17 December 2017


  • Two-time Olympian Aly Raisman revealed recently that she too was sexually abused by former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. Photo: Reuters

    But he was nice to me …

    - Dec 15, 2017 5:15pm
    Since last summer when the ex-gymnast Rachael Denhollander accused Larry Nassar, the former physician for the US women’s gymnastics team, of sexual assault, many other athletes have broken their silence about sexual abuse. After Nassar was...
  • In the era of smart city, how do we strike a balance between conservation and development? Can we improve our quality of life without undermining our future? Photo: AFP

    Smart City 3.0: A sustainable and smarter future

    - Dec 15, 2017 3:56pm
    I have just published my new book, Smart City 3.0, which illustrates how young people can seize the opportunity to create their own future. I was privileged to have two heavyweights in my field – geographic...
  • A new technique in genetic engineering, CRISPR-Cas, offers both precision and the ability to modify the genome text at several places simultaneously. Photo: Internet

    The Holy Grail of genetic engineering

    - Dec 15, 2017 10:29am
    Since its introduction four decades ago, genetic engineering has been a source of high hopes for health, agriculture, and industry. But it has also provoked deep anxiety, not least owing to the laborious nature of the...
  • Zimbabwe has experienced a period of hyperinflation and sharp currency depreciation. Photo: Africannews

    Hong Kong’s ties with Zimbabwe: The past and the present

    - Dec 15, 2017 10:09am
    Although Zimbabwe is halfway across the world, many Hong Kong people are quite familiar with the African country, not least because the daughter of its former leader Robert Mugabe, who fell from power recently, used to...
  • Former Rutgers University student Paras Jha (left)  leaves the courthouse after his hearing in Trenton, New Jersey, on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    Three US men plead guilty to crimes tied to 2016 botnet attacks

    Dec 14, 2017 10:03am
    A former Rutgers University student and two other men pleaded guilty to computer crimes related to the creation, sale and use of the Mirai botnet, a network of infected electronics equipment used to knock major websites...
  • The defeat comes at a difficult time for British Prime Minister Theresa May, who was due at an EU summit on Thursday to encourage the other 27 leaders to approve a move to the second phase of Brexit talks.  Photo: Reuters

    May defeated in parliament over Brexit blueprint

    Dec 14, 2017 8:46am
    Prime Minister Theresa May’s government was defeated on Wednesday, when MPs forced through changes to its Brexit blueprint that ministers said could endanger Britain’s departure from the European Union. In a blow to May, already weakened...
  • Fossil fuels, which currently meet more than 80% of the world's energy needs, will remain the backbone of global energy production for the foreseeable future. Photo: Bloomberg

    The myth of a fossil fuel phase-out

    - Dec 13, 2017 9:56am
    How the world uses energy is a hot topic for a warming planet, and fears of pollution and resource strain have produced a virtual arms race of energy-efficiency strategies. From the European Union to China, economies...
  • US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson talks on US-Korea relationship during a forum at the Atlantic Council in Washington on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    Tillerson proposes talks with North Korea without preconditions

    Dec 13, 2017 8:17am
    US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered to begin talks with North Korea without preconditions, appearing to back away from US demands that Pyongyang must first accept that any negotiations would have to be based on...
  • With next year’s World Cup in Russia and Qatar’s regional stand-off with its Gulf neighbors continuing, it is highly likely that 2018 will be a football year like no other. Photo: Reuters

    Football likely to reach nadir of post-truth reality in 2018

    - Dec 13, 2017 8:09am
    As one part of my working life involves being an academic, I am forever confronted by the eternal question facing social scientists: what is reality? To some, reality exists beyond humans; it is objective to us...
  • The United States announced two months ago that it is quitting UNESCO due to the UN world heritage body's 'continuing anti-Israel bias'. Photo: Reuters

    Under Trump, US is well on its way toward ‘unsplendid isolation’

    - Dec 12, 2017 11:52am
    Despite being engulfed by scandals at home, US president Donald Trump hasn’t slowed down the pace in leading his country away from globalization. In October, the US government announced its decision to quit the United Nations...
  • Those searching for solutions to bring non-communicable diseases under control should look for inspiration to the movement to fight AIDS. Photo: Reuters

    AIDS, NCDs, and the ABCs of organizing

    - Dec 12, 2017 9:40am
    Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), like heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and chronic lung disease, are responsible for 70 percent of all deaths. There is incontrovertible evidence that tobacco use, inactivity, unhealthy diets, and excessive alcohol consumption increase...
  • President Donald Trump ran in the election last year as a populist but he has governed as a plutocrat. Photo: Reuters

    Populist plutocracy and the future of America

    - Dec 12, 2017 9:23am
    Donald Trump won the US presidency with the backing of working-class and socially conservative white voters on a populist platform of economic nationalism. Trump rejected the Republican Party’s traditional pro-business, pro-trade agenda, and, like Bernie Sanders...
  • Emmanuel Macron will host world leaders to celebrate the gains of the Paris climate accord and lead efforts to raise funding for its initiatives. Photo: Reuters

    Climate-change fight returns to Paris

    - Dec 11, 2017 10:08am
    Nearly two years have passed since France’s then-foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, struck his gavel and declared: “The Paris agreement for the climate is accepted.” Next week, President Emmanuel Macron and the French government will host world...
  • Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker hold a news conference at the EC headquarters in Brussels on Friday. Photo: Reuters

    Britain and EU clinch deal to move Brexit talks forward

    Dec 8, 2017 4:30pm
    The European Commission said on Friday enough progress had been made in Brexit negotiations with Britain to allow a second phase of talks on future relations to begin, ending an impasse over the status of the...
  • Members of the Sydney's gay community celebrate at a local pub. Marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples are expected to take place from January since they must give a month's notice of their intention to wed. Photo: Reuters

    Australia legalizes same-sex marriage

    Dec 8, 2017 8:48am
    Australia became the 26th nation to legalize same-sex marriage after it was officially signed into law, a day after MPs overwhelmingly approved a historic bill. Australia’s Governor-General Peter Cosgrove signed off on the law on Friday, a...
  • A US Air Force F-35A Lightning II conducts a training flight with F-16 Fighting Falcons over the city of Gunsan in South Korea, on Dec. 1, 2017. Photo: US Air Force Handout via Reuters

    N Korea says US threats make war unavoidable, China urges calm

    Dec 8, 2017 8:31am
    Two US B-1B heavy bombers joined large-scale combat drills over South Korea on Thursday amid warnings from North Korea that the exercises and US threats have made the outbreak of war “an established fact”, Reuters reports....
  • Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh calls for the launching of an intifada in a speech in Gaza on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    Hamas calls for Palestinian uprising over Trump’s Jerusalem plan

    Dec 8, 2017 8:13am
    The Islamist group Hamas urged Palestinians to abandon peace efforts and launch a new uprising against Israel in response to US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as its capital, Reuters reports. Palestinian factions called for...
  • Bill Gates said in an interview with a British TV station last year that his three children are proud of his decision to give away their inheritance. Photo: Reuters

    Bill Gates, his children and Confucian filial piety

    - Dec 8, 2017 8:00am
    Whenever people ask me to name the person I admire most, I always reply without hesitation: Bill Gates. Of course, there are many men and women in history that I admire but Gates is top on...
  • Shoppers walk through a Christmas market in Nottingham, central England. There is widespread fear that Brexit will hurt British consumers through higher import prices and weak business investment. Photo: AFP

    A better British story

    - Dec 7, 2017 9:00am
    Nowadays, there are hazards to looking for signs of hope in the British economy. As the latest OECD forecast for 2018 and beyond shows, a cloud of gloom has descended on the United Kingdom. The primary...
  • A woman stands in front of a painting depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin at the "SUPERPUTIN" exhibition at UMAM museum in Moscow on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    Olympic ban on Russia strengthens Putin re-election hand

    Dec 7, 2017 8:31am
    Opinion polls show Vladimir Putin is already a shoo-in to win a fourth presidential term. But a ban on Russia taking part in the Winter Olympics is likely to make support for him even stronger, by...

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