Maduro vows to complete Chavez's Venezuelan revolution

Supporters hold up placards of Nicolas Maduro, the man they want to succeed Hugo Chavez, during his closing rally in Caracas.Photo: AP

Venezuela's acting president, Nicolas Maduro, tearfully vowed to complete Hugo Chavez's socialist revolution, while rival Henrique Capriles promised change at emotional rallies to wrap up their bitter campaign.

Saturday, 13 April, 2013, 4:13am

Limited options for retiring dictators, even one with nuclear warheads

Uneasy lies the head of a dictator while mobs demonstrate against him and rebels rampage over his fiefdom. The trouble is, there's no retirement programme for dictators.

27 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Mongolia experts baffled over violence

China's experts on Mongolian affairs struggled to explain what happened in Ulan Bator after Sunday's election which led to riots and a military lock-down of the capital yesterday.

3 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Viewpoint of the victor

When Nepal's unpopular king was stripped of his powers last month, it represented a political victory for the Maoists' commander, Prachanda.

15 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Divide and rule

'I will go to the jungle for justice, and the rain will be my drink.' Such words, echoing an old Chinese folk ballad, have been forgotten by foreign-policy-makers in Beijing when trying to understand their neighbours' political instability. China may now need to relearn some of its own revolutionary history and culture - the hard way.

7 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

A jolly good show

The summer sun bursts through the poplars, dappling the trimmed lawn and shrubs of London's Bedford Square and spraying revellers with the requisite modicum of sunlight. To the right sits a large marquee, where Hendrick's gin and tonics with cucumber are being dispensed to the thirsty and weak of will.

5 Aug 2007 - 12:00am


RTHK has always spoken up despite official pressure

8 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Nepal shows the way

A massacre of Maoist protesters by a right-wing splinter group of ethnic Madhesis occurred on March 21 in southern Nepal. The tragedy threatened to derail the nation's peace process and undermine the interim coalition government.

3 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

The real promise of Nepal's Marxists

'It was totally inevitable for a cause like the Maoists to arise in Nepal,' observes Ian Baker, a scholar, explorer and author of many books on the Himalayas and Buddhism.

'It is largely a rural-based revolution of people marginalised from Nepal's development and evolution.'

29 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Maoists poised to take power - by free election or force

Rebel leader says attempts by the US government and royalists to sabotage the election process in Nepal will not work

27 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Palace at centre of political intrigue in Kathmandu

Once again, Nepal's royal palace is at the centre of a political storm.

Both the Maoist former rebels and moderate Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala accuse King Gyanendra of trying to destabilise the country.

14 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Down the aisle with Kim

So powerful, so dictatorial, so reclusive, so pudgy, so downright strange is North Korea's leader Kim Jong-il that, when a new titbit about him comes our way, we cannot help but to pour over it feverishly.

28 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Today in history

In Hong Kong

1961: The new Shekkipmei police station was opened. The station could accommodate three married inspectors, eight single inspectors and 125 rank and file members of the force.

1966: Flats to let: 47 Conduit Road. Three bedrooms, two dining/living rooms, one car park. Area from 1,700 to 1,900 square feet. $900 a month.

15 Aug 2001 - 12:00am

Lone bouquet as North Korean mission opens

North Korea opened its controversial consulate-general yesterday on the 58th birthday of 'Dear Leader' Kim Jong-il.

The offices on the 20th floor of the Chinachem Century Tower in Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, will cater for travellers seeking visas to the Stalinist state, business people and enthusiasts of North Korean culture.

17 Feb 2000 - 12:00am

Brother in mourning

Saloth Nhep is one of the few people grieving for Pol Pot.

He knows his older brother led the regime responsible for the deaths of up to two million Cambodians.

Still, he would have liked the chance to say goodbye.

'When I heard the news I was very sad and felt my heart slow down,' he said.

18 Apr 1998 - 12:00am