Friday, November 04, 2005

News of the Day (November 4)

From the China Freedom Blog Alliance: Member Blog One Free Korea focuses on the Communists’ would-be colony’s return to famine, and notes the Washington Times (second item) report on a Stalinist diplomat threatening an exiled dissident.

Communist bird flu coverup exposed, but still continues: Hu Shuli, editor of Caijing, detailed how Communist China hid outbreaks of bird flu from its own people (Epoch Times). How long Hu remains at Caijing is anyone’s guess; Hong Kong microbiologist Guan Yi, who pointed out “scientific evidence shows that H5N1, the potent avian virus currently spreading worldwide, originated from southern China” (Epoch Times) had his mainland laboratory shut down in retaliation. Meanwhile, the coverup continues, and if the BBC’s account of a Liaoning outbreak is any indication (“so far China has seen no human bird flu infections”, it is still working (the BBC may want to check out this).

Communists block another blog: Communist China shut down the Microphone blog, authored by a teacher in Sichuan, because it dealt with “‘sensitive subjects’ - including local officials’ corruption” (BBC). Reporters Without Borders ripped the move.

Beijing to host next round of SNK nuclear talks next Wednesday: Communist China “announced Thursday the fifth round of the six-party talks is set to resume in Beijing on Nov. 9” (United Press Int’l-Washington Times). The last round of the talks on Stalinist North Korea’s nuclear weapons led to the surrender – ahem, “agreement” – debacle.

Woe Canada! Compensation for Chinese Canadians may go to pro-cadre group: Efforts to compensate Chinese Canadians for the “head taxes” paid by their parents and grandparents has hit a major snag: the bill that would allow for compensation would send all of the money to the National Chinese Canadian Congress, best known for fraudulently claiming its members opposed a New Tang Dynasty Television license (Epoch Times).

Commentary on Communist China: Charles R. Smith, Newsmax, gives painful details on how political prisoners in Communist China are forced to make toys for American consumers. Conan Milner, Epoch Times, examines the works of economist-turned-dissident He Qianling. Li Jiguang, also in the Epoch Times, examines the significance of the 5⅓ million who have resigned from the Chinese Communist Party.

Back to the Communists’ would-be colony . . .

Japanese use radio to contact abductees: A citizens’ group in Japan is using short-wave radios “to contact hundreds of Japanese who may still be alive in North Korea” (Voice of America). The message is simple: “they have not been forgotten.”

Kim Dae-jung government’s phone-tapping was “extensive”: Former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung, author of the dovish “sunshine” policy toward SNK and a longtime dissident during South Korea’s dictatorial era, oversaw “extensive (National Intelligence Service) wiretapping of citizens” (UPI-Washington Times) during his tenure.

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