The "parliament" leaves; the petitioners come back: Without the rubber-stamp parliament or major media to watch, the cadres have reverted to waiting out the petitioners (a.k.a. appellants) in Beijing (Epoch Times), until the next excuse on the calendar to arrest them and send them back.
More on human rights abuses in Communist China: Human Rights Watch focuses on organs (Between Heaven and Earth) while Amnesty International takes on all outrages (BH&E).
Cadre focuses on green issues and hits glass ceiling: The Communist regime loves cadres like Pan Yue, the Vice-Minister for the State Environmental Protection Administration. He hits all the environmentalist notes, and pushes the "green" credentials of his piece of the regime. The trouble is, Pan seems to be serious about the environment - to the point of taking on well-connected cadres like Li Xiaopeng (an electricity chief and son of Tiananmen butcher Li Peng). Now his interviews are squelched and he is " unable to rise above the vice-ministerial level" (Worldwide Standard).
Communist anti-satellite test increased space debris: The November launch added 1,000 space objects to the orbital flotsam that can bring down orbiting satellites (Bill Gertz, Washington Times).
U.S. presents piracy complaint against Communist China to World Trade Organization: The Communists, naturally, ripped the move (BBC and CNN), but a leading member of Congress was happy (Washington Times).
Enlightened Comment of the Day: Peter Brookes (New York Post) takes the prize for ripping Communist China's support of the murderous Sudanese regime and for endorsing a boycott of the Beijing Olympics.
Will a military "hotline" improve relations between the U.S. and Communist China? Richard Weitz of the Hudson Institute answers "No" (International Herald Tribune).
The long arm of lawlessness: Defector Zhang Jiyan discusses how the Communist regime works against democracy activists in Canada (Epoch Times), while Richard Long (Dominion Post, New Zealand) rips officials in his home country for wilting under Communist pressure (h/t BH&E).
Taiwan begins military tests: The month-long exercise began today (Epoch Times).
Communist Premier in South Korea: Wen Jiabao and his hosts "agreed to co-operate more closely at talks on ending the North's nuclear program" (BBC).
South Korean court invalidates contract between refugee and "broker": The folks who smuggle people out of Communist regimes into free nations get a bad rap - and their willingness to charge exorbitant fees usually makes such criticism well deserved. However, as Han Young Jin (Daily NK) notes, trying to remove the "broker" from the equation, as the Seoul Metropolitan West District Court tried to do, can simply end the practice, and keep Korean refugees trapped in Communist China.
Sadly, the Beijing surrender lives on (for now): The $25 million in ill-gotten Stalinist gains will be "unblocked" (BBC), meaning everything is supposedly hunky-dory. Meanwhile, South Korea's opposition endorses the diplomatic surrender framework (Daily NK).
More On Communist China's Korean colony: Gary Feuerberg (Epoch Times) examines the food shortage in Stalinist North Korea, while Michael Goldfarb (Worldwide Standard) remembers the Pueblo incident.