US Government

Revolving doors of power

Alexander Hamilton (centre), the first US treasury secretary, went from his law practice to the federal government and then back to law.

In Europe, it seems unthinkable that the head of Deutsche Bank would ever become the finance minister of Germany. It is less likely since the financial debacle of 2008 that any British bank boss would become chancellor of the exchequer.

Wednesday, 15 May, 2013, 4:46am

Police under fire as petitioners call on Washington for help

We The People, US government's public website

In recent days, tens of thousands of mainlanders have signed a petition to the US government's public website, We The People, calling on the Obama administration to intervene in the two-decade-old poisoning case and help bring the suspect, believed to be living in the US, to justice.

12 May 2013 - 4:00am 1 comment

BlackBerry chief punts on faithful

Thorsten Heins

Research In Motion chief executive officer Thorsten Heins expects his million-plus government customers in North America to embrace the BlackBerry 10 devices the company is counting on for survival.

About 400,000 government customers worldwide got new BlackBerry phones last year, and Heins, said he sees at least that many splurging on the new BB10 models next year.

15 Nov 2012 - 5:02am

Internet scammers target Green Card lottery programme

Internet scammers in Hong Kong are using fraudulent e-mails and letters to pose as the US government in an attempt to extract payments from applicants of the Diversity Immigrant Visa programme.

7 Aug 2011 - 12:00am


Tough road for young athletes

I will be in the first batch of students doing the HKDSE and am a member of a junior sports squad.

It is hard to strike the right balance.

Being an athlete in Hong Kong is not easy. Unlike in the United States, Hong Kong athletes are always struggling because of poor government funding.

20 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Shocking disrespect for rights

It has recently come to light that medical workers with the US government did experiments on people in Guatemala between 1946 and 1948 as part of research to fight the spread of the disease syphilis.

Some 696 people are said to have been used for the experiments but they weren't told. They included soldiers, prison inmates and mentally ill people.

20 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Gauging the chances of a collapse in the US dollar

Yesterday, one of my colleagues at the South China Morning Post asked me if he should switch his savings out of Hong Kong dollars.

He had heard a lot of talk about a coming collapse in the US dollar and was worried that if the US currency did collapse, it would drag the Hong Kong dollar down with it, thanks to our exchange rate peg.

10 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Time for US to get its financial house in order

US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson has lamented that he did not leave investment bank Goldman Sachs to go to Washington to espouse government intervention in the financial markets. But there was no alternative to the massive federal rescue he announced for the troubled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

10 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

SAFE in danger over agency debt holdings

As investors bail out of Asian bank stocks, worried they may be sitting on debt issued by ailing United States mortgage guarantors Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, spare a thought for the poor reserve managers at the State Administration of Foreign Exchange in Beijing.

17 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

A terror genius or a stoned hacker?

In the movie WarGames a geeky computer whizz-kid hacks into a Pentagon network and almost starts the third world war. Officers impressed by his technical acumen give the impression that a brilliant career - probably working for them - awaits.

16 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Have Your Say

Co-operation is vital in life

An inter-class football competition was held last month and my class won the gold medal. But we learned a much more important thing that day: co-operation.

Nowadays, people always think of themselves.

3 Jun 2006 - 12:00am


Ammunition on board

An FBI agent was arrested at Chek Lap Kok for carrying 15 rounds of .45-calibre ammunition in a magazine in his carry-on luggage ('FBI agent let off in bullets case', February 19). Shock and horror that this happened even after he identified himself as an FBI agent.

21 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

Still time to find a peaceful solution

September 11, 2001 was a day of terror, one which shocked Americans and people the world over when hijacked aircraft crashed into the World Trade Centre in New York and America's military headquarters - the Pentagon - in Washington DC, killing thousands of people.

14 Oct 2001 - 12:00am

Ungrateful and uncaring attitude is disappointing

I am an American who lived in Hong Kong for 23 years and who recently returned to spend the summer months on a consulting assignment.

I came back because I felt a certain responsibility to help Hong Kong move forward during its difficult times. I have grown quite attached to the place and the people. They have, over the years, been very kind to me.

22 Sep 2001 - 12:00am

US in $100 note show

The US government is conducting a worldwide public education campaign to familiarise people with its newly designed $100 bill, which includes advanced protective features to stay ahead of evolving counterfeiting technology. The new bills are set for global release soon.

17 Feb 1996 - 12:00am