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  1. Singapore’s Founding Father Dies at 91

    Tributes are pouring in following this morning’s death of Lee Kuan Yew. He stepped down as prime minister in 1990, after 31 years in power, leaving an indelible mark on the city-state of 5.4 million. By relying on strong central governance, economic liberalism and suppression of political protest, he attracted foreign investment and improved infrastructure, successfully transforming Singapore. While his soft brand of authoritarianism was sometimes criticized, President Obama hailed Lee — who will lie in state before his funeral next Sunday — as a “true giant of history.”

    Forbes, NYT

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