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  • Dec 22, 2014
  • Updated: 11:58am

Oligarchy

Police probe 'unexplained' death of Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky

Boris Berezovsky. Photo: Reuters

Berezovsky, who fled to Britain in 2000 after a falling out with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, was found dead on Saturday at his home in Ascot, 40 kilometres west of London. Thames Valley police say his death was being treated as "unexplained" and there was no evidence of "third-party involvement".

Monday, 25 March, 2013, 11:26am

Donald's black hole

Now that Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen finds himself unfavourably compared to his hapless predecessor, Tung Chee-hwa, he appears to be trapped in the vortex which forces flaying politicians further and further down a hole from which they are unlikely to emerge.

30 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Going nowhere

Back in 2000, the Legislative Council called for a review of the administration's extensive network of advisory committees. The review was duly launched, but any subsequent progress towards reform - if that was ever the intention - seems to have been modest at best.

28 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Watchdog vows to beat cronyism

Civil service promotions will be based on performance and experience instead of cronyism, a public service watchdog has said.

Public Service Commission chairman Nicholas Ng Wing-fui conceded that the so-called 'staple culture', or favouritism, does exist in the civil service.

19 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

All eyes on the Russian drama

Russian President Vladimir Putin scored a big victory in the parliamentary election this month as United Russia, the pro-Kremlin party, won almost half the seats in the Duma, the lower house. He is set to win a second term in next March's presidential election.

20 Dec 2003 - 12:00am

Life-skills training a life-saver?

The recent suicides of three teenagers by burning charcoal has aroused concern about the importance of life education in Hong Kong.

Psychiatrists have identified a number of influencing factors in juvenile suicide such as psychiatric illness, academic failure and social problems.

11 May 2002 - 12:00am

Promotion will still be based on merit, rather than nepotism

I always enjoy reading Albert Cheng, for whom I have a lot of respect, although there are times I do not agree with him.

22 Apr 2002 - 12:00am

Cronyism fears

I totally agree with the letter from Richard Garrett headlined, 'Government's argument lacks logic' (South China Morning Post, May 30), regarding the auctioning of third generation licences for mobile phones.

The Hong Kong SAR Government's reasoning in this matter bears no logic.

6 Jun 2000 - 12:00am

SAR needs the 'elitist' schools

Many commentators say that the proposed reforms in education would effectively destroy the elitist traditions of our system. By 'elitism' they mean the quality of the better schools. In effect they are saying that the reforms would cause a general fall in standards among the better, so-called elite local schools.

17 May 2000 - 12:00am

Cronyism blamed for crisis

A leading Singaporean businessman yesterday attacked the 'cronyism' and failed political structures that had contributed to East Asia's economic problems.

He called on 'far-sighted' business people to lobby for the reforms needed to ensure that the same corporate and political mistakes were not repeated.

15 Oct 1997 - 12:00am

Olympic bid for unity in South Africa

THE new South Africa is pinning much of its hopes for economic and social progress on a sporting event.

In a sports-crazed nation where athletes are idols, a bid for the Olympics Games in 2004 is a unifying social force.

'We're very serious,' stresses Cape Town businessman Chris Ball, recently named chief executive of the Olympic Bid Committee.

4 Mar 1996 - 12:00am

Out for the count

ISN'T this supposed to be a time for celebrating equality at the ballot box? In South Africa the first non-racial elections have finally taken place and apartheid has become, at last, a relic for the history books. True? Well, no, not it seems if you ask French women.

3 May 1994 - 12:00am

Time has come

THE outcome of the South African elections was predictable but the enthusiasm and optimism of the voters - and the flexibility and wisdom of the electoral authorities - exceeded expectations.

2 May 1994 - 12:00am

Difficult transition

THE installation of the multi-racial Transitional Executive Council signals the start of the final stage in the dismantling of institutionalised racial discrimination in South Africa. Few actions could mark the historic shift in South Africa's political and social make up sharply as the inclusion of blacks in a body with the power to veto decisions by President F. W.

9 Dec 1993 - 12:00am