Richard Berman, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Joseph Stalin once said, “If I could control the medium of the American motion picture, I would need nothing else to convert the entire world to communism.” The Chinese government is taking those words to heart. China’s Communist Party claims that “efforts should be made to manifest core socialist values in internet publicity, culture, and service.” Communist leader Xi Jinping has vowed to “strengthen China’s soft power” and “build its capacity in international communication.”
Cuban Artist Launches 2018 Presidential Bid to Defeat Communist Regime
Sabrina Martín, PANAMPOST
Artist Tania Bruguera, who is in charge of the International Institute of Activism, announced this month via Youtube that she will be running for president in 2018. The artist, who has been censured and punished for being critical of Raul Castro’s adminstration, called on the Cuban people to participate in the elections to be held within two years. The artist was also imprisoned for eight months and had her passport withdrawn. She was accused of resistance and public disorder.
YouGov Poll: Millennials Misinformed About Communism
A new poll by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation finds that many people within America’s younger generation are unfamiliar with communism and communist leaders. The YouGov survey concluded, for example, that 80 percent of millennials did not know that communism has led to the deaths of 100 million people. And only 55 percent of this age group said communism was and still is a problem.
No Pay, No Expenses, No Laws for Venezuela’s Opposition Lawmakers
Corina Pons, REUTERS
They say they have not been paid for two months, have had their electricity cut and are sometimes banned from flights – and the laws they pass are blocked anyway. Venezuela’s opposition lawmakers accuse the socialist government of sabotaging their work after winning a majority in congress last December. The pro-government Supreme Court has blocked all congress bills from becoming law.
Vietnam: Popular Music and Censorship
Barley Norton, FREEMUSE
The Vietnamese state operates a thorough system of music censorship, and the few songwriters who dare to directly challenge the authority of the Vietnamese Communist Party or its policies face serious consequences. Hoang Nhat Thong was sentenced to a six-year prison sentence in October 2012 for “anti-state propaganda,” related to his production of songs expressing concerns over a lack of social justice in Vietnam and the dictatorship of the government.