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  1. Coup for Bangkok's taxed middle class

    Posted Sep 14th 2008, 12:00am by Simon Montlake

    ... we're weak because we're middle class. That's why I came here,' he said. Echoing the opinions of PAD leaders, Mr Puttachai wants a radical rethink of Thailand's shaky ... old-money elite and civil libertarians. This electoral machine posed a threat to middle-class voters who saw their taxes being used to shore up Thaksin's popularity. In late 2005, Mr Sondhi, ...

  2. The middle way

    Posted Jul 30th 2003, 12:00am by Chris Yeung

    ... As the public passion seen in the mass protests this month begins to cool, the clamour for a new middle-of-the-road political force for middle-class interests and moderate views is growing. Last week, outgoing Equal Opportunities Commission chairwoman Anna Wu Hung-yuk revealed she had been asked to take the lead in forming a middle-class political party. She agreed ...

  3. Pro-government parties prepare for merger by middle of the year

    Posted Jan 06th 2005, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung, Gary Cheung, Jimmy Cheung

    ... pro-government groups into a new party by the middle of the year. It is understood party leaders started informal discussions nearly a month ago. The DAB's standing committee also discussed the plan at a meeting on Tuesday. A DAB source said there was 'nearly a 100 per cent' chance of the deal taking place and a deadline had been set for the middle of the year. Some details were likely ...

  4. From Middle Kingdom to maritime power

    Posted Apr 21st 2009, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... a land-focused nation that envisaged itself as the centre of the Earth, the Middle Kingdom, and paid little attention to expanding its influence beyond its coastline. The wake-up calls came from a string ... the once land-loving Middle Kingdom to turn its eyes seaward. China quickly turned itself into the factory for the world, manufacturing cheap commodities including electronics, garments, toys ...

  5. 'Middle way' unlikely to bring softer stance

    Posted Nov 24th 2008, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... 'middle way' approach towards the central government, according to mainland Tibetan studies experts. Scholars at the government-linked China Tibetology Research Centre in Beijing also said ... The Dalai Lama convened the meeting after he expressed frustration over the failure of his 'middle way' approach to win concessions from Beijing during eight rounds of talks since 2002. ...

  6. Middle East envoy supports US plans

    Posted Jun 17th 2004, 12:00am by Nailene Chou

    ... Nailene Chou Wiest in Beijing Wang Shijie backs G8 approval of economic and democratic reforms Beijing's special envoy to the Middle East yesterday welcomed last week's backing ... and property of Chinese nationals in the Middle East. Two Chinese workers were killed in a bomb explosion in Tel Aviv in January last year, and seven workers were kidnapped, then released, in Iraq two ...

  7. The spectre over the Middle East

    Posted Mar 30th 2004, 12:00am by Sunanda Kisor Datta-Ray

    ... by the wretched of the earth, but in the more important West Bank. Yassin's assassination did not sound the death knell of the globally endorsed two-state formula for Middle East peace. He might ... or internally displaced people.' International law bans such changes in occupied territory, and courts in Israel and The Hague are hearing petitions against the fence. Many believe that the Middle ...

  8. Good news for Middle East peace? Think again

    Posted Dec 17th 2003, 12:00am by Israel Shamir

    ... With the conquest of Syria, the next stage of the Middle East subjugation to Israel would be complete and the road to Saudi oil riches would be open. Hussein's capture will not bring peace to Iraq and the Middle East. Most probably, it will be used to jump-start a new round of war in the troubled area. Israel Shamir is an Israeli writer based in Jaffa, Israel ...

  9. Is the Middle East too much for the UN?

    Posted Aug 25th 2003, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... missions when they are neither backed by real power, nor their objectives fully supported by the most powerful of their member states. Next month, it will be 55 years since another Middle East UN ... Sharon's predecessors as head of the right-wing party Likud, and Yitzhak Shamir, who became prime minister of Israel. But the failure of well-meaning international attempts to settle Middle East ...

  10. New pro-Beijing party sets sights on leading role

    Posted Mar 18th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter A new pro-Beijing party says the next chief executive should come from the middle class. Founded by Beijing-friendly businesspeople and professionals, the People's ... the middle class. Party spokesman Samuel Yang said it aimed to become a ruling party. 'We are not a talking shop, we want to participate in politics,' he said. Mr Yang said ...




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