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Saddam to hang

By now you would’ve heard that Saddam Hussein has been sentenced to death. Various countries have expressed their agreement, disagreement, ambivalence and reservations about the decision. More here: Authoritative blogs’ posts on Saddam (Technorati) Wikipedia entry on Saddam Videos on Saddam (Youtube) Technorati Tags: Saddam, Iraq

What took them so long?

When the planes crashed into the World Trade Center buildings, George Bush wasted precious minutes sitting pretty at an elementary school (watch the video). While New Orleans flooded, Bush again took his time to react, strumming his guitar, talking about medicare and celebrating John McCain’s 69th birthday (see the contrast in pictures). When he finally …

London hit

The London bombings are a tragedy. I was deeply saddened to hear of it, so soon after their Olympic triumph. London is one of my most-visited cities since I was a child. I was planning a trip at the end of this year, actually. On the bright side, this will give them some insight as …

Speekee Engrish?

Hot in the news today is a finding that the majority of Singaporeans believe they speak Mandarin well. As suggested in the Straits Times, they probably gave themselves a generous self-assessment. Here in Singapore, I haven’t heard anyone speak 100% Mandarin without relying on other tongues to fill up gaps in their vocabulary. Quite often …