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Communist supporters mark Bolshevik Revolution centennial
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MOSCOW (AP) — Unlike the grand celebrations of the Soviet past, the Kremlin skirted Tuesday's centennial of the Bolshevik Revolution — an anniversary that drew only a routine demonstration by Communist devotees.

The government's attitude reflects both a wide split in public perception of the revolution and the Kremlin's uneasiness about the events in 1917 that heralded more than seven decades of the Communist Party rule.

President Vladimir Putin has bemoaned the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union as the "greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century," but he also has deplored the revolution that destroyed the Russian empire and triggered a devastating civil war that killed millions.

"Let us ask ourselves: Was it not possible to follow an evolutionary path rather than go through a revolution?" Putin said in a speech last month. "Could we not have evolved by way of gradual and consistent forward movement rather than at a cost of destroying our statehood and the ruthless fracturing of millions of human lives?"

Putin made no mention of the revolution while attending official meetings on Tuesday, a regular working day, unlike in Soviet times when it was marked as the nation's main holiday.


Even as the Kremlin ignored the centennial, thousands of Communist Party members and supporters marched along Moscow's downtown Tverskaya Street carrying portraits of Soviet leaders Vladimir Lenin and Josef Stalin.

During Soviet times, Nov. 7 was a major state holiday, with huge military parades and demonstrations on Red Square. Russia stopped celebrating it after the 1991 Soviet collapse.

The Communists have continued to honor the date, and the authorities allowed them to march close to the Kremlin to mark the anniversary, but kept them off Red Square.

Such marches reflect the Communists' role as part of the token opposition in parliament that obediently toes the Kremlin line and limits itself to pro forma criticism of the government without challenging Putin's rule.

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How Russia Is Marking The 100th Anniversary Of The Revolution

This fall marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, one of the most explosive political events of the 20th century. Bolsheviks led by Vladimir Lenin destroyed the tradition of czarist rule, which eventually led to the Communist Party, the Cold War and the Soviet Union before its dissolution in 1991.

Here & Now's Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with NPR Moscow correspondent Lucian Kim (@Lucian_Kim) about how Russians are marking the anniversary.

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The Russian Revolution: The Bolsheviks Take Control

On 7 November 1917, Bolshevik revolutionaries overthrew the provisional government set up in Russia after the fall of the Tsar earlier that year, and created the world's first communist state - a state that would become the Soviet Union. Louise Hidalgo has been listening back to eye-witness accounts of that tumultuous time.

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Re: BBC NPR Commies celibrate Nov 7 - 100 year Communist Bolshvik Bloody
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2017, 02:38:15 pm »
Lenin's use of mass murder was no accident.  It was a key part of his political world view.   The following quotes make that readily apparent.

From the 1 September 1918 edition of the Bolshevik newspaper, Krasnaya Gazeta:

“We will turn our hearts into steel, which we will temper in the fire of suffering and the blood of fighters for freedom. We will make our hearts cruel, hard, and immovable, so that no mercy will enter them, and so that they will not quiver at the sight of a sea of enemy blood. We will let loose the floodgates of that sea. Without mercy, without sparing, we will kill our enemies in scores of hundreds. Let them be thousands; let them drown themselves in their own blood. For the blood of Lenin and Uritsky, Zinovief and Volodarski, let there be floods of the blood of the bourgeois - more blood, as much as possible.”

Excerpt from an interview with Felix Dzerzhinsky published in Novaia Zhizn on 14 July 1918.

We stand for organized terror - this should be frankly admitted. Terror is an absolute necessity during times of revolution. Our aim is to fight against the enemies of the Soviet Government and of the new order of life. We judge quickly. In most cases only a day passes between the apprehension of the criminal and his sentence. When confronted with evidence criminals in almost every case confess; and what argument can have greater weight than a criminal's own confession.”

Excerpts from V.I. Lenin, “The Lessons of the Moscow Uprising” (1906)  Keeping in mind the failure of the 1905 revolution, Lenin argued that it was imperative for an even more ruthless application of force in the pursuit of overthrowing the Tsar’s regime.

“We should have taken to arms more resolutely, energetically and aggressively; we should have explained to the masses that it was impossible to confine things to a peaceful strike and that a fearless and relentless armed fight was necessary. And now we must at last openly and publicly admit that political strikes are inadequate; we must carry on the widest agitation among the masses in favour of an armed uprising and make no attempt to obscure this question by talk about "preliminary stages", or to befog it in any way. We would be deceiving both ourselves and the people if we concealed from the masses the necessity of a desperate, bloody war of extermination, as the immediate task of the coming revolutionary action.

Such is the first lesson of the December events. Another lesson concerns the character of the uprising, the methods by which it is conducted, and the conditions which lead to the troops coming over to the side of the people. … We failed to utilise the forces at our disposal for such an active, bold, resourceful and aggressive fight for the wavering troops as that which the government waged and won. We have carried on work in the army and we will redouble our efforts in the future ideologically to "win over" the troops. But we shall prove to be miserable pedants if we forget that at a time of uprising there must also be a physical struggle for the troops.

The December events confirmed … that insurrection is an art and that the principal rule of this art is the waging of a desperately bold and irrevocably determined offensive. We have not sufficiently assimilated this truth. We ourselves have not sufficiently learned, nor have we taught the masses, this art, this rule to attack at all costs. …  It is not enough to take sides on the question of political slogans; it is also necessary to take sides on the question of an armed uprising. Those who are opposed to it, those who do not prepare for it, must be ruthlessly dismissed from the ranks of the supporters of the revolution, sent packing to its enemies, to the traitors or cowards; for the day is approaching when the force of events and the conditions of the struggle will compel us to distinguish between enemies and friends. It is not passivity that we should preach, not mere "waiting" until the troops "come over". No! We must proclaim from the house-tops the need for a bold offensive and armed attack, the necessity at such times of exterminating the persons in command of the enemy, and of a most energetic fight for the wavering troops.

 The third great lesson taught by Moscow concerns the tactics and organisation of the forces for an uprising. Military tactics depend on the level of military technique. Military technique today is not what it was in the middle of the nineteenth century. …  Moscow inaugurated "new barricade tactics.” These tactics are the tactics of guerrilla warfare.

Moscow advanced these tactics, but failed to develop them far enough, to apply them to any considerable extent, to a really mass extent. There were too few volunteer fighting squads, the slogan of bold attack was not issued to the masses of the workers and they did not apply it; the guerrilla detachments were too uniform in character, their arms and methods were inadequate, their ability to lead the crowd was almost undeveloped. We must make up for all this and we shall do so by learning from the experience of Moscow, by spreading this experience among the masses and by stimulating their creative efforts to develop it still further. And the guerrilla warfare and mass terror that have been taking place throughout Russia practically without a break since December, will undoubtedly help the masses to learn the correct tactics of an uprising. Social Democracy must recognise this mass terror and incorporate it into its tactics, organising and controlling it of course, subordinating it to the interests and conditions of the working-class movement and the general revolutionary struggle.

A great mass struggle is approaching. It will be an armed uprising. It must, as far as possible, be simultaneous. The masses must know that they are entering upon an armed, bloody and desperate struggle. Contempt for death must become widespread among them and will ensure victory. The onslaught on the enemy must be pressed with the greatest vigour; attack, not defence, must be the slogan of the masses; the ruthless extermination of the enemy will be their task; the organisation of the struggle will become mobile and flexible; the wavering elements among the troops will be drawn into active participation. And in this momentous struggle, the party of the class-conscious proletariat must discharge its duty to the full.”
40 Spine-Chilling Red Terror Facts
by Sankalan Baidya · August 30, 2017

12. With the formal announcement of the Red Terror, the first victims were members of Social Revolutionary Party. Nearly 800 members of the party were killed by Cheka in the next few months. Many thousands of them were sent to labor camps.

13. Though the Red Terror started off as the elimination of Social Revolutionary Party members, it soon expanded and brought anyone and everyone under radar who opposed either the Bolshevik Party or the policies adopted by the party.

15. Gradually industrial workers, who didn’t meet their daily production quota or even thought of organizing strikes, were also targeted by the forces of Red Terror.

16. In early 1918, Cheka consisted of only a few hundred men but by 1920, Cheka was 200,000-strong government agency, carrying out executions, mass killings, tortures etc.

17. Cheka was given freehand. There was no set rule for them to capture and torture. They were just free to define any method of terror they liked.

20. The Cheka forces even killed many deserters from Red Army. Millions of members of the Red Army became deserters. For instance, in 1918, 1 million people deserted, followed by 2 million in 1919 and then 4 million in 1921. However, 500,000 were captured back in 1919 and around 800,000 in 1920.

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The Red Terror in Soviet Russia refers to a campaign of mass killings, torture, and systematic oppression conducted by the Bolsheviks before and after seizing power in Petrograd and Moscow. In Soviet historiography, the Red Terror is described as having been officially announced on 2 September 1918 by Yakov Sverdlov and ended about October 1918. However, many historians, beginning with Sergei Melgunov, apply this term to political repression during the whole period of the Russian Civil War, 1918–1922. The mass repressions were conducted by the Cheka (the Bolshevik secret police), together with elements of the Bolshevik military intelligence agency (the GRU).
The term "Red Terror" was originally used to describe the last six weeks of the "Reign of Terror" of the French Revolution, ending on 28 July 1794 with the execution of Maximilien Robespierre, to distinguish it from the subsequent First White Terror.
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Re: BBC NPR Commies celibrate Nov 7 - 100 year Communist Bolshvik Bloody
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2017, 02:41:51 pm »
The Red Terror Martyr’s Memorial
Posted on May 8, 2010 by Justin Ames

Located just off Meskal Square, the Red Terror Martyr’s Memorial is a good way to get up to speed on the activities of the Derg.

The Derg (or Dergue) was a communist military junta that came to power in Ethiopia following the ousting of Emperor Haile Selassie. Derg, which means “committee” was the short name for the Coordinating Committee of the Armed Forces, Police, and Territorial Army, a committee of military officers which ruled the country from 1974 until 1987.

And they weren’t very nice… Between 1975 and 1987, the Derg imprisoned, tortured and executed tens of thousands of its perceived opponents without trial.

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Re: BBC NPR Commies celibrate Nov 7 - 100 year Communist Bolshvik Bloody
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2017, 02:45:53 pm »
Death by Gun Control - Democide
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1.4 Billion Bullets and Department of Education buying weapons.... RE-DACTED!

I have been seeing many comparisons of late Globally to the Bolshevik take over of Russia ... dehumanization , disarming the populace, Food as a weapon, gulags (refugee centers) concentration camps....

From a Catholic perspective but very interesting:
The Rulers of Russia - American Edition - by Rev Denis Fahey - 1938

The truth about Lenin and the Bolsheviks

The Black Book of Communism


I WAS in Russia during the first five years of the Bolshevist regime, but contrived to leave that country during the October of 1922.  Scarcely had I broken my journey at Warsaw before I found myself confronted with a question involving one of the most complex psychological and socio-ethical problems of our day.

For, as I was sitting in a co-operative cafe run by some Polish ladies, the lady who was serving me with coffee suddenly put to me the question :
" Are you a Russian straight from Russia ? "
" Yes—I am a Russian."
" Then pray tell me how it is that no one there seems willing to assassinate Lenin and Trotsky ? "

At first the corpses were disposed of by dumping them into the ancient Genoese wells ; but in time even these wells became filled up, and the condemned had to be marched out into the country during the daytime (ostensibly, " to work in the mines ") and there made to dig huge graves before daylight should fail, and then be locked into sheds for an hour or two, and, with the fall of dusk, stripped except for the little crosses around their necks, and shot.
Again, a railway workers' rebellion in Ekaterinoslav had, as a sequel, a list of "fifty-one" victims, which means, probably, that the true number was considerably larger. Indeed, we read in Z. U. Arbatov's reminiscences, entitled Ekaterinoslav, 1917-1920,4 that after 200 workmen had been arrested, and fifty sentenced to execution at once, the rest were, later, and by night, conveyed in two motor-lorries (the date being June 2) to a spot on the river Dnieper where, with a machine-gun trained upon them from behind, the whole were so shot that their bodies fell into the water, to be carried away by the current, and only a few were left stranded on the margin. And later more railway employees were sentenced and executed by the All-Ukrainian Che-Ka at Kharkov

By the winter of 1920 [he wrote] the number of provinces  included within the R.S.F.S.R. was fifty-two, and they had fifty-two Che-Kas, and fifty-two special branches, and fifty-two provincial  revolutionary tribunals. And then there existed all the swarm of regional-transport Che-Kas, railway tribunals, tribunals of " internal defence" (the " Internal Service Force "), and circuit sessional courts— these last being commissions periodically sent from the centre to supervise local mass shootings. And there were the special branches and special tribunals attached to the several armies (which, again, numbered sixteen), and the special branches and tribunals attached to the several divisions of those armies.

Hence, in all, we may assume that there existed fully a thousand torture chambers—or, if we take into account also the activities of the district Che-Kas at that period, more than a thousand; considerably more [ Fusion Centers? ].

And later, as the R.S.F.S.R. still further increased the number of its provinces (Siberia and the Crimea and the Far East becoming overrun), that increase must have been accompanied by an increase in the number of the torture chambers.

Whence, taking the Bolshevists' own totals for 1920 (though during that year no real decrease of terrorism set in— merely it was that acts perpetrated by terrorism began to be reported less frequently), we can fix upon a certain definite figure for the daily average of killing per torture centre, and see thence that the curve of shootings rose from one to fifty as regards the larger centres, and from one to one hundred as regards regions in recent occupation by the Red Army. And since terroristic outbursts always were periodical in their outbreaking and
their decreasing, a modest estimate of the average will work out at five persons per diem
IN its general report on Bolshevist activities during the years 1918 and 1919 the Denikin Commission has stated that the number of victims during the two years totalled 1,700,000; and, seeing that the materials collected by that Commission have not yet been fully, or anything like fully, examined, and I myself have confined my figures exclusively to deaths resultant from " legal " or "administrative" action, to deaths following upon sentence passed directly by a revolutionary authority, there can be little doubt that the actual total of the Terror's victims has been incomparably larger.

I believe what we are seeing today is the deployment of a global scientific red terror.
Red Terror in Asia

Chinese Communism developed and came to power with Stalin's support. But Red China's brutality was worse than Stalin's.

 This explains not only why Maoism was different from Leninism, but why it became an even more savage, barbarous and rigid ideology. The advent of Maoism added to Communism—which was already pitiless and bloodthirsty—a greater degree of ignorance, fanatic nationalism and hostility to culture and civilization. Total calamity was the result. Maoism was the worst kind of Communism; in fact we can say it was the worst of the worst
After reading Darwin, Mao became an ardent Communist

The idea of using Western ideas and inventions against the West was at its zenith in those days. In the wake of the famous May 4, 1919, demonstrations in Beijing, calls for modernity and patriotism, science and democracy, gained currency among intellectuals. ..."Lurking behind the scenes," as Tu Wei-ming [a professor of Chinese History and Philosophy] has pointed out in the winter 1996 issue of Daedalus, "was neither science nor democracy but scientism and populism.... nstrumental rationality and Jacobin-like collectivism fundamentally restructured the Chinese intellectual world in the post-May Fourth period." Reformers, such as Liang Qichao, who edited a clandestine journal, were influenced by a debased but popular version of Darwin and Spencer.

They saw race war as the key to progress.
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Re: BBC NPR Commies celibrate Nov 7 - 100 year Communist Bolshevik Blood
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2017, 03:00:00 pm »

Ukrainian victims of the CHEKA, 1918 or 1919.

The ingenuity of the Cheka’s torture methods was matched only by the Spanish Inquisition. Each local Cheka had its own specialty. In Kharkov they went in for the ‘glove trick’ – burning the victim’s hands in boiling water until the blistered skin could be peeled off: this left the victims with raw and bleeding hands and their torturers with ‘human gloves’. The Tsaritsyn Cheka sawed its victims’ bones in half. In Voronezh they rolled their naked victims in nail-studded barrels. In Armavir they crushed their skulls by tightening a leather strap with an iron bolt around their head. In Kiev they affixed a cage with rats to the victims torso and heated it so that the enraged rats ate their way through the victim’s guts in an effort to escape. In Odessa they chained their victims to planks and pushed them slowly into a furnace or a tank of boiling water. A favourite winter torture was to pour water on the naked victims until they became living ice statues.
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Cuba Celebrates the Great October Socialist Revolution
November 8, 2017

More than 182 global representatives from the parties participated in the conference in recognition of the importance of the Socialist Revolution.

Member of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) Central Committee Secretariat, Jose Ramon Balaguer, laid a floral wreath on behalf of the Cuban people to commemorate the Great October Socialist Revolution.

The head of the International Relations Department of the PCC paid tribute to the revolution at Lenin’s Mausoleum and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow.

Balaguer, during his address, stressed that the revolution must be kept in memory as a reference point for the desired world design.

Late former Cuban President Fidel Castro previously said that “without the existence of the Soviet Union, it would have been impossible for the existence of the Cuban Revolution.”

In a message delivered by Balaguer on behalf of Cuban President Raul Castro, the head of state described the October Revolution as a significant event that marked a milestone in the history of humanity influencing the struggles for independence, decolonization and self-determination of the peoples.

At the conference, which hosted communist and workers’ parties in St. Petersburg, the PCC leader attended ceremonies marking the significance of 100 years since the Russian Revolution’s Great October Socialist Revolution – led by Vladimir Lenin.

More than 182 global representatives from the parties participated in the conference in celebration and recognition of the importance of the Socialist Revolution in world history, according to Gennady Zyuganov – the President of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (PCFR).

The October Revolution is one of the two historic events that took place in the Rus

Obama announces US will establish embassy in Cuba, lift sanctions
Obama gets to meet a real certified killer ... wow ... must really get him going ...
Even before the triumph of the Revolution, Castro and his gang were prone to murder those who disagreed with them.

In the photo below, taken while still in the Sierra Maestra mountains, Fidel Castro's brother, Raul, is seen getting ready to shoot a young rebel soldier who disobeyed orders.

And more than fifty years after the above photo was taken, Castro and his gang of murderers continue to send to the firing squad, those Cubans who oppose his betrayal of the Revolution.

The Cuban Memorial displayed at Tamiami Park, Miami, Florida:
Each cross bears the name of a victim of Castro's genocide against the Cuban people

Why is the entire World blind to a half century of Castro's Crimes?
Why is it that very few people seem to care about Castro's genocide against the Cuban people?

Obama Meets Raúl Castro, Making History
APRIL 11, 2015
“Our governments will continue to have differences,” he said at a news conference wrapping up the summit meeting. “At the same time, we agreed that we can continue to take steps forward that advance our mutual interests.”
Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole ; He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. - Job 5

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In 1975 the Pathet Lao, along with the Vietnam People's Army, and backed by the Soviet Union, overthrew the royalist Lao government, forcing King Savang Vatthana to abdicate on 2 December 1975. He later died in prison. Between 20,000 and 62,000 Laotians died during the Civil War.[31]

On 2 December 1975, after taking control of the country, the Pathet Lao government under Kaysone Phomvihane renamed the country as the Lao People's Democratic Republic and signed agreements giving Vietnam the right to station armed forces and to appoint advisers to assist in overseeing the country. Laos was requested in 1979 by the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to end relations with the People's Republic of China, leading to isolation in trade by China, the United States, and other countries.

In addition to the North Vietnamese invasion of Laos, by the Soviet-backed Vietnam People's Army, the post-Vietnam War occupation of Laos continued during the 1970s and 1980s.

The conflict between Hmong rebels and the Vietnam People's Army of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (SRV), as well as the SRV-backed Pathet Lao continued in key areas of Laos, including in Saysaboune Closed Military Zone, Xaisamboune Closed Military Zone near Vientiane Province and Xieng Khouang Province.

From 1975 to 1996, the United States resettled some 250,000 Lao refugees from Thailand, including 130,000 Hmong.[32] (See: Indochina refugee crisis)

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7th November 2016 marks the 99th Anniversary of the Great Socialist October Revolution, and this profoundly significant event in human history, and the progressive calendar, was celebrated by CPGB-ML members and supporters this weekend, in Saklatvala Hall, Southall.

Comrade Sayakane Sisouvong, Laos’ Ambassador to the UK,

Comrade Marcus Garcia of the Venezuelan Embassy thanked the CPGB-ML for “keeping alive values that seem to be forgotten in the world today.”

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At large march, Venezuela's Maduro hails Russian Revolution, 'when the workers took power'
November 8, 2017

Speaking to a huge march on November 7, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said that, during the Russian Revolution, the workers took political power into their hands for the first time. "In Revolution, all times are a battle and they are a struggle!", Maduro told the popular celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik-led revolution on the outskirts of the Miraflores Palace Caracas.

The president recalled that the Revolution showed for the first time that workers could take political power in their hands to build a state.

He said that the main objectives of the Bolivarian and socialist revolution taking place in Venezuela are to claim the dignity of the people and the union of Latin America and the Caribbean "to transform us into a great block of forces that seeks the balance of the world".

"This is a Christian socialism, which vindicates a people that want peace, happiness and justice," he said.

"Another better world is possible and we will build socialism at all costs," emphasized President Maduro.

Venezuelan workers marched from Cantv headquarters, on Libertador Avenue in Caracas, to the Miraflores Palace as part of their celebrations of the centennial of the October Socialist Revolution.
Bolshevik Revolution Celebrated by Venezuela
IN PICTURES: Venezuelans brandishing placards featuring Russian revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin took to the streets commemorating the centenary of the Bolshevik revolution.

A crowd dressed in red and brandishing images of Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin, often juxtaposed with the former leader of Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution, Hugo Chavez, celebrated in the streets of Caracas to mark 100 years since the founding of the first socialist state.

"We, as revolutionaries and socialists, join in this global commemoration,” said Freddy Bernal, a member of the National Directorate of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, who called for the mobilization.

Workers marched from Caracas' Autonomous National Telephone Company to the Miraflores Presidential Palace.

The celebration was one among several taking place in various places around Latin America, recognizing the profound impact the Russian revolution had in the region, spurring anti-imperialist, progressive, and socialist movements throughout.

Hunger eats away at Venezuela’s soul as its people struggle to survive

The Maduro regime denies its oil-rich country is in crisis. But on the streets the desperation cannot be hidden


Hunger is gnawing at Venezuela, where a government that claims to rule for the poorest has left most of its 31 million people short of food, many desperately so. As night falls over Caracas, and most of the city’s residents lock their doors against its ever more violent streets, Adriana Velásquez gets ready for work, heading out into an uncertain darkness as she has done since hunger forced her into the only job she could find at 14.
In Venezuela, they were teachers and doctors. To buy food, they became prostitutes.
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ARAUCA, Colombia

At a squat, concrete brothel on the muddy banks of the Arauca River, Gabriel Sánchez rattled off the previous jobs of the women who now sell their bodies at his establishment for $25 an hour.

“We’ve got lots of teachers, some doctors, many professional women and one petroleum engineer,” he yelled over the din of vallenato music. “All of them showed up with their degrees in hand.”

And all of them came from Venezuela.

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Oldest living American Commie ?
Sidney Rittenberg (Chinese: 李敦白; pinyin: Lǐ Dūnbái; born August 14, 1921) is an American journalist, scholar, and Chinese linguist who lived in China from 1944 to 1980. He worked closely with Mao Zedong, Zhu De, Zhou Enlai, and other leaders of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) during the war, and was with these central Communist leaders at Yan'an. He witnessed first-hand much of what occurred at upper levels of the CCP and knew many of its leaders personally. Later, he was imprisoned in solitary confinement, twice, for a total of 16 years.[1] He was the first American citizen to join the CCP.[2]

Rittenberg's connections and experience have enabled him to run a successful consultancy business representing some of the world’s biggest brands, such as Intel, Levi Strauss, Microsoft, Hughes Aircraft and Teledesic.
Sidney Rittenberg: An interview with a revolutionary

In this first episode of a two-part interview, Kaiser and Jeremy talk to Sidney about his fascinating life story. For the second part of the interview, click here.

Mao was a Yale Man - A Yali and Skull and Bones
Remember page one with Sidney Rittenberg? Now he's got his own movie!...

A first-class work of documentary film-making about an American man -- Sidney Rittenberg -- who has spent half of his adult life living, working and being imprisoned in China, THE REVOLUTIONARY is one of those very rare movies that speaks honestly, directly and poignantly to the need so many of us feel, especially when we are young, to help change the world and make it a better place for all humanity. And then the movie shows us, with clarity and grace, how difficult and deceptive such a task turns out to be.


There is plenty here to please progressives -- the young, Jewish man (at right) from America's south, who begins as a student activist and labor organizer who is then trained by the American military as a linguist in Chinese and stationed in China at the end of World War II. His extraordinary abilities endear him to the Chinese -- right up to and including Mao -- whose guerrilla war inspires Rittenberg to the point that he agrees to stay permanently in China to help build a cultural bridge between the two countries.
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murdered millions of people a decade prior to Hitler.

seized power violently, unlike Hitler.
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Re: BBC NPR Commies celibrate Nov 7 - 100 years of Communist Bolshevik Blood
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1985 Vietnam: Hanoi shows off military and "reeducation" camp
Jim Laurie
Published on Jul 1, 2014

Video shot by Jim Laurie Spring 1985 near Hanoi and in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)  Foreign journalists are invited to Vietnam to mark ten years since the 'liberation' of Vietnam.  First 3:35 shows a staged military display outside Hanoi.  A short sequence then shows the NBC TODAY show at the Doc Lap Palace in Saigon.  For the first time US TV channel broadcast live from Vietnam.
Finally video shows reporters taken to a model 're-education camp.' 

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Everything in this video is staged by the communist.  They made it seem like they treated the prisoners well in front of the media, but behind closed doors those prisoners is tortured and starved.  My father was in Hanoi's re-education camp from '75-82'
Among the journalists seen in this video are Neil Davis, Bill Latch, Lew Simons, and Arthur Lord  (please send a note if you recognize others)
My time in a Communist re-education camp - 03.09.2010

Published on Apr 14, 2010
An interview with Dr Ninh on 9 March 2010 on his experience in a Communist re-education/concentration camp after the end of the Vietnam War.
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Re: BBC NPR Commies celibrate Nov 7 - 100 years of Communist Bolshevik Blood
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Cambodia’s infamous S-21 prison
August 30, 2015 15:14
Forty years after S-21, killing fields and death camps still exist

Forty years ago, in August of 1975, the Communist Party of Cambodia – the Khmer Rouge – turned a high school into a death camp called S-21. The “S” stands for santebal, which is the Khmer word for “peace keeper.” During the four years that the Khmer Rouge were in power, from ’75 to ’79, 12,000 prisoners at S-21 were tortured, experimented on and murdered.

In May of 1977, a Cambodian named Bou Meng was working in a Khmer Rouge “cooperative,” a forced labor camp where he and his wife were being “reeducated.” Before the Communist revolution, Bou had been a painter. He was working in a vegetable patch when some of his Rouge overseers showed up and told him that he and his wife were being transferred to a school of fine art, to teach. Once Bou and his wife had been driven outside the camp, they were bound and blindfolded, and sent to S-21. Bou had no idea why. He never saw his wife again.

Vann Nath was also a Cambodian ex-painter living under the Khmer Rouge. In December of ’77, he was arrested and told he had been outed as a traitor. He was tortured with electric wires for a week, and then transferred to S-21.

In 1977, Chum Mey was a Cambodian mechanic working on machinery in a clothing factory. When Party members showed up at the factory looking for him, he addressed them, respectfully, as “sirs.” He was lashed a hundred times, on the spot, for the crime of not addressing them as “brothers.” After the whipping was finished, one of the Rouge began to beat Chum with a stick. He tried to shield himself, so they broke his fingers. They attached wires to his ears, and ran the wires to electrical outlets. His eyes nearly exploded out of his head. Afterwards, he was sent to S-21.

After Chum had been tortured continuously for 12 days, after his fingernails had been torn out, he confessed to being an agent of both the CIA and the KGB. He had no idea what either was, but that’s what he was told to confess. He was forced to denounce his fellow CIA and KGB officers – other random, innocent Cambodians. Chum had been arrested because someone had, under torture, denounced him; his denunciation would lead to more arrests, more torture and more denunciations. That’s how, in the course of just four years, thousands and thousands of enemy agents were sequestered in S-21. Chum, Vann and Bou are the only living survivors. There were seven survivors in total. Every other inmate of S-21, to a man, was murdered.

When Vietnam invaded Cambodia in 1979, S-21’s staff fled, leaving its last seven prisoners alive – seven men whose executions had been briefly stayed to prolong their usefulness: normally, after confession, execution followed immediately. The two painters were working on a portrait of Pol Pot; Chum Mey, the mechanic, was repairing some machinery. We know about S-21’s 12,000 murdered prisoners because, in the jailers’ haste to flee, they forgot to destroy its records. In fact, S-21 is the only Khmer Rouge secret-police-prison whose records weren’t destroyed – out of a total of about 200.

S-21 wasn’t just for enemy agents; it was also for their families, and for intellectuals, and the intellectuals’ families. According to a man named Suor Thi, who had been the administrator at S-21 in charge of registering new prisoners, the figure of 12,000 may be incomplete. The children didn’t make it into the archives. “I paid no attention to the children... None of the children would survive. All of them would be killed.”

Of course, all the prisoners, young and old, were going to be killed – but the children didn’t have to confess first. They were just killed on principle, to tie up loose ends.

Suor Thi was asked about his role registering S-21’s inmates during the trial of Kaing Guek Eav, known as Duch, pronounced “Doyk.” Duch had been the commandant of S-21. Because of his failure to destroy S-21’s records, he had the bad fortune to be one of just three Khmer Rouge tried by the international Khmer Rouge tribunal, which was established in 1997. Duch succeeded in wiping out almost all of the witnesses – only Chum, Vann and Bou were left to testify – but he was damned by his own words.

A document from the S-21 archives quotes minutes from a meeting at which Duch taught his subordinates Communist Party doctrine: “Forget the idea that beating a prisoner is cruel. There’s no place for kindness in such cases. You must beat them for national, international, and class reasons.”

“S-21 was only for people who were going to be executed,” said Duch at his trial, in 2009. “There was no protection of their rights. We fed them like animals and treated them as such.”
Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole ; He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. - Job 5

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NSA Data Mining - Prism Prison - Verizon - Snowden Whistleblower

Way back machine to 1989 - A generation of Romanians lived with a boot on their necks with the Romanian secret police, called Siguranța Statului.

Founded on August 30, 1948, with help from the Soviet NKVD, the Securitate was abolished in December 1989, shortly after President Nicolae Ceaușescu was ousted and executed

With today's sigint how is today's NSA's security net any different then the Stasi?
Romanian Dictator Nicolae and Elena ceausescu executed. December  25, 1989
Ex-Romanian Secret Police on Trial : East Bloc: They are among the 21 defendants accused of stealing and burning corpses of 40 protesters.
March 02, 1990

Official figures released at the hearing showed 94 people died in Timisoara during the pro-democracy demonstrations, 300 others were badly wounded and 23 simply disappeared.

The 21 defendants--former Securitate officers, senior police officials and two Bucharest cemetery supervisors--were led into the dock wearing beige-and-brown striped uniforms, the dress of convicts. Their heads were shaved

The most senior Securitate officer on trial is Gen. Emil Macri, head of the security police's counterintelligence. He was sent from Bucharest to Timisoara by Ceausescu to quell the pro-democracy demonstrations, military prosecutor Mihai Radulescu said.

He said Macri's first orders on arriving in Timisoara were effectively to isolate the city of 320,000 from the rest of the world. All roads around the city were blocked off, foreigners were barred and all telephone links were cut.

The 21 face charges of complicity in genocide and assisting in genocide, and all face maximum terms of life imprisonment if found guilty by the three-man military tribunal.

Reports that thousands of people had been killed by the Securitate in Timisoara in mid-December spread around the country, triggering the revolution. The initial figures were grossly exaggerated, but there were gasps in court today as prosecutors described how the bodies of 40 demonstrators had been disposed of. The corpses were reportedly stolen, cremated and their ashes tipped down a drain.
Nicolae Ceaușescu (Romanian pronunciation: [nikoˈla.e t͡ʃe̯a.uˈʃesku]; 26 January 1918[1] – 25 December 1989) was a Romanian Communist politician. He was General Secretary of the Romanian Communist Party from 1965 to 1989, and as such was the country's last Communist leader. He was also the country's head of state from 1967 to 1989

Ceaușescu’s regime collapsed after he ordered his security forces to fire on antigovernment demonstrators in the city of Timișoara on 17 December 1989. The demonstrations spread to Bucharest and became known as the Romanian Revolution, which was the only violent overthrow of a Communist government during the revolutions of 1989.

Ceaușescu and his wife, Elena, fled the capital in a helicopter but were captured by the armed forces. On 25 December the couple were hastily tried and convicted by a special military tribunal on charges of mass murder in a two-hour court session. Ceaușescu and his wife were then shot by a firing squad
The Securitate was, in proportion to Romania's population, one of the largest secret police forces in the Eastern bloc. The first budget of the Securitate in 1948 stipulated a number of 4,641 positions, of which 3,549 were filled by February 1949: 64% were workers, 4% peasants, 28% clerks, 2% persons of unspecified origin, and 2% intellectuals.[citation needed]

By 1951, the Securitate's staff had increased fivefold, while in January 1956, the Securitate had 25,468 employees.[2]

Under the regime of Nicolae Ceaușescu, the Securitate employed some 11,000 agents and had a half-million informers for a country with a population of 22 million by 1985.

 Under Ceaușescu, the Securitate was one of the most brutal secret police forces in the world, responsible for the arrests, torture and deaths of thousands of people


In the 1980s, the Securitate launched a massive campaign to stamp out dissent in Romania, manipulating the country's population with vicious rumors (such as supposed contacts with Western intelligence agencies), machinations, frameups, public denunciations, encouraging conflict between segments of the population, public humiliation of dissidents, toughened censorship and the repression of even the smallest gestures of independence by intellectuals.

Often the term "intellectual" was used by the Securitate to describe dissidents with higher education, such as college and university students, writers, directors and scientists who opposed the philosophy of the Communist party. Assassinations were also used to silence dissent, such as the attempt to kill high-ranking defector Ion Mihai Pacepa, who received two death sentences from Romania in 1978, and on whose head Ceauşescu decreed a bounty of two million US dollars. Yasser Arafat and Muammar al-Gaddafi each added one more million dollars to the reward.[5] In the 1980s, Securitate officials allegedly hired Carlos the Jackal to assassinate Pacepa.[6]

Forced entry into homes and offices and the planting of microphones was another tactic the Securitate used to extract information from the general population.

Telephone conversations were routinely monitored, and all internal and international fax and telex communications were intercepted.

After coal miners' unions went on strike and several leaders died prematurely, it was later discovered that Securitate doctors had subjected them to five-minute chest X-rays in an attempt to have them develop cancer.[7] After birth rates fell, Securitate agents were placed in gynecological wards while regular pregnancy tests were made mandatory for women of child-bearing age, with severe penalties for anyone who was found to have terminated a pregnancy.[7]

The Securitate's presence was so ubiquitous that it was believed one out of four Romanians was an informer. In truth, the Securitate deployed one agent or informer for every 43 Romanians, which was still large enough to make it all but impossible for dissidents to organize. The regime deliberately fostered this sense of ubiquity, believing that the fear of being watched was sufficient to bend the people to Ceausescu's will.

For example, one shadow group of dissidents limited itself to only three families; any more than that would have attracted Securitate attention.[8] In truth, the East German Stasi was even more ubiquitous than the Securitate; counting informers, the Stasi had one spy for every 6.5 East Germans
Inside Ceausescu’s Romania: An Unquestionably Efficient Police State

In 1989, when peaceful revolutions were sweeping across Eastern Europe, the fall of communism in Romania was marked by a higher level of violence and bloodshed than elsewhere in the region. This was due, at least in part, to the repressive nature of the regime established by Nicolae Ceausescu (1965-1989) and his loyal secret police, the Securitate. Estimates suggest that the Securitate had a higher proportion of representatives per population than anywhere else in the communist block and that by the 1980s as many as one person in thirty had been recruited as a Securitate  informer.

In this article, guest author Nelson Duque considers the deadly combination of Ceausescu’s distinctive style of dynastic socialism with the establishment of a brutally efficient police state, which enabled him to maintain an iron grip on power until the dying days of communist rule across Eastern Europe. Nelson briefly highlights the implications of some of the key policies enforced by Ceausescu and emphasises the key role of the Securitate in successfully ensuring the lack of any significant opposition, through the creation of a climate of fear and brutality.

Inside Ceausescu’s Romania: An Unquestionably Efficent Police State.
By Nelson Duque.

Inside Ceausescu’s Police State

Ceausescu’s Romania was a unique case in Socialist Eastern Europe. From 1965, Ceausescu endeavoured to establish a dynastic form of Socialism; heavily reliant on his own ‘cult of personality’ with power concentrated in the hands of his close relatives including his wife Elena and their son Nicu. Ben Fowkes sees this relationship between family and state as detrimental to society, describing Ceausescu as ‘both incurably Stalinist and fiercely repressive’ (Ben Fowkes, The rise and fall of Communism in Eastern Europe, Macmillan: 1995). Unsurprisingly, the secret police were some of Ceausescu’s most loyal agents, carrying out his will during the 23 years of his rule. During this time far reaching policies such as widespread austerity measures, ‘systematisation’ and pro-natalism were all enforced by the Securitate. These policies illustrate prime examples of how the Ceausescus’ directly interfered in and influenced the lives of ordinary Romanians and of how the Stasi employed insidious and brutal tactics to ensure a lack of opposition.

[ Oh the Stasi kept the East Germans "safe" from Democracy for decades: ]

The Ministry for State Security (German: Ministerium für Staatssicherheit, MfS), commonly known as the Stasi (abbreviation German: Staatssicherheit, literally State Security), was the official state security service of the German Democratic Republic or GDR, colloquially known as East Germany.   The Stasi was founded on 8 February 1950

It has been described as one of the most effective and repressive intelligence and secret police agencies to ever have existed. . The Stasi was headquartered in East Berlin, with an extensive complex in Berlin-Lichtenberg and several smaller facilities throughout the city.

The Stasi motto was "Schild und Schwert der Partei" (Shield and Sword of the Party), that is the ruling Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED).

One of its main tasks was spying on the population, mainly through a vast network of citizens turned informants, and fighting any opposition by overt and covert measures including hidden psychological destruction of dissidents (Zersetzung, literally meaning decomposition).

It also worked as an intelligence agency abroad, the respective division Hauptverwaltung Aufklärung was responsible for both espionage and for conducting covert operations in foreign countries. Under its long-time head Markus Wolf it gained a reputation as one of the most effective intelligence agencies of the Cold War.

Numerous Stasi officials were prosecuted for their crimes after 1990. After German reunification, the surveillance files that the Stasi had maintained for millions of East Germans were laid open, so that any citizen could inspect their personal file on request; these files are now maintained by the Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Archives.
Recovery of the Stasi files

During the Peaceful Revolution of 1989, Stasi offices were overrun by enraged citizens, but not before the Stasi destroyed a number of documents (approximately 5%)[63] consisting of, by one calculation, 1 billion sheets of paper.[1]

Storming the Stasi headquarters

As the GDR began to fall, the Stasi did as well. They began to destroy the extensive files that they had kept, both by hand and with the use of shredders.

When these activities became known, a protest erupted in front of the Stasi headquarters.[64]

In the evening of 15 January 1990, a large crowd of people formed outside the gates in order to stop the destruction of personal files. In their minds, this information should have been available to them and also have been used to punish those who had taken part in Stasi actions.

The large group of protesters grew and grew until they were able to overcome the police and gain entry into the complex. The protesters became violent and destructive as they smashed doors and windows, threw furniture, and trampled portraits of Erich Honecker, leader of the GDR. Among the destructive public were officers working for the West German government, as well as former Stasi collaborators seeking to destroy documents

On the evening of January 15th in 1990 demonstrators took possession of the headquarters of the Ministry for State Security (MfS) in Berlin-Lichtenberg. The Berliner Bürgerkomitee (Berlin Committee of Citizens) started here the closure and disorganisation of the MfS. One week later the Zentrale Runde Tisch (The Central Round Table) decided that a memorial place and research centre should be established in the former House No. 1 in the Stasi-Headquarters
 Stasi -  The Untold Story of the East German Secret Police
 Westview Press

With extraordinary speed and political resolve, the divided nation was reunified a year later. The collapse of the despotic regime was total. It was a euphoric time for Germans, but reunification also produced a new national dilemma. Nazi war crimes were still being tried in West Germany, forty-six years after World War II. Suddenly the German government was faced with demands that the communist officials who had ordered, executed, and abetted crimes against their own people—crimes that were as brutal as those perpetrated by their Nazi predecessors—also be prosecuted.

    The people of the former Deutsche Demokratische Republik (DDR), the German Democratic Republic, as the state had called itself for forty years, were clamoring for instant revenge. Their wrath was directed primarily against the country's communist rulers—the upper echelon of the Sozialistische Einheitspartei (SED), the Socialist Unity Party. The tens of thousands of second-echelon party functionaries who had enriched themselves at the expense of their cocitizens were also prime targets for retribution.

    Particularly singled out were the former members of the Stasi, the East German secret police, who previously had considered themselves the "shield and sword" of the party. When the regime collapsed, the Stasi had 102,000 full-time officers and noncommissioned personnel on its rolls, including 11,000 members of the ministry's own special guards regiment. Between 1950 and 1989, a total of 274,000 persons served in the Stasi.

    The people's ire was running equally strong against the regular Stasi informers, the inoffizielle Mitarbeiter (IMs).

By 1995, 174,000 had been identified as IMs, or 2.5 percent of the total population between the ages of 18 and 60.

Researchers were aghast when they found that about 10,000 IMs, or roughly 6 percent of the total, had not yet reached the age of 18.

Since many records were destroyed, the exact number of IMs probably will never be determined; but 500,000 was cited as a realistic figure. Former Colonel Rainer Wiegand, who served in the Stasi counterintelligence directorate, estimated that the figure could go as high as 2 million, if occasional stool pigeons were included.

    "The Stasi was much, much worse than the Gestapo, if you consider only the oppression of its own people," according to Simon Wiesenthal of Vienna, Austria, who has been hunting Nazi criminals for half a century. "The Gestapo had 40,000 officials watching a country of 80 million, while the Stasi employed 102,000 to control only 17 million." One might add that the Nazi terror lasted only twelve years, whereas the Stasi had four decades in which to perfect its machinery of oppression, espionage, and international terrorism and subversion.

    To ensure that the people would become and remain submissive, East German communist leaders saturated their realm with more spies than had any other totalitarian government in recent history.

The Soviet Union's KGB employed about 480,000 full-time agents to oversee a nation of 280 million, which means there was one agent per 5,830 citizens. Using Wiesenthal's figures for the Nazi Gestapo, there was one officer for 2,000 people. The ratio for the Stasi was one secret policeman per 166 East Germans. When the regular informers are added, these ratios become much higher: In the Stasi's case, there would have been at least one spy watching every 66 citizens! When one adds in the estimated numbers of part-time snoops, the result is nothing short of monstrous: one informer per 6.5 citizens. It would not have been unreasonable to assume that at least one Stasi informer was present in any party of ten or twelve dinner guests.
Stasi Prison Exposes Terror, Trauma in Berlin Compound
 By Catherine Hickley  Oct 23, 2013 4:00 PM

A corridor of cells inside the Hohenschoenhausen prison of East Germany, where as many as 40,000 dissidents were kept captive by the secret police between 1945 and 1990. Former prisoners today give guided tours of the site

East Germany’s communist-era secret police, known as the Stasi, produced a heavy leather-bound volume embossed with gold in 1970 to mark its 20th anniversary.

Packed with advice for interrogating dissidents, it includes a chapter on how to prevent prison suicides. Black-and-white photos warn of hidden razor blades and makeshift nooses.

The book is in a new exhibition at Hohenschoenhausen prison in eastern Berlin, a place where 40,000 political captives were interrogated and tortured as Stasi agents wrung confessions out of them and cooked up grounds for indictments.
The exhibition points out that not a single Hohenschoenhausen interrogator has served time in jail.
House of Horror: Inside the Infamous Stasi Prison
By Pete Brook

Welcome to your padded cell ....

Feared for the physical and psychological torture within, Hohenschönhausen (commonly known as the Stasi Prison) was the operational hub for the Ministry State Security, or Stasi, in communist East Germany, or GDR.

The prison helped coordinate the detention and interrogation of the GDR’s political prisoners from 1951 to 1989. When the Berlin Wall came down, it is estimated that more than 91,000 full-time Stasi employees and 189,000 unofficial collaborators were maintaining close, repressive surveillance over the East German populace.

In the Stasi prison, it was routine to interrogate suspects at night, from 10 p.m. until dawn. Then the suspect would be sent back to the cell, where they would stand all day.

They used a conveyer method for interrogation, when three or four investigators questioned the victim without a break. Three or four days later, pretty much anyone broke down and signed any confession or papers shoved in front of them.

 The SBU, of course, denies that they are doing anything remotely similar to this. Volodymyr Rakytsky, deputy head of the SBU, told the press that Cherneha’s accusations are false.

“I would like to tell you that sometimes we talk with the criminals, but what we do is offer them coffee. The conversation that follows is absolutely lenient,” he said.

 Vera Lengsfeld, an East German from Berlin who landed in Stasi prison for trying to organize a protest in 1988, remembers vividly what the coffee-drinking tactic is like that the Stasi also used more than two decades ago.

The officer would invite you for a coffee and a chat after several days of humiliation, beatings and pressure, when you’re so desperate that you’re about to stop feeling like a human being.

 The interrogator made sure they knew your favorite drink. When Lengsfeld entered his office, she found him drinking this beverage – lemon tea – and for her the aroma was like a blow in the stomach.

 The officer used a respectful form of address when he spoke to her, which was a vivid contrast to the usual address by the number that was assigned to her on arrival. The number was a psychological blow in the first days of imprisonment.

 He didn’t offer her a drink straight away. First, she was told that the investigator is on her side, that he is just doing his job and that if she cooperates she will receive certain privileges.

“This was just another form of psychological pressure,” she recalls. She was sentenced to six months in prison then. She was 37.
 In modern Germany, those pressure tactics of the secret service have become a matter of study by the historians

Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole ; He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. - Job 5

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Re: BBC NPR Commies celibrate Nov 7 - 100 years of Communist Bolshevik Blood
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China to expand use of lethal injections for death sentences - 2008 - 2011
Made in China
27th March 2009 - China's hi-tech 'death van' where criminals are executed and then their organs are sold on black market

Disguised: The execution vehicle looks like a normal police van

... there will be nothing ordinary about Yong's death by lethal injection. Unless he wins an appeal, he will draw his final breath strapped inside a vehicle that has been specially developed to make executions more cost-effective and efficient.

After checking that the victim is dead, the medical team first remove the eyes. Then, wearing surgical gowns and masks, they remove the kidney, liver, pancreas and lungs.

Little goes to waste, though the heart cannot be used, having been poisoned by the drugs.

The organs are dispatched in ice boxes to hospitals in the sprawling cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, which have developed another specialist trade: selling the harvested organs.

At clinics all over China, these organs are transplanted into the ailing bodies of the wealthy - and thousands more who come as 'organ tourists' from neighbouring countries such as Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan.

Chinese hospitals perform up to 20,000 organ transplants each year. A kidney transplant in China costs £5,000, but can rise to £30,000 if the patient is willing to pay more to obtain an organ quickly.

With more than 10,000 kidney transplants carried out each year, fewer than 300 come from voluntary donations. The British Transplantation Society and Amnesty International have condemned China for harvesting prisoners' organs.

Laws introduced in 2006 make it an offence to remove the organs of people against their will, and banned those under 18 from selling their organs.  But, tellingly, the law does not cover prisoners.
February 11th, 2009

Gone are the days of firing squad. That is so old school. Now China has introduced the mobile execution bus where lethal injection are administered, organs are harvested and execution videos streamed back to local law authorities.

There are now at least 40 such buses going the rounds in China.,26174,1904922,00.html
Jun. 16, 2009

As lethal injection is the most popular method for execution adopted by countries with capital punishment, China will follow suit.
HU YUNTENG,  director of China's Supreme People's Court, on the country's decision to abandon firing squads

01/03/2008 10:54 CHINA
Beijing chooses lethal injection for death penalty : “its more humane”
The country has no intention of abolishing the use of capital punishment.
According to leading Party figures, there are at least 10 thousand executions per year. And a florid trade in the organs of the condemned.
Is mercy coming to China?  -Monday, August 16, 2010 

China's active use of the death penalty has long sparked international discomfort, particularly as evidence has mounted that the threat of capital punishment does little to deter crime. The official position is that someday China will abolish the death penalty but that "conditions aren't right" to do so now -

2008 - The use of lethal injection will be expanded in China to replace execution by shooting, a senior legal official said in an interview with a government-owned Chinese newspaper.
Total Dehumanization in China: Images of Brutality | September 22, 2005

We present these images of dehumanization in China despite their gruesomeness because by seeing them we are forced to actually consider what is happening in that country.

Reading about "prisoners" being executed and having their organs harvested is a lot harder to ignore when one can see the "prisoners" are actuall sweater-clad teenaged girls that could just as easily be your next door neighbor. Yes these images are shocking, but we need to be shocked out of our igrorance of the dehumanization that very well could soon be at our own doorstep.
World: Asia-Pacific - Mass execution in China   Thursday, August 27, 1998 Published

By Colin Blane in Beijing
Thirty convicted criminals have been shot by firing-squad in the biggest mass execution held so far in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen which borders Hong Kong.

Details of the mass execution were carried in the Shenzhen newspaper, Special Zone Daily, which said that at a single session of the intermediate court 39 criminals were sentenced to death, although in nine cases those sentences were suspended.

Rising crime in China has been linked to unemployment - a growing social problem since the closure of many loss-making state-run factories.

According to the human rights organisation Amnesty International, China has executed more people in the 1990s than the rest of the world put together.

The group says it knows of more than 4,000 executions in China in 1996, although the real annual figure is kept secret.'s_Republic_of_China
Although China outlawed torture in 1996, human rights groups say brutality and degradation are common in Chinese detention centres.

Also, China's definition of illegal torture - that it leaves physical marks - is so narrow that interrogators can employ a wide range of methods that contravene UN standards. Suspects are manacled in contorted positions, deprived of sleep and subjected to psychological torture.[87]

In 2003 the Supreme People’s Procuratorate reported that 'forced confessions' had led to the deaths of 460 people and serious injuries for 117 others.[88]

In 2005 Manfred Nowak visited as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture. After spending two weeks there, he observed that it was "on the decline, but still widespread." He also complained of Chinese officials interfering with his research, including intimidating people he sought to interview.[89]

During the Chongqing gang trials in 2009-2010, details were revealed of extensive and persistent torture of suspects held in police custody. Manifestations include regular beatings, sleep deprivation and being placed in or forced to hold agonising positions.[90]

In May 2010, new regulations were issued that nullified evidence gathered through violence or intimidation. The move came after a public outcry following the revelation that a farmer, convicted for murder based on his confession under torture, was in fact innocent. The case came to light only when his supposed victim turned up alive and the defendant had spent 10 years in prison. International human rights groups gave the change a cautious welcome.[88]
Nov 5, 2010 ... Will China stop its torture and murder of 10000 mostly political prisoners per  year for organ harvesting?

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1989 - The Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, referred to in much of the world as the Tiananmen Square massacre and in Chinese as the June Fourth Incident [1] (to avoid confusion with two prior Tiananmen Square protests), were a series of demonstrations in and near Tiananmen Square in Beijing in the People's Republic of China (PRC) beginning on 14 April 1989.

This famous photo, taken on 5 June 1989 by photographer Jeff Widener, shows the PLA's advancing tanks halting for an unknown man near Tiananmen Square.

The Red Chinese Communist regime - Maybe they are Nazi's?

Related: 26 New Nuclear Reactor Projects in China - Tyco/ MIC
Gao Zhisheng, Missing Chinese Lawyer, Described Torture Before Disappearing - 01/10/11
"For 48 hours my life hung by a thread."
Weeks of inactivity were punctuated by outbursts of brutality. He was hooded several times. His captors tied him up with belts, made him sit motionless for up to 16 hours and told him his children were having nervous breakdowns.

They threatened to kill him and dump his body in a river.

"'You must forget you're human. You're a beast,'" Gao said his police tormentors told him in September 2009.
"Why don't you put me in prison?" Gao said he asked Beijing police at one point. "They said, 'You going to prison, that's a dream. You're not good enough for that. Whenever we want you to disappear, you will disappear
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has had a rare meeting with China's propaganda chief, even as Chinese authorities are tightening control over their cyberspace

In this March 19, 2016 photo provided by China's Xinhua News Agency, Liu Yunshan, right, a member of the Politburo Standing Committee, the ruling Communist Party's top leadership panel, meets with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg in Beijing, capital of China. Facebook founder Zuckerberg held a rare meeting with China's propaganda chief Liu at a time when Chinese authorities are tightening control over their cyberspace. Zuckerberg was in Beijing to attend an economic forum. (Wang Ye/Xinhua News Agency via AP) NO SALES
China Zuckerberg: Web users mock Facebook founder visit
By Kerry Allen
BBC Monitoring
22 March 2016

Chinese social media users have taken to popular microblog Sina Weibo to mock media coverage of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's visit, since Facebook is blocked in China.

Whilst outlets praised Mr Zuckerberg's "sincere" acts of diplomacy, web users mocked the activities he has taken part in during his China visit, which included jogging through "hazy" Beijing's Tiananmen Square, visiting the Great Wall and meeting China's propaganda chief Liu Yunshan as well as fellow media guru Jack Ma.

'Two Great Walls in China'


Zuckerberg's China dream

Some shared their understanding of Mr Zuckerberg as someone "well-versed in Chinese culture", having a Chinese wife, and a daughter who is learning Chinese. They also shared details of someone interested in many aspects of Chinese culture, including martial arts films.

Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole ; He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. - Job 5