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Hong Kong: Judge’s disqualification of legislators threatens democracy struggle

Hong Kong: Judge’s disqualification of legislators threatens democracy struggle

The decision by Justice Thomas Au Hing-cheung on July 14 to expel four legislators from the Legislative Council (Legco), including veteran democracy campaigner, ‘Long Hair’ Leung Kwok-hung, is a massive blow against the democracy struggle in Hong Kong and, by extension, also in China. This was nothing short of a coup by the right-wing authoritarian […]

China – Crisis set to deepen

China – Crisis set to deepen

Year of the Monkey opens with economy in worst situation for decades As its factories restarted after the Chinese New Year holidays, China was facing its worst economic crisis in decades. The government’s official data do not give the true picture, maintaining the fiction of GDP growth of 6.9 percent in 2015. Even this represents […]

Hong Kong: Politics transformed by ‘Umbrella Revolution’

Hong Kong: Politics transformed by ‘Umbrella Revolution’

A fighting democratic movement must be created to continue and build upon this historic “first round” After almost three months that transformed the outlook of hundreds of thousands if not millions in Hong Kong, the ‘Umbrella Revolution’ withdrew from the streets. The movement demanding free elections, as opposed to a rigged Iran-style election model as […]