China Ousts Finance Minister as Xi Jinping Turns to Allies
Jeremy Page and Lingling Wei, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
China removed its high-profile, reformist finance minister from the post in a shuffle that comes as Communist Party leader Xi Jinping positions trusted allies in key roles and Beijing prioritizes short-term growth over major overhauls. The shuffle put more senior government posts in the hands of Xi loyalists ahead of a twice-a-decade Communist Party Congress next fall that will shape policy for years to come.
Significance of October Socialist Revolution Highlighted in Cuba
The historical significance of the October Socialist Revolution was highlighted today by officers of the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces and members of the diplomatic corps accredited in Havana. The Ambassador of Belarus to Cuba, Alexander Aleksandrov, said that “The Revolution allowed the people of the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics to fully enjoy all their human and social rights.”
Shooting of Film on Executed Czech Politician Horáková Starts
PRAGUE DAILY MONITOR
Director, scriptwriter, and producer David Mrnka started shooting a full-length feature film about Czech democratic politician Milada Horakova (1901-1950), who was executed by the communist regime for political reasons, in Prague Saturday.
RFE and the Hungarian Revolution–Original Broadcasts, Reporter’s Diary Now Online
RADIO FREE LIBERTY
Hungarians around the world marked this month the 60th anniversary of their country’s exhilarating, yet ultimately tragic effort to free itself from Soviet communist domination in October 1956. The Hungarian Revolution was a milestone of the Cold War, which showed the lengths to which Moscow was willing to go to maintain control over its Warsaw Pact allies, and signaled to Western governments the longevity of communist rule in Central and Eastern Europe.
North Korea Publishes Photographs of South Korea Protests
Elizabeth Shim, UPI
In a rare move for Pyongyang, North Korea state media is taking an unusual interest in the South Korean protests that have grown since President Park Geun-hye acknowledged her connections to a woman who may have had access to state secrets and faces allegations of corruption. In Monday’s issue of Workers’ Party newspaper Rodong Sinmun, North Korea called for the overthrow of the “Park Geun-hye regime” and the removal of “corrupt power.”
A Venezuelan Cartoonist Forced into Exile Still Draws the Repression Back Home
Venezuelan journalist Cesar Miguel Rondon says the Maduro government acted like thugs. “They behaved like punks on a street corner. You don’t have the rule of law here. Every single day it’s more openly the exercise of a dictatorship instead of a democracy.” Rayna Suprani was fired from El Universal in 2014, now she uses her exile to literally draw the attention of the rest of the world to the repressive political system in Venezuela under Maduro.