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Documentary: 101 East – We built this city (Video)

After Singapore’s first riot in decades, locals ask hard questions about the migrant worker abuse.

info-pictogram1 On the night of December 8, 2013, paramedics rushed to the scene of a fatal traffic accident in Singapore’s Little India neighbourhood, where tens of thousands of South Asian workers socialise on their day off.

Little did anyone expect the situation to escalate into a bloody riot, Singapore’s first in more than 40 years.

Foreign workers power Singapore’s booming economy, forming a fifth of Singapore’s 5.3 million population, mostly in low-paying jobs that locals avoid.

The accident had occurred after construction worker Sakthivel Kumaravelu, a 33-year-old labourer from India, was stopped from boarding a bus ferrying migrant workers back to their dormitories. The bus ran over and killed him as he chased after it and fell.

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6 Tech Traps We All Fall Into (And How To Avoid Them)

By: Lindsay Holmes

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

Technology can be a beautiful thing: It connects us to our family across the country, it exposes us to captivating stories, real and fictional … but it also has its downsides.

Admittedly, we’re all a little guilty of indulging in our devices too often, whether it’s checking our texts one too many times while we’re out to dinner or just wasting precious minutes dissecting our old roommate’s new romance. Luckily, there are ways to avoid these pitfalls in order to approach life in a more mindful manner. Below are six tech traps we constantly get sucked into and how to fight your way out of them. Take that, smartphone addiction.

1. Snapping a picture of the moment instead of savoring it.

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That sunset may be beautiful, but if you’re not truly enjoying it — without your phone — you may not really remember it. Research suggests that our phones aren’t the best cameras, our memories are. A 2013 study revealed that people who took photos of art remembered less about the work than those who just stopped to soak it all in. And while photos are an incredible way to preserve a memory, we shouldn’t be experiencing every important moment in our life through a screen. Next time, let the mind do the image capturing.

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lades are cruel, not bombs: the Obama Doctrine

By: Dr. Javed Jamil

Sourcemuslimvillage.com

There is huge difference between “We” and “They”. This instinct is omnipotent. But when this instinct stings the mighty “we” is ready to kill “they” if “they” even dare to stare at “we”. What “we” do is always right, and what “they” do, unless approved by “we” is never right. If “they” behead half a dozen, they are cruel and barbaric, if we bombard millions to death, “we” are “peace-loving” and “civilised”. Beheading is brutal because it is “their” method; bombardment is civilised because it is “our” method. Nothing to do with the truth that the swords can behead dozens or hundreds and the bombs can destroy millions.

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