From the China Freedom Blog Alliance: The Korea Liberator has the latest on Stalinist financial chicanery (see also Chosun Ilbo), refugees looking to come to the United States, South Korean nuttiness, and other Stalinist North Korea news.
South Korea inks energy exploration deal with Communist China: The agreement involves "joint projects in the fields of renewable energy, oil reserves, electricity and gas" (Washington Post, third item).
More on the Communists' Korean colony: U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld plays down the Stalinist threat to the South (Newsmax), something sure to upset the growing concern among reasonable South Koreans (Washington Post). Shon Kwang Joo, Chief Editor of Daily NK, opines that Stalinist-in-chief Kim Jong-il may be threatening a nuclear test to get American anti-counterfeit penalties cancelled. Three SNK border guards are executed, ostensibly for "hiding army prisoners to send to South Korea" (Daily NK).
Ignorant Comment of the Day: Today's dubious honor goes to New York University Professor Alon Ben-Meir, who calls for "direct and unconditional negotiation" (United Press Int'l via Washington Times) with the Communist-backed mullahcracy of Iran.
On the Middle Eastern proxies: Arnaud de Borchgrave (UPI via Washington Times) suspects the U.S. will take military action against mullahcrats. Japan arrests five employees of Mitutoyo Corporation for exporting "equipment that can be used in making nuclear weapons" (UPI) to Iran; Tokyo was also warned by the regime that exploration rights in an oil field in Azadegan - currently promised to a Japanese firm - could be shifted "to the Chinese or Russians" in less than three weeks (The Australian). Meanwhile, the leader of Hezbollah is having second thoughts about starting the battle with Israel (Cybercast News and Daily Standard), but destroying the largely Jewish democracy still tops his agenda (Cybercast News).
More on Communist China and the rest of the world: Don Lee (Los Angeles Times) reports from occupied East Turkestan, but won't call it that (full disclosure: yours truly is V.P. of the East Turkestan National Freedom Center). The Epoch Times has the latest from the trial of Falun Gong practitioners in Singapore.
On Communist China's human rights abuses: The BBC sees "a growing clampdown" in the trials of Chen Guangcheng (see tenth, second, ninth, ninth, thirteenth, lead, tenth, fifth, tenth, sixth, ninth, eighth, ninth, eighth, ninth, sixteenth, ninth, second, fifth, and tenth items), Zhao Yan (second, sixth, tenth, ninth, last, third, and twelfth items), and Ching Cheong (next to last item). The Epoch Times has the latest on the plight of Gao Zhisheng. Yuan Sheng (fifth and tenth items) reveals the extent of indoctrination in Communist China (Epoch Times).