Opinion

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The US Market’s Pyramid of Lies

Sack Henry Paulson. Liquidate Goldman Sachs. Call Alan Greenspan to account. End Moody’s rating franchise. Arrest a few dozen salesmen of Collateralized Debt Obligations (CDOs). Those s... Read More...
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Trapped by Religion in Afghanistan

I am an existentialist and an atheist – so much so that I suspect that people I have known for years are afraid to tell me that they attend the church of their choice.  So as one who... Read More...
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Murdoch Takes a Journalistic Icon

The decision by the Dow Jones Co. to sell a controlling interest in the company to Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp marks a sad day for journalistic values, a sign that those who believe that professional... Read More...
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Hong Kong Pulls Up the Drawbridge

Hong Kong’s reputation as a well-run financial center open to all competition, has suffered two blows in the past few days. Both may echo long after the immediate noise dies away. ... Read More...
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Hong Kong 10 Years Later

Hong Kong’s officialdom has been engaging in an orgy of self-congratulation to mark the 10th anniversary of the handover of the territory by the British government following 155 years of colonia... Read More...
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Hong Kong’s Overflowing Pork Barrel

Hong Kong is in grave danger of following the Japanese road to ruin: spending huge amounts of money on unwanted infrastructure and bridges to nowhere. Like the Japanese government in thrall to ... Read More...
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All in the Family

Hong Kong may have a population of 7 million, but the very top it consists of a small business elite with innumerable cross directorships and direct links into government. Given the right pedigree... Read More...
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Lessons in Counterinsurgency

In the former base of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the Muslim secessionist group that has been fighting the government in the southern Philippines for decades, Lt. Col. Francis Alauri... Read More...