Daily Archives: 2019-09-09

‘Braves’ on the frontlines of Hong Kong’s protests

by Yan ZHAO Ryan began the day pretending to his parents that he was off to play football and ended it with a rubber bullet to the leg sustained in clashes with Hong Kong’s police. The 19-year-old bespectacled student is one of what Hong Kong protesters have dubbed “the braves” — hardline pro-democracy activists who have embraced violence and specialise …

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Hong Kong’s Joshua Wong on way to Germany, US after brief detention

Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong was making his way to Germany on Monday after he was released from a brief spell in custody following a mistake in his bail conditions, his party confirmed. Wong, 22, was among multiple prominent democracy advocates who were detained late last month in a roundup by police as the semi-autonomous city reels from more …

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South Korean president appoints justice minister despite scandals

An embattled law professor began his duty as South Korea’s justice minister after receiving presidential approval on Monday, despite an ongoing probe by state prosecutors into alleged misconduct by his wife. Cho Kuk was appointed to the role by President Moon Jae-in, the presidential Blue House said, with a mandate to reform the prosecutor’s office. Liberal darling Cho was named …

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Is Prime Minister Lee engineering his grand exit?

by Joseph Nathan BIG SPENDING has become the new hallmark of the current 4G People’s Action Party (PAP) politicians. From their lavish year-long Bicentennial Celebration to more lavish National Day Rally (NDR) dinners, they are no longer behaving like the Old Guards, who take engagement with the people and spending of public money seriously. True, there were some monetary transfer …

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