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  1. East Turkestan movement says oppression fuels unrest

    Posted Aug 05th 2008, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan German-based exiles call attack part of armed struggle The attack on armed police officers in Kashgar , Xinjiang , yesterday was part of an 'armed struggle' by Uygurs who had suffered under Chinese rule, said a spokesman for the bann ...

  2. Turmoil carries risk but promise of huge rewards for Beijing

    Posted Feb 27th 2011, 12:00am by Toh Han Shih

    ... hurt China's interests in the short term, but in the long run China would be an economic force in the region. Unrest has swept across the Middle East and North Africa. Demonstrations began ... not Chinese,' he said. But Libya, which is largely tribal, could be on the brink of a devastating civil war which would affect oil prices, Ackerman warned. Barry Sautman, associate professor of social ...

  3. Macau security bill a threat to civil liberties, says HK rights group

    Posted Oct 23rd 2008, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... might still threaten civil liberties, a human rights group said. But because of Macau's controls, more stringent than Hong Kong's, observers said they believed the proposal to ban acts ... Monitor, said the vague definition of some offences, plus the general lack of protection for civil liberties, made the bill more worrying than its shelved Hong Kong counterpart. 'The worst ...

  4. HK legislators again refused entry to Macau

    Posted Mar 16th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... on Macau officials to ease their stance, but the continuing ban on Mr Lee, of the Confederation of Trade Unions, indicated worries about worker unrest, especially with Labour Day on May ... the Government House protest, Hong Kong lawmaker Cyd Ho Sau-lan urged the Macau administration to normalise immigration controls. 'Freedom of movement is expected in a civil society,' she said. ...

  5. Survival of civil liberties the most valuable facet of Tung's legacy

    Posted Mar 04th 2005, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... that Hong Kong's civil liberties would vanish when we came under Beijing's thumb. It never happened. Thus if foreign journalists are now to issue a report card on Mr Tung's ... the doubts they cast on him in 1997. We have our civil liberties as fully as we ever had them under British administration and this is a very good record. But cast your mind back to those television ...

  6. Don't let retiring senior civil servants work

    Posted Jan 14th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... is the right of civil servants. This will help many civil servants take the government to court in future. Ordinary civil servants do not enjoy 360 days' accumulated leave, which is only allowed to expatriate staff or those at the top end of the directorate scale. This is why the normal six-month 'freeze' for retiring civil servants usually rules out the double-benefit problem. ...

  7. Reform the civil service

    Posted Sep 10th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... I refer to the letter by Andrew Miles (September 3). Mr Miles has raised two common criticisms against the Hong Kong civil service, namely it is over-paid and too large. I wish to offer the following response. Civil service pay has already been reduced by 1.58 per cent to 4.42 per cent, depending on the salary band, from October last year. Subject to the passage of the 2004-2005 Public ...

  8. Civil service stalwart reveals intricacies of handover politics

    Posted Jul 09th 2004, 12:00am by David Akers-Jones

    ... Sir David Akers-Jones' memoir reveals an enduring affection for the city he has helped shape, writes C. K. Lau Sir David Akers-Jones has joined a small number of retired civil ... thing an ex-civil servant should do is keep his mouth shut. Those who feel Hong Kong's best defence against being subsumed under communist rule after the handover is to develop a political ...

  9. The spectre of a civil war in Iraq

    Posted Dec 17th 2003, 12:00am by Gwynne Dyer

    ... to broaden its popular base and then resume attacks on occupation troops. In the long-term there is likely to be, once the US has gone home, a civil war and Iraq's partition. Gwynne Dyer ...

  10. The danger of negative thinking

    Posted Jun 22nd 2005, 12:00am by Tom Plate

    ... it was the right-wing, nationalistic losers of the Chinese civil war who did so in 1949. It was not the mainland that invaded Hong Kong: in a sense, it was colonial Britain that did so in the 1840s, ... instability in a village just 100km from Beijing. Given the government's generally effective clampdown on negative news of this sort, one can only guess at the true extent of social unrest ...




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