The Reality of Human Organ Harvesting in China
Megan Palin, NEWS.COM.AU
The Chinese Communist Party banned the Falun Gong in 1999 and has been mercilessly persecuting, torturing, killing, and locking them up in “black jails” — a network of extra-legal labour camps and detention centres established to detain citizens without charge or conviction. “China hasn’t even confirmed prisoners of conscience have been killed for their organs. They only said they stopped the practice for executed prisoners who had death sentences.”
Netizen Report: In Cuba, Text Messages with Controversial Content Are Disappearing
Journalists in Cuba have evidence that the Cuban government is monitoring and selectively blocking mobile SMS messagesbased on certain keywords such as “human rights,” “hunger strike,” “plebiscite,” and “state security.” According to a report issued September 3 by journalists Yoani Sanchez and Reinaldo Escobar, who run the Havana-based media outlet 14ymedio, text messages containing a range of sensitive keywords, along with the names of various high-profile anti-Castro activists, are not reaching their destinations.
West and East Germany Vote to Unify
Andrew Glass, POLITICO
On this day in 1990, the legislative chambers of both West and East Germany voted overwhelmingly in favor of unification. The country was divided into two separate areas, with the east becoming part of the communist Soviet bloc and the west aligned to capitalist Europe. The East German regime had begun to falter in May 1989, which enabled an exodus of tens of thousands of East Germans who fled to West Germany and Austria via Hungary. A so-called Peaceful Revolution, actually, a series of protest marches by East Germans, led to the first semifree elections on March 18, 1990.
Singaporean Wife Of Missing Laos Man: ‘Time Can Never Heal A Wound Like This’
Justin Ong, CHANNEL NEWSASIA
Sombath Somphone’s high-profile disappearance in 2012 came into focus again during the ASEAN Summit in Vientiane. Although world leaders shied away from public mention of the Laotian civil society leader, Ng Shui Meng vows to keep searching for her husband until her “dying day.”
Venezuela Opposition Says Country Done With Maduro’s ‘Bolivarian Socialism’
Kenneth Rapoza, FORBES
It is time to retire the old anti-imperialist, anti-capital rhetoric of Nicolás Maduro. Venezuelans are ready. Over the last two weeks, millions of Venezuelans took to the streets of Caracas to demand a recall referendum against Maduro, who still has three years left in his term. The country is facing extreme food shortages, medical shortages, rolling power outages, and rising crime rates. Polls show a majority disapprove of Maduro and support an immediate recall referendum as provided in the country’s Constitution.
Vietnam: Free Imprisoned Bloggers
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
Vietnamese authorities should quash the politically motivated convictions of two bloggers and release them from prison, Human Rights Watch said today. On September 22, 2016, the Higher People’s Court of Hanoi will hear the appeal of prominent blogger Nguyen Huu Vinh and his colleague Nguyen Thi Minh Thuy, who ran a website critical of the Vietnamese government.