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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Rising economic stress behind protests in Brazil and Turkey

    Posted Jun 24th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... protests in Brazil and Turkey There is a school of thought that all popular political uprisings have economic causes. So, for example, the Communist Party's 1949 victory in China's civil ... may on the face of it have been a protest against the government's proposed anti-sedition law. But behind the discontent stood 8 per cent unemployment, declining incomes, ...

  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Who's more damaging, Hong Kong officials or Occupy Central?

    Posted Feb 25th 2014, 12:32am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Forget scare stories about looming disruption and economic costs from protests, these guys are amateurs compared with government bunglers Who's more damaging, HK officials or Occupy Central? Among the grievances aired at Hong Kong's weekend protest against media censorship were complaints that editors have been leaning on local journalists to stress the supposed ...

  3. Business - Economy - MONITOR

    Occupy Central is no threat to Hong Kong's economy

    Posted Nov 28th 2013, 04:17am by Tom Holland

    ... None of those will be jeopardised by a few thousand protesters temporarily blocking some streets. If you doubt that, simply look at London, which has a long and turbulent history of street protests, many of them aimed directly at the institutions of "the City", the financial centre at the heart of Britain's capital. From the anarchist Stop the City marches of the 1980s ...

  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    It's not heresy to expect grand projects to pay for themselves

    Posted Feb 28th 2014, 01:01am by Tom Holland

    ... a couple of weeks ago, the tourism lobby howled in protest, screaming that it would drive visitors away. That's nonsense. If tourists are prepared to pay HK$450 a pop to visit Disneyland- ...

  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    China crisis just wishful thinking

    Posted Jun 20th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... of social media in China and the growing number of local protests, they hope widespread unrest will soon coalesce into a popular revolution that will sweep the Communist Party from power. For many, ... are unlikely to swallow their losses without complaint. Beijing-bashers predict angry protests against the banks that sold the products. As rumours spread about the viability of financial institutions, ...

  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    The Fed's policy is not just ineffective, it's catastrophic

    Posted Aug 29th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... and with their high proportions of young unemployed, Middle Eastern countries were hit especially hard by food price inflation. The consequences were the mass protests of the Arab spring, which in Syria ...

  7. Business - Companies - MONITOR

    ParknShop sale looks a solid deal for Hutch shareholders

    Posted Jul 23rd 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... is pondering the sale of its ParknShop supermarket chain triggered howls of media outrage last week. So shrill were the protests that Hutchison even felt obliged to deny that it was abandoning Hong ...

  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Hong Kong's housing supply to soar just as mortgage rates double

    Posted Jul 08th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland And when currently unoccupied homes are put up for sale, prices can only fall. Then you will see just how unhappy property agents can get HK's housing supply to soar just as mortgage rates double It is doubtful the thousands of estate agents who took to Hong Kong's streets yesterday in protest against the government's property market policies won much ...

  9. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Opponents of austerity are barking up the wrong tree

    Posted Dec 10th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... are barking up the wrong tree Whenever I see television news footage of young Greeks or Spaniards protesting against public spending cuts, or hear an eminent economist railing against austerity ... to gross domestic product. I don't doubt the sincerity of their arguments. I'm just not sure they make sense. Given that the government spending those young protesters are so keen ...

  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Iron Lady quickly ditched her principles if politics demanded

    Posted Apr 10th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... protested Monitor, the actual number of migrants would have been small. Guaranteed the right of abode in Britain, Hongkongers would have felt secure at home, and London could have got an even better ...




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