October 30th, 2017 | Victims of Communism

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October 30th, 2017

CAMBODIA

Boris Johnson To Face Calls To Tackle Cambodia Over Human Rights Crisis
Nicola Smith, The Daily Telegraph
Boris Johnson is to face calls to slap targeted sanctions on the Southeast Asian nation amid its worst human rights crisis in two years. Mu Sochua, 63, deputy leader of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), fled her homeland in early October after being publicly denounced by Prime Minister Hun Sen as an “urban terrorist”. She will visit the UK in November to urge the Foreign Secretary to take action.

 

CHINA

China’s Communist Leadership Has A Model Of Totalitarianism For The 21st Century
Jackson Diehl, The Washington Post
China’s Communist leadership this month staged what will be remembered as the most important political event of the year, and maybe of the century so far. As the party Congress concluded last week, Xi Jinping was confirmed as most powerful leader in Beijing since Mao Zedong—and he proclaimed the regime’s intention not just to become the world’s leading power, but to establish a new model of totalitarianism. Plenty of strongmen and would-be strongmen around the world were likely applauding, including Stephen K. Bannon. The oracle of the alt-right called Xi’s 30,000-word text “an adult speech to adults,” in contrast to the “pablum” of John McCain and George W. Bush.

How China Is Targeting Its Uyghur Ethnic Minority Abroad
Nathan Vanderklippe, The Globe and Mail
For days before she fled, Aynur hid. “We couldn’t go anywhere public because if police recognized us, they would immediately arrest us,” she said. Then, on the day she had picked to board a flight from Cairo to Istanbul, she left home just after 2 a.m., hoping the cover of night would shield her identity – and that the early hour would mean fewer police on patrol. On paper, Aynur had no reason to be afraid. Her papers were in order, allowing her to pursue a lengthy course of Islamic studies. She had attended university in Egypt since 2013.

 

CUBA

Denying “Sonic Attacks,” Cuba Names Diplomats, Releases Medical Record
Patrick Oppmann and Michelle Kosinski, CNN
The Cuban government apparently named for the first time some of the US diplomats who suffered health problems as a result of a series of mysterious incidents in Havana that US officials have described as attacks on their personnel. The names of nine people identified as US diplomats were shown briefly on Cuban state-run TV Thursday night during a half -hour program on the incidents that have caused US-Cuban relations to sink to their lowest point in years.

Rubio Unveils Bill To Strengthen Security At Cuban Airports
Melanie Zanona, The Hill
Cuba hard-liner Senator Marco Rubio is backing legislation to strengthen the security at the island nation’s airports, where commercial US flights have been landing for over a year. The Florida Republican, who has also been calling for a tougher response to a series of bizarre attacks on US diplomats in Havana, reintroduced a bill on Thursday that would require the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to assess each of Cuba’s 10 international airports and brief Congress about it. The House on Monday unanimously passed an identical bill, which is sponsored by Rep. John Katko (R-NY).

 

NORTH KOREA

Britain Says North Korea Was Behind Cyberattack on Health Service
Dan Bilefsky, The New York Times
Britain believes “quite strongly” that North Korea was behind the “WannaCry” cyberattack in May that wreaked havoc on the National Health Service’s computer systems and spread to more than 150 countries, a senior official said on Friday. The minister of security, Ben Wallace, told the BBC that several other countries had concluded the same thing: North Korea unleashed “ransomware” that buffeted institutions including universities in China, rail systems in Germany and the Russian Interior Ministry.

Pentagon Chief Says North Korea Engages In “Outlaw” Behavior
Reuters
The threat of nuclear missile attack by North Korea is accelerating, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Saturday, accusing the North of illegal and unnecessary missile and nuclear programs and pledging to repel any strike. In remarks in Seoul with South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo at his side, Mattis said North Korea engages in “outlaw” behavior and that the U.S. will never accept a nuclear North.

 

RUSSIA

Russians Honor Victims Of Stalin’s Purges, Urge Release Of Historian Activist
AFP
Russians gathered in central Moscow on Sunday to honor the victims of Stalin-era purges, as many called for the release of a jailed activist who researched mass graves. In an annual ceremony organized by the country’s oldest rights organization, Memorial, hundreds of people were set to take turns during the day to read from a list of names of people killed during Josef Stalin’s rule. This year’s ritual takes place near the Solovetsky Stone, a monument in Lubyanka Square, across from the former KGB headquarters.

Russia Uses Its Oil Giant, Rosneft, As A Foreign Policy Tool
Clifford Krauss, The New York Times
Russia is increasingly wielding oil as a geopolitical tool, spreading its influence around the world and challenging the interests of the United States. The strategy faces a crucial test this week in Venezuela, a Russian ally that must come up with a billion dollars to avert defaults on its debts. Russia has been making a flurry of loans and deals all centered on the Venezuelan oil business, money that could make the difference between the government’s collapse and its survival. In return, Moscow is getting a strategic advantage in Washington’s backyard.

 

VENEZUELA

Further Isolation Of Venezuela May Be Needed, Says Lima Group
David Ljunggren, Reuters
A regional Latin American grouping on Thursday agreed more steps may be needed to further isolate Venezuela, where President Nicolas Maduro has been accused of stamping on rights and democracy, said Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland. She spoke to reporters after a Toronto meeting of the Lima Group, which also includes Canada. The group has already condemned what it calls recent anti-democratic acts by Venezuela’s government.

 

VIETNAM

Vietnam Dissident’s Daughter Calls On Melania Trump For Help
Reuters
The 10-year-old daughter of a jailed Vietnamese blogger, “Mother Mushroom,” has appealed to US First Lady Melania Trump to help win her mother’s release ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit to Vietnam next month. The handwritten letter, posted on Facebook on Thursday, drew attention to Vietnam’s biggest crackdown on dissidents in years before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in November.

 

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

October 30th, 1961: The corpse of Joseph Stalin is disinterred from Lenin’s Mausoleum and buried in a plain grave beside the Kremlin walls.




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