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  1. Symptoms of a regime that has lost the plot

    Posted Jun 19th 2009, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... Stephen Vines Sometimes the smallest things reveal more about government malaise than the big issues, and matters can be said to have reached a stage somewhere beyond malaise when even ... over plans to locate a student drug rehabilitation centre in Mui Wo. The government must be given the benefit of the doubt in its sincerity to help young people battle drug addiction. Indeed, ...

  2. Donald's black hole

    Posted Oct 30th 2009, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... Stephen Vines Now that Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen finds himself unfavourably compared to his hapless predecessor, Tung Chee-hwa, he appears to be trapped in the vortex which ... As a young and minor political party official employed to buzz around the corridors of Parliament in London, it was drummed into me that politicians in personal trouble have but two alternatives. ...

  3. Taliban's rules and regulations

    Posted Jul 31st 2009, 12:00am by Ian Young

    ... Ian Young The following quotes from the Taliban's supposed code of conduct were cited by Al-Jazeera on its website Prisoners: 'Whenever any official, soldier, contractor or worker of the slave government is captured, these prisoners cannot be attacked or harmed. 'If the prisoner is a director, commander or district chief or higher, the decision on whether ...

  4. Rocking the boat- Stephen Vines

    Posted Jan 15th 2010, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... Stephen Vines The trouble with young people today...' How often have you read these words, or something similar? For many years, young people in Hong Kong were criticised for being ... suppressed by the government. Yet these protests continue, albeit nowadays with tacit government backing. And it was around this time that another group of young people formed the Hong Kong ...

  5. Master of the cult

    Posted Feb 03rd 2008, 12:00am by Marc Young

    ... Tom Cruise's Scientology is winning him few fans in Germany, where it is viewed with suspicion. Marc Young reports Tom Cruise might be set to portray a heroic German wartime ... with Scientology also flared last summer during the filming of Valkyrie, which is due for release this year. Cruise, who looks remarkably similar to the young Colonel von Stauffenberg, was not considered ...

  6. Stephen Lam won't discuss remarks by law guardian

    Posted May 18th 2006, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Ambrose Leung The constitutional affairs chief refused to be drawn yesterday on the contention by a mainland scholar and 'young guardian of the Basic Law' that Hong Kong had ... for universal suffrage, Stephen Lam Sui-lung told the Legislative Council. Beijing understood the public's demand for democracy, the minister said. Pro-democracy lawmakers pressed Mr Lam ...

  7. Accidental democrat

    Posted Nov 20th 2009, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... Stephen Vines History may record that the most unlikely of people, Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, unwittingly proved to be the lightning rod that sent Hong Kong on the path to democracy by forcing ... this is a place where effort is part of the DNA. Stephen Vines is a Hong Kong-based journalist and entrepreneur ...

  8. Sweeping statements

    Posted Oct 09th 2009, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... Stephen Vines Did you glimpse a poster depicting Grigori Voitinsky or maybe Mikhail Borodin in the past weeks when Hong Kong and the rest of China experienced a positive avalanche ... there at the birth of the party. Stephen Vines is a Hong Kong-based journalist and entrepreneur ...

  9. What's stable about being dysfunctional?

    Posted Oct 02nd 2009, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... Stephen Vines The clock ticks slowly as the public waits for the government to announce its plans for constitutional reform. However, constant official prevarication and delay are perhaps ... that the timing might be determined by an outbreak of real instability produced by the very system that claims to have avoided this peril. Stephen Vines is a Hong Kong-based journalist and entrepreneur ...

  10. It's not the gate but its keeper who matters

    Posted Sep 25th 2009, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... Stephen Vines After more than two decades of prevarication over the future of RTHK, the government has bravely decided to ignore two supposedly independent reviews and opted for the status ... there are no repercussions of this kind - only a desperate hope that governments will behave. Stephen Vines is a Hong Kong-based journalist and entrepreneur ...




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