Monday, May 08, 2006

News of the Day (May 8)

From the China Freedom Blog Alliance: The United States has begun accepting refugees from Stalinist North Korea (BBC, Cybercast News). The Korea Liberator welcomes the news and gauges the reaction. TKL also has more on South Korean dovishness, how it led in part to the six-party talks debacle, and has the latest SNK news and analysis. Meanwhile, Shaun Kenney examines the potential fallout from the Communist regime's decision to put itself between Catholic believers and their God, as the Communists appoint a bishop the Vatican finds acceptable (BBC, United Press International via Washington Times) .

More on the satellite regime: World Net Daily reports that the Communists' Korean colony is trying to weaponize bird flu; Daily NK has three pieces: an analysis of the Stalinist succession puzzle, a moving defector's story, and the degradation of the Stalinist military. Meanwhile, Communist China is going to bat for the Iranian mullahcracy at the United Nations, again (BBC).

More evidence Communist China helped Saddam Hussein came via Charles Smith (Newsmax), who details how the China Electronics Systems Engineering Corporation contracted Andrew Huang and Joseph Thomas to act as its agents in a deal involving $27 million in telecommunications equipment used by the former Ba'athist dictator's military.

Fallout from the Bush-Hu summit continues, but thankfully, Dr. Wang Wenyi (third and second, fourth, third, fourth, and third items) was not the victim (Epoch Times). Rather, it appears criticism is being aimed at Dennis Wilder, the acting director for Asia at the National Security Council. Wilder stepped in it by deciding to keep everyone in the dark about a new move to wipe out a ban on U.S.-CCP space cooperation (Washington Times, third item). Meanwhile, Communist leader Hu Jintao was much happier with Yale University (Phi Beta Cons Blog: National Review Online). Exiled dissident Wei Jinsheng also weighed in (Epoch Times).

Five cleared Uighurs held in Guantanamo Bay now free in Albania: The United States found a third country willing to take at least five Uighurs from occupied East Turkestan erroneously captured in the War on Terror (fifth, thirteenth, and seventh items); Albania, to her everlasting credit, took them in (BBC), thus sparing the Uighurs from facing persecution in Communist China.

Canada file: Communist China's recent relaxation on investments overseas means more Communist firms could "start snapping up Canadian securities," according to analysts interviewed by the Vancouver Sun. Of course, to many of us, they've started already (second item).

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso made some observations about Communist China - not all of them good (Washington Times).

China Democracy Party co-founder set free: Zhu Zhengming had four more years on his jail sentence when he was paroled last week (Washington Post, third item).

The latest on the Falun Gong War: An impromptu shrine built by relatives of a practitioner killed by Communist police was destroyed - by Communist police (Epoch Times). Meanwhile, Ai Q recounts the story of a practitioner and her daughter tortured by the Communists (Epoch Times).

Petitioner arrests continue: The wave of pre-May Day arrests (eighth item) didn't stop on May 1 (Epoch Times).

Shaanxi cadres fired and arrested for letting woman have nine children: The mother had to bribe the officials to steer clear of the hideous "one child" policy that has led to forced abortion, infanticide, and murder. Report: BBC

On the state of the workers in the workers' state: Erik Mobrand, a graduate student of Princeton University, writes in the Asia Times about a cadre land grab in Chengdu, Sichuan. Meanwhile, in a sign of what the cadres are doing after said seizures, housing prices in Shenzhen (just next to Hong Kong) have gone so high an online protest petition was started - then deleted (Radio Free Asia via Epoch Times).

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