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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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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