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  1. Now read this

    Posted Dec 21st 2008, 12:00am by Stephen McCarty

    ... Financial crisis starting to bite? Fear not. Stephen McCarty delves into Santa's sack to find this year's ultimate recession-proof gifts Your essential literary list for 2008 Bad ... The Saga of Guns n' Roses by Stephen Davis, Michael Joseph Guns n' Roses reinvented rock music with their controversial albums and anarchic tours. Here, for the first time, is the whole ...

  2. Schroeder's election call puts German reforms in firing line

    Posted May 24th 2005, 12:00am by Marc Young

    ... A resounding electoral defeat for German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's Social Democrats in a key state election may have just brought Europe's largest country one step closer to its very own Margaret Thatcher. On Sunday, voters in Germany' ...

  3. The promise and pitfalls of FX trading

    Posted Feb 13th 2011, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... So, here we are again with personal investors dazzled by the blinding spotlight of uncertainty. Equity investments seem to be only for the brave, the freakish spurt in the gold market may have exhausted itself alongside the even more impressive price rise ...

  4. There can be no franchise on patriotism

    Posted May 16th 2009, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... Stephen Vines Hong Kong people have observed the first anniversary of the Sichuan earthquake with solemnity and pledges to continue assistance for the rebuilding programme. And, on June 4, ... Or better still, there will be an open debate. Meanwhile, in an open society like Hong Kong, it is shameful to suggest that there is only one correct form of patriotism. Stephen Vines is a Hong ...

  5. Claims of China's resilience don't square

    Posted Feb 07th 2009, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... Stephen Vines There is a dangerous sense of Chinese triumphalism in the air, which has greatly excited Hong Kong's dedicated Beijing shoeshiners. They are busy repeating the assertion ... discontent without resorting to civil disobedience. Stephen Vines is a Hong Kong-based journalist and entrepreneur ...

  6. The veil of patriotism stifles rational debate

    Posted Jul 18th 2008, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... Stephen Vines Who dares to criticise government plans to send billions of dollars to Sichuan for reconstruction, and who would even dream of questioning Beijing's hosting ... of the consequences must be untarnished by resorting to flag-waving arguments that are designed to smother rational debate. Stephen Vines is a Hong Kong-based journalist and entrepreneur ...

  7. Tectonic shift

    Posted May 23rd 2008, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... One legacy of the Sichuan earthquake could be a freer press and a more engaged citizenry, writes Stephen Vines What will be the lasting legacy of the Sichuan quake? Although attention ... but it will be unforgivably squandered if the central government thinks that resuming business as usual should be the order of the day. Stephen Vines is a Hong Kong-based journalist and entrepreneur ...

  8. Ready when disaster strikes

    Posted Jul 27th 2003, 12:00am by Stephen Seawright

    ... Hong Kong's typhoon season kicked off last week with Typhoon Imbudo reaching signal 8, sending people scurrying home to secure windows and balconies. But although seasonal storms sweep in at this time every year, few residents have home insurance tha ...

  9. The Gaol

    Posted Jun 07th 2009, 12:00am by Stephen McCarty

    ... Stephen McCarty The Gaol by Kelly Grovier John Murray HK$325 The good old days? If you think modern life is the pits, give thanks that you didn't live in a Britain darkened by the malevolent shadow of one of history's most notorious prisons. Baghdad's Abu Ghraib has its revolting horror stories, but as an icon of state-approved abuse tipping over into the sadistic, ...

  10. Global warning

    Posted Nov 09th 2008, 12:00am by Stephen McCarty

    ... Chris Patten's latest work depicts a world in chaotic, violent decline but that doesn't make him a doomsayer, writes Stephen McCarty Consider Stephen King the lightweight in this pairing. As terror-genre modern literature goes, What Next? is a horror heavyweight, a formidable treatise telling us what's wrong with the world by digesting the daily diet of bad news ...




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