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This Means War (Film)

This week, I stumbled upon an amazing fact: the combined estimated budgets of The Artist, The Descendants and Midnight in Paris, three films nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, add up to a meagre US$52 million - conservative by Hollywood standards.

Friday, 24 February, 2012, 12:00am

Answers needed on US-Iran spy saga

There has been a lot of debate surrounding Iranian scientist Shahram Amiri, 32. He disappeared from his hotel room during a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia in June last year. Later he resurfaced in the United States, claiming he had been kidnapped by the CIA and Saudi agents.

22 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

CIA director steps out of the dark shadows

It will be a long time before veteran American CIA officers (not to mention veteran American journalists) manage to forget about 'the one that got away'.

19 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

CIA agents saw HK as window on Communist Party

CIA agents worked to infiltrate groups in Hong Kong with connections to the Communist Party, documents released in the US yesterday reveal.

28 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Compromises threaten US spy system overhaul

Months of negotiations and a flurry of last-minute haggling have produced a bill aimed at reforming the US intelligence machinery. As details emerge, it appears likely this will turn out to be the overhaul that wasn't.

10 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Wasteful spending?

Director of Information Services Yvonne Choi's attempt to 'set the record straight' in addressing reports that her department squandered millions (October 29) has raised more questions than answers.

4 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

Why America still has reason to be nervous

As Americans go about their lives today, they will remember the events of a year ago with considerable unease.

They have every reason.

Beyond heightened public vigilance, the vast mission of the administration of US President George W. Bush to secure the nation against terrorism is at best a work in progress.

11 Sep 2002 - 12:00am

Tips for top bureaucrats in manual

A manual will be circulated to directorate-grade civil servants giving tips on how to become successful leaders.

The Directorate Leadership Guide includes a do-it-yourself guide to working out strategies on personal development.

3 Sep 2002 - 12:00am

Secret is out that officials have lost their drive

OFFICIALS ARE SUPPOSED to be responsive to criticism. But government departments would cease to function properly if they acted on the views of every critic on the airwaves.

The way the Inland Revenue Department has put off a public auction of more than 1,000 of its outdated computers is a case in point.

7 May 2002 - 12:00am

Commission supported

Legislators approved funding to establish eight posts in the Government to pave the way for a Women's Commission, due to be set up next month. There will be two directorate officials, with monthly salaries of $127,900 and $116,650, in the Health and Welfare Bureau and six non-directorate posts, with a total average annual salary of $3.56 million.

21 Dec 2000 - 12:00am

Drug help to be stepped up

Anti-drug education will be strengthened with the launch of a resource centre and recruitment of more volunteers, it was disclosed yesterday.

Commissioner for Narcotics Clarie Lo Ku Ka-lee said anti-drug plans for the next century were mapped out after a review of strategies.

Among the key initiatives were the establishment of a Drug Information Resource Centre.

3 May 1999 - 12:00am

Watchdog to monitor CIA spy probe

The Central Intelligence Agency is setting up an independent watchdog to monitor its probe into the damage done to the nation's security in the wake of an alleged theft by Beijing of US nuclear weapons secrets.

17 Mar 1999 - 12:00am

CIA accused of having professor sacked for not toeing line

The CIA has been accused of forcing the dismissal of one of its China watchers after he took a different line on a research project.

Ethnic affairs specialist Professor Gary Fuller said he was fired from a University of Hawaii project commissioned by the Central Intelligence Agency because he did not toe the 'company line' on potential ethnic strife in western China.

19 Nov 1998 - 12:00am

Analysing the China threat

With the widest-reaching, most determined intelligence-gathering operation in the world, can the United States possibly be in the dark about China's military buildup? And, while you ponder that one, how about the suggestion that Washington is also 'out to lunch' when it comes to Beijing's own spy network on the American mainland?

17 Jul 1997 - 12:00am

Legco to vote over officers' secret work

Legislators will vote today on whether to investigate the secret work of 33 former Special Branch officers fighting for the right to live in Britain.

The Government has repeatedly rejected demands to include the officers in a resettlement scheme, saying they performed only supporting functions and had never been assigned to sensitive operations.

2 Apr 1996 - 12:00am