Good for Alibaba? SCMP Quashes Column on Xi-linked Tycoon

Good for Alibaba? SCMP Quashes Column on Xi-linked TycoonThe steady erosion of the journalistic independence of the South China Morning Post, once the region’s most influential English-language daily, was demonstrated last week when the paper’s editors pulled an article linking an investor in Hong Kong’s Peninsula Hotel Group to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s chief of staff. The article, by long-time Money Matters columnist…

Asia in 2016: Hong Kong

Asia in 2016: Hong KongJust as the aftershocks of the pro-democracy Umbrella Movement demonstrations of 2014 had calmed down, the Year of the Monkey began in Hong Kong with a violent surprise. In February, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department cracked down on popular but unlicensed street food vendors in Kowloon’s gritty Mong Kok neighborhood, prompting an angry response…

Hong Kong: Wear A Yellow Ribbon

Hong Kong: Wear A Yellow RibbonI have worn a yellow ribbon every day since witnessing firsthand the events of Sunday 28th. I am supportive of the democracy movement, and of the principle of civil disobedience. But what now compels me most to wear it is not politics but the memory of what happened. I wear it for friends who were hit, as I was, by tear gas.…

Resign Ultimatum Passes in Hong Kong, Protests Unresolved

Resign Ultimatum Passes in Hong Kong, Protests UnresolvedHong Kong’s Chief Executive CY Leung acts on the advice of the director of the China Liaison Office, Zhang Xiaoming. There is no point asking Leung to resign as he really is powerless on policy matters. That’s the reality. At the ceremony for China’s National Day, director Zhang dismissed the student protests outside with indifference,…

Understand What Hong Kong Wants

Understand What Hong Kong WantsLast Sunday I was at the Tamar government center in Hong Kong. Like the majority of the gathered crowd I went not to cause a disturbance but to express my displeasure at the way the authorities were handling the student protests. I even stood on the side among others who had obviously come to observe…

China Can’t Back Down

China Can’t Back DownThe seeds of what is going on in Hong Kong today, with tear gas being used on local protesters apparently for the first time in history and student heads being busted by police, were sown in 1997 with the promulgation of the territory’s Basic Law, the foundation document that is supposed to govern Hong Kong…

Xi is on the Wrong Side of History in Hong Kong

Xi is on the Wrong Side of History in Hong KongIt was a coincidence but a symbolic one. On the day that Hong Kong’s police launched repeated volleys of tear gas onto pro-democracy demonstrators in the heart of the city, Chinese President Xi Jinping was reported to be calling on all Chinese to embrace the spirit of Mao Zedong and protect the position of the…

Hong Kong’s Mega-Rich Kowtow in Beijing

Hong Kong’s Mega-Rich Kowtow in BeijingOn the day this week that thousands of Hong Kong students began a one-week strike in support of more democracy, Beijing was hosting 70 of the territory’s richest people for a meeting to support its political program and denounce those pushing for real democracy. The contrast between Beijing’s worship of money and the students’ likely…

Is it Goodbye to the ‘Barren Rock?’

Is it Goodbye to the ‘Barren Rock?’Is it time to say farewell to the Hong Kong that I, like so many of us, have come to know and love? I don't mean the physical, living, breathing city that has been my home for the past 25 years.  Come good or ill, as long as Hong Kong will have me, I will stay…

The US Harms Its Global Prestige Over Israel

The US Harms Its Global Prestige Over IsraelIt is incomprehensible why the United States, which supposedly – if its rhetoric could be believed – stands for fairness around the world, is allowing its client state Israel to pound a small, virtually defenseless Gaza into splinters. The US’s inexcusable defense of Israel is ruining whatever is left of Washington’s reputation with Muslims across…
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