October 16th, 2017 | Victims of Communism

Victims of Communism — Memorial Foundation

October 16th, 2017

CHINA

Guo Wengui, The Maverick Chinese Billionaire Who Threatens To Crash Xi’s Party
Tom Phillips, The Guardian
He paints himself as the Che Guevara of Chinese crony capitalism, a billionaire insurgent vowing to bring down the system from the comfort of his $68m New York home. “My only goal is to change China,” Guo Wengui, an eccentric and exiled Chinese property magnate, declared earlier this month on the eve of a key political convention in Beijing that he is promising to disrupt with electrifying revelations of skulduggery at the pinnacle of Chinese power.

Uyghurs In Xinjiang Re-Education Camps Forced To Express Remorse Over Travel Abroad
RFA
Authorities in Korla (in Chinese, Kuerle) city, in northwest China’s Xinjiang region are detaining ethnic Uyghurs in re-education camps for traveling overseas and refusing to free them until they admit it was “wrong” to have left the country, according to a security official. Last month, sources told RFA’s Uyghur Service that re-education camps hold at least 3,600 inmates and are labeled “career development centers” in a bid to mask their true nature. Many of those detained are Muslim Uyghurs who have been accused of harboring “extremist” views after returning to the Xinjiang region from government sanctioned visits to family members or religious studies at Islamic universities in countries including Turkey and Egypt.

 

CUBA

Amidst Growing Tensions With The US, Cuba Gets Cozier With Russia
Nora Gámez Torres, The Miami Herald
As relations between the United States and Cuba chill in the midst of mysterious attacks on diplomats in Havana, Cuba is getting a lot cozier with its old ally: Russia. To many, this comes as no surprise. “[Vladimir] Putin’s message is not difficult to understand,” said Richard Feinberg, an expert at Brookings Institution and a former U.S. policymaker for Latin America during Bill Clinton’s administration. “Putin longs to regain the past imperial glory and relations with Cuba follow that same pattern.”

 

NORTH KOREA

The World Once Laughed at North Korean Cyberpower. No More.
David E. Sanger, David D. Kirkpatrick and Nicole Perlroth, The New York Times
When North Korean hackers tried to steal $1 billion from the New York Federal Reserve last year, only a spelling error stopped them. They were digitally looting an account of the Bangladesh Central Bank, when bankers grew suspicious about a withdrawal request that had misspelled “foundation” as “fandation.” Even so, Kim Jong-un’s minions still got away with $81 million in that heist. Then only sheer luck enabled a 22-year-old British hacker to defuse the biggest North Korean cyberattack to date, a ransomware attack last May.

 

RUSSIA

Russian State TV Marks Centenary With Series Recounting Rise And Fall Of Leon Trotsky
Oliver Carroll, The Independent
On Friday, Russians were granted a glimpse of the way the Russian state intends to play next month’s 100-year anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution. The two-minute trailer for Trotsky is enough to leave a lasting impression. The show draws intentional parallels with contemporary Russia and Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. “So the message for young Russians is obvious: your Navalny might be charismatic and speak well but, like Trotsky, he is destructive, savage, unpatriotic and probably working for foreign governments,” says Professor Alexander Reznik.

 

VENEZUELA

Venezuela Socialists Win Governor Seats Amid Fraud Claims
BBC News
Electoral authorities in Venezuela say the governing Socialist Party has won 17 of 23 state governorships in a crushing victory. President Nicolás Maduro hailed it as a victory for chavismo, his party’s brand of socialism named after former president Hugo Chávez. But opposition leaders alleged fraud. The Democratic Union Roundtable coalition has refused to recognise the result and demanded a complete audit, campaign director Gerardo Blyde said. He said that “neither Venezuelans nor the world will swallow this fiction.”

Venezuela Opposition Rejects Latest Election Results
Al Jazeera
Venezuela’s opposition coalition refused to recognise the results of Sunday’s gubernatorial elections where the ruling socialists won a surprise majority, raising the spectre of more political turmoil in the oil-rich nation. The Democratic Unity’s (MUD) election campaign chief, Gerardo Blyde, demanded a complete audit of the 23 governor races and called on its candidates to lead “street activities” on Monday in protest over the results.

 

VIETNAM

Imprisoned Activist In Vietnam Has Tumors All Over Her Body
UCANews
A land activist imprisoned in Vietnam for over seven years is in failing health, says her brother who claims she has not been allowed to phone family members because she refuses to plead guilty of charges made against her of attempting to overthrow the state. Tran Thi Thuy, 45, was arrested in 2010 for petitioning for reparation for land seized by authorities. “I last saw her on Oct. 5, when she told me that she has tumors as large as cups all over her body, which are causing her severe pain,” said her brother.

Vietnam Blogger Phan Kim Khanh To Face Trial On October 25th
RFA
Student activist and blogger Phan Kim Khanh will go on trial later this month on charges of “propaganda against the state,” a controversial article of the country’s penal code used to target dissidents, his lawyer said on Friday. “Today I’ve received the decision which says Khanh will go on trial on the morning of October 25. I met him and he seemed to be in good mood but his health is weak,” said defense lawyer Ha Huy Son. Khanh, 24, from Phu Thọ province, was arrested on March 21 and for posting online content that authorities described as fabricated and malicious and aimed at to spreading propaganda against the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

 

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

October 16th, 1934: The guerrilla armed forces of the Chinese Communist Party begin the “Long March.”

October 16th, 1978: Karol Wojtyla is elected Pope John Paul II after the October 1978 Papal conclave.

 

RELEVANT HOLIDAYS

Day of Pope John Paul II (Poland)

UN World Food Day (International)




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