Albania Plans Memorial To Communism Victims
Fatjona Mejdini, BALKAN INSIGHT
Albania plans to erect a memorial to victims of the former communist regime, which ruled the country with an iron rod for almost half a century after 1944. The idea of a memorial surfaced at a conference held by the state-funded Albanian Institute of Formerly Persecuted People on Wednesday. This idea for the memorial is widely supported as the first initiative of this kind after 25 years since communism fell.
China Is Harvesting Organs From Thousands Of Political Prisoners, A New Report Claims
Josh Horwitz, QUARTZ
For years, human rights activists have accused the Chinese government of harvesting organs from executed prisoners and selling them to hospitals. In 2009, the government said it was working to stop the practice. But a new report suggests it has persisted. The researchers found that 164 hospitals in China had received official approval to conduct transplants. But hundreds more had applied for the proper license to do so in 2007. Even when they did not receive permission, they continued to do the procedures, the report says.
Cemetery Of Communism
Valerie Laukat, BUDAPEST TIMES
Memento Park recalls Stalin’s boots, Trabants, and ‘liberation’. Memento Park, previously called “Szoborpark,” or Statue Park, when it opened in 1993, is a collection of prominent communist monuments that attracts numerous Hungarians as well as tourists. An inviting arch offers a view of the statues of Lenin, Marx, and Engels, like time travel to the authors of the communist manifesto. Memento Park in south-west Budapest offers visitors an exhibition of socialist realist statues from 1947 up until the change of regime, collected by architect Ákos Eleőd.
North Korea Mobilizes On 200-Day Economic Speed Campaign
Eric Talmadge, ASSOCIATED PRESS
The bright red slogans hang from buses, government buildings, and even some restaurants and gas stations, urging North Koreans to work harder to make the country’s 200-day “speed campaign” a success. “Have you carried out the plan for today?” one poster asks. It’s the second such drive this year, and while outside economists doubt their effectiveness, they reflect leader Kim Jong-un’s desire to energize the country’s sputtering economy.
Communist-Era Design On Display In Warsaw
Warsaw’s Desa Unicum auction house is hosting an exhibition dedicated to design that harks back to Poland’s communist era. Some 270 items are on show, among them furniture, china, and toys. There are real “gems” to be found among the exhibits, Iza Rusiniak from Desa Unicum told Polish Radio’s IAR news agency. “Although back in communist times Polish design was evolving in artificial conditions, free from market demands, many remarkable projects were created at the time,” Rusiniak said.
Venezuelan Communists: Revolution’s Social Conquests Are Non-Negotiable
Emile Schepers, CPUSA.ORG
The Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV) is expressing its support for proposed dialog, but warns that the advances gained by the Venezuelan people since the election of President Hugo Chavez in 1998 should not be negotiable as part of that dialog. Oswaldo Ramos, a member of the Central Committee of the PCV, noted as positive the failure of the Secretary General of the Organization of American States to use that organization as a mechanism for destabilizing Venezuela.