Communist China confirms ASAT launch, but U.S. still okay with regime hosting SNK talks: These were the maddening words of Christopher Hill, America's leading point-man on the six-party debacle, regarding the non-reaction of the United States to the anti-satellite test vis a vis the SNK talks - "My government's position on that is pretty clear. We've certainly conveyed [concern] to the Chinese, but I would say the six-party talks are on a different track" (Washington Times, emphasis added). For more on American wobbliness, see One Free Korea; for more on the anti-satellite launch, see BBC, BBC again, Epoch Times, Charles R. Smith of Newsmax, and Worldwide Standard).
More on Communist China and its Korean colony: South Korean politicians call on the Stalinists to end their agreement with the colonial master to have all refugees sent back to them (Daily NK). South Korean dovishness gets the rhetorical doube-barrel from Daily NK and One Free Korea. OFK and Small Dead Animals has the latest on the SNK-UN scandal. James Dresnok, the "last US defector" (BBC) to SNK, spews out more Stalinist propaganda.
Communist China stretches the long arm of lawlessness into North America and Singapore: Among the victims are New Tang Dynasty Television, the Falun Gong spiritual group (Between Heaven and Earth), and ordinary practitioners (BHaE, Epoch Times, Human Rights Law Foundation via Epoch Times).
On Taiwan: The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission examines the history of the island democracy (Epoch Times); National War College Bernard Cole opines that Taiwan would be better off building its own submarines (Worldwide Standard).
Cadre admits harvesting organs from executed prisoners, but won't admit political prisoners are victims (Epoch Times).
Will the United States take action against Middle Eastern Proxy Number One (Iran)? Richard Perle seems to think so (Cybercast News and Newsmax). Meanwhile, Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards (Jim Geraghty, National Review Online) and Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Nicolas Burns (Voice of America via Epoch Times) use tough words, but not the one the matters - liberation. Still, both were better than Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Worldwide Standard).
More on the Iranian mullahcracy: The higher-ups may be tiring of Mad Mouthpiece Mahmoud (Newsmax). As Israel grows more worried about the mullahcracy (New York Sun), it may be finding itself in unusual company (MSNBC and Newsmax). The Los Angeles Times unwittingly presents an example of bad journalism (Worldwide Standard). Meanwhile, the mullahs themselves lash out at Israel (United Press Int'l via Washington Times), the United States (Agence France Presse via Iran Focus), and the United Nations (UPI via Washington Times). Michael Rubin (NRO: The Corner) has the rest of the news from the mullahcracy.
Middle Eastern Proxy Number Three (Hezbollah) sets Lebanon ablaze: After finding that mass marches didn't work against Lebanon's elected government, the Tehran-backed terrorists resorted to setting tires on fire (BBC, Time, and The Times of London).