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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    How Hong Kong's propertied class found favour with the government

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 04:31am by Alex Lo

    ... pan-democrat and the property tycoons' man in Legco have both come down hard on the government for selling land to private developers or converting it to other uses. It was originally earmarked ... plots of land originally reserved for public housing were returned to the government between 2001 and 2013 and eventually sold to developers or converted to other uses. The government justified ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1551472/how-hong-kongs-propertied-class-found-favour-government
  2. News - Asia

    Sonia Gandhi accuses Modi government of 'witch hunt' against family and Congress party

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 11:17pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in New Delhi Gandhi calls tax probe a witch hunt Sonia Gandhi, president of India's ousted Congress party, has accused the new Narendra Modi-led government of a "political witch hunt" after tax authorities began probing her party as she and her son face allegations of misusing funds. Last month an Indian court summoned Sonia and her son Rahul to answer ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1551373/sonia-gandhi-accuses-modi-government-witch-hunt-against-family-and
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    To get government moving again, both sides have to give

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 04:33am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Get government moving again Lawmakers working overtime is nothing unusual, especially when bills and funding requests stack up towards the end of the legislative session. ... for the government to shuffle the items accordingly. The working relationship between the executive arm and the legislature has been so antagonistic in recent years that governing has become difficult. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1550613/get-government-moving-again-both-sides-have-give
  4. News - China Insider - CULTURE

    How a Chinese government decree could take the glimmer out of Vienna's Golden Music Hall

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 03:13pm by Patrick Boehler

    ... of performers travelling abroad on the government’s dime.   Vienna’s Musikverein, the historic home of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, has scrapped a “Chinese pupils and choir concert” scheduled ... abroad on government expenses. With its latest order, the ministry has reacted to years of increasingly embarrassing reports about Chinese delegations staging shows at historic overseas venues ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1551055/how-chinese-government-decree-could-take-glimmer-out-viennas
  5. News - China Insider - HISTORY

    First Chinese government delegation to commemorate China’s WW1 dead in France

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 05:58pm by Patrick Boehler

    ... and ushering one of the bloodiest conflicts in history. While China remained neutral in the war until 1917, Chinese government front companies and private recruiters hired hundreds of thousands ... been rediscovered by historians as well as the Chinese government. For several years, Chinese resident diplomats have paid respects to the workers during the Tomb Sweeping Festival, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1550388/first-chinese-government-delegation-commemorate-chinas-ww1-dead
  6. Comment - Letters

    Government can offer small landowners better financial deal

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 05:07am by LETTERS

    ... Government can offer small landowners better financial deal As the convenor of a public policy collective, I would like to comment on the ongoing controversy concerning development in the northeast New Territories. Even with last month's approval of preliminary funding for work on new towns proposed in this part of Hong Kong, the government's plans will continue ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1549930/government-can-offer-small-landowners-better-financial-deal
  7. News - World - SECURITY

    Chinese government-linked cyberspies 'targeted Iraq experts amid crisis'

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 04:17am by WASHPOST

    ... with the institutions. The group behind the breaches, called "Deep Panda" by security researchers, appears to be affiliated with the Chinese government, said Dmitri Alperovitch, chief technology ... but experts say there are a few clues to why Deep Panda may have been interested in Middle East experts at think tanks. China's Foreign Ministry repeated that the government opposed hacking ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1549706/chinese-government-linked-cyberspies-targeted-iraq-experts-amid-crisis
  8. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Youngsters most disillusioned with governance and rule of law

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 07:41pm by SAMUEL CHAN

    ... Samuel Chan samuel.chan@scmp.com As new study finds a growing dissatisfaction with the government's performance, professor says it's time for a new communication strategy Leaders are losing the youth: survey The administration is being urged to reach out to Hong Kong's disaffected young people after a survey showed their unhappiness is mounting on issues from government ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1548854/youngsters-most-disillusioned-governance-and-rule-law
  9. News - World - ISLAMIC MILITANCY

    Former MI6 chief slams British government, media for giving extremists ‘oxygen of publicity’

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 08:47pm by GDN

    ... The Guardian in London Former MI6 chief says terror threat overblown The British government and media have exaggerated the Islamist terrorism threat and given extremists publicity ... was concerned about the media's influence on the UK's security policy. He made it clear he believed the way the British government and the media were giving extremists the "oxygen ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1549704/former-mi6-chief-slams-british-government-media-giving-extremists-oxygen
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong needs to honour its real heroes, not government yes-men

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 06:08pm by Peter Kammerer

    ... for the community, yet it's more about wealth and privilege. Get chosen for a particular government position, give patronage to the right person or simply hang out with the chosen crowd and a Grand ... honours in the same way our government still does- the only real change is the name of the awards. A Grand Bauhinia Medal, the top honour, invariably goes to holders of the main government ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1548819/hong-kong-needs-honour-its-real-heroes-not-government-yes-men

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