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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DEFEND THE JOURNALISTS

Posted:  Feb. 27, 2014   Yesterday afternoon’s post was too accurate for humor.  Unfortunately the lead paragraph does signify, for better and for worse, the environment settling over Hong Kong’s media.  Mainland-style physical assaults against journalists here...

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DEFENDING PRESS FREEDOM

Posted:  Feb. 26, 2014   “Not dead yet,” was the punch line for a recent Apple Daily cartoon.  It only meant to satirize the South China Morning Post, usually prefixed these days with the word “red” to signify concerns about the mainland-oriented slant of its...

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PAN-DEMOCRATS ANSWER BACK

Posted:  Jan. 13, 2014   The mainstream Alliance for True Democracy [ 真普選聯盟] promised an upgrade of its initial 2013 reform proposals before the end of the year.  Had they met their deadline, the 2014 New Year’s Day march might have achieved what organizers hoped...

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“ADHERE TO THE BASIC LAW”

Posted:  Dec. 18, 2013   The admonitions coming from all official sources and opinion leaders are the same.  Hong Kong’s Basic Law, they say repeatedly, must be followed chapter and verse in all local matters that are of concern to the central government.  In...

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COUNTDOWN TO 2017

Posted:  Dec. 6, 2013   As everyone knows by now,  Hong Kong has been promised its first one-person, one-vote universal suffrage election in 2017, when the current Chief Executive’s term expires.   Local democrats … fearful of more run-arounds after 30 years of...

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TIDINGS FROM BEIJING

Posted:  Nov. 27, 2013   Game over?   Not necessarily, say some … but maybe,  if last week’s message from Beijing is taken too literally.  The message was delivered in person by Li Fei  [ 李飛  ] who heads the Basic Law Committee, which is part of the National...

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CASTING OUT DEMONS

Posted:  Oct. 24, 2013   Legislative Council president and pro-Beijing loyalist Jasper Tsang Yok-sing  [曾鈺成 ] recently found himself in an unfamiliar situation.  He was the target of a critical commentary in the pro-Beijing Wen Wei Po [文匯報] newspaper.   At issue...

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A REPLAY OF 2010 … ?

Posted:  Sept. 4, 2013   Newcomers to Hong Kong’s political reform saga see many reasons to be optimistic about the democracy camp and its prospects for success.  With three decades of experience behind them, activists moved out early this year, far ahead of...

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