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Opinion | The Donald Trump presidency is ending, can we wave goodbye to whataboutisms, too?

Since Donald Trump took office, it has been almost impossible to question any sinister aspect of life without being met by a counteraccusation as a deflection.

20 Nov 2020 - 3:46AM

Since Donald Trump took office, it has been almost impossible to question any sinister aspect of life without being met by a counteraccusation as a deflection.

The Donald Trump presidency is ending, can we wave goodbye to whataboutisms, too?
Five-star hotel bargains and free food in Thailand – lucky couple enjoy the country as few others ever will

Thailand’s beaches are empty and luxury hotels are offering bargain stays. The few visitors are greeted with unusual warmth. It may be like the country was 40 years ago, but for many of the Thais the tourist trade employs, the situation looks dire.

23 Sep 2020 - 5:29PM

Thailand’s beaches are empty and luxury hotels are offering bargain stays. The few visitors are greeted with unusual warmth. It may be like the country was 40 years ago, but for many of the Thais the tourist trade employs, the situation looks dire.

Five-star hotel bargains and free food in Thailand – lucky couple enjoy the country as few others ever will
The Lord, the lions and the Chinese medicine tiger bone trade – exposing a brutal operation

In South Africa, lions are being slaughtered – often by tourists in ‘canned hunts’ – then butchered and exported to Asia as ‘tiger bone’ for use in traditional medicine. Can British politician and philanthropist Michael Ashcroft stop this cruel trade?

1 Sep 2020 - 6:33AM

In South Africa, lions are being slaughtered – often by tourists in ‘canned hunts’ – then butchered and exported to Asia as ‘tiger bone’ for use in traditional medicine. Can British politician and philanthropist Michael Ashcroft stop this cruel trade?

The Lord, the lions and the Chinese medicine tiger bone trade – exposing a brutal operation
A family road trip through Covid-19-hit Europe – one-off experience or a taste of things to come?

The author drove from the UK to the family holiday home on the island of Corfu, and encountered empty streets and a warm welcome in Florence and Pompeii along the way.

16 Aug 2020 - 3:00PM

The author drove from the UK to the family holiday home on the island of Corfu, and encountered empty streets and a warm welcome in Florence and Pompeii along the way.

A family road trip through Covid-19-hit Europe – one-off experience or a taste of things to come?
Dark tourism in Albania: ‘our suffering yesterday is your entertainment today’

Former dictator Enver Hoxha’s nuclear shelter is among the landmarks that have been transformed into tourist attractions.

20 Jun 2020 - 9:37PM

Former dictator Enver Hoxha’s nuclear shelter is among the landmarks that have been transformed into tourist attractions.

Dark tourism in Albania: ‘our suffering yesterday is your entertainment today’
How East Asians in the UK are fighting back against a rising tide of racism

Post-Brexit bigotry was already escalating when the coronavirus pandemic unleashed a new wave of Sinophobia. Rather than retreat, the UK’s Asian community is lobbying the media, public figures and politicians to promote solidarity.

1 Jun 2020 - 10:12AM

Post-Brexit bigotry was already escalating when the coronavirus pandemic unleashed a new wave of Sinophobia. Rather than retreat, the UK’s Asian community is lobbying the media, public figures and politicians to promote solidarity.

How East Asians in the UK are fighting back against a rising tide of racism
Opinion | An expat who fled the coronavirus in Hong Kong for Britain regrets his decision

An expat who fled the city for Britain in the hopes of sidestepping the pandemic regrets his decision.

16 May 2020 - 4:21PM

An expat who fled the city for Britain in the hopes of sidestepping the pandemic regrets his decision.

An expat who fled the coronavirus in Hong Kong for Britain regrets his decision
Opinion | Profit-making airlines are refusing refunds – why do they insist on plundering the people’s pockets?

Yes, we get it, the pandemic has grounded flights. But why should those who have paid for a service not get a refund?

2 May 2020 - 4:51PM

Yes, we get it, the pandemic has grounded flights. But why should those who have paid for a service not get a refund?

Profit-making airlines are refusing refunds – why do they insist on plundering the people’s pockets?
For former Khmer Rouge officers accused of participating in Cambodian genocide, Christianity offers salvation

Up to 2.2 million died, but a UN-backed tribunal has dropped charges against many of those responsible. Now some are turning their backs on Buddhism and looking to Jesus for redemption.

24 Dec 2020 - 12:53PM

Up to 2.2 million died, but a UN-backed tribunal has dropped charges against many of those responsible. Now some are turning their backs on Buddhism and looking to Jesus for redemption.

For former Khmer Rouge officers accused of participating in Cambodian genocide, Christianity offers salvation
Laos’ Four Thousand Islands – a remote backpacker idyll that is as unspoilt as 1960s Thailand, for now

The Mekong river archipelago is all about kicking back in a hammock and finding your inner hippie.

5 Mar 2020 - 8:15PM

The Mekong river archipelago is all about kicking back in a hammock and finding your inner hippie.

Laos’ Four Thousand Islands – a remote backpacker idyll that is as unspoilt as 1960s Thailand, for now
Opinion | Hong Kong’s landlords and luxury labels – why I don’t feel sorry for either

Exorbitant rents may be forcing Louis Vuitton to close its store in Times Square, but in the cradle of capitalism, new clients are already lining up to fill the void left behind.

11 Feb 2020 - 9:35AM

Exorbitant rents may be forcing Louis Vuitton to close its store in Times Square, but in the cradle of capitalism, new clients are already lining up to fill the void left behind.

Hong Kong’s landlords and luxury labels – why I don’t feel sorry for either
British paedophile Douglas Slade’s victims in the Philippines still waiting for justice

Douglas Slade abused young boys in the Philippines for decades, but in a landmark ruling he has been ordered to pay compensation to five victims.

29 Jan 2021 - 3:50PM

Douglas Slade abused young boys in the Philippines for decades, but in a landmark ruling he has been ordered to pay compensation to five victims.

British paedophile Douglas Slade’s victims in the Philippines still waiting for justice
Opinion | Superbad broadband: the problem with rural Hong Kong’s lo-fi Wi-fi

In the far-flung corners of ‘Asia’s World City’, painfully slow internet speeds come with the territory.

18 Oct 2019 - 8:03AM

In the far-flung corners of ‘Asia’s World City’, painfully slow internet speeds come with the territory.

Superbad broadband: the problem with rural Hong Kong’s lo-fi Wi-fi
The Kim Jong-nam assassination: meet the Indonesian woman caught up in the plot

Siti Aisyah recalls how an innocent prank went horribly wrong, ending in murder and and landing her in jail.

6 Oct 2019 - 7:09AM

Siti Aisyah recalls how an innocent prank went horribly wrong, ending in murder and and landing her in jail.

The Kim Jong-nam assassination: meet the Indonesian woman caught up in the plot
Opinion | Hong Kong protests fail to burst bubble of expat brats

However, the unrest has given at least some of the city’s young ‘smartphone zombies’ a purpose, with phones transformed from thought-sapping siphons to tools that inform, educate, agitate and organise

19 Sep 2019 - 4:14PM

However, the unrest has given at least some of the city’s young ‘smartphone zombies’ a purpose, with phones transformed from thought-sapping siphons to tools that inform, educate, agitate and organise

Hong Kong protests fail to burst bubble of expat brats
Opinion | When civil unrest bursts the Hong Kong expat’s bubble

Spare a thought for the Pilates enthusiast denied her weekly exercise by a million or so inconsiderate people taking to the streets to fight for their city

7 Sep 2019 - 4:29PM

Spare a thought for the Pilates enthusiast denied her weekly exercise by a million or so inconsiderate people taking to the streets to fight for their city

When civil unrest bursts the Hong Kong expat’s bubble
The truth about tear gas: how Hong Kong police violated all guidelines for the ‘non-lethal weapon’

Banned worldwide in 1925, tear gas underwent an image overhaul before being embraced as an alternative to bullets. Post Magazine investigates the origins of the canisters littering Hong Kong streets and how their deployment has violated all guidelines for the ‘non-lethal weapon’.

16 Aug 2019 - 11:24AM

Banned worldwide in 1925, tear gas underwent an image overhaul before being embraced as an alternative to bullets. Post Magazine investigates the origins of the canisters littering Hong Kong streets and how their deployment has violated all guidelines for the ‘non-lethal weapon’.

The truth about tear gas: how Hong Kong police violated all guidelines for the ‘non-lethal weapon’
Veteran Hong Kong protester Becky Kwan on her struggles as leader of Cathay Pacific union

As chairwoman of the Hong Kong airline’s Flight Attendants Union, Becky Kwan fought tooth and nail for employee rights and against managerial injustices, earning herself a reputation as a fearless thorn in the side of executives.

5 Aug 2019 - 9:42AM

As chairwoman of the Hong Kong airline’s Flight Attendants Union, Becky Kwan fought tooth and nail for employee rights and against managerial injustices, earning herself a reputation as a fearless thorn in the side of executives.

Veteran Hong Kong protester Becky Kwan on her struggles as leader of Cathay Pacific union
The Humphead wrasse: one of the world’s most endangered coral reef fish, and a delicacy for affluent Chinese diners

The scarcity of the fish and its price tag of up to US$850 a kilo has only made it more appealing to those who can afford it.

8 Jun 2019 - 2:42PM

The scarcity of the fish and its price tag of up to US$850 a kilo has only made it more appealing to those who can afford it.

The Humphead wrasse: one of the world’s most endangered coral reef fish, and a delicacy for affluent Chinese diners
Opinion | Algorithms have made advertising strangely intimate – should we be worried?

First came the unsolicited emails offering anatomical enlargements, then the internet started listening in on private parleys. What will the machines learn next?

31 May 2019 - 5:31AM

First came the unsolicited emails offering anatomical enlargements, then the internet started listening in on private parleys. What will the machines learn next?

Algorithms have made advertising strangely intimate – should we be worried?
The Durrells’ Corfu – popular TV show revives Greek island’s picturesque past

A four-year stay by a British family during the 1930s led to a bestselling book that in turn transformed Corfu into a tourist trap, but now the Greek island has reclaimed its idyllic charms

15 Mar 2019 - 10:14AM

A four-year stay by a British family during the 1930s led to a bestselling book that in turn transformed Corfu into a tourist trap, but now the Greek island has reclaimed its idyllic charms

The Durrells’ Corfu – popular TV show revives Greek island’s picturesque past
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford’s life on Bali’s death row: ‘if you want to shoot me, shoot me’

The only woman to have been sentenced to death for drug crimes in Bali, Lindsay Sandiford has come to terms with her situation.

1 Mar 2019 - 4:32PM

The only woman to have been sentenced to death for drug crimes in Bali, Lindsay Sandiford has come to terms with her situation.

British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford’s life on Bali’s death row: ‘if you want to shoot me, shoot me’
Children of British man killed by Chinese wife separated after grandparents’ bitter custody battle

After Michael Simpson was stabbed to death by his estranged wife Fu Weiwei, the grandparents in Britain and in China disagreed over who should have guardianship, and at what price.

21 Jan 2019 - 10:24AM

After Michael Simpson was stabbed to death by his estranged wife Fu Weiwei, the grandparents in Britain and in China disagreed over who should have guardianship, and at what price.

Children of British man killed by Chinese wife separated after grandparents’ bitter custody battle
Killing of British expat on Malaysian island of Langkawi exposes darker side of retiring to paradise

Case exposes the sometimes directionless lifestyles of retired expatriates on the tropical island; accused insists she acted in self-defence against a violent spouse, whom neighbours speak of with affection.

19 Nov 2018 - 2:52PM

Case exposes the sometimes directionless lifestyles of retired expatriates on the tropical island; accused insists she acted in self-defence against a violent spouse, whom neighbours speak of with affection.

Killing of British expat on Malaysian island of Langkawi exposes darker side of retiring to paradise
Shark fin will be gone from menus by 2020, Hong Kong’s largest restaurant chain Maxim’s says

Bowing to pressure from wildlife groups and after the Post revealed how shark fin was still being offered on under-the-counter menu, popular restaurant chain vows to halt sales by January 1, 2020.

21 Sep 2018 - 1:33AM

Bowing to pressure from wildlife groups and after the Post revealed how shark fin was still being offered on under-the-counter menu, popular restaurant chain vows to halt sales by January 1, 2020.

Shark fin will be gone from menus by 2020, Hong Kong’s largest restaurant chain Maxim’s says
Domestic helper accuses former employer and convicted maid abuser of cruel campaign of injustice

Former civil servant, who threw scalding water over her Bangladeshi helper in 2014, kept a “punishment book” listing fines imposed on replacement maid for mistakes, including failing to marinade a cucumber and using the word “just”.

7 Sep 2018 - 4:58PM

Former civil servant, who threw scalding water over her Bangladeshi helper in 2014, kept a “punishment book” listing fines imposed on replacement maid for mistakes, including failing to marinade a cucumber and using the word “just”.

Domestic helper accuses former employer and convicted maid abuser of cruel campaign of injustice
To understand China and its future, look to its past, social historian says

Hong Kong professor David Faure believes looking beyond official accounts and studying Chinese society is increasingly essential in a fast-changing world.

5 Aug 2018 - 3:43PM

Hong Kong professor David Faure believes looking beyond official accounts and studying Chinese society is increasingly essential in a fast-changing world.

To understand China and its future, look to its past, social historian says
Hong Kong World Cup fan becomes accidental hero after terrifying car crash in Russia

After crashing his hire car, Chris Taylor found himself in safe hands – a hospital braced for England’s famously rowdy fans – and a local celebrity. He spoke to Post Magazine from his Volgograd sick bed about the unexpected kindness of Russians.

30 Jun 2018 - 10:38AM

After crashing his hire car, Chris Taylor found himself in safe hands – a hospital braced for England’s famously rowdy fans – and a local celebrity. He spoke to Post Magazine from his Volgograd sick bed about the unexpected kindness of Russians.

Hong Kong World Cup fan becomes accidental hero after terrifying car crash in Russia
Shark fin on ‘premium’ menu at popular Hong Kong chain Maxim’s despite pledge

Maxim’s claimed in 2017 to be the first Chinese restaurant chain to phase out shark fin, but still has a hidden menu called ‘The Premium’ selling the controversial product. WildAid activists accuse the company of misleading the public, but the chain claims the hidden menus don’t count.

11 Sep 2018 - 6:57PM

Maxim’s claimed in 2017 to be the first Chinese restaurant chain to phase out shark fin, but still has a hidden menu called ‘The Premium’ selling the controversial product. WildAid activists accuse the company of misleading the public, but the chain claims the hidden menus don’t count.

Shark fin on ‘premium’ menu at popular Hong Kong chain Maxim’s despite pledge
Tiger selfies: Chinese, Indian tourists lead cruel social media trend that’s driving Thailand’s captive-wildlife industry

As tourists flock to venues such as Tiger Kingdom in Thailand in quest for ever more audacious photos to post on Facebook and Instagram, animal-rights groups claim the internet craze is the cause of a ‘lifetime of suffering’ for the felines

20 Jun 2018 - 12:36PM

As tourists flock to venues such as Tiger Kingdom in Thailand in quest for ever more audacious photos to post on Facebook and Instagram, animal-rights groups claim the internet craze is the cause of a ‘lifetime of suffering’ for the felines

Tiger selfies: Chinese, Indian tourists lead cruel social media trend that’s driving Thailand’s captive-wildlife industry