Insight: The law of the jungle

A recent feature published by The New York Times (“Historic Loss May Follow Rise of Rents in Barcelona,” by Raphael Minder, Oct 19) describes what’s happening in the capital of

Kapok: Paper patriots

Patriotism is a double-edged sword: mustered adequately it becomes a potent mantra for the community to feel more united, but a ponderous and rather superfluous summon can easily devoid it

Hk observer: Beginning the endgame

The protests here have probably changed the political future of Hong. While on the one hand as we have seen by the National People’s Congress Standing Committee decision, a hardened

World Views | Welcome back, Kim Jong Un. Want to talk?

The “Where’s Waldo?” speculation over Kim Jong Un’s six-week vanishing act – was he ill? under house arrest? in a cheese coma? – might have been funny if it hadn’t

Our desk: As if insults ever work

It has been more than 20 days since the Occupy movement in Hong Kong began. Frankly, I only anticipated that it would last for a week, but different incidents that

Rear Window: You run, I follow

As the ‘dust’ settles in Admiralty, Causeway Bay and Mong Kok, pepper spray dissolves into thin air and the umbrella protests come to an end, only to revive again and

Bizcuits: Don’t hold your breath

The gaming industry is big in Asia – we in Macau think we know this. So coming as a shock to those in the know was the fact that Gaming

World Views | China should act as umbrella revolution folds

China has the Great Hall of the People. Hong Kong has the “Great Hall of the Tycoons.”  The above-mentioned phrase was uttered by Briton David Webb on Saturday night as

World Views: China slowdown? Not something to fret about too much

An increasing number of people are afraid that the economic slowdown in China is bad news for the rich economies of the West. Lord Turner, the former head of the

HK Observer: Not time to throw in the towel

Hong Kong is no stranger to massive street protests. The last was in 2003, when half a million people took to the streets to protest the proposed anti-subversion law, required

Insight | A glimpse of the world

The World Press Photo (WPP) exhibition is back in town, having opened on Saturday in Casa Garden. It is a world class exhibition that is featured all over the globe

Kapok | Hong Kong and us

The Occupy Central movement is, of course, about democracy and the rejection of the perceived National People’s Congress’ fool’s bargain of August 31st. The central authorities have decided that that

HK Observer | Yes to dialogue and young hope

Finally genuine dialogue has been promised between protestors and the government. C.Y. Leung’s number two Carrie Lam Yuet-ngor is due to meet students for a series of talks, on political

Vox Parva | A long-awaited forum on Catholicism in Macau

The Diocese has made its first step. On September 26 and 27, the Diocese of Macau set up a forum at the Macau Polytechnic Institute to discuss three major aspects

Our Desk | The young crusaders

For almost two weeks, tens of thousands of Hongkongers – many of them students – have descended onto the streets to peacefully protest China’s limitations on the first-ever direct elections

Rear Window: Be prepared

1. As we write this column, unaware of the key players in Chui Sai On’s second team of secretaries, we have to rely on President Xi Jinping’s political endorsement. This

China Views | Why Shanghai won’t replace Hong Kong anytime soon

If there’s any likely winner from China’s unprecedented clampdown on Hong Kong, it’s Singapore. All the tiny city-state needs to do to attract the giant banks, hedge funds and multinational firms

Our Desk | Don’t be lazy, be an atheist

For the majority of us it is very easy to be comfortable with a set of beliefs or an ideology that we would rather defend than question. I am not talking