Hong Kong’s democracy supporters were dealt a blow this morning

Hong Kong’s democracy supporters were dealt a blow this morning as authorities postponed local elections for a year, capping a month of political disqualifications, arrests for social media posts and activists fleeing overseas. “Today I announce the most difficult decision in the last seven months . . . to postpone the Legislative Council election,” said Carrie Lam, the chief executive. She said a spike in coronavirus cases in the territory had forced the decision. One dog, who was recovering from a car accident, had a nail pushed into its eye during the night of torture. Italian-born Tiziana encouraged stray dogs … Continue reading Hong Kong’s democracy supporters were dealt a blow this morning

Japan is racing to build up its armed forces

Japan is racing to build up its armed forces in the face of increased political and military assertiveness by China, even as it struggles to reconcile the nationalist ambitions of its prime minister with the demands of its pacifist constitution. In a defence white paper Shinzo Abe’s government spelt out its growing anxiety about China and the urgency of upgrading the Self-Defence Forces, as its army, navy and air force are called. It condemns Beijing’s almost daily dispatch of ships into areas around disputed islands that are controlled by Japan but claimed by the Chinese. Monica Gomez, the councillor responsible … Continue reading Japan is racing to build up its armed forces