Thursday, December 21, 2006

News of the Day (December 21)

Communist China leads the world in jailed journalists, again: The Communist regime in Beijing is edging out its Cuban counterpart, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (Small Dead Animals).

Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China launches Asia branch: The Asian division is led by William Lai, a Taiwanese MP from the Democratic Progressive Party (Taipei Times and Epoch Times).

Communist China touts "anti-terrorism drive" with Pakistan: The statement is practically its own satire; the cadres claim to be "ready to conduct an anti-terrorism drive in Asia with Pakistan for lasting peace and mutual prosperity" (Asia News). Here's what Communist China means by that; as for Pakistan, one can just look here, or at this excellent Washington Post editorial on the real record of the Musharraf regime.

As talks limp along, U.S. slowly drifts toward Stalinist North Korea's position: The six-party talks on SNK's nuclear ambitions is still without an agreement, but here's the bad news: "the US has offered North Korea a further package of incentives - including a written guarantee not to attack - if it agrees to halt its nuclear work and allow verification by UN inspectors" (BBC). This is even worse than previous "offers," which insisted the Stalinists not only stop their nuclear weapons program, but destroy it. The only thing in the way of a 2005 debacle reprise is the U.S. counterfeiting penalties against SNK, and even that may be absurdly "nuanced" out of existence (One Free Korea). Meanwhile, South Korea is playing its dovish role again (United Press International via Washington Times).

Enlightened Comment of the Day: The Washington Post editors came close with the aforementioned Pakistan piece, as did Jay Nordlinger (National Review Online) in his bullet on the U.S.-India nuclear deal. However, today's winner is Cao Changqing for his column debunking the myths about Communist China's economy (Taipei Times).

Back to Communist China's Korean colony: At least someone in South Korea isn't looking north with rose-colored glasses; the SNK military is building a missile defense (Chosun Ilbo). The BBC reveals Stalinist-in-chief Kim Jong-il's latest delusion of grandeur: North Korean Idol. Thailand's military government sends a message to Korean refugees - Drop Dead (One Free Korea).

Looks like the news of U.S. support for Syrian democrats is somewhat exaggerated: Ammar Abdulhamid sets the record straight (h/t Michael Rubin - NRO); this (tenth item) was indeed to good to be true. Meanwhile, two more U.S. Senators embarrass themselves in Damascus (Washington Times).

Guess who's willing to call the Communist-backed mullahcracy of Iran an enemy? The answer is: the British (Times of London). Michael Ledeen (NRO) wonders when the United States will get the memo.

More on Middle Eastern Proxy Number One: A Security Council vote on a toothless resolution against Tehran's nuclear weapons program is likely to come tomorrow (Newsmax and UPI via Washington Times), but the General Assembly does condemn the mullahs' human rights abuses (Shotgun). Israeli intelligence puts the date of an Iranian bomb at 2009 (UPI via Washington Times).

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