Tuesday, October 24, 2006

News of the (somewhat longer than expected) Weekend (October 21-24)

Communist China still tricks those who should know better about its Korean colony: Among those still falling for the "good cop" routine are Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (Washington Post) and Daily NK.

Are the people of northern Korea ready to liberate themselves? One Free Korea examines the possibility, and also presents another reason liberation is necessary.

More from the China Freedom Blog Alliance: OFK was quite busy, with several posts on the reaction to Stalinist North Korea's nuclear test (see also AAP via Epoch Times, Asia Times, BBC, BBC again, BBC 3rd time, Christian Science Monitor via Washington Times, CNN, Mainichi Shimbun via Washington Times, Toronto Sun - Ignorant Comment of the Day, and Washington Times). OFK also had the latest South Korean silliness (see also United Press Int'l via Washington Times).

On the Middle Eastern Proxies: As the Communist-backed mullahcracy of Iran continues to move closer to becoming a nuclear power (Fox News and UPI via Washington Times), we find out any international sanction against the mullahs "could take weeks" (Agence France Presse via Breitbart); as one would expect that wasn't good enough for Israel (UPI via Washington Times). The mullahcracy is also keeping track of "enemies" (Iran Focus) and evading Canadian justice (Macleans). Meanwhile, Syria is causing more problems in the Golan Heights (World Net Daily), and Hamas gets a possible olive branch from the United States (Washington Times) and burns it (Der Spiegel).

More on Communist China and the rest of the world: The Communist military, which is facing new problems (Central News Agency via Epoch Times and Epoch Times), orders another round of surface-to-air missiles from Russia for $1 billion (Epoch Times). India's National Security Council calls for a new law restricting investment from Communist China (BBC). Bryan Walsh (Time) reviews Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's trip to Communist China.

Communists create a new legal status - "guilty but free": That's the fate of Yang Xiaoqing (fourth, tenth, fifth, and fifth items) who is no longer in prison, but still considered a criminal for exposing corruption (Reporters Without Borders via Boxun).

Church pastor jailed for printing Bibles: The cadres refer to Bible printing as "illegal business practices" (China Aid Association via Epoch Times) - unless it's the Communist-controlled church doing the printing.

More on matters inside Communist China: As the cadres argue over the brutal Mao Zedong (Epoch Times), pollution (Epoch Times) and corruption (BBC and BBC again) are widespread. Meanwhile, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China IPO (third item) makes the cadres more millions (BBC), but average citizens continue to be mired in poverty (Radio Free Asia via Epoch Times).

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