CREATIVE COMBINATIONS

Posted:  April 1, 2014   A week ago the way out of  Hong Kong’s electoral reform predicament seemed to be taking shape.  It would entail some form of popular nomination for Hong Kong’s first “universal suffrage” Chief Executive election in 2017,  to be paired in...

INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS AND THE BASIC LAW

Posted:  March 26, 2014   Professors at the University of  Hong Kong’s law school accepted the challenge proclaimed  by China’s leaders at their recent National People’s Congress meeting in Beijing.   Leaders said then, in effect, that international standards and...

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...