Race is staring us in the face. Confronting and dealing with it is highly emotional and disturbing, so much so that in polite company, it’s unspeakable. But we can’t avoid it, because racism has become global.
What is Hong Kong’s pathway to 2047? Since HKSAR’s return to China in 1997 under the 50-year One Country, Two Systems principle, which is due to end in 2047, Hongkongers have emphasised Two Systems, neglecting the timeline to One Country.
As tensions over the Taiwan Strait mount, everyone needs to think about whether war is inevitable. Ukrainian revolutionary Leon Trotsky once said: “You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.” And if we slip into war by what World War I historian Barbara Tuchman called the March of Folly, can the Great Powers step back from mutual nuclear annihilation?
Two weeks ago, US President Joe Biden, in announcing on video the Australia-United Kingdom-United States (AUKUS) pact, called Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison “that fellow from Down Under” in what appears to be a senior moment.