Insight | Many ‘blue cards’ have no other home, but are treated like coolies

In a move seen by many as discriminatory, the public hospital Conde de São Januário (CHCSJ) has proposed that the service fee of natural childbirth for non-local workers

Insight | Is Hengqin an empty promise for Macau?

Hengqin Island has undergone massive development over the past few years. When I first visited the neighboring island in 2009, there was almost nothing there besides some rustic

Insight | Missed opportunities

In Macau’s politics we often see the application of the principle articulated by the writer Tomasi di Lampedusa in his novel “The Leopard”: “If you want things to stay as

Insight | To play or not to play politics – that is the question

1. The plan to create a municipal body “with no political power” was restated at the Legislative Assembly (AL) by the Secretary for Administration and Justice, Sonia Chan. Not many details

Insight | Some of the best movies on journalism

Because of its conflicted nature, journalism has been portrayed by American films since the beginning of the cinema industry. Following the work of a Boston Globe investigative team, this year’s 

Insight | Welcome to the Year of the Monkey

In the early hours of the first day of the Year of the Monkey (February 8), I visited the A-Ma Temple and witnessed a memorable moment. The night was misty

Insight | Fake international

It’s common to find in mainland China examples of what I deem the “fake international” model. To give a familiar example, in a newly developed area in Hengqin there is

Insight | Get some work done

1. Next month’s administrative revamp comes late, but it’s better late than never. The Times recently described a case where the management of a public infrastructure project shifted several times

Insight | The stalling of a decision on Hotel Estoril

The government’s proposal to demolish the Hotel Estoril in order to create a youth center for arts education has not been well-received by all sectors of society. It was foreseeable

Insight | Disenchantment in the air

Macau is a funny place. Regarding the most recent case of junket fraud involving Dore Entertainment, enraged “investors” staged protests in several locations to complain about the government’s alleged inability

Insight | Twists and turns of the smoking regulation

The Executive Council concluded its revision on Macau’s Tobacco Prevention and Control Law last week, proposing a full smoking ban in casinos. The move, made against the will of the gaming

Insight | Lusophony is not consensual in Macau

TThe idea of Macau serving as a platform between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries is politically correct, apparently blessed by Beijing, but faces resistance from unnamed local forces that use

Insight | Slow response to foreign humanitarian crises

Macau has a longstanding tradition of helping those in need. During the Second World War, when under the threat of a Japanese attack, the local authorities reportedly distributed bread and

Insight: A place all can call home

“A weed from catholic Europe, it took root Between some yellow mountains and a sea, Its gay stone houses an exotic fruit, A Portugal-cum-China oddity. Rococo images of Saint and Saviour Promise its gamblers fortunes

Insight: When things aren’t what they seem

1. Álvaro Santos Pereira, a former Portuguese economy minister who now works for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), recently published a book about his experience as a

Insight: The Maldives is here

Reading a feature story about the rising number of Chinese tourists in the Maldives (a group of atolls in the Indian Ocean, south-southwest of India) reminded me of the song

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

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