Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tiananmen Returns _By Yoani Sanchez

The Tank Man became internationally known, caught standing before a column of tanks in the Tiananmen revolt (1989)

The Tank Man became internationally known, caught standing before a column of tanks in the Tiananmen revolt (1989)

Memory can rarely be put to rest. Memories don't understand permissions or authorizations, they return, period. For a quarter of a century the Chinese government has tried to erase the events of Tiananmen Square, but now the thousands of young people who are protesting on the streets of Hong Kong evoke them. It's hard not to think of that man with the shopping bag stationed in front of tank, while looking at these people who demand the resignation of an official as servile to Beijing as he is unpopular.

Yoani Sanchez



Yoani Sanchez, a University of Havana graduate in philology, emigrated to Switzerland in 2002, to build a new life for herself and her family. Two years later, she decided to return Cuba, promising herself to live there as a free person. Her blog Generation Y is an expression of this promise. Yoani calls her blog ‘an exercise in cowardice’ that allows her to say what is forbidden in the public square. It reaches readers around the world in over twenty languages. Yoani's new book in English, Havana Real, is available here in paperback and Kindle editions.

Vietnamese Community in Australia strongly supports Hong Kong people’s demands for Democracy



Cộng Đồng Người Việt Tự Do Úc Châu

Vietnamese Community in Australia
PO Box 200 Canley Heights NSW 2166
Tel: 0416 088 782 Email: trivo@ozemail.com.au

MEDIA RELEASE

“VIETNAMESE COMMUNITY IN AUSTRALIA STRONGLY SUPPORTS HONG KONG PEOPLE’S DEMANDS FOR DEMOCRACY”

Mr Tri Vo, President of the Vietnamese Community in Australia on behalf of all Vietnamese-Australians declares and calls upon Australia and the free world to stand by the people and students of Hong Kong on their quest to protect their freedom against the Chinese Communist Government’s decision to take away their democratic rights to choose and elect their own territorial leader from 2017 onward.

Meet the Hong Kong teenager who’s standing up to the Chinese Communist Party _By Gwynn Guilford

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Joshua Wong Chi-Fung is Hong Kong's most prominent pro-democracy student leader.Flickr user Pacific Chillino (image has been cropped)

Political movements often conjure images of passionate university-goers championing progressive views they learned on campus. But the long, storied history of Hong Kong’s student-led political movements is taking a different turn: The most prominent student leader of the territory’s pro-democracy protests is only 17 years old.

No images of Hong Kong protests in China's media



BEIJING (AP) — China's government has cut off news about Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests to the rest of the country, a clampdown so thorough that no image of the rallies has appeared in state-controlled media, and at least one man has been detained for reposting accounts of the events.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Hong Kong protesters set deadline for government



HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong set a Wednesday deadline for a response from the government to meet their demands for reforms after spending another night blocking streets in an unprecedented show of civil disobedience.

Ruble Drops to Record as Central Bank Intervention Level Nears

Russian Ruble Falls to Record Low as Minister Warns of Inflation
The ruble weakened to a record, approaching the level at which Russia’s central bank said it would step in to support the world’s worst-performing currency this quarter.

Is Hong Kong Tiananmen 2.0?

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‘The Umbrella Revolution’ is taking place in an environment very different from Beijing 25 years ago, and the government knows the movement could spread much farther and faster.

Why Wednesday (Oct. 1st) Could Be Hong Kong's Tipping Point

Why Wednesday Could Be Hong Kong's Tipping Point

The images coming out of Hong Kong are staggering. Tear gas and pepper spray met tens of thousands of demonstrators in Hong Kong's Central District Monday, leading to the already iconic use of umbrellas to fend off police tactics. The protests have shut down banks, businesses, and schools and show no sign of letting up.

Indian Spacecraft Snaps Spectacular Portrait of Mars (Photo)

Indian Spacecraft Snaps Spectacular Portrait of Mars (Photo)
 This spectacular view of Mars from India's Mangalyaan spacecraft shows active dust storms in the Red Planet's northern hemisphere. This photo was released on Sept. 29, 2014, less than a week after the Indian Mars orbiter arrived at the planet.

China’s slowing down fast. Here are the countries that will be hit hardest—and those that will be celebrating



The Chinese economy is looking pretty shaky these days. Profits of big industrial companies shrank 0.6% in August versus the previous year, after growing 13.5% in July. And recent data suggest it’s getting harder to stimulate the economy through cheap money. If the China slowdown keeps up, it could be disastrous for countries that sell metal and energy to China.

Hong Kong Protests Are a Threat to Xi and His 'Chinese Dream' _By Dexter Roberts

Demonstrators gather near central government offices during a protest in Hong Kong on Sept. 28

Demonstrators gather near central government offices during a protest in Hong Kong on Sept. 28

The swelling protests in Hong Kong that have gripped the world’s attention are Xi Jinping’s and the Chinese Communist Party’s worst nightmare. The fear is that if not properly contained, the street protests could flare into China’s own version of a color revolution (like the Orange Revolution in Ukraine) and prove an existential threat to the leadership.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

CNN crew gassed during Hong Kong protests 28/9/2014


CNN's Ivan Watson was in the middle of a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong when things suddenly got out of hand.

Hong Kong police resort to tear gas to break up democracy protesters



Hong Kong police fire repeated volleys of tear gas to disperse pro-democracy protests on Sunday and baton-charged the crowd blocking a key road in the government district after official warnings against illegal demonstrations

Watch protesters tear down a massive Lenin statue in Kharkiv, Ukraine on 28/9/2014 :-)

 
Demonstrators in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv toppled one of the country's largest statues of Vladimir Lenin on Sunday. Captured in a bevy of tweets and videos posted to social media, crowds of pro-Ukrainian protesters surrounded the Soviet idol as ropes wrenched the Lenin statue from its moorings and sent it hurtling to the ground.