Front the China Support Network: John Patrick Kusumi, founder of the parent org, comments on the opening of the Communist Parliament and Premier Wen Jiabao's attempt at political bait and switch.
New member of the China Freedom Blog Alliance: Welcome to the CFBA, China Intel.
More from the CFBA: The Korea Liberator sticks up for President Bush's nuclear deal with India, presents more evidence on how Stalinist "reforms" in North Korea are not meant for Koreans, and has the latest news. None of it, however, compares with its helpful reminder of how the Stalinists' missile program has benefited the Iranian mullahcracy and its effort to become a functioning nuclear power.
Iranian mullahs still getting nuclear help from Communist China: Gulf Resources Development Corporation, a firm owned by the Iranian regime and based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, "has smuggled sizeable quantities of a type of graphite known as ceramic matrix composite, or CMC, from China to Iran" (World Net Daily). CMC is a chemical required to insulate weaponized uranium in a bomb. It is just the latest example of the Communist regime's aid to the mullah's nuclear weapons program, but it must be news to Michael T. Darda of MKM Partners, who actually thinks the Communists will enable "a peaceful resolution to the Iran nuclear predicament " (National Review Online), and thus runs away with Ignorant Comment of the Day.
More on the Iranian mullahcracy - aid to Iraqi killers and subjugation of women at home: ABC News is reporting that the regime getting help from the Communists to become a nuclear power is itself helping anti-American forces in Iraq with new and deadly bombs. Former counterterrorism "czar" Richard Clarke put it this way: "I think it's very hard to escape the conclusion that, in all probability, the Iranian government is knowingly killing U.S. troops" (hat tip Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review Online and Member since 2002, via the Corner). Meanwhile, Xin Li, Washington Times, finds that the mullahs have treated women in Iran thusly: they "restricted their civil rights and participation in political activities." This quarter renews its call for Iran's liberation.
Communist "one child" outrage feeds human sex slave trade in Korean refugees: Slavery is, sadly, alive and well in Communist China, thanks to the Communists' hideous "one child" policy that "is encouraging Chinese men to purchase young women from North Korea as wives, the Congressional-Executive Commission on China reported Monday" (Cybercast News). The fact that refugees from SNK are treated as nonpersons by the Communists makes this all the easier (fifth item).
More on the Communists' Korean colony: The Stalinist regime is demanding an end to U.S. anti-counterfeiting penalties in exchange for its return to the debacle that is the nuclear talks (Washington Times). Daily NK reported the main South Korean parties' reaction to the issue of South Koreans abducted by the Stalinists.
Hunger strike news: The number of strikers was well north of 3,000 (Epoch Times), including some very well-known residents of Hong Kong (Epoch Times) and Zeng Jinyan (Epoch Times), who has decided to continue the strike until her husband, AIDS activist Hu Jia, is released (twenty-first, seventeenth, and second items). Strike relay group founder and 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, lead, second, last, sixth, tenth, eighth, and second items) takes stock at what the strike has accomplished, and rips the Communists again (Epoch Times).
Communist Propaganda Department tells Party members to stay away from religion: Asianews has come across a statement by the Liaoning Communist Propaganda Department which explicitly tells its cadres not to join any religion, even the ones controlled by the Party.
Falun Gong practitioner safe in New Zealand with his daughter: Huang Guohua was twice imprisoned by the Communists for trying to stop the persecution of the spiritual movement he practiced (Epoch Times). After the second jail term, he escaped to New Zealand; his daughter soon followed. However, the ending is not completely happy - his wife was tortured to death.
Has Communist China bribed a World Health Organization official into covering up bird flu? That is the accusation an anonymous source leveled at an unnamed WHO official; the source also claims that "bird flu has caused 820 deaths in China since summer 2005" (Boxun). The details are very sketchy in the English version of the story, but Boxun report has been proven credible in the past.
Head of firm that built Communists space missiles sent to jail for embezzlement: Li Jianzhong, as head of CALT, basked in the glow when CALT's Long March missiles successfully "powered the manned Shenzhou V and VI craft into space" (BBC). That glow has become today's glare, as Li "has been jailed for life for corruption and embezzlement." Li stole roughly $20 million.
On the state of the workers in the workers' state - the rural interior: Rupert Wingfield-Hayes, BBC, scores the Enlightened Comment of the Day with a terrific piece on the plight of the impoverished peasants in Communist China.