This week, Human Rights Watch released its 2014 World Report.
The following two headlines grabbed our attention, as we'd been told by "experts" that the China and Vietnam models of U.S. engagement and economic "reforms" inevitably lead to political reforms.
Except the opposite is happening.
Here are the headlines:
Vietnam: Communist Party Tightens Grip
Activists were increasingly targeted by the Vietnamese authorities in 2013, worsening a trend of politically motivated convictions against peaceful critics.
China: New Leaders Fail to Embrace Genuine Reforms
The Chinese Communist Party reinforced its monopoly on power in 2013 through tough new measures and hardline rhetoric, dashing hopes that the country’s new leadership would engage in deep systemic reforms to improve human rights and strengthen the rule of law.
- ► 2016 (645)
- ► 2015 (1080)
01/19 - 01/26
- Is Al-Qaeda Laundering Funds Through Cuba?
- Inter-American Democratic Charter, RIP
- Tweet of the Day
- Venezuela Embraces Cuba's Military Monopolies
- Quote of the Week: On Major Street Protest in Holg...
- More Selective Silence From Cuba's Foreign Bureaus...
- Hit Castro's Pocketbook to Help Free American
- The Good (and Gullible) Bob Graham
- A Glitch in the Engagement Narrative
- A Sad Day for Democracy in Latin America
- Quote(s) of the Day
- Lessons from an American in Castro's Gulag
- No Transparency in M&T Bank's Cuba Accounts
- On Castro's Dual Currency Scheme (Scam)
- Panama: Cuba Refuses to Cooperate on Weapons Smugg...
- Dilma Bilking Taxpayers for Castro's Interests
- Welcome to Mariel, Castro's Latest Ruse
- Quote of the Day: EU Common Position to Remain
- Upping the Ransom Ante
- Are Sanctions a Catalyst of Castro's "Reforms"?
- A Principled Mayor
- ▼ 01/19 - 01/26 (21)
- ► 2013 (1251)
- ► 2012 (1158)
- ► 2011 (1031)
- ► 2010 (1042)
- ► 2009 (933)