Bizcuits: Niche idea

One of those statistics in Macau that isn’t what it is: unemployment, 1.7% (Q3)! MDT’s award- winning cartoonist with an eye to the absurd saw the jocularity in the topic (MDT

World Views: China deftly changes the subject in Hong Kong

As hedge fund managers declare victory with the launch of the Shanghai-Hong Kong stock link, don’t forget the obvious losers: the city’s pro-democracy movement. For almost seven weeks, the students who

Artifacts: The Sushi Senkaku paradox

For all those fans of American TV shows out there, just in case you were thinking it, yes I do realise that the title of this column probably sounds like

World Views: Putin’s Hitler-pact defense should worry everyone

Russian President Vladimir Putin made headlines around the world last week when he defended the 1939 Nazi-Soviet non-aggression pact, by which Stalin and Hitler agreed secretly to divide Eastern Europe between them.

Rear Window: True colors

And so…the gathering of a few dozen Yellow Ribbon students and political activists at UMAC’s Hengqin Island campus, born as a protest and later announced as an assembly, which although

Kapok: Red card for yellow cabs

The disappearance of the yellow taxis in Macao is saddening. First, because they had become a customary fixture of our daily lives: the Official Gazette reminds us rather aridly that

Hk observer : Plus ça change?

How useful it would be to be able single out, among the many messages coming from China about Hong Kong’s political future, those which really count. And given the massive

Vox Parva: Advice from the Synod on the Family

The Synod on the Family, from October 5 to 19, titled “Pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelization”, finally concluded after debating quite a number of controversial

First Impressions: Macau’s record strikes a chord in Kazakhstan

China’s economic growth has been one of the great success stories of the decade. Growth in Macau has been particularly remarkable, with incomes, opportunities and quality of life transformed. Macau’s tremendous

Bizcuits | Multitask, man.

We have long been encouraged to multitask. Parallel activity was supposed to be more productive than activity in series. It certainly works for production lines, and most mums wouldn’t survive

World Views: Obama shouldn’t pivot away from China’s Asia Bank

Take that, Barack Obama! Even if Chinese President Xi Jinping hasn’t uttered these words publicly, that certainly seems like the message of China’s new superbank. On Friday, representatives from 20 other

Our Desk | The power of a protest

Some would say that Hong Kong was on the verge of changing forever on the evening of September 28, when Occupy Central leaders launched a long-awaited civil-disobedience movement that’s still

World Views: Summers adds wrinkle to China’s Hong Kong crisis

Hopes that Hong Kong would one day transform China in its own image now seem foolish and futile. Beijing appears intent on making the former British colony look more like

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

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