Anti-Communist ascends to House Speakership: While this is corner was more concerned about certain committee chairs, I'm not about to say Speaker Nancy Pelosi doesn't give me hope for the anti-Communist movement. China Support Network elaborates on the benefits a Pelosi House could bring. One Free Korea presents his thoughts on Election 2006.
More from the China Freedom Blog Alliance: OFK had quite a bit more, including a refreshing voice cutting through South Korean silliness (for more on the latter, see Daily NK) and stark reminders of Stalinist cruelty. Between Heaven and Earth has a post detailing the latest organ-harvesting news and a notice for a Vancouver rally against the outrage (for more on this subject, see Epoch Times). Boycott 2008 notes the campaign led by Reporters Without Borders against the Communists' internet censorship (see also (BBC).
More on Communist China's human rights abuses: Jia Jia has refugees status in Thailand, for now (Epoch Times). Ding Xiao, Radio Free Asia (via Epoch Times) has more details on a house church razed to the ground in Changchun (ninth item). Susan Jakes (Time) examines Communist China's overhyped changes to its death penalty (last item), and finds there is less than meets the eye.
More on the Communists' Korean colony: The U.S. puts its financial sanctions against Stalinist North Korea on the bargaining table (United Press Int'l via Washington Times) as the Bush Administration's growing weakness on SNK continues to get noticed (Daily NK and UPI via Washington Times). Yang Jung A (Daily NK) focuses on Stalinist-in-chief Kim Jong-il's expensive tastes, which he enjoys as the people starve.
Differences over Iran at UN "cannot be bridged," says Communist China: Communist China's Ambassador to the United Nations told the media that differences within the Security Council over how to treat the Communist-backed mullahcracy of Iran "cannot be bridged" (Voice of America via Epoch Times). The main difference seems to be between the United States, which wants the mullahs to pay real consequences for their nuclear weapons program, and the Communists, who say they want that but don't.
Enlightened Comment of the Day: William R. Hawkins (Washington Times) says its time to kick Iran out of Iraq - my one quibble is that he doesn't mention some prominent anti-Iranian Shiites.
More on the Middles East proxies: The Iranian mullahcracy offers to "share its missile systems with friends and neighbors" (Newsmax). Syria may be ready to seize the Golan Heights (World Net Daily). Hamas is talking about terrorist attacks against the United States (Cybercast News). Finally, Peter Brookes (Cybercast News) examines Hezbollah's slow-motion coup attempt in Lebanon.
More on Communist China and the rest of the world: Simone Elegant (Time) examines why the cadres' expanding ties in Africa are good for the continent's leaders, but not so good for ordinary Africans. Caoan Jushi tells Sound of Hope Radio via Epoch Times why Communist China's $1 trillion in foreign reserves is more a sign of weakness than strength.
On the Taiwan scandal: The Democratic Progressive Party is standing by embattled President Chen Shui-bian (BBC) in the face of the allegations against his wife and himself (tenth item). Meanwhile, Edward Cody (Washington Post) examines the damage done.