More news (and an explanation) on the Long Arm of Lawlessness: The Epoch Times has more on Communist China's effort to quash opposition to their regime - in Japan, Wisconsin, and New York City. Meanwhile, Gong Ping (Epoch Times) explains the need for the cadres to cause mischief abroad - the numerous embarrassments and scandals stemming from the massive earthquake earlier this month.
Speaking of the earthquake aftermath, relief efforts are started to be thwarted by (surprise!) corruption (BBC and Epoch Times). Meanwhile, reports are coming out that the death toll is actually far higher than reported and that the cadres ignored pre-quake warnings (Epoch Times). One thing the quake has done to benefit the Communists is to silence many human rights critics (Wall Street Journal via Uyghur American Association).
"Engagement" pundit drifts off the reservation: James Dorn has come to the cadres' defense numerous times, but even he now sees the cadres' "financial repression" and the economic damage it has caused (Washington Times).
More on the economy in Communist China: Professor Shang Dewen talks about inflation, and how the cadres have tried to hide it (Epoch Times). Meanwhile, the one thing that has drawn outside investors to Communist China (its ridiculously low labor costs) is starting to fade (Radio Free Asia via Epoch Times).
On Communist China and the rest of the world: Chin Jin (Sydney Morning Herald, Australia, via Uyghur Human Rights Project) calls for the West to reverse its "strategic error" and stand up to the Communist regime. The editors of the Indian Express (via UAA) call for their home country to do the same. Ezra Levant blasts the Communists for refusing to let Taiwan into the World Health Organization (National Post, Cdn., via Boycott 2008).
News from "another Chinese province": One Free Korea has more dispatches from the North Korea famine.