Communist China's Korean colony helping Middle Eastern Proxy Number One test a nuke: As part of "a new understanding between the two countries" (London Telegraph), the Stalinist regime "said it would divulge to Iranian scientists information garnered from its successful secret test back in October" (Fox News), as part of an effort to have the Communist-backed mullahcracy conduct a nuclear test "by the end of this year" (One Free Korea - emphasis in original). Tehran may be able test a nuclear device even sooner, according to John Pike (cited by Worldwide Standard). More news on Stalinist North Korea and Iran can be found further below in this post.
Communist ally Pakistan still an al Qaeda sanctuary: Even Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri have made use of the "accepted haven" (CNN) created for them in western Pakistan.
Duncan Hunter declares: He who must be president is now an official candidate for the White House (Townhall).
More on Communist China and the United States: The cadres' anti-satellite launch continues to reverberate (Bill Gertz, Washington Times and Time) and spark growing concern about the Communist regime in general (Newsmax and Worldwide Standard). Sadly, at least one American entity (The Yankees) remains obtuse (Washington Post). Meanwhile, the intelligence officer who went to bat for admitted Communist spy Ronald Montaperto is reprimanded (Gertz, h/t China Intel).
Communists stretch the long arm of lawlessness into the Pacific, tracking an exiled dissident and threatening an Australian performer (Epoch Times).
Refugees known as the "Shenyang Six" still in Communist China: LiNK finds hope in the fact that these six escapees (tenth item) have not be sent back to Stalinist North Korea, yet (One Free Korea).
Qixia - another "village election" exposed as a sham: Before events like the Taishi incident came to anyone's attention, the Communists made much political hay internationally for "village elections." Hannah Beech (Time) adds another remote locality to the list of places victimized by this sham - Qixia.
Politically correct repression - Christians suffer while Muslims are handed an empty symbol: Communist China has decided to "ban all verbal and visual pork references from advertisements during Lunar New Year celebrations next month . . . to avoid offending Muslims" (Fox News). Of course, granting them more freedom to worship and ending the occupation of East Turkestan were not considered. Meanwhile, the persecution of Christians also continues (Boycott 2008).
Communists pick their fellow cadres over murder-rape victim: A Sichuan receptionist, aged 16, "was suspected to have been raped and killed by three local officials on December 29, 2006" (Sound of Hope via Epoch Times). The local cadres fell in line to support the three perps, and when thousands protested, "The authorities mobilized thousands of police to use high-pressure water canons to suppress the protesters."
Communists use bribes and beatings to suppress the truth: A reporter at China Trade News was beaten to death after discovering an illegal mine in Shanxi (BBC). Local cadres "suggested Mr Lan was not an accredited journalist and may have been trying to extort money." Of course, paying off reporters to keep quiet about embarrassing news is hardly new in Communist China (Washington Post), but this time the cadres smeared an honest man.
Cadres' attempt to slow the economy misfires badly: Communist China's economy "expanded by 10.7% in 2006, marking the fastest growth since 1995" (BBC), this despite "a number of steps" taken by the cadres "in order to cool things down." Then again, the Communists also have a history of fudging statistics.
Back to Stalinist North Korea: Hopes are high that a nuclear deal is coming (BBC and Daily NK), while Nicholas Eberstadt best explains why a deal should be feared instead (Time), and reports of a coup against Kim Jong-il are debunked, we think (OFK and United Press Int'l via Washington Times). While the UN scrambles to determine if KJI made off with development funds (OFK, UPI via Washington Times, and Washington Times), dovish South Korea insists such a thing could never happen to the loot it shipped north (UPI via Washington Times). Daily NK examines the SNK black market; northern Koreans get more frustrated at the regime's mismanagement (Daily NK).
Bush Administration is getting serious about Iranian infiltration in Iraq, and it's about time (National Review Online: The Corner, Washington Post via MSNBC, and Washington Times).
The mullahcracy is also moving against the free world in Afghanistan through its warlord proxy, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar (New York Post).
More on the Communist-backed mullahcracy: Mad Mouthpiece Mahmoud visits Syria, promises the end of Israel and the United States (Newsmax and Ynet); Israel is naturally worried (Cybercast News and Washington Times). The mullahs are planning a space launch (Fox News), meaning they could also fire an ICBM if it succeeds. They are reaching out to Belarus (Worldwide Standard) and playing the "diplomacy" game in Lebanon (Washington Times). Meanwhile, the United States is trying to cobble together an anti-Tehran alliance; reaction is mixed (Small Dead Animals and Washington Times). Finally, Michael Rubin has respective links on the latest from Iran, and a site to track Iranian labor dissident news (NRO: The Corner).
More on the other Middle Eastern Proxies: Reports of talks between Syria and Israel on Golan continue to swirl (Worldwide Standard), while Hezbollah continues to dig a huge hole for itself by acting as Tehran's puppet (Cybercast News, Small Dead Animals, UPI via Washington Times, and Worldwide Standard).
Another Communist ally runs afoul of his own people: This time, it's Bolivia's Evo Morales (Epoch Times).