Early Monday morning Beijing time (Sunday afternoon EST), the eighteenth anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre will begin. The Communists are once again arresting anyone who had ties to the brave protesters of that spring (Epoch Times), but the light of freedom and memory refuses to go out completely (Taiwan's Central News Agency via Epoch Times). We at the China e-Lobby mourn the victims, and will continue to honor their memories by advancing as best we can the cause for which they gave their lives.
Canadian officials find another shipment of poisoned foodstuffs: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (Canada's equivalent of the FDA) "announced last Friday that it has intercepted a shipment of corn gluten from China contaminated with melamine and cyanuric acid" (Epoch Times). The news came as Communist mouthpiece Wei Chuanzhong publicly stood up for his regime's food safety system (USA Today), and actually had the audacity to blame Panama for the cough medicine fiasco (BBC).
Is Communist China persecuting Huseyin Celil to strengthen the long arm of lawlessness? Kevin Steel (Western Standard) talks Uighurs in Canada about the imprisoned Celili and hears this from Mehmet Tothi, president of the Uyghur Association of Canada: the "Chinese government is simply trying to send a message to all Uighurs outside of China: 'Just watch your step.'" This is exactly the message Rebiya Kadeer has heard from the Communists, who have persecuted her family ever since she escaped occupied East Turkestan (Wall Street Journal via Uyghur American Association).
Canadian-run schools ordered to toe party line: Two schools "certified by the B.C. Education Ministry to teach the provincial curriculum and graduate students with a B.C. certificate" (Vancouver Sun, h/t Between Heaven and Earth) in Communist China were told by the regime to follow the party line on human rights, Taiwan, occupied Tibet and East Turkestan, and other topics deemed "sensitivities."
More on Communist China from Canada: John Robson (Ottawa Citizen) laments those who put trade above human rights regarding Communist China - or as he puts it: those who "say it doesn't matter if money is soaked in blood provided there's a big enough pile of it" (h/t BH&E). The editors of the Toronto Star rip the Communists for their coziness with the murderous regime in Sudan. Both made reference to the 2008 Games.
More on Communist China and the Olympics: Former Australian Olympian Jan Becker calls for the Olympics to be moved (Epoch Times). David Matas mentions the possibility of using the Games to highlight the organ-harvesting outrage (Epoch Times); Falun Gong supporters want a boycott if the harvesting continues (BH&E and Epoch Times). Denis Charleton (Epoch Times) echos the Star on Sudan; Human Rights Watch looks at media freedom (h/t Boycott 2008); and Elliot Wilson (Spectator, h/t Boycott 2008) examines the Communists' goal for the Games: "demonstrating China’s size and power."
Ignorant Comment of the Day: John Tamny (National Review Online) is at it again, discussing economic policy vis a vis Communist China with absolutely no mention on geopolitics or national security.
Communist China seizes more Korean refugees: The regime has prevented 34 Koreans from escaping the Stalinist North in favor of the democratic South (Washington Times). One Free Korea gives the horrific account of what likely awaits them.
More news from "another China province": The United Nations is calling for closer ties with Stalinist North Korea (Newsmax); South Korea tries (BBC), but Freedom House is more worried about the fate of northern Koreans (OFK). Meanwhile, South Korea's Ambassador to the United States is thanking Korean War veterans for their efforts in saving South Korea from the Stalinists (Washington Times).
More on Communist China and the rest of the world: Communist China is moving more deeply into the technological age with its military (International Herald Tribune and Tech News World). The cadres resort to an old standby to defuse anger at themselves - they allow and anti-Japanese protests (BBC).
New magazine regulations announced: What may seem an innocent attempt to better classify periodicals is largely seen by authors as "an attempt to further control publication content" (Radio Free Asia via Epoch Times).
More on matters inside Communist China: Roughly 2,000 citizens protest corruption in Yantai City (Epoch Times); economist-turned-dissident He Qinglian (Epoch Times) examines the corrupt state of the regime nationwide. A late 19th-century home falls victim to another land seizure (BBC). Communist China remains tight-lipped about the fate of a soldier suffering from bird flu (Epoch Times).