US Senators Urge Cambodia To End Crackdown On Opponents
Paul Eckert, RFA
Senior Republican and Democratic US Senators introduced a resolution on Tuesday urging Prime Minister Hun Sen to “end all harassment and intimidation of Cambodia’s opposition” ahead of 2018 general elections and release opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) leader Kem Sokha. The resolution, co-written by Republican John McCain of Arizona and Democrat Dick Durbin of Illinois, condemns recent anti-democratic measures seen as aimed at hobbling the opposition ahead of July 2018 polls, as well as a lost list of abuses during Hun Sen’s three decades in office.
China’s Secret Military Plan: Invade Taiwan By 2020
Bill Gertz, Washington Free Beacon
China has drawn up secret military plans to take over the island of Taiwan by 2020, an action that would likely lead to a larger US-China conventional or nuclear war, according to newly-disclosed internal Chinese military documents. The secret war plan drawn up by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), the Chinese Communist Party’s armed forces, calls for massive missile attacks on the island, along with a naval and air blockade that is followed by amphibious beach landing assaults using up to 400,000 troops.
Footage Shows Young Elephants Being Captured In Zimbabwe For Chinese Zoos
Adam Cruise and Christina Russo, The Guardian
The Guardian has been given exclusive footage which shows the capture of young, wild elephants in Zimbabwe in preparation, it is believed, for their legal sale to Chinese zoos. In the early morning of 8 August, five elephants were caught in Hwange national park by officials at Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks).
“My Worst Fear Is That He Has Been Taken Back To China”
Bumeryem Muhammed’s husband, Muhetar Rouzi, has been missing since July 16, when he attempted to travel from Egypt to Istanbul, Turkey as Egyptian secret police rounded up some 200 Uyghur holders of Chinese passports in an operation activists say was requested by Beijing. The Uyghur couple from northwest China’s Xinjiang region had lived in Egypt for years and were studying religion at Cairo’s Al-Azhar Islamic University when the crackdown began in early July.
Cuba’s Terror Nexus
Sean Durns, The Washington Examiner
Cuba’s Castro regime did more than reorient the country’s entire economic, social, and political systems. It birthed an activist foreign policy that saw the little nation play a large role in the world—the effects of which we are still living with today. The Castro government uses its spy service—the Dirección de Inteligencia (DI), formerly the Dirrección General de Inteligencia (DGI)—to project power far from Cuban shores. Like its Soviet forebears, under whose auspices it was created in 1961, Castro’s intelligence services bolstered terrorist groups.
North Korea Promises To Bring “Nuclear Clouds” To Japan, Mocks PM As “Headless Chicken”
Katherine Lam, Fox News
North Korea threatened to bring “nuclear clouds” to Japan and mocked Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for acting like a “headless chicken” at the United Nations General Assembly when the leader urged UN members to force North Korea to end its nuclear and missile programs. Pyongyang claimed Japan was inciting more tension in the Korean peninsula, calling its plea to end Kim Jong-un’s nuclear goal a “suicidal deed” that will end with a nuclear attack to sink the island, according to a statement released Monday by the state’s official Korean Central News Agency.
Russia’s “Myth”-Busting Culture Minister Embroiled In Doctoral Thesis Scandal
Tom Balmforth, RFE/RL
He’s the arch-patriotic culture minister and the best-selling author of books purporting to debunk nefarious Western “myths” about Russia. But Vladimir Medinsky is under fire from within his own ranks, facing calls from a top education authority to strip him of his doctorate for unscholarly work. A top Russian academic council on October 2 recommended revoking Medinsky’s 2011 doctorate, taking umbrage with his thesis that looked at “problems of objectivity” in the coverage of Russian history.
Venezuela Has Too Much Money But Not Nearly Enough Cash
Mariana Zuñiga, The Washington Post
Eugenio Escobar is waiting outside an ATM in Caracas hoping to get some cash. His car has been stuck for hours in a parking lot, and he needs 2,000 bolivares in cash to pay the parking fee. But he, like many Venezuelans these days, doesn’t have a single note inside his wallet. Venezuela’s extreme cash shortage is creating serious problems in the daily lives of its citizens. To find cash, people have to wander for days from ATM to ATM, and queues are growing longer every day. On average, Venezuelans can only withdraw 10,000 to 20,000 bolivares a day, equivalent to just three to six dollars at black-market exchange rates.
Venezuelan President Maduro Visits Russia
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is in Moscow, where he is due to hold talks with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. The Kremlin said earlier that Maduro will meet with Putin on October 4 for talks focusing on “the development of a strategic partnership between the two countries in various spheres” as well as international and regional issues. Maduro, who is under pressure from protesters at home and from Western governments that say he has become increasingly authoritarian, is attending the Russian Energy Week conference.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
October 4th, 1957: The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 1, the first manmade satellite to orbit the Earth.