The Global Elders

Six degrees

Sir Richard Branson last week brought space tourism a few light years closer when he unveiled his business empire's first commercial spacecraft. Virgin Galactic expects to begin giving customers a taste of space in 2011, after 18 months of flight tests.

Sunday, 13 December, 2009, 12:00am



by Gordon Brown

Bloomsbury, HK$144

3 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Business out of bounds

Built on 260 hectares of former rice paddy on the outskirts of Yangon in Myanmar is a golf course like few in the world, according to its designer, Gary Player. 'Of the many golf courses I have seen in the world, Pun Hlaing has to be in the top five,' the South African great said when it opened in 2002. 'It reminds me of Augusta, Georgia.'

18 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

You can make a difference - lead a meaningful life

There is a Chinese saying: 'People are naked when they are born and can take nothing with them when they die.'

We only live once and it is important that we don't waste our life.

Many people commit suicide because they are frustrated. We should make our lives more meaningful and try to do the best we can.

So how can we achieve fulfilment?

2 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Fit to be king of the world

The bombshell fell on Tuesday and I still have not recovered. I rubbed my eyes a few times, checked that I did not have a fever, made sure that my hearing was not defective, but it was all no good - Nelson Mandela really had said that he was retiring.

4 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Peace Prize winners offer insight and inspiration

How do we achieve peace on earth? To the US President George W. Bush, it may be to root out the 'axis of evil' through pre-emptive military action.

But we believe world peace comes through other means. Nobel lectures by a number of Peace Prize winners provide insight and inspiration with their humanitarianism.

28 Mar 2003 - 12:00am

Biggest challenge

Complete unanimity of purpose is rare when the countries of the world meet. But Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan appeared to speak for all 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation members when he described the war as a fight between justice and evil.

19 Oct 2001 - 12:00am

Help from men

Secretary for Security Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee was surely being a little disingenuous in her article 'Victimised by gender'(South China Morning Post, August 7) when she named Corazon Aquino, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Makiko Tanaka as examples of Asian woman in political power thanks to the lesser degree of gender discrimination which prevails generally in the region compared to Hong Kong.

13 Aug 2001 - 12:00am

Today in history

In Hong Kong

1958: The Hong Kong team paraded as the Duke of Edinburgh officially opened the sixth British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Cardiff, Wales.

1963: A total of $123,200 in prize money had remained unclaimed by holders of 16 winning tickets of the third Government Lottery. The largest unclaimed prize was the $49,280 second prize.

18 Jul 2001 - 12:00am

Mugabe should learn from South Africa

Might I be permitted to take A. B. Bodomo (letter, South China Morning Post, April 20) up on two points concerning his letter on the farm invasions incited by Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe?

26 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

True Asian culture supports peace not torture

OVER the past few years we have had statements from various governments in Asia that Western human rights standards and Asian cultural standards cannot be compared.

28 May 1993 - 12:00am

South Africans must stand united

I WOULD like to take this opportunity of extending a hand of sincere gratitude to both the African National Congress (ANC) and the South African Police, in particular Nelson Mandela, Cyril Ramaphosa, Tokyo Sexwale, and the many ANC marshals, for the disciplined and dignified way in which the solemn proceedings of Chris Hani's funeral were controlled.

7 May 1993 - 12:00am