THE SNOWDEN INTERLUDE

Posted:  July 19, 2013   It didn’t work out quite the way anyone anticipated but since no one here had ever heard of Edward Snowden until June 9 and he was gone before the month was out, expectations were not very far advanced by the time he left.   Still, relief...

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AN OLD LEFTIST FANS THE FLAMES

Posted:  May 6, 2013   Martin Lee’s successors face many challenges as they go about their work of democratic institution-building.  Re-designing the Chief Executive Election Committee means confronting not only the interests of Hong Kong’s major established...

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AN OLD CAT SINGES HIS WHISKERS

Posted:  May 2, 2013   Martin Lee Chu-ming [ 李柱銘 ],  a founder of Hong Kong’s democracy movement, used the phrase about old cats getting too close to the fire with reference to himself.  He was embarrassed recently by jumping the gun and announcing his own...

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NEW YEAR’S DAY, 2013

Posted:  Jan. 9, 2013   January First is not a major marching day on the local democracy movement’s protest calendar.  Demonstrations are organized or not if everyone can agree that circumstances demand, but the tradition began long ago … before the 2003...

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WAKING UP TO REALITY AT LAST

Posted:  Dec. 10, 2012   Finally, pro-democracy politicians and opinion leaders here are beginning to realize what pro-Beijing partisans have known all along:  the much-proclaimed “one-country, two-systems” design that eased Hong Kong’s 1997 transition from...

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