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  1. America draws back from interventionism

    Posted Dec 21st 2011, 12:00am

    ... John F. Kennedy set the interventionist rallying cry in his 1961 inaugural address: 'Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, ... persistent. Retrenchment would set the proper course in national security for the foreseeable future, in the view of some strategic thinkers. It would include reducing military commitments, ...

  2. The Whistleblower

    Posted Aug 15th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Rachel Weisz (left) stars in this political thriller centring on a policewoman assigned to be a United Nations peacekeeping contractor in post-war Bosnia who is thrust into an international scandal involving human trafficking and sex slavery. In English with Chinese subtitles. Aug 15, 9.30pm, UA Langham Place, 8/F-11/F Langham Place, 8 Argyle St, Mong Kok, HK$65 Urbtix. ...

  3. Shipowners seek U.N. anti-piracy force

    Posted Sep 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Keith Wallis keith.wallis@scmp.com The United Nations should establish an armed peacekeeping force that can be deployed on board merchant vessels to tackle the growing piracy menace ... the heads of the four organisations said armed UN military guards could be deployed in small numbers. 'This would be an innovative force in terms of UN peacekeeping activity, but it would do ...

  4. Where China Meets India- Burma and the New Crossroads of Asia

    Posted Oct 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Myint-U is the grandson of former UN secretary-general U Thant. Educated at Harvard and Cambridge, he worked for the United Nations in three peace-keeping missions, in Cambodia and the former ...

  5. Indonesia's military: from pariah to toast of the town

    Posted Apr 01st 2011, 12:00am

    ... pillaging and murder rampage in the province of East Timor after it voted for independence, then-United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan warned that its actions could constitute 'crimes ... for peacekeeping, praised the Indonesian government and military, known as the TNI, for pledging to become among the top 10 contributing nations to UN peacekeeping operations. 'We welcome that,' ...

  6. A mini united nations

    Posted Jul 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... as a dark den of dodgy goings-on and would fear to walk through the entrance full of counterfeit-watch sellers, tailors' touts and the array of nationalities in their colourful costumes ... love the bustle of what is a self-contained world of multiple nationalities, the pungent smell of spices and exotic cooking, the chance to get a cheap mobile phone and arguably the best curry ...

  7. Wolves among the sheep

    Posted Aug 21st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Clarence Tsui When Kathryn Bolkovac signed up to join the United Nations' peacekeeping forces in Bosnia in 1999, she was a recently divorced police officer from Nebraska seeking ... a brush with fame and glamour. Rather than just a story of her struggle to adapt to a new calling, it's a troubling indictment of how peacekeepers exploited and abused the people they should ...

  8. Promises on IMF chief must be kept

    Posted May 25th 2011, 12:00am

    ... and World Bank to give developing nations a chance to play a bigger role in world affairs. To not honour the pledge risks further damaging the West's credibility among China, India, Brazil ... There is every reason why this should happen. Developing nations now play a crucial role in the global economy. The old world order can no longer hold absolute sway. It is unfair and illogical. German ...

  9. Cambodians and Thais must let Asean mediate

    Posted Feb 19th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The Association of South East Asian Nations presents itself as a united organisation, one so close that in just four years it intends to be a fully-fledged regional community. ... is to be truly integrated. Neither side is pressing for Asean mediation. Thailand considers the dispute a bilateral matter, while Cambodia has been trying to get the United Nations involved, either ...

  10. A fair chance at a decent job: is it too much to ask?

    Posted Jun 06th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Juan Somavia Discontent is reaching dangerous levels. In three-quarters of the 82 countries with information, most individuals are getting increasingly pessimistic about their future quality of life and standard of living. This all points in one direction ...




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