Local Documentary Explores Effects of Cambodia’s Past
Kelsey O’Connor, ITHACA JOURNAL
A documentary produced by local filmmakers, “Angkor Awakens,” explores the lingering effects of the Khmer Rouge on Cambodians today. The Khmer Rouge was a name given to people who were followers of the Communist Party of Kampuchea in Cambodia. From 1975 to 1979, the Khmer Rouge was the ruling party and wanted the country to be self-sufficient, which resulted in famine and the spread of treatable disease. People thought to be subversive were tortured and executed.
Reported Spike in Maternal Deaths Spurs Questions in China
Didi Kirsten Tatlow, THE NEW YORK TIMES
Did China’s maternal mortality rate surge by nearly one-third in the first half of 2016, as a top health official reportedly said this week? An anxious, skeptical debate has broken out over the drastically higher figure announced by the deputy director of the National Health and Family Planning Commission on improving maternal health.
Red October: Revisiting the Bolshevik Takeover
Tony Barber, FINANCIAL TIMES
Next April will mark the 100th anniversary of what was surely the most consequential train journey in history. Vladimir Lenin, the Bolshevik revolutionary and future founder of the Soviet state. “The Revolution put in power the totalitarian communism that eventually ruled one third of the human race, stimulated the rise of Nazism in the 1930s, and thus the Second World War, and created the great antagonist the West faced for the forty years Cold War balance of terror,” Tony Brenton says in his introduction toHistorically Inevitable?
Chinese Aid to North Korea Uncovered
Everett Milman, GAINESVILLE NEWS
The US Department of Justice is pursuing charges against a prominent CEO and Communist Party member in China for providing illegal aid to North Korea, which is under heavy international sanctions. As part of these sanctions, US authorities have determined to levy penalties against Chinese companies that deal with the rogue North Korean regime. By holding these foreign firms accountable, the hope is that it will starve the autocratic regime in North Korea of much-needed resources.
Venezuela Urged at UN to Seek National Dialogue, Free Inmates
Paraguay led nearly 30 countries on Thursday in calling at the United Nations for Venezuela to engage in a national dialogue with the opposition to preserve peace and security, and to release political prisoners. The joint statement urged all parties in Venezuela to hold a “timely and effective dialogue,” either directly or via facilitators, “to preserve peace and safety, to ensure the full respect of human rights, due process, the separation of powers and the consolidation of a representative democracy.”