Month: December 2019

After a torrid December, how will India’s Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and the BJP fare in 2020?

December was a difficult month for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, his top lieutenant in the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The BJP is facing the biggest challenge of its five-and-a-half-year rule as it scrambles to defuse crises on multiple fronts. How Modi and Shah, the home minister, respond to these problems…

Could better urban planning solve the loneliness epidemic sweeping through Hong Kong’s elderly?

Alice Kwok is used to being alone, and lonely.But two years ago, when Jackson Kwok, her husband and partner of more than 50 years, died from lung cancer, the 83-year-old fell into a bout of depression.“I was devastated and suddenly found myself all on my own in an empty room,” she said. “My daughter had…

US military carries out ‘defensive strikes’ in Iraq, Syria against Kataib Hezbollah after contractor killed

The US military has carried out “defensive strikes” in Iraq and Syria against the Kataib Hezbollah militia group, the US Pentagon said on Sunday, two days after a US civilian contractor was killed in a rocket attack on an Iraqi military base.The Pentagon said it targeted three locations of the Iranian-backed Shiite Muslim militia group…

Hong Kong protests: school principal hoping to bring warring sides together one sharing session at a time

When a student protester told principal Li Kin-man in August that young people needed their voices heard, the idea of conducting sharing sessions between teachers and pupils was born.Four months on, Li has conducted four such sharing sessions, inviting not only teachers, students, but also barristers, journalists, and social workers who helped at protests.And now…

Hong Kong’s top officials promise raft of economic measures in new year and coming budget address to help city tide over recession, warning of ‘tough tests’ ahead

More measures would be rolled out next month and in the coming budget address to help Hong Kong businesses survive the economic downturn, top ministers said on Sunday as they warned of challenges in the new year.In a blog post, Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po said he expected negative growth in the fourth quarter this…

China ends forced labour punishment for sex workers and clients

China’s legislature abolished an extrajudicial system of forced labour used to punish sex workers and their clients on Saturday, but it stressed that prostitution remains illegal.China banned prostitution after the Communist revolution in 1949, but it returned with a vengeance after landmark economic reforms began in the late 1970s, despite periodic crackdowns.The official Xinhua news…

Hong Kong’s ‘revolution of our times’ should focus on climate change

Hong Kong’s young people might ponder their future through the lens of climate change rather than the narrower “revolution of our times”. If they did, they would find the threat to be very large and real, backed by authoritative evidence, and it wouldn’t matter where they lived in the world. They, and their children, are…

Jeff Bezos remains world’s richest person, as wealthy gain US$1.2 trillion in 2019

The leveraging of a giant social-media presence, a catchy tune about a family of sharks and a burgeoning collection of junkyards are just a few of the curious ways that helped make 2019 a fertile year for fortunes to blossom around the world.Kylie Jenner became the youngest self-made billionaire this year after her company, Kylie…