Letters to the Editor, January 2, 2013

Roosevelt's vital reforms were scrapped. Photo: SCMP

Democracy in the workplace is important

Wednesday, 2 January, 2013, 2:52am 1 comment

Late geographer Neil Smith saw capitalism as transformer of spaces

Late geographer Neil Smith saw capitalism as transformer of spaces

Neil Smith, who died in September at age 58 of liver failure, brought a new dimension to geography by exploring the relationship between cities, the wider world and capitalism.

2 Dec 2012 - 5:01am

Ahmadinejad slams US election as 'battleground for capitalists'

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks to Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at the forum yesterday. Photo: AFP

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad yesterday called the US election a "battleground for capitalists" while speaking at a democracy forum a day after President Barack Obama was re-elected to office.

He said democracy has become a system where the minority rules over the majority.

9 Nov 2012 - 3:20am

Threats, vulgarity win you votes in Ukraine

Supporters of the pro-government Party of Regions raise their flags at a pre-election rally in the capital, Kiev, on Friday. Photo: Reuters

Parliaments can be boisterous places and elections are often heated affairs. But the frosty exchanges of an Obama-Romney debate or prime minister's question time in London pale in comparison to the rough and tumble of Ukrainian political discourse.

28 Oct 2012 - 3:27am

Spain's 'Robin Hood' leads march to protest exploitation of the poor

Politician Manuel Sanchez Gordillo (centre). Photo: AFP

If this was revolution, it was a remarkably calm affair.

When the man sometimes billed as Spain's most dangerous left-wing politician, Juan Manuel Sanchez Gordillo, led his utopian army of marchers through the baking southern heat into the small town of Albolote, the biggest fuss was among those jostling for photographs beside the charismatic revolutionary.

2 Sep 2012 - 4:45am

Seeking a cure for capitalism

Modern market capitalism used to be heralded as the best way to run an economic system, especially after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

It was said that it promoted rapid growth and encouraged invention and enterprise; it offered freedom and opportunities for all, the advantages of competition, efficient use of finances, fairness and equality.

25 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

HK laws 'fail to combat human trafficking'

A US State Department report has delivered a scathing assessment of Hong Kong's laws against human trafficking, comparing the city's record on combating the problem to that of Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Serbia.

1 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Leung needs to do more explaining

Chief executive-elect Leung Chun-ying campaigned on the motto 'seeking change while preserving stability'. Nonetheless, business sectors were concerned that his reforms would upset stability. They might have been more worried had Leung been more explicit about the views he expressed in a recent Xinhua interview.

25 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

For richer or poorer

Poverty, a definition or two

There are two definitions of poverty: absolute poverty and relative poverty. People in absolute poverty don't have the basic necessities to survive. For example, they cannot get clean water, food or shelter.

22 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

'Occupy' activists make themselves at home

Beneath the glass and steel of the HSBC tower, life has settled into a steady rhythm for the Occupy Central movement. A month has passed since the protesters set up camp, and it seems they are not going anywhere soon.

13 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Young yet diverse, they join in decrying capitalism

The participants of Occupy Central consist of various individuals, some with political activist affiliations, others with specific causes.

23 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

The journey home from the wasteland may be the most difficult one of all

Restlessness and inchoate stirrings of revolt have reached the very gates of the bastions of capitalism, Wall Street in New York and the City of London. For days, protesters have been encamped in both financial capitals raising banners, flags and voices against burning injustices of the modern economic system.

22 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

slowdown in reform efforts under attack

Amid increasing signs of rising anxiety among the public, the mainland's most revered economist has published the strongest criticism yet, from within Beijing's academic circles and government think tanks, of the recent slowdown in the nation's economic reform efforts.

3 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Market capitalism reloaded

Anatole Kaletsky is a man whose views carry the heft of one of the great Western thinkers of our day. An economist and journalist, with an impressive CV that includes stints at The Economist and the Financial Times, he is now a famously provocative columnist at The Times.

17 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Is plutocracy the real face of capitalism?

Which is the future? Free-market capitalism or state-run capitalism? That was the burning question supposedly posed by the western financial crisis.

5 Jul 2011 - 12:00am