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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Occupy Central must consider the next steps after street protest

    Posted Jun 23rd 2014, 12:15pm by Peter Kammerer

    ... That was the demonstration on July 1, 2003, against the Article 23 security law and the government of then chief executive Tung Chee-hwa. Authorities were caught off guard by the unexpectedly high turnout of 500,000 and the legislation was withdrawn and later shelved. Within weeks, security secretary Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee and finance secretary Antony Leung Kam-chung had resigned; Tung followed 20 months later. ...

  2. China's spy wars

    Posted Jun 12th 2005, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... down the security hatches. Western observers say China's economic rise and thirst for military and political power has meant untold numbers of its spies are sleuthing for the plans ... of dissident movements such as the Falun Gong meditation group. A third, unnamed man claiming to have been a senior officer in a branch of the Chinese security service known as '610' backed ...

  3. Dismantling of Iraqi army blamed for rising violence

    Posted Aug 25th 2003, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... in Baghdad, say defence and security experts. The dismantling of Iraq's military and security forces on May 23 by US civil administrator Paul Bremer was cited as the biggest mistake. The decision ... who were not in there before.' Immediately, the maintenance of security fell to the 147,000 American troops and 13,000 from 19 other nations in the coalition - less than a quarter ...

  4. Attacks in region's least safe city almost inevitable

    Posted Aug 06th 2003, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... Jakarta is ranked Southeast Asia's least safe city for foreigners by security-risk analysts. They, and western governments, warn against going to the Indonesian capital unless ... among governments that put such warnings in place after the Bali bombings last October. The security firm Pinkerton Consulting and Investigations assessed Jakarta as a high-risk city ...

  5. Controversy returns to haunt architect of terror futures plan

    Posted Jul 31st 2003, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... predict when and where terrorists will strike. A former US national security adviser, Mr Poindexter first hit the headlines for his role in the 1980s Iran-Contra scandal. Even before the furore ... Napster. Its developers aimed to carry out surveillance through internet information harvesting. Congress has previously raised security concerns about the scheme. Internet pranksters used his same ...

  6. High voter turnout won't curb attacks by insurgents

    Posted Feb 02nd 2005, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... Militants' promises to disrupt Sunday's elections were hampered by tight security. A handful of bombings that killed about 30 people, mostly around Baghdad, were reported. Despite the threats, poll turnout was put at 60 per cent. But experts doubt the high turnout and the success of security forces will lessen the number of killings. They suggested insurgents would attempt to disrupt ...

  7. Bush will share Iraq burden, to a point

    Posted Oct 02nd 2003, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... Mr Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell have stepped up efforts to convince the UN Security Council to contribute. They hope a new draft resolution outlining a timetable for Iraq's ... elections and helping to draft a constitution. No mention was made of a UN role in military or security operations. Dr Dobbins, the director of Rand's International Security and Defence Policy ...

  8. Insurgency has potential to destabilise neighbours

    Posted Mar 19th 2005, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... of security. 'The situation in Iraq is getting worse,' Dr Alani said. 'The attacks on police and security forces are nonstop and this is not a good sign. Security is a key- there can be no political stability or economic progress without security.' Because of the constant threats and the poor state of infrastructure, such as water and electricity supplies, Iraqis were no better ...

  9. So near, yet so far

    Posted Apr 22nd 2005, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... With the leading powers unable to agree on how to reform the Security Council, China may not need to veto Japan's ascension to a permanent seat, writes Peter Kammerer The United Nations Security Council chamber is full of symbolism- a centrepiece oil canvas of a phoenix arising from its ashes and tapestries featuring the anchor of faith, the wheat of hope and the heart ...

  10. UN's nowhere man

    Posted Jul 03rd 2009, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... Assembly makes the choice, but it does so on the recommendation of the Security Council. A candidate emerges from a non-transparent process of nominations, discussions, wrangling and straw polls. ... damaged the organisation's image. By trampling on its authority in going to war against Iraq's dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003 without Security Council consent, the US highlighted its ...




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