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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ABANDON OCCUPY CENTRAL!

  Posted:  Aug. 18, 2014   If imitation is the highest form of flattery, then Hong Kong’s democracy movement should be basking in the glow …  except that Robert Chow’s anti-Occupy Central campaign is using imitation to mock and bait not emulate.  A...

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MUD-SLINGING, HONG KONG-STYLE

  Posted:  July 28, 2014   Probably there aren’t many places where revelations about holding a foreign passport and traveling to Myanmar would be regarded as old-fashioned muck-raking.  But this is Hong Kong and the tagline for Beijing’s counter-campaign...

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SO FAR SO GOOD …

Posted:  June 24, 2014             ... thanks to the last minute “White Paper” boost that summarily dismissed all of Hong Kong’s electoral reform proposals in deference to Beijing’s mandate (June 12 post).  Organizers of the Occupy Central civil disobedience...

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THE RIGHT TO REMEMBER THE PAST

Posted:  June 6, 2014   Local pro-democracy partisans may be conflicted about how to introduce universal suffrage elections here but there is one thing about which, it’s safe to say, there is general agreement.  Even pro-Beijing loyalists can muster no arguments...

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COMPLICATIONS FOR OCCUPY CENTRAL

Posted:  May 15, 2014   The campaign to shut down Hong Kong’s business district is approaching decision time.  For those just tuning in to this story, it began over a year ago, in January 2013, as the brainchild of Hong Kong University law school professor, Benny...

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SUNRISE IN THE WEST?

Posted:  May 2, 2014   Not likely.  But it’s fun to think about anyway.   Once Beijing’s intent has been stated openly in public on something as major as political reform, Hong Kong’s leading government officials have, since 1997, gone out of their way to avoid...

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DEMOCRATS IN SHANGHAI

Posted:  April 23, 2014   No stone is being left unturned in the effort to convince everyone that Beijing’s official reading of the Basic Law should be accepted as the mandate for electing Hong Kong’s next Chief Executive in 2017.  Besides blanket daily coverage...

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THE LOGIC OF DEFEAT

Posted:  April 14, 2014   Hong Kong democrats just ceded another election to their pro-establishment rivals.  It was a minor matter, already last month’s news, such as it was.  No one but the actual participants and a few thousand voters paid any attention.  But...

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CREATIVE COMBINATIONS

Posted:  April 1, 2014   A week ago the way out of  Hong Kong’s electoral reform predicament seemed to be taking shape.  It would entail some form of popular nomination for Hong Kong’s first “universal suffrage” Chief Executive election in 2017,  to be paired in...

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