BRUSSELS: European Council chief Charles Michel warned Britain Sunday its international credibility is at stake, saying it must fulfil its responsibility to implement the Brexit withdrawal agreement. Michel made the comment on Twitter after speaking by telephone with Irish prime minister Micheal Martin, as London prepares legislation that could upend a hard-won compromise over the EU member's border with British Northern Ireland. It is "time for UK Government to take its responsibilities. International credibility of UK signature at stake," Michel wrote. "Withdrawal Agreement to be fully implemented, ensure peace & stability in Ireland & preserve the integrity of Single Market," he added. READ: 'Shocking': Former prime ministers Blair, Major chide UK plan to breach international law The British government on Wednesday introduced new legislation to rewrite the Brexit withdrawal treaty -- a bill that is causing deep alarm among former prime ministers and Prime … [Read more...] about EU warns Britain its international credibility is at stake in Brexit row
HONG KONG: Cua Chiu-fai is on a mission to rid Hong Kong's classrooms of what he sees as poisonous anti-China bias. His soldiers: Mainly parents. He has recruited hundreds of mothers and fathers to monitor and report on teachers deemed guilty of filling their students with hate for China and urging them to take to the streets in protest. Using his YouTube channel, which has 114,000 subscribers, Cua says he has enlisted parents and other volunteers as part of an initiative called "Help Our Next Generation". In a video posted in late October, he talks about seeing pictures of "people who looked like teachers" directing young students to pick up bricks during the demonstrations that roiled Hong Kong last year These teachers need to have their licenses revoked, he says in the video: "If you're a teacher and you make your students destroy this place for certain so-called political positions, that's something we absolutely cannot accept." Cua's vigilante initiative has won the … [Read more...] about China wields patriotic education to tame Hong Kong’s rebellious youth
HONG KONG: Jacob Mak had been looking forward to voting in the Legislative Council (Legco) election slated for Sep 6. It would, he felt, give him an opportunity to help shape the city’s future. But that excitement turned into angry disappointment, when the election was postponed for a full year, amid a resurgence of COVID-19 cases. “That is totally not acceptable because it lacks a legal basis,” the 40-year-old said. Another disappointed voter, paralegal Angie Te, pointed out that Singapore and South Korea held elections in the middle of the pandemic. To voters like them and opposition leaders, it’s another sign that pro-Beijing officials are trying to silence the pro-democracy movement. In June, Hong Kong authorities barred 12 pro-democracy candidates from the Legco election, which are held once in every four years. Then in August, the police arrested several prominent pro-democracy advocates, including social activist Agnes Chow and media mogul Jimmy Lai, an outspoken … [Read more...] about Is democracy in Hong Kong forever blunted?
WASHINGTON: Political leaders from around the world were quick to congratulate Joe Biden after US networks declared him the winner of the bitter White House race over President Donald Trump. As crowds poured onto the streets of Washington and other cities in exuberant celebration and former US president Barack Obama hailed Biden's win as "decisive" and "historic", here are some of the first reactions from political figures across the globe: IRELAND Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin was one of the first to take to Twitter and hail the Irish-American Joe Biden as "president-elect". "I want to congratulate the new President Elect of the USA @JoeBiden," the Irish leader tweeted. "Joe Biden has been a true friend of this nation throughout his life and I look forward to working with him in the years ahead. I also look forward to welcoming him back home when the circumstances allow!" Martin added. READ: Biden to be next US president after projected win in Pennsylvania … [Read more...] about ‘Welcome back America!’ World leaders congratulate Biden and Harris on win
HONG KONG: Former Hong Kong lawmaker Ted Hui said on Sunday (Dec 6) his local bank accounts appeared to have been frozen after fled to Britain with his family to continue his pro-democracy activities. Hui told Reuters via social media WhatsApp that bank accounts belonging to him, his wife and his parents at Bank of China Hong Kong, HSBC and Hang Seng Bank were frozen. He gave no further details. Democracy activists say conditions have worsened in the former British colony after China imposed security legislation on the financial hub in June, making anything Beijing regards as subversion, secession, terrorism or colluding with foreign forces punishable by up to life in prison. China, which promises Hong Kong a high degree of autonomy, denies curbing rights and freedoms, but authorities in Hong Kong and Beijing have moved swiftly to quash dissent after anti-government protests erupted last year and engulfed the city. READ: Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong jailed for 13 and a … [Read more...] about Former Hong Kong lawmaker Ted Hui says his bank accounts frozen