State Capitalism and the Threat to Democracy

Over the past two decades, a renewed economic phenomenon has taken the global stage - state capitalism, in which sovereign countries pour huge resources into companies that come to dominate the fields they ... Read More...
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New Constitution Will End Thai Democracy

The portions of Thailand’s new written constitution that are emerging on the Internet in English present a charter designed to make sure that any election, should there be one anytime soon, will be strictly controlled by the military and the royalty in Bangk... Read More...
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HK Police and Officials Botch Protest

The political leadership of Hong Kong was largely absent as university students declared a week of class boycotts starting last Monday, September 22, to protest China’s reneging on the Basic Law promise to allo... Read More...
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China Can’t Back Down

The seeds of what is going on in Hong Kong today, with tear gas being used on local protesters apparently for the first time in history and student heads being busted by police, were sown in 1997 with the promu... Read More...
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Xi is on the Wrong Side of History in Hong Kong

It was a coincidence but a symbolic one. On the day that Hong Kong’s police launched repeated volleys of tear gas onto pro-democracy demonstrators in the heart of the city, Chinese President Xi Jinping was reported to be calling on all Chinese to embrace the s... Read More...
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Hong Kong’s Mega-Rich Kowtow in Beijing

On the day this week that thousands of Hong Kong students began a one-week strike in support of more democracy, Beijing was hosting 70 of the territory’s richest people for a meeting to support its political pr... Read More...
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Hong Kong’s Big Parade

The growing estrangement between Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland spilled into the streets of the territory today, July 1, the public holiday marking 17 years after Great Britain handed its colony back to Chi... Read More...
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25 Years: From Tiananmen to Today

On the night of June 3-4, 1989, units of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) entered Beijing, killing some hundreds of ordinary citizens as they made their way to Tiananmen Square — the focal point of massive protests that had begun in late April following the ... Read More...