Hong Kong Faces New Political Turmoil
China’s rulers are beginning to view Hong Kong as yet another restive province with ungrateful subjects—a better-washed version of Tibet or Xinjiang. China does not appear to be mulling the use of its troops to crush unrest—that would be calamitous for business and the much-vaunted policy of “one country, two systems”. But it is baring its teeth. It is not only Hong Kongers who should be concerned. So should all those who look to Hong Kong’s freedom and prosperity as a future path for China itself.
China Commemorates 150th Anniverary of Sun Yat-Sen’s Birth
General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee Xi Jinping said that the best tribute to Sun Yat-sen is to continue the pursuit for a rejuvenated China that he had dreamed of. Born in 1866, Sun was the founder of the Kuomintang Party, and is a revered revolutionary leader who played a pivotal role in overthrowing imperial rule in China.
Cloud of Uncertainty Hangs over US-Cuba Relations with a Trump Presidency
Nora Gámez Torres, MIAMI HERALD
Donald Trump’s election as the next president of the United States has cast a shadow over the Obama administration policy of warming relations with Cuba. While Cuban leader Raúl Castro issued a short congratulatory message on Trump’s victory, the official Granma newspaper on Wednesday also announced five days of upcoming military preparedness exercises, a signal that the island is getting ready for a “hostile” US administration.
North Korea Continues to Persecute Citizens for Practicing Religion
Elizabeth Shim, UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL
North Korea continues to persecute citizens for their religious beliefs, going as far as physically battering victims until they lose control of their bowel movements, according to a South Korean NGO report released this week. Through interviews, the South Korean nonprofit organization identified 65,282 cases of religious persecution involving 38,238 North Koreans.
Activist Khalilov Deported from His Homeland and Forcibly Sent to Uzbekistan
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Crimean Tatar activist Nedim Khalilov was condemned by the occupation authorities in Crimea and forcibly sent to Uzbekistan after he had filed a civil suit against Russian President Vladimir Putin, asking for the occupation of Crimea to be declared unlawful and illegal. The decision was carried out with gross judicial irregularities, with the forced deportation being executed without him having the opportunity to appeal the politically-motivated decision by the Simferopol court. Mr. Khalilov is currently being held at a prison in Sochi.
Václav Havel Boulevard Opened in Kyiv
A boulevard named after an outstanding Czech revolutionary, dissident, human rights activist, and first post-Communist Czech Republic president Václav Havel was opened in Kyiv, the city’s administration representatives report on Thursday.
Students March in Venezuela Demanding Results from Political Dialogue
About 500 Venezuelan students marched in Caracas on Thursday demanding that government and opposition negotiators achieve “results” and provide “solutions,” including publishing an electoral schedule that includes an election for president. They articulated their demands, which also include opening a humanitarian channel so that medicines and food that are scarce in Venezuela can be shipped into the country from abroad.