Friday, March 24, 2006

News of the Day (March 24)

From the China Support Network - Hutchison Whampoa to screen U.S. imports? You read that right, the firm who founder (Li Ka-shing) is one of the most powerful and wealthy friends the Chinese Communist Party has won the contract for the "offshore detection facility" that will screen imports to the U.S. for nuclear material. Curry Kenworthy, CSN's Executive Director, rightly rips the idea. Chris Ruddy (Newsmax) expresses his concern for Communist China and port security in general.

UPDATE: Mark Levin, National Review Online, combines detailed information and outraged prose to give the Hutchison Whampoa deal a well-deserved rhetorical double-barrel.

From the China Freedom Blog Alliance: Between Heaven and Earth relays reports that the Sujiatun camp (lead, seventh, second, seventh, and third items) is linked to Jiang Zemin, Luo Gan, and Zeng Qinghong. China Intel comments on the Communists' failed attempt to woo Taiwan with pandas and compares human rights in the U.S. and Communist China. The Korea Liberator has an update from the Brussels conference on human rights in Stalinist North Korea and commends the integrity of the South Korean media on Koreans abducted by the Stalinists showing up at "reunion" gatherings (the dovish South Korean government earned no such plaudits).

More on Sujiatun and organ harvesting: Bill Gertz, Washington Times, reports on Sujiatun, and adds something new about the reporter who broke the story: "he had to hide his true identity after being threatened by Chinese government agents." Meanwhile, the Epoch Times has more from the Shenyang witness and a personal account from a medical student on the organ "donations;" World Tribune focuses on the use of inmates' skin for cosmetics in Communist China; and the John Batchelor show highlighted the Communist persecution of Falun Gong.

More on Taiwan: Both sides of Taiwan's political divide raise their voices in Washington. Kuomintang leader Ma Ying-jeou (third, sixth, and third items) spoke to the American Enterprise Institute (Agence France Presse). Joseph Wu, Taiwan's the Minister of Mainland Affairs, gave the Democratic Progressive Party's perspective in the Washington Times. Meanwhile, Anthony Faiola, Washington Post, examines Japan's growing ties to the island democracy, and Dan Sanchez, Epoch Times, reports from a Pepperdine University forum on relations between Taiwan and the U.S.

More on the Communists' Korean colony: The Stalinist regime "blasted upcoming U.S.-South Korean joint military exercises" (United Press International via Washington Times), while Daily NK put the spotlight on Zhongnanhai's hopes for the "Joint Development Project" port at Rajin, SNK.

Pope Benedict XVI appoints Joseph Zen as Cardinal: The leader of the Catholic Church made it official today (BBC). The BBC had this profile of the new Cardinal and longtime democracy supporter (twentieth, seventh, sixth, second to last, third to last, tenth, and seventh items).

More analysis on Communist China: Lev Navrozov (Newsmax) examines the propaganda arm Xinhua and the hidden Communist military budget. Jan Jekielek, Epoch Times, reports from the Nine Commentaries forum in Poland.

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