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  1. The fragility of autocrats

    Posted Feb 05th 2011, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... Stephen Vines How stable and confident is a nation that prevents internet users searching for the words 'Egypt' and 'Tunisia'? In democracies, no one feels the need ... in 1995; 14 years later, the figure is estimated to be over 90,000. The reality is that protests are taking place throughout the nation, as they were indeed in Egypt before the upheaval triggered ...

  2. Trouble in pipeline from Mideast unrest

    Posted Feb 08th 2011, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... supply and demand working together. The worry is not what is happening in Egypt alone, but the fear of contagion and panic spreading across the Middle East, with the political explosives detonating the economic damage. Egypt after all is not a major producer of oil. Its production of 662,000 barrels a day as of October last year accounts for just 0.8 per cent of total world ...

  3. Lifestyle - Books - CHINA

    The discontent beneath the surface

    Posted Aug 19th 2012, 12:00am

    ... China The End of the Chinese Dream: Why Chinese People Fear the Future by Gerard LemosYale University Press 2 and a half stars Chow Chung-yan As a visiting professor to Chongqing between 2006 and 2010, Lemos had the opportunity to mingle with ordinary res ...

  4. Egypt faces tough democracy lesson

    Posted Jun 08th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Egypt's military misrule has meant that a crucial element, rule of law, is weak. Mubarak's trial was chaotic, with prosecutors bringing vague and poorly substantiated charges, evidence ...

  5. The ancient seafarers of the Taiwan Strait

    Posted Jul 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... it. The University of Hawaii anthropologist has a passion for ancient seafaring history. He has spent the past decade researching the Taiwan Strait. Working with Chinese archaeologists and geologists, he has helped to paint a clearer picture of the first open-sea voyages. His team drilled deep into the banks of Fuzhou Basin, where a pair of ancient settlements sit, to collect sediment ...

  6. An ancient game of kings and khans

    Posted Jun 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... The name polo is said to derive from the Tibetan word pulu, which means ball. The game is believed to date back to the 5th century BC, when it was used as a means of training elite royal troops in the kingdom of Persia. It was the British who gave it prop ...

  7. Travel sector vexed by late Egypt warning

    Posted Jan 31st 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Kang-chung Hong Kong travel agencies are scrambling to help more than 200 tourists stranded in Egypt fly home, as the government raised its warning to 'black' last night. Some ... by the government's slow response. The government issued a 'black' travel warning for Egypt shortly before 6pm yesterday, advising against all travel to the country, more than 24 hours after being ...

  8. All 25 workers held hostage in Egypt set free

    Posted Feb 02nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Teddy Ng teddy.ng@scmp.com The 25 Chinese workers taken hostage by Bedouins in Egypt on Tuesday have been freed after being held for less than a day, while the Sudanese rebels holding 29 ... protect the safety of workers abroad. The Chinese embassy in Egypt said the workers were freed yesterday morning after a 15-hour ordeal. The cement factory workers were taken to a military hotel ...

  9. Dentist set to drill for ancient gold

    Posted Jan 25th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Chris Ip Ng Tze-chuen's treasure-hunting story is not a traditional one. Granted, there is an exotic island off Costa Rica and up to US$100 million in centuries-old loot. But the unconventional plot involves a dentist from Hong Kong with an unlikely ...

  10. Pirates turn ancient trade into model modern business

    Posted Oct 28th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... in the ancient trade of piracy, he is not exaggerating. As shipping firms across the region know to their cost, the pirates are proving to be a menace as cunning as they are successful. Some 40 ... low in the water, it was a soft target. The pirates shut communications and steered the ship to the ancient fishing port of Hobyo, one of three strongholds on Somalia's east coast. ...




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