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October 17, 2014 No Comments

Hong Kong protests: ready for talk, nothing to talk about

We saw both two sides of Hong Kong’s intractable political crisis through the steely eyes of the protagonists on Thursday afternoon.

First, we invited ourselves to a government press conference at the colonial-era governor’s mansion and watched as Hong Kong’s embattled Chief Executive CY Leung (pictured, below) sparred with the press.

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It is fair to say that the territory’s head is near-universally loathed by pro-democracy campaigners – and a good number of journalists – who  accuse him of acting as China’s stooge.


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October 14, 2014 No Comments

Hong Kong: barricades fall but expectations raised

They tried to force them out with tear gas. They tried to scare them out with talk of ‘dire consequences’. Now Hong Kong’s police have quietly moved in to strip away

October 6, 2014 No Comments

The powerful art behind Hong Kong’s protests

The main protest site in Hong Kong occupies a large inner-city motorway as well as side streets, bridges and squares and it has been turned into an extraordinary, open-air art gallery.

October 5, 2014 No Comments

Big stakes in Hong Kong – are these the final hours?

Will demonstrators return to work or stay out to prolong their protest? As China stiffens its tone, Hong Kong’s chief executive mulls a momentous decision.

October 3, 2014 2 Comments

Hong Kong clashes break out after counter-protest

I am standing next to a hundred or so student protestors who look very young and very scared. Just 15 metres or so away are hundreds of angry people shaking their fists and screaming at them.

October 1, 2014 1 Comment

Pro-democracy protesters gather in Hong Kong on ‘National Day’

The underlining concern here is that a rapid escalation of the protests may provoke the authorities – and in particular the Chinese government – into using force against the

September 30, 2014 1 Comment

Hong Kong protests continue – but where are the police?

Hong Kong’s police force fired tear gas and pepper spray at demonstrators on Sunday. But officers have now withdrawn from the city centre, in a move that has disconcerted protesters.

September 29, 2014 No Comments

Decision time in Hong Kong

Hong Kong descends into chaos as the city’s youthful protesters decide how far they want to push a pro-democracy movement in order to shut down the global financial hub.

September 24, 2014 No Comments

The threat posed by Indonesians fighting for IS

A new report links the development of the IS support network in Indonesia to the teachings and online “study sessions” organised by the banned British extremist group Al Muhajiroun.

September 22, 2014 3 Comments

Did this man help secure victory for the #indyref no campaign?

Does the name Jean Chrétien sound familiar? Perhaps it should. It certainly is to the Westminster politicians who sought his advice as they fought to keep Scotland a part of the union.