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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.


1:00PM
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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.


10:00AM
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International talks often become forums of mutual incomprehension as the world again breaks into two opposing camps with two incompatible worldviews: “the democracies” and “the rest.”

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As pro-democracy demonstrations flare across Hong Kong, it continues to rank first in the world in economic freedom. Hong Kong has been at the top since 1970, according to the just-released Fraser Institute Economic Freedom of the world index, a collaborative effort of more than 100 research groups in 90 nations and territories. The 2014 report is based on 2012 data, the most recent available.

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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.


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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 PRC’s 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.

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