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Online 'election' would send same message without the risk

If the pan-democrats want to hold a de facto referendum, why don't they organise their own de facto election online and/or on paper, rather than resigning?

Tuesday, 22 December, 2009, 12:00am

Democracy forsaken on dissidents' power trip

For the past two years, our dissidents have been preparing for a showdown on constitutional development. Watching their infighting and listening to their rhetoric, it is now clear that this has nothing to do with democracy and universal suffrage; it's about power.

13 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Budget veto threat by pan-democrats

Pressure is mounting for the government to beef up the budget, with pan-democrats threatening to veto it if additional relief measures are not introduced.

3 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Schools' cellphone ban sends the wrong message, parents say

New York

Last year, New York City's education department decided to ban cellphones from public schools. With the full backing of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the department declared that phones were disruptive during school time - being used for everything from texting friends in class to arranging gang fights and cheating on tests.

31 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

China, Russia must allay fears over warming ties

China's burgeoning relationship with Russia is based on economic, energy and military considerations, but there is also a geopolitical dimension that is troubling for some nations, the US among them. Beijing needs to take this into consideration when furthering its co-operation so as not to cause undue tensions.

26 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Call to beef up UN Security Council

The UN Security Council should be expanded to make it as representative as possible, Bill Clinton has suggested.

The former American president backed calls by Japan, India, Germany and Brazil for permanent membership of the world body's key peace and security organisation.

16 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Should Japan be granted veto power in the UN?

Pulcheria Chung, 18 St Mary's Canossian College

The system in which certain countries have veto power in the UN is full of flaws.

It is unfair that some countries dominate the decision-making process of the world's most important organisation. It makes agreement on critical issues difficult and this could lead to tragic consequences for the whole world.

11 Oct 2004 - 12:00am


Some argue that the United Nations has been made redundant now that the US has gone to war without its blessing.

But wouldn't that institution have lost far more credibility if the US had succeeded in bullying and bribing its members to condone an attack on Iraq against their better judgement?

24 Mar 2003 - 12:00am


In yesterday's report on Vice-Premier Qian Qichen's interview with the South China Morning Post, it was incorrectly stated that the central Government has no veto power over any change in the method of election of the Chief Executive. In fact, any changes to the way the Chief Executive is elected have to be approved by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress.

27 Jun 2002 - 12:00am

Unions gain veto on management decisions

Changes to the mainland's labour laws have given union representatives in foreign-invested enterprises (FIEs) an effective veto over management decisions, a Hong Kong lawyer warned yesterday.

26 Jan 2002 - 12:00am