NEW YEAR’S DAY, 2014: A Wake-Up Call?

Posted:  Jan. 6, 2014   Hong Kong’s democracy movement celebrated the first day of 2014  the same way it saw in 2013:  with a two-hour protest march across town from Victoria Park to the downtown financial district.  Only this year protesters failed to reaffirm...

“ADHERE TO THE BASIC LAW”

Posted:  Dec. 18, 2013   The admonitions coming from all official sources and opinion leaders are the same.  Hong Kong’s Basic Law, they say repeatedly, must be followed chapter and verse in all local matters that are of concern to the central government.  In...

COUNTDOWN TO 2016: Storm Clouds Gathering

Posted:  Dec. 12, 2013   A universal suffrage election for the next Chief Executive election in 2017 is the big prize.  But Hong Kong’s political reform project is actually a two-part affair,  as the just-issued Consultation Document indicates (Dec. 6 post).  ...

COUNTDOWN TO 2017

Posted:  Dec. 6, 2013   As everyone knows by now,  Hong Kong has been promised its first one-person, one-vote universal suffrage election in 2017, when the current Chief Executive’s term expires.   Local democrats … fearful of more run-arounds after 30 years of...

TIDINGS FROM BEIJING

Posted:  Nov. 27, 2013   Game over?   Not necessarily, say some … but maybe,  if last week’s message from Beijing is taken too literally.  The message was delivered in person by Li Fei  [ 李飛  ] who heads the Basic Law Committee, which is part of the National...

PROSPERITY FOR ALL … Minus 1.3 Million

Posted:  Nov. 18, 2013   Review:   Poverty in the Midst of  Affluence: How Hong Kong Mismanaged Its  Prosperity,   by Leo F. Goodstadt,  Hong Kong University Press, 2013.   After years of argument and agitation, and one year into his new administration, Hong...