Magazine reprimanded for "politically sensitive" subjects: Lifewise editors felt the sting of the censors after publishing articles on the Cultural revolution and Mao Zedong (South China Morning Post via Asia Media, h/t Boycott 2008).
Radio wars: The forces of free information and the cadres that try to jam the signal from said forces are battling it out once more (Amateur Radio News and Phayul).
Hong Kong judiciary following the lead of the rest of the regime: One country, one-and-half-systems is now reaching the courts (Epoch Times).
Communists use economic development to wipe out ethnic minorities: By steering the fruits to fellow Han Chinese, the cadres are shutting out Mongols, Tibetans, and Uighurs - especially in occupied Tibet and occupied East Turkestan (BBC).
Communists use fake numbers to downplay illiteracy: Even as local cadres were celebrating a census report of complete literacy in Liupu village, a local teacher was admitting to the Washington Post (via MSNBC) "that the census is based on a test that fails to measure adult literacy accurately." The Communists are admitting to over 100 million illiterate Chinese; no one knows what the real number is.
Communist regime plans to use "cloud-seeders" to prevent Olympic rainfall: The cadres are hoping the seeded clouds will rain themselves out before the Games begin (CBN News, h/t Boycott 2008).
Taiwan is not happy with the Olympic torch route: The island democracy does "not want the torch to enter or leave via China" (BBC), since that would make it appear that Taiwan is supposed to be under Communist rule (Boycott 2008).
French presidential candidate keeps door open to Olympic Boycott: Segolene Royal's statement (Boycott 2008) wasn't nearly as strong as that of former candidate Francois Bayrou.
Ex-Ambassador to U.S. is now Communist China's Foreign Minister: Yang Jiechi will replace Li Zhoaxing (BBC).
Communist China "denies poisoning pets, and promises not to do it again": The quote comes from Steve Janke, and is a perfect example of what the cadres are actually saying (USA Today, for example, missed the subtleties involved). The cadres are allowing the Food and Drug Administration to "investigate," but left unspoken were the usual Communist restrictions on outside investigations. Meanwhile, Kate McMillan at Small Dead Animals repeats her call for an end to North American food imports from Communist China.
Canada's Foreign Minister to focus on Celil imprisonment during Beijing trip: Peter MacKay made it abundantly clear in his comments to the media, including the Epoch Times - "it's about being consistent and being forceful in our representations when it comes to Canadian citizens." Meanwhile, Celil's wife is calling for a special human rights envoy for Communist China - similar to Jay Leftkowitz's role as American envoy for human rights in Stalinist North Korea (Macleans).
Beijing surrender simply won't die: Now the Stalinist North Korea has gone nearly two weeks without complying with the Feburary 13 deal (One Free Korea), South Korea's dovish government has resorted to speculating that the Stalinists are preparing to comply (United Press International via Washington Times). On the other hand, One Free Korea has an excellent synopsis detailing SNK's recent terrorist history (one part of the Beijing surrender is taking the Stalinist regime off the American State Departments terrorist list).
More On Communist China's Korean colony: The Stalinists kick out the United Nations Development Program (UPI via Washington Times) and restore diplomatic ties with the Burmese dictatorship (Washington Times). The child abuse of Arirang is under more scrutiny (Daily NK and OFK). Kara Rowland (Washington Times) examines the independent radio programs broadcast into northern Korea to challenge Stalinist propaganda. Finally, South Korea's doves ally with everyone else to embarrass the hawkish opposition in local elections (UPI via Washington Times).