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Between Autocracy and Democracy in Hong Kong: Is Compromise Possible?

Doug Bandow | Posted 10.24.2014 | World
Doug Bandow

It's impossible not to admire the protestors, who took over much of a central city district. However, the demonstrators' very passion threatens their objective.

Hong Kong Protesters Will Vote On Whether To Stay In Streets

AP | Posted 10.24.2014 | World

HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong plan to hold a spot referendum Sunday on whether to stay in the streets or accept government ...

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

Reuters | Posted 10.24.2014 | 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 10.23.2014 | 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 Exclusive Election Body At Heart Of Hong Kong's Protests

AP | JACK CHANG and KELVIN CHAN | Posted 10.23.2014 | World

HONG KONG (AP) — It's among the most powerful clubs in this city of enormous wealth and influence. Only 1,200 people are allowed in, and they decide...

Hong Kong Protesters Set For The Long Haul At Self-Sustaining Village

Reuters | Posted 10.23.2014 | World

By Farah Master HONG KONG, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Hong Kong protesters have created a self-sustaining village within a month of taking the...

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

Erin Mazursky | Posted 10.22.2014 | 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.

Hong Kong's 'Alternative' Revolution: Facebook, House News, and Passion Times

Amy Wu | Posted 10.22.2014 | World
Amy Wu

The young people in Hong Kong can consider looking towards the bright side. The media landscape has been expanded and extended to allow for more voices due to the power of the Internet and social media. Hopeful indeed.

'Citizenfour' Review: An Incredible Documentary About Edward Snowden

Michael Morgenstern | Posted 10.22.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Morgenstern

Citizenfour, a documentary about Edward Snowden's first few days of revelation which opens in theaters this Friday, is mesmerizing. It feels more like an espionage fiction film, and I had to continually remind myself I was watching a documentary about real life events.

Misled Democracy Could Jeopardize Hong Kong's Future

Zhang Weiwei | Posted 10.22.2014 | 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...

Protest Music and the Hong Kong Umbrella Revolution

Robert F. Darden | Posted 10.21.2014 | World
Robert F. Darden

These days, I watch the news feeds from Hong Kong. I only half-listen to the announcers, the people on the barricades or the experts. Instead, I listen to what's going on behind the live shots of the talking heads in front of the action. I'm listening for music.

Matt Sheehan

Hong Kong Students Debate Government on Live TV | Matt Sheehan | Posted 10.21.2014 | World

HONG KONG -- Student leaders of Hong Kong's ongoing Umbrella Movement debated city officials on live television Tuesday night, marking the first publi...

Obama's Troublesome Distractions Won't Wreck His Asia-Pacific Pivot (But Not Because of Him)

William Bradley | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

One good thing for the president is that his Asia-Pacific Pivot -- heightened engagement with the rising region, and nascent superpower China -- hasn't been wrecked by the lengthening array of Obama administration distractions, including his troubled and tardy war against Isis.

Matt Sheehan

The Art of the Umbrella Movement | Matt Sheehan | Posted 10.21.2014 | 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 10.21.2014 | 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 10.20.2014 | 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.

The World's 20 Longest Non-Stop Flights | Posted 10.20.2014 | Travel

If you find yourself wondering just how far we've come today and what worldly extremes are now accessible by commercial air, then be sure to check out this list of the top 20 longest non-stop flights on the planet.

Hong Kong Leader Accuses 'External Forces' Of Fueling Protests

AP | JACK CHANG and KELVIN CHAN | Posted 10.20.2014 | World

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's leader has claimed that "external forces" are participating in student-led pro-democracy protests that have occupied pa...

Hong Kong Protesters Retake Streets

Reuters | Posted 10.19.2014 | World

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

Fresh Clashes In Hong Kong

Reuters | Posted 10.17.2014 | World

By Donny Kwok and Yimou Lee HONG KONG, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Hong Kong pro-democracy activists recaptured parts of a core protest zone early on Saturd...

Hong Kong Police Swoop In To Remove Protest Barricades In Dawn Raid

AP | SYLVIA HUI and KELVIN CHAN | Posted 10.17.2014 | World

HONG KONG (AP) — Riot police cleared an offshoot Hong Kong pro-democracy protest zone in a dawn raid on Friday, taking down barricades, tents and ca...

Hong Kong Democracy

Jeff Danziger | Posted 10.16.2014 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


China Blocks BBC Website As Hong Kong Clashes Escalate

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 10.16.2014 | Media

As clashes between pro-democracy protesters and police in Hong Kong intensify this week, the Chinese government has reportedly blocked the website of ...