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3rd Millennium

Christmas is a time for hope ...

This is a time of year to reflect on our hopes for peace in the world and goodwill to all. It is at the heart of the Christmas message. In Hong Kong, we are fortunate to be able to enjoy the festive season in safe and secure conditions.

Saturday, 25 December, 2004, 12:00am

With luck, and courage, Afghans can turn a corner

The people of Afghanistan go to the polls today, and they do so in a climate of fear. But if the many problems threatening this historic election can be overcome, voters will set their troubled country on the road to recovery - and give it fresh hope.

9 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Voters still gripped by fear of the gun

A violent past holds sway as warlords retain power in run-up to first elections for the presidency

29 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Freed from Taleban rule, Rubina hits the ground running

Three times a week, after school, Rubina Muqimyar walks to Kabul's Ghazi Stadium to meet her coach. Inside, she removes her headscarf, changes into a tracksuit and limbers up before heading out on to the track for sprint training.

15 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Sevens security

Sevens security

I refer to 'Anti-terrorism measures in place for Sevens' (March 21), which says that airlines bringing passengers into Hong Kong during the Rugby Sevens period would screen planes for known terrorists and stop them landing. The following conversation comes to mind.

Airline employee No. 1: 'So what's new today?'

24 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

The elusive victory in Afghanistan

Sunday's murder of a prominent Afghan minister only days after US Secretary of State Colin Powell's visit highlighted Afghanistan's importance in the American political agenda and warns of the difficulty of pacifying a turbulent country.

23 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Pakistani forces hope for help to plug holes in border

Day after day, Major Mohammad Ibrahim takes up his post at the new Friendship Gate that demarcates the official Pakistan-Afghanistan border crossing at Chaman, in the southwestern province of Baluchistan.

14 Dec 2003 - 12:00am

Is the US getting it at last?

Scepticism over America's war on terrorism and its plans for Iraq is so rife that when US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld wrote a memo agreeing as much, a media frenzy erupted. It is a good sign - the United States has joined the rest of the world in questioning the minutia of the Bush administration's policies.

25 Oct 2003 - 12:00am


History lessons

Your correspondent A. Nottrass ('Necessary invasion', September 18) claims that those leaders and nations who do not learn from the mistakes of history are doomed to repeat them.

Is he saying that the US has failed to learn from the carnage it wrought in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia that it cannot impose its way of life on other countries by force?

22 Sep 2003 - 12:00am

Truth or propaganda?

I just wrapped up a 10-day speaking tour for the US State Department. I was participating in the department's public diplomacy programme, which sends folks to speak to universities, think-tanks and public forums.

5 Jun 2003 - 12:00am