AFTER THE VETO … A Moderate Backlash

  Posted:  July 8, 2015   So pan-democrats’ vow to veto Beijing’s electoral reform design actually held.  Many bets to the contrary were lost and probably Beijing miscalculated as well.  Almost to the very end, conventional wisdom and past experience...

REFORM BILL VETOED: Defeat for 8.31

  Posted:  June 18, 2015   Everyone was waiting for a last-minute climb-down, but in the end no one lost their nerve.  Beijing refused to budge on its restrictive August 31, 2014 (8.31) electoral reform design.   It spelled out the way Hong Kong’s first...

JUNE FOURTH, JULY FIRST, AND OCCUPY

  Posted:  June 5, 2015   When they began, the three biggest events in Hong Kong’s democracy movement had little to do with each other.  Now … for better and possibly for worse … the law of unintended consequences is bringing them together in one common...

“RETREAT, REGROUP, RETURN”

  Posted:  May 8, 2015   The “three R’s” advice came from Apple Daily’s Jimmy Lai Chee-ying midway through last year’s Umbrella/Occupy street blockades.  The advice went unheeded, of course, and he sat it out with protesters until December when police...