Wednesday, June 21, 2006

News of the Day (June 21)

Will U.S. respond to SNK missile test with a missile defense test? While the first report on this popped up yesterday, the possibility of America shooting down a Stalinist missile test in mid-flight ensured wall-to-wall coverage (CFBA member Korea Liberator, Angry in the Great White North, BBC, Daily NK, MSNBC, National Review Online, Tech Central Station, United Press Int'l via Washington Times, Washington Times, World Net Daily).

More from the China Freedom Blog Alliance: The Korea Liberator is up an running at full steam, with comments on the World Cup (well, sort of), refugee news, the Kaesong outrage, and SNK human rights abuses.

More on the Communist Korean colony: Kim Dae-jung, the dovish former South Korean President who authored the "sunshine" policy, "cancelled a planned trip to the North Korean capital" (BBC). Daily NK reports on the inaugural "leadership camp" for defectors currently enrolled in South Korean universities.

On Communist China and Iran: More evidence of Communist Chinese military aid to Iran, including WMD technology, comes courtesy of Charles R. Smith (Newsmax). Meanwhile, Fox News gathers together the leading voices for Iranian liberation.

Taiwan legislature begins recall debate: As mentioned earlier (tenth, fifth, seventh, seventh, nineteenth, last, eighth, seventh, twelfth, and third items), the motion is unlikely to pass, as the opposition needs a 2/3 majority to force a referendum on President Chen Shui-bian's fate (BBC). The "pan-blues" slim majority is far below 2/3.

Organ harvesting gets more international attention: The Pastors of St. Nicholas Church and St. Thomas Church (both in Leipzig, Germany) called for more attention to Falun Gong practitioners killed for their organs (Epoch Times). Meanwhile, Australian Prime Minister John Howard is asked to "request the Chinese authorities to open-up all the doors of concentration camps and labour camps and all jail systems and hospitals to allow third party investigations into the persecution of Falun Gong members" during his upcoming visit to Communist China (Epoch Times).

More support for the U.S.-India nuclear deal: Former Defense Secretary William Cohen endorses the deal (second and sixth items) in the Washington Times.

More on Communist China and the rest of the world: SK Telecom strikes a deal with China Unicom, a Communist telecommunications firm (UPI via Washington Times). Attorney and former prisoner Zheng Enchong (tenth, twenty-sixth, fifth, ninth, fourteenth , and fifth items) writes to the United Nations Human Rights Council on the difficulties of being a human rights lawyer in Communist China (Epoch Times).

Chen Guangcheng's relatives seized: The mother and son of rights activist Chen Guangcheng "were abducted outside the home of Beijing-based lawyer Teng Biao's in Huilongguan District" (Epoch Times). Chen is currently in jail for his activism on behalf of victims of the Communists' hideous "one child" policy (tenth, second, ninth, ninth, thirteenth, lead, tenth, fifth, tenth, and sixth items).

AIDS now in every Communist province: Communist China is now confronting AIDS "in all 31 provinces and municipalities," according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (Newsmax).

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