Friday, March 23, 2007

News of the Day (March 23)

Communist China's control of information includes foreign press and jailing dissidents: In the face of what the Washington Post called "radical economic and social changes over the past two decades," the Communists have kept their iron grip on power in place in no small part through their control of information. The Post has the details on the regime-run television "news." Zhou Huiying (Central News Agency via Epoch Times) notes that it such control extends to media as well, "Only certain media agencies were invited, and all questions had to be submitted and given permission." Of course, anyone who tries to write about the truth, such as Zhang Jianhong, is sent to prison (Epoch Times).

More on human rights abuses in Communist China: Falun Gong practitioners are sent to labor camps (Between Heaven and Earth). Zhang Fengchun was forced to escape Communist China after offending his local Communist boss; he tells his story to the second convention of the China Social Democratic Party (Epoch Times).

Top U.S. military commander visits Beijing: General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called for a "more transparent" (BBC) Communist military, hears a Communist proposal for closer military ties (National Review Online - The Tank), and disappoints Michael Goldfarb (Worldwide Standard).

India gets more attention: Both the United States (Washington Times) and Canada (Epoch Times) are finding the largest democracy on earth to be quite appealing when compared to Communist China.

Beijing surrender news: U.S. envoy Christopher Hill opines that Stalinist North Korea will return to talks once it "received the funds it is demanding" (BBC); South Korea is back in full dovish mode (BBC); and Daily NK ponders the effect of all this on the upcoming South Korean elections (hint: it's not good).

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