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Salem-News.com (Jan-11-2022 15:07)

Destroying Democracy: China in Hong Kong

The new face of Hong Kong is direct Chinese intervention.

(PORTLAND, Ore.) - 1989 Tiananmen massacre On July 1, 1997 the United Kingdom formally handed Hong Kong over to China under an agreement that was supposed to give Hong Kong 50 years of autonomy: “one country, two systems,” Deng Xiaoping promised.

That same year, students and professors at the University of Hong Kong erected a statue, called “Pillar of Shame,” to commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen massacre.

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Salem-News.com (Oct-11-2021 15:19)

Imagine a World with U.S.-China Cooperation

The cooperative approach has worked in the past, and it can again.

(PORTLAND, Ore.) - Reagan and Gorbachev On September 10, 2021, during an important diplomatic meeting that occurred by telephone, U.S. President Joseph Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping affirmed the necessity of a better relationship between their two nations.

At the moment, however, the governments of the two nations seem far from a cooperative relationship.

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Salem-News.com (May-24-2021 23:24)

Why Riot? Toward a Typology of Social Unrest

What is the difference between a riot and a protest?

(PORTLAND, Ore.) - Portland protests In the US, of course, rioters breached all security and overran the US Capitol on 6 January this year.

In what must be a delicious irony to Venezuelan autocrat Nicolas Maduro—whose country exploded with riots against his leadership, got his chance to issue a public statement of great concern that the US was experiencing riots.

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Salem-News.com (May-12-2020 17:55)

U.S.: Hands Off Venezuela

What’s next — an invasion and occupation?

(SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.) - Venezuela I am sure everyone would agree that Venezuelans deserve a better government.

Let’s face it, the late Hugo Chávez's vision of a modern day “Bolivarian revolution” — a Latin American political block with a socialist bent as an alternative to U.S. hegemony — has descended into repression and economic decline under Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.

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Salem-News.com (Jan-14-2020 00:18)

Thanks to Trump, Iran has the Upper Hand

The US and Iran remain at an impasse--still with no active diplomatic channel.

(PORTLAND, Ore.) - US bases under attack The assassination of General Soleimani is proving to be a resounding success for Iran.

It accomplished what the ayatollah could not: common ground between Iran and Iraq, Iraq’s invitation to the US military to leave the country; an end to Iranian popular protests against the regime’s economic policies, and instead broad support for retaliation against the US air strike; and further division in Washington over Trump’s Middle East policy, including renewed calls for restraining him from attacking Iran.

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Salem-News.com (May-02-2019 14:10)

Turmoil in Venezuela

Venezuela is a country on the northern coast of South America.

(SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.) - Juan Guaidó and Nicolás Maduro Even with backing from the Trump administration, Juan Guaidó, the U.S.-recognized interim president of Venezuela, failed to oust Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro.

It is difficult to reconcile our outrage over Russia’s interference in our elections with our present interference in Venezuela’s affairs.

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Salem-News.com (Apr-15-2019 13:40)

25th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide

A power vacuum was created in Rwanda when the President's plane was shot down. A catalyst for genocide.

(SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.) - Nyamata Memorial site April 7, 2019, marked the 25th anniversary of what we now know as the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.

It was just one episode in the 20th century Hutu-Tutsi conflict in that part of the world, from the slaughter of 80,000 to 200,000 Hutus by the Tutsi army in Burundi in 1972, to the 1994 Rwandan Genocide of more than 800,000 to 1 million Rwandans — both Tutsis and Hutus — in just 100 days.

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Salem-News.com (Apr-01-2019 00:21)

India: Human Rights Defender Samiul Biswas in Judicial Custody

Samiul Biswas has been instrumental in documenting human rights violations along the India-Bangladesh border.

(YORK, UK) - Samiul Biswas According to the information received from Front Line Defenders, on 19 March 2019, the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s Court remanded human rights defender Samiul Biswas in custody at Krishnanagar District Jail.

Biswas had been arrested the previous day by the Border Security Force (BSF) of the Mahakhola Border Outpost near the India-Bangladesh border in West Bengal on charges of theft relating to his “possession” of Bangladeshi currency and a Bangladeshi SIM card, the evidence for which is believed to have been falsified.

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Salem-News.com (Feb-06-2019 02:07)

Fair Trial: Asia Bibi Not Guilty of Blasphemy

The US has conveyed concerns about Christian persecution in Pakistan, while Pakistan simply denies it.

(ISLAMABAD) - Asia Bibi The Supreme Court of Pakistan finally set aside a review petition of a Christian woman, Asia Bibi, accused of blasphemy, after she spent more than 8 years in prison, in solitary confinement.

The decision is being warmly welcomed by human rights activists in the local and international community. The judgement is unclear, however, regarding what action will be taken against those who falsely accused her of blasphemy and gave false testimonies to mislead the court and public.

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Salem-News.com (Aug-14-2018 23:10)

Bangladesh: Release Mr. Shahidul Alam Immediately from Arbitrary Detention

An open letter to the Honourable Ambassadors of Bangladesh

(UNITED KINGDOM) - Dr. Shahidul Alam I am writing to voice my deep concern about the arbitrary arrest of an award-winning photographer, academic and human rights defender Shahidul Alam.

I have been informed... about the arbitrary detention and torture of Mr. Shahidul Alam, photographer and founder of the Drik photo agency and of the Pathshala South Asian Media Institute.

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