Xi Jinping’s Lessons from the Soviet Collapse
THE INDIAN EXPRESS
As Communist leader Xi Jinping firms up his hold over China’s ruling Communist Party with his anti-graft campaign, his backers say Xi’s drive netting of over a million corrupt officials is necessary to prevent the party meeting a similar fate as the Soviet Union, which collapsed in 1991. The Soviet collapse teaches the Communist Party of China (CPC) lessons in party leadership, said a report in the state-run Global Times Tuesday.
Hong Kong Activists Face the Beijing Propaganda Treatment
Ben Bland, FINANCIAL TIMES
Normally staid organizations such as the Chinese Banking Association of Hong Kong and the Plastic Products Merchants United Association filled the press with vituperative advertisements attacking the newly elected legislators over their support for independence from China. The public denouncements were eerily similar to the propaganda that China’s Communist party deploys against its enemies.
Crackdown on Media in Cuba Includes Ban on Hurricane Matthew Coverage
CARRIBEAN NEWS NOW
The arrests of journalists trying to inform fellow citizens about the widespread damage caused by Hurricane Matthew’s passage over eastern Cuba on 4 October are the latest examples of how the Cuban government continues its harassment of independent journalism. According to the authorities, the journalists were arrested under the state of emergency proclaimed by President Raúl Castro, which supposedly prohibited journalistic reporting without special authorization.
North Korea Waging “Cyber Warfare” Against South by Spreading Malicious Rumours
Julian Ryall, THE TELEGRAPH
North Korea is conducting online “psychological warfare” against South Korea, with teams of cyber warriors spreading unflattering rumours and malicious tales throughout the internet. Pyongyang’s hackers have previously focused their efforts on gaining access to government websites, as well as home pages belonging to private corporations or infrastructure companies, the Korea Herald reported.
Tatars Mark One Year of Blockading Crimea
Tatiana Kozak, TRANSITIONS ONLINE
The ceremony marked a year since Crimean Tatars started a blockade of goods going from Ukraine proper to the peninsula, their traditional homeland. Led by leaders of the Tatar community, some of whom have been thrown out of Crimea since Russia seized the peninsula in February 2014, the protest was meant to demonstrate their determination to continue the blockade and to show support to Tatars still living in Crimea, many of whom have become the target of repression by Russian security forces.