China’s Richest Man, Dalian Wanda’s Wang Jianlin, Makes His Move on Hollywood
Erich Schwartzel and Kathy Chu and Wayne Ma, WALL STREET JOURNAL
Wang Jianlin, China’s richest man, is buying Hollywood one piece at a time. His latest target, Dick Clark Productions, would stretch Mr. Wang’s empire into Hollywood’s red-carpet glamour zone, giving him the company that puts on the Golden Globes, the American Music Awards and other shows brimming with celebrities and promotional opportunities.
Colombia Referendum: Voters Reject Farc Peace Deal
Voters in Colombia have rejected a landmark peace deal with Farc rebels in a shocking referendum result, with 50.2% voting against it. The deal was signed last week by President Juan Manuel Santos and Farc leader Timóleon Jiménez after nearly four years of negotiations. But it needed to be ratified by Colombians in order to come into force.
Cuba Lashes Out Against US Funding For “Subversive” Projects
Abel Fernández, MCCLATHYDC
A day before the fourth round of bilateral diplomatic talks is scheduled to take place in Washington, the state-controlled Cuban media lambasted some US-funded programs to organizations with ties to the island. The official media website Cubadebate reproduced a list — originally published by “Along the Malecón” blog — of organizations that receive funding from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a Washington-based private, nonprofit foundation with a global mission to advance democracy.
Latvia Removes Soviet Sailor Monument for “Public Safety”
Damien Sharkov, NEWSWEEK
The Latvian government has finalized the removal of a monument to Soviet sailors, deeming it a safety hazard, despite Russia’s objections. Latvia has tried to distance itself from its Soviet legacy since it declared independence in 1991, with some Communist monuments being removed and others being left in disrepair. Russia sent the Latvian government a note of protest against the monument’s removal, calling the actions of local authorities “unacceptable” and awaiting a response from Riga.
Inside Venezuela’s Crumbling Mental Hospitals
Meridith Kohut and Nicholas Casey, THE NEW YORK TIMES
At the invitation of doctors, reporters from The New York Times visited six psychiatric wards across the country. All reported shortages of medicine, even food. The Venezuelan government denies that its public hospitals are suffering from shortages, and has refused multiple offers of international medical aid.