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...

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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...

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used to it by now, having spent the last 20 years tiptoeing back and forth between the Western-style promises Beijing originally made to Hong Kong and Beijing’s constant demands for...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