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  1. News - World - GAZA

    UN chief says ‘political will’ the main obstacle to ending Gaza conflict

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 11:03pm by AFP

    ... talks, he added, stressing that it was a “matter of their political will.” The United Nations is backing a bid by Egypt to broker a peace deal to end the latest flare-up in the Gaza Strip ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1561418/un-chief-says-political-will-main-obstacle-ending-gaza-conflict
  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Quiet diplomacy now needed to advance political reform

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 03:08am by Alice Wu

    ... called for direct talks with Beijing to break the deadlock over political reform. Whether it's back-pedalling or the sort of "fighting retreat" former UK diplomat Tim Collard called for in a commentary last week, doesn't matter. What matters is that, even at the eleventh hour, a request for dialogue is better than just sitting around and waiting for political ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1559142/quiet-diplomacy-now-needed-advance-political-reform
  3. News - Hong Kong - MEDIA

    Pro-democracy website House News closes, citing political pressure, low revenue

    Posted Jul 27th 2014, 05:26am by SHIRLEY ZHAO, Gary Cheung

    ... Shirley Zhao and Gary Cheung Co-founder of House News cites political pressure, poor ad sales and growing fear Web news site pushing democracy shuts down House News, a pro-democracy news website and blog, announced its sudden closure yesterday. A co-founder cited fear, political pressure and low advertising revenues as reasons. In a letter posted on the website's front page, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1560104/pro-democracy-website-house-news-closes-citing-political-pressure-low
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Political parties should take lead and improve transparency on donations

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 03:08am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Parties must take lead on funding Political donations are a sensitive issue the world over, even more so in a place like Hong Kong where transparency is limited. While individuals are subject to basic election spending rules and declaration of interest requirement, funding for political parties is unregulated. The situation does not resonate with our claim ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1560711/political-parties-should-take-lead-and-improve-transparency
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Both sides are still poles apart in the debate on political reform

    Posted Jul 27th 2014, 04:01am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Still poles apart in reform debate Hong Kong is nowhere near consensus on universal suffrage. Despite a five-month public consultation, the political divide remains just ... of the nominating committee stipulated by the Basic Law, will be formally ruled out when the top legislature lays down the framework for political reform next month. This may expedite the civil disobedience ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1560058/both-sides-are-still-poles-apart-debate-political-reform
  6. News - Hong Kong - CULTURE

    New Youth Barbershop: Indie band with a razor-sharp political message

    Posted Jul 26th 2014, 04:09am by JEFFIE LAM

    ... razor-sharp political message When Marvin Gaye sang What's Going On everyone knew he was talking about police brutality, protests and social woes. Now up-and-coming indie three-piece band New ... of political discontent. After all, doesn't every period of social upheaval need a soundtrack? The group came to wider attention when it played in Central on the night of July 1 to entertain ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1559290/new-youth-barbershop-indie-band-razor-sharp-political-message
  7. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Little political consensus on how a party finance law might work

    Posted Jul 25th 2014, 03:42am by JEFFIE LAM, SARAH KARACS

    ... Jeffie Lam and Sarah Karacs After huge donations from Jimmy Lai came to light, reformers are again seeking more transparency- but few politicians are willing to embrace it Little political ... to make political parties' financing more transparent. But with parties across the political spectrum reluctant to open their books, consensus on how to regulate donations such as those from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1558406/little-political-consensus-how-party-finance-law-might-work
  8. News - Hong Kong - ON SECOND THOUGHT

    Stakes are high for all in bet on political reform

    Posted Jul 25th 2014, 03:42am by ELIZABETH WONG CHIEN CHI-LIEN

    ... Elizabeth Wong Any mistake over Hong Kong's future would be a lose-lose situation for the city and China Stakes are high for all in bet on political reform Hong Kong is on the threshold of a historical turning point. But this turning point could, in a heartbeat, turn into a breaking point. The city's report on political reform, submitted last week to the National ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1558312/stakes-are-high-all-bet-political-reform
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Ageing Hong Kong pan-democratic politicians seek to influence the West on political reform

    Posted Jul 24th 2014, 05:04am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Prima donnas seek to influence the West Beijing has it all wrong. It's not really foreigners who are trying to interfere in our internal affairs. It's a few pan-democratic prima donnas who are trying to influence the for ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1557716/ageing-hong-kong-pan-democratic-politicians-seek-influence
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    What's the fuss about Jimmy Lai giving out political donations to Hong Kong pan-democrats?

    Posted Jul 23rd 2014, 04:16am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com What's the fuss about political donations? What's wrong with making massive donations to political parties and anti-government groups? Nothing! So I am ... political donation laws which allow donors and recipients to avoid disclosing who gives what to whom. I am sure if we had a tougher law, we would find obscene amounts of donations from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1557306/whats-fuss-about-jimmy-lai-giving-out-political-donations

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