From the China Freedom Blog Alliance: The Korea Liberator has the latest Stalinist North Korea news, including confirmation that SNK agents indeed bombed KAL flight 858.
More on the Communists' Korean colony: Daily NK rips Stalinist-in-chief Kim Jong-il for choosing continued absolute power over the fate of his starving people.
On the Communist-backed mullahcracy and its Syrian ally: Walid Phares, of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, explains to Kathryn Lopez (National Review Online) how the Iranian and Syrian regimes are leading the fight against freedom in the Middle East. A leading Khomeinist cleric calls for the Muslim world to come to Hezbollah's aid (Iran Focus); the regime tells the UN (sixth item) to stuff it (World Net Daily, Cybercast News). Alan Keyes calls for the U.S. to put Hezbollah's other sponsor - Syria - in the crosshairs (World Net Daily); Daniel Pipes calls on Israel to do the same (Jerusalem Post).
Communist China to continue building its high-tech army, from U.S. know-how: Communist China's Defense Minister insisted the regime "must arm its military with the latest in high-tech weapons and ensure that Taiwan never splits from the mainland," (Agence France Press via Intelligence Summit), and as Simon Cooper (Popular Mechanics) noted, the buildup "is based largely on U.S. technology."
More on Communist China and the United States: Joseph Farah (World Net Daily) notes the massive underground bunker in Shanghai, and sees a sinister purpose behind it: "Some day, in the not-too-distant future, China believes it will be strong enough to battle it out with the U.S. – either with conventional weaponry or with nuclear."
India probing charges of silk dumping by Communist China: Indian silk makers "claim that the price of Chinese silk in India is so low that they cannot compete" (BBC). The Indian government is now investigating charges the Communists are "dumping" the silk, i.e., selling it below cost value to wipe out domestic competition. More likely, the combination of prison labor, lack of independent unions, and a deliberately devalued currency have combined to make costs far lower in Communist China that in any true market economy.
On the closure of Century China: The administrators of the website reveal how the cadres shut it down (Boxun); a slew of writers pen an open letter "to Chinese intellectuals all over the world" calling for the regime to come clean on the closure (Boxun).
Communist China to act against sex-selection abortion (so they say): Communist China is insisting it "will punish health workers who help to abort female fetuses" (BBC). However, there was no mention of placing this objective above the Communists' hideous "one child" policy (tenth, second, ninth, ninth, thirteenth, lead, tenth, fifth, tenth, sixth, ninth, eighth, ninth, eighth, and ninth items).
More on human rights in Communist China: Zhang Tianliang, in the Epoch Times, discusses truth, lies, and human rights in Communist China.
Cadres order killing of 50,000 dogs to fight rabies: An outbreak of rabies hit Mouding County, Yunnan - killing three people. The cadres had three choices: vaccinate or otherwise treat the residents, vaccinate the dogs, or kill every dog in the county. The cadres took the most violent option: "even the 4,000 dogs that had been immunised against rabies were put to death in case the immunisations were not effective" (BBC). While the victims were dogs, rather than people, this incident is a perfect microcosm of the Chinese Communist Party's views on life in general, and the state of its own medical system in particular.