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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OF DEVILS AND DETAILS

  Posted:  Nov. 24, 2014   The devil lies in the details, or so the saying goes, and evidence of both lies hidden within one recent Chinese University opinion poll on Hong Kong’s shifting views.  If accurate, the devil lies in the public’s view of a...

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THINKING POSITIVELY …

  Posted:  Oct. 27, 2014   Among pan-democrats and all who have anxiously watched Hong Kong’s latest drama unfold, just about everyone is despondent.  A month has passed since students led Occupy Central activists out onto the streets where key intersections...

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THINKING CREATIVELY …

  Posted:  Oct. 21, 2014   There are ways out of Hong Kong’s current impasse over political reform, if only the principals can indulge in some creative political thinking.   Beijing does not need to back down as student protesters have been demanding.  It...

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DECISION TIME FOR BEIJING

  Posted:  Oct. 6, 2014   Hong Kong has been trying for 30 years to establish a democratically-governed community within the Chinese state … not independent but autonomous, as allowed by the “two-systems” terms of Hong Kong’s 1997 transfer back to Chinese...

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STUDENTS ON STRIKE!

  Posted:  Sept. 25, 2014   The idea that Hong Kong’s young people and their democracy movement are inspiring hope for an uncertain future came from an unlikely source.  Essayist Lee Yee 【李怡】 is separated by a lifetime of experience from today’s college and...

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THE STRUGGLE EVOLVES

  Posted:  Sept. 8, 2014   For reasons they have yet to explain, pan-democrats were rattled by what they said was Beijing’s unexpectedly hardline decision on the 2017 Chief Executive election reform project (Sept. 1 post).  It shouldn’t have been a...

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