‘Little time left to secure Hong Kong’s future’


The outgoing president of the Legislative Council, Tsang Yok-sing, has warned that Hong Kong is running out of time to secure its future by ensuring the success of One Country Two Systems.

In an interview with RTHK’s Maggie Ho and Michael Weeks, the pro-Beijing stalwart admitted that so far, the One Country Two Systems experiment has not gone as well as intended.

“Perhaps, in the very first beginning, we were a bit too simple, too naïve. We thought that things would be fine, if only we could manage to keep the original Hong Kong system unchanged… Maybe we should take a hard look at what we have been doing, at the system we now have, and find out how we can catch up with the times,” he said.

Tsang said he believes the next one or two administrations will be crucial in bringing things back on track, and One Country, Two Systems cannot be called a success unless universal suffrage is realised in Hong Kong.

However, the government has already failed at that once – in 2015 – when Legco voted down its reform package which would essentially have allowed Beijing to vet all candidates for Chief Executive.

That failure, Tsang said, also widened the gap between some people here, and the central government in Beijing.

With Hong Kong already 19 years into this unprecedented political experiment, Tsang concedes that “time is running out” for the government to right the ship. One Country Two Systems is only promised for 50 years after the handover.

Tsang appealed on all sides to set their differences aside and resume talks on the constitutional changes required for Hong Kong to achieve universal suffrage.

“Definitely, the government should take the lead. But, at the same time… how does the expression go? It takes two to tango,” he said.

“I can’t see any reason why either side would refuse communication. It’s so obvious, that any rational mind can see that… any rational person can see that, there are simply so many contradictions that have to be resolved in One Country Two Systems.”

At the same time, Tsang said it’s also essential for Beijing to make good on its original promise to uphold One Country, Two Systems for the SAR.

On that score, the Legco President cited state leader Zhang Dejiang’s appeal to the public not to forget the original intention of One Country Two Systems during his visit to the territory in May.

“I hope that the central government was also telling itself, look, we should not forget our original intentions – that is – to keep the Hong Kong system… the system existing before the handover, intact. And, that is much more valuable to China than otherwise, right?” Tsang said.

But despite all the challenges that appear to be in the way, Tsang is optimistic that the tide will eventually turn.

“I’m always an optimist in the long run… History must move forward. Sooner or later people will come to their senses and say, ‘oh, we have to do something positive.'”

Rebecca Schoenkopf : “I think Bill Clinton could very well have raped Juanita Broaddrick; that it doesn’t make him an evil man”

To sum up, I think Bill Clinton could very well have raped Juanita Broaddrick; that it doesn’t make him an evil man, or irredeemable (I’m Catholic; we’re all forgiven, if we’re sorry, and Broaddrick says Bill Clinton personally called her up to apologize). It doesn’t even necessarily make him a bad feminist — you know, later, once he stops doing that.

Read more at http://wonkette.com/605513/lets-talk-about-juanita-broaddrick#KkiUv7sAM1fO6YeC.99

Black Lives Matter Terrorists in Toronto demands to disband SIU, vows to continue disrupting public space

Dozens of activists with Black Live Matters Toronto blocked on Monday morning, August 15, 2016, the intersection of Yonge-Dundas in Toronto in protest of the “racist” approach of police towards the Black community and the “murder” of blacks by police.

The demonstrators repeatedly chanted “No justice, No peace, No racist police”, “Black Lives Matter here” and “Shut it down.”

Black Lives Mater Toronto has recently announced its intention to “fight back” againsy the death of the Canadian-Somali Abdirahman Abdi in Ottawa in last July.

Ontario Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has been examining the circumstances surrounding the arrest of a 37-year-old Abdirahman Abdi in Ottawa, which lead to his death.

According to an initial SIU press release, on morning July 24, 2016 Ottawa Police officers were called to the area of Wellington Street West and Fairmont Avenue for reports of “a man causing a disturbance.”

Officers responded and located a 37-year-old man. Shortly after, there was a confrontation outside 55 Hilda Street. At some point during the confrontation, the man suffered medical distress. He was transported in critical condition to Ottawa Civic Hospital and later died.

Raw videos documented the moments following Abdi’s arrest by Police. Abdi is seen lying on the ground bleeding, motionless and handcuffed. A Police officer was holding Abdi in way that kept him on his side and at a some point he cleaned Abdi’s nose and mouth with a disposable handkerchief. Later, paramedics and Police officers conducted an intensive cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on Abdi before rushing him to hospital.

In a statement issued on August 2, 2016, BLM – TO accuses Ottawa Police officers, Dave Weir and Daniel Montison, of “lynching” Abdi “by their bare hands” and committing a “summary execution” in public.

During a press conference at Dunsas Square on August 15, 2016, a speaker on behalf of Black Lives Matterlisted the 5 demands to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Attorney General Yasir Naqvi and Minister of Anti-Racism, Michael Coteau:

  • Reforming police
  • Disbanding the SIU
  • Releasing all SIU reports
  • Naming police officers who committed “crimes”
  • Turing policing missions to communities

Yusra Khogali, co-founder of BLM – TO and one of its prominent leaders, said during the press conference that the protests, including the disrupting of the public space, will continue until all demands are met, and first of the “shutting down” of the SIU.