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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Psychiatrist Shimi Kang offers the dolphin way to bring up children

    Posted Apr 17th 2014, 04:33am by Alex Lo

    ... But as Kang points out, dolphins use tools such as sea sponges over their snouts to forage for food [creativity]. They work around problems such as avoiding fishing traps [critical thinking]. ...

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    Don't expect a Shanghai surprise

    Posted Apr 12th 2014, 03:47am by Alex Lo

    ... as a cover to avoid being accused of selling out or at least looking like cheap dates like the pro-Beijingers in Legco. The reality is that both sides will be playing chicken. So ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Urbanisation will drive democracy

    Posted Mar 31st 2014, 04:09am by Alex Lo

    ... with China's Development Research Centre, says local governments must be allowed to raise taxes and fees, so they can reduce their dependence on land sales for revenue, a major cause of corruption, ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Why the United States should take the blame over Rwanda inaction

    Posted Apr 11th 2014, 04:29am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Why US should take blame over Rwanda People with great foresight who act on it to prevent disasters and save lives are far more likely to be criticised than praised. This was pointed out by financial mathematician Nassim Nicholas Tabel in The Black Swan. He argues they would have no proof that a disaster was avoided: for all we know, they might have ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    The Rwanda genocide and Africa's world war

    Posted Apr 10th 2014, 05:16am by Alex Lo

    ... can make a difference. The most effective way to avoid the recurrence of genocidal tragedy is to ensure that past acts of genocide are never forgotten." A real genocide was going live ...

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    How Hong Kong's government subsidises those who need it least

    Posted Mar 27th 2014, 04:45am by Alex Lo

    ... directly subsidised the segments of our population that needed the least welfare support, primarily through rates waivers and property tax reductions. This is obscene not only because ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Self-interest rules in China's stance on Ukraine crisis

    Posted Mar 18th 2014, 04:39am by Alex Lo

    ... referendum, engineered by Moscow, to rejoin Russia. Meanwhile India has said it realises Russia has legitimate interests in Crimea. Japan wants to avoid tougher sanctions against Russia. From ...

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    One-dimensional thinking afflicts Hong Kong's budget

    Posted Feb 27th 2014, 04:06am by Alex Lo

    ... or cut spending. Someone like Tsang will never consider raising existing taxes or creating new ones. So that pretty much leaves cuts. I have no idea if Tsang's fiscal predictions ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    If you're middle class, the annual Policy Address ritual is not for you

    Posted Jan 16th 2014, 12:43am by Alex Lo

    ... cent will be in public housing. So, if you are middle class or above, you may as well forget about getting a copy of the document. There is nothing in it for you: no tax cuts, tax incentives or tax-deductibles in health care or education. Nothing, zero! Well, if you have very young children, you get an extra HK$2,500 a year in pre-school or kindergarten vouchers. But if they are older, well, you ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Canadian consular officials can't shirk their duty to so-called dual citizens

    Posted Jan 23rd 2014, 03:18am by Alex Lo

    ... who hold a Canadian passport yet are permanent residents elsewhere. They pay no taxes, rarely if ever vote, and generally have little or no commitment to Canada, so the argument runs. ... that "normal" citizens enjoy. If I return to live in Canada and am unemployed, I will receive little welfare benefit because of the low amounts of tax and pension contributions I have made previously. ...




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