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Perseus: Hongkongers’ thoughts on the UK Government’s BNO visa scheme

5 mn read With the United Kingdom Government having set out at the end of July details of its policy for Hong Kong British Nationals (Overseas) (“BNOs”), more and more Hongkongers are starting to arrive in the United Kingdom, wishing to take advantage of the United Kingdom Government’s scheme for BNO status holders and their dependants.

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Shefali Ranawat: Stand-up comedian’s “Hellish gags” mockery of religion and politicians to be jailed?

4 mn read India is already making international headlines with the famers protest that has not reached to any conclusion yet. But recently here, a stand-up comedian named Munawar Faruqui along with other four comedians, Edwin Anthony, Prakhar Vyas, Priyam Vyas, Nalin Yadav got arrested for making indecent remarks against Hindu deities and Union Home Minister Amit Shah during the show.

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Stephen Yates: Moderate Healthy Nationalism is a Good Thing

3 mn read In recent years, we have seen a wave of candidates and initiatives around the world that have been characterized as “nationalist” by both proponents and critics. From President Trump’s victory in the United States and the UK’s passage of Brexit to Jair Bolsonaro winning in Brazil’s recent election. Voters appear to be turning toward promises of independence and national pride.

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Stephen Yates: Trump Plays Dominant Hand in Trade War via Tweet

3 mn read President Trump has an unmatched ability to say a great deal in very short snippets on Twitter. True to form, on January 21, he served a very strong volley to Chinese leader Xi Jinping, tweeting: “China posts slowest economic numbers since 1990 due to U.S. trade tensions and new policies. Makes so much sense for China to finally do a Real Deal and stop playing around.” There is a great deal to unpack in this short tweet, but all worthy of discussion.

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Stephen Yates: Did Xi accidentally endorse Tsai’s re-election?

3 mn read On its face, this question seems preposterous. After all, the Communist Party of China is dead set to impose its ‘one China’ framework for ‘peaceful unification,’ by force if necessary. How could the leader of China and his party possibly prefer to help re-elect a Taiwan president whose party only accepts a “one China” concept if it is accompanied by a separate and distinct “one Taiwan”?

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Stephen Yates: No permanent victory or defeat in politics

3 mn read As we enter 2019, a new election cycle is underway in both Taiwan and the United States. Since the 2018 midterm elections in the United States and the municipal elections in Taiwan, there has been a great deal of commentary and analysis, with many drawing inferences from the results to size up the prospects for both president’s re-elections in 2020.