Tuesday, November 14, 2006

News of the Day (November 14)

U.S. analysts "stunned" at Communist sub incident: The U.S. military "confirmed reports of a close encounter between one of its battle groups and a Chinese submarine in the Pacific" (BBC, see also seventh item). An unnamed Navy official downplayed the incident, but "other defense officials said the submarine surfacing was a provocative action by the Chinese military" (Bill Gertz, Washington Times). More troubling was the fact that the Communist sub went undetected for quite some time. The incident "stunned" many in Washington still stuck in "engagement" mode with Communist China. The editors of the Washington Times were among those concerned.

Defense engineer accused of spying for the Communists: A Northrop engineer is charged with helping the Communists "design and test crucial parts of a stealth cruise missile" (ABC News).

On Communist China and Canada: Chris Selley (Macleans) gives a brief history of relations between the Communist regime and the Great White North. Meanwhile, the University of Toronto joins the battle against the cadres' internet crackdown.

Communist China's Ambassador to India claims a large swath of Indian territory: Sun Yuxi referred to the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh as "Chinese territory" (BBC), which was news to India.

From the China Freedom Blog Alliance: One Free Korea deservedly lambastes South Korea's doves.

More on the Communists' Korean colony: The Stalinist regime sees hope in America's mid-term election (Worldwide Standard) - part of a history of strange expectations the tyranny has about the United States (Daily NK); the U.S. Ambassador to Japan throws cold water all over it (Washington Times). Daily NK warns against a repeat of the 1994 Carter fiasco. Japan bans luxury trade with SNK (BBC).

Iran looking to take over al Qaeda while enriching uranium "on an industrial scale": The Communist-backed mullahcracy of Iran is "trying to form an unholy alliance with al-Qa'eda" (London Telegraph) by pushing to get pro-Tehran terrorists in the group's upper echelon. Meanwhile, the regime is planning on building 3,000 centrifuges "to enrich uranium on an industrial scale" (Voice of America via Epoch Times). The news comes as London and Washington are considering handing Iraq to the mullahs.

Middle Eastern neighbors not happy with the mullahcracy: As one would expect, Israel is spooked by the mullah's antics (Ha'aretz, Jerusalem Post, and Washington Times). Interestingly, Sunni Arab regimes in the Middle East also appear worried (Washington Times).

Hezbollah makes its move to topple Lebanon: The leader of the Lebanese Druze community rips the move (Washington Times), which he tied to the mid-terms here (World Net Daily).

On matters inside Communist China: The cadres intensify their surveillance against Gao Zhisheng's family (Epoch Times), insist a hospital that let a child die (fourth item) did nothing wrong (BBC), accuse two prominent scientists of lying about a new form of bird flu has ravaged six provinces (Epoch Times), and deny reports of a dog slaughter (Fox News).

Taiwan corruption charges hit leading opposition figure: Now Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou is under investigation (BBC).

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