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  1. Lifestyle - Books - HISTORY

    Book review: Merchant, Soldier, Sage, by David Priestland

    Posted Mar 24th 2013, 12:00am by GDN

    ... in the state; the unconstrained dominance of the merchant caste leads to economic instability and inequality, fuelling social conflict and revolution. Most of Priestland's book is devoted ... or, as he calls them, "castes"- each with its identity and purposes rooted in an ethos closely linked to occupation and social function. The first of these is the merchant caste ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/books/article/1197114/book-review-merchant-soldier-sage-david-priestland
  2. Hush! The stage is cleared for Islam

    Posted Sep 01st 2011, 12:00am

    ... but the academics were enraged.' Newson said there was a tremendous fear among many about being unable to say anything against inequalities in sharia law, about the fact that problems existed within ... a story, but dance to give it an urgency. The 53-year-old did not start to dance until his late teens. He was studying psychology and social work at the University of Melbourne, where dance ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/977750/hush-stage-cleared-islam
  3. Keeping faith

    Posted Jul 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... of Falun Gong, which it banned in July 1999, Beijing sees the entry of religion into the wider society as a threat. While it does so, the grave social issues that charities could address ... in the world; provision for the elderly, especially the single and widowed; and inequality in education. In Hong Kong, Taiwan and other countries, the religious charities play a vital role in providing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/974162/keeping-faith
  4. Zen pledges to continue his fight for social justice

    Posted Feb 24th 2006, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... upholding social justice. The cardinal-designate said his only regret about being appointed to the top Church post was that his dream of spending his retirement teaching in his native Shanghai could be over. Cardinal Zen, 74, said he had yet to learn from the Pope whether he would stay on as bishop of Hong Kong or receive a posting in the Vatican, but vowed to continue his fight for social ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/537770/zen-pledges-continue-his-fight-social-justice
  5. Letters

    Posted Aug 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Jeffrey Lam Kin-fung and his new alliance are being naive when they attribute social instability to populist politics. I would like Mr Lam to explain how the populists have managed to get such large turnouts from all walks of life every July 1 and at other protests if the proliferation of pro-business inequalities and exploitation of consumers in Hong Kong were only a figment ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/976997/letters
  6. Easter message urges social awareness

    Posted Apr 12th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... 'Rise! Be a risen person!' the leader of the Catholic Church in Hong Kong said in his Easter pastoral letter. Bishop Joseph Zen Ze-kiun urged people to take more social ... Zen said. He said people should regard Jesus Christ's resurrection as the driving force for taking up more social responsibility. Bishop Zen said people must rise and go forth ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/451756/easter-message-urges-social-awareness
  7. Religious studies scholarships to update Catholics on social affairs

    Posted Mar 15th 2007, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Ambrose Leung in Beijing Mainland parishioners need to be brought up-to-date with the latest teachings on social affairs because many still believe faith just means praying in a church, ... launched a religious studies scholarship. Institute director Father Peter Zhao Jianmin said there was a serious lack of expertise in the church's social teachings among the clergy and the lay ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/585107/religious-studies-scholarships-update-catholics-social-affairs
  8. Buddhism held up as healer of social divisions

    Posted Apr 11th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... a responsible country, China has a distinctive thinking and forward-looking policy in promoting world harmony. Religious power is one of the social forces China can draw support from,' he said. Mr ... wealth gap and increasing social unrest. 'Under globalisation and increasing opening up, China's development cannot proceed without that of the world and China's harmony cannot go ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/544329/buddhism-held-healer-social-divisions
  9. Divine vision in an unholy mess

    Posted Jul 11th 2009, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... the focus and the aim of all economic and social life.' Pope Benedict has little faith in markets and still less in financiers to rectify inequality and oppression, and points to the evils ... but inequalities are on the increase. Corruption and illegality are unfortunately evident in the conduct of the economic and political class in rich countries... as well as in poor ones.' At the heart ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/686437/divine-vision-unholy-mess
  10. News - Hong Kong - MINORITY RIGHTS

    Hong Kong Catholics have same-sex marriage fears after court ruling on transsexual

    Posted May 20th 2013, 12:00am by Stuart Lau, Johnny Tam

    ... on by the judiciary- did not exhaustively cover all aspects of society. "There are social ethics and public interest to consider as well," Chan said. He was speaking for the first time since ... is inborn; it cannot be altered after birth." Lai was also quoted as saying: "Procreation and sex are inseparable... the legal standard will change the social perceptions in the long run. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1241515/hong-kong-catholics-have-same-sex-marriage-fears-after-court-ruling

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