Wednesday, April 02, 2008

News of the Overnight (April 1-2)

Pentagon official admits to espionage role: Gregg Bergersen pleaded guilty to "conspiracy to disclose national defence information 'to persons not entitled to receive it'" (BBC). Bergersen handed over information on Taiwanese defenses, but the island democracy has said the spy ring "had not compromised key technology."

Bleeding Tibet continues to shadow upcoming Olympics: A pro-Tibetan Indian athlete refuses to carry the Olympic torch (BBC). Rebiya Kadeer compares the Olympic ideal with the Communist reality (Washington Post), as does Trudy Rubin (Dallas Morning News via Uyghur American Association).

More Olympic news: The International Olympic Committee asks the cadres to lift their internet crackdown (BBC and Below the Beltway). House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calls on President Bush to "consider boycotting the opening ceremony of the Olympics Games in Beijing" (CNN), as do pro-Tibet protesters in the nation's capital (Washington Post).

Enlightened Comment of the Day: Matthew Claxton (Chilliwack Times via UAA) wins the honor by emphasizing the main point of the Tibetan crackdown - "The primary victims of the Chinese government are the people who live inside its borders, whether Tibetan, Uighur or Han Chinese."

More Tibet news: Desperate to turn aside the public relations wave against them, the Communists now claim Tibetans are becoming suicide bombers - with no evidence, of course (BBC and CNN). At least one Tibetan monk dies under siege by Communist police (Epoch Times). Los Angelenos protest the crackdown (Epoch Times). India's government goes very wobbly on Tibet (BBC) - although the opposition doesn't (Washington Post) - while Nepal continues slavishly following the Communist line (CNN). Michael Richardson (New Zealand Herald via UAA). Tibetans in Canada call for the Communist TV station to be taken off the air there (Epoch Times).

One country, one-and-a-half systems rolls on: Li Zhen (Epoch Times) examines how the Hong Kong press is starting to fall into line with the Communists.

More on Communist media suppression: Not even foreign press were immune, as was evidenced in the detailed screening the cadres implemented for its little Tibet tour last week (Epoch Times).

Protests spread to occupied East Turkestan: Following the death of Mutallip Hajim - in a Communist prison cell - and orders from the cadres to the family "to bury him immediately and inform no one of his death" (Radio Free Asia via UAA), Uighurs took to the streets with autonomy demands similar to Tibetans, plus a call for the Communist regime to "release all political prisoners."

Corruption news: The trial of ex-Shanghai boss Chen Liangyu was held in secret last week, turning the Jiang Zemin crony into the latest (and one of the least likely) human rights causes (Epoch Times).

U.S. provides Stalinists with list of the regime's nuclear personnel who were in Syria: While it might help convince the rest of the world that the Stalinists were helping Syria's Bashar Assad become a nuclear power, but One Free Korea is right to wonder why this information is too dangerous for Congress.

More news on "another Chinese province": The Stalinists continue to blast South Korea's new president (BBC). One Free Korea explains why the would-be American Ambassador to South Korea - Kathleen Stephens - is not the should-be Ambassador. OFK also rips Glenn Kessler and highlights the stories of defectors from northern Korea running for office in the South.

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