Australia’s Two Biggest Cities Cancel Mao Zedong Concerts, Citing Safety Concerns
Byron Kaye, REUTERS
Australia’s two biggest cities Sydney and Melbourne canceled concerts commemorating the death of former Chinese communist leader Mao Zedong, with one citing safety concerns, after Chinese Australians complained the content was insensitive. The incident signifies the continued divisiveness of Mao among Chinese, both at home and abroad.
China Should Deepen Criticism of Dalai Lama: New Tibet Communist Party Chief
THE INDIAN EXPRESS
China’s newly appointed Communist Party chief of Tibet called for stronger denunciations of exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, signaling Beijing’s hardline is unlikely to change under his leadership. Communist troops marched in and took control of Tibet in 1950 in what Beijing calls a “peaceful liberation”. Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama fled to India in 1959 following a failed uprising against the Chinese.
North Korea Expands Prison Camps for Women, Human Rights Group Says
Elizabeth Shim, UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL
North Korea has been expanding its prison camp facilities for women as more flee the country to earn a living in China or South Korea. The North Korean state has been responding to defection with an increase in detention centers. According to one human rights group, Pyongyang is engaging in the “disproportionate oppression of women, who have assumed primary responsibility for the survival of their families.”
Obama Urged to Press Laos on Human Rights at Regional Summit
Activists have called on US President Barack Obama to press Laos on its human rights record on issues such as illegal land concessions and forced evictions, when he visits the Communist country next week. Obama is due to attend a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the capital Vientiane, becoming the first US president to visit Laos.
Miami Herald Correspondent Jim Wyss Detained and Expelled from Venezuela in Advance of Protest Rally
Mimi Whitefield, MIAMI HERALD
Jim Wyss, the Miami Herald’s Andean bureau chief who traveled to Venezuela to cover a massive protest rally in Caracas, was detained by Venezuelan immigration authorities Wednesday evening. Wyss arrived in the Venezuelan capital very early Tuesday and entered the country with a journalist visa valid through October.