THE STRUGGLE EVOLVES

  Posted:  Sept. 8, 2014   For reasons they have yet to explain, pan-democrats were rattled by what they said was Beijing’s unexpectedly hardline decision on the 2017 Chief Executive election reform project (Sept. 1 post).  It shouldn’t have been a...

BEIJING’S LAST AND ONLY WORDS … ?

  Posted:  Sept. 1, 2014   After more than a year of debate and demonstrations, plus political forums and proposals too numerous to count, Beijing has finally issued its all-important directive on how Hong Kong might proceed to carry out its first universal...

ABANDON OCCUPY CENTRAL!

  Posted:  Aug. 18, 2014   If imitation is the highest form of flattery, then Hong Kong’s democracy movement should be basking in the glow …  except that Robert Chow’s anti-Occupy Central campaign is using imitation to mock and bait not emulate.  A...

MUD-SLINGING, HONG KONG-STYLE

  Posted:  July 28, 2014   Probably there aren’t many places where revelations about holding a foreign passport and traveling to Myanmar would be regarded as old-fashioned muck-raking.  But this is Hong Kong and the tagline for Beijing’s counter-campaign...

TELLING BEIJING WHAT BEIJING WANTS TO HEAR

Posted July 17, 2014   Report from Hong Kong’s Chief Executive on the need for electoral reforms, addressed to the National People’s Congress Standing Committee in Beijing, July 15, 2014 (www.2017.gov.hk)   This report is part of the elaborate process...

MASSIVE, ANGRY, AND EVEN ANGRIER AFTERWARD

Posted:  July 7, 2014   If Beijing leaders meant to provoke an angry upsurge of dissent here, they succeeded.  But what has happened since is making matters worse.  For those of us trying to move through it, the annual July First anniversary protest march...