With the ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Trump, Brexit paralysis continuing in Britain, and turmoil in the Middle East, the attritional protests in Hong Kong could easily end up neglected and forgotten. But now more than ever, Hongkongers need our solidarity.
-- Time, November 15, 2019
No offense to Greta Thunberg, Time’s 2019 Person of the Year, but she is about as non-controversial a pick as one could make, and she hardly risked life or limb in her furtherance of climate awareness. In just this decade, we’ve had Enron and WorldCom whistleblowers, the Arab Spring, Occupy Movement and Tea Party protesters, the Ebola fighters of West Africa, the Me Too movement, and persecuted journalists around the world. Unfortunately for the Hong Kong democracy protesters, they didn’t have a chance.
That’s why today Salesforce announced a strategic partnership with Alibaba, an innovation leader that helps its customers transform the way they market, sell, and operate through businesses like Alibaba Cloud and Tmall. Alibaba will become the exclusive provider of Salesforce to customers in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan, and Salesforce will become the exclusive enterprise CRM product suite sold by Alibaba.
-- Salesforce, July 24, 2019
Perhaps just a coincidence of course, but Marc Benioff is the owner of both Salesforce and Time.