Quotes of the week

Even if you're right, you have to convince people it's the case. You can't [just] say, 'I know better than you, I know this is good for you'

Bernard Chan, former chairman of the Antiquities Advisory Board

Sunday, 1 July, 2012, 12:00am

Who said it?

Whatever you do in the absence of perfect data is a fake

Archaeologist Luca Olivieri, on restoring a carving of Buddha (above) destroyed by the Taliban in Pakistan

It is time to withdraw the restructuring proposal to help things return to normal again

Filibustering pro-democrat lawmaker Albert Chan Wai-yip

26 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Pakistan on the Brink: The future of Pakistan, Afghanistan and the West

Pakistan on the Brink: The future of Pakistan, Afghanistan and the West by Ahmed Rashid Viking Manreet

6 May 2012 - 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

Terrorists in Love: The Real Lives of Islamic Radicals

Terrorists in Love: The Real Lives of Islamic Radicals by Ken Ballen Free Press

16 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Modern face of warfare

Warfare is changing. Amid the historical questions shrouding the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks - America's troubled place in the world and the ultimate costs to the US of its responses to al-Qaeda's fateful strike - the changing face of modern warfare is far more certain.

12 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Things will never be the same

Anniversaries of events that shook the world are a test of how much they still shape our affairs. In that respect, the 10th anniversary today of the September 11 attacks on the US stands out. Some argue the attacks did not change the world so much as serve as a wake-up call about a growing global security threat.

11 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

A good week for ...

Hu Jia

3 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Time for Afghans to take charge

The US and its allies were right to go to war in Afghanistan in 2001 to deal with the al-Qaeda terrorists behind the 9/11 attacks and the Taliban government that was harbouring them. With the death of mastermind Osama bin Laden and the killing or capture of many of his lieutenants, the mission has been all but accomplished.

26 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Who said it?

I didn't sleep in the past couple of days

North Point driver Jagpal Singh, who won HK$44 million in Friday's Mark Six draw

We should be vigilant what action the US may take against China on the issue of terrorism

Major General Zhu Chenghu, a professor at China's National Defence University

24 May 2011 - 12:00am


Taliban by James Fergusson Bantam Press HK$221

6 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Taliban seize former HK resident

A man being held by the Taliban used to live in Hong Kong. Colin Rutherford - a 26-year-old Canadian citizen of Chinese-Scottish ancestry - went missing after visiting Afghanistan 'as a tourist', Canada's foreign affairs department said. A Taliban group said it captured Rutherford on Sunday, although Canada's The Globe and Mail said his disappearance had been investigated for three months.

2 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

egyptian revolt

Reading comprehension

Answer the following questions

1 How do Al-Qaeda aim to save the Muslim world?

a. through democracy and violence

b. through fighting and a strict version of Islam

c. through liberal views and discussion

d. through communism

17 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

The Most Dangerous Place

The Most Dangerous Place by Imtiaz Gul Penguin, HK$130

31 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

New restrictions on Iran

World powers have finally agreed on sanctions against Iran for its nuclear programme. The new restrictions are against Iran's military and banking sectors, and ban Iran from mining uranium. The UN member states are going to monitor Iran's central bank to make sure it is not buying nuclear-sensitive material.

11 Jun 2010 - 12:00am