Dancing Tool: China Uses Dance to Promote ‘Socialist Values’
Te-Ping Chen, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
One Chinese province has an unusual idea for how to shore up political ideology: interpretive dance. Hunan province this week rolled out a set of 20 dance routines intended to help promote “core socialist values”—a campaign championed by Communist Party leader Xi Jinping to give Chinese a set of values that will strengthen support for the Communist Party.
Cuba Government Filtering Mobile Text Messages, Dissidents Say
Marc Frank, REUTERS
Cuba’s Communist regime is filtering mobile phone text messages for key words such as “democracy” and “human rights” and then blocking them, dissidents said on Monday. An investigative report by blogger Yoani Sanchez and journalist Reinaldo Escobar concluded that text messages failed to reach their destinations if they contained Spanish words for democracy, human rights, or hunger strike, among others, as well as the names of some dissidents.
In Laos, Obama Seeks to Move Past Vietnam War Fallout
Carol E. Lee, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
President Barack Obama said the US would give Laos $90 million over three years to help clean up the remnants of two million tons of bombs it dropped on the tiny, landlocked country during the Vietnam War, doubling its current commitment. Decades later, unexploded bombs continue to maim and kill Laotians.
US Investigating Potential Covert Russian Plan to Disrupt November Elections
Dana Priest, Ellen Nakashima and Tom Hamburger, THE WASHINGTON POST
US intelligence and law enforcement agencies are investigating what they see as a broad covert Russian operation in the United States to sow public distrust in the upcoming presidential election and in US political institutions, intelligence and congressional officials said. The aim is to understand the scope and intent of the Russian campaign, which incorporates cyber-tools to hack systems used in the political process, enhancing Russia’s ability to spread disinformation.
Journalist Charged in Venezuela After Anti-Maduro Protest
Girish Gupta, REUTERS
A prominent journalist and lawyer jailed on Venezuela’s Margarita island was charged on Monday with money laundering, according to family and a rights group, following his arrest after publicizing a protest against President Nicolás Maduro.