Editorial: HKFP launches permanent digital archive of the History Museum’s ‘Hong Kong Story’
On October 18, 2020, hundreds of Hongkongers queued for hours to pay a visit to the city’s History Museum. It was its last day before the permanent exhibition “Hong Kong Story” closed for an extensive two-year revamp. There were fears that the new displays may censor or exclude politically sensitive events such as the city’s colonial history and its relationship with China. Click here for the full story.Ahead of the closure, HKFP paid a visit in order to capture a visual archive of the exhibit. The 220 images are roughly laid out in the order they would have been encountered by a visitor – cli...
Hong Kong Free Press
Editorial: Pope Francis leads change for same-sex couples
Pope Francis appears ready to lead Catholics worldwide to a greater recognition of same-sex unions, declaring in a new documentary that same-sex couples are “children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out, or be made miserable because of it.”While stopping well short of endorsing actual same-sex marriage, the pope said that such couples should be legally recognized. “What we have to create is a civil union law,” he said.As modest as such a statement may seem by contemporary standards, it could be the start of a dramatic shift in that attitude of the Catholic Church t...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Editorial: A diplomatic surge is needed in Azerbaijan
A complicated conflict in a faraway foreign land isn’t likely to compete for attention with the frenzied presidential election and unabated coronavirus crisis gripping this nation. But American citizens — and especially American policymakers — should focus on the spiraling violence in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan.Most profoundly, for humanitarian reasons: The fighting is the fiercest since initial post-Soviet era war broke out in the 1990s, when the dispute erupted in the ethnic Armenia enclave in western Azerbaijan.Today, the enmity is just as intense, but the weaponry i...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Editorial: The line to vote in Florida stretches here, there and everywhere. A victory for democracy
Before dawn broke on Monday morning, long lines of calm and committed voters snaked around libraries and community centers across South Florida for the first day of early voting.It was dark. It was raining. And no one was complaining.What an impressive sight. What an impressive turnout. What a wonderful description from election supervisors: “Exceeded expectations.”There was no flag waving, no horn honking, no last-minute robocalls or mailbox screamers.Just a sizable line of largely silent voters, young and old, wearing face masks and standing 6 feet apart.Though early voting lasts for two wee...
Editorial: Imagine a future nearly free of COVID
For a moment’s respite from pandemic news that can seem unrelentingly bad, cast your mind into the future — say, to November 2021.A world in suspended animation has awakened at last. The pandemic has subsided. New cases of COVID-19 are a rarity.In the United States, the death toll is just under half a million. As awful as that number is, it might have been worse.Masks are still a common sight, but they no longer incite fisticuffs among strangers.Schools have done away with their hybrid instruction models and have embraced in-class learning with a new enthusiasm. Students who were never able to...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Editorial: Restore faith in COVID-19 vaccines
Pfizer officials announced on Oct. 16 that the pharmaceutical giant won’t be ready to apply for FDA approval of its COVID-19 vaccine until the third week of November.That means there will be no miracle Election Day vaccine — which should assuage fears that this potentially lifesaving development might be prematurely rushed past scientific protocols for political ends.A credible vaccine is needed, especially with coronavirus cases once again trending upward across the country.However, to prevent the spread of the potentially deadly virus, any vaccine must not only be safe and effective, it must...
The Seattle Times
Editorial: Politics won the battle against public health in Florida with Ron DeSantis' high-fiving at Trump rally
Mark down Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, as the date when Ron DeSantis officially stopped pretending that public health was more important than politics.That’s when Florida’s governor walked into a packed Donald Trump rally in Sanford, high-fiving fans on his way to the stage. No mask. No social distancing. Just acting like everything was perfectly normal on a day when the state reported nearly 2,600 new coronavirus infections and 48 COVID-19 deaths (the next day it was 119 dead).What an evolution for the governor since April 1, when Florida reported 1,027 new infections and just 15 deaths and DeSanti...
Editorial: Vote early. It's our best defense against a presidential coup
If you prefer to have the voters rather than the courts decide the presidential election, there is something you can do about it now.Early voting began Monday at many convenient locations in Broward and Palm Beach counties. Ballots you received in the mail will be accepted at all of them.If you haven’t already voted, this is the opportunity.In the history of our state, there has never been anything more urgent for you to do.Florida has the power to determine not only who the president will be, but whether the American people or the courts will choose him.Vote now, if you don’t want it going to...
Editorial: How will the global Covid crisis end?
Globally, the coronavirus has already infected over 40 million people and claimed more than a million lives. As the virus flares globally, governments are contemplating smaller-scale shutdowns in conjunction with testing, contact tracing and other initiatives they have put in place to stop widespread infections.A new approach is needed. After almost a year of enduring mobility restrictions and avoiding crowded places, people are now suffering from “restriction fatigue.”Now comes the question: When will the pandemic end? According to experts, there are two ways to describe an end to a pandemic....
Editorial: But his emails: On Twitter and Facebook's treatment of a dubious expose
There are huge credibility questions swirling around a series of reports by the tabloid across town, all of which emanate from a laptop, said to be Hunter Biden’s, supposedly left behind at a Delaware repair shop. On that computer, says the New York Post, is a 2015 email suggesting Joe Biden’s son tried to arrange for a top executive at a Ukrainian energy firm to meet with his father.There are many red flags, and by “red” we purposely evoke 2016 election meddler Russia: unreliable sources including Rudy Giuliani, a strange and contradictory timeline and the highly dubious electronic fingerprin...
New York Daily News