With the eruption of ISIS in the Middle East and the ongoing autocracies in Russia and China, pause for a moment and think back to the last century and compare the challenges back then to now.
My colleagues at the Fraser Institute have just published a report examining the issue of cyber-security from an underappreciated but crucial perspective, namely, the importance of cyber-security to liberty.
With the recent Russian-inspired tragedies in eastern Ukraine and the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, much of the world is understandably focused on those regions. But another continent, Asia, is worth watching, particularly Chinese government action vis-à-vis Hong Kong.
Next week the Chief Executive of Hong Kong, C.H. Tung, will appoint a new Chief Secretary for Administration following the recent resignation of Mrs. Anson Chan Fang on-sang. The perception that disgruntled Marxist meddlers in Beijing may be behind the unexpected exit of the conscience of Hong Kong, as she has been called, is raising anew the specter of the direct control of the former colony by the PRCs politburo. I met with Anson Chan the day before she resigned and the tone of that meeting may be a gauge of what her resignation might mean.