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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Those crying foul over police tactics should look at how protests are handled overseas

    Posted Oct 02nd 2014, 04:29am by Alex Lo

    ... In October 2011, Oakland police in the United States fired tear gas and charged through Occupy Oakland protesters, critically injuring, among others, Iraq veteran Scott Olsen with a fractured skull, ...

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    Idealistic dreams could become real nightmares for young Hongkongers

    Posted Oct 01st 2014, 05:07am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Of idealistic dreams and real nightmares We should never underestimate the intoxication of crowds united for a cause. For many young people, the mass protests of recent days must feel like the intensity of first love. Perhaps that is already the whole purpose of the exercise for many of them. There is no argument against young people who fight ...

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    Some crazy goings-on in Hong Kong

    Posted Sep 29th 2014, 03:11am by Alex Lo

    ... knife, marched into the iCable office in Tsuen Wan and injured three employees because he was upset at being overcharged after his family cancelled an internet service. He surrendered to police ...

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    It's time to stop exploiting Hong Kong's street cleaners

    Posted Sep 25th 2014, 05:14am by Alex Lo

    ... and callous exploitation of street cleaners under the government's system of outsourcing cleaning services to private contractors. A Post report this week highlights how the city's 9,700 ... In 1998, in response to the Asian financial crisis, the Tung administration started to shrink the civil service payroll. But the real reason is the belief or ideology that the government should ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Beijing shifts from indulgence to hard line on Hong Kong

    Posted Sep 22nd 2014, 04:17am by Alex Lo

    ... days or block roads in Central. Lau Siu-kai, former head of the Central Policy Unit, was prescient back in 2012 when he contrasted in his book China's situation at the time ...

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    How would Adam Smith and David Hume have voted in Scottish referendum?

    Posted Sep 19th 2014, 04:37am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com How would Smith and Hume have voted? What would Jesus have done? Or, now that the independence referendum has taken place, I wonder as a matter of curiosity how some of the greatest Scotsmen might have voted. The Acts of Union of 1707, which united Scotland and England, greatly influenced the political and economic thinking of two of Scotland's ...

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    Canny developers exploiting loophole at the expense of minority owners

    Posted Sep 13th 2014, 04:29am by Alex Lo

    ... has bought all the other units in the building. That takes care of the 80 per cent minimum requirement for a forced sale of the holdout unit. But for a forced sale to go ahead, the developer needs to go further by meeting one of three conditions. In this case, it means each unit in the building must make up 10 per cent or more of the total lot size of the building. As originally ...

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    Spinning yarns and creating fictions

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 05:57am by Alex Lo

    ... companies, religions, hunting and military units and states. "We can suspend disbelief about Harry Potter," he said in a Financial Times interview. "And we do the same thing with God, ...

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    Are anguished cries a sign of Hong Kong's decline?

    Posted Sep 09th 2014, 04:50am by Alex Lo

    ... of reversing decline by addressing voices and concerns and working with loyal customers or citizens to improve service or policy. There is then an obvious pessimism in our situation in that our ...

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    Are some Hong Kong pan-democrats stepping away from the brink?

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 05:06am by Alex Lo

    ... the business news service, admitting the movement wouldn't change "political reality" imposed by Beijing. Tai is an honourable man, perhaps even a noble gentleman. But in poker terms, he ...




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