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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    The opportunistic promotion of Confucianism in China

    Posted Nov 17th 2014, 04:48am by Alex Lo

    ... in the state-funded Global Times, is that party members must not follow any religion. But what about Confucianism? Presumably it's still OK for non-party Chinese to believe in a religion, notwithstanding ... seeing that as a way to encourage nationalism. Politically, Confucianism has been used as an ideology to boost the legitimacy of the state through many dynasties. But the Global Times is probably ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1641617/opportunistic-promotion-confucianism-china
  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Both Beijing and Anson Chan are talking hogwash over full democracy for Hong Kong

    Posted Jun 24th 2014, 05:59am by Alex Lo

    ... So I am at a loss as to why mainland officials and the state-run Global Times have called it "an illegal farce". It is neither illegal nor farcical; actually, it is very serious. ... the city's fight for full democracy. Both denunciations are hogwash. You can ask the Hong Kong public to vote on anything you like. We do it all the time, over beauty pageants, Canto-pop hits, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1539168/both-beijing-and-anson-chan-are-talking-hogwash-over-full
  3. Comment - Debates - MY TAKE

    Chasing the jihad bogey in China's Xinjiang

    Posted Aug 14th 2014, 04:29am by Debasish Roy Chowdhury

    ... of setting that draws the attention of global jihadists. It's time Beijing asks itself if it needs that kind of attention. And if it doesn't, whether China is better off framing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/debates/article/1573053/chasing-jihad-bogey-chinas-xinjiang
  4. Comment - MY TAKE

    Beijing's problem in Hong Kong is not foreign interference but Western ideas

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 05:22am by Alex Lo

    ... Benny Tai Yiu-ting thinks there are objective international standards for democracy. Few leaders in Western capitals would want to see the downfall of the Communist Party at this time. That would introduce too much uncertainty and instability into the global economic and political systems. Yet I just passed through a Wan Chai protest in which hundreds of marchers all chanted ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1594919/beijings-problem-hong-kong-not-foreign-interference-western-ideas
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Time for troubled Mega Events Fund to be put out of its misery

    Posted May 15th 2014, 03:55am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Time to end this fund's mega-debacle Tourism officials who help oversee the troubled Mega Events Fund must think we are pretty stupid. It transpires ... had picked up enough since the onset of the global financial crisis. And I thought I was being radical many columns back when I suggested the fund's chief, Jeffrey Lam Kin-fung, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1512268/time-troubled-mega-events-fund-be-put-out-its-misery
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    The power of social media cannot replace leadership

    Posted Mar 28th 2014, 03:54am by Alex Lo

    ... way non-democratic. There is an excellent analysis of this global phenomenon in The New York Times by Zeynep Tufekci, a fellow at the Centre for Information Technology Policy at Princeton ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1458794/power-social-media-cannot-replace-leadership
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Humanitarian stories relating to Cambodia and Pakistan too good to be true

    Posted Jun 06th 2014, 05:27am by Alex Lo

    ... to glorify the author or amuse readers are harmless enough. But others are not so innocent. For many years, Somaly Mam was the global icon against sexual slavery and underage prostitution in Asia, especially Cambodia. She has been championed by US Secretary of State John Kerry and The New York Times ' influential columnist Nicholas Kristof. Now she has been exposed as a fraud. In her book ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1526158/humanitarian-stories-relating-cambodia-and-pakistan-too-good
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Non-violent encounter with leading literary thinker Pankaj Mishra

    Posted Oct 22nd 2013, 12:34am by Alex Lo

    ... like what "serious readers" read: the historian Niall Ferguson for whom the West is the best; or the "global novelist", writers he named in a recent Financial Times article ... with the great man was certainly worth it, though it didn't come cheap. We both arrived at about the same time- late. Other guests were already congregating and deep in conversations. So I had ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1336837/non-violent-encounter-leading-literary-thinker-pankaj-mishra
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Xi Jinping pins hopes on 'new normal' bringing political legitimacy

    Posted May 14th 2014, 04:32am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Xi pins hopes on 'new normal' legitimacy It's time for the "new normal" in China. The phrase has been used in the past several years to describe high unemployment, slow growth and heavy government debt in developed economies after the global financial crisis. But just as Mohamed El-Erian, the ex-CEO of the giant bond fund manager ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1511524/xi-jinping-pins-hopes-new-normal-bringing-political
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Delay turns up heat on MTR to overhaul

    Posted May 09th 2014, 02:53am by Alex Lo

    ... That was clearly what happened when it made the shock announcement that its massive HK$67 billion high-speed rail linking Hong Kong with Guangzhou would be delayed for two years until 2017. For a time ... profit throughout the global financial crisis, thanks mostly to its property developments, while its rail operations are recession-proof. Meanwhile, delays of the kind just disclosed for massive ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1507817/delay-turns-heat-mtr-overhaul

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