China’s young climate heroes fight apathy and the party line

Zhao Jiaxin and Howey Ou are trying to convince Beijing to take radical carbon-cutting action One is a student engineer who became obsessed after watching an incendiary film about air pollution. The other is a 16-year-old who went on Chinas first climate strike. Zhao Jiaxin and Howey Ou are part of a small but growing minority of young Chinese determined to press their country towards more radical carbon-cutting action. The pair are also Chinas sole winners of carbon neutral green …

A journey in search of the American left: fragile and feisty, hopeful and fearful

Trumps win was a devastating setback for progressives, but it also stoked them to engage politically in ways they never imagined, with pressure leftwards A few months after the 2016 election, 29-year-old Emily Marburger posted an update on a private Facebook group, Pantsuit Nation, that had been set up to support Hillary Clintons failed presidential bid. Like the rest of us last November, I woke up to a situation I didnt know existed, she wrote. I knew I had to …

Hong Kong protests: police use water cannon on demonstrators

Hundreds of thousands had braved rain to stage peaceful march in triad-linked district Hong Kong police have fired teargas and for the first time used a water cannon to disperse protesters as a weekend of violent clashes dashed hopes of a return to peace after a week of relative calm. Hundreds of thousands of people had earlier braved rain on Sunday to stage a peaceful, police-sanctioned march in Tsuen Wan, an area of the city noted for its links with …

Hong Kong airport authority cancels flights over protests

Tourists remain in airport during demonstration, with flights to resume on Tuesday Hong Kong protesters have shut down one of the worlds busiest airports in a dramatic escalation of the mass demonstrations that have plunged the city into its worst political crisis in decades. The unprecedented cancellation of all flights followed the fourth consecutive day of protests at the airport and amid increasingly threatening statements from Beijing. A Chinese official said terrorism was emerging in the city, while in Hong …

Hong Kong’s lawyers march against ‘political prosecutions’

Around 3,000 legal professionals pile pressure on justice department in ninth week of protests Thousands of Hong Kongs legal professionals have staged a march to put pressure on the citys Department of Justice over what they say are political prosecutions of protesters, after Lily Kuo and white shirt attack in Yuen Long, compared to the speed of charging so-called rioters, theres a difference in how police handle the case. JL was part of the thick line of legal professionals dressed …

Hong Kong protests descend into chaos during citywide strike

Police fire teargas and rubber bullets in clashes with thousands of demonstrators Lily Kuo and an attack on commuters last month in Yuen Long by suspected gang members. One witness, a 33-year-old hotel employee who only wanted to give his surname, Cheung, said a group of about 20 men with wooden rods, some in white T-shirts, had approached the protesters. Both sides were shouting at each other and they rushed toward us and beat us hitting with wooden rods and …

Fresh Hong Kong protests planned for Friday

Calls for new demonstrations come as government fails to respond to a list of protester demands Hong Kong is braced for another round of demonstrations after the government failed to respond to a list of protester demands including an investigation into police brutality and the withdrawal of an extradition bill by a Thursday afternoon deadline. After cut-off set by protest leaders passed without word from the government, messages began circulating on social media calling people to come to central Hong …