Book review: Evil Men, by James Dawes

In 2002, a court in Tokyo rejected a lawsuit filed by mainland plaintiffs over the deaths of Chinese at the hands of the Japanese army's biological warfare units, such as Unit 731, in China during the second world war. Photo: Reuters

This is a hard book to read, and once you have finished, you will probably not want to read it again.

Sunday, 21 April, 2013, 4:10pm

China's claim to greatness must rest on its ethics

China's claim to greatness must rest on its ethics

China has the potential to be a force for tremendous good in the world. Already, it is using its considerable fiscal reserves to invest heavily in economic and transport infrastructure in Africa and Latin America, supporting the construction of roads, railways, ports and mines.

22 Feb 2013 - 4:07am 4 comments

Parents of children in Hunan GM rice trial were lied to

Parents of children who unwittingly took part in a controversial testing of genetically modified rice on children in Hunan five years ago - which resulted in the sacking of three scientists on Thursday - were only shown the last page of the endorsement paper, state media reported yesterday.

8 Dec 2012 - 4:41am

Children with bright parents less happy, survey finds

Children with siblings and better educated parents tend to be less happy than their peers, a study by Lingnan University found.

The results surprised researchers, who said the survey suggested a worrying trend for young people to be more unhappy than adults.

28 Sep 2012 - 3:15am

Anti-smoking activists in row over China Tobacco Museum in Shanghai

The China Tobacco Museum in Shanghai, which is at the centre of a continuing dispute on the mainland. Photo: SCMP

Anti-smoking activists are angry at the controversial designation of Shanghai's China Tobacco Museum as a "patriotic education base".

27 Sep 2012 - 11:38am

Clause in new privacy law a threat to press freedom, journalists group says

A journalists' union says a "big shadow" has been cast over the media by a clause in the newly amended privacy law - to be enacted next month. It will put reporters at risk of imprisonment if they reveal information that causes psychological harm to those it involves, the union says.

27 Sep 2012 - 3:11am

Funeral held for slain Brazilian teens

Funeral held for slain Brazilian teens

The mother of one of six teenagers found dead in Mesquita, a town north of Rio, reacts during their funeral on Tuesday. The bodies of the six youths aged 15 to 19 were found naked with gunshot wounds and signs of torture wrapped in sheets. Police backed up by military armoured vehicles seized control of the suburban Rio slum after the murders.Photo: Reuters

13 Sep 2012 - 11:50am

Four refugees, torture claimant seek ruling on right to work in Hong Kong

Four refugees and a successful torture claimant who are demanding they be allowed to work in Hong Kong brought their fight to the Court of Appeal yesterday, after being stranded in the city for years.

5 Sep 2012 - 2:28am


Put on a brave face and drive off bullies

There are bullies in every school and the bullying victims we hear about are only the tip of the iceberg. We cannot imagine the actual numbers.

Bullying can have far-reaching consequences. It can put victims in a constant state of fear even when they grow up.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:08pm

Keeping companies out of harm's way

Colum Bancroft, of Kroll Advisory Solutions, says companies want advice to stay out of trouble.

Tougher global rules against corruption and money laundering have sparked an increased demand for advice by companies in Asia trying to stay out of trouble.

14 Aug 2012 - 8:59am

Risks of Muslim pressure over Rohingya

Leaders of the Muslim world are putting pressure on Myanmar over the treatment of Rohingya Muslims in the country and calling for urgent action by the government.

A UN special human rights rapporteur had earlier raised concerns about reports of extrajudicial killings and torture after clashes between Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims.

13 Aug 2012 - 9:18pm

Who said it?

We have human rights issues in the US, but we also have a very strong system to respond to them

U.S. diplomat Michael Posner, at a briefing on the U.S.-China human rights dialogue

If [users] are concerned about Google mixing up information about their personal and work affairs, they should consider creating multiple accounts

27 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Everybody loses when a vote is rigged

The stakes are high in the coming Legislative Council election, so the temptation to rig the results will be even higher. It behoves the government and the election watchdog to be especially vigilant, given the widespread fraud that was detected in last year's district council election. The ICAC, after all, has arrested 52 people in connection with vote-rigging.

21 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Women warned after rape and sexual assault

Police have warned women to be alert and stepped up patrols in Mong Kok after a rape and a sexual assault were carried out within 500 metres of each other early yesterday.

18 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Cruel killing of stray dogs by government can be replaced by more humane option

The animal welfare community will welcome the appointment of the new secretary for food and health in the hope that he will ensure much less government cruelty and killing.

18 Jul 2012 - 12:00am