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  1. News - World - ARAB SPRING

    US notes slow progress of Arab spring

    Posted Apr 21st 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Washington Arab spring progress slow, US says Global hopes that democracy could replace dictatorships in Arab spring nations risk being crushed by repressive ... are encountering "harsh realities" and face "immense challenges", the State Department said in its assessment of the global human-rights situation in 2012. "The hope of the early ...

  2. News - World - MOROCCO

    Moroccan village divided over 'Islamists' driving out prostitutes

    Posted Oct 31st 2012, 12:00am by The New York Times in Ain Leuh

    ... Prostitutes victims of Arab spring For years, the Moroccan mountain village of Ain Leuh with its crumbling whitewashed walls was known locally as the place to go for sex. Women- some dressed in tight ... by some in Morocco as another triumph of the Arab spring- testament to what can happen when ordinary citizens stand up for change and make life better for themselves. For others, however, ...

  3. News - World - GLOBAL POWER

    US will take back seat in new world order, says think tank

    Posted Sep 14th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in London Think tank says America is in transition between interventionist era and a new role, while China's leadership transition will change global politics U.S. 'to take back seat in new world order' A series of political transitions led by the Arab spring uprisings are shifting the balance of world power with the United States set ...

  4. Signs of spring

    Posted Mar 14th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Frank Ching It is significant, and encouraging, that a key Chinese official involved in Hong Kong affairs has praised the recent presidential election in Taiwan and suggested that party politics in Hong Kong is lagging behind, with deep-seated problems. W ...

  5. More dirt may show before political spring clean ends

    Posted Mar 05th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Mike Rowse It pains me to even think it, let alone write the words, but Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen has joined the ranks of Dead Men Walking. Revelations that he has consorted with wealthy businessmen, by themselves, mean nothing. We expect the ...

  6. 'Arab spring' comes to, but not for, HK

    Posted Oct 21st 2011, 12:00am

    ... At least 20 Tunisians are heading to their consulate in Hong Kong over the next few days for a heartening reason. They will be voting in their country's 'first free and fair elections' in 30 years. Tunisia, of course, is where the 'Arab spring' felt its first fresh breezes. Protests in January, which began when an unemployed street vendor set himself alight, ...

  7. News - World - EGYPT

    Britain 'failed to freeze assets of Hosni Mubarak regime'

    Posted Sep 05th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in London Britain 'failed to freeze assets of Mubarak regime' The Egyptian public investigator who led efforts to hunt down property belonging to the regime of toppled dictator Hosni Mubarak has accused Britain of being &quo ...

  8. Spring colours

    Posted Jun 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... and by deeds. It is by the space allowed for these various minorities to live and flourish in their societies that we shall judge the true nature of the Arab spring. Rene Guitton is a writer ...

  9. False spring

    Posted May 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Fadi Hakura Spring has come early this year to the Arab world. Climate change has awakened the once comatose Middle East from the stupor of singular leaderships. A new dawn of democracy and freedom is sprouting from Morocco to Oman. Or so we are told. Weather forecasting is a tricky business. Despite sophisticated models and satellite imagery, deciphering weather patterns ...

  10. Spring buds

    Posted May 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... the government, but their protest votes have certainly given non-PAP politicians an opportunity to show their colours and aspirations in order to unleash a new spring in Singapore. For the PAP, it has ...




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