Monday, August 14, 2006

News of the Day (August 14)

From the China Freedom Blog Alliance: The Korea Liberator reprints Henry Hyde's ode to General Douglas MacArthur (see also Daily NK), laments how far some South Korean doves are willing to go, and has the latest Stalinist North Korea news.

More on the Communists' Korean colony: Yang Jung A (Daily NK) examines the cronyism of Stalinist-in-chief Kim Jong-il. South Korean TV gets through into SNK (Dandong of China via Daily NK). South Korean President Roh's attempt to take command of the U.S.-SK military force runs into more criticism from South Koreans (Daily NK).

Enlightened Comment of the Day: Today's winner is Stephen Gregory, Epoch Times, who details how Hezbollah (second level proxy of Communist China via Iran) has managed to manipulate the media and twist the truth. Not that he was alone; Licia Corbella (Calgary Sun), Victor Davis Hanson (Washington Times), and David Frum (National Review Online) also examined this issue from various angles.

More on Communist China's Middle Eastern proxies: The Iranian mullahcracy threatened to do openly what it is now doing secretly - develop nuclear weapons (Iran Focus). Meanwhile, Hezbollah survived Israel's military campaign against it (Cybercast News, Washington Times, United Press Int'l via Washington Times, World Net Daily). This has led the terrorist group to consider expanding its operations to Africa (Cybercast News) as Hamas celebrated (Cybercast News, World Tribune). Israel and its friends were not so happy (National Review Online, Townhall, UPI via Washington Times, Washington Times, Ynet). Michael Ledeen (National Review Online) provided another healthy reminder about how this was part of "a regional war against us" by "The terror masters in Syria and Iran" - but maddeningly forgot, again, the regimes' mutual benefactor - Communist China (to be fair, President Bush made the same mistake - Cybercast News).

More on Communist China and the United States: Herbert G. Klein has a piece on Communist China that is neither bad nor good in the Washington Times. Yuan Sheng tells more of his story to the Epoch Times.

More on Communist China and the rest of the world: The Taipei Times sees bad things ahead from the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Tibetan author Dolma Kyab is sent to a Communist jail for ten years; his crime was writing a book (Voice of America via Epoch Times). Falun Gong practitioners are attacked in Jakarta (Epoch Times). As British scientist vie to help Communist China reach the moon (BBC), their elected representatives rip tech companies "for 'collaborating' with state censorship of the web in China" (BBC) - so much for the scientists-are-better-than-politicians sophistry.

One reporter arrested, another blocked from a fire: A cyberjournalist in Hangzhou was arrested for posting a report "on 1 August about the arrests on 29 July of about 50 Protestants who were demonstrating about the destruction of a church in Xiaoshan, in Zhejiang province" (Boxun, see Epoch Times and next to last item for more on the Protestant arrests). Meanwhile, a journalist for the Yunnan Information Daily came to report on a school fire near Kunming City. He and his photographer were dragged away by police (Epoch Times).

Speaking of Yunnan and Christians: Communist police in the southwest province tortured four non-Communist Protestant missionaries and tortured them for six hours: "One female missionary had her hair torn out" (Boxun).

Communist "anti-SARS hero" admit taking over $1 million in bribes: As director of the Guangdong Province Disease Control Center Immunization Planning Institute during the SARS outbreak of 2003, Luo Yaoxing was literally on the front line in the battle against the illness (Guangdong borders Hong Kong). The Communists declared him an "Anti-SARS hero" - until he was arrested for taking over $1 million in bribes from vaccine officials (Epoch Times).

Another Communist bank moves to steal investors' money, ahem, float stock: This time it's China Merchants Bank (BBC).

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