Thursday, October 19, 2006

News of the Day (October 19)

From the China Freedom Blog Alliance: One Free Korea has the latest silliness from South Korea's doves (see also the BBC and United Press Int'l via Washington Times), who are still benefiting from the protection provided by the very nation they can't stand - the United States (UPI via Washington Times).

Communist China sends private "message" to its Korean colony: Communist Chinese ex-Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan visited Stalinist-in-chief Kim Jong-il, supposedly "carrying a message from China's President Hu Jintao calling for restraint" (BBC); the cadres were willing to publicly tell the rest of the world to back off the colony (same link). As Time magazine put it, for Communist China, "it's pretty much business as usual with North Korea" (emphasis added), although some Communist "investors" are getting nervous (Epoch Times). Sadly, even leading defector Hwang Jang Yop is falling for Communist China's "good cop" performance (Daily NK), as to a lesser extent does Richard Spencer (London Telegraph via Washington Times) and Anne DeCecco (UPI via Washington Times).

More on Stalinist North Korea's nuclear ambitions: SNK is dropping hints of a second test (UPI via Washington Times), and one analyst thinks it may be for a hydrogen bomb (Daily Standard). The regime also threatened war, again (ABC News). Secretary of State Rice and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso planned more sanctions (Voice of America via Epoch Times), and met with their South Korean counterpart - future UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon (Daily NK and UPI via Washington Times). Daily NK reports that SNK repaired the physical damage done by the test with concrete from South Korea. Michael D. Evans (World Net Daily) ponders the frightening possibility of SNK nuclear cooperation with Iran.

More on the Communist-backed mullahcracy: Mouthpiece Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Israel will fall (Agence France Presse via Breitbart), as his regime is caught paying Hamas to keep an Israeli soldier (Cybercast News). Meanwhile, the mullahcracy cracks down on the Internet (Guardian, UK).

More on Communist China and the rest of the world: Alan J. McCombs (UPI via Washington Times) turns a survey on Communist China's growing threat to the U.S. into an "engagement" ad. Meanwhile, India officially labels Communist China a security risk (Asia Times). Finally, Peter Worthington (Toronto Sun) laments the imprisonment of Husseyin Celil (eighth and sixth items).

Enlightened Comment of the Day: He Qinglian wins again for yet another insightful analysis of the Communist regime's plans (Huaxia Weekly via Epoch Times).

Another clash between police and protestors in Guangdong: We can now add Guangzhou (Asia News/Radio Free Asia) to the list of Guangdong towns - Taishi, Shanwei, Sanshan (fifth item), and Sanjiao (third item) - where land seizures have led to protests - and police violently attacking protestors.

Another cyberdissident arrested: The Communist police seized Yan Zhengxue and ransacked his home (Boxun).

More corruption: The firing of the Communists' top statistician (last item) is linked to the Shanghai pension scandal (BBC). Meanwhile, judges in Shenzhen are arrested on corruption charges (Asia News).

Speaking of statistics, Communist China's economy "slowed slightly" (BBC).

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