Annan reveals little of his personality

Annan reveals little of his personality

Interventions: A Life in War and Peace

by Kofi Annan


Charley Lanyon

Sunday, 23 September, 2012, 10:26am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Jerome Lau hears verdict on indecent assault charges

29 May 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Asean eyes on Chinese minister's visit to Singapore

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Growing pains

Jose Ramos Horta, the president of East Timor, is finalising plans for the country's first professional bicycle race with advisers over an afternoon drink at the Hotel Esplanada's pleasant upstairs bar, which boasts expansive views over the capital, Dili. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate has just been handed a collection of prints of his photographs.

21 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Order prevails

The paint is peeling off a three-storey grey building in a run-down part of Calcutta teeming with beggars and disabled street children. But busloads of western tourists flock to the spartan house for a guided tour of the new must-see monument in a city rich in colonial history.

27 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

An Ordinary Man - An Autobiography

An Ordinary Man - An Autobiography

by Paul Rusesabagina, with Tom Zoellner

Penguin, HK$105

18 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Local filmmakers out of frame

Does this tell us something about our standard of creativity?

While more than 150 Hongkongers were among 3,000 from across Asia invited to submit videos for the Discovery Channel's 5 Takes travel series, only two made it to the semi-final with 40 contestants - and then Justin Choo and Sky Tao (right) were kicked out after the interviews in Singapore.

6 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

Asia can help East Timor stand on its own two feet

Jose Ramos Horta's first task as the new prime minister of troubled and isolated East Timor is to guide Asia's newest nation towards a fresh start. Political and ethnic turmoil and gang violence have threatened to turn it into a failed state just four years after it won a struggle for independence from Indonesia.

9 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Millions still suffer violence, poverty

The United Nations Children's Fund says violence, poverty and exclusion still dominate the lives of millions of children in Europe and Central Asia, despite progress on legal and institutional reforms.

24 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

East Timor's shaky foundations need long-term support

Australian armoured vehicles patrol the streets of East Timor's capital, Dili, amid the burned-out shells of houses and food warehouses looted by marauding gangs, who for weeks have laid waste to neighbourhoods and forced tens of thousands of terrified civilians into refugee camps. What was lauded as the United Nations success story in nation-building has become a lawless territory.

10 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Master of tact who's been racked over Iraq

When United Nations' Secretary-General Kofi Annan's term ends - presumably on the stroke of midnight on December 31 next year, but maybe sooner if the Iraq oil-for-food scandal gets the better of him - he has a few employment options.

17 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

UN must not back away from reform challenge

A summit of world leaders in New York will be asked today to approve a blueprint for a United Nations that could meet the challenges of the 21st century. Predictably, the document has become a compromise between developed and developing nations that will leave no one happy.

14 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Annan must show the UN can lead by example

A report released yesterday on the corruption-plagued oil-for-food programme for Iraq made the pertinent observation that Kofi Annan was chosen to be United Nations secretary-general for his diplomatic skills rather than administrative ability, and that it shows.

8 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Compromise needed to achieve UN reform

American ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton has been far from idle since his controversial appointment early this month. And he has given other member nations plenty to think about. Sadly, he has not dispelled doubts about the strength of Washington's commitment to the world body and a multilateral approach to resolving conflict.

29 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Language point

Queen Silvia was born in [Germany] ... and moved ... [to] Brazil, four years later, before returning to her native country in 1957.

22 Jun 2005 - 12:00am