October 19th, 2016 | Victims of Communism

Victims of Communism — Memorial Foundation

October 19th, 2016

CAMBODIA

Expert Witness Calls Khmer Rouge Marriages “National Service
George Wright, THE CAMBODIA DAILY
The characterization of marriages under the Pol Pot regime as “forced” led many couples wed at the time to feel a new sense of shame, an expert witness told the Khmer Rouge tribunal on Tuesday. She defined marriages under the Khmer Rouge as “conscription,” and said they held the function of “national service.”

CHINA

Crisis Looms as Hong Kong Legislators Walk Out to Shun Independence Activists
Venus Wu, REUTERS
Dozens of pro-Beijing lawmakers walked out of the Hong Kong legislature on Wednesday to prevent the swearing-in of two pro-independence activists, setting the scene for a new constitutional crisis in the Chinese-controlled city. The topic of independence has long been taboo in the former British colony, now governed under the “one country, two systems” principle since its return to Communist Party-ruled China in 1997.

CUBA

Obama to the Castro Regime: Do Whatever You Want
The Editorial Board, THE WASHINGTON POST
The Castro regime has arrested almost as many peaceful opponents so far this year (8,505) as it did in all of 2015 (8,616), according to the nongovernmental Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation. The ranks of the repressed include dissident lawyer Julio Alfredo Ferrer Tamayo, who was thrown in prison Sept. 23. His law firm was also ransacked and documents were taken.

NORTH KOREA

A “Balloon Warrior” Subverts North Korea, Thousands of Leaflets at a Time
Choe Chang-Hun, THE NEW YORK TIMES
Mr. Lee, 59, a North Korean defector is hauling a large hydrogen tank to the border with North Korea, an hour’s drive away. The balloons carry special payloads: radio sets, one-dollar bills, computer memory sticks and, above all, tens of thousands of leaflets bearing messages that Mr. Lee says will debunk the personality cult surrounding Kim Jong-un, the youthful leader of North Korea.

VENEZUELA

Venezuela’s Latest Cruelty is Full Shelves of Unaffordable Goods
Fabiola Zerpa and Nathan Crooks, BLOOMBERG
Without announcing any formal change in policy, Venezuela’s government has started to give up on imposing price controls at private stores, with shop owners reporting that they haven’t seen any inspectors since July. Instead, the government has ordered suppliers to sell half of their products to the state-distribution system known as CLAP that delivers subsidized food to the country’s poor. The rest can be sold at whatever price they want.




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