National Security

Courage the key to netting triad big fish

The illicit activities of triad gangs have long been an unsavoury undercurrent of Hong Kong life, in which the big fish shelter from the law behind a code of silence and loyalty that binds their followers.

Tuesday, 21 December, 2010, 12:00am

Troubling whiff in WikiLeaks crackdown

The WikiLeaks affair says a lot that is good about the United States and the conduct of its diplomacy. But US reaction to the release of so much internal correspondence has also been a worrying reminder of how the power of the state can be abused.

19 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Terrifying reminder of the ideology of hate

With the news pages being dominated by what diplomats really think of world affairs in recent weeks and the subsequent persecution of the man and the organisation which allowed the public to see those thoughts, a suicide bomber in Sweden unwittingly helped return some sense of perspective.

16 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

WikiLeaks teaches privacy lesson

Ever since WikiLeaks released highly confidential documents regarding the US government, most people seem to be only concerned about how it will affect the US govenment.

14 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Hero or criminal

WikiLeaks. The word is tainted with an air of danger. The website has recently reached a new level of notoriety after it published in July the Afghan 'War Diary' - more than 92,000 documents related to the war in Afghanistan. And just last month, the site distributed more than 200,000 US embassy documents to newspapers such as The Guardian and The New York Times.

9 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

The leaks that shook US diplomacy


A whistle-blowing website has released more than 250,000 classified cables sent by US embassies worldwide. Sensitive revelations embarrassed the White House.


The WikiLeaks website gave documents to five newspapers, one each in Britain, the US, Germany, France and Spain.


2 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

CCTV systems upgraded on 68 estates

30 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Justice puts a cork in the case against champagne activist

The government will not prosecute an activist who was accused of spraying champagne at a security guard during a protest last month outside the central government's liaison office.

Before the decision by the Department of Justice not to prosecute, critics of the police had said that members of the force had become more willing to abuse their power for political reasons.

30 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Dearth of detectives risks a crime-solving problem

Police are struggling to deal with a shortage of detectives, which senior officers warn is diminishing the quality of criminal investigations in Hong Kong.

10 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Newborn baby left in toilet bowl dies

A newborn baby died yesterday after being left in a toilet bowl at a guesthouse in Mong Kok.

Police - who had been searching for a woman of about 30 and of thin build who checked in on Monday but left without checking out - later arrested a woman in the Tung Kok Building in Tung Choi Street, 150 metres from where the baby was found.

29 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Uniforms stolen in burglary at police station

An investigation was launched into security at Sheung Shui police station after a man walked into the building early yesterday and stole police uniforms.

A 22-year-old man was seen leaving the station carrying the clothes at about 4.35am. He dropped the uniforms after being chased by officers and was caught near the station.

15 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Intractable problems of police and judiciary exposed

The hostage drama has highlighted the bungling incompetence and ill-preparedness of the Philippine police. Negotiations with the hostage-taker, handling of the media and crowds during the crisis, and the actual assault on the bus with hostages on board revealed a tragicomic police team with poor equipment, confused management and fatally amateur skills.

27 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

For the sake of your own people and ours, explain

Hong Kong continues to mourn the eight people killed apparently needlessly in the bloody Manila hostage crisis on Monday. Family and friends directly affected by the tragedy may never recover from the loss. One woman watched her husband die before her eyes, before being told that two of her children had also been killed and the third seriously injured.

25 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Despicable Me (film)

A typical 'kiddie' film, Despicable Me describes the transformation of self-proclaimed super-villain, Gru, from evil bad guy to perfect dad.

14 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Thousands besiege police after beatings

Thousands of residents clashed with armed police in Lianjie town in Weiyuan county, Sichuan , on Tuesday when two grievances resulted in riots, according to local internet users.

Mainland media and authorities kept silent about the case yesterday. But internet posts by residents spread the story and pictures of the incident until they were blocked.

5 Aug 2010 - 12:00am