Communists rip the Vatican as Chen Shui-bian is cleared to attend Pope’s funeral: Communist China “demanded the Vatican stay out of its internal affairs and break off diplomatic relations with Taiwan” (Newsmax), repeating its age-old demand that the Vatican give up its right to appoint bishops in Communist China. The latter demand, upon which there has been much speculation lately, was downplayed by both Vatican officials and the island democracy (Cybercast News). It was also endorsed foolishly by economist Jude Wanniski (Wanniski.com). Meanwhile, Italy, which controls all air access to Vatican City, surprised some – and certainly angered the cadres – by allowing Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian to attend the late Pope John Paul II’s funeral (BBC).
Old Ukrainian regime stalling probe into missile sale to Communist China: Members of Ukraine’s old Lenoid Kuchma regime have “thwarted” (Bill Gertz, Washington Times) efforts to investigate the sale of Kh-55 missiles to Communist China and Iran (third item). The missiles were sold when Kuchma was still President; he was replaced by Victor Yushchenko, who has “promised to investigate the sales.”
Resignations hit 700,000, or at least they likely will by the time you read this, and now include at least one veteran solider (Epoch Times).
Black market health clinics popping up in Communist China: Communist societies have routinely been so mismanaged that “black markets” in various goods run rampant within them. The editors of the Epoch Times reveal Chinese Communism’s chilling contribution to this: black market medical “clinics.”
Organ “donations” from executed prisoners continue: Meanwhile, Guangzhou University hospitals’ high number of liver and kidney transplants has a dark side: a large number of the organs come from executed prisoners (Radio Free Asia via Epoch Times). Said “donations” have gone on for quite some time (fourth item).
Tony Blair vows to keep Communist buyout of MG Rover alive: As he prepared to run for a third term, British Prime Minister Tony Blair “said his government would do ‘whatever we can’ to save struggling UK car maker MG Rover” (BBC), i.e., keep the firm afloat long enough to be de facto bought out by the Communist-run Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (seventh item).
GM picks new chief for struggling branch in Communist China: Meanwhile, General Motors sent its European vice president/UK Chairman to Communist China to head up its troubled efforts there (Epoch Times).
Communist China asked to rule on term of HK Chief: Does Donald Tsang, the new head of Hong Kong, have a two-year term or a five-year term? This question is currently in the city’s courts, but now the city is asking Communist China to decide the issue. Pro-democracy politicians immediately ripped the attempt to “pre-empt judicial proceedings” (BBC) which they called “gross disrespect for the rule of law.”
Commentary on Communist China: The editors of the Epoch Times reprinted some questions and answers from some of the Sydney (Australia) forums on the Nine Commentaries on the Chinese Communist Party. Kunlun Zhang, a Falun Gong practitioner tortured for his beliefs in Communist China (nineteenth item), talks about his experiences with the Epoch Times. Sonia Kolesnikov-Jessop, United Press International (via Washington Times) has an “analysis” of Communist China’s rise that resembles propaganda from Zhongnanhai. Krishnadev Calamur, also UPI (via Washington Times), examines the competition between the U.S. and Communist China for India’s affections.
A terrible column on Stalinist North Korea: Georgetown University Professor William Taylor pumps up Stalinist-in-chief Kim Jong-il in a terrible Washington Times piece.