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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Whiff of hypocrisy in US concern over police use of force in Hong Kong

    Posted Nov 20th 2014, 05:43am by Alex Lo

    ... to supply tear gas because no export or international criteria had been contravened. This followed a similar statement from the country's business secretary, Vince Cable. "The use of tear ... effectively been barred from using tear gas. But US President Barack Obama still called for restraint from authorities. His sentiment is perhaps coloured by the American experience that mass protests ...

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    How Hong Kong's attitude to poor mirrors the American right

    Posted Oct 28th 2014, 05:28am by Alex Lo

    ... predecessors. What Krugman has pointed out is the amazing affinity in the thinking between our business elite and government, and the American right and the Republican Party. In fact, they make perfect ... the political reform framework handed down by Beijing: "[The business elites] control the destiny of the economy of Hong Kong. If we ignore their interest, Hong Kong capitalism will stop." ...

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    Are we barking up the wrong tree on British weapons sales to Hong Kong?

    Posted Oct 29th 2014, 05:35am by Alex Lo

    ... public after John Stanley, chairman of the Committee on Arms Export Controls, wrote to Business Secretary Vince Cable to ask for clarification about whether "Made in the UK" tear gas ... and grenade launchers? I thought the PLA was supposed to protect us from external threats. I assume we are not buying weapons for them. Perhaps they are needed to counter terrorism. In that case, ...

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    Vetocracy gone mad, thanks to obstructive pan-democrats

    Posted Oct 24th 2014, 04:37am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Vetocracy gone mad with pan-dems An American friend has recently taught me a new word, vetocracy, to describe the state of US politics. Well, how ironic! We have ... funding essential to conducting normal government business and constitutional reform, and how holding up the former could somehow advance the latter. But most pan-dems in the legislature seem ...

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    CY Leung shows how not to talk to the world's media

    Posted Oct 22nd 2014, 05:29am by Alex Lo

    ... is nothing unusual. It's how the business elite and the government think, with their steadfast refusal to expand the social safety net for fear of creating a welfare state. We only do welfare ... to half of the people in Hong Kong who earn less than US$1,800 a month. "Then you would end up with that kind of politics and policies." Leung must be under a lot of stress from ...

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    Let the Hong Kong protesters occupy the government headquarters

    Posted Oct 03rd 2014, 03:11am by Alex Lo

    ... officials probably think everything will be OK if their chauffeurs can drive them to their spacious offices this morning. Never mind that most of us can't get on buses, minibuses or taxis, ... beef is with you people, not the rest of us. There are plenty of government offices around town where essential staff could continue their daily duties. It's the age of the internet; ...

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    Leung Chun-ying, reach out and meet the Hong Kong students

    Posted Sep 27th 2014, 05:35am by Alex Lo

    ... Upper Albert Road residence. The crowds will only get bigger and louder as Occupy Central proceeds with its plans in the business district. It's shaping into a "get-rid-of-CY" ... a constitutional crisis. This is what you are paid to do: resolve crises and take us forward. You are also a parent. You must first assure the students of their safety. Do it for their parents. You must ...

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    Don't bet your life and education on electronic sports

    Posted Sep 17th 2014, 05:03am by Alex Lo

    ... demographic that just didn't realise how big a business this "watching"- properly called e-sports- and its online audience has become. I just didn't get it. Or I only start connecting the dots when I read business news reports that Amazon is planning to spend almost US$1 billion- yes, you read that right- to buy Twitch.tv! What does Twitch do? It basically streams all ...

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    Is Hong Kong becoming a protectionist society?

    Posted Sep 11th 2014, 05:11am by Alex Lo

    ... Global Competitiveness Index this month ranked Hong Kong in seventh place, the same as last year, but scored us on the low side for education and innovation. It looks OK on the surface, ... doctors and nurses are overworked because of chronic understaffing. Private businesses have mostly refused to introduce family-friendly and pro-women policies, while our government is light years ...

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

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

    ... yesterday that support for his movement was waning. "The number of people joining us will not be as big as we expect, because of the very pragmatic thinking of Hong Kong people," Tai told 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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