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Hong Kong Democracy Activist Agnes Chow Released from Prison

HONG KONG (AP) – Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow was released from jail Saturday after serving more than six months for taking part in unauthorized assemblies during massive 2019 anti-government protests that triggered a crackdown on dissent in the former British colony.

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China Celebrates Tiananmen Massacre as a ‘Political Vaccine’ Against Democracy

China’s state-run Global Times pushed ahead with the regime’s revisionism of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre on Friday by insisting what actually happened 32 years ago was not the brutal suppression of pro-democracy youth, but an expression of the “Chinese people’s confidence” in the glorious leadership of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Tiananmen Square (AP Photo / Jeff Widener)

Blackwell: Corrupt Politicians Act Destroys Right to Election Integrity Like Voter ID

Democrats’ push for the S. 1 / H.R. 1 Corrupt Politicians Act claims to be advancing voting rights, but ignores the foundational truth that every voter has the right to his legal vote not be canceled by someone else’s fraud, which is why the bill’s eradication of voter ID – an election integrity measure with strong bipartisan support – show this as a cynical power grab that principled senators must reject.

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China Compares Hong Kong Protesters to January 6 Rioters

China’s state-run Global Times on Monday defended the prosecution of 47 pro-democracy activists and politicians in Hong Kong against a rising tide of global criticism, insisting the Hong Kong defendants are no different than the rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, so China is equally justified in cracking down on them.

Hong Kong pro-democracy activists Lester Shum (centre L), Kwok Ka-ki (C-behind), Kalvin Ho (C front) and Sam Cheung (centre R) are escorted into a van as they leave the Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre, the day after appearing at the West Kowloon Court on the charge of conspiracy to commit …

Myanmar Anti-Coup Protesters Target Chinese Embassy

Wednesday saw the largest protests to date against the coup in Myanmar, despite a ban on large gatherings imposed by the military. Many of the demonstrators gathered outside the Chinese embassy in the city of Yangon and accused China of supporting the junta, or even using the junta as puppets so Beijing could take control of Myanmar.

YANGON, MYANMAR - FEBRUARY 17: Protesters wave flags and shout anti-coup slogans on February 17, 2021 in Yangon, Myanmar. Armored vehicles continued to be seen on the streets of Myanmar's capital, but protesters turned out despite the military presence. The military junta that staged a coup against the elected National …

Chinese Media: U.S. Elections Are ‘Petty Shows’

Chinese state media mocked American democracy on Tuesday, dismissing it as a turgid form of entertainment enjoyed by Chinese citizens who “became bored while staying at home most of the year in 2020 due to the [Chinese coronavirus] epidemic,” as the Global Times put it.

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 04: Election workers count Fulton County ballots at State Farm Arena on November 4, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. The 2020 presidential race between incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden is still too close to call with outstanding ballots to count. (Photo by …

Danan: Israeli Supreme Court Challenges Separation of Powers with Basic Law Case

While the imminent dissolution of Israel’s Knesset was keeping the country on tenterhooks Tuesday, another smaller, but arguably no less significant, development was taking place in its Supreme Court. For the first time ever, the court debated the legality of a Basic Law — essentially challenging its own constitution — in a move that has been denounced as the “quiet death of democracy.”

Judges and personnel of the Israeli Supreme Court wearing face masks against the coronavirus Covid-19, attend a session on May 4, 2020 at the Supreme Court in Jerusalem. - The Court tackled the vexed question of whether a political deal to form a coalition government after three inconclusive elections in …