MACAU UPDATE: A Different Kind of Role Model

For Hong Kong democrats, the news from the other side of the Pearl River Estuary has provided a modest morale-booster.   With six pro-democracy legislators already disqualified in the oath-taking saga, several others awaiting the same fate, 16 political activists...

THE RETROSPECTIVITY TRAP

The title is confusing.  Better to call it “the mainland-ization of a common-law principle.” The subject deserves that title because it refers to the unusual legal process whereby six newly-elected members of Hong Kong’s legislature have been disqualified from office...

HONG KONG’S FIRST POLITICAL PRISONERS?

Officials and legal authorities both here and in Beijing have taken great exception to the international condemnation of a high court ruling on August 17 that sent three young activists to prison. The three are Joshua Wong- Chi-fung, Nathan Law Kwun-chung, and Alex...

NEITHER OPTIMISTIC NOR PESSIMISTIC

A favorite question during the July 1, 2017 holiday celebrations here last month was whether people were optimistic or pessimistic about Hong Kong’s future. It was also a favorite question 20 years ago, ahead of Hong Kong’s July 1, 1997 return to Chinese rule. If...