Ai WeiweiThe murderous communist regime ruling China has been cracking down on opponents in recent weeks and months, disappearing dozens of the nation’s most prominent human-rights activists and lawyers. While the world is watching, the Chinese government continues to intensify its clamp down on critics with zealous brutality and vengeance in what experts say is one of the fiercest episodes of repression in years.

Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, the so-called “BRICS” countries, added more pressure against the U.S. dollar after their leftist leaders called for a new international monetary system and announced that they planned to start issuing credit for trade among themselves using their own currencies.

The communist Chinese regime is cracking down on Tibetan monks at a major Buddhist monastery as well as the surrounding community, murdering and arresting protesters while prompting worldwide condemnation and warnings of more atrocities to come.

On Tuesday, Cuba announced that José Ramón Machado, 80, would fill the second highest position in the Communist Party, putting him in line to possibly succeed President Raul Castro. The New York Times notes that the announcement was significant as it was the first time since 1959 that “someone other than the Castro brothers” was selected to fill such a prominent position.

Islamic extremists are continuing to press their advantage in the new, post-Mubarak Egypt, and are now demanding that one of the few Christians serving in the government be removed — or else.

Emad Shehata Michael, a Coptic Christian, is the newly appointed governor of Qena. The act of appointing a Copt as governor was hardly an innovation; according to the Associated Press, his predecessor “was actually a Christian and a former police general as well, but he was appointed by Mubarak and was much reviled for his incompetence, security background, and close ties to the regime, enabling the Salafis to draw on local dissatisfaction in their current campaign.”

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