Author: Ryan Urban


RYAN URBAN WRITES – We need to remember this: The mass shooting in Orlando was one of the deadliest in U.S. history. The horrific mass shooting was an act of home-grown terrorism, committed by an even more sick and twisted character. And the tragedy is that something like it bodes to happen again … and how often? On June 12, Omar Mir Seddique Mateen entered Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. The 29 year old security guard, armed with an assault rifle and a small pistol, killed 49 people and wounded another 53 individuals in just over two hours in the night...

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RYAN URBAN WRITES: Dogs are a man’s best friend. But every now and then these furry little guys bring home something they shouldn’t. Most dogs bring home mud and dirt, but not in Singapore, a city-state known for its cleanliness. Dog owners in Singapore have come home to dogs who have somehow picked up a life threatening bacterial diseases. The focus of the potential epidemic is in Buhit Timah, a residential hub in the center of tiny Singapore.  Dog owners who bring their pets to Sunny Heights, the well-known doggy daycare center there,  have reported an alarming number of...

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USA: No Asian Exceptions in the American Justice System

RYAN URBAN WRITES – Asian Americans have made their presence known in the fight against racial injustice. On Saturday, February 21, more than 10,000 protesters rallied in Cadman Plaza, Brooklyn to denounce the conviction of 28-year – old Peter Liang. The New York City police officer was convicted of second degree manslaughter. Officer Liang was conducting a routine vertical patrol in the Brooklyn housing project, when his firearm had misfired in a stairwell. The bullet ricocheted down the stairwell, piercing the heart of an unarmed African American man by the name of Akai Gurley. Amongst all of the recent police...

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SINGAPORE: The Pink and White Dot Clash

RYAN URBAN WRITES – Singapore has gained a great deal of success in the last 50 years as the world’s only fully functioning city-state. The only worry now is Lee Kuan Yew’s People’s Action Party has been a little too successful and is being damaged by its own success. Writers at the Economist say that Singapore’s greatly admired education system has produced a generation of highly educated, global citizens who do not have much tolerance for the PAP’s mother-knows-best style of governance. In an annual rally for LGBT rights (known as the Pink Dot Parade), a crowd filled with...

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