Hong Kong Activist Joshua Wong Detained in Thailand “At China’s Request”
Tom Phillips and Bonnie Malkin, THE GUARDIAN
Joshua Wong, the student activist who became a global symbol of the fight for democracy in Hong Kong, has reportedly been detained in Thailand following a request from China and will shortly be flown back to Hong Kong. Wong’s political party Demosistō posted on Facebook that he had travelled to Bangkok after being invited to speak at the city’s Chulalongkorn University about his campaign for democracy.
The New Wave of Repression in Cuba
Haroldo Dilla Alfonso, HAVANA TIMES
The director of Cubalex, a non-governmental agency, has been accused of the following: reporting that gender and domestic violence take place in Cuba and that there isn’t any preventive framework or punishment for these crimes, denouncing political violence against opposition, and speaking about the Cuban government’s disregard for human rights.
North Korean Residents Show Animosity Toward Regime’s Anti-Market Policies
THE KOREA TIMES
North Koreans feel the most animosity toward the regime when it cracks down on their efforts to eke out a living through market and entrepreneurial activities, a rare survey of North Koreans living in the communist nation has found. The key findings are that North Koreans know they do not live in a socialist paradise, they no longer rely on the public distribution system, and they express “the most animosity toward the government when it undercuts their entrepreneurial activities,” the Center for Strategic and International studies said in a report.
Selling Uniforms for Food, Venezuela Oil Workers Feel the Pinch
Alexandra Ulmer, BUSINESS INSIDER
Now, in Venezuela’s asphyxiating economy, even PDVSA employees are struggling to pay for everything from food and bus rides to school fees as triple-digit inflation eats away incomes. They are pawning goods, maxing out credit cards, taking side jobs, and even selling PDVSA uniforms to buy food, according to Reuters’ interviews with two dozen workers, family members, and union leaders.
Vietnam Editor Sacked Over Dissident Interview
The editor of a Vietnamese news site has been sacked after publishing excerpts of an interview with an exiled dissident, the government said, the latest move to choke expression in the authoritarian country. Vietnam’s media is tightly controlled by the communist government, which routinely jails dissident bloggers but rarely dismisses top editors.