Friday, November 18, 2005

News of the Day (November 18)

From the China Freedom Blog Alliance: Member One Free Korea fires another rhetorical double-barrel – and deservedly so – at South Korea’s dovish Unification Minister Chung Dong-Young (labeling him “North Korea's Minister for Southern Affairs” was especially creative), and has high praise for UN Ambassador John Bolton.

United Nations condemns Stalinist North Korea’s human rights abuses: The UN General Assembly’s social and humanitarian committee vote 84-22 in favor of “a resolution expressing serious concern about alleged human rights violations in North Korea” (BBC). As expected, dovish South Korea abstained.

More on Communist China’s would-be colony: President Bush and Vladimir Putin held a brief meeting on the Stalinists’ nuclear ambitions (United Press International via Washington Times); Anthony B. Kim, Heritage Foundation, calls for a U.S.-South Korea free trade agreement (National Review Online).

Australian PM calls for Communist honesty on bird flu; more outbreaks expected: Better late (lead and eighth items) than never. Australian Prime Minister John Howard “made a veiled warning to China not to cover up the extent of its bird flu problem” (AAP via Epoch Times). Meanwhile, the World Heath Organization “would not be surprised to see more scattered human cases of avian flu” (Voice of America via Epoch Times).

Hu Yoabang’s birth marked, but his legacy was ignored: Communist China officially marked the 90th birthday of Hu Yaobang, the reform-minded Communist whose death in April 1989 sparked the Tiananmen protests. Lest anyone think this was any harbinger of hope for the Chinese people: “According to Reuters news agency, 10 liberal intellectual friends invited to the memorial by Hu's family were told to stay away” (BBC).

On Communist China and the United States: The editors of the Washington Times improve greatly from their last comments on President Bush and Communist China and note the thwarting, for now, of the worlds’ dictators on Internet control. Lev Navrozov, Newsmax, opines as to how and why Communist China spies against the U.S. Frederick Stakelbeck notes that Communist China’s distaste for “protectionism” in energy does not apply to its own energy firms (Front Page Magazine). However, the Enlightened Comment of the Day goes to Dan DiMicco, Nucor Corporation, for his analysis of how Communist China has changed the rules on globalization (Washington Times).

On occupied East Turkestan: Quentin Sommerville, BBC, has a puff piece on the “Xinjiang” Production and Construction Corps that easily wins Ignorant Comment of the Day (if he had talked to Li Qike first, he might have spared himself the ignominy). Nury Turkel, Uyghur American Association, is much better in National Review Online.

On Gao Zhisheng: Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada writes an open letter to Hu Jintao (reprinted by the Epoch Times) calling on him to end the persecution of human rights attorney Gao Zhisheng (sixth, tenth, fifth, lead, and third items).

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