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  1. Quotes of the week

    Posted Apr 08th 2012, 12:00am

    ... We hope that this will be the beginning of a new era Myanmar's Opposition Leader Aung San Suu Kyi on the results of last Sunday's by-elections My role as chairman could become a lightning rod for BSkyB James Murdoch resigns from the British broadcaster What is paramount is rule of law, not rule of man Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai gives some advice to chief executive-elect Leung ...


    Japanese magazine mulls invasion of Dokdo/Takeshima islands

    Posted Aug 24th 2012, 12:00am by Julian Ryall

    ... the magazine that a lightning-fast attack by special forces using helicopters would overpower the South Korean police unit presently charged with defending the islands. A large-scale conventional ...

  3. Six degrees

    Posted Oct 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Broudie of The Lightning Seeds, MC Mushtaq of Fun-Da-Mental, actress Blair Booth and jeweller Anouchka Groce, he also hooked up in 1996 for the song Poems with trip-hop pioneer Tricky... ...

  4. 'People power' shows the way for Myanmar

    Posted Aug 04th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The verdict next Tuesday in Ms Suu Kyi's case might similarly act as a lightning rod for change in Myanmar. The country's people are suffering. Only by acting in concert can they expect ...

  5. Out of fizz

    Posted Jan 03rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Greg Torode US political operatives have a favourite old saw to describe the challenges of a re-election campaign: You can't catch lightning in a bottle twice. The message seems particularly potent as the campaign machine of US President Barack Obama starts cranking into life once again. It tells us that, if there was a touch of political magic about his enthralling ...

  6. The real battle still looms for DPP veteran

    Posted May 26th 2012, 12:00am

    ... been another lightning rod for criticism. The four other candidates have called for Ma to grant amnesty to Chen, but Su has only supported his release on medical parole, given that Chen still ...

  7. News - 18th Party Congress

    Beijing party boss Guo Jinlong a populist politician who's star is rising

    Posted Sep 21st 2012, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... the capital in more than 30 years, after the death toll was pointedly not updated for nearly a week. Their response to the rain might have been sluggish, but the authorities were lightning fast ...

  8. Accidental democrat

    Posted Nov 20th 2009, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... Stephen Vines History may record that the most unlikely of people, Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, unwittingly proved to be the lightning rod that sent Hong Kong on the path to democracy by forcing the people to realise that the government will not deliver universal suffrage and that they will have to fight for it themselves. This week, his administration flagrantly broke its seemingly ...

  9. Persuasion is a lost art at the top

    Posted Jul 10th 2011, 12:00am

    ... High-profiled objections from legislators from the pan-democrat camp and the legal profession, however, soon turned the 'replacement mechanism' enshrined in the bill into a lightning rod ...

  10. Half-baked ruling on Anwar leaves few satisfied

    Posted Sep 16th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... operate without interference. It also removed a lightning rod for criticism by Malaysians and the international community. The decision to let Mr Anwar's corruption conviction stand delivers ...




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