Artifacts: Keeping it in the family

It’s that time of year again where Christmas has gone and Chinese New Year is coming up, and whether Western or Chinese, most of us will have had to (or

Our Desk: Surpresa!

Last week, I asked my friends on Facebook what time I should start queuing outside the Portuguese Consulate to get my citizen card renewed so that I wouldn’t need to

Insight: Enhance mobility, curb traffic

The transportation system is a critical issue for Macau, given the region’s limited size. There is a need to create a convenient public transport system that counters our over-dependence on

Kapok: Liberté, égalité, fraternité

I must admit that I usually don’t easily gulp overly nationalistic injunctions, and hence consider appeals to “national unity” and unquestionable flag-waving displays of national pride with great suspicion. In

tea leaks by talkers

While we are here rambling on politics and social issues, there are problems much more pressing and stressful that worry the community. For instance, the blonde community. “I’m looking for a

Vox parva: Have a merciful heart for newcomers

This January marks the end of the cycle in the twenty-four solar terms. The so called “solar terms” are developed from traditional East-Asian lunisolar calendar systems. In every 15 degrees

World Views: Not just in France but in Nigeria and Yemen too

For the past six days the west’s attention has been transfixed by the murderous attacks in Paris that left 17 people - cartoonists, security guards, police officers and Jewish hostages

World Views: Wooing Sri Lanka from China’s embrace

Is Sri Lanka the next Myanmar? After the stunning ouster of strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa in last week’s elections, another small, strategically vital Asian nation would appear to have rejected China’s

Rear Window: On winning quietly

Running against the unspoken rule, Chui Sai On’s second term began immediately after the Chief Executive was inaugurated on the SAR’s 15th anniversary. Usually, things go smoothly until sometime deep

Bizcuits: Living dangerously

The lecturer must have said something but she couldn’t put her finger on it. Perhaps it had been flippant, perhaps in jest, perhaps that particular student - from another place,

Tea Leaks by Talkers | Not exaggerating: Mark Twain plaque stolen from gravesite

Police are investigating the theft of a bronze plaque from a monument at Mark Twain’s gravesite in upstate New York, the Associated Press reported this week. The plaque showing Twain’s image

HK Observer | Credibility at stake again

According to the government’s report, recently submitted to Beijing, which focused on the Occupy Central movement, it is the common aspiration of those in Hong Kong to have universal suffrage

World Views: The Rise of Bitcoin

Bitcoins introduced a lot of people to the idea of computerized money. Now the digital currency, which set off a minor frenzy when it broke into public consciousness in 2013,

Our Desk: School of democracy

I read a news article last month about a group called Citizens for Objective Public Education who lost a court case against the Kansas State Board of Education in the

Insight | One fading system?

1. Unfortunately, a lawmakers’ agenda doesn’t always coincide with the citizens concerns. Directly elected Ho Ion Sang, one of the main figures of the influential Macau General Union of the

Vox Parva | Overstated and understated universal Church news

The influx of information overwhelmed us. The experience was substantial especially in the 4th quarter of this year. This was because I moved to a new industry, an industry that

Our desk: Happy New Year to the one forth amongst us

An unkempt man stopped in front of a shelf that holds several rice pudding cans, reaching out his hands for one. Surrounded by an array of desserts and snacks at

World Views: China’s Russia bailout is ominous sign for future

Thanks to China, Christine Lagarde of the International Monetary Fund, Jim Yong Kim of the World Bank and Takehiko Nakao of the Asian Development Bank may no longer have much

World Views: Mexico’s corruption eruption

With a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a spot on one of those ubiquitous lists of “leading global thinkers,” Mexican Finance Minister Luis Videgaray is just the kind

Insight: Xi Jinping’s message to Macau

Xi Jinping’s visit to Macau to host the swearing-in ceremony of the MSAR’s new government attested again to his popularity in China. According to a recent survey cited by the

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