Beijing faces open defiance in Hong Kong on vote reform

By Mon, Sep 01, 2014 1:27PM UTC Pro-democracy lawmakers display placards against Li Fei, deputy secretary general of the National People’s Congress' Standing Committee, during a briefing session in Hong Kong Monday. Pic: AP.

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong pro-democracy legislators have disrupted a Beijing official’s speech as he sought to explain a decision to tightly limit voting reforms for the southern Chinese financial hub.

7 observations about Thailand’s new, junta-picked cabinet

By Mon, Sep 01, 2014 6:45AM UTC National Council for Peace and Order Chairman Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha talks to members of the National Legislative Assembly at the Parliament in Bangkok, Thailand Monday. Pic: AP.

One hundred days after Thailand’s military launched a coup and toppled the elected government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, the establishment of an interim constitution, a so-called “National Legislative Assembly” (NLA) and its appointment of army chief and Thai junta leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha as prime minister, Thailand now has

China: No open nominations for Hong Kong leader

By Sun, Aug 31, 2014 4:32PM UTC China: No open nominations for Hong Kong leader

China’s legislature has ruled out open nominations in elections for Hong Kong’s leader.

Beijing ramps up pressure on Hong Kong

By Fri, Aug 29, 2014 1:22PM UTC A protester waves a Hong Kong colonial during pro-democracy protests. Pic: AP.

China is the global champion of fakery in consumer products. Now the idea of democracy can be added to its list of creative fakes. Beijing evaded its Basic Law promise to the Hong Kong people for direct elections to the legislature and for its Chief Executive for 20 years from 1997 to 2017.

Thai court dismisses murder charges against Abhisit and Suthep

By Fri, Aug 29, 2014 7:00AM UTC Former Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, right, pictured with former Deputy Premier Suthep Thaugsuban in 2010. Pic: AP.

Thailand’s Criminal Court has dismissed murder charges against former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his then-Deputy pPM Suthep Thuagsuban for their roles in the violent crackdown on anti-government protesters in 2010.

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