Cambodia Must Do More to Protect Human Rights, Says UN Special Rapporteur
The Cambodian government must do more to protect democratic freedoms in the run-up to national elections scheduled for next year, a UN official responsible for monitoring human rights in the Southeast Asian country said in Geneva, Switzerland, on Tuesday. In a report submitted to the UN Human Rights Council, special rapporteur Rhona Smith slammed violent rhetoric and threats directed by prime minister Hun Sen against the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) and its supporters, along with the jailing on questionable charges of opposition figures.
China Has Ordered North Korean Companies In The Country To Shut Down Within 120 Days
Megha Rajagopalan, Buzzfeed News
Chinese regulators said on Thursday that North Korean companies in China, including those that have joint ventures with Chinese firms, must shut down within less than four months, a signal of growing tensions between the two countries over Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missiles programs. The move comes amid heavy pressure from the Trump administration, which has made the North Korean nuclear issue the cornerstone of its policy in Asia.
Leaving Nothing To Chance, China Increases Security, Social Control Before Congress
Christian Shepherd and Ben Blanchard, Reuters
China is tightening security for next month’s twice-a-decade Communist Party Congress, cancelling police leave in Beijing, limiting tourism to Tibet, and clamping down on the spread of political rumors. High-level meetings in China are typically accompanied by a security crackdown—as well as uncharacteristically smog-free blue skies—with the stability-obsessed party not wanting to run the risk that anyone or anything offers a distraction.
Lao Police Beat Villagers Arrested in Lengthy Land Dispute in Sekong Province
Police in southeastern Laos’ Sekong province have arrested 14 villagers in Thateng district since late July for their involvement in an 11-year-old land conflict, and have brutally assaulted three of them, a relative of the one of the detainees said. The villagers were arrested with others on July 25 for cutting down rubber trees belonging to the Vietnamese rubber company Cong Ty Cao Su Nghi Lao-Viet (LVF). The residents of Yeub village have been fighting for alternative land and additional compensation since the government granted their land—in what is believed to have been a 50-year concession—to LVF in 2006 for rubber cultivation.
Why Russia Is Threatening to Block Access to Facebook
Russia will block access to Facebook next year unless the social network complies with a law that requires websites that store the personal data of Russian citizens to do so on Russian servers, Russian news agencies reported on Tuesday. The threat was made by Russia’s communications watchdog Roskomnadzor, agencies said, the organization, which blocked access to LinkedIn’s website last November in order to comply with a court ruling that found the social networking firm guilty of violating the same data storage law.
Artist Detained For Removing Communist Symbols
Radka Minarechová, The Slovak Spectator
Slovaks have already read or heard about the damaged memorials dedicated to controversial personalities and events linked to totalitarian regimes. But several days in custody for such a deed, until recently, were unheard of. The police have accused civic activist and artist Ľuboš Lorenz of disorderly conduct for removing eight communist symbols depicting the hammer and sickle from a memorial for World War II victims in downtown Košice.
After 85 Years, The New York Times Is Still A Useful Idiot Hiding Communism’s Atrocities
Helen Raleigh, The Federalist
As the calendar gets closer to the 100-year anniversary of Russia’s Bolshevik Revolution, The New York Times once again is proving itself Communism’s greatest apologist. It has published a series of opinion pieces glorifying the most brutal ideology in human history by first arguing that women had better sex under socialism to now claiming China’s Communist revolution taught Chinese women to “dream big,” as if the ghost of Walter Duranty, who whitewashed Stalin’s brutality as the Moscow bureau chief of The New York Times, is still calling the shots.
Emily Crane, The Daily Mail
Otto Warmbier’s parents have revealed for the first time the horrific state he was in when he returned from North Korea after being tortured into a coma. They say their 22-year-old son was blind, deaf and had mangled teeth when they first laid eyes on him after he was brought back to the US following his brutal 18 months imprisonment at the hands of Kim Jong-un’s regime.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
September 28, 1939: The German-Soviet Frontier Treaty, a post-invasion corollary to the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact creating a de jure border through occupied Poland, is signed.
September 28, 2014: The Hong Kong-based movement Occupy Central With Love and Peace commenced its mission to use civil disobedience to obtain universal suffrage & free democracy for Hong Kongers.
Czech Statehood Day (The Czech Republic)