Frank Dikotter, an historian from Hong Kong, has been allowed wide access to Chinese Communist Party archives. Speaking at the Independent Literary Festival, Dikotter described Mao Zedong as the greatest mass murderer in human history. According to the historian, the entire death toll from the Second World War was 55 million people. Mao alone was responsible for the death of a mind-numbing 55 million in the years after the war.
The move toward a cashless society is accelerating in Sweden as plastic payments become the norm and various government officials, unions, and high-profile Swedes push for a ban on cash, supposedly to reduce robberies. But opposition to the proposal is mounting as well.
Six months after the close of the Winter Olympics, Vancouver taxpayers have been slapped with a bill for $1 billion in unsold Olympic Village units. Business Insider reports, “Sixty-six percent of Vancouver’s pricey Olympic Village condos remain unsold — a total of 483 units at the massive False Creek development that served as athletes’ housing during the two-week 2010 games.”
A costly plan by the central government of India to create unique biometric identification numbers for every Indian is meeting stiff resistance from civil-liberties groups as the regime prepares to send swarms of officials across the nation this month to kick off the program.
On August 27, Kenyans witnessed their leaders swear to obey, preserve, protect, and defend the new constitution and all other laws of Kenya. Cheered on by hundreds of thousands of jubilant Kenyans waving national flags, it has become reality that Kenya has opened a new chapter in its political history by replacing the 50-year-old Lancaster constitution with a new and truly people-driven one. But internal displaced people are still waiting for justice to take place under the new constitution.
The right to peaceful protest is one virtually all Westerners hold dear, but, apparently, not when it’s applied to pro-lifers. Apparently, that is, if the systematic abuse of some Austrian pro-life activists is any indication.
There’s a new arms race heating up, one that involves not nuclear weapons or satellite-guided bombs but communications. In May of this year, Chinese engineers achieved a significant technological breakthrough, broadcasting an encrypted signal 10 miles using a new technique called “quantum teleportation.”
A judge’s decision in the South African country of Botswana should have Americans concerned over the influence of the United Nations and the potential violations of individual liberties that could result from including the United Nations. Four Seventh Day Adventist Church families in Botswana were judicially ordered to stop homeschooling their children and send them to public school instead.