Thursday, May 11, 2006

News of the Day (May 11)

From the China Freedom Blog Alliance: The Korea Liberator finds a comic book worth reading (and that term really does not do it justice), has more silliness from South Korea, provide the latest Stalinist news, and weighs in on the Goguryeo flap (albeit without the important factor of the use of twisted history as precedent for Communist invasion).

More on the Communists' Korean colony: The World Food Program is back in the business of feeding Stalinists (BBC); not ordinary Koreans (fifth, ninth, and fifth items). What TKL calls "the Battle of the Hump" continues (United Press Int'l via Washington Times). Daily NK examines the state of medical care in Stalinist North Korea (hint: it isn't good).

U.S. says Communist China not manipulating its currency: According to the Treasury Department, the Communists are simply being "far too slow and hesitant" to end the artificial devaluation of the renminbi (BBC), since "A flexible exchange rate is an essential component of this rebalancing programme, and China's leaders recognise that flexibility is essential" (emphasis added). Such information would be news to many, including New York Senator Chuck Schumer (UPI via Washington Times), who appears to have gotten over his earlier "engagement" spell (third item).

Robert Zoellick doesn't get it: In testimony to the House International Relations Committee, the Deputy Secretary of State had this to say: "if you imagine any problem in the world, is it easier or harder to imagine dealing with that if you have China working with you as opposed to working against you?" (Voice of America via Epoch Times). If Zoellick really thinks Communist China can be "working with us" he needs to read this.

More on Communist China and the United States: The cadres have apparently found their version of Taiwan - in Cuba (China Brief).

Canada file: Communist China's interest in the Great White North (and other places) has caught the attention of Chietigj Bajpaee, from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, in China Brief; ironically, the piece comes out the same day Terry O'Neill (Western Standard) speculates Ottawa's views on Communist China could be headed in a much more anti-Communist direction thanks to Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

More on Communist China and the rest of the world: Communist China warms up to the tyranny of Turkmenistan (China Brief). Xin Li (Washington Times) examines the Communists' goals in Africa (ninth, fourth, last, fifteenth, sixth, lead, ninth, eighth, and fifteenth items). Australia considers asylum for a Tiananmen witness (AAP via Epoch Times).

Chen Shui-bian visits Libya: If Moammar Qaddafi is really serious about improving his behavior, there are few things that could have made a better impression than this (BBC).

Censorpedia launched: OK, the Communist version of Wikipedia is actually called "Baidupedia," but given that the service "is heavily self-censored to avoid offending the Chinese government" (BBC), yours truly considers the former a more accurate title.

Communist forum on organ transplant postponed: The regime "suddenly postponed" the inaugural meeting for the National Military Organ Transplant Committee. A possible reason why: "According to investigations by an Epoch Times journalist, nearly everyone planning to attend the conference had received telephone calls from overseas about the exposure of live organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners and these telephone calls really shocked medical circles within the military." Oops.

"Our government is nothing but a gang of ruffians." With that line, 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, twenty-second, seventh, fourth, sixth, fourth, and sixth items) scores the Enlightened Comment of the Day with his account of recent regime acts against Christians (Epoch Times).

On the state of the workers in the workers' state: Christine Lin, Epoch Times, reviews China Blue, a film that exposes the reality of Communist China's "factory hell."

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