China Releases Women’s Rights Activist Who Supported Hong Kong’s Democracy Movement
Authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong have released women’s rights activist Su Changlan, who once supported Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement and campaigned for the land rights of rural women. “Su Changlan has been released, and she is here with us,” her brother Su Shangwei confirmed to RFA on Thursday. But he declined to comment further, hinting that he is under constant surveillance. “I’ll tell you more about her health later; it’s a problem talking on the phone right now,” he said.
Don’t Trust The Chinese To Make Microchips For The Military
Dan Nidess, The Wall Street Journal
By pressuring Chinese manufacturers to source components domestically, Beijing has stimulated a semiconductor industry that has rapidly developed expertise and expanded its reach. In 2011 microchips headed for US Navy helicopters were found to carry defects that would have prevented them from firing missiles. Given that the chips came from China, there was a strong suspicion that the defect was the result of deliberate tampering.
Women Fail To Crack Glass Ceiling In Chinese Communist Party
John Ruwitch, Bangkok Post
Every time China’s ruling Communist Party convenes a major gathering, like the congress that just ended in Beijing, the list of delegates is hand-crafted in part to burnish the party’s image as “representative
of the masses”—including giving some prominence to those in more menial jobs and ethnic minorities. Yet one group is chronically under-represented among the political elite: women.
New Treasury Sanctions Target North Korean Military, Labor Camps
Sylvan Lane, The Hill
The Treasury Department on Thursday targeted ten North Korean nationals and firms with ties to the country’s military and forced labor camps. The department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), which administers sanctions, targeted seven North Korean nationals and three firms through executive orders meant to curb the regime’s military and civil rights abuses.
Interpol Blocks Russia Request to Arrest Hermitage’s Browder
Stephanie Baker, Bloomberg News
Interpol rejected Russia’s request to arrest Hermitage Capital Management founder Bill Browder, telling member states to ignore an attempt by Moscow to pursue the fund manager through the organization. Browder said Thursday that he’d received a letter from Interpol’s Commission for the Control of Files, the body responsible for vetting data, informing him of its decision to dismiss Russia’s request to put him on the organization’s wanted list. It’s the fifth time Interpol has blocked Russia’s attempts to issue notices to arrest Browder, who has led a global campaign against Russia’s human-rights abuses.
Putin’s Acolytes Are Determined To Crush The Opposition, One Activist At A Time
Marc Bennetts, Newsweek
Ivan Skripnichenko, a 35-year-old Russian opposition activist, was standing guard at a makeshift memorial to a slain Kremlin foe when a man dressed in army surplus clothing walked up to him. “Don’t you love Putin?” he asked, before knocking Skripnichenko down with a punch to the face. Eight days later, Skripnichenko was dead.
Russian Editor Says Newspaper Plans to Arm Its Journalists
The editor of Russia’s most prominent opposition newspaper says he intends to arm his staff with guns that fire rubber bullets amid growing concern about attacks on journalists. Novaya Gazeta editor Dmitry Muratov discussed his plans two days after Tatiana Felgenhauer of Russia’s only independent news radio station, Ekho Moskvy, was stabbed in her studio. Several Novaya Gazeta journalists have been killed or died under mysterious circumstances, including renowned Kremlin critic Anna Politkovskaya. She was shot in 2006.
Twitter Bans Two Kremlin-Backed News Outlets From Advertising
Nicholas Confessore, The New York Times
Twitter announced on Thursday that it would ban RT and Sputnik, the two Kremlin-backed international news outlets, from advertising on its platform, intensifying the battle over Russian propaganda on social media and prompting an immediate threat of retaliation from the Russian Foreign Ministry. The decision marks one of the most aggressive moves by an American social media company against the outlets, which United States intelligence officials have linked to a wide-ranging Kremlin effort, both covert and overt, to disrupt the 2016 presidential election.
Daniel Kritenbrink Confirmed As US Ambassador To Vietnam
Joseph Morton, Omaha World-Herald
The Senate on Thursday confirmed Nebraska native Daniel Kritenbrink to be the US ambassador to Vietnam. A diplomat since 1994, Kritenbrink served as senior director for Asian affairs for President Barack Obama’s National Security Council. Before that, he was deputy chief of mission in Beijing.
US Report Shines Light On Brutal Conditions In North Korea
Kyle Atwood, CBS News
The State Department issued a report Thursday on North Korea’s human rights abuses and censorship, which included the sanctioning of 10 individuals and entities that have taken direct actions to back the regime’s brutality. “This report shines a spotlight on serious human rights abuses committed by the DPRK regime, including extrajudicial killings, forced labor, torture, prolonged arbitrary detention, as well as rape, forced abortions, and other sexual violence,” said Scott Busby, the State Department’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY:
October 27th, 1988: President Ronald Reagan suspends construction of the new US embassy chancery in Moscow when it is discovered that Soviet construction crews were seeding the new structure with listening devices.