Mar 31, 2015

'A giant of history' leaves the stage

The late Lee Kuan Yew used to insist that he had to maintain a tight political grip on Singapore. Today, however, there are rising doubts about the durability of the system he has bequeathed to his son.

/ Mar 31, 2015

'Singapore model' all too often misunderstood

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The true secret of Lee Kuan Yew's political genius was not his skillful use of repressive practices, such as launching lawsuits against the media or his political opponents. Lee's revolutionary tack was to use democratic institutions and the rule of law to curb the ...

/ Mar 31, 2015

Singapore's iron patriarch

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Lee Kuan Yew cut his teeth on politics, but his ruthlessness in ensuring the dominance of his People's Action Party removed political contenders who might one day take over. It's the age-old problem when a great philosopher-king departs.

Singaporeans bid final farewell to founding father Lee

Mar 30, 2015

Singaporeans bid final farewell to founding father Lee

Tens of thousands of people braved heavy rain and lined the streets of Singapore on Sunday to catch a last glimpse of founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew as his funeral procession wound through the country he helped build. Booms from a 21-gun salute reverberated ...

Singapore's Lee seen as an inspiration for modern China

/ Mar 23, 2015

Singapore's Lee seen as an inspiration for modern China

Chinese leaders admired modern Singapore's founder Lee Kuan Yew for his toughness, economic pragmatism and insistence on respect for authority. In many ways, Lee's model of "Asian values," combining authoritarianism and economic planning, became China's own blueprint for modernity. Most significantly, late Chinese leader Deng ...

Lee Kuan Yew, founder of modern Singapore, dies at 91

Mar 23, 2015

Lee Kuan Yew, founder of modern Singapore, dies at 91

Singapore's first and longest-serving prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, died Monday, the prime minister's office said. He was 91. "The Prime Minister is deeply grieved to announce the passing of Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, the founding Prime Minister of Singapore. Mr. Lee passed away peacefully ...