Discipline, Loyalty in Focus as Communist Leaders Gather in Beijing
Sutirtho Patranobis, HINDUSTAN TIMES
Some 400 senior leaders of the Communist Party of China (CPC), provincial chiefs, military officers, and academics have gathered behind the thick walls of the Soviet-style Jingxi Hotel in Beijing for a crucial four-day meeting that could result in decisions with far-reaching impact. In Communist jargon, it‘s the 6th Plenum of the 18th CPC Central Committee, the one which has been ruling China since the end of 2012 with party general secretary Xi Jinping—apparently in fine form—at the helm.
Cuba, Iran’s Island in the Sun
Emanuele Ottolenghi, THE HILL
Cuba is the most recent and unlikely addition to Iran’s growing network of missionary centers. In the last three years, Iran has established a Shiite cultural center and a mosque in Havana that is actively recruiting and converting Cubans. Iran wants to preserve and expand this operation, especially now that Havana has relations with the United States.
How to Derail Venezuela’s New Dictatorship
THE WASHINGTON POST
As Venezuela’s political and humanitarian crisis has escalated, the government of Nicolás Maduro made clear that it was prepared to shred what remained of the country’s constitutional order to stop a growing opposition movement. If the Obama administration wishes to head off still greater turmoil in Venezuela, the United States should be coordinating tough international action.
Make Babies to Protect Motherland, Khmer Rouge Witness Was Told
George Wright, THE CAMBODIA DAILY
Ms. Naroeun was testifying in the ongoing trial of Khmer Rouge second-in-command Nuon Chea and head of state Khieu Samphan. Prosecutors are attempting to prove that the Communist Party of Kampuchea implemented a nationwide policy that forced people to marry and have sexual relations in order to increase the number of children and, eventually, workers.
US to Release Second Blacklist of North Korean Officials Involved In Human Rights Abuses In December
THE KOREA HERALD
The United States plans to release a second blacklist in December of North Korean officials and entities to be sanctioned for their involvement in human rights violations. As part of efforts to promote the international awareness of the North’s human rights problem, the US is also working closely with other governments to help a strong resolution pass through the Third Committee and the UN General Assembly.