September 8th, 2016 | Victims of Communism

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September 8th, 2016




How the West Missed the Horrors of Cambodia
Donald Beachler, THE DAILY BEAST
While many Americans have some general knowledge of the crimes of the Khmer Rouge government, the extent of the genocide committed by the Cambodian Communists is worth recalling. Scholars estimate that between 1.5 and 2 million people—between a fifth and a quarter of the population—were killed or perished from starvation and disease that were a direct result of the severe privations that the Khmer Rouge imposed on the country.


Meet the Young Leaders Shaking Up Hong Kong Politics
Suzanne Sataline, FOREIGNPOLICY.COM 
In late 2014, Hong Kong protestors used umbrellas to shield themselves as police soaked them with pepper spray. Student leaders demanded elections free of intrusion from the Chinese central government, capturing headlines around the world, but their efforts failed. On Sept. 4, city residents pushed back again. Voters elected several of those young activists to the city’s legislature, a sharp rebuke to Beijing’s increasing encroachment on political life in the city.


Doing Business with the Castro Brothers
David Paulin, FRONTPAGE 
It was a historic moment in President Obama’s gradual normalization of relations with communist Cuba: JetBlue’s inaugural flight last week from Fort Lauderdale to Santa Clara — a city of 242,000 in central Cuba whose biggest claim to fame is a mausoleum holding the remains of Che Guevara and sixteen of his comrades.


Defense Secretary Warns Russia to Stay Out of U.S. Elections
Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter lashed out at Russia on Wednesday, accusing the government of President Vladimir V. Putin of demonstrating a “clear ambition to erode” international order and warning Russia to stay out of the American elections.


Starved Venezuela Appoints 18 Czars to Handle Food Distribution
Franz von Bergen, LATINOFOXNEWS
In an effort to contain the increasing scarcity of food and medicine, the government of Venezuela is moving forward with an initiative launched a couple of months ago that many at first took as a joke: the Great Mission of Sovereign Supply, headed by Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino. Over the weekend, Gen. Padrino announced the appointment of 18 military generals and admirals to oversee the production, distribution and commercialization of 18 categories of food and items considered basic staples for Venezuela’s economy.