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Hong Kong

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In china , General
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On July 6, 2020
We haven’t blogged much about Hong Kong recently. The news, as readers probably now, has been pretty grim. On June 30, Beijing enacted a National Security Law that, in effect, ended any guarantee of Hong Kong’s separate political system. And today, the other shoe dropped. Hong Kong police will be authorised to conduct searches at […]
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This morning’s tweets nicely encapsulate how the President of the United States is an authoritarian-minded demagogue. First, the President fed conspiracy theories designed to discredit an investigation into wrongdoing by his campaign. Trump already explicitly obstructed this investigation when he fired James Comey. Trump then retweeted an image implying that he squashed the lügenpresse like […]
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It’s a well-established observation that the way that authoritarian regimes work is that people cooperate. They empower little people to be cruel and that is the base of governance. The same thing is happening with the rise of fascism in the United States. The everyday acts cruelty in enforcing Bannon’s Muslim ban are what makes […]
Mark Ciavarella, the disgraced judge who ruined the lives of countless young people without due process to stock the detention centers of cronies who paid him huge sums of money, has received a 28-year sentence.   I’m not sure it’s appropriate under the circumstances, but his lawyers decided to try out a new comedy routine: “The […]
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