Operation Condor

Nostalgia for the Light

Nostalgia for the Light Director: Patricio Guzman

For four decades, Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzman has been reminding the world about dictator Augusto Pinochet's repressive reign in the 1970s and '80s.

Sunday, 29 April, 2012, 12:00am

At cross-purposes

It is extremely rare for an American administration to formulate a clear strategy for its China policy during the first presidential term. Richard Nixon is one exception, thanks mainly to the help of a world-class strategic thinker, Henry Kissinger, the architect of the rapprochement between the US and China in 1971.

25 May 2011 - 12:00am

Quotes of The Week

After all, the 10th anniversary celebrations and similar anniversary celebrations only happen once every 10 years or so.

Mr Justice Andrew Cheung Kui-nung, in dismissing a judicial review in relation to the turning away of hundreds of Falun Gong protesters in the run-up to the 10th anniversary last year

16 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

A world cursed by dictators

While the world grappled this year with what to do about North Korea, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, global warming, poverty and disease, it ignored the most pervasive threat to peace and security of all: dictators. One by one, during the year, a string of them died without having faced justice for their crimes - proof that international law, although much touted, is essentially toothless.

29 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Sorry, people, the housing chief says it's your fault

Housing chief Michael Suen's Insight piece on the Star Ferry pier smacks of a condescending attitude that has become disturbingly common in the government ('Don't blame the government, December 15). He writes that amendments to the zoning plan were gazetted 'to invite public views, and no objection was received'.

18 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

A wake-up call for war-crime courts

The arrest of Augusto Pinochet in London, in October 1998, was a bolt from the blue. It can be said with near certainty that it had never crossed the minds of senior members of the British judiciary, who were soon to be landed with untangling the legal intricacies.

18 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Pinochet case a turning point in human rights battle

Any suggestion that the death of Chile's former president, Augusto Pinochet, means he has eluded the justice sought by victims of his 17-year regime must be seen in the light of the changed global human rights situation he prompted.

12 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Former secretary of state has extensive China ties

Henry Kissinger has built up extensive international private business connections over the past three decades - including assisting American interests in China.

As secretary of state, he helped negotiate the thaw in ties that led to president Richard Nixon's historic 1972 trip to Beijing.

15 Dec 2002 - 12:00am

Pinochet call

Santiago: Chile has formally asked Britain to free ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet and allow him home on humanitarian grounds.

15 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Called to account

Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic would be wise to spare a little time to study the latest ruling by the House of Lords in Britain on the extradition of Chile's former dictator, General Augusto Pinochet.

27 Mar 1999 - 12:00am

Previous dealings add byte to computer row

For a long list of reasons - from Tibet to Taiwan to trade - this promises to be a testy year for Sino-US relations.

It is clear one topic of dispute will be the recurring one of American exports of advanced technology to Beijing. A congressional study just last week called for tighter controls, including on supercomputers.

11 Feb 1999 - 12:00am

Selective human rights policy

I refer to the letter headlined, 'Interfering' (South China Morning Post, November 21) and totally agree with your correspondent.

US Vice-President Al Gore was a guest of Malaysia when he chose to make his speech in support of Anwar Ibrahim, much to the distaste of his host, the Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

26 Dec 1998 - 12:00am