Tag Archives: Hong Kong

Trump Claims He Saved Everyone’s Lives In Hong Kong: China Would Have “Obliterated Them In 14 Minutes”

Agence France-Presse reports: US President Donald Trump claimed Friday that were it not for him, Hong Kong “would have been obliterated in 14 minutes” by Chinese troops. In an interview with Fox News, Trump said President Xi Jinping refrained from sending in the military against pro-democracy demonstrators in the semi-autonomous city only because he asked him to. “If it weren’t …

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Hong Kong Court Rules Against Same-Sex Marriage

The South China Morning Post reports: A Hong Kong court on Friday turned down the city’s first judicial challenge for same-sex marriage and civil union partnerships, but urged the government to “undertake a comprehensive review” to save time and money from court actions arising from discrimination. Court of First Instance judge Mr Justice Anderson Chow ruled against a lesbian woman …

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Ted Cruz And AOC To NBA: Suspend Ops With China

Deadspin reports: A day after NBA commissioner Adam Silver released a statement wondering whether everyone couldn’t just get along and enjoy some hoops, eight members of Congress, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ted Cruz, signed a letter to Silver condemning the the NBA’s response to the controversy over Daryl Morey’s tweet supporting Hong Kong protestors. Perhaps basketball can bring everyone together. …

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Hong Kong Leader Withdraws Bill That Ignited Protests

The New York Times reports: Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s chief executive, said on Wednesday that she was withdrawing a contentious extradition bill that set off months of protests in the city, moving to quell the worst political crisis since the former British colony returned to Chinese control 22 years ago. The move eliminates the major objection among protesters, but it …

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YouTube Spikes 200+ Hong Kong Disinfo Channels

The Verge reports: Google just published a blog post revealing that it has disabled 210 YouTube channels that the company says “behaved in a coordinated manner while uploading videos related to the ongoing protests in Hong Kong.” Google cites the behavior as being “consistent with recent observations and actions related to China announced by Facebook and Twitter.” The accounts were …

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HONG KONG: Disney Star Spurs Boycott Call With Posts Supporting Police Against Pro-Democracy Protesters

From the Hollywood Reporter: Disney’s live-action Mulan remake has a become a surprise flashpoint in Hong Kong’s ongoing pro-democracy, anti-police brutality protests, after the film’s star, Chinese-American actress Crystal Liu, took to social media to voice her support for the Hong Kong police force. Liu’s statement sparked instant outcry in Hong Kong, where the local police have been accused by …

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Protesters Close Hong Kong Airport For Second Day, China Vows To Punish Violence “Without Mercy” [VIDEO]

The BBC reports: Flight check-in has been suspended at Hong Kong International Airport for a second consecutive day because of anti-government protests. The airport, which is one of the world’s busiest, has been the site of daily protests since Friday. Videos on social media show passengers struggling to get through demonstrators, who have been sitting inside blocking departures. The city’s …

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HONG KONG: 10,000 March In Pride With Support From US, Canadian, Irish, Australian Consulates [VIDEO]

Agence France-Presse reports: Rainbow flags flowed through the streets of Hong Kong Saturday during the city’s annual pride parade, as LGBT activists criticised authorities for lagging behind on equal rights. This year Hong Kong was picked as the first Asian city to host the Gay Games, while a landmark court decision granted a British lesbian the right to live and …

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Hong Kong Awarded 2022 Gay Games [VIDEO]

The Washington Blade reports: The Federation of Gay Games on Monday announced it has selected Hong Kong over D.C. and Guadalajara, Mexico, to host the 2022 Gay Games, the quadrennial international LGBT sports event that’s expected to attract as many as 15,000 athletes and thousands more spectators to the host city. The announcement came at a news conference in Paris …

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HONG KONG: Democracy Protest Swells, Police Respond With Tear Gas

Via the Washington Post: Swelling crowds of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong on Monday plunged Asia’s normally staid financial hub into a tense standoff with Beijing that strikes directly at China’s expanding political grip in the former British colony. The rapidly escalating demonstrations are aimed at forcing Beijing’s Communist leaders to abandon newly declared powers to weed out any candidates …

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At Hong Kong Pride 2013

Gay Star News reports on Hong Kong’s fifth pride parade: Today’s Hong Kong Pride showed the LGBT community there are more visible than ever before. The head of Hong Kong’s Equal Opportunity Commission Dr York Chow addressed the crowd, as did member of the legislative council Cyd Ho. This year, the fifth Hong Kong Pride, saw more corporate sponsorship with …

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Edward Snowden Flees To Moscow

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has helped NSA leaker Edward Snowden get out of Hong Kong.  But he apparently won’t be in Moscow for very long: Edward Snowden left for Moscow on Sunday and his final destination may be Cuba, Ecuador, Iceland or Venezuela, according to various reports. The move is bound to infuriate Washington, wherever he ends up. “It’s a …

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Edward Snowden Charged With Spying

The federal government has formally charged NSA leaker Edward Snowden with espionage and theft of government documents. Snowden has been charged with three violations: theft of government property and two offenses under the espionage statutes, specifically giving national defense information to someone without a security clearance and revealing classified information about “communications intelligence.” Each of the charges carries a maximum …

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Quote Of The Day – Edward Snowden

“I’m neither traitor nor hero. I’m an American. People who think I made a mistake in picking Hong Kong as a location misunderstand my intentions. I am not here to hide from justice; I am here to reveal criminality. My intention is to ask the courts and people of Hong Kong to decide my fate. I have been given no …

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Edward Snowden Reported “Missing”

The BBC reports that NSA leaker Edward Snowden checked out of his Hong Kong hotel today and that his present whereabouts are unknown. Hong Kong’s broadcaster RTHK said Mr Snowden checked out of the Mira hotel on Monday. Reuters news agency quoted hotel staff as saying that he had left at noon. Ewen MacAskill, a Guardian journalist, told the BBC …

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HONG KONG: Activists Launch Video Series Against Anti-Gay Bullying

More clips here. (Via Gay Star News)

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At Hong Kong Pride 2012

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Hong Kong AIDS Group Blames Grindr

A Hong Kong AIDS group is blaming Grindr for a local rise in STDs and HIV infections. Gay Star News reports: Spokesperson for AIDS Concern, Panda Cheung Yin-mei, told China Daily that Grindr ‘is one of the factors that are contributing to the record high levels of infections’. More worryingly, Cheung says attempts to engage with Grindr in order to …

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Hong Kong: 15 Years After The British

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Hong Kong Fights “Ex-Gay” Movement

Dan Choi writes on Change.org: I write with great concern because Hong Kong’s Social Welfare Department recently held a workshop for its staff led by a psychiatrist who claims he can “cure” LGBT people by having them take cold showers. The quack doctor, Hong Kwai-wah, is affiliated with Exodus Global Alliance, a discredited group whose work is rejected by every …

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