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  1. News - World - AFGHANISTAN

    UN reports soaring civilian casualties in Afghanistan as violence deepens

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 09:44pm by AFP

    ... the fragile security situation Afghanistan faces as it wrestles with political turmoil over its disputed presidential election. One candidate, Abdullah Abdullah, has refused to accept the result ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1550552/un-reports-soaring-civilian-casualties-afghanistan-violence-deepens
  2. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Thai government wants more troops stationed in Bangkok as political crisis heats up

    Posted Apr 25th 2014, 04:56pm by Reuters in Bangkok

    ... Thailand’s government is to ask the army to deploy more troops in the capital, Bangkok, as fears mount that the country’s lengthy political crisis could move into a more violent phase. Surapong ... opponents say was done for personal and party political reasons. If found guilty, she may have to step down. Yingluck’s ousting would be the latest twist in nearly a decade of confrontation between ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1496768/thai-government-wants-more-troops-stationed-bangkok-political-crisis-heats
  3. Business - MACROSCOPE

    Constitutional crunch crimps Hong Kong competitiveness

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 02:05am by DAVID DODWELL

    ... on to examine the competitive changes that had occurred. This we did, and the findings were generally positive. The Bauhinia Foundation also asked us to add a chapter- on how political changes were affecting Hong Kong's competitiveness- but it was so politically sensitive that the foundation did not release it. [The chapter] was so politically sensitive that the Bauhinia Foundation did ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1545156/constitutional-crunch-crimps-hong-kong-competitiveness
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Growing anti-Beijing sentiment is shifting focus away from Hong Kong's real problems

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 05:32pm by HAN ZHU

    ... the gap between rich and poor, and social injustice have all got worse. Taking advantage of such internal conflicts, some foreign political forces and local politicians have shifted the blame ... Declaration and the Basic Law, Hong Kong's political system shall remain unchanged for 50 years. In fact, that has not exactly been the case since the handover. Beijing, when drafting the Basic ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1548790/growing-anti-beijing-sentiment-shifting-focus-away-hong-kongs-real-problems
  5. Business - China Business - MR. SHANGKONG

    Beijing's Weibo ban hits close to home

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 05:26am by George Chen

    ... is apparently becoming the next Tibet or Xinjiang on Sina Weibo, China's answer to Twitter, in terms of the level of political sensitivity these days. Politics and business can never be completely ... suspended following the massive pro-democracy July 1 march in the city, which some foreign media described as the worst political crisis in Hong Kong since the 1997 handover from British colonial ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1548206/beijings-weibo-ban-hits-close-home
  6. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    HKICPA's disciplinary arrangements are a joke

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 01:33am by Howard Winn

    ... election committee. In March last year, he was elected to the Standing Committee of the mainland's top political advisory body, the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. So ... will have to learn to build external relationships while playing internal politics. With promotions harder to come by, you will have to be more patient for success than in previous years. You ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1549251/hkicpas-disciplinary-arrangements-are-joke
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Corrupt officials can be shown no mercy

    Posted Jul 04th 2014, 04:33am by SCMP Editorial

    ... of the Central Military Commission and a member of the Politburo. Xu is the highest-ranking PLA officer ever to face prosecution for corruption. Military and political rank alone do not convey the full ... for promotions. As a result he must have counted a lot of allies among them. For Xi to have brought him down is therefore no small feat and will have taken some political courage. It is testament to his ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1546025/corrupt-officials-can-be-shown-no-mercy
  8. News - Hong Kong - MULTIMEDIA

    July 1: a short history of Hong Kong's march for democracy

    Posted Jul 01st 2014, 09:00am by Erin Hale

    ... Erin Hale erin.hale@scmp.com Hong Kong has seen its fair share of political protest from annual Tiananmen Square vigils to outright clashes with police over the last 17 years as a Special Administrative Region of China. Grievances vary from year to year, but calls for universal suffrage, freedom of speech and the protection of the rule of law remain constant. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1543549/july-1-short-history-hong-kongs-march-democracy
  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Controversy engulfs Japan's NHK over failure to cover pacifist fire protest

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 10:19am by Julian Ryall

    ... The corporation declined to comment on why the incident was not considered newsworthy or whether any political pressure was brought to bear against airing the dramatic footage. NHK was at the centre of a political storm earlier this year after Katsuto Momii was hand-picked to serve as president of the broadcaster by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. At his inaugural press conference in January, Momii ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1549425/controversy-engulfs-japans-nhk-over-failure-cover-pacifist-protester-who
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Beijing's treatment of Hong Kong protests watched by a wary region

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 02:11pm by Manik Mehta

    ... unwittingly, bringing it closer to a political merger. This fear drove the so-called Sunflower Movement mass protests in Taipei against Taiwan's economic dependence on China, and against ... Dependence on China makes Taiwan politically vulnerable to Beijing's attempts to force the pace of "reunification" on its terms. That is also the reason behind Taiwan's interest ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1549555/beijings-treatment-hong-kong-protests-watched-wary-region

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