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used to it by now, having spent the last 20 years tiptoeing back and forth between the Western-style promises Beijing originally made to Hong Kong and Beijing’s constant demands for...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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NEW IDEAS, NEW NAMES, OLD TEMPTATIONS

  Posted:  June 17, 2016   Summertime might mean escape from Hong Kong’s heat and humidity for some ... but not this year and especially not for Hong Kong’s new political generation. The Legislative Council election is coming up September 4, and preparations...

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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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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...

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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...

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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...

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THE LAW SCHOOL STANDS ITS GROUND

  Posted:  Jan. 13, 2016   Far from being deterred by the University of Hong Kong’s epic losing battle with Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, the law school answered back with an event calculated to infuriate his allies and its enemies. HKU’s law faculty has...

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WHAT A DIFFERENCE AN ELECTION MAKES

  Posted:  Dec. 10, 2015   For at least a year before and a year afterward, Hong Kong’s Occupy Central protest movement for universal suffrage elections was portrayed as the epitome of all evils. Not only pro-Beijing loyalists, but conservatives of all...

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