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  1. Hypocrisy rules when it comes to ancient - and honourable - profession

    Posted May 17th 2008, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... with Alex Lo So, the founder of a popular online prostitutes' directory has been jailed for 18 months. His staff - the site's designer, a computer programmer, photographers and a technician - escaped jail but were fined and ordered to perform co ...

  2. FYI: Slavery is despicable. Why did people ever think it was acceptable?

    Posted Mar 25th 2007, 12:00am by Mark Footer

    ... the hostages became slaves. Ancient Egypt made use of slaves but it was the Roman Empire that turned their utilisation into a well-developed operation- at times up to 20 per cent of the population were slaves and the Romans enacted laws to protect them. Ancient China, too, had its fair share of slaves; the emperor and his court usually owned hundreds, sometimes thousands. Most were born ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Forget doomsday, we've more pressing issues to worry over

    Posted Dec 16th 2012, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... SCMP Editorial There's a lot to really fret about The last incredible apocalyptic scenario came and went 12 years ago with barely a hiccup. Remember Y2K, or the millennium bug? Yet predictions without any basis in science or reason continue to come around. The current one holds that the end of the ancient Mayan calendar on December 21- this Friday- portends a dire event, or even ...

  4. TEEN musicians give their best

    Posted Nov 19th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Jessie Hui Budding musicians will be putting on their best performances at the 2004 Hong Kong Youth Music Interflows, which kicks off on Sunday. The month-long event will feature various contests for symphony orchestras, string orchestras, Chinese orchest ...

  5. Death penalty on the rise

    Posted Jun 26th 2005, 12:00am by Hazel Parry

    ... Hazel Parry Egypt still imposes the death sentence for premeditated murder- and its use of capital punishment is increasing. Last year, seven executions by hanging were recorded in Egypt ... was decreasing worldwide, in Egypt it had continued to rise, with 382 death sentences between 1996 and 2001. Amnesty International has been urging the Egyptian government to commute all death sentences ...

  6. The Trial- A History from Socrates to O.J. Simpson

    Posted Aug 06th 2006, 12:00am by Tim Cribb

    ... Compiled by Tim Cribb The Trial- A History from Socrates to O.J. Simpson by Sadakat Kadri Harper Perennial, HK$160 Novelist and lawyer Scott Turow was part of a commission asked in March 2000 by Governor George Ryan of Illinois to look into capital punish ...

  7. Fundamentalists can't roll back the years

    Posted Dec 13th 2011, 12:00am

    ... a mentality so sex-obsessed and so fearful of women that these feverish imaginings seem normal to him. And they are quite normal among Islamic fundamentalists, like the al-Nour party in Egypt ... Jews, Christians and Muslims today do not have extreme anti-female attitudes. Fundamentalists are a big minority in countries like the US, Israel, Egypt and Iran, but a much smaller minority ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Minorities of all stripes must have a voice

    Posted Sep 14th 2012, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... the vast majority of maids can never become permanent residents- and therefore voters- however long they have worked here. Hong Kong will become a democracy like ancient Athens, where servants ...

  9. News - China - FAMILY

    New standards on filial piety cause unhappiness

    Posted Aug 20th 2012, 12:00am by ZHUANG PINGHUI

    ... Zhuang Pinghui pinghui.zhuang@scmp.com New standards addressing filial pietyare criticised as the government passing the buck on social problems Respecting elders togain fresh meaning Since ancient times, the virtue of filial piety, or treating one's parents and ancestors with the utmost respect, has been considered an integral part of Chinese society, and one in which ...

  10. No Arab Spring in China this winter

    Posted Dec 21st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com What do Mohamed Bouazizi, Abu-Abdel Monaam Hamedeh, Ali Mehdi Zeu and Xue Jinbo have in common? Better hope Xue has little or nothing in common with the others. The first three have been hailed as heroes of the Arab Spring, whose suicides sparked rebellions that toppled regimes in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. Xue, a representative of villagers in Wukan, ...




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