THE LATEST BLOW: Candidate Certification

Since 1997 when Hong Kong’s new Basic Law mini-constitution went into effect, Chapter III on Fundamental Rights and Duties has held out the promise that permanent residents “shall have the right to vote and the right to stand for election” (Article...

STRAW POLLING: Another Unexpected Outcome

As the blows continued to rain down throughout 2017 … from Beijing, the Hong Kong government, and the local courts … democrats and sympathizers worried openly that their movement might not be able to survive with its energy and integrity intact. They worried that the...

2018: ANOTHER YEAR, ANOTHER DEFIANT START

By the end of 2017, the political themes here were all doom and gloom (Dec. 28, 2017 post).  Democracy movement activists worried that they and the wider concerned public would not be able to absorb the accumulated blows suffered during the past year and survive with...

2017: PESSIMISM WINS

Further on that favorite question everyone was asking last July when Hong Kong was celebrating the 20th anniversary of its return to Chinese rule:  the question was whether people should be optimistic or pessimistic about the future and what the next 20 years might...