September 19th, 2017 | Victims of Communism

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September 19th, 2017


Auckland Filmmaker’s Animation Captures Refugee Dad’s Life Under Khmer Rouge

Dan Lake,

Isiah Tour used his passion for animation and filmmaking to tell the story about his father’s life during the time of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. Despite living together for more than 20 years, the animator says he grew up not knowing much about his father. Tour’s father witnessed death and lost close friends in terrible ways, all before he was 16 years old. He eventually made it to a refugee camp, before being taken in by New Zealand.

Nearly Wiped Out By Genocide, Long Beach Resident Helps Revive Cambodian Martial Art

Valerie Osier, Long Beach Press-Telegram

When grandmaster San Kim Sean left Long Beach to return to his homeland of Cambodia in 1995, he had one goal: to bring bokator to the next generation of Khmer people. Now, the martial art form is taught in schools in nine provinces of Cambodia and he is the one credited with its revival. The art was in decline in Cambodia even when Sean was beginning to learn it as a kid. It was further decimated when the Khmer Rouge took power in 1975.



Chinese Officials Search Law Firm of Top Human Rights Lawyer

Radio Free Asia

The law firm of a leading Chinese human rights lawyer has been searched by police as part of an inspection ahead of a key ruling Chinese Communist Party conference next month, sources said. The search on the office of Mo Shaoping, a prominent Beijing lawyer known for defending sensitive human rights cases, was conducted by the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Justice, a source with knowledge of the case told RFA’s Mandarin Service. 

Why China Won’t Pressure North Korea As Much as Trump Wants

Evan Osnos, The New Yorker

t the center of the North Korean nuclear crisis is a pivotal question: How much is China really willing to pressure and punish its longtime ally in Pyongyang? Recent conversations in Beijing and Washington suggest that Chinese leaders have decided to increase pressure substantially but are not—and probably never will be—willing to help President Trump strangle North Korea into submission. China doesn’t trust Kim Jong Un—but it trusts Trump even less. For decades, China backed North Korea in hostilities with the United States. 



Cuba Embassy “Attacks” Baffle US, Frustrate Victims

Tracy Connor, Mary Murray and Abigail Williams, NBC News
Staffers at the U.S. embassy in Cuba who have been victims of suspected health attacks include both top officers and lower-level employees whose duties range from diplomacy and security to medical services and maintenance, according to a list of the personnel obtained by NBC News. At least 21 Americans have suffered headaches, hearing loss, memory issues and other symptoms after the baffling sonic incidents — some of them family members of embassy staffers who are stationed in Havana, according to the State Department.

With a sprinkle of holy water and a protester condemning the late Mikhail Kalashnikov as a “manufacturer of death,” Russian authorities unveiled a monument to the designer of the widely used AK-47 assault rifle. Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky and the head of state-run military-industrial conglomerate Rostec were on hand for the dedication of the monument to Kalashnikov on the Garden Ring road in central Moscow on September 19.

Yuliya Talmazan, NBC News
When it comes to Russian politics, it seems that what’s old is new again, and again, and again, and again. Vladimir Putin has already spent almost 14 years as president — and boasts two other stints as the country’s prime minister. But when Russians cast their votes in the presidential election six months from Monday, polls suggest Putin will almost certainly be re-elected to a fourth term running the world’s largest nation in terms of landmass. 


Ralph Jennings, Voice of America
A multi-million-dollar banking flap being investigated in Vietnam this month casts light on a tough corruption problem that nips at the Southeast Asian country’s explosive economic growth. The Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security last week began investigating three companies under state-owned gas and oil giant PetroVietnam on suspicion of trying to divert $5.2 million from OceanBank, a domestic financial institution.

Senior Chinese Leader Says China Has “Shared Destiny” With Vietnam
Singapore Today Online
China and Vietnam’s Communist Parties have a “shared destiny” and the two nations have huge potential for economic cooperation, a senior official said on Tuesday during a visit to Vietnam, which has clashed with China over the South China Sea. Though the two countries are run by communist parties, they are deeply suspicious of each other and relations have been strained over the past few years because of the dispute in the strategic South China Sea.