We blinked and Juneteenth become a holiday

(Originally published here on June 22, 2021 in the South China Morning Post.) It only took 155 years for the United States to make the full emancipation of enslaved African-Americans a federal holiday. But let’s put cynicism aside and consider the fact that that the US government made the change only within about a year of [...]

More injustice melts into the mantle

(Originally published here in South China Morning Post on April 27, 2021.) How close was America to a replay of the chaos that ripped through its cities a year ago in response to George Floyd’s death?  With many riled up by similar incidents that occurred in the days leading up to and throughout the trial, including [...]

Pompeo and the “Hong Kong 12”

(Originally published here on January 5, 2021 in the South China Morning Post.) The sparkling wine was just starting to chill on New Year’s Eve when we received 2020’s final jab against China by the Trump administration. With extreme diplomatic eloquence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assailed Chinese authorities for the way they doled out justice to the “Hong [...]

For Ted Cruz, Hong Kong democracy protesters have only ever been a stage prop

(Originally published here on December 21, 2020 by the South China Morning Post.) US Senator Ted Cruz’s heart has bled so profusely for those suffering under the wrath of a Hong Kong government unable and unwilling to address demands for democratic reform that most of us eventually had to tune out the drama like it [...]