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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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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PAYBACK TIME FOR OCCUPY

  Posted:  Oct. 2, 2015   No, not a win for academic autonomy after all. A month ago after the last meeting of the University of Hong Kong’s governing council, there was cause to think the year-long campaign targeting Professor Johannes Chan Man-mun might...

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BEIJING’S LEARNING CURVE

  Posted:  Sept. 21, 2015   Benny Tai Yiu-ting says that when his Occupy Central campaign for universal suffrage began, it started off with only 25% support among the general public. By the time the campaign ended, when the government’s reform proposal was...

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