Protests Outside Chinese Defense Ministry at Army Cuts
More than 1,000 protesters have walked and chanted in front of China’s defense ministry, in the latest apparent demonstration by soldiers as the world’s largest standing military modernizes and downsizes. Demonstrations on such a large scale are rare in the center of the heavily policed capital.
Cuba, USA to Discuss Human Rights
Human rights organizations are illegal in Cuba and considered by the Castro government as counterrevolutionary. The human rights dialogue is one of the most sensitive points within the process of rapprochement between Cuba and the United States, after half a century of confrontation. Havana considers human rights collective achievements such as universal access to education and health, which are part of the Cuban social policy.
North Korean Farmers Are Denied Surplus Harvest Again This Year
RADIO FREE ASIA
Despite increases this year in agricultural production, authorities in North Korea’s northern provinces are once again refusing to distribute promised surplus grain to area farmers, demanding also that potatoes harvested beyond state requirements be used to produce food starch, North Korean sources say. Under a policy intended to spur production, farmers are allowed in theory to keep 30 percent of their work unit’s production, with the government taking the rest.
Ukranian World Congress Calls Upon International Community to Defend All Political Prisoners Detained Unlawfully by Russia
The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC), in support of an appeal by the Parliament of Ukraine on October 5, 2016, calls upon the international community, including human rights organizations, to assist with efforts to secure the release of Ukrainian journalists and all political prisoners detained unlawfully by Russian authorities. Roman Sushchenko and Mykola Semena are victims of the hybrid war of the Russian Federation against Ukraine.
Venezuela in a Vise
Francisco Toro, THE NEW YORK TIMES
Thousands of people are expected to fan out in protest across Venezuela on Wednesday to demand a referendum for the removal of President Nicolás Maduro: His government has overseen an economic crisis that has decimated livelihoods throughout the country. A so-called recall referendum may be held if 20 percent of registered voters in each state sign a petition at the end of this month. Even if they do, however, a meaningful recall vote is far from guaranteed.