REDEFINING FAILURE

  Posted:  March 31, 2016   Probably it’s time for Hong Kong’s democracy movement to take stock of where it is, how far it has come, and where it wants to go.   There’s much talk now about polarization … the great divide between the camps however defined:...

RATIONALIZING VIOLENCE

  Posted:  March 14, 2016   Hong Kong hates the idea of political violence. Everyone frowns at the very mention of using physical force for ends that have anything to do with politics, policy, or governance. Not for us, they say. No way. Not here. The threat...

HOLDING THE LINE … But Only Just

  Posted:  March 2, 2016   What should have been a walk-over for the Civic Party’s Alvin Yeung Ngok-kiu was transformed into a nail-biter by Edward Leung Tin-kei of Hong Kong Indigenous. They were contesting the February 28 special election. Yeung ultimately...

WHAT PRICE LOCALISM?

  Posted:  Feb. 25, 2016   Election campaigning runs on counter-intuitive cylinders here and unintended consequences are not the only thing to note. Another is when statements are intended to have an effect opposite to what is said. Or maybe not intended but...

ANOTHER BEGINNING FOR THE NEW ‘FIGHTING YEAR’

  Posted: Feb. 19, 2016   Hong Kong gets to celebrate New Year’s Day twice, thanks to the borderline spot it occupies along the great East-West divide. That means extra holidays … and extra demo days as well. This year the political message was the same for...

BEIJING LAW ENFORCEMENT … IN HONG KONG

  Posted:  Jan. 28, 2016   By now the basic facts in the mysterious case of Hong Kong’s book dealers are well known. Local journalists have done the most they can to discover precisely how and when the five men vanished. Everything else remains unknown three...