Communist China says sanctions against Iran are bad - for us: The cadres have suddenly acquired a concern for the welfare of the democratic world, insisting that any sanctions against the Communist-backed mullahcracy for its nuclear weapons program "could harm the United States and Europe too" (Cybercast News). Perhaps if Zhongnanhai wasn't too busy arming the mullahs, its "analysis" would be more credible.
Mohammed Khatami to come to Washington: The former top mouthpiece for the Iranian mullahcracy - as it was stocking up on Communist arms and had its nuclear weapons program exposed (third item) - won a visa to speak at the National Episcopal Cathedral (National Review Online). Khatami will even meet former President Jimmy Carter (Washington Post), the fellow who was in the White House during the 1979-81 hostage outrage at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. This leads yours truly to wonder: Does Carter, or anyone else for that matter, know that Iranian hostage-taker/spokeswoman Masumeh "Screaming Mary" Ebtekar was appointed by Khatami as one of his Vice Presidents (BBC)?
Meanwhile, the Beijing-backed regime is back in the nuclear enriching business, just in time for tomorrow's UN "deadline" to stop (United Press Int'l via Washington Times and Worldwide Standard).
Ignorant Comment of the Day: David Ignatius (Washington Post) takes the dubious honor for talking to the Iranian people and actually thinking they are free to say what they like.
As for the other Middle Eastern proxies, Syria gets some kind words from Hugo Chavez (UPI via Washington Times), and Hezbollah has an overseas account frozen (UPI via Washington Times), its indoctrination methods exposed (UPI via Washington Times), and its leader's apologetic statements examined (UPI via Washington Times).
On to the Communists' Korean colony: Has The Korea Liberator found a military site or a famine burial ground? Stalinist-in-chief Kim Jong-il may already be visiting his colonial masters (Daily NK); defector Hwang Jang Yop says the colonial ties will remain strong (Daily NK). Kim's regime is cracking down on Bibles (Daily NK), and still printing counterfeit "super-notes" (Daily NK). Meanwhile, South Korea's doves and hawks continue to argue over the future of America's military forces there (UPI via Washington Times).
More on Communist China and the rest of the world: Communist China and Taiwan take delivery of different submarines (UPI via Washington Times). The cadres could have more power in the Int'l Monetary Fund (BBC). Warner Brothers' answer to Communist China's piracy is - if you can't beat 'em, join 'em (NBC via MSNBC). Australian MP Chris Bowen likens the cadres to the Nazis (Epoch Times). Apple Computer's I-pod subcontractor in Communist China is suing the media for exposing bad factory conditions (Boxun). Jaya Gibson (Epoch Times) has the latest from the Singapore Falun Gong trial. The U.S.-based group tracking the millions of resignations from the CCP "is harassed by continuous phone calls from Beijing and northern United States" (Epoch Times).
On Gao Zhisheng: Supporters of the jailed human rights lawyer spread from Sydney, Australia (Epoch Times) to Washington, DC (China Support Network). Caoan Jushi examines the possible motives for the Gao arrest (Epoch Times).
On Zhao Yan: Freedom House ripped the imprisonment of the New York Times staffer (Boxun, see also second, sixth, tenth, ninth, last, third, twelfth, and last items).