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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Food safety is paramount

    Posted Sep 08th 2014, 03:46am by SCMP Editorial

    ... if they came into contact with poisoned food. There is no scientific evidence to support the practice, which is perhaps why rulers also often had the backup surety of food tasters. Baidu's device ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Family ties can only take a leader so far

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 04:20am by SCMP Editorial

    ... have advantages, but also face pressures. Fortunately for the region, most of those in power have a keen desire to improve the lives of the people they serve. The phenomenon has nothing to do ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Do not close the door on Russia

    Posted Aug 01st 2014, 03:55am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Do not close the door on Russia Russia faces being isolated by the West over its perceived unhelpfulness in investigating the downing by a missile of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. President Vladimir Putin's global standing had already been dented for supporting separatism in Ukraine and muzzling the free speech and the rights of sexual minorities in his ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Speeding up urban renewal is in the public interest

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 05:51am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Urban renewal is in public interest When there is demand, there will be supply, say economists. But those living in Hong Kong know things do not always work like that. A plethora of rules and practices means market forces do not always produce outcomes as desirable as one would like. Urban renewal is a case in point. In what was hailed as a fundamental change ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Despite Hanoi's hedging strategy, it must settle disputes with China

    Posted Aug 31st 2014, 05:23am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Limits to Hanoi's hedging tactics A friendly neighbourhood is one in which people communicate effectively and take care not to cause disputes. If things do not work out, there is always the option of moving elsewhere. But countries do not have that option, as President Xi Jinping pointed out when meeting Vietnamese envoy Le Hong Anh last week. As he ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Imperfect electoral model is still a step forward

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 03:40am by SCMP Editorial

    ... with the civil disobedience movement. The likely confrontations do not bode well for the reform, which needs two-thirds support from the legislature. Despite suggestions that the committee is still open ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    The unsung heroes who make Hong Kong special

    Posted Aug 31st 2014, 05:23am by SCMP Editorial

    ... and soul that make Hong Kong special. The people who manifest these positive qualities do not always get the appreciation they deserve. For this the media is partly responsible. The tendency ... and the people that make Hong Kong such a special place. The nominees are all ordinary people who do extraordinary things day after day without seeking recognition or reward. Their stories epitomise ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Justice must be seen to be done on mainland

    Posted Aug 29th 2014, 04:54am by SCMP Editorial

    ... It is good that top prosecutors have ordered greater scrutiny to ensure that corrupt officials and law-breaking business executives do not exploit the flaws. At present local courts are supposed ... in cases that do not involve the worst crimes such as murder. What it needs are heavy, punitive fines that give the law the financial whip hand against offenders who think justice can be bought ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Don't let row between watchdog and bureau obscure facts on cold calling

    Posted Aug 29th 2014, 04:54am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Don't let cold-call row obscure facts Officials do not always see eye to eye with government-appointed watchdogs and their policy recommendations. But few go so far ... departments and statutory watchdogs need not be antagonistic. While agencies like the Ombudsman and Audit Commission do give officials a hard time every now and then, their independence ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    New Territories villagers must play by the rules

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 03:14am by SCMP Editorial

    ... on Sunday. While they are entitled to express their discontent, they should not do so at the expense of the environment. Their action has seriously damaged the habitat. Unsurprisingly, the protest ... of the public. Sunday's protest was staged with a view to drawing media attention and was backed by rural affairs leaders. The villagers probably think they have the right to do what they want ...




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