Friday, February 16, 2007

News of the Day (February 16)

Communist China moves against U.S. on trade, cyberwarfare, military, and diplomacy tracks: Four aspects of the Communists' geopolitical offensive are examined today - the Communist military buildup (BBC), the regime's hacker brigade (Worldwide Standard), intellectual piracy (BBC), and the cadres' attempt to browbeat Washington into accepting a space-weapons treaty (Worldwide Standard).

Would-be kidnap victim speaks: Youran Zhao, the student whose attempt to defect to the United States was nearly thwarted when Communist tour guides kidnapped her, tells her story to the Epoch Times.

Meanwhile, the Long Arm of Lawlessness now reaches Chicago (Epoch Times).

Taiwan's textbooks earn Communist ire: Taiwan's elected government comes under fire for changing the island democracy's historical curriculum to reflect the obvious - that Taiwan is distinct from the Communist mainland (Daily Standard).

Communist China demands right to send more workers to Australia as part of free trade deal: The cadres are "pushing Australia to relax its beleaguered guest workers visa program . . . as part of a proposed free trade deal" (AAP via Epoch Times).

On Communist espionage: Leading Hong Kong democrat Szeto Wah talks to the Epoch Times about the case of Wang Lian.

On human rights abuses in Communist China: Simon Elegant (Time) speaks to Chen Gunagcheng's lawyer about the plight of his client (see also tenth, second, ninth, ninth, thirteenth, lead, tenth, fifth, tenth, sixth, ninth, eighth, ninth, eighth, ninth, sixteenth, ninth, second, fifth, tenth, fourth, twelfth, next to last, second, and eighth items).

On the Beijing Surrender: Cal Thomas (Washington Times), Melinda Liu (Newsweek), and South Korean politician Park Guen-hye (Washington Times) weigh in. One Free Korea continues to lament the deal. Stalinist-in-chief Kim Jong-il incorporates the agreement into his birthday bash (BBC).

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