Friday, March 02, 2007

News of the Day (March 2)

MSNBC looks for anti-Communist candidates, finds Duncan Hunter and - Hillary Clinton? The first half of Tom Curry's MSNBC takes a look at Senator Hillary Clinton's attempt to reinvent herself as an anti-Communist (the obstacles to her attempt - namely her past - are on page 2). Curry also takes note of the real anti-Communist in the race: namely, He Who Must Be President.

Communist China builds up its military while ripping the U.S. for arms sales to Taiwan: Cadre mouthpiece Qin Gang ripped Vice President Richard Cheney's criticism of Communist China's partially-secret military buildup (BBC and Washington Times). Of course, the Communists probably didn't want anyone to know about its "major buildup of submarines that includes five new strategic nuclear-missile boats and several advanced nuclear-powered attack submarines," but Bill Gertz (Washington Times) found out anyway. Meanwhile, the Communists also " called on the United States to cancel a planned sale of hundreds of missiles to Taiwan" (BBC); the missiles are about half of the 900 the Communists are pointing at the island democracy.

Septuagenarian appellant sent to jail: Shuang Shuying, aged 77, went to Beijing to petition national cadres to hear her case against local Communists who arrested her son. In response, she herself was beaten, arrested, and sentenced to two years in prison (Epoch Times).

Communists cracking down on families with multiple children: Here's the chilling verbage from "family planning" cadre Yu Xuejun - "We found out that most celebrities and rich people have two children, and 10% of them have three. The phenomenon must be stopped."

Draft law to protect "private property" still not passed by Communist legislature: It has been seven years since the cadres proposed draft legislation in their rubber-stamp parliament to establish "property rights" - with much fanfare from "engagement" fans in the West. Said fans have moved on, but the supposed achievement they trumpeted as evidence of reform in China remains unenacted (Voice of America via Epoch Times).

More Shanghai cadres fired: Left unmentioned by the BBC is the fact that the latest "anti-corruption" campaign can't seem to move beyond Shanghai - the stronghold of current Communist leader Hu Jintao's predecessor and rival Jiang Zemin.

On the Communists' Korean colony: The editors of the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post agree that Stalinist North Korea's uranium enrichment program is a serious concern (although only the Journal was willing to use the point to question the Beijing surrender). SNK and South Korea's dovish government resume talks on reunions (BBC), and aid (Agence France-Presse via One Free Korea recounted the Congressional testimony of Jay Leftkowitz, America's envoy for human rights in SNK.

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