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“Liu Xiaobo, the jailed Chinese dissident who received the…



Liu Xiaobo, the jailed Chinese dissident who received the Nobel Peace Prize for his writings promoting democracy, has been moved from prison to be treated for late-stage cancer, one of his lawyers said on Monday. Mr. Liu, who had been imprisoned in northeast China, was found in late May to have advanced liver cancer and was hospitalized soon after, said the lawyer, Shang Baojun, citing Mr. Liu’s relatives. Mr. Shang said the outlook for Mr. Liu appeared grim.”

For more, see Chris Buckley and Austin Ramzy, “Liu Xiaobo, Chinese Nobel Laureate, Leaves Prison for Cancer Care,” The New York Times (26 June 2017)

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“In Canada, it is the Québécois. In Spain, the Catalans. In…



“In Canada, it is the Québécois. In Spain, the Catalans. In Britain, the Scots.Now, China must deal with its own version of a democratically elected indigenous movement, elevated to positions of political power on Sunday in the only place in the authoritarian country where that is possible: Hong Kong.“

For more, see Michael Forsythe and Alan Wong, “Vote in Hong Kong Deepens a Thorn in China’s Side,” The New York Times (5 Sept 2016)

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“Myanmar President Thein Sein has congratulated Aung San Suu…



“Myanmar President Thein Sein has congratulated Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition party on its success in polls, his spokesman told the BBC. With about 47% of seats declared, the National League for Democracy (NLD) has taken over 90% of the vote. Ms Suu Kyi has written to the leadership requesting talks on national reconciliation.”

For more, see “Myanmar Election: President Congratulates Suu Kyi,” BBC News (11 Nov 2015)

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“Democracy protesters in Admiralty are on collision course with…



"Democracy protesters in Admiralty are on collision course with police and a coalition of drivers that has vowed to remove their barricades after violent confrontations broke out yesterday.

With police expected to clear barriers in Causeway Bay and Queensway as early as daybreak today, protesters in Admiralty and Causeway Bay have reinforced their barricades with bamboo and cement.

Their action follows clashes yesterday in which hundreds of opponents of the Occupy movement - including about 50 men wearing facemasks - gathered in Queensway at about 1.30pm in an attempt to bring down the barricades.”

For more, see “Collision Course Set Over Threat to Remove Protest Barriers,” South China Morning Post (14 October 2014)

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“Students and government officials have reached a consensus to…



"Students and government officials have reached a consensus to start a dialogue on political reform as soon as this week as the city edged towards some sort of normality eight days after Occupy Central protests began.

But the students also reiterated that they would not end their protests in Admiralty, Causeway Bay and Mong Kok unless a substantive breakthrough was made.”

For more see, “Agreement on Talks with Students Near as Occupy Protests Dwindle,” South China Morning Post (7 October 2014)

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“Volatile political rifts exposed by pro-democracy…



"Volatile political rifts exposed by pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong resurfaced on Saturday in one of the city’s most crowded neighborhoods, a day after protest camps came under attack by men who the police believe had underworld ties.

The police, the government and pro-democracy leaders had all urged crowds to leave two protest sites in the city after scuffles and fighting broke out on Friday between supporters and opponents of the democracy protests… But confrontation returned to the Mong Kok area on Saturday, evidence that a week after the protests began, the conflict has slipped beyond the grip of leaders on either side.”

For the full story, see Austin Ramzy and Chris Buckley, “Anger Simmers in Hong Kong After Attacks on Protest Camps,” The New York Times (4 October 2014)

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“As Hong Kong’s “Umbrella Revolution” continues, Martin Jacques…



"As Hong Kong’s “Umbrella Revolution” continues, Martin Jacques and others commentators have tried to pin the underlying causes on purely – or primarily – economic factors.  Although quality of life issues undeniably played a role in building up public discontent, the emerging narrative – which seeks to portray Hongkongers as ingrates resentful of Mainland China’s newfound economic success – is incomplete and misleading.”

What deeper issues have been neglected in analyses of the movement? See Alvin Y. H. Cheung, “Hong Kong’s Protests Are Not About the Economy, Stupid,” The Diplomat (3 October 2014)

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“The Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily on Friday…



"The Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily on Friday condemned the organisers of the Hong Kong pro-democracy protests for challenging the state’s ‘highest authority’.”

For full details, see Laura Zhou, “Hong Kong Protesters are ‘Challenging Highest State Authority and Will Fail’ — People’s Daily," South China Morning Post (3 October 2014)

Image: NPC Standing Committee; Xinhua