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  •  He's in Hong Kong (2+ / 0-)
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    ukit, Laconic Lib

    not mainland China. There are many good reasons for his choice. Read Pluto's diary and  this article  from Yves Smith at naked capitalism for a better understanding.

    "Information is power. But like all power there are those who want to keep it for themselves" Aaron Swartz, 1986 - 2013

    by TheMomCat on Mon Jun 17, 2013 at 03:00:55 PM PDT

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    •  Or read something from someone in Hong Kong. (2+ / 0-)
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      This news stunned many local residents, especially those of us who advocate for human rights. Since 1997, when the British government returned Hong Kong to China after getting assurances that this former colony’s traditions of rule of law and individual freedom would be respected, the political, legal and human rights landscape here has become ever less conducive to the protection of civil liberties. Mr. Snowden — if he is still in town — has stepped into an unknown future in which the concept of “one nation, two systems,” promised us by Beijing, has become a fading memory.

      Whether it was youthful naïveté or just ignorance, Mr. Snowden’s positive view of Hong Kong no longer matches the reality. Shortly before his arrival, the international organization Freedom House ranked Hong Kong 71st in the world in protection of political rights and civil liberties. Reporters Without Borders has dropped Hong Kong on its ranking of press freedom to No. 58, from No. 18 in 2002.

      Law Yuk-kai is the director of Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor, an advocacy group.

      "We're now in one of those periods when the reality of intense pressure on the middle class diverges from long-held assumptions of how the American bargain should work" --James Fallows

      by Inland on Mon Jun 17, 2013 at 03:13:08 PM PDT

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    •  Beijing controls what happens there (1+ / 0-)
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      Oh, they may enjoy some additional civil liberties not held on the Mainland, but let's not play games...the thin veneer of difference is exactly that: a veneer.

      Read this for more:

      To be free and just depends on us. Victor Hugo.

      by dizzydean on Mon Jun 17, 2013 at 03:18:05 PM PDT

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      •  It's more than a veneer (1+ / 0-)
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        That article you linked rightfully points out some of the flaws. But Hong Kong does in fact have a separate legal system from China that is based on British law. It's not exactly the dystopia you're making it out to be - it also happens to be the city with the highest life expectancy in the world, highest IQ, and lowest crime rate.

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