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Hong Kong Democracy

Has China's 'One Country, Two Systems' Experiment Failed?

George Chen | Posted 06.18.2016 | World
George Chen

HONG KONG -- If 18 years were not enough time for Beijing to get "one country, two systems" right, then whose problem is it now? Senior officials in Beijing, the "one country" capital, are left with a lot of problems to study and fix.

Kenny G Clears The Air On 'Misinterpreted' Photo

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 01.28.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

Though he may not be the platinum-album powerhouse he once was in this country, iconic jazz musician and noted hair pioneer Kenny G has found a rabid ...

The New Lion Rock Spirit -- How a Banner on a Hillside Redefined the Hong Kong Dream

Yuen Chan | Posted 02.28.2015 | World
Yuen Chan

The occupy phase of the Umbrella Movement may be over for now, but the banners are likely to keep appearing. Wherever they turn up, their power derives from the original banner on Lion Rock.

Hong Kong Protester: 'This Is Not The End'

Reuters | Posted 02.13.2015 | World

HONG KONG, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Hong Kong authorities arrested several pro-democracy activists on Monday as they cleared the last of three protest sit...

10 Lessons From the Hong Kong Protests

Han Zhu | Posted 02.11.2015 | World
Han Zhu

SHANGHAI -- The "umbrella revolution" has come to an end. Post-occupied Hong Kong braces for an uncertain future. While pessimists predict nothing but doom and gloom, optimists, with good reason, believe that valuable lessons could be drawn from the "Occupy Central" fiasco and Hong Kong could come out stronger.

Hong Kong Dismantles Pro-Democracy Protest Camp

Reuters | Posted 02.10.2015 | World

By James Pomfret and Clare Baldwin HONG KONG, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Hong Kong workers cleared large parts of the main pro-democracy prote...

Hong Kong's Summer of Love and the Umbrella Generation

Matt Sheehan | Posted 02.02.2015 | World
Matt Sheehan

As city police slowly shrink protesters' turf, the people of Hong Kong and democracy voyeurs around the world are taking stock and asking: what happened here? After all the celebration, chaos, and court orders, has anything actually changed?

Hong Kong Democracy Protest Leaders Surrender To Police

Reuters | Posted 02.01.2015 | World

By Clare Jim and Clare Baldwin HONG KONG, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Leaders of Hong Kong's Occupy Central movement surrendered to police on We...

Hong Kong Warns Protesters Not To Return

Reuters | Posted 01.30.2015 | World

* Police with batons, pepper spray charge protesters * Government HQ shut temporarily * Hong Kong says tolerant police w...

Hong Kong Protesters Clash With Police Near Government Headquarters

Reuters | Clare Baldwin and James Pomfret | Posted 01.30.2015 | World

* Police with batons, pepper spray charge protesters * Government HQ shut temporarily * Hong Kong says tolerant police w...

Hong Kong Riot Police Clear Protest Site, Arrest Student Leaders

Reuters | Posted 01.26.2015 | World

By Farah Master and James Pomfret HONG KONG, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Hong Kong police on Wednesday cleared one of the largest protest sites...

Hong Kong Student Leaders Arrested As Police Move On Protest Site

Reuters | Posted 01.25.2015 | World

By Farah Master HONG KONG, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Hong Kong police on Wednesday arrested Joshua Wong and Lester Shum, two of the student l...

Democracy Protests Divide Hong Kong

The Huffington Post | Matt Sheehan and Jill Mao | Posted 11.26.2014 | World

HONG KONG -- Depending on whom you ask, the ongoing pro-democracy occupation of Hong Kong streets is either a beautiful expression of the deepest wish...

China Rebuffs U.N. Call For Hong Kong Political Reform

Reuters | Posted 12.24.2014 | World

BEIJING, Oct 24 (Reuters) - China rebuffed a U.N. call for full political rights for Hong Kong on Friday, saying that an international covenant on s...

Matt Sheehan

The Genesis Of The Umbrella Movement | Matt Sheehan | Posted 11.20.2014 | World

HONG KONG -- Born into a haze of teargas, Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement has been a four-week roller coaster ride replete with joyous celebration, anti...

The Aftermath of Hong Kong Protests: How We Can Do More Than Just Stand Around

Erin Mazursky | Posted 12.20.2014 | Impact
Erin Mazursky

While they appear to be randomized blips on a map, this growing trend of unrest is actually a part of an ever-connected global movement for truly people-powered, open societies that, if successful, can shift not just geopolitics but our fundamental ability to achieve human rights, development, equality, and prosperity in every community around the world.

Misled Democracy Could Jeopardize Hong Kong's Future

Zhang Weiwei | Posted 12.22.2014 | World
Zhang Weiwei

The natural evolution of Western democratic societies could be summed up this way: The first step is to develop the economy and the educational system. The second step is the establishment of a general culture for the citizens and the rule of law. The last step is democratization. If the above order is out of place, a society has to pay a severely heavy price.

Matt Sheehan

Hong Kong Protesters March After Leader Says Democracy Gives Poor Too Much Power | Matt Sheehan | Posted 10.22.2014 | World

HONG KONG -- Representatives from trade unions, women's groups and left-leaning political parties marched on the house of Hong Kong’s Chief Executiv...

Matt Sheehan

The Art of the Umbrella Movement | Matt Sheehan | Posted 11.20.2014 | World

HONG KONG -- Born of political frustrations, Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement has blossomed into a vibrant exhibition of the artistry and inventiveness o...

No Breakthrough In Hong Kong Talks

Reuters | Posted 12.21.2014 | World

By James Pomfret and Clare Baldwin HONG KONG, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Thousands of Hong Kong protesters listened raptly from the streets on Tuesday as s...

Matt Sheehan

Hong Kong Protesters See 'No Hope' In Negotiations | Matt Sheehan | Posted 10.20.2014 | World

HONG KONG -- Leaders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy Occupy protests are scheduled to begin long-awaited negotiations with representatives of the city go...

Hong Kong's Unique Opportunity to Forge a Middle Way

Nathan Gardels | Posted 12.20.2014 | World
Nathan Gardels

In its structure of combining selection and election, the emergent Hong Kong system is a kind of middle way between democratic consent and the idea of meritocratic guidance. In fact, the mechanism proposed to choose a chief executive is not so different from the Electoral College designed by American democracy's Founding Fathers. The idea, spelled out in Federalist Paper #68, was to "refine and enlarge the public views by passing them through the medium of a chosen body of citizens." But there needs to be a proper balance not yet achieved in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong More Volatile Than Ever Despite Looming Talks

Reuters | Posted 12.19.2014 | World

By Donny Kwok and John Ruwitch HONG KONG, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Hong Kong students and the government stood their ground on Monday ahead ...

Hong Kong Protesters Retake Streets

Reuters | Posted 12.18.2014 | World

By James Pomfret and Elzio Barreto HONG KONG, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Violent clashes erupted early on Sunday in a Hong Kong protest hotspo...

Matt Sheehan

Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Newspaper Under Siege | Matt Sheehan | Posted 10.15.2014 | World

HONG KONG -- As the vehicle came into view from around the corner, a group of young men wearing surgical masks sprang into action, taking up positions...