Opinion

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Hong Kong’s Lies and Damned Lies

It’s a commonplace that statistics lie. But how much they lie and in whose favor depends very much on which statistics you care to use. Naturally, governments tend to choose the most flattering.... Read More...
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Listen Up, Hong Kong, Here Comes Macau

Here is a tale of two cities that will gladden the hearts of believers in free markets. In one city the government has poured billions of dollars into building tourist attractions and been rewarded with a... Read More...
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Why Hong Kong is Going to the Dogs

On the Sai Kung Peninsula in Hong Kong’s New Territories things are looking up for the pet accessory stores. Dogs are strutting along the sidewalks dressed in sweaters, trousers and the occasional t... Read More...
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Hong Kong’s Racial Bias

The vivid posters around Hong Kong’s Central District proclaim Hong Kong to be Asia’s World City. But at best this self-accorded accolade looks increasingly threadbare and at worst hides a wor... Read More...
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Some Korean Lessons for Iran

It is time for the Great Satan to talk to what is left of the Axis of Evil. This is the great lesson of recent movement on the Korean nuclear question. The Iraq war will go down in history as the leas... Read More...
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John Howard: Armchair Warrior

If Australian news and views received more international attention than they do, the recent rhetorical miscues of Prime Minister John Howard would be the butt of global derision of the sort which sometimes ... Read More...
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Who lost Vietnam?

As usual in wartime, when the going gets tough, the tough start looking for a scapegoat and it is usually the press.  Today as Iraq slides from bad to worse, the administration's apologists are alr... Read More...
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Flight Plans

In the end it was a minor incident, something that perhaps could be put down to crossed signals or miscommunication but when it came to light Sunday that a commercial airliner running out of fuel had to be ... Read More...