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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Class boycotts over political reform should be confined to tertiary level

    Posted Sep 13th 2014, 04:29am by SCMP Editorial

    ... to influence, it is in the pupils' interest to steer clear of any boycott. The strike has understandably aroused concerns about pupils being manipulated by political forces. Although student groups ... and teachers promoting class boycotts. However good their intentions might be, it only serves to deepen the political divide. Similarly, Occupy Central activists should not be seen as manipulating ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1591303/class-boycotts-over-political-reform-should-be-confined
  2. Business - Economy - JOBS

    US economy beats estimate with 4.2pc growth

    Posted Aug 29th 2014, 09:27am by AP

    ... Sung Won Sohn, an economics professor at California State University, Channel Islands. Economists worry that any of several political hotspots, from Ukraine to Israel to Iraq, could erupt in a way that would destabilise US and global growth. But Sohn said numerous factors should support growth in the second half of this year and in 2015. The principal strength is expected to come ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1581635/us-economy-beats-estimate-42pc-growth
  3. Business - Banking & Finance

    Fed pushing for biggest US banks to shrink

    Posted Sep 10th 2014, 09:21am by Associated Press

    ... Associated Press in Washington The Federal Reserve is pushing the biggest US banks to shrink so that they are less of a risk to the financial system. In testimony at a Senate hearing ... which struck in 2008 and ignited the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. Hundreds of US banks received taxpayer bailouts during the crisis, including the eight mega-banks ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1589184/fed-pushing-biggest-us-banks-shrink
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Quiet diplomacy now needed to advance political reform

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 03:08am by Alice Wu

    ... of electoral reform in the past, those who work behind the scenes, mainly through back-channel talks, hold the key to propelling us forward. Within those hidden corridors of politics lies the hope ... called for direct talks with Beijing to break the deadlock over political reform. Whether it's back-pedalling or the sort of "fighting retreat" former UK diplomat Tim Collard ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1559142/quiet-diplomacy-now-needed-advance-political-reform
  5. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Hong Kong should pay less attention to politics and more to family, film director says

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 03:38am by Oliver Chou

    ... risks losing touch with its unique identity amid an onslaught of consumerism and political strife, and it's time the city went back to basics, an Oscar-winning Hong Kong director has ... "Politics has been everyday news for a long time now; perhaps it's time to attend to simple things, observe life and people around you," she said. "People have got desensitised ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1590334/hong-kong-should-pay-less-attention-politics-and-more-family-film
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    What's the fuss about Jimmy Lai giving out political donations to Hong Kong pan-democrats?

    Posted Jul 23rd 2014, 04:16am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com What's the fuss about political donations? What's wrong with making massive donations to political parties and anti-government groups? Nothing! So I am ... political donation laws which allow donors and recipients to avoid disclosing who gives what to whom. I am sure if we had a tougher law, we would find obscene amounts of donations from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1557306/whats-fuss-about-jimmy-lai-giving-out-political-donations
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Why the Ice Bucket Challenge reminds us of the power of words

    Posted Aug 25th 2014, 02:46am by Alice Wu

    ... that has become so prevalent in local politics, it might even have been expected. But, instead, So responded with a call for reconciliation, by citing the saying, "old qualms disappear like melting ice". Faced with a situation, we can choose how to respond. It is what makes us human. The gift of speech- and, further, of inspiring speech- is one we must not take for granted. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1579315/why-ice-bucket-challenge-reminds-us-power-words
  8. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    Xi Jinping repeats call for political solution in Ukraine

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 10:14am by Reuters in Beijing

    ... Reuters in Beijing President has again called for a political solution in Ukraine during a meeting with Vladimir Putin while attending Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in Tajikistan. President Xi Jinping has repeated a call for the crisis in Ukraine to be resolved politically via an inclusive dialogue, during talks with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, China’s ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1590715/xi-repeats-call-political-solution-ukraine
  9. News - Hong Kong - ON SECOND THOUGHT

    Stakes are high for all in bet on political reform

    Posted Jul 25th 2014, 03:42am by ELIZABETH WONG CHIEN CHI-LIEN

    ... choice of candidates for voters with no unreasonable restrictions. So, anxiety over the city's political future hangs over us like the sword of Damocles. Pessimists tell us failure ... Elizabeth Wong Any mistake over Hong Kong's future would be a lose-lose situation for the city and China Stakes are high for all in bet on political reform Hong Kong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1558312/stakes-are-high-all-bet-political-reform
  10. News - World - UNITED STATES

    US Senator Harry Reid apologises over Asian jokes made at lunch in Las Vegas

    Posted Aug 24th 2014, 06:20am by AP

    ... Associated Press in Las Vegas Harry Reid apologises over Asian jokes US Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid apologised for jokes he made about Asians during a lunch for business leaders ... but you've convinced a lot of us you are." When another man was summoned to the podium, he grabbed the microphone and quipped: "One problem I've had today is keeping my Wongs ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1580152/us-senator-harry-reid-apologises-over-asian-jokes-made-lunch-las-vegas

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