China Extends Ban on Uyghur Baby Names to Children Under Sixteen
Mihray Abdulin, RADIO FREE ASIA
Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang region have extended a recently introduced ban on “extreme” Islamic names for ethnic Uyghur babies to include anyone up to the age of 16, according to official sources and residents, and the order may soon include Uyghurs of all ages. According to a recent posting on WeChat by the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region’s Public Security Bureau, Order No. 4425 requires all Uyghur parents to change the names of children under 16 years of age, if they are among those listed in a region-wide ban uncovered by RFA’s Uyghur Service. Any babies registered with such names would be barred from the “hukou” household registration system that gives access to health care and education.
China Has Failed In Destroying Buddhism In Tibet, Says Tibetan Government-In-Exile
Tibetans have foiled China’s attempts to “destroy” Buddhism in the remote Himalayan region with the help of nearly 30,000 monks and nuns “educated” in India who “sneaked” back to revive their culture, the leader of the Tibetan government-in-exile has said. Lobsang Sangay, the president of the Central Tibetan Administration CTA, said the “very objective of the invasion, the occupation of Tibet in some ways, if not defeated, has been diluted because [the Chinese] thought that they would destroy the Tibetan Buddhist civilisation and thereby assimilate Tibet into China and Tibetan into Chinese. But it did not work.”
Trump’s Cuba Policy Likely To Be “Drastically Different,” Lawmaker Says
Alexandra Glorioso, USA TODAY
President Trump’s Cuba policy, largely influenced by two Florida lawmakers, is expected to target travel to the Communist country and US business ventures there. Republicans Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart and Sen. Marco Rubio have been discussing changes in Cuba policy with the administration. Both are considered top congressional advisers on the subject and both criticized former president Barack Obama’s attempts to improve relations with Cuba as weak. Diaz-Balart, generally considered more hardline in his approach to Cuba, has called for blocking US business dealings with companies financially supported by that country’s military or intelligence agencies.
North Korea: G-7 Pressure Will Not Stop Missile Program
Ralph Ellis, CNN
North Korea fired back Monday at the G-7 nations for condemning its missile program, saying pressure and sanctions will only make North Korea speed up its nuclear missile program. North Korea’s statement said the G-7 nations had carried out most of the nuclear missile tests in history. “They are urging the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) to scrap its nuclear deterrence meant for self-defense of the country,” the statement read. North Korea also said “the US and its followers are seriously mistaken” if they think North Korea will back down.
Security Agents in North Korea Step up Hacks of Foreigners’ Digital Devices
Sung-hui Moon, RADIO FREE ASIA
North Korea’s security agency is increasingly hacking into foreign travelers’ mobile phones, laptops, and cameras and buying used computers in bulk from other countries to acquire foreign technology and secret data, sources inside the country said. “Visitors travelling to North Korea for leisure or on business better check their mobile phones or computers with experts as soon as they go back home,” a senior officer with North Korea’s Ministry of State Security near the border with China told RFA’s Korean Service. A North Korean executive at a computer service center near the country’s border with China said professional computer and phone hacking agents from the Ministry of State Security are at every airport customs post and in every hotel where foreign travelers stay.
Moscow Court Orders Navalny To Remove Video With Medvedev Corruption Allegations
A Moscow court has ruled in favor of Kremlin-connected oligarch Alisher Usmanov in his defamation lawsuit against opposition politician and anticorruption activist Aleksei Navalny. After two days of hearings, Judge Marina Vasina of the Lyubinsky district court on May 31 ordered Navalny to remove from the Internet all publications that mention Usmanov and to publish a retraction within 10 days. She added that the retraction must remain on Navalny’s website for three months. Georgy Alburov, head of the investigations department of Navalny’s Anticorruption Foundation, said on Twitter that “we will not delete anything.”
Putin: “Patriotic” Russian Hackers May Have Targeted US Election
Euan McKirdy and Mary Ilyushina, CNN
Russian President Vladimir Putin seemed to suggest Thursday that “patriotic hackers” may have meddled in the US election, but insisted that none of their potential activities were state-backed. It’s the first time the Russian leader has conceded that any election-related hacking attacks may have emanated from his country. In comments to reporters at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum, Putin likened hackers to “artists,” who could act on behalf of Russia if they felt its interests were being threatened.
Venezuela’s Maduro Vows Referendum, Death Toll From Unrest Hits 62
Diego Oré and Andrew Cawthorne, REUTERS
Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro pledged on Thursday to hold a referendum on a new constitution he has proposed to try and quell two months of anti-government unrest that has killed at least 62 people. His comments came after criticism from opponents and some within his own government that his plan to create a new super-body, known as a constituent assembly, to rewrite the national charter was anti-democratic. Chief state prosecutor Luisa Ortega had said creating the assembly without a plebiscite, as happened in 1999 when Maduro’s predecessor Hugo Chavez rewrote the constitution, threatened to “eliminate” democracy in Venezuela.