Wednesday, April 30, 2008

News of the Day (April 30)

Radical nationalism turns overseas Chinese into fingers in the Long Arm of Lawlessness: On American campuses, thuggish behavior continues (National Review Online - Media Blog). Elsewhere, death threats come to overseas dissidents (Epoch Times), amid earlier violence (see also the Uyghur American Association).

More arrests in Tibet: Several Tibetans are being whisked off to jail without any of their relatives being told (Epoch Times). Meanwhile, 30 more "rioters" were sentenced to prison term (Washington Post), and the cadres claim that a protest leader shot a police officer (BBC).

Whoops! Factory in Communist China making Free Tibet Flags: Cadres in Guangdong might as well set aside the cost of their execution bullets now (BBC, h/t NRO - Media Blog).

More Tibet and East Turkestan news: Zhang Tianliang (Epoch Times) warns us not to expect too much from the regime's offer to talk with some of the Dalai Lama's aides. Meanwhile, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization and the East Turkestan Foundation hold a joint anti-Communist protest in the Hague (UNPO via UAA).

As torch arrives in Hong Kong, cadres try to recast Olympiad: The manufactured celebrations are under way in Beijing (BBC), but in Hong Kong, protesters are ready (CNN). Meanwhile, commentary like Jin Jung-kwon (Chosun Ilbo, South Korea, via Boycott 2008) won't make things any easier for the regime.

Communist China blocks UN action on Zimbabwe: The cadres are still managing to protect Robert Mugabe from the will of the people of Zimbabwe and the rest of the world (CNN).

Communist China may rent foreign farmlands to fight food price hikes: This is a novel approach (BBC), but perhaps this wouldn't be so much of a problem if the cadres weren't throwing farmers off the land to clear the way for corrupt and unnecessary development projects.

Japan finds more contaminated food from Communist China, ensuring that the issue of export safety will be a topic in upcoming talks between Hu Jinato and Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda (Epoch Times).

South Korea's doves get a de facto press release in the Washington Post: Aside from a decent quote by a human rights activist in Seoul, the piece reads like campaign ad for what's-that-lefty-party's-name-this-week. I eagerly await the takedown by One Free Korea.

More news on "another Chinese province": The evidence of SNK-Syrian nuclear cooperation was released to push the Stalinists toward "complete disclosure," according to President Bush (Washington Post). Senator Obama tries to argue for direct talks with Pyongyang, and OFK crushes him. Retired Professor Yearn Hong Choi comments on the new U.S-South Korea relationship in the Washington Times.

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