Tuesday, August 15, 2006

News of the Day (August 15)

From the China Freedom Blog Alliance: The Korea Liberator marks Liberation Day and has the latest from Stalinist North Korea and the South Korean political battle over the U.S. military.

More on the Communists' Korean colony: South Korea is likely to give 100,000 tons of rice to the Stalinists as flood aid (Daily NK). Kim Young Hwan, also from Daily NK, probes Stalinist-in-chief Kim Jong-il's motivation for his missile and nuclear weapons programs.

What the Communists' Middle Eastern proxy has wrought: Noah Pollak (Azure) presents the theory that the U.S. and Israel agreed to letting Hezbollah survive in southern Lebanon in order to win international support for ending Iran's nuclear weapons program, but even he admits the idea "may rightfully be construed as an exercise in wishful thinking" (National Review Online). Meanwhile, as mullahs cheer (Newsmax), Israel is stunned (The New Republic) and scared (National Review Online). Calls are made for new elections in Israel (Jerusalem Post, Washington Times), and Defense Minister Amir Peretz unwittingly makes the case for them by openly musing to the Jerusalem Post about possible talks with Syria (and thus forcing me to break convention again and award him Ignorant Comment of the Day). The United States is insisting Hezbollah is worse off (Voice of America via Epoch Times), while Frank J. Gaffney, Jr., (Washington Times) wonders if the U.S. is not worse off. Not that the mullahcracy was limiting itself to Lebanon and Israel: the U.S. military fingered the regime for support terrorists in Iraq (Washington Post); the mullahs' mouthpiece runs circles around Mike Wallace (Wall Street Journal); and the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center provides a detailed report on the murder of Zahra Kazemi (Luiza Ch. Savage, Macleans).

The Canada File: Former MP David Kilgour, author of the Kilgour-Matas organ harvesting report, takes his case to Australia (Lateline) with the help of European Parliament Vice President Edward MacMillan-Scott (Sydney Morning Herald). Meanwhile, Geoffrey York, Globe and Mail, seems more worried about the lack of Chinese tourism in Canada that the lack of freedom for Huseiyn Celil (eighth item).

More on Communist China and the rest of the world: Taiwan is once again trying to gain admission into the United Nations; Communist China is sure to block the efforts of the island democracy (Cybercast News).

The trial of Ching Cheong has begun: The Straits Times reporter is accused of spying for Taiwan (BBC).

Arrests of Falun Gong practitioners up in Shanghai: The coastal city saw more than a hundred practitioners arrested between May 1 and June 30 (Epoch Times).

Communist China's bubble, ahem, economy continues to grow: The cadres reported an increase in industrial output of over 16% (BBC); how much of it was for useless factories and goods was not known. Meanwhile, the World Bank is predicting growth in Communist China will pass 10% this year, but it did cast a worrying eye on overproduction (CNN).

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