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  • Dec 28, 2014
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SCMP gets to the heart of the matter with its in-depth analysis on the pressing issues in Hong Kong and around the world.

Hacking hits home

Illustration: Sarenen Chan

Online security companies have been making predictions for 2015, from the malware that will be trying to weasel into our computers and smartphones to the prospect of cyberwar involving state-sponsored hackers.

Sunday, 28 December, 2014, 1:20am

A Bush-Clinton rematch in 2016 grows increasingly plausible

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

There are more than 300 million people in America, yet the same two families keep popping up when it comes to picking the nation's president.

27 Dec 2014 - 1:01am 5 comments

How son’s death in a high-speed car crash led to powerful Chinese official’s fall from grace

How son’s death in a high-speed car crash led to powerful Chinese official’s fall from grace

His name means "planning", but being investigated for alleged corruption was likely the last thing one-time Communist Party stalwart administrator Ling Jihua had on his to-do list.

24 Dec 2014 - 4:36am 10 comments

Rafael Hui graft scandal highlights need for more government accountability in its dealings

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

The sensational corruption trial of former chief secretary Rafael Hui Si-yan may be wrapping up, but it leaves in its wake the troubling question of uncomfortably close ties between government and business.

23 Dec 2014 - 3:27am 8 comments

Sony attack opens new front in cyber warfare, say North Korean defectors

Sony salvo opens new front

The hacking attack on Sony Pictures might have been a practice run for North Korea's elite cyber-army in a long-term goal of being able to cripple telecoms and energy grids in rival nations.

22 Dec 2014 - 3:55am

Birthday blues for Kwok family matriarch after graft trial overshadows 85th

Birthday blues for Kwok family matriarch after graft trial overshadows 85th

Executives of property giant Sun Hung Kai Properties are still guessing when the 85th birthday of the Kwok family's matriarch will be celebrated.

21 Dec 2014 - 9:52am 3 comments

Macau shows signs it may not stay Hong Kong's quiet sibling forever

Illustration: Henry Wong

Earlier this month, Beijing official Li Gang described Macau as a place where if you don't like the Basic Law you will be "despised like a rat on the street".

20 Dec 2014 - 3:37am 4 comments

Cuba and the US: Five decades of feuding

Headlines from October 23, 1962, at the height of the missile crisis. Photo: Corbis

When Cuba's most affluent citizens fled Fidel Castro and his leftist revolutionaries after they took power on New Year's Day 1959, they sought refuge by the thousands in southern Florida.

19 Dec 2014 - 2:38am

Russian economy takes a hammering amid falling oil prices and a sinking rouble

Illustration: Sarene Chan

The rouble is plummeting. Russians are queueing outside shops looking to buy something - anything - in order to empty their wallets of the currency. And now Russia's financial crisis risks spilling beyond its borders.

18 Dec 2014 - 8:17am

Diversity the new game for Macau as gambling revenues tumble

Growth of gambling in Macau is captured (clockwise from top left) in two aerial shots of Taipa and another two of the building and completion of the City of Dreams resort on the Cotai Strip. Photos: Dickson Lee and Jerome Favre

When inaugural chief executive Edmund Ho threw the liberalisation dice that took Macau's gaming industry into the 21st century in 2002, few could have predicted its rise.

17 Dec 2014 - 8:34am 1 comment

Cheney says CIA interrogators are heroes not torturers, then defends 'rectal feeding'

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

It wasn't torture, but enhanced interrogation. The CIA interrogators deserve medals, not criticism. And the practice of "rectal feeding" was all for the good of the recipients.

16 Dec 2014 - 12:37pm 12 comments

The last mile for Taiwan's presidential hopeful Dr Tsai Ing-wen

Illustration: Henry Wong

Taiwan's presidential hopeful Dr Tsai Ing-wen must prove the DPP could maintain cross-strait stability - or face a repeat of her loss in 2012.

15 Dec 2014 - 8:00am

Shinzo Abe and women - the missing XX factor

Illustration: Sarene Chan

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe might have chosen today's election to demonstrate that "womenomics" is finally laying siege to the patriarchal fortress of the country's politics.

14 Dec 2014 - 3:11am 5 comments

Now Hong Kong must face the big questions in wake of Occupy

A worker cleans the area of the main pro-democracy protest site in Admiralty yesterday after the police clearance operation. Photo: AFP

With the Admiralty occupation camp gone, Hong Kong now faces the question at the crux of the debate: how should we reform our electoral system and prevent further confrontation?

13 Dec 2014 - 6:56am 31 comments

Occupy Central camp in Admiralty goes down quietly as police move in

The scene last night after the clearance of the Occupy Central site in Admiralty. Photo: Dickson Lee

The occupied site in Admiralty was cleared without resistance or any visible scuffles in a police operation that was described by a watchdog as "smooth and peaceful".

12 Dec 2014 - 8:04pm 5 comments

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