September 25th, 2017 | Victims of Communism

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September 25th, 2017

CHINA

China Fines Social-Media Giants for Hosting Banned Content

Josh Chin, The Wall Street Journal

Chinese internet regulators said they have hit operators of three of the country’s biggest social-media platforms with the maximum fine allowable under a new cybersecurity law for hosting fake news, pornography and other forms of banned content. The Cyberspace Administration of China didn’t disclose the amount of the fines handed down to the platforms, which are owned in whole or part by China’s three internet giants: Tencent Holdings Ltd., Baidu Inc., and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. The cybersecurity law says network operators can be fined up to 500,000 yuan ($75,000) and have operations suspended or business licenses canceled, for failing to stop the transmission of prohibited content.

Sixty-Eight Things You Cannot Say On China’s Internet

Times of India

While China has long sought to block access to political material online, a flurry of new regulatory actions aims to establish a more expansive blockade, recalling an earlier era of public morality enforced by the ruling Communist Party. In a directive circulated this summer, the state-controlled association that polices China’s fast-growing digital media sector set out 68 categories of material that should be censored, covering a broad swath of what the world’s largest online audience might find interesting to read or watch.

Tibet Closes To Travelers For Ten Days In October

RFA

Chinese authorities have issued orders banning travel to Tibet from outside the politically sensitive region from Oct. 18 to 28 while top-level government meetings are held in Beijing and Lhasa, sources say. The ban was announced by telephone about ten days ago, a Tibetan employee in a travel agency in Xining, capital of northwestern China’s Qinghai province, told RFA’s Tibetan Service this week. “During this period, it is not just foreigners but also Tibetans living in the Amdo region of Qinghai who are not allowed to travel in the Tibet Autonomous Region,” the employee said, speaking on condition of anonymity. 
 

CUBA

Cuba Sets Up Hurricane Relief Bank Account, But US Citizens Should Be Wary Of Contributing

Mimi Whitefield, The Miami Herald

After Hurricane Irma’s devastating 72-hour pass through northern Cuba, the Cuban government took a novel approach to storm relief: It posted a Cuban bank account number on social media where humanitarian donations can be sent. Even though the Cuban Foreign Ministry helpfully provided the SWIFT transfer code to facilitate donations to an account at the government Banco Financiera Internacional, US humanitarians should think twice. 

Total Number Of Americans Hurt In Cuba Sonic Attacks Now At 25

Hatzel Vela, ABC News 10

According to sources familiar with the investigation, the number of Americans hurt in the alleged “sonic device” attacks has now reached 25, with some cases still pending ongoing testing, which could increase that number.  Sources who want to remain anonymous also revealed new information, telling Local 10 News reporter Hatzel Vela some of the incidents happened inside the embassy itself and at multiple Havana hotels. 

NORTH KOREA

North Korea Blows Up US Aircraft Carrier, Bombers, Jets In New Propaganda Video

Katherine Lam, Fox News

North Korean missiles demolish a U.S. aircraft carrier and several jets in the latest stark imagery to come out of Pyongyang, this time as part of a Sunday propaganda video that also mocked President Trump as a “mad man.” The 90-second video released on the DPRK Today news site one day after U.S. jets flew over waters east of North Korea, began with images mocking Trump before flashing to a submarine-launched missile striking the USS Carl Vinson, Yonhap News Agency reported.

 

RUSSIA

UN Says Russia Committing “Grave Human Rights Violations” In Occupied Crimea

RFE/RL

Agents of the Russian state have committed serious human rights abuses, including torture, since Russia occupied and seized control of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, a UN human rights report says. The rights situation in Crimea “has significantly deteriorated under Russian occupation,” the UN Human Rights Office says in the September 25 report, also citing disappearances, infringements of the Geneva Conventions, and violations of international law. It says that “grave human rights violations, such as arbitrary arrests and detentions, enforced disappearances, ill-treatment and torture, and at least one extra-judicial execution were documented.”


VENEZUELA

Why Venezuela Is On President Trump’s New Travel Ban

Linda Shen, Fortune.com
While previous iterations of President Donald Trump’s travel ban focused on Muslim-majority nations, the new travel restrictions announced Sunday included two non-Muslim-majority additions: North Korea and Venezuela.
Why is Venezuela on the travel ban? The travel restrictions on both countries are related to what the Trump administration describes as a lack of cooperation, but the the limits on the latter country are unique.

VIETNAM

Vietnam Uses Water Cannon To Disperse Protest At Global Fashion Brands Supplier

The Straits Times

Vietnamese authorities on Monday (Sept 25) used water cannon and electric rods to end a five-month long protest by villagers blockading a textile plant that serves global fashion brands, an official and a villager said. The blockade represents another challenge to the communist nation’s government over industrial pollution woes, at a time when Vietnam seeks more foreign investors to keep up one of the highest rates of growth in Southeast Asia. 



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