September 12th, 2017 | Victims of Communism

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September 12th, 2017

CAMBODIA

RFA Closes Phnom Penh Bureau Amid Crackdown by Hun Sen
RFA
Radio Free Asia has decided to close its nearly 20-year-old bureau in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh amid a relentless crackdown by Prime Minister Hun Sen’s authoritarian regime on independent media ahead of critical polls next year, RFA President Libby Liu announced Tuesday. Using a pretext of tax and administrative violations, the Cambodian authorities have recently closed independent radio stations carrying reports from RFA and its sister US government-funded radio station, the Voice of America, as well as the Voice of Democracy station, and forced the closure of the American-owned Cambodia Daily newspaper.

CHINA

China Banks Fear US North Korea Sanctions
Stephen McDonnell, BBC
China’s big banks have been quietly but surely weaning themselves off North Korean money. This is not particularly about their troublesome neighbour. It is because of a fear of US repercussions. Bank branches near the North Korean border have told the BBC they’ve been instructed not to open any new accounts for that country’s citizens and businesses. It is an attempt to head off further US measures targeting Chinese banks which are accused of doing sanctions-busting business with North Korea.

China Runs Regionwide Re-education Camps in Xinjiang for Uyghurs And Other Muslims
RFA
Thousands of Uyghurs and other Muslim ethnic minorities are being held in re-education camps without contact with their families under a policy designed to counter extremism in the northwestern Chinese region of Xinjiang, local officials told RFA’s Uyghur Service. The camps are now formally referred to as “Professional Education Schools,” after being called “Socialism Training Schools” and other names since their early 2017 inception as “Counter-extremism Training Schools,” the official said.

Three Hundred Tons of Diseased Pig Carcasses—The Latest Example Of China’s Pollution Crisis
Tom Phillips, The Guardian
Stomach-churning symbols of the environmental calamity facing China have never been in short supply: exploding watermelons, toxic running tracks, rivers that flow the color of blood. Now, the world’s number one polluter brings you: porcine mass graves. Reports in China’s state-run media suggested locals had spent years complaining about a rancid and mysterious stench that lingered around their homes. But word of the problem appears only to have reached the environment ministry’s ears last month.

 

NORTH KOREA

North Korea Warns US Of “Greatest Pain” It Has Ever Experienced, Rejects New Sanctions

CNBC
North Korea on Tuesday rejected a UN Security Council resolution imposing tougher sanctions and said the United States would soon face the “greatest pain” it had ever experienced. The Security Council unanimously stepped up sanctions against North Korea on Monday over the country’s sixth and most powerful nuclear test, imposing a ban on its textile exports and capping imports of crude oil.
 
 
RUSSIA
 
RFE/RL
The Russian opposition is claiming success after a grassroots campaign led by Kremlin critic Dmitry Gudkov helped dissenters win a rare toehold in the capital in weekend elections. Gudkov’s coalition of liberal opposition forces won around 250 of 1,502 seats up for grabs on Moscow’s district councils—seizing majorities in more than a dozen—and finishing second overall to President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party.
 
Ting Shi and David Tweed, Bloomberg Politics
In supporting a watered-down version of North Korea sanctions, China and Russia had a stern warning for the US: Don’t try to overthrow Kim Jong-un’s regime. The measures passed on Monday at the United Nations Security Council included reducing imports of refined petroleum products, banning textile exports and strengthening inspections of cargo ships suspected of having illegal materials. US envoy Nikki Haley called them the “strongest measures ever imposed on North Korea” even though they ended up dropping demands for an oil embargo and freeze on Kim’s assets.
 
 
VENEZUELA
Al Jazeera
The United Nations human rights chief has said that Venezuelan security forces may have committed “crimes against humanity” against protesters and called for an international investigation. “My investigation suggests the possibility that crimes against humanity may have been committed, which can only be confirmed by a subsequent criminal investigation,” Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein told the UN Human Rights Council on Monday.
 
 
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
September 12th, 1974: Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I is overthrown in a coup d’état by Marxist-Leninist rebels from the Ethiopian military calling themselves “the Derg” (“the Committee”). Ethiopia remained under Derg rule until 1987.



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