist as “a person who wants everything to be perfect and demands the highest standards possible.” However, there is one flaw: wanting everything to be perfect is an imperfection in itself. From as long as we existed, it was always a competition to strive better, be better, and attain the best if not second best result. Chasing after the big fat P has always been programmed in our human anatomy, which

International

Hari Raya Puasa 2017: Pushing Forward as the Month of Ramadan Comes to an End

As the month of Ramadan draws to a close, like any other past Ramadans do, this year’s Ramadan has been particularly filled with tragedy, anger and despair. Just barely 3 weeks after the Manchester Arena Bombing, another attack took place in the Southwark district of London, England, where a van mounted the pavement of London Bridge on 3 June. As the world watched in horror of the attacks that followed one by one over the

Real Life

An Open Letter To Writers: Don’t Lose Your Fire

I know all of you are busy typing away the latest scandalous tweets of President Trump or pursuing the next big scoop of your entire career but I would like all of you to pause for a moment and ask this simple question: Why am I doing this? I’m sure at least once in your life you have asked this question to yourself and more often than not you’ll brush it off with “I need

International

Tuition: Asia’s Secret Multi-Billion Industry

A booming industry in the 21st century: Asia has been known to have one of the most rigorous and mentally demanding education systems in the world. Thus, it’s not surprising that Asian countries top Pisa Tests each year. The Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) provides education rankings based on international tests taken by 15-year-olds in maths, reading and science. As Asia continue to dominate upper reaches of these results tables, Asian countries account for

Express Yourself

The R Card To Xenophobia: Rising Racism In Asia

With Trump’s recent Muslim Ban, I think it is an appropriate time to talk race. Although we claim to be a racially harmonious society in Asia, you can not deny the rising xenophobia the Asia. (Warning: This is strictly my opinion and I have no malicious intent towards any race. I aspire to unite everyone and not separate them.) Let’s talk privilege. How did internalised racial privilege come about? Well, since there are regions where

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