TOUGH LOVE FROM THE NATIONAL PEOPLE’S CONGESS

Posted:  March 11, 2014   Political campaign season is in full swing  here and national leaders are pulling out all the stops in an effort to turn back rising demands for “genuine” democratic elections.  That means mobilizing all possible forces … with soft...

DEFEND THE JOURNALISTS

Posted:  Feb. 27, 2014   Yesterday afternoon’s post was too accurate for humor.  Unfortunately the lead paragraph does signify, for better and for worse, the environment settling over Hong Kong’s media.  Mainland-style physical assaults against journalists here...

DEFENDING PRESS FREEDOM

Posted:  Feb. 26, 2014   “Not dead yet,” was the punch line for a recent Apple Daily cartoon.  It only meant to satirize the South China Morning Post, usually prefixed these days with the word “red” to signify concerns about the mainland-oriented slant of its...

SOME QUESTIONS FOR SECRETARY YUEN

Posted:  Feb. 14, 2014   Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung has stated the government’s case on how candidates for the 2017 Chief Executive election should be selected.  Only the existing Election Committee recast as a Nominating Committee will do, he...

THE SECRETARY FOR JUSTICE RESPONDS

Posted:  Feb. 6, 2014   Unlike other protracted disputes in other places, Hong Kong’s long-running confrontation with Beijing over demands for “genuine” democratic elections has always been entirely peaceful.  It’s also likely to remain so … scaremongering over...

PAN-DEMOCRATS ANSWER BACK

Posted:  Jan. 13, 2014   The mainstream Alliance for True Democracy [ 真普選聯盟] promised an upgrade of its initial 2013 reform proposals before the end of the year.  Had they met their deadline, the 2014 New Year’s Day march might have achieved what organizers hoped...