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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Getting all hard on China's Confucius institutes

    Posted Nov 12th 2014, 05:19am by Alex Lo

    ... side. This is not to say they don't advocate certain cultural values and political views. But their operations are mostly independent of their governments while their language teaching and cultural promotion are seen as benign. However, the missions and operations of China's Confucius institutes and such US institutions as the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), its ...

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    China and United States must make the best of their bad marriage

    Posted Oct 12th 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... system like China's will never allow such a government shutdown and threat to sovereign creditworthiness, the pro-Beijing crowds gloat. The pan-democrats counter that no, such gridlock only slows government operations but the system is robust and intact; ultimately, those terrible politicians blamed for the crisis will be voted out, something you can't do with an autocratic ...

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    Hong Kong Occupy leaders crave arrest and persecution

    Posted Nov 13th 2014, 05:21am by Alex Lo

    ... the city's operation and self-sacrifice," he said. But Shiu complains people are unwilling to sacrifice themselves. "We have done the disruption but not many people are willing to do ... two systems" for communist rule. ...

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    Why the United States should take the blame over Rwanda inaction

    Posted Apr 11th 2014, 04:29am by Alex Lo

    ... of violence in Rwanda for the Americans. Why blame the US? Because it was at the apex of the international system and no viable UN/African operations could have got off the ground without US support. ... be called a classic "category error". They were thinking Burundi (tribal violence) and Somalia (botched US humanitarian-military operations) instead of the Holocaust. Like old generals, ...

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

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

    ... against the rail operator collected thousands of signatures in just a few hours. MTR staff at Sheung Shui station where the animal first appeared tried all of six minutes to rescue it. ... pressure to keep trains running on time. The operator has been plagued by problems great and small recently, such as a massive cost overrun and delay in the construction of the Hong Kong section ...

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    It's time to stop exploiting Hong Kong's street cleaners

    Posted Sep 25th 2014, 05:14am by Alex Lo

    ... and callous exploitation of street cleaners under the government's system of outsourcing cleaning services to private contractors. A Post report this week highlights how the city's 9,700 ... executive, is back in the limelight. He is the main culprit, though his then financial secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen and others also helped formulate and implement this system of exploitation. ...

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    Pisa 'politics' of no concern to parents

    Posted Dec 10th 2013, 03:20am by Alex Lo

    ... exam-centred education system, and those who are critical of it. This is despite repeated warnings from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, which runs Pisa, that the results ... out on top in the Programme for International Student Assessment gloat about it; worry the results may be too one-sided and thus papering over the obvious defects in our education systems ...

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    Why Cantonese is a real language in Hong Kong

    Posted Feb 04th 2014, 05:23am by Alex Lo

    ... as an official language in the Basic Law. But local officials increasingly operate under the assumption of the central government, which gives official status to Putonghua, with other Chinese languages ... script called "baihua" or vernacular system emerged from the May 4th Movement's modernisation of the language. The script is neither Putonghua, a northern spoken language, nor ...

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    Jackie Chan: a buffoon with a point?

    Posted Jan 15th 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... that our American oligarchy operates not by bribery or blackmail, but by the soft power of access and ideology, makes it no less powerful. We may have the most advanced political system in the world, but we also have its most advanced oligarchy." And, of course, no one denies China is terribly corrupt, not least its ruling elite. Different countries and systems are corrupt ...

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    Democratic flaws built into Basic Law

    Posted Jan 30th 2014, 03:56am by Alex Lo

    ... but constitutional restraints. The Basic Law is not just about "one country two systems", it also bounds us to the central authorities in myriad ways. The legislative process that needs to be set ... government is not how most functioning and successful democracies operate today. What they know, but refuse to tell the public, is that such democratic defects or loopholes are built ...




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