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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Little hope for progress without visionary politicians

    Posted Nov 26th 2012, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com MY TAKE Little hope for progress without vision As a Cantonese saying goes, rice cooked by the aunt next door is always tastier. That may be why people always ... In Hong Kong and Shenzhen, the powers that be usually single out Singapore. There are many similarities and its "executive-led" government can only make our government salivate ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1090720/little-hope-progress-without-visionary-politicians
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    No Darkness at Noon in Jinan

    Posted Aug 24th 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com No Darkness at Noon in Jinan Communist parties seem to have a weakness for show trials. The most famous of these were the Moscow trials, which provided the backdrop to Arthur Koestler's powerful novel Darkness at Noon . I was reminded of it while watching the Bo Xilai trial. You can call it an open trial because millions of Chinese citizens can ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1299043/no-darkness-noon-jinan
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    Obama's NSA reforms vindicate Edward Snowden

    Posted Aug 13th 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Snowden vindicated by NSA reforms The line between hero and traitor is a thin one indeed. Edward Snowden has been called both. But if there is any doubt about the value of his actions and the positive changes he has achieved, just read the news that US President Barack Obama has authorised the first public reform of surveillance programmes since ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1296248/obamas-nsa-reforms-vindicate-edward-snowden
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    Hapless Paul Chan should step aside

    Posted Jul 29th 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Hapless Paul Chan should step aside It's time for ministers to realise they should quit when they can no longer do their job properly and have become a more of a liability than an asset to the government they serve. It is, after all, what being accountable means under our ministerial system, or should have meant if successive post-handover administrations ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1292693/hapless-paul-chan-should-step-aside
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Prize for cosy ties goes to US tech giants

    Posted Jun 17th 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... In October, a US House of Representatives' committee in charge of intelligence issued a scathing report that warned American companies and government departments against doing business with China's two leading telecom companies, Huawei and ZTE, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1262426/prize-cosy-ties-goes-us-tech-giants
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    When scholars take a radical turn

    Posted Jun 25th 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... What role should intellectuals play in politics? This question is at least as old as Rousseau and the French Revolution, or in China, as the May Fourth Movement. In Hong Kong, we are about to find out. It's not an accident that the most exciting and ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1268141/when-scholars-take-radical-turn
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    A lesson for the pig-headed bureaucrats

    Posted May 01st 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com The government says it wants Hong Kong to be an education hub and a world city but it simply refuses to consider simple changes to its school subsidy policy that would go a long way towards achieving those goals. Admission to international and English Schools Foundation schools is highly competitive. Even if you secure a place, high tuition fees ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1227070/lesson-pig-headed-bureaucrats
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    Strikers right to put tycoon in the dock

    Posted Apr 24th 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Strikers right to put tycoon in the dock Striking dockers have beaten academic Benny Tai Yiu-ting to occupy Central. And they have even picked the perfect symbol of the city's so-called property hegemony - the Cheung Kong Center at 2 Queen's Road Central. There may be other local tycoons, but no one approaches the influence and prestige of Cheung Kong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1221724/strikers-right-put-tycoon-dock
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    De Tocqueville's study of democracy has lessons for Hong Kong

    Posted Apr 27th 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com De Tocqueville's lessons for Hong Kong Mainland officials, according to a recent report, have been instructed to study Alexis de Tocqueville's The Old Regime and the French Revolution . Hong Kong people might want to turn to his other great work, Democracy in America . In it, they would readily recognise many features of an emerging democracy ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1224142/de-tocquevilles-study-democracy-has-lessons-hong-kong
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    Gun debate a window into the US soul

    Posted Apr 23rd 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Gun debate a window into the US soul After the Newtown massacre at an elementary school in December, Americans rushed to buy guns. I rushed to buy US gun stocks. The temporary plunge in the share prices of such weapon makers as Sturm, Ruger & Co and Smith & Wesson was predictable. So were their record profits, which quickly translated into rising share ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1221000/gun-debate-window-us-soul

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