Xi Stresses Political Training for Non-Communist Officials
Communist leader Xi Jinping has urged a key socialist institute to make more effort to train non-communist officials who have strong socialist beliefs and work closely with the Communist Party of China. Xi made the remarks in a congratulatory letter released on Friday on the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Central Institute of Socialism.
Obama Just Opened the Door for Castro’s Spies
John R. Schindler, OBSERVER
Normalization of relations with Fidel Castro’s Cuba has been one of the big foreign policy initiatives of Barack Obama’s presidency. During his two terms in the White House, Washington has overturned more than a half-century’s worth of American policies toward the Communist regime in Havana. Calling that legacy a “failed approach,” Obama’s outreach to Havana, particularly in his second term, has been pronounced, including a visit by the president and the first lady to Cuba.
Park Says South Korea Will Not Seek Compromise with North Korea’s Tyranny
THE KOREA TIMES
President Park Geun-hye vowed on Sunday that South Korea will not seek compromise with North Korea over issues of missile threats, adding that recent defections of North Koreans, including high-ranking officials, have also exposed the Kim Jong-un regime’s tyranny. “Although its people are suffering from a flood and economic trouble, North Korea is threatening the peace and future of Koreans by concentrating on nuclear weapons and missiles,” Park said in a video message.
Ukrainian Diaspora Organizations Demand Release of Prisoners Illegally Held by Russia
THE UKRANIAN WEEKLY
Ukrainian diaspora organizations, led by the Ukrainian World Congress, have combined efforts to call on the international community to secure the release of Ukrainian political prisoners illegally detained by Russian authorities.
Venezuela’s Congress Sidelined by Maduro in Budget Process, First Time in 150 Years
Jim Wyss, MIAMI HERALD
Barring last minute changes, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Friday will do what none of his predecessors have done in the last 150 years: pass a budget without going through congress. Instead, Maduro will have his 2017 budget approved by a “People’s Assembly” and a compliant court, effectively stripping the opposition-controlled legislature of one of its principal constitutional roles.