Cuba’s Fidel Castro Will “Live Forever,” Says Chinese Leader Xi Jinping
HONG KONG FREE PRESS
Fidel Castro will live forever, China Communist leader Xi Jinping said Saturday in a message read out on television following the death of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro. “The Chinese people have lost a good and true comrade,” said Xi in a message read at the beginning of the nightly news on the country’s main TV channel. “Comrade Castro will live forever.”
Castro’s Death Won’t End Cuba’s Communist Rule
Alan Gomez, USA TODAY
The death of the father of Cuba’s communist revolution won’t mean that the repressive political system Fidel Castro installed nearly 58 years ago will die with him. Jaime Suchlicki, director of the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at the University of Miami, said this will allow Raúl to continue to influence Cuba’s next president and maintain control over the more powerful mechanisms of the party and the military.
Leftist Allies Fly in to Pay Tribute to Cuba’s Castro at Mass Rally
Sarah Marsh, REUTERS
Leaders of Cuba’s leftist allies and other developing countries descend on Havana on Tuesday for a mass rally commemorating Fidel Castro. For many, especially in Latin America and Africa, he was a symbol of resistance to imperialism, having ousted a US-backed dictator, and a champion of the poor. Others condemned him as a tyrant whose socialism ran the economy to ruin.
Cuba Detains Dissident Artist for Celebrating Castro’s Death
VOICE OF AMERICA
Cuban police have detained dissident artist Danilo “El Sexto” Maldonado, once declared a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International, after he made a video celebrating the death of Fidel Castro, a dissident human rights group and the artist’s girlfriend said on Monday. Maldonado has used performance and graffiti art to criticize the Cuban government. Following his arrest in December 2014, he spent 10 months in prison and was released after an Amnesty International statement that he was considered Cuba’s only prisoner of conscience.
Hong Kong Government Guns for Lawmaker Lau Siu-lai In Oath-Taking Controversy
Chris Lau, SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST
Hong Kong’s Department of Justice says it plans to launch a legal bid against one more lawmaker who has come under fire for taking her oath slowly in an apparent bid to disqualify her. In a reply to press inquiries, the government’s legal arm said on Tuesday that it intended to initiate legal proceedings against lawmaker Lau Siu-lai and Legislative Council president Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen. But the department stopped short of saying what grounds it would use in the legal action.
Analysis Shows Chain of Command of Kim Jong-un’s Political Prison Camps
Morgan Chalfant, THE WASHINGTON FREE BEACON
North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un controls his regime’s political prison camps through a chain of command comprised of entities of the Workers’ Party of Korea, according to a new analysis by a human rights expert. North Koreans are banished to the camps for violating the so-called Ten Principles of Monolithic Ideology, or TPMI, the regulations that reign supreme over the everyday lives of the North Korean people.
In Putin’s Russia, It Just Got Easier to Find the Perpetrators of Stalin’s Purges
David Filipov, THE WASHINGTON POST
A Russian human rights group has published a database containing personal information about nearly 40,000 members of the notorious security force that carried out Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s purges, shedding light on an ugly stretch of history the Kremlin would prefer to remain hidden. The archive, culled from the records of Stalin’s security forces (the NKVD) and posted on the website of Memorial, the human rights group, for the first time names those who carried out some 700,000 executions from 1935 to 1939 during “The Great Terror.”
Venezuela’s Currency Now Worth So Little Shopkeepers Weigh Vast Piles of Notes Instead of Counting Them
Charlotte England, INDEPENDENT
Inflation in Venezuela is expected to reach 720 per cent this year, with the largest bolívar bill now worth just five US cents on the black market. Some shopkeepers have reportedly taken to weighing rather than counting the wads of cash customers hand them, and standard-size wallets have become all but useless in the socialist South American state. Instead, many people stuff huge volumes of cash into handbags, money belts, or backpacks, in scenes analysts have said are suggestive of “runaway” inflation.
NA Chairwoman Pays Tribute to Cuban Revolutionary Leader
VIET NAM NEWS
National Assembly (NA) Chairwoman Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân laid a wreath at the Jose Marti Memorial in Havana yesterday, paying tribute to the recently departed Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro. Writing in the funeral guestbook, Kim Ngân expressed the deep sorrow of the Vietnamese Party, State and people at the passing of Fidel Castro, the leader of the Cuban revolution, “a great faithful friend, close comrade and brother of Vietnam.”