December 20th, 2016 | Victims of Communism

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December 20th, 2016

CHINA

China Returns Seized US Underwater Drone
Steven Jiang and Kevin Bohn, CNN
The Chinese government has returned the US underwater drone it seized last week in the South China Sea, according to Chinese and US officials. “After friendly consultations between China and the United States, the transfer of the US underwater drone was smoothly completed,” a statement from the Chinese Ministry of Defense said. The Pentagon said the United States would continue to investigate the “unlawful” seizure, which took place in international waters about 50 miles northwest of Subic Bay in the Philippines.

CUBA

Cuba Cracks Down On Dissidents After Castro Death
Carlos Batista, YAHOO NEWS
Authorities across Cuba have cracked down on dissidents, arresting dozens, keeping others from marching in Havana, and detaining an American human rights lawyer, activists said Sunday. “There was a joint operation at 6:00 am in Santiago and Palma Soriano. They searched four homes, and so far we have 42 reported arrests — 20 in Santiago, 12 in Palma and 10 in Havana,” Jose Daniel Ferrer told Agence France Presse by phone.

CZECHIA

Czechs Commemorate Havel
PRAGUE DAILY
A day-long public meeting commemorating Vaclav Havel, the late Czech dissident, playwright, and first post-communist president, on the fifth anniversary of his death was held in a central square in Prague yesterday, including the lighting of candles and reading from Havel’s books and plays. People also lit candles at Havel’s grave at Prague’s Vinohrady cemetery and at the heart sculpture on the piazzetta near the National Theatre that was recently named after Havel.

NORTH KOREA

North Korea “Developing More Sophisticated Aerial Drones,” Warns South As Tensions Simmer
Safya Khan-Ruf, THE INDEPENDENT
North Korea is developing bigger drones with advanced capabilities, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap, citing government sources. “The North is building larger drones with greater range and with the capability to be flown remotely by flight controllers,” an official from Seoul’s defence ministry reportedly said. Yonhap stated the drones were undergoing test flights and had been spotted multiple times by Seoul since the start of the year.

UNITED STATES

Pressure Grows On McConnell for Special Russia Hacking Probe
Burgess Everett, POLITICO
Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) told POLITICO he would introduce a bill that, if passed, would mandate a new select Senate committee on cybersecurity. The move could intensify pressure on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who so far has resisted appointing a select committee on cybersecurity. He insists the chamber’s traditional committees, led by the intelligence panel, should handle the issue.

VENEZUELA

Venezuela’s Currency Madness
The Editorial Board, THE NEW YORK TIMES
When Mr. Maduro announced a delay in plans in light of the chaos on Saturday, he predictably blamed the United States for being behind the hoarding of currency to cripple the economy, calling the plot “the revenge of Obama.” The unrest and violence in Venezuela are entirely the doing of the Maduro government, which has spent years suppressing the opposition and imposing arbitrary currency controls that have made a once prosperous economy one of the world’s most dysfunctional.




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