BASIC LAW CONSTRAINTS

  Posted:  Feb. 16, 2017   Everyone is always thinking in terms of Hong Kong’s struggle to maintain its identity and define an autonomous political future given the constaints of its Beijing-drafted Basic Law constitution. But there is another way to...

NEVER SAY DIE!

  Posted:  Jan. 20, 2017   It’s just as well that democrats mustered some of their old fighting spirit for the New Year’s Day protest march because they’re going to need that and a lot more besides (Jan. 4 post).   The array of challenges calls to mind an...

2017: OFF TO ANOTHER FIGHTING START

  Posted:  Jan. 4, 2017   No need to debate the pros and cons of holding a New Year’s Day march this year. The Yuan Dan 【元旦】… Day One of the New Year … march is an on-again off-again tradition, depending on the mood of day and issues at hand. In...

AN ELECTION WITHOUT A CAUSE: CY Leung Stands Down

  Posted:  Dec. 14, 2016   Last month people were saying the oath-taking saga and Beijing’s intervention marked the beginning of the end of judicial independence and of Hong Kong as we know it (Nov. 30 post).   Maybe that prediction was a little premature....

BEIJING STRIKES BACK: The Risks Defined

  Posted:  Nov. 14, 2016   Newly-elected legislators at the center of Hong Kong’s latest political storm knew they were playing with fire when they mangled their swearing-in oaths. They were supposed to pledge allegiance to the People’s Republic of China, to...