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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1594180/dont-bet-your-life-and-education-electronic-sports
  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Beijing shifts from indulgence to hard line on Hong Kong

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

    ... of Fortune 500 companies from the US and their counterparts from Europe. He has antagonised many of China's neighbours in the South and East China seas and is challenging US naval dominance ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1597591/beijing-shifts-indulgence-hard-line-hong-kong
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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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1589647/hong-kong-becoming-protectionist-society
  4. Comment - MY TAKE

    Beijing's problem in Hong Kong is not foreign interference but Western ideas

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 05:22am by Alex Lo

    ... just as even some local pro-Beijing figures would have friendly relationships with current and former US officials. For example, we know media tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying is a close pal of US ... and Washington have essentially thrown in the towel by acknowledging Hong Kong's democratic development is China's internal affair. US National Security Adviser Susan Rice reportedly said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1594919/beijings-problem-hong-kong-not-foreign-interference-western-ideas
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Coming to terms with our sense of belonging

    Posted Sep 16th 2014, 03:11am by Alex Lo

    ... or at least large swathes of their metropolitan and suburban areas, it probably holds sway. But it is an artificial construct against the parochial, nativist or atavist tendencies in all of us ... will always distinguish between us and them even when we try not to be racist. In Hong Kong, there are the expats' bubble, the Hong Kong Chinese's bubble, and foreign maids' bubble. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1593429/coming-terms-our-sense-belonging
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1584020/are-some-hong-kong-pan-democrats-stepping-away-brink
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Canny developers exploiting loophole at the expense of minority owners

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

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Developers exploiting property loophole Few people outside its neighbourhood have heard of Leung Faat Noodle Shop. But its fight with a subsidiary of Lai Sun Development should concern us because it involves a basic private property right. It could leave gaping loopholes for developers to exploit at the expense of minority flat owners on old private ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1591220/canny-developers-exploiting-loophole-expense-minority-owners
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Give the Chinese their due place in the second world war fight against Japan

    Posted Sep 04th 2014, 05:00am by Alex Lo

    ... groups have been busy rewriting their country's wartime past. But when history becomes a weapon, or a propaganda tool, it's difficult to remain a human science or a scholarly art ... and the European forces in Burma, Malaya and the East Indies. For most Westerners, including academics, the real war against Japan was in the Pacific, leading to the oversimplification that the US won ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1584657/give-chinese-their-due-place-second-world-war-fight-against
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Spinning yarns and creating fictions

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

    ... of course, not new. Georg Simmel, the sociologist, said the same thing about money. No serious political philosophers believe DNA is what endows us with human or democratic rights. Richard Dawkins, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1590402/spinning-yarns-and-creating-fictions
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    China's Alibaba is what Western capitalists dream of

    Posted Sep 10th 2014, 04:24am by Alex Lo

    ... a minor player, a book called One Billion Customers: Lessons from the Front Lines of Doing Business in China made the best-selling list for weeks. Today, Alibaba almost approaches that kind ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1588950/chinas-alibaba-what-western-capitalists-dream

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