3rd Millennium

A time for peace, a time for hope

Prime Minister Hamid Karzai and his 29-member cabinet have taken office in Afghanistan and with them has been inaugurated the hope of a people previously split by two decades of war but now with a single vision - peace.

Sunday, 23 December, 2001, 12:00am

RTHK satire 'not impartial enough'

An RTHK satire criticised by Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa as being in bad taste was not impartial enough, the Broadcasting Authority ruled yesterday.

14 Dec 2001 - 12:00am

Starting from scratch

While Afghanistan's interim Government is, as it has been hailed, an important step in the war-wracked country's rehabilitation, it must be stressed that it is only temporary. By the middle of next year, it will be replaced by a larger, more encompassing authority which will better fulfil the more significant tasks of nation-building.

7 Dec 2001 - 12:00am

Enough indignant letters about innocent Afghans

It is obvious to any thinking person that innocents do not deserve to die, be they Afghan or American. Equally obvious is that the Taleban was and is a brutally repressive, murderous regime which committed massive crimes against the Afghan population, especially its women, and against humanity, in the name of 'creating a pure Islamic state'.

7 Dec 2001 - 12:00am

Aid worker tells of suffering and hunger as winter sets in

The drought-ridden western Afghan province of Badghis has a single, war-shattered hospital and no ambulance - that was used as a getaway car by fleeing Taleban fighters.

Food and water are scarce and winter is bearing down quickly, a senior aid worker said.

6 Dec 2001 - 12:00am

Sino-US military ties set to resume

High-level military exchanges between China and the United States look set to resume after a six-month suspension sparked by the spy plane incident in April, Pentagon sources say.

A senior US Defence Department official was in Beijing negotiating the resumption, the sources said.

5 Dec 2001 - 12:00am

Urgent aid obligation

Washington is not short of money when it comes to its war against terrorism. Analysts estimate US$1 billion (HK$7.78 billion), a week has been pumped into the military machine that has been raining bombs on Afghanistan since October 6.

23 Nov 2001 - 12:00am

Quick action vital to restore security to Afghanistan, experts say

Speed in appointing an interim government and establishing a sense of security for all Afghans is the key to resolving Afghanistan's immediate problems, experts agreed yesterday.

22 Nov 2001 - 12:00am

Window of opportunity

The chance has arisen for real change to finally come to Afghanistan. Monday's meeting - switched from Berlin to Bonn last night - of the war-ravaged country's factious leaders gives impetus to a process that has moved giddily forward since the Taleban deserted Kabul.

22 Nov 2001 - 12:00am

Military aggression must be tackled by global form of justice

As a pacifist, and mother of three children I have long asked the question: 'When can we expect national leaders to behave with the same level of civility that we expect of individual families within civilised society?' As a mother, I have tried hard to educate my children that the appropriate way to resolve disputes is through dialogue, not physical violence.

30 Oct 2001 - 12:00am

Winter warning

The military push to overthrow the Taleban regime appears to be proceeding slower than previously expected. Pentagon officials have described the Taleban as 'tough warriors' and it now appears increasingly certain that the war in Afghanistan will continue into the new year.

26 Oct 2001 - 12:00am

War just penalises more innocents

I refer to the letter by Roger Rensvold headlined 'Military attack on Taleban regime is inevitable' (South China Morning Post, October 3) which argues the Americans have a unique perspective on the events of September 11.

26 Oct 2001 - 12:00am

After Afghanistan

It is to be hoped that just as soon as the Americans have achieved their current aims in Afghanistan, in getting rid of the Taleban regime, they will, with equal vigour turn their attentions to Israel, in order to get rid of the equally despotic regime of Ariel Sharon.

BOB BEADMAN

Tsuen Wan

24 Oct 2001 - 12:00am

Guarded statement

For the first time in its 12-year history, the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) group has issued a political statement to denounce terrorism. The high-profile stance taken by leaders of the 21 member economies after their annual summit, held this year in Shanghai, underlines their joint concern about the threat that terrorism poses to world peace.

22 Oct 2001 - 12:00am

Guarded statement

For the first time in its 12-year history, the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) group has issued a political statement to denounce terrorism. The high-profile stance taken by leaders of the 21 member economies after their annual summit, held this year in Shanghai, underlines their joint concern about the threat that terrorism poses to world peace.

22 Oct 2001 - 12:00am