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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.

Even moderate electoral reform ideas conflict with government's 'mainstream' view

Scholarism activists present Carrie Lam with a report card giving the government a top score in physical education, for "moving the goalposts". Photo: Edward Wong

Only one of the widely discussed moderate proposals for choosing a chief executive would be acceptable under a government definition of "mainstream opinions" in this week's report on electoral reform, according to an analysis by the Post.

Friday, 18 July, 2014, 3:06am 1 comment

CY Leung 'will leave the slaughter of public nomination to Beijing'

CY Leung 'will leave the slaughter of public nomination to Beijing'

The government's implied rather than explicit rejection of public nomination in reports on political reform released was described as a delaying tactic to prevent an immediate breakdown of ties with pan- democrats.

16 Jul 2014 - 10:25am 15 comments

The death of books? Hong Kong publishers worry as readers become slaves to smartphones

Hong Kong bookstores are facing declining sales. Photo: Felix Wong

Lam Pik-fun read a book per month during her daily commute to and from Causeway Bay, where she manages Luck-Win Book Store.

15 Jul 2014 - 4:53pm 2 comments

We’re reading more online, but taking in less, New Zealand study shows

The internet is making more information available than ever before, but it's not necessarily making us smarter. Photo: AFP

The internet is making more information available than ever before, but it's not necessarily making us smarter, New Zealand researchers have said.

14 Jul 2014 - 10:03pm

Rebels with a cause: How the 'post-80s' generation is rejecting old ways of protest in Hong Kong

Confrontation with the authorities is becoming more intense as in this clash with the police outside the Legislative Council complex last month. Photos: Felix Wong

To those who equate taking part in social movements with joining marches and chanting slogans, recent events may have come as a shock.

14 Jul 2014 - 9:41am 1 comment

Myanmar's reforms may be running out of steam

Journalists make a gesture for five of their colleagues, who were sentenced to 10 years in prison on Friday over a story accusing the military of making chemical weapons. Photo: AFP

Barack Obama recently singled out Myanmar as a foreign policy victory - a country that had emerged from decades of military rule and turned toward the West, thanks in part to US diplomacy.

13 Jul 2014 - 9:43am

Health care as a family affair: Shanghai’s family doctor scheme is slow to gain acceptance

Dr Chen Hua says she has more time with patients. Photo: Alice Yan

Tao Naiyu moved from his old apartment three months ago and has a community health centre adjacent to his new home. But he still rides his electric bike 20 minutes each way every two weeks to visit Zhoujiaqiao Community Health Centre in Shanghai's Changning District.

12 Jul 2014 - 4:47am

Visiting WHO chief Margaret Chan sees 'great progress' in China's health system

Margaret Chan meets Premier Li Keqiang (centre) and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua

World Health Organisation director general Dr Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun shared her dream at the end of her visit to China.

12 Jul 2014 - 4:25am

World Cup arena awaits its second act in Brazil's Amazonas city of Manaus

The city of Manaus doesn't have a soccer team with enough draw to make use of the stadium built there for the World Cup. But residents are guardedly optimistic it can continue to operate now that their city has had its moment in the global limelight. Photo: Reuters

The World Cup game between Honduras and Switzerland last week wasn't a particularly glamorous match-up, but it may have been historic nonetheless.

11 Jul 2014 - 4:16am

Sino-US relations in the balance as tensions rise in East Asia

Illustration: Lau Ka Kuen

Hundreds of rocky islands, sandbanks and reefs lie scattered across Asia's eastern waters, unimportant looking, maybe – but significant enough to spark a deterioration in US-China relations.

10 Jul 2014 - 11:10am 5 comments

China-US talks could be hindered by mutual suspicion, say analysts

US Secretary of State John Kerry waves as he and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew visit the Great Wall of China in Beijing yesterday. Photo: AP

Senior officials from China and the US are likely to find it difficult to reach consensus about strategic intentions in this week's high-level annual dialogue because of rising mutual suspicions.

9 Jul 2014 - 8:04am 2 comments

US veterans of Iraq war shocked and bitter at its catastrophic turn

The Iraq war killed nearly 4,500 US troops and, by some estimates, cost taxpayers more than US$2 trillion. Photo: AFP

Colonel Samuel Whitehurst had been consumed with work in the last days of his brigade's nine-month stint in eastern Afghanistan when alarming news about his former battleground in northern Iraq began to reach him.

7 Jul 2014 - 10:55pm 2 comments

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: radical Islam’s mystery man unmasked

A video grab of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's sermon during Friday prayers at the Mosque in Mosul. Photo: EPA

For a man so mysterious that there are only two known photographs of him, it was a brazen public debut. The most wanted man in the Middle East, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is also one of the most elusive, an evanescent figure behind the Islamist insurrection sweeping the Syrian and Iraqi interior.

8 Jul 2014 - 7:55pm

New town in northeast New Territories threatens businesses and jobs

Yuet Wo Food Factory produces soy sauce and vinegar in Kwu Tung, having moved from Tsuen Wan. Moving again could cost workers jobs as well as their homes. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

If a new town is built in Kwu Tung in the northeast New Territories, bulldozers will not just raze hundreds of metal and concrete squatter homes. They will also destroy businesses and factories, including one run by James Pong Yuen-shin.

7 Jul 2014 - 5:43am 3 comments

Guangdong collective bargaining proposal seen as bellwether for China

Illustration: Henry Wong

In August, Meng Han and 11 other hospital security guards unfurled large banners and climbed atop the roof of a three-storey outpatient clinic in a Guangzhou hospital, pleading for the management to negotiate an equal pay package.

6 Jul 2014 - 6:30am