United Nations tries another round of weak sanctions against Iran: The vote was 15-0 (National Review Online - The Corner, Shotgun, and Washington Times), which means Communist China voted in favor of the penalties against its allies in Tehran. One would assume said penalties must be pretty weak, and one would be right. Meanwhile, the mullahcracy "will partially suspend cooperation with the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency" (Fox News).
More on the Communist-backed mullahcracy: Iranian troops attacked American soldiers in Iraq last year, according to U.S. News (cited by Worldwide Standard). Meanwhile, as one would expect, the mullahs seizure of 15 British servicemen received wall-to-wall coverage - or the web equivalent (BBC, Daily Telegraph, Financial Times, NRO, NRO - David Pryce-Jones, NRO - The Corner, NRO - The Tank, Shotgun, Time, Wall Street Journal, Washington Times). Michael Rubin has the rest of the Iran news (NRO - The Corner).
Chi Mak trial begins: The case of the engineer whose family spy ring was busted in 2005 caught the eye of House China Caucus Chairman Randy Forbes, who continues to surprise and impress (New York Sun).
More on Communist China and the United States: A major pet food poisoning fiasco is found to be caused by rat poison "on wheat that was imported from China and used by Menu Foods in nearly 100 brands of dog and cat food" (Small Dead Animals, Canada Free Press also reporting). San Franciscan celebrate the 20 million ex-cadres who have quit the Communist Party in disgust (Epoch Times). Intel announces plans for microchip plant in Communist China (BBC).
Beijing surrender news - U.S. to help Communists deliver money to Stalinist North Korea: Words fail me (One free Korea and Washington Times).
More on the the Communists' Korean colony: Daily NK expects more refugees in the coming months; the paper also comments on SNK's involvement in South Korea's elections and Kim Jong-il's demands for military parades in respective articles. Meanwhile, One Free Korea remembers the life of abduction victim Doina Bumbea and rails against the fallacy of "food aid" to SNK (twice) in respective posts.
Hu Jintao visits Russia; Putin arrests Falun Gong practitioners in anticipation: Vladimir Putin tends not to like any kinds of protests anymore, so this news does not surprise; it only disappoints (Between Heaven and Earth, BBC, Epoch Times).
Sudan's slow-motion massacre in Darfur reflecting badly on Communist Chinese benefactors: The brutality of the Sudanese regime - and the fact that Communist China is a major supporter of same, may turn the free world away from the Beijing Olympics (Boycott 2008 and Washington Times).
Communist Chinese ally Pakistan continues to be a Taliban-al Qaeda haven: Bill Roggio (Weekly Standard) is the latest to note how Pervez Musharraf has handed a piece of his nation over to the enemy.
More on Communist China and the rest of the world: India's latest attempt to counter Communist China's influence - a plan to outbribe Beijing in Burma - may become its most counterproductive (Washington Times). The Venezuelan dictatorship "is working on a number of new oil deals with China" (BBC). The United Kingdom hears from David Kilgour on the organ harvesting issue (Between Heaven and Earth).
One country, one-and-a-half-systems rolls on: As expected, Beijing's choice for Hong Kong leader - Donald Tsang - easily won the votes of the largely Beijing-appointed panel that "elects" the post (BBC and Washington Times).
More on matters inside Communist China: Chuan Ren (Epoch Times) reveals how the Communist regime has ensured that the benefits of its economic growth go only to Party members and their lackeys. Wang Jingwen (also in the Epoch Times) praises the heroism of Dr. Gao Yaojie, the woman who blew the whistle on the cadres' unhygienic blood donation scheme that became an AIDS superhighway.