China’s New Cybersecurity Law Rattles Foreign Tech Firms
Josh Chin and Eva Dou, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
China’s government has approved a broad new cybersecurity law aimed at tightening and centralizing state control over information flows and technology equipment, raising concerns among foreign companies operating in the country. The law also makes censorship a matter of cybersecurity, threatening to punish companies that allow unapproved information to circulate online.
Cuba Announces Post-Election Military Exercises
L. Todd Wood, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
The Obama administration’s outreach and concessions to the communist nation of Cuba have been seen as appeasement by many national security analysts. The behavior of the Stalinist regime has not been altered by the new openness. On the contrary, arrests and oppression of the political opposition has continued unabated. The Cuban government announced military exercises yesterday, sending an aggressive signal to the new president-elect.
First Two, Now 15 Hong Kong Lawmakers Face Prospect of Being Expelled from Legislative Council
Tony Cheung, SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST
Previously just two, up to 15 Hong Kong lawmakers could be at risk of losing their seats after two Beijing spokesmen catalogued eight types of “insincere oath-taking” and delivered a stinging rebuke against the city’s legal officials. The warning came two days after China’s top legislative body intervened in the city’s legislative oath row in a move hailed by pro-establishment politicians but criticized by the legal profession as a challenge to the city’s judicial independence.
New Report Lifts Curtain on Russia’s Construction of Powerful “Cyberarmy”
Sheera Frenkel, BUZZFEED
An investigation published early Monday on the eve of the US election details how Russia built one of the largest and most aggressive “cyberarmies” in the world. The report reveals a system in which Russia’s top political leadership is tasked with recruiting hackers and blackmailing criminals to do their bidding, all the while testing the limits of their cyberabilities on eastern European states before, ultimately, turning their attention to the US this year.
Crimean Tatars: Children are the Silent Victims of Russian Oppression
UNREPRESENTED NATIONS AND PEOPLES ORGANIZATION
As the crackdown against the Crimean Tatar minority in Russia-occupied Ukraine intensifies, the children of imprisoned activists are the victims hardly anyone talks about. Given that the Russian occupation forces arbitrarily arrested and forcibly disappeared scores of Crimean Tatar activists, politicians and journalists, hundreds if not thousands of children have been deprived of their parents.
Venezuelan Opposition Tries “Birther” Tack Against President Nicolás Maduro
Kejal Vyas, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
The opposition has tried everything to wrest power, from a coup attempt in 2002 to its effort this year to stage a recall referendum on Mr. Maduro. Some lawmakers in the opposition-controlled Congress are playing one last card: trying to prove that Mr. Maduro was either born in Colombia or never renounced the Colombian nationality that by law is automatically granted to him because his mother, Teresa de Jesús Moros, was born there, in the border city of Cúcuta.