October 17th, 2017 | Victims of Communism

Victims of Communism — Memorial Foundation

October 17th, 2017

CHINA

Fraud Scandals Sap China’s Dream of Becoming a Science Superpower
Amy Qin, The New York Times
Having conquered world markets and challenged American political and military leadership, China has set its sights on becoming a global powerhouse in a different field: scientific research. But in its rush to dominance, China has stood out in another, less boastful way. Since 2012, the country has retracted more scientific papers because of faked peer reviews than all other countries and territories put together, according to Retraction Watch, a blog that tracks and seeks to publicize retractions of research papers.

Uyghur Women and Children Endure Heavy Labor Amid Detentions in Xinjiang’s Hotan
RFA
Ethnic Uyghur Women and children from Hotan prefecture, in northwest China’s Xinjiang region, are being forced to endure heavy labor to make up for wages lost by the men in their families who are detained in re-education camps, according to sources. Since April, thousands of Muslim Uyghurs accused of harboring “extremist” and “politically incorrect” views have been detained in a vast network of re-education camps throughout Xinjiang, where Uyghurs complain of pervasive ethnic discrimination, religious repression, and cultural suppression under Chinese rule.

Xi Jinping’s Quest To Revive Stalin’s Communist Ideology
John Pomfret, The Washington Post
Xi’s ideology is a pastiche of imperial Chinese philosophy and radical Western thought. While Xi represents a party that was once committed to doing away with the traditions of old China, he has embraced the idea of dynastic succession that lay at the heart of ancient Chinese politics. Xi Jinping’s accession to the top of the Communist party in 2012 constituted a victory for the families of the revolutionaries who conquered everything under heaven, as the Chinese emperors used to say. In that way, the party’s propaganda ministries have positioned Xi—putting his face on buttons and plates and embracing him as “the core” of the party’s leadership—as the revolutionary inheritor of China’s first red emperor, Mao Zedong.

 

NORTH KOREA

North Korea Rejects Diplomacy With US For Now, Source Says
Will Ripley, Zachary Cohen and Richard Roth, CNN
A North Korean official reaffirmed Pyongyang’s commitment to developing a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching “all the way to the East coast of the mainland US,” on Monday, telling CNN that the rogue nation is currently not interested in diplomacy with the US until it achieves that goal. North Korea is not ruling out diplomacy, but “before we can engage in diplomacy with the Trump administration, we want to send a clear message that the DPRK has a reliable defensive and offensive capability to counter any aggression from the United States,” the official said.

 

RUSSIA

How Russia Is Playing Catalonia To Get A Reprieve On Crimea
Paul Gregory, Forbes
Putin sees in the Catalonian referendum an opportunity to convince the European Union, NATO, and the UN that it is time to recognize that Crimea belongs to Russia and to let bygones be bygones. After all, business and political interests in Europe are getting restive. They contend that, after almost four years, it is time to return to “business as usual” with Russia.

 

UNITED STATES

America Must Stand Up To China To Defend Human Rights In Tibet
Representative Jim McGovern and Tenzin Dorjee, The Huffington Post
Imagine you are a 6-year-old. Your world is your family, friends and community. One day, people come to your home and reveal that you are very special, a venerable leader of your faith, and that you will serve as a spiritual guide for your people. Two days later, authorities appear. They force you and your family from your home and take you away. This is what we know about Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the 11th Panchen Lama. On May 17, 1995, the Chinese government detained him and his family and announced a few months later that it had selected its own Panchen Lama.

Trump Says Cuba Is “Responsible” For Sonic Attacks On Embassy Staff
Nolan D. McCaskill, Politico
President Donald Trump said Monday that he holds the Cuban government accountable for sonic attacks on American personnel at the embassy in Havana. Trump told reporters during a Rose Garden news conference that he agrees with chief of staff John Kelly, who told reporters last week that the administration believes “the Cuban government could stop the attacks on our diplomats…I do. I think Cuba knew about it, sure,” Trump said. “I do believe Cuba’s responsible. I do believe that, and it’s a very unusual attack, as you know, but I do believe Cuba’s responsible, yes.”

 

VENEZUELA

Venezuela Elections Neither Free Nor Fair, Says US
BBC
The United States has condemned Sunday’s elections for state governors in Venezuela, branding them neither “free nor fair”. The State Department said ballot papers had been manipulated and polling stations moved “without public notice”. President Nicolás Maduro’s supporters won 17 of 23 state governorships but opposition leaders have alleged fraud. The opposition Democratic Union Roundtable coalition has refused to recognise the result.

Venezuela Vote Dispute Escalates Foreign Sanctions Threat
Alexandra Ulmer and Deisy Buitrago, Reuters
“As long as the Maduro regime conducts itself as an authoritarian dictatorship, we will work with members of the international community and bring the full weight of American economic and diplomatic power to bear in support of the Venezuelan people as they seek to restore their democracy,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement. The Trump administration has already imposed sanctions on Maduro and top officials, including election board head Tibisay Lucena.

 

VIETNAM

Vietnamese Official Jailed For Stealing $16 Million In Housing Deposits
Channel NewsAsia
A former Vietnamese lawmaker has been sentenced to life in prison for fraud after she pocketed $16 million in down-payments from would-be homeowners when she was a real estate developer, a court clerk said Tuesday. Chau Thi Thu Nga is the latest to be punished as part of a government anti-corruption sweep targeting current and former officials, bankers and executives in the communist state.

Vietnam Police Call On Dong Tam Land Dispute Villagers To Turn Themselves In
RFA
Police in Vietnam’s capital Hanoi called over the weekend for residents of Dong Tam commune involved in an April clash with authorities over land use to turn themselves in, despite promises made earlier that they would not be prosecuted, sources said. The demand was circulated in a letter sent out on Oct. 13 and was followed up by calls issued over loudspeakers, one villager told RFA’s Vietnamese Service, adding that the move has only angered commune residents and strengthened their commitment to resist.

 

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

October 17th, 1979: Mother Teresa is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

October 17th, 1989: Erich Honecker is removed from power in the East German “Peaceful Revolution.”

 

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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty




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