Paul Kurtz, a leading US philosopher who devoted his life to fighting prejudice against people who reject belief in a god and promoting a non-religious stance in life, has died at the age of 86.Wednesday, 24 October, 2012, 4:31am
What I'm listening to: mainly some CDs I bought while travelling in Morocco and New Caledonia. The rhythms and arrangements from these countries are very different to those we have in Asia. Since I've been listening to them, I've been trying to fuse them into my music.25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am
A book that is supposedly the oldest Confucian classic, Shang Shu (Book of Historical Documents), has been declared a fake in parts by a Tsinghua University professor.5 Jan 2012 - 12:00am
A thinker and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn Period (he is thought to have lived from 551BC to 479BC), Confucius is associated with values such family loyalty, children's respect for their elders, social justice and the moral uprightness of the individual and of government.4 Dec 2011 - 12:00am
When the Confucius Peace Prize was announced shortly after the dissident Liu Xiaobo won last year's Nobel Peace Prize, many queried the background of the mysterious award.
It even became the subject of ridicule when a young girl received the award on behalf of the honorary chairman of Taiwan's Kuomintang, Lien Chan, who said he knew nothing about the award.20 Nov 2011 - 12:00am
The controversial Confucius Peace Prize - banned by the mainland authorities in September - has made a comeback through a Hong Kong-registered company.
The organiser said this year's award went to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, and an award ceremony will be held on December 9 in Beijing, according to poet Qiao Damo, one of the founders of the prize.16 Nov 2011 - 12:00am
History was supposed to have ended. Alas, rather than celebrating the triumph of democratic capitalism, the world appears to be dividing between generally liberal Western-oriented states and a gaggle of authoritarian systems united only in their disdain for individual freedom and dignity.19 Sep 2011 - 12:00am
What I'm listening to: Africa Hitech's 93 Million Miles. I continue to be super impressed by this production duo. 93 Million Miles is a follow-up to last year's Hitecherous EP and shows so much variety. Both sound like a soundtrack to a progressive multimedia science curriculum taught to kids in some alternative future.17 Jul 2011 - 12:00am
Spring has come early this year to the Arab world. Climate change has awakened the once comatose Middle East from the stupor of singular leaderships. A new dawn of democracy and freedom is sprouting from Morocco to Oman. Or so we are told.19 May 2011 - 12:00am
For avid readers unsettled by our book fairs being swamped by scantily-dressed 'pseudo-models', the Antiquarian Book Fair in December will be lang mo-free.
Since most of the books at the fair will be more than 100 years old, there'll be no chance of coming across photo books of teenage models. But there'll still be some controversial items for savvy collectors.29 Oct 2010 - 12:00am