Wednesday, February 22, 2006

News of the Day (continued)

Yours truly hit the wrong button, and thus the NOTD was posted despite being half-finished. Below is the rest. The first part is here.

More on the Communist internet crackdown: Helle Dale, Washington Times, has not-too-kind words for American tech companies helping the Communist crackdown.

Hunger strike news: Yi Fan, from Guangdong, comments on his hunger strike in the Epoch Times. Meanwhile, the strike is gaining support in Australia (Epoch Times). Meanwhile, the man who started it all, human-rights attorney Gao Zhisheng (sixth, tenth, fifth, lead, third, last, twelfth, eighth, third, second, third, eighth, eleventh, eighth, fourth, fourth, last, fourth, fifth, twelfth, fifth, second, lead, next to last, seventh, last, next to last, and lead items), talked to the Epoch Times and Sound of Hope Radio (via Epoch Times).

Communists announce aid for peasants - later - but no change on land seizures: Chen Xiwen, dubbed "a top Chinese official on rural issues" by the BBC, announced more aid for peasants, starting, at the earliest, next month. However, the regime's plan "stops short of ending China's decades-old policy that all land is owned by the state," i.e., get ready for more Hanyuans and Shanweis.

Jiang Zemin ally on PSC to quit due to cancer: Huang Ju, a member of both Jiang Zemin's Shanghai faction and the Politburo Standing Committee, "is being treated for pancreatic cancer" (BBC) and will soon quit. His departure will continue to bring more power to current party boss Hu Jintao, who is already remaking the party - in the images of Mao Zedong and Fidel Castro (Epoch Times).

On Communist China and Central Asia: Victoria Clark, Epoch Times, sounds the alarm on Communist China's plans for Central Asia and, despite not mentioning East Turkestan, scores the Enlightened Comment of the Day.

More Commentary: Mary Silver, Epoch Times, writes a biographical sketch of Yuan Li (lead, second, and sixth items).

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