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Gecko

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His Brother’s Keeper

My brother, Gene Berthelsen, was born at 5:13 pm on October 4, 1937. I was born 20 minutes later at 5:33, although it could have been the other way round. We can’t be sure. That is because when our mother br...
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How is Thailand doing in its fight against AIDS?

Amazingly well. In the 1980s, Thailand was widely accused of ignoring its AIDS problem to avoid scaring off tourists. But according to a new World Bank report, Thailand is now the model for the developing world on how to prevent transmission of the HIV virus...
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A Lobbyist Comes to Call

The curious and the sentimental rushed to Hong Kong in the spring of 1997 for a last look at the fabled free port before the British lowered the Union Jack and turned over control to China. But why did...
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How many countries recognize Taiwan these days?

It’s fortunate for the Taiwanese that, unlike the South Africans during the apartheid era, they can holiday or invest in countries that don’t recognize their own. Otherwise, their next holiday choice would be c...
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The High Cost of Elitism

Not so, it seems, the political leadership in Hong Kong, which is provided partly by a second or third generation of the ultra-wealthy and partly by a bureaucratic elite. The latter makes a virtue out of spending as little as possible on the community whil...
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Hong Kong’s Free Range Cows

Since then, I grew immensely fond of those cows, largely because they are a living, breeding remnant of Hong Kong’s past. During the two and a half years I lived in the village before moving away recent...