Tuesday, April 25, 2006

News of the Day (April 25)

From the China Support Network: The parent org "calls upon the programmers of the world to support the movement for freedom of speech in China over the internet."

From the China Freedom Blog Alliance: Shaun Kenney praises Dr. Wenyi Wang. Democratic China examines the political duality behind the smiling Hu Jintao. The Korea Liberator has the latest SNK news.

More on The Good Doctor: Zhang Tianliang (Epoch Times) has some advice for Hu on how to react to Dr. Wang (don't expect him to follow it).

More on the Communists' Korean colony: Daily NK examines the degraded condition of the Stalinist military. As North Korea Freedom Week kicks off, a former SNK soldier says the regime has nuclear weapons and confirms the truth about international food aid: "Nothing gets to the citizen" (Newsmax). Tim Johnson (Knight Ridder via San Jose Mercury News) examines the plight of relatives of Japanese abduction victims.

Taiwanese legislature calls for investigation of organ harvesting: A resolution "calling on international human-rights organizations to investigate what it said was China's 'monstrous crime' of harvesting the organs of Falun Gong practitioners" (Taipei Times) sailed through Taiwan's legislature with support "from across party lines."

More on Taiwan: Liu Xiaobo's cogent and detailed analysis of Lien Chan's be-nice-to-the-Communists routine scores the Enlightened Comment of the Day (Epoch Times). Paul Jackson (Calgary Sun) reviews the recent history of Taiwan and the U.S. Stewart Stogel (Newsmax) interviews Andrew Hsia, Director-General of Taiwan's Economic and Cultural office in New York City.

More on the organ "donations": The Epoch Times editors review the facts as they are currently known about the cadres' Falun Gong organ harvesting. Australian Senator Andrew Bartlett speaks out against using executed prisoners as organ sources (Epoch Times). 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, second, eighth, ninth, lead, sixth, eighth, seventh, fifth, fourth, last, fifth, seventh, next to last, fourth, last, twenty-first, and twenty-second items) speaks out in support of the Sujiatun sources (Epoch Times).

Other commentary on Communist China: Time Asia does a puff piece on religion under the CCP. The Epoch Times editor lament the end of the Gongtan, an ancient town about to be flooded by a Communist dam. Anna Quindlen (Newsweek) gets some internal things about Communist China surprisingly right - and nearly everything about Cold War II unsurprisingly wrong. Patrick Goodenough (Cybercast News) examines the Communists' increasing influence in Africa (ninth, fourth, last, fifteenth, sixth, lead, and ninth items).

World Peace Conference drops Dalai Lama: The 2006 International Prayer for Peace conference will not include the Dalai Lama, who was a headliner at the inaugural 1986 gathering. A spokesman for the Community of Sant'Egidio said Tibet's spiritual leader would be absent for health reasons, but Kate Saunders, from the International Campaign for Tibet, disputed that claim: "it is likely that pressure from the Chinese authorities may have been involved" (Washington Times).

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