Will Robert Gates make the U.S. even weaker on the Communist-backed mullahcracy of Iran? In 2004, current Defense Secretary-designate Robert Gates co-authored a report on Iran in which he "said he favors a policy of 'engagement' with Iran on its refusal to abide by international agreements on its nuclear program" (Bill Gertz, Washington Times). According to Jerome Corsi (World Net Daily) - who cites the report as evidence - such "engagement" could occur even with the mullahs developing nuclear weapons; no wonder the regime is so confident (National Review Online). Meanwhile, One Free Korea takes a look at the new Pentagon chief and doesn't see much hope for the suffering people of northern Korea, either.
More from the China Freedom Blog Alliance: OFK wonders what Bill Richardson is smoking, and examines how the new Congress might treat the Stalinist regime (as does Daily NK).
Protest in Hoiryeong: A sign that Stalinist-in-chief Kim Jong-il may not be as able to prevent liberation as conventional wisdom thinks was on display in Hoiryeong, where over a hundred Koreans took to the streets to protest a decision by local Stalinists (Daily NK).
PetroChina investment in Sudan ruffles feathers: Sadly, neither the cadres nor their economic enablers - ahem, "engagers" - seem worried about the Communist-owned firm cooperating with the butcher of Darfur. However, “a divestment movement started on several U.S. university campuses that has swept to city and state levels has gained momentum" (United Press Int'l via Washington Times).
Cadre tapped to run World Health Organization: Dr. Margaret Chan "has experience managing outbreaks of avian flu and severe acute respiratory syndrome" (UPI via Washington Times). Given the Communist coverup of both diseases, one would think that should disqualify Dr. Chan for the post.
Communist trade surplus hits monthly record: The annual surplus "will reach $160bn this year - a 60% rise on 2005" (BBC).
Communists admit journalism is dangerous, but won't say why: In Communist China, "being a reporter is the third most dangerous occupation" - and that's from the cadres themselves (Washington Post). Of course, there is no mention in the Communist report of the fact that the regime itself "is the world's leading jailer of journalists."
More on Communist China's human rights abuses: Jennifer Chou of Radio Free Asia examines the case of Chen Gaungcheng (tenth, second, ninth, ninth, thirteenth, lead, tenth, fifth, tenth, sixth, ninth, eighth, ninth, eighth, ninth, sixteenth, ninth, second, fifth, tenth, fourth, and last items) in the Daily Standard. Mo Bei reveals what the Communist Party did to her and her family (Epoch Times).
Party resignations pass 15 million: A rally for the withdrawals was held in New York last weekend (Epoch Times).
Corruption News: A former Communist banker is sent to prison for taking over half-a-million dollars in bribes (Taiwan Central News Agency via Epoch Times). Disaster relief is a prime target for corrupt cadres: "50 to 70 percent of relief funds for China have been misappropriated and embezzled" (Epoch Times). Nandu Weekly ranked the 10 most egregious scandals in Communist China's universities. The editors of the Epoch Times highlighted the top four.