sunflower movement

The Battle For Hong Kong’s Courts

The struggle over the integrity of Hong Kong’s judiciary is shaping up to be an important political battle both domestically and internationally. The Hong Kong Basic Law provides for the establishment of the Hong Kong judiciary. Article 85 of the Basic Law states that these courts will act independently and “free from any interference”. This, however, is coming under fire from those who claim that the courts are becoming more and more an arm of the Chinese Communist Party in Hong Kong... Read More

Recent SCMP Op-Ed Reveals Extent To Which Newspaper Has Become Pro-China Propaganda Organ

A recent article written by Alex Lo, op-ed columnist at the South China Morning Post, has prompted ire in Taiwan because of its citing of claims by Taiwanese political pundit Chang Yu-Hua that at least four student leaders of the Sunflower Movement. Such sentiments are no surprise from Lo, a pro-Beijing pundit and political conservative, who publishes articles for the South China Morning Post daily as part of his “My Take” column. We might question the claims of his article, ultimately a sign of how the South China Morning Post is increasingly a Chinese propaganda organ... Read More

Ahead Of Trump-Xi Meeting, Umbrella And Sunflower Activists Condemn Lee Ming-Che Arrest

Joshua Wong of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement and Lin Fei-Fan, Chen Wei-Ting, and Huang Kuo-Chang of Taiwan's Sunflower Movement held a joint press conference in Taipei today regarding the detention of Taiwanese human rights activist Lee Ming-Che and the upcoming meeting between Chinese president Xi Jinping and American president Donald Trump... Read More

Sunflower Movement Activists Found Not Guilty

With Sunflower Movement activists found not guilty today of all charges related to the occupation of the Legislative Yuan three years ago, another part of the unresolved legacy of the Sunflower Movement has been taken care of. But it remains that the sentencing for other legal cases involving incidents during the Sunflower Movement have not yet been heard. And, of course, the trial verdict raises the fact that many of the demands of the Sunflower Movement still have not been met... Read More

Impending Conflict Between The DPP And Taiwanese Youth Activists Over The Cross-Straits Oversight Bill?

The possibility of conflict breaking out between Taiwanese youth activists and the DPP seems quite likely in the near future, with discussion of an oversight bill for cross-strait trade deals scheduled for late next week. But although the passage of such a bill was one of the significant demands of the Sunflower Movement, the DPP has stalled and even reversed course multiple times on the issue.... Read More