Monthly Archives: June 2013

Arsonists destroy truckload of anti-government tabloid

Apple Daily:

Police believe Apple Daily arsonists same people as attackers of Jimmy Lai’s home

梁澤崗 江寶龍

After Next Media founder and chairman Jimmy Lai’s house was attacked on June 19 (the front gate was rammed with a car and two axes left behind), the attackers have stepped up their game.  During the early morning of June 26, a truck carrying Next Media’s “Apple Daily” was unloading at Hung Hom when two knife-wielding assailants chased away the workers and set fire to the truck and its cargo. Continue reading

The NSA Leaks: HK-US visa waiver in danger (and more)

  • No actual confirmed sightings of Snowden in Moscow, rumours he never arrived there
  • Snowden aided by legislator cum barrister Albert Ho
  • Moody’s downgrades Hong Kong banks, possibly retaliation by the US?
  • Vote on HK-US visa waiver agreement today possibly affected

The Atlantic Wire points out that while Snowden is allegedly in Moscow waiting for a flight to Cuba and then Ecuador, no one has actually seen him:

There’s even some speculation that he was never in Moscow (or already left), and the entire adventure is an elaborate ruse concocted with the help of WikiLeaks lawyers. (Their founder Julian Assange has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for more than a year. He is planning to hold a news conference at 10:00 a.m. ET.)  No one saw him get off the plane in Moscow, there’s been no solid confirmation that he’s even in the airport, and the only statement from Wikileaks is that “He is bound for the Republic of Ecuador via a safe route for the purposes of asylum, and is being escorted by diplomats and legal advisers from WikiLeaks.”

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The NSA Leaks: SNOWDEN GONE

Summary:

  • Snowden possibly headed for Ecuador via Russia, Cuba
  • Hong Kong delayed putting out a warrant for Snowden, requesting “more information”
  • Hong Kong residents may face visa complications with US in the future
  • Latest revelations: Pacnet once an NSA hacking target

UPDATE:

This suggests that Snowden definitely got help leaving Hong Kong.  Either the notification of his passport revocation was deliberately delayed, or that the Hong Kong government let him go anyway, contrary to its claim Snowden left via a “normal channel”.  There is little doubt, however, of the rest of the countries on Snowden’s path granting him safe passage despite his lack of passport.

UPDATE 2:

AFP:

Alan Leong of the pro-democracy Civic Party told AFP that he was disappointed Snowden had left Hong Kong so quickly.

“I am a bit disappointed because Mr Snowden actually said he chose Hong Kong as a place of refuge because he trusted its rule of law, but he left this morning without giving an explanation,” Leong told AFP.

He added that the Hong Kong courts would have been able to deal with any extradition applications from the US.

[Claudia Mo said:]”He has abandoned Hong Kong and that’s somewhat sad. Personally, I think Snowden owes Hong Kong people an explanation.”

Original article:

The Hong Kong government:

Edward Snowden has left Hong Kong on his own accord for a third country through a lawful and normal channel, and Hong Kong has informed the US Government of his departure. Continue reading

The NSA leaks: Pan-dems calling for Beijing to intervene?!

So today, finally, the US has laid formal charges on Edward Snowden and the show has finally hit the road.  The Washington Post reports:

Snowden was charged with theft, “unauthorized communication of national defense information” and “willful communication of classified communications intelligence information to an unauthorized person,” according to the complaint. The last two charges were brought under the 1917 Espionage Act.

[…]The Obama administration has shown a particular propensity to go after leakers and has launched more investigations than any previous administration. This White House is responsible for bringing six of the nine total indictments ever brought under the 1917 Espionage Act. Snowden will be the seventh individual when he is formally indicted.

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New pro-Beijing presidents at two HK Universities

Lingnan University

RTHK:

Lingnan University has appointed Leonard Chen – an advisor to the Chief Executive C Y Leung’s election campaign – as its new president.

That’s despite strong opposition from its students’ union.

The students’ union says it does not rule out organizing a class boycott when the new term starts at Lingnan in September, to show its unhappiness at being denied a role in the selection of the university’s new president. Continue reading

Chinese entering Hong Kong via the Gambia

An enlargeable map of the Republic of the Gambia

The SCMP reported today that The Gambia is proving to be a popular detour for Chinese seeking residency in Hong Kong.  However, this is by no means a new phenomenon.  Webb-Site reports that in 2012, over half of approved applicants under the Capital Investment Entrant Scheme came from The Gambia, a country that most applicants probably never set foot in.  SCMP:

It takes six 4cm-by-6cm headshots, 15 working days and roughly HK$100,000 to gain residency in western African country, according to visa agencies in Yunnan and Guangdong provinces. No visit to the country is required. Continue reading

Pro-Beijing camp spending big bucks to draw people from July 1 rally

Take a look at the following poster.  How convenient is it that this concert is being held at the exact same time as the annual July 1 march?

$99 for HK residents before Jun 21, regular cost $300

Photoshopped by netizens (via Badcanto)

Photoshopped by netizens (via Badcanto)

Sponsors include a number of property companies, widely seen as in bed with the Beijing government.  Furthermore, the deep discount offered to local patrons adds to the perception that this concert is being used as a way to draw Hong Kongers away from the July 1 rally being held at the same time.

The drummer of RubberBand, MW Lai, has expressed that he wants nothing to do with the event despite being drafted to attend, and is encouraging people to attend the march instead.  On his Facebook, he posted:

I feel ashamed and upset for being raped.

身在曹營心在漢!唯有曹營奏蜀樂!奏完再歸隊!戰友們見諒!
(Body at Cao’s camp; heart with the Han!  At Cao’s camp to play music, but will rejoin my troops when done!  Comrades, forgive me!)

身在曹營心在漢 is an idiom meaning “the body is in one place, while the heart is in another.”  The idiom stems from the Three Kingdoms era (AD 220-280) where two of the states where called Cao Wei and Shu Han (曹魏 and 蜀漢).

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