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In the category of: Biting the hand that’s not impeaching you
In the category of: Another fight for democracy
What Hong Kong’s massive protests are really about
The passion is understandable. For many, the amendments would all but cement Beijing’s authority in a city that’s supposed to be allowed to operate mostly on its own for three more decades. The problem for demonstrators is that the measures will likely pass as soon as Wednesday, due to a legislature and leader that answer to Beijing.
“We were doing it, and we are still doing it, out of our clear conscience, and our commitment to Hong Kong,” Carrie Lam, the city’s chief executive, told reporters on Sunday in her first comments after the protests began.
The extradition law fight, then, is the latest one in Hong Kong residents’ years-long effort to stave off Beijing’s creeping authority. And while the newest push is among the largest in the city’s history, it still may not be enough to save democracy in its nearly last Chinese refuge.
In the category of: The road goes both ways
A lack of affordable housing in the United States is driving many to move across the southern border.
Tijuana, Mexico – When Elizabeth Lucas moved with her four-year-old son from San Diego, California to a dangerous part of Tijuana, Mexicofive years ago, she felt she had no other options.
The 32-year-old, originally from Washington state, had been homeless for a year in San Diego before moving about 30km across the border to a $160 a month apartment in Tijuana’s red light district, Zona Norte, an area where drug dealing and violent crime are prevalent. She had spent years travelling back and forth between the United States and Mexico, but over the years has made Tijuana her permanent home.
“It was what I had to do,” Lucas told Al Jazeera.
“It was either [move to Tijuana] or be homeless, and now that I have a kid it can’t be like that. I at least have this option … When you’re a girl by yourself on the street, it’s not good,” she said, adding that she feels her family is safer in this part of Tijuana than in parts of San Diego.
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