Xi Jinping’s Speech on 80th Anniversary of Red Army’s Epic Military Retreat
Laura Zhou, SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST
Communist leader Xi Jinping gave an hour-long speech to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the end of the Long March on Friday morning. Speaking at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Xi urged unity and loyalty among Communist Party cadres as he called for a revival of the spirit of the Long March in the face of domestic and international challenges.
60 Years Later, Hungarians Recall Ill-Fated Revolution
Denis Krasnikov, KYIV POST
On Oct. 23, 1956, a crowd of 20,000 people, mostly students, staged a peaceful demonstration in Budapest. The night before, their leaders had drawn up a list of 16 demands. Among them were demands for a new government and free, multi-party elections. The rally grew into a nationwide uprising against Soviet domination. The revolt almost succeeded, but the Soviet Union on Nov. 4 sent in its troops to re-establish the Kremlin’s control, and the revolution was quashed by Nov. 10.
Evidence of Blatant Violations Calls into Question Validity of Elections In North Caucasus
Liz Fuller, RADIO FREE EUROPE
While the overall outcome of Russia’s State Duma elections came as no surprise, the ruling United Russia party won at least 343 of the 450 mandates. At the same time, the consistently high level of support registered for United Russia in simultaneous parliamentary elections in several North Caucasus republics has been attributed to a combination of intimidation and flagrant procedural violations.
Crimean Tatar Leader Shortlisted for 2016 Sakharov Prize
The leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev has been named as one of the finalists for the European Parliament’s 2016 Sakharov human rights prize. Mustafa Dzhemilev, 72, is a Ukrainian MP and the former chairman of the Mejlis, the highest representative body of the Crimean Tatars, which is now banned in the Russian-occupied Crimea as an “extremist organization.” A leading human rights activist during the Soviet times, he was jailed several times for his “anti-Soviet activities.”
“Like Doctors in a War”: Inside Venezuela’s Healthcare Crisis
Jonathan Watts, THE GUARDIAN
Dr. María Gonzales cannot recall the exact moment when she realized Venezuela’s health crisis had enveloped her hospital. The country is in the midst of devastating economic, social, and health crises. These problems all converge in the nation’s hospitals, where doctors report rising levels of mortality thanks to a dire shortage of medical supplies, shutdowns of operating theatres, staff declines and violent crime, including gunshots during surgery and mugging in corridors.