ANOTHER RISK WORTH TAKING?

  Posted:  Nov. 3, 2016   (Due to a temporary website malfunction, this article was originally posted on Nov. 1, at http://suzannepepper.wordpress.com/)   Against all the local norms of proper public behavior, Hong Kong’s pro-democracy activists have...

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DIVISION AMONG LOCALISTS

  Posted:  Oct. 5, 2016   As everyone knows by now, Hong Kong democrats and their movement have always been defined by their disunity. It’s a fact of local political life. The number of pro-democracy political parties represented in the new Legislative...

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ANOTHER POST-OCCUPY ELECTION

Posted:  Sept. 8, 2016   When Hong Kong university students were planning their strike action in September 2014, to protest Beijing's hardline rejection of Hong Kong's electoral reform proposals, the students defended their decision by saying they knew their...

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SPOTLIGHT ON INDEPENDENCE

  Posted:  Aug. 10, 2016   The disqualification of six candidates has added an unexpected dimension to the coming September 4 Legislative Council election (Aug. 3 post). During all the years since Hong Kong, belatedly, introduced universal suffrage...

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LOYALTY OATH

Posted:  July 22, 2016   The authorities here are in a real bind. They should be used to it by now, having spent the last 20 years tiptoeing back and forth between the Western-style promises Beijing originally made to Hong Kong and Beijing’s constant demands for...

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NEW CANDIDATES, OLD TEMPTATIONS

Posted:  June 27, 2016   So great an impact has the younger generation had on political thinking since the 2014 Umbrella-Occupy protest movement that “young” has become the watchword for everyone ahead of Hong Kong’s September 4 Legislative Council election. Even...

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QUESTIONS FOR CHAIRMAN ZHANG

  Posted:  May 30, 2016   The visitor from Beijing has come and gone. Zhang Dejiang 【張德江】, third highest ranking official in the Chinese Communist Party hierarchy, and chairman of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, was received here with all...

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A VISITOR FROM BEIJING

  Posted:  May 23, 2016   Why the third highest ranking official in the Chinese Communist Party hierarchy should pay Hong Kong a visit at this particular point in time has been the subject of much speculation both hopeful and otherwise. Zhang Dejiang 【張德江】is...

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TALKING TREASON … ?

  Posted May 9, 2016   Further on the idea that Beijing is having a tough time trying to manage Hong Kong is the latest challenge to its authority. Probably, in Beijing’s eyes, this one is worse than all the other affronts. The others: refusal to pass...

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BEFORE AND AFTER OCCUPY

  Posted:  April 20, 2016   There could hardly be a clearer contrast between political thinking before and after the political storm that began here in early 2013.   It blew up over questions about Hong Kong’s first Chief Executive election by universal...

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NEW PARTIES SHARPEN THE DEBATE

Posted:  April 12, 2016   Back in the day they called it “consciousness-raising.” That was way back … in the anti-Vietnam War 1970s. Here and now, Hong Kong activists say they’ve been trying to sound a wake-up call and in that they are succeeding. The post-2014...

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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:...

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