Chinese University Bans Staff from Criticizing Communist Party in Class
Nectar Gan, SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST
A leading university in southern China has banned its teachers from criticizing the constitution and leaders of the Communist Party in class, the latest sign of tightening ideological control on the country’s college campuses. The guidelines issued by the president’s office at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou last Wednesday listed ten things teachers are prohibited from doing in classrooms. The three items that top the list are “criticizing the constitution,” “criticizing Chinese Communist Party leaders” and “spreading religion and superstition.”
Exclusive: Banks Forced to Cover Tracks of China’s Forex Regulator
China’s forex regulator is telling banks to keep its instructions about curbing capital outflows secret and to ensure that research analysts keep any negative views about the yuan’s prospects to themselves, several bankers said. Both demands are seen as an attempt by the authorities to prevent alarm that could trigger further declines in the yuan, the bankers from local and foreign banks said.
Cuba Arrests Prominent Dissident Who Opposes Castro Regime
Bill Hoffmann, NEWSMAX
An outspoken critic of the Castro regime who was awarded the US Presidential Medal of Freedom was arrested on Wednesday by Cuban authorities. Dr. Óscar Elias Biscet was taken into custody by a four Cuban police operatives and two state security agents as he left his home, InspireAmerica.org reports. “They would not say where he was being taken. His whereabouts are unknown. We are monitoring the situation,” Miami-based civil-rights lawyer Marcell Felipe told Newsmax.
US Deploys Radar in Response To North Korea Missile Threat
Barbara Starr, CNN
The Pentagon has deployed high-tech radar to keep watch for a potential North Korean long-range-missile launch in the coming months, according to a US defense official. It is the first US military response to Pyongyang’s claim it could launch an intercontinental ballistic missile. The sea-based X-band radar (SB-X) is able to track the long-range launches and provide crucial data.
A Russian Word Americans Need To Know: “Kompromat”
Greg Myre, NPR
Kompromat, or compromising material used to discredit rivals in politics or business or just settle personal scores, is straight from the old Soviet playbook. While claims and counterclaims are still flying about unverified compromising material on President-elect Donald Trump, what’s clear is that Russian kompromat does continue to thrive in the post-Soviet era, aided by the march of cyber technology.
Trump Nominee Rex Tillerson Suggests Tough Line on Russia, But Won’t Commit on Sanctions
Felicia Schwartz and Jay Solomon and Paul Sonne, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, said the US needs to aggressively confront Russian President Vladimir Putin while also negotiating with his government, but in his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday refused to commit the Trump administration to maintaining or significantly ratcheting up sanctions on Russia.
Venezuela Arrests Another Anti-Maduro Activist
Venezuela intelligence agents on Wednesday detained an opposition activist and accused him of planning violence though his party said the arms he was accused of possessing were placed in his car to frame him as part of an ongoing wave of government repression. In a familiar pattern of recent months against opposition activists, Gilber Caro, a substitute legislator for the hardline Popular Will party, was arrested on Wednesday at a roadway toll in Miranda state, the government said.