‘Society is suffering’: Hong Kong protests spark mental health crisis

Nine suicides have been linked to the wave of unrest as young people grow frustrated and exhausted by the intense, months-long standoff Niko Cheng was ready to die in August. The 22-year-old nursing student and her fellow protesters known as fighters for their willingness to confront police in Hong Kong, had decided to make their last stand on 31 August. Exhausted and weary after months of protesting, she had floated the idea of throwing herself at police and forcing them to fire on her. The other protesters talked her out of it. Still, she expected to be arrested or badly hurt. But on the day of the march, Cheng was hit by a water cannon and forced to leave early. …

NBA’s China reaction shows the league is only woke when it doesn’t cost money

The NBA has won plaudits for supporting social issues in the US. But like any other sports league, it is an entertainment vehicle built to maximize profits anti-government protests have swept Hong Kong. The movement has since expanded to include the question of Hong Kongs legal independence from China. Police and pro-democracy protestors have clashed, with Reports suggested the Rockets discussed removing Morey in order to halt the financial bleeding. Part of owner Tilman Fertittas calculations when spending an NBA record $2.2bn to but the Rockets in 2017 was that he was buying into China, the biggest in terms of population market on Earth, whether that market was run by an autocratic government or not. The Rockets had been one …

China’s young climate heroes fight apathy and the party line

Zhao Jiaxin and Howey Ou are trying to convince Beijing to take radical carbon-cutting action One is a student engineer who became obsessed after watching an incendiary film about air pollution. The other is a 16-year-old who went on Chinas first climate strike. Zhao Jiaxin and Howey Ou are part of a small but growing minority of young Chinese determined to press their country towards more radical carbon-cutting action. The pair are also Chinas sole winners of carbon neutral green tickets the leading carbon emitter. It generates 60% of its electricity from coal-fired power and coal consumption and carbon emissions have risen for two years in a row after a plateau between 2014 and 2016. Emissions are expected to rise …

Japan’s Naruhito makes first public appearance as emperor

Imperial family greet Tokyo crowds six times from palace balcony in Tokyo Tens of thousands of people queued for hours to catch a glimpse of Japans new emperor, Naruhito, as he greeted the public for the first time since his fathers abdication. A smiling Naruhito, 59, appeared on the balcony of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Saturday alongside his wife, Empress Masako, and other members of the imperial family. The forecourt was transformed into a sea of red and white as many wellwishers waved Japanese flags while others snapped photos on their phones. In a short speech, Naruhito told the assembled crowds that he was delighted and deeply grateful. A sea of red and white: the crowd waves Japanese …