Thursday, February 22, 2007

News of the Day (February 22)

Communist China's "battle" against "web addiction" raises eyebrows and questions: As noticed in the Washington Post (via MSNBC), "To skeptics, the campaign dovetails a bit too nicely with China's broader effort to control what its citizens can see on the Internet."

Zhao Ziyang mourner beaten in prison: Xu Zhengqing, a Shanghai resident sent to jail for "an attempt to attend a memorial service for former Premier Zhao Zhiyang" (Human Rights in China, h/t Jay Nordlinger of National Review Online), has been physically abused several times while in prison.

Organ harvesting conferences held in Colorado: Two campuses (campii?) from the University of Colorado (Colorado Springs and Boulder) held forums on the subject (Epoch Times).

Enlightened Comment of the Day: Gary Schmitt and John Tkacik take the prize for this excellent Weekly Standard piece on the history of Taiwan and the threat the island democracy faces.

Former Communist Ambassador to South Korea arrested for "leaking state secrets": Li Bin was Communist China's Ambassador to the South for four years (2001-2005). While the "state secrets" Li revealed are not known, "it is speculated that the information Li has divulged to South Korean authorities may have the potential to adversely impact the long-term relationship between China and North Korea" (Taiwan's Central News Agency via Epoch Times).

Ignorant Comment of the Day: George Will take the dubious honor for standing as an apologist for the Beijing Surrender in the Washington Post.

Japan not happy with the Beijing Surrender: The Japanese government will not offer any aid to Stalinist North Korea "unless progress is made on its core issue, the fate of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea in the 1970s and '80s" (Time). In fact, Japan is even ready to impose more sanctions on SNK unless the abduction issue (lead, third, lead, second, fourth, second and second items) is resolved (Daily NK). Sadly, dovish South Korea is choosing to stick its head in the sand (One Free Korea).

More on Communist China's Korean colony: One Free Korea posts on Stalinist diplomats in trouble in Finland and South Korea's latest attempt to sweep the issue of human rights in North Korea under the rug.

United Nations report on Iran's nuclear weapons program due today: Of course, given Communist China's long history of support for the Iranian mullahcracy (nuclear program included), the report will likely have minimal effect (Newsmax).

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