Communist China keeps IOC in the dark about "terror" plots: One would think the cadres would let the Int'l Olympic Committee know as much as possible about the supposed plots against the Games - if only to ensure the IOC is spouting the right words. Guess again - "The International Olympic Committee (IOC) says it has received no information from China about alleged terrorist plots targeting the Beijing Games" (Agence France Presse via Uyghur American Association). If the Communists can't even provide the IOC with info . . .
How the cadres keep East Turkestan occupied: It should surprise no one that a shadowy group "(n)ot subject to the Xinjiang government" - and which "reports directly to Beijing and retains a central role in Beijing’s strategy for the region" (Asia Sentinel via UAA) - is the main instrument for the cadres' brutal occupation of the country they conquered in 1949.
Enlightened Comment of the Day: Ethan Gutmann, author of Losing the New China, has a terrific description of what the Olympics have meant and still mean for Communist China and for the democratic world. It is a must-read, in the Weekly Standard.
Runners-up: The editors of the National Post (via Boycott 2008) call for an Olympic opening-ceremony boycott; Peter Worthington (Toronto Sun via Boycott 2008) revels in the embarrassment the cadres have suffered.
Pervez Musharraf sticks up for his Communist allies: The Pakistani head of state blasted democratic nations for their reaction to the Tibet crackdown and the Olympics (CNN) - not that this should surprise anyone, since Communist China has been an ally of Pakistan for decades (Gulf News via UAA).
Canadian Int'l Olympic Committee tells athletes with consciences to "stay at home": In a breathtaking display of arrogance, Richard Pound - the senior Canadian on the IOC - had this to say about Olympians who do not wish to be gagged, "The moral dilemma, you solve it before you get on the plane. If it is so tough for you that you can't bear not to say anything, stay at home" (Epoch Times).
Other Olympic News: The Epoch Times gives a blow-by-blow account (literally) of the torch protests and violent counter-protests in San Francisco. President Bush still plans on attending the opening ceremonies (Washington Post). The torch meets some protests in Argentina (Washington Post) and is now in Oman (BBC).
Now we have "bomb plots" in Tibet: The latest Communist attempt to demonize the Tibetan people takes a new, but expected, turn (BBC). Meanwhile, the cadres continue to rip anyone even remotely critical of them (BBC again), while Edward Cody (Washington Post), details how the Communists let the quasi-military "People's Armed Police" take the lead role in the Tibetan bloodshed.
Taiwan's Vice-President-elect meets Hu Jintao: Annette Lu hasn't even left her post yet, and the actions of her successor already make me miss her (BBC).
U.S. Pacific Commander wants more transparency from Communist military: Admiral Timothy Keating sees "some contradiction in their stated goal " (Epoch Times) of a "peaceful rise" with their continuing military buildup. Admiral Keating has asked the cadres to clear this up in the past, and they have refused.
Ex-Communist reporter leaves the party: Li Yuanlong, who once wrote for the Bijie Daily (Guizhou), called membership in the Communist Youth League "a moral debt" (Epoch Times).
PEN to give award to writer jailed in Communist China: Yang Tongyan, who is serving a 12-year prison term for daring to speak his mind, will be the 2008 recipient of the PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award (Washington Post).
More news on "another Chinese province": One of Stalinist North Korea's best friends in the South Korean legislature was Kim Won Ung - until the voters bounced him in last week's elections. One Free Korea celebrates the political cleansing.