African People

Four years for smuggler who fooled appeal judges

A cocaine smuggler found guilty of tricking the Court of Final Appeal with forged documents to escape an assault conviction was jailed for a further four years yesterday.

Friday, 13 January, 2012, 12:00am

A touch of irony for Mandela's party

Congratulations, then, to the African National Congress, the party of Nelson Mandela, which this weekend celebrates its centenary. Who would have thought that, 100 years later, the ANC would one day rule a country whose very creation was seen by its founders as an injustice?

7 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

A bad week for ...

Desmond Tutu

It wasn't the 80th birthday the South African anti-apartheid hero was hoping for. He had invited his friend and fellow Nobel peace laureate the Dalai Lama, but the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader had to cancel because of delays with his visa. Tutu blasted President Jacob Zuma's government as worse than apartheid and accused him of kowtowing to China.

9 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

India should stick to business in Africa

Indians are emotional people. No one doubts that. What is bizarre is when emotion is injected into foreign policy, as India displayed recently in its newly proactive approach to Africa.

7 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Telling Times

Telling Times by Nadine Gordimer Bloomsbury HK$169

10 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Low-ranking official is accused of being top in corruption stakes

Luo Yaping was only a district bureau chief in a rust-belt city in Liaoning , but the 50-year-old woman is already a record-holder to the country's top graft-busters: she's the lowest-ranking official who amassed the highest amount using the most underhanded tricks, they claim.

23 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Love overcomes all for Han-Tibetan couple

It only took Luo Chengfuo one month to woo Daizhong into becoming his wife. But maintaining the marriage was harder than he expected: Luo is Han and Daizhong is Tibetan. And they chose to live in the Tibetan county of Yushu, the epicentre of last week's 7.1-magnitude earthquake.

23 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Top retiring officials need to act with dignity

The Japanese call it ascent to heaven. Here in Hong Kong we don't have a similarly sardonic phrase. Still, the same phenomenon - of senior government officials taking up highly lucrative jobs in the private sector after their retirement - is prevalent in both societies. It rightly attracts intense public concern.

23 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Diary of a Bad Year

Diary of a Bad Year

by J.M. Coetzee

Vintage, HK$104

3 May 2009 - 12:00am

Crisis hammers research and development

As Luo Fengguang headed back to his office for the start of the new university semester, many pressing issues weighed on his mind.

26 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Beethoven was One-sixteenth Black

Beethoven was One-sixteenth Black

by Nadine Gordimer

Bloomsbury, HK$240

Nobel Prize-winner Nadine Gordimer hits double figures with Beethoven was One-sixteenth Black, and Other Stories, her 10th short-story collection.

13 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Cloak and dagger aura can't hide statesmen's lofty goals

There is a whiff of Opus Dei or the Freemasons about the Global Leadership Foundation. It has a registered office and small secretariat in London, a listed telephone number and an information sheet detailing its honorary patrons and members. But like those two secretive global organisations, what the foundation gets up to, where and how is something of a mystery.

1 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Precious stones

Like many girls, Xiao Jing had always believed that one day, when she grew up, she would have children. Like her mother. But life was to deal her a bitter blow. It came three years ago, when doctors told her she was a 'stone woman'.

13 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

slice of life

Nelson Mandela, South Africa's black nationalist leader, walked out of Victor Verster prison a free man, opening a new chapter in the country's political history and ending a 27-year confinement for advocating the violent overthrow of the white minority government.

The 71-year-old was jailed in 1962 and sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964 for sabotage.

14 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Businessman's sail of the century

Team of rookies take on the high seas and make a name for themselves at home

Shenzhen businessman Luo Zhaoxing found a novel way to get the yacht he ordered in France back home - he sailed it halfway across the world.

3 Sep 2005 - 12:00am