Top US Security Official Targeted In Cuba Embassy “Health Attacks”
Steve Dorsey, CBS News
The top official in charge of security for the US embassy in Havana, Cuba, is among at least 21 Americans affected by mysterious attacks that have triggered a range of injuries, according to two sources who are familiar with the incidents but were not authorized to speak publicly about them. Identified as the Regional Security Officer, the position is responsible for serving as the embassy’s senior law enforcement and security adviser interfacing with foreign police.
Grant Newsham, The National Interest
With some notable exceptions, overlooking the Kim family regime’s barbarity against its own citizens has been standard practice in the civilized world, and since long before North Korean nuclear weapons and ICBMs became a believable threat. Today’s efforts are akin to jousting with Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge back in the late 1970’s over its nuclear and missile programs (if they’d had them) while not mentioning the Killing Fields where one third of the population was being slaughtered.
Anna Fifield, The Washington Post
There are few areas in the North Korean economy, outside its nuclear weapons program, that could be called booming. But the garment industry has been one of them. Over the past few years, North Korea has been sending increasing numbers of seamstresses to China to sew clothes for international buyers, and it also has been encouraging the expansion of the garment industry at home. There are factories around the country producing suits, dresses and children’s clothes—almost all of which are labeled “Made in China.”
Arthur Asafyev and Robert Coalson, RFE/RL
By the Bashkortostan regional government’s own admission, this Russian region is a “blank spot” on the country’s tourism map. But not for long. The region hopes to change the situation by pushing an aggressive tourism-development program called the “red-green” plan. The red part of the plan aims to draw mostly visitors from China who, officials hope, will be interested in seeing local sites associated with Russia’s communist past, while the green prong will target the Islamic world, particularly the Middle East.
Brendan Pierson, Reuters
Two nephews of Venezuela’s first lady should serve at least 30 years in prison for their convictions in the United States on drug trafficking charges, US prosecutors said on Monday. They said in a filing in federal court in Manhattan that the two men, Franqui Francisco Flores de Freitas and Efrain Antonio Campo Flores, tried to make $20 million through drug trafficking so as to keep their family in power and to “enrich themselves while their countrymen starved in the streets.”
Logan Connor, South China Morning Post
When US President Donald Trump met Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in May, he sent a clear message: by patting the backs of authoritarian leaders, the US is complicit in Vietnam’s rights abuses. Trump is no stranger to brushing shoulders with autocratic leaders. But Trump extending hands to Vietnam’s leader is perhaps unique given the two countries’ past animosity, and particularly since Hanoi’s crackdown on opposition voices, seen by many as its toughest in years.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
September 18th, 1934: The Soviet Union is granted admission to the League of Nations.