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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Hong Kong's MTR should have shown some humanity over stray dog

    Posted Aug 22nd 2014, 04:30am by Alex Lo

    ... The incident has rightly caused outrage. Animal lovers and rights campaigners laid flowers and put up banners at Fanling station where the stray was struck by a train on Wednesday. An online campaign ... justified to cause a delay until it was evacuated. The MTR is still world-class despite all its problems. Alas, showing greater flexibility and humanity would have made it an even better company. ...

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    How Hong Kong's attitude to poor mirrors the American right

    Posted Oct 28th 2014, 05:28am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com How HK elite mirrors American right Poor C.Y. Leung. His gaffe about the danger of giving full voting rights to the poor has spread far and wide. Even the great ... predecessors. What Krugman has pointed out is the amazing affinity in the thinking between our business elite and government, and the American right and the Republican Party. In fact, they make perfect ...

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    Rights and wrongs of observing China

    Posted Aug 21st 2014, 05:05am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Rights and wrongs of observing China Pierre Ryckmans, who died this month aged 78, was better known by his pen name Simon Leys. And Simon Leys was best known as a sinologist. But, given his vast literary and artistic interests, Ryckmans is best described as a man of letters, or a Confucian gentleman, for whom the humanities in the European and classical Chinese ...

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    Are we barking up the wrong tree on British weapons sales to Hong Kong?

    Posted Oct 29th 2014, 05:35am by Alex Lo

    ... were right or not to have used tear gas on Occupy protesters in Admiralty. But there is no argument that tear gas has a justified place in the arsenal of anti-riot police. What is troubling ...

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    Greater equality would be a worthy cause for students to fight for

    Posted Oct 20th 2014, 05:08am by Alex Lo

    ... of above 0.5) with social tensions and unrest. If they are right, Hong Kong would serve as a good example. At 0.537, we are the highest among developed economies and on par with many developing economies or so-called banana republics. The youngsters fighting police today are shouting for the right and freedom of universal suffrage, but they are more likely driven onto the streets ...

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    A challenging matter of interpretation

    Posted Oct 15th 2014, 05:22am by Alex Lo

    ... It argues for constitutional rights which Beijing would no doubt find subversive. Who's right? Sent jointly by Hong Kong Federation of Students and Scholarism, it says Hong Kong is guaranteed ... in Hong Kong," the letter says. The Occupy movement is not "a colour revolution" but an expression of demand by the masses for their constitutionally guaranteed right ...

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    Foreign media reports of protests give a distorted view of our free city

    Posted Oct 13th 2014, 04:34am by Alex Lo

    ... allow such "occupation" of key traffic routes. But in Hong Kong, the more demanding and vocal you are, the more you can insist on your way even if it means interfering with the rights ...

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    Spinning yarns and creating fictions

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 05:57am by Alex Lo

    ... and we do the same thing with human rights, and we do the same thing with money," all of which, like limited liability companies, are ingenious inventions that only "exist as a figment ... of course, not new. Georg Simmel, the sociologist, said the same thing about money. No serious political philosophers believe DNA is what endows us with human or democratic rights. Richard Dawkins, ...

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    Hong Kong protests expose the real rot in society

    Posted Oct 09th 2014, 04:45am by Alex Lo

    ... level playing field rather than monopolising key markets. Think less about the right to elect a chief executive and more about social entitlement. Think of the 1967 riots and the social reforms ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Integration and exceptionalism both at play in Hong Kong conflict

    Posted Oct 07th 2014, 05:01am by Alex Lo

    ... but a Leninist dictatorship. Advocates for integration and exceptionalism are both right. Tragedy, according to Hegel, is the clash between two rights. The city-wide protests have forced our society ...




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