Prominent Plant Pathologist Lashes Out at GM Critics

Prominent Plant Pathologist Lashes Out at GM CriticsRobert Ziegler, the director general of the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines, has mounted an angry and impassioned defense of genetically modified foods, saying that “as an intellectual direct descendant of the architects of the Green Revolution, it is heartbreaking to see their noble endeavors attacked by people claiming to defend the environment…

Post-Snowden, the US Reaps a Security Whirlwind

Post-Snowden, the US Reaps a Security WhirlwindIt's the one year anniversary of what is now known as the Snowden revelations, which appeared on June 5 and June 9 when The Guardian broke news of classified National Security Agency documents and Edward Snowden revealed himself in Hong Kong as the source of those leaks. There is still much to decipher from the…

The US Needs to Get the Small Things Right Too

The US Needs to Get the Small Things Right TooRecently my wife and I took our daughters to the US Consulate in Hong Kong to renew their US passports. Our girls carry two passport types – the imposing regulation blue US Passport and the US Passport Card. Cards can only be used for land crossings from Canada and Mexico and for arrivals by sea, mostly from the…

Hong Kong Faces Tragedy with a Double Standard

Hong Kong Faces Tragedy with a Double StandardThe Hong Kong government’s very different responses to two tragedies involving Hong Kong citizens provide a sharp look at official hypocrisy with a racist tinge. They are the August 2010 deaths of eight of the territory’s tourists at the hands of a lone gunman but featuring a botched rescue attempt by the Manila police, and…

Hong Kong Art Gallery with a Social Mission

Hong Kong Art Gallery with a Social MissionTo the world, Hong Kong’s laser-lit skyline and contemporary skyscrapers denote a modern metropolis and global financial center that is often tagged “Gotham City.” Recall how Batman flew from one of its soaring towers to another in a recent movie. But few, foreigners or locals alike, relate this small city-state to its vast, sprawling and…

Hong Kong’s Hypocrisy Over Maids

Hong Kong’s Hypocrisy Over MaidsJust at the time when Hong Kong, a non-state adjunct of China, is presuming to impose sanctions on the Philippines over the deaths of tourists at the hands of a bus hijacker, more and more evidence is coming to light of the Hong Kong government’s willful refusal for years adequately to protect the legal and…

Crusading Hong Kong Editor Chopped

Crusading Hong Kong Editor ChoppedKevin Lau, the recently-ousted chief editor of the Chinese language newspaper Ming Pao, was said to be fighting for his life in a Hong Kong hospital after being attacked and hacked early this morning. What Lau has done, although it will never be proven, is to help to open windows on corruption in China that…

Abusing Maids is Hong Kong’s Shame

Abusing Maids is Hong Kong’s ShameWhat happened in Hong Kong to Erwiana Sulistyaningsih would likely never happen to a Filipina domestic helper today. After decades of jousting with abusive employers and corrupt employment agencies, Filipinas have learned their rights and established protective agencies. Indonesians and the other ethnic groups that have followed Filipinas to Hong Kong are not there yet.…

Hong Kong and Abuse of Maids

Hong Kong and Abuse of MaidsThe disfigured face of a young girl, her body emaciated and tortured, feet swollen, eyes blackened, stared out the front page of the South China Morning Post on Jan. 17 in a harrowing flashback to WWII concentration camp victims. The staid English language paper is not given to exploiting photos of human misery. Erwiana Sulistyaningsih’s…

Cyberborgs for Cyber Wars

Cyberborgs for Cyber WarsSize matters in the covert wars of cyber espionage – even more so when two Herculean cyber warriors merge on Wall Street. US cyber-security firm FireEye Inc. announced the acquisition of Mandiant Corp. late last week in a deal worth more than US$1 billion, generating not just an immediate surge in FireEye’s share price but…
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