Attacks against U.S. troops in Afghanistan "have tripled" since Pakistan-Taliban deal: Attacks against NATO troops in Eastern Afghanistan "increased threefold" (Times of London) since the Musharraf regime surrendered North Waziristan to the Taliban's allies (also reporting: BBC). Meanwhile, a British report found that the Communist Chinese ally's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is "indirectly helping al-Qaida" (United Press Int'l via Washington Times). As one would expect, Afghanistan is not happy about its neighbor's shenanigans (UPI via Washington Times and Washington Times).
On the Middle Eastern Proxies: The Communist-backed mullahcracy of Iran may be having some trouble enriching uranium (Washington Post), but the New York Sun provides a helpful reminder of the Khomeinist regime's founder's lust for nuclear weapons. Meanwhile, the West's continuing weakness on the mullahcracy (Voice of America via Epoch Times) comes under fire from Joseph Farah (World Net Daily), Robert Kaplan (Los Angeles Times), and even (obliquely) the U.S. Congress (New York Sun). There are even reports that Saudi Arabia is looking for Israeli help against the mullahs (Cybercast News). As for Syria, Martin Peretz (The New Republic) wonders when Lebanon's leaders will get serious about kicking Assad of their country (he's not holding his breath). Finally, an attempt to sweep Hezbollah's attacks against Israel under the rug is blocked by Canada (Small Dead Animals and Steve Janke).
From the China Freedom Blog Alliance: Between Heaven and Earth has the latest on Communist organ harvesting (see also the Epoch Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer). Shaun Kenney comments on Communist China's attacks against American satellites (see also Newsmax). The Korea Liberator has the latest South Korean silliness (including would be UN boss Ban Ki-Moon), plus some level-headedness from the SK opposition. TKL also has news on refugees, counterfeit cigarettes, UN envoys, and the rest of the SNK news.
More on the Korean colony: Communist China's six-party negotiator is in Seoul (BBC). Hwang Jang Yop reminds everyone that Stalinist North Korea isn't going anywhere so long as Beijing backs it (Daily NK), but Kim Jong-il himself is worried enough to resort to body doubles (Yonhap via Daily NK).
New Japanese leader wants stronger military and closer U.S. ties: Shinzo Abe also refused any warming with SNK "until the unresolved issue of the Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea in the 1970s and 1980s was resolved" (BBC). Abe's backers "hope Japan will establish in future relations such as those between the United States and Britain" (Washington Times). Also reporting: Cybercast News
FBI calls Silicon Valley a "hotbed" of spying: No prizes for guessing the main culprits (San Jose Mercury News).
More on Communist China and the rest of the world: Beijing decides to play it quiet on the Chen Shui-bian issue (Washington Times, last item). The Singapore-Falun Gong trial (last, third, tenth, eighth, fifth, and seventh items) is delayed (Epoch Times).
Google blocks Boxun - the surrender continues.
The perils of being a non-Communist in Communist China: Whether it's as a member of the China Democracy Party (Epoch Times) or just as someone willing to act outside the CCP (Christian Science Monitor), challenging the regime is still dangerous. However, the truth about the CCP is spreading (Epoch Times).
More on the Communist crackdowns: The Epoch Times takes aim at the cadres' actions against lawyers and foreign news agencies, respectively.
More on matters inside Communist China: The cadres claim success in a fusion test (Washington Times, last item). Would-be homeowners are being priced out of real estate markets in Communist China; most sense corruption as the root of the problem (VOA via Epoch Times). Sushil Seth (Taipei Times) wonders when the regime's cruelty and corruption will catch up with it.