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  1. Social, not personal, grievances causing mass unrest, report says

    Posted Dec 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Will Clem

    ... Will Clem in Shanghai Riots and other unrest across the mainland are increasingly being caused by underlying discontent about long-standing problems, rather than personal interests, ... a relatively high incidence of such mass protests, many of which were essentially repetitions of earlier disturbances. Li cited a mass protest in Shishou, Hubei province, in June in which thousands ...

  2. Credentials just one measure of a person

    Posted Jun 14th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... qualifications without requiring students to meet required educational standards, often on the basis of 'life experience'. Despite the relative sophistication of Hong Kong's education ... perspective by bearing in mind that they may not always reflect a person's true potential, while upholding their credibility and integrity by exposing fakes and cracking down on the operators who ...

  3. Everyone's entitled to secure a title in the moneyed set

    Posted Oct 11th 2004, 12:00am by Baradan Kuppusamy

    ... 'Few of the recipients have made any significant contribution to society,' said a senior Umno leader. 'I am ashamed of this horse-trading.' Datuk means wise elder person in old ... and snide remarks from the common man. But to the titled elite, Datuk and its many variants remains a symbol of financial success and announces the person's arrival as a member of the ruling ...

  4. Abdullah faces dissent test

    Posted Jan 16th 2004, 12:00am by Baradan Kuppusamy

    ... Baradan Kuppusamy in Kuala Lumpur New Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi faces the first real test of his democratic credentials today with supporters of jailed former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim stepping up pressure for his release. T ...

  5. Ma holds NT$100m in personal wealth

    Posted Apr 07th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei lawrence.chung@scmp.com Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou has declared more than NT$100 million (HK$26.3 million) in personal wealth owned by him and his wife as of November 30. The wealth declaration- in line with the island's requirement that all civil servants must reveal details of their personal assets annually- was widely reported by mainland media ...

  6. Relatives hold ritual for train-crash victims

    Posted May 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... a ritual in Chiayi yesterday morning. 'Wish you eternal peace,' a Buddhist master chanted, leading a group of relatives in the recitation as others, in tears, put their hands together in prayer in front of a shrine bearing portraits of the victims, framed with flowers. Some relatives collapsed in their chairs, crying uncontrollably. 'Heaven, please help us,' one cried ...

  7. Warming relations bring about benefits

    Posted Dec 05th 2010, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... in relations is unprecedented in the post-1949 era. But shadows linger- early last month, Taiwan's Defence Ministry said it had arrested a military intelligence colonel suspected of spying ... such issues even during a second term; the next presidential election is in 2012. So, while cross-strait relations have greatly improved in the past 21/2 years, reunification or independence remains ...

  8. Papering over the cracks in minority relations

    Posted Jul 27th 2009, 12:00am by Joseph Cheng

    ... degree of freedom and tolerance, could not avoid ethnic strife shows the complexity of race relations. Unfortunately, there is very little self-reflection on the part of senior Chinese officials, ...

  9. Wen calls for warmer relations with Taiwan

    Posted Apr 19th 2009, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Forum for Asia. Mr Wen said the two sides had to reach out and work with each other for the peaceful development of cross-strait relations- a co-operation that would not only benefit both sides ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Fractious Asia risking conflict over resources

    Posted Apr 09th 2013, 12:00am by BRAHMA CHELLANEY

    ... an environmental crisis. Population growth, urbanisation and industrialisation are exacerbating resource-related stresses, with some cities experiencing severe water shortages, and degrading ... is extremely difficult- and prohibitively expensive- to import. And Asia has less fresh water per person than any continent other than Antarctica, and some of the world's worst water pollution. ...




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