Islam and Antisemitism

Change of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws unlikely

The apparent collapse of a case against a Christian girl accused of burning pages of a Koran has given a dim ray of hope to critics of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, some of the harshest in the Muslim world.

Friday, 14 September, 2012, 3:33pm

Talking points

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

Easy win expected for NZ's ruling party

26 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Truth about financial mess must be laid bare

George Orwell once said that 'the great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink.'

25 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Saving grace

According to Reuters, two Libyan fighter pilots flew to Malta last week, asking to defect rather than bomb their own people protesting in Benghazi. Earlier, The Independent's Robert Fisk had reported on the Egyptian army refusing to carry out a massacre of its people in Cairo.

27 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

A Privilege to Die: Inside Hezbollah's Legions and Their Endless War Against Israel

A Privilege to Die: Inside Hezbollah's Legions and Their Endless War Against Israel by Thanassis Cambanis Free Press, HK$216

10 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Israeli minister meets HK officials

It has been 15 years since an Israeli finance minister visited Hong Kong or the mainland. But it is probably no coincidence that the first official visit by Dr Yuval Steinitz, who was appointed Israel's finance minister 14 months ago, follows Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's declaration last year to stem the flow of terrorist funding by ending the world's dependence on fossil fuels.

5 May 2010 - 12:00am


Young people showed pride in compatriots

I find the report ('Mainland events top news for HK children', January 5) heartening. Hong Kong's future masters are showing proper concern for world affairs [in a poll by the Boys' and Girls' Clubs Association].

14 Jan 2009 - 12:00am


US must review its support for aggressive Israel

The Israeli consul general Amikam Levy has tried to justify the killing of Palestinians in Gaza ('Israel's right to protect its own citizens', January 2).

9 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

West attacks Islam from behind veil of ignorance

Once again, the CIA and MI6 are publishing dire warnings of the vitality of al-Qaeda. Once again, the Islamic world as a whole is being tarnished by association. US presidential contender John McCain is saying that America needs a leadership 'to confront the transcendent challenge of our time: the threat of radical Islamic terrorism'.

12 May 2008 - 12:00am

Jakarta urged to ban Hezbollah's channel

Militia's television network sets off alarm bells

Only five days after it began broadcasting in Indonesia, the militant Islamic satellite broadcaster Al-Manar has started setting off alarm bells, with one group calling for a ban on the network in the world's largest Muslim country.

12 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Israel must weigh the risks of war or peace

Israel enjoyed unprecedented support from its principal allies when it launched its recent offensive against Hezbollah militants in southern Lebanon.

19 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

The distant drums of war

Is there a new international threat brewing with the rise of Shi'ite Iran and Hezbollah? For us living on this side of the world, the Middle East may be physically far away, but the fact is that wars there have a global impact.

17 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

The war for hearts and minds

In 1935, the world was edging towards global war, driven by an aggressive axis of military powers seeking control of strategic resources. As he watched events unfold, the Bulgarian communist Georgi Dimitrov penned a useful definition of fascism: 'unbridled chauvinism and predatory war'.

15 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Thoughts of a 'hawkish dove'

Few Israelis know Lebanon like former prime minister Ehud Barak. A soldier for 36 years before turning to politics, he at one time disguised himself as a woman during a commando assassination operation against Palestinian militants in Beirut; 27 years later, as his country's leader, he made the landmark decision to withdraw troops after two decades of occupation of south Lebanon.

6 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Two-tier political system offers no economic benefits

One aim of the government's plan to create positions for politically appointed deputy and assistant ministers is to train up political talent. But will these appointees play a part in the democratic development of Hong Kong or will they serve in an executive-led government that has no interest in democracy?

1 Aug 2006 - 12:00am