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  1. Corrections & clarifications

    Posted Mar 13th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... An interview with Basic Law Committee member Rao Geping published on page A2 on March 3 carried a headline indicating that Professor Rao said 'amending Basic Law is an option'. In his comments, he meant the committee would examine the possibility and necessity of amending the mini-constitution. ...

  2. Sunset clause would mean better legislation

    Posted Jul 29th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... in the future. There is room for debate as to whether this is the best way to go about it. Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee of the Civic Party has said the United States had a sunset clause in its Patriot Act, which ... surveillance operations will remain open to constitutional challenges even after the legislation is passed. The government has refused to consider more than 150 changes proposed by lawmakers from ...

  3. Snooping bill won't need sunset clause

    Posted Jul 15th 2006, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung, Norma Connolly

    ... to say whether they and their allies would unite to vote on the bill. Permanent Secretary for Security Stanley Ying Yiu-hong rejected the call for the sunset clause, saying he believed the 'very comprehensive' scrutiny by the bills committee, and the amendments already made meant it was unnecessary to review the law. Ms Ng said the United States had a sunset clause in its ...

  4. We are all journalists now

    Posted Jun 05th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... for the disclosures. The sites appealed, arguing that both California law and the United States constitution provided legal protections against compelling journalists to reveal the identity of their sources. ... the proposition that online journalists should be entitled to constitutional protections, stating that 'we can see no sustainable basis to distinguish petitioners [the online journalists] from ...

  5. New year, but an old message

    Posted Jan 04th 2006, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... sovereignty and independence, in the new constitution. Ma Ying-jeou, chairman of the KMT, immediately took Mr Chen to task for again raising the issue of a new constitution. The United States ... insisted that he was still intent on pressing for a new constitution, to be adopted by a referendum in 2007. Two years ago, in his second inaugural address, the president unveiled his ...

  6. DPP puts charter changes on hold

    Posted Oct 05th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... chairman Yu Shyi-kun as saying after a meeting of its Central Executive Committee. The United States has urged Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian to exercise caution in framing constitutional ... include the 'state-to-state' model in the constitution, or endorse a referendum on formal independence. Last week, however, Mr Chen said the DPP would seek to change the constitution ...

  7. Playing with fire

    Posted Oct 03rd 2006, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... (Taiwan's formal name); and joining the United Nations under the name 'Taiwan' instead of the Republic of China. Each time Mr Chen says such things, the United States slaps him down. After his statements at a seminar on constitutional revision, a State Department spokesman said last week: 'The United States does not support independence for Taiwan, and we continue ...

  8. Abe must find a way around shrine issue

    Posted Oct 01st 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... It was to be expected that it would be long on vision and short on policy detail. He reaffirmed his conservative and nationalist credentials, promising to revise the pacifist post-war constitution drafted by the United States, reform education to instil patriotism, revive traditional Japanese virtues and family ties and consider a bigger international role for Japanese troops. However, just as a sound ...

  9. FYI: What is the state of same-sex marriage globally?

    Posted Jan 15th 2006, 12:00am by Mark Footer

    ... of others grant persons in same-sex unions legal status of varying degrees. Seventeen states, however, have constitutional amendments explicitly barring the recognition of same-sex marriage. Some ... Mark Footer FYI: What is the state of same-sex marriage globally? 'I'm all for gay marriage, why shouldn't they suffer like the rest of us?' Dolly Parton A topic ...

  10. Donors must demand that Cambodia respect rights

    Posted Apr 01st 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... in Cambodia is concentrated in one pair of hands. However, his criticism of human rights in Cambodia also contained a message for the donor countries- among them the United States, Japan ... the United Nations in much the same way as he has stamped out effective opposition. Four consecutive UN envoys for human rights have come under sustained and sometimes personal attacks over ...




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