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“She reads the news for you.” — My mother

We, The Citizens is a curated newsletter that covers Singapore with an emphasis on democracy, politics, civil society, and social justice. Every week, I pick stories about Singapore that I think people should be paying attention to. I then sum up what you need to know, and add some analysis, context, and/or background. Sometimes I also add GIFs.

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Okay, but who are you?

My name’s Kirsten, and I’m a Singaporean journalist and activist. I started blogging about Singaporean politics and human rights in 2010 as a volunteer for The Online Citizen and a baby activist campaigning against the death penalty.

About a decade on, I’m still advocating for the abolition of capital punishment, but now write and comment professionally on Singapore’s politics, democracy, and civil liberties (or lack thereof) for a range of publications.

I’m also the Editor-in-Chief of New Naratif, a platform for Southeast Asian journalism, research, art, and community-building. Check us out, and become a member too.

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I believe in the importance of delivering comprehensive-yet-digestible updates about Singapore to Singaporeans and non-Singaporeans alike, so I don’t want to cut off anyone’s access by putting it all behind a paywall.

But if you want to buy me some Milo peng, it’s much appreciated

If you enjoy what I’m doing with this newsletter, please consider contributing to my Milo Peng Fund* by becoming a paid subscriber. It’s US$5/month or US$50/year.

Milo Peng Funders get some extra stuff now and then: more commentary/analysis, interviews with interesting people, photos, musings on Singaporean issues, etc.

Every Milo Peng Funder will also get a coupon that gives them a discount for membership to New Naratif.

*As you probably can guess, all the money won’t literally be spent solely on Milo peng because that would be quite a lot of sugar. But it will contribute towards the time and energy spent on putting together these newsletters (and more!)

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