Two kinds of people are interested in Laura Pointras’ new documentary, CitizenFour, about Edward Snowden’s early contacts with journalists Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill and herself. Let’s have a review of the film for each group, the Haters and Everyone Else.
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday October 28, 2014 10:00 am|
|By: DSWright Wednesday October 22, 2014 6:59 am|
Points for honesty? Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying gave a rather blunt explanation for why the Occupy Central pro-democracy protesters could not succeed – it would give poor people in Hong Kong too much power. Chief Executive Leung disclosed his views in a press conference that included Western media.
|By: DSWright Monday October 20, 2014 6:56 am|
The pro-democracy protests known as Occupy Central have continued on despite constant attacks from Hong Kong authorities in the form of police or undercover agitators. But after weeks of depressed economic activity in one of the richest and most productive areas in the world it appears the authorities are preparing for a major crackdown after their more traditional methods have failed to break the protests.
|By: DSWright Wednesday October 15, 2014 11:30 am|
With Beijing and the authorities in Hong Kong unwilling to negotiate, Occupy Central pro-democracy protesters have been forced to continue their protests in Hong Kong for the right to a free election in 2017. Initially the Hong Kong authorities were hoping to wait the protesters out but have apparently lost patience and are now trying to forcibly remove protesters.
|By: Deena Stryker Sunday October 5, 2014 6:40 pm|
The latest street campaign for democracy is taking place in Hong Kong, which is a unique case. A mainly youthful and educated elite linked to Hong Kong’s position as an international financial hub wants China to relinquish veto power over its electoral candidates.
|By: DSWright Friday October 3, 2014 9:05 am|
Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, Leung Chun-ying, has agreed to meet with Occupy Central pro-democracy protesters to discuss their demands. Though, not surprisingly, he has refused to resign. The offer of talks comes after protesters have successfully arrested business and other activity in downtown Hong Kong. The the duration of the protests are taking a toll on relations between protesters and other residents who are upset that Hong Kong has been shut down for a week.
|By: DSWright Thursday October 2, 2014 9:00 am|
The powers that be in Beijing have now told the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong that, despite their demands for an open and unrestricted process, there will be no changes to the Chinese Communist Party’s plan to select who may or may not be a candidate for the election of Chief Executive starting in 2017. This leaves Occupy Central protesters at a crossroads as no progress has been made on the protester’s demands and Beijing has endorsed the current Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s “wait them out” approach. Commerce is scheduled to resume on Friday as the national holiday has ended and it is an open question as to how much support the protests will have if large parts of Hong Kong remain shut down.
|By: DSWright Tuesday September 30, 2014 8:30 am|
Protesters in Hong Kong continued to maintain control throughout the Admiralty district everywhere but the government headquarters. Though police and protesters clashed over the weekend, currently the police are withdrawn. How long the police will remain withdrawn is the question of the day as protesters are stockpiling supplies and preparing for a new police assault to clear the streets for Chinese National Day, Wednesday, October 1st.
|By: DSWright Monday September 29, 2014 6:45 am|
Pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong against creeping influence from Beijing were met with a severe police response as students and other activists were teargassed. The crackdown appears to have backfired with more people now in the streets shutting down roads and businesses in down town Hong Kong. Student groups called for a boycott of classes and some unions called for work strikes.
The use of umbrellas to protect protesters from teargas has led some to call this the “umbrella movement.”
|By: DSWright Friday June 6, 2014 2:16 pm|
According to a new report from Citizens for Tax Justice and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, the majority of America’s Fortune 500 companies are cheating the tax man to the amount of approximately $90 billion by using offshore tax havens. That cheating leaves the rest of US taxpayers on the hook to make up the difference.