Thursday, August 10, 2006

News of the Day (August 10)

From the China Freedom Blog Alliance: The Korea Liberator has good news (Congressman Henry Hyde will be reading South Korea's dovish President the riot act), some not-so-good news (possibilities of a military coup?), and some awful analysis (not from TKL itself, but from someone the blog nicely skewers).

Thats's all we have on the Communists' Korean colony, so let's move on to their main Middle East proxy (Iran), whose military personnel were found among the Hezbollah dead in Lebanon (World Net Daily). Author Joel C. Rosenberg examines the portents of August 22 for the democratic forces Iran has in its crosshairs (National Review Online). Dan Ephron and Michael Isikoff (Newsweek via MSNBC) reveal Hezbollah's fundraising network - in America. As for the other Communist proxy (Syria), Kenneth R. Timmerman (Newsmax) reports it will be spared an attack.

Falun Gong practitioner seeks asylum in United States: Yuan Sheng was a pilot for China Eastern Airline who barely escaped being arrested in Shanghai. Upon landing in Los Angeles, he chose to defect (Epoch Times).

Communists to expand Tibet railway: Communist China "plans to extend its new Tibetan rail link to reach the region's second-biggest city, Xigaze" (BBC). The railroad is already being criticized for eroding "both the delicate Himalayan environment and Tibetan culture."

Exposers of organ harvesting speak again: Zhang Jianhua, a former police officer in Shenzhen repeated and elaborated on his account of the Communists' organ harvesting schemes to New Tang Dynasty Television (Epoch Times). Meanwhile, the authors of the Kilgour-Matas report respond to yet another smear by the Communists (Epoch Times).

Communists turning a blind eye to trafficking in girls: Sexual slavery, ahem, bride selling, is a thriving business in Yunnan Province, not that the cadres are noticing (BBC).

Communists claim a decrease in "disturbances": The number of protests for the first half of 2006 were "only" 39,000, if the cadres are to be believed (Washington Post, second item).

Humane Society offers to help dogs, but the cadres are looking for more animals to wipe out: The Humane Society "said it will give China $100,000 to vaccinate dogs against rabies if it promises to immediately stop their mass slaughter in areas where humans have died from the disease" (Washington Times). The Communist regime has instead chosen to find new ways to infuriate animal-rights activists, with hunting licenses for endangered species, including in occupied East Turkestan (BBC).

It's not what you know, it's who your parents are: There are over 3,200 billionaires in Communist China today. Is this a sign of capitalism taking hold? Um, not quite: "over 92 percent are children of high-ranking officials" (Zheng Ming via Epoch Times). The rest of Communist China, meanwhile, is stuck in places like Yantou Village, where Li Hong (Democratic China via Epoch Times) found "a spoiled natural and poor cultural environment, a seriously aging population, and a village government akin to the mafia."

Wal-Mart OK with Communist-run union: The Wal-Mart chain "said it would work with the state-sanctioned All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) on representation for its 28,000 staff" (BBC). Wal-Mart is supposedly not fond of unionization in its workforce. Then again, Communist China isn't either, unless its the union the regime runs itself.

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