2047: INTO FOCUS AT LAST

  Posted:  Aug. 13, 2015   Throughout the long tedious arguments that continued for the past two years …   about universal suffrage elections for the Chief Executive in 2017, for the Legislative Council in 2020, and the preliminaries in 2016  … no one wanted...

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OFF TO A BAD START

  Posted:  July 30, 2015   Hong Kong’s much maligned Chief Executive, Leung Chun-ying, made an announcement last week that might have passed as no more than a mid-term cabinet reshuffle ahead of the summer recess.   Secretary for Home Affairs Tsang Tak-sing...

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“RETREAT, REGROUP, RETURN”

  Posted:  May 8, 2015   The “three R’s” advice came from Apple Daily’s Jimmy Lai Chee-ying midway through last year’s Umbrella/Occupy street blockades.  The advice went unheeded, of course, and he sat it out with protesters until December when police...

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VOW TO VETO

  Posted:  March 13, 2015   Decision time is approaching.  Hong Kong’s Legislative Council (Legco) must soon vote up or down on Beijing’s controversial August 31 electoral reform ultimatum before the summer recess.  Dubbed 831 for handy protest purposes,...

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AN INDEPENDENT HONG KONG?

  Posted:  March 3, 2015   From the super-sized headlines and melodramatic etchings, anyone on a daily diet of Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing press offerings might well think a revolutionary apocalypse is at hand.  Nothing could be further from the truth, of course...

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OCCUPY AFTERSHOCKS

  Posted:  Jan. 14, 2015   News on the political reform front has not been kind to Yellow Umbrella/Occupy Central protesters since their road blockades were removed one by one … the last just a month ago on December 15.  But probably the most discouraging...

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MIS-READING or RE-WRITING?

  Posted:  Dec. 30, 2014   Beijing officials are responding to Hong Kong’s September 28 - December 15 student-led street blockades with stern warnings about Hong Kong’s need for some serious reflection on its status as a Special Administration Region within...

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RE-ENLIGHTENMENT

  Posted:  Dec. 22, 2014   Now that Hong Kong’s streets have been cleared of their tent city encampments, everyone … we are told … is breathing a sigh of relief.  Everyone is also taking stock of what was and was not accomplished by the Yellow...

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MANAGING THE RETREAT

  Posted:  Dec. 12, 2014   Clearing Hong Kong’s streets became as uncertain an exercise as the campaign to block them in the first place … back at the time when it all began last September 28.   The last day was yesterday, December 11, when the government...

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