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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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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