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China Uses Website to Name, Shame, and Punish Debtors

Economists around the world worry about the accumulation of excessive personal debt. China’s approach to the problem is as ham-fisted as everything else the authoritarian nation does: they set up a website to name, shame, and punish “dishonest people” with debt repayment judgments against them.

Young Uighur boys display their switch-blades while posing with a girl holding a soccer ball in Hotan, located in China's far west Xinjiang Region, in October 2006. (Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Image) [-]

China Imposes ‘Core Socialist Values’ in Muslim Uighur Elementary Schools

The Global Times, house organ of the Chinese Communist Party, cheerfully reported on Wednesday that students at the No. 7 Elementary School of Kuqa County have been “encouraged to learn Chinese calligraphy and read classical Chinese literature as part of a program to boost traditional Chinese culture and core socialist values.” What makes this interesting is that Kuqa County is located in the restless Xinjiang province, home of the Uighur Muslim minority.

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North Korea Offers Venezuela Financial Advice at National Bank Meeting

North Korea’s ambassador to Venezuela, Ri Sung Gil, offered the fellow leftist nation financial advice at a discussion hosted by the Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV) last week. On Monday, North Korean state media praised Venezuela for showcasing works complimentary of the tyrannical Kim family at a recent book fair.

Hayward: How China’s Viral Authoritarianism Infects the West and Threatens the Enlightenment

China’s challenge to the United States over the coming decades will not only be a contest of economic and military might. It will be a clash of ideologies, as President Xi Jinping made quite clear in his marathon address to the 19th Communist Party Congress. China is betting that its brand of authoritarianism will go viral and infect not only Eastern nations it hopes to bring under its hegemonic sway, but the Western world as well.

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks at a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017. Immigration authorities in Colombia announced that Venezuela's ousted chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega Diaz is on her way to Brazil. Ortega said that Maduro removed her in order to stop a probe linking him and his inner circle to nearly $100 million in bribes from Brazilian construction company Odebrecht. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Venezuela: Four Unfree, Unfair Elections in Just Five Years

Hot off the heels of the “largest electoral fraud in the history of Latin America,” Venezuela’s socialist dictatorship has done it again. Defying every major exit poll prior to Sunday, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) secured 17 of the nation’s 23 governorships, with its losses in states like Táchira, governed by socialists who dared to criticize the regime.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro offers a press conference at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on August 22, 2017. Chile said Tuesday it has granted diplomatic asylum to five Venezuelans who took refuge in its embassy in Caracas, amid political turmoil as Maduro moves to consolidate power. The five were among a group of 33 jurists who had been named to the Venezuelan Supreme Court by the opposition-controlled National Assembly on July 31 in defiance of the government. / AFP PHOTO / Juan BARRETO (Photo credit should read JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images)

Odebrecht Exec: We Paid Maduro $35 Million in Bribes to Secure Contracts

Venezuela’s exiled former top prosecutor published a video Thursday that she alleges shows the head of Odebrecht, the Brazilian construction company embroiled in one of the largest corruption schemes in Latin American history, admitting to bribing dictator Nicolás Maduro by donating $35 million to his 2013 presidential campaign.