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...

END OF THE ROAD FOR UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE?

Posted:  April 24, 2015   Last summer, the Hong Kong government came up with the “pocket it first,” slogan to try and sell Beijing’s strict plan for political reform.  It’s a popular local term implying that, as in property disputes, if pro-democracy claimants...

MIXED MESSAGES: Beijing, London, Washington

  Posted:  March 30, 2015   Deliberately saying one thing to one audience and something else to another might be regarded in some quarters as shameless opportunism.  But if the political stakes are high enough, talking two sides of the same issue is also...