Wednesday, June 01, 2005

News of the Day (June 1)

This Friday, commemorations of the Tiananmen massacre will take place throughout the world, including in Washington, D.C., from 11:30 AM to 2PM (China Support Network).

Muslim teacher arrested in East Turkestan: Ainishahan Mannaiqi, a teacher of Islam in occupied East Turkestan (called “Xinjiang” by the Communists ever since their 1949 invasion of the country), is now in jail for her teaching, and her husband was placed “under surveillance for practicing Islam, and he has since disappeared without a trace” (Radio Free Asia via Epoch Times). Communist China’s persecution of the East Turkestani people during the half-century-plus occupation has been beyond brutal. Additionally, Communist China has falsely smeared the East Turkestani people as supporters of Osama bin Laden – a charge exposed by several reports as complete bunk (second through fourth items, third item, second item, second item, and second item).

U.S. “concerned” over arrest of Ching Cheong: State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said the United States was “concerned about the reports” (United Press Int’l via Washington Times) of the arrest of Straits Times correspondent Ching Cheong, who is in jail for “obtaining state secrets” (second item) in this case transcripts of interviews with Party leader-turned-Tiananmen massacre opponent-turned political prisoner Zhao Ziyang.

Hong Kong march commemorates Tiananmen: Fourteen hundred people joined a Hong Kong Alliance-sponsored march marking the upcoming anniversary of the June 4, 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre of pro-democracy demonstrators (Epoch Times).

Communist China to keep drilling for gas in disputed areas: Communist China “refused a Japanese request to suspend work on natural gas fields in a disputed portion of the East China Sea” (Washington Post, third item), after talks on competing claims in the sea collapsed (sixth item). The refusal comes amid the continuing fallout over the cadre-inspired anti-Japan riots and other territorial disputes (twenty-sixth item, third item).

Communist China tells U.S. and EU to back off on textiles: Using their lead propaganda newspaper, China Daily, the cadres “urged the U.S. and European Union to be more flexible in order to resolve an escalating dispute over Chinese textile exports” (Cybercast News). The Communists were referring specifically to U.S. tariffs on Communist textile exports (second item) and European threats of the same (fifth item) after the end of worldwide trade restrictions ended this past January (fifth item) led to massive increases in textile exports from Communist China. The damage done from Communist China’s combination of prison labor, a complete lack of independent unions, and a deliberately undervalued currency, is not limited to U.S. and European producers – several developing nations have been crowded out of the worldwide textile market.

Speaking of the Communist currency, Zhong Wen, Epoch Times, examines why the Communists are so determined to maintain its devalued currency level: to preserve the “false myth of ‘Chinese high economic growth.’”

Newsweek does it again: This time, the magazine that missed the Nine Commentaries (second item) discussed the state of affairs at the Communist-run CCTV. Reporter Sarah Schafer cites “provincial stations” as CCTV’s lead competition. Has no one there heard of New Tang Dynasty Televsion (sixth item, third item, eighth item, second item)?

CCP persecution – one victim’s tale: Wang Xiaohang talks to the Epoch Times about the Communists persecution of her father, and the painful impact on her childhood.

Stalinists try crude comedy against U.S. officials: Stalinist North Korea added
a new method to their propaganda – crude comedy. The regime has chosen to depict Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as a hen and Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld as a rooster. The ensuing attempt at a comic skit was panned by South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo as something “that more enlightened societies would consider manifestly sexist” (BBC).

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