AN ELECTION WITHOUT A CAUSE: CY Leung Stands Down

  Posted:  Dec. 14, 2016   Last month people were saying the oath-taking saga and Beijing’s intervention marked the beginning of the end of judicial independence and of Hong Kong as we know it (Nov. 30 post).   Maybe that prediction was a little premature....

THE CANDIDATES AND SOME RACES TO WATCH

Posted:  Nov. 17, 2015   Just because Hong Kong’s 18 Distract Councils deal only with the mundane details of neighborhood life doesn’t mean the overarching political tensions between pan-democrats and pro-Beijing loyalists plus their pro-government establishment...

JUNE FOURTH, JULY FIRST, AND OCCUPY

  Posted:  June 5, 2015   When they began, the three biggest events in Hong Kong’s democracy movement had little to do with each other.  Now … for better and possibly for worse … the law of unintended consequences is bringing them together in one common...

“RETREAT, REGROUP, RETURN”

  Posted:  May 8, 2015   The “three R’s” advice came from Apple Daily’s Jimmy Lai Chee-ying midway through last year’s Umbrella/Occupy street blockades.  The advice went unheeded, of course, and he sat it out with protesters until December when police...