September 27th, 2017 | Victims of Communism

Victims of Communism — Memorial Foundation

September 27th, 2017

CHINA

China Installs Over 20 Million AI-Equipped Street Cameras
Tiffany Lo, The Daily Mail
China has installed over 20 million cutting-edge security cameras in what is believed to be the world’s most advanced surveillance system. The camera system, facilitated with artificial intelligence technology, is part of the “Sky Net” operation, which is China’s anti-corruption program mainly aimed to track down fugitives. Such technology can identify a pedestrian or a motorist, which can help policemen in their search for criminals. 

Primrose Riordan, The Australian
New South Wales opposition leader Luke Foley has fully endorsed China’s global infrastructure fund and mimicked language used by Beijing officials in attacking Australian media for being driven by a “Cold War mentality” towards the communist nation. Mr. Foley and prominent NSW Labor MP Ernest Wong, who has ties to political donor Huang Xiangmo, hosted a media conference at NSW Parliament House last week echoing China’s criticisms of the Australian press.

Wary Of Unrest Among Uighur Minority, China Locks Down Xinjiang Region
Rob Schmitz, NPR
At the Xinjiang International Grand Bazaar in the heart of Urumqi, everything is bought and sold from tiny stalls blasting local music, in a square filled with Islamic architecture. It’s a place that feels more like Central Asia than China. That might be because this western Chinese city, the capital of China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, is closer to Kabul than Beijing. And recently it received something else in common with Kabul: A hefty security presence.

 
 
CUBA
 
Carol Morello, The Washington Post
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez on Tuesday evening to discuss the still-mystifying health problems that have befallen US diplomats stationed in Havana. In a lengthy account of the meeting, Cuba’s Foreign Ministry said Havana has been conducting its own investigation into the incidents, on orders from “the top level of the Cuban government,” a reference to President Raúl Castro. But it said Cuba so far had found no evidence pointing to the cause or origin of the health disorders that have affected at least 21 Americans connected to the embassy.

US To Pull Embassy Staff Out Of Cuba As Mystery Attacks Continue

Franco Ordoñez and Anita Kumar, McClatchy DC

The White House does not believe the Cuban government is behind the mysterious sonic attacks against USpersonnel but plans to pull American staff out of Havana as the number of cases climbs, according to multipleUS sources familiar with the investigation. “No one believes that the Cubans are responsible,” said one source, echoing comments from others who are closely involved in the situation. “All of the evidence points that they’re not.”

 

NORTH KOREA

Jane Onyanga-Omara, US News and World Report
North Korea started “aggressively” jamming the BBC’s new Korean language service on the same day it began, according to a report. The service began broadcasting Tuesday to provide “news, sport, business and culture” to audiences “in the Korean peninsula and Korean speakers around the world” online and on radio, the British broadcaster said when announcing the launch.
 
 

RUSSIA

RFE/RL
A court in Russian-occupied Crimea has convicted prominent Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov of separatism after a trial Human Rights Watch called “ruthless retaliation” for his opposition to Moscow’s takeover of the peninsula. The Russian-appointed judges in Simferopol, the Crimean capital, found Umerov guilty on September 27 and sentenced him to two years in a colony settlement, a penitentiary in which convicts usually live near a factory or farm where they are forced to work.
 
 

UNITED STATES

Julia Manchester, The Hill

The US Army announced on Tuesday that it is probing a West Point graduate’s pro-communist posts on social media. The Army was quick to announce it was looking into the messages posted by 2nd Lt. Spenser Rapone, issuing a statement on Tuesday saying, “Second Lieutenant Rapone’s actions in no way reflect the values of the US Military Academy or the US Army… As figures of public trust, members of the military must exhibit exemplary conduct, and are prohibited from engaging in certain expressions of political speech in uniform.”

 

VIETNAM
Bennett Murray, The Guardian
Ho Thi Chau, 25, was left alone and blacklisted after her husband was returned to jail for “attempting to overthrow the [Vietnamese] government” last week. An activist from the north central province of Nghe An, Nguyen Van Oai was arrested on 18 September on charges of violating the conditions of his 2015 release from prison. Oai, an anti-government dissident, is a citizen journalist and co-founder of the Association of Catholic Former Prisoners of Conscience.
 
 
VENEZUELA
Cristina Silva, Newsweek
Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro called on his nation’s military leaders Tuesday to prepare for war against the US days after the Trump administration banned Venezuelan officials from entering the nation. “We have been shamelessly threatened by the most criminal empire that ever existed and we have the obligation to prepare ourselves to guarantee peace,” said Maduro, who wore a green uniform and a military hat as he spoke with his army top brass during a military exercise involving tanks and missiles. “We need to have rifles, missiles and well-oiled tanks at the ready… to defend every inch of the territory if need be,” he added.
 
 
RELEVANT HOLIDAY
 
Polish Underground State’s Day, a holiday commemorating the anti-Nazi and anticommunist resistance organizations in Poland during World War II.



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