China “Not Afraid” of Using the Past in Politics
Katie Stallard, SKY NEWS
Martyrs Day is a recent construct in China — one of a series of commemorations announced in 2014 for the victims of the Japanese attack on the city in 1937, and Victory Day of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression. The message is clear: China suffered terrible atrocities at the hands of hostile foreign forces, which it did, and only the Communist Party could defend the nation and reclaim the country’s rightful place in the global order, which is open to debate. This re-telling of China’s history aims to shore up the party’s legitimacy at home, and justify its actions abroad.
North Korea Provocation Expected Around US Election
Yoon Min-sik, KOREA HERALD
North Korea may carry out another provocative action around the time of the upcoming US presidential election in November, warned an expert on the communist state. Victor Cha, former director for Asian Affairs in the White House’s National Security Council and currently senior adviser to the US-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, wrote in a CSIS study he co-authored with other experts that a major nuclear or missile test “would be a way (for North Korea) of trying to intimidate the incoming president.”
Polish President Marks 35th Anniversary of Solidarity Weekly
In an address on Monday, Polish President Andrzej Duda recalled thatSolidarity Weekly was the first periodical published independently of Poland’s former communist authorities. He said the publication had the courage to demand justice, dignity, and respect for all working people struggling for a democratic Poland. After the introduction of martial law in December 1981, most of the weekly’s journalists were interned by the communist regime.
Venezuela’s Opposition: Foreign Aid Welcome
Eudoro Antonio González Dellán, THE NEW YORK TIMES
While President Nicolás Maduro has refused to accept foreign aid to alleviate the growing humanitarian crisis, Venezuela’s Democratic Unity coalition welcomes international support and cooperation. In February, the ruling Socialist Party turned down the coalition’s request to enroll in a World Health Organization program to receive subsidized medical supplies. In May, legislation in the National Assembly to declare a health emergency and authorize medical imports was also rejected by the government.
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Vietnamese authorities should immediately free the blogger Nguyễn Đình Ngọc and all other peaceful critics imprisoned for criticizing the ruling Vietnam Communist Party, Human Rights Watch said today. On October 5, 2016, the Higher People’s Court of Ho Chi Minh City will hear the appeal of his March conviction for writing and publishing critical articles online.