Monday, June 02, 2008

News of the Weekend (May 31 - June 2)

Did Communist espionage cause the blackout of 2003? The National Journal thinks so.

Gates subtly warns Communist China to play ball in the South China Sea: The Defense Secretary expressed concern over the cadres' resource and terroritorial ambitions at the expense of several neighbors (International Herald Tribune).

The latest in the Battle of Flushing: The pro-Communist mob was out in force over the weekend (Epoch Times and more Epoch Times), but the anti-Communists were also out in force (Epoch Times and more Epoch Times). Meanwhile, there was also some perspective on all of this from the Epoch Times.

More on the Long Arm of Lawlessness: The Epoch Times press office in Chicago gets hit with a white-powder attack, although the powder was later found to be non-toxic.

Korean refugee news: Chosun Ilbo's series on refugees from Stalinist North Korea in Communist China has been picked up by the BBC. One Free Korea has the details, and reviews the painful footage. Meanwhile, a report reveals that at least two refugees are actually escaped Japanese abductess - "I wonder if this has anything to do with North Korea’s rumored 'discovery' of more abductees" (OFK).

One Communist ally helped another: A Pakistani author says Benazir Bhutto “smuggled in critical data on uranium enrichment – a route to making a nuclear weapon – to help facilitate a missile deal with Pyongyang” (Washington Post). Pakistan and Stalinist North Korea have both been allies of Communist China for sixty years.

More news from “another Chinese province”: In another sign of a new day in South Korea, refugees from the Stalinist North currently in Thailand are getting processed much faster - thus enabling them to leave for South Korea or the United States (OFK). The Stalinists test more missiles (BBC and OFK). A probe is sent to the Stalinist-aided Syria nuclear facility (BBC). The State Department doesn’t want to hear that it’s policy of appeasement isn’t working (OFK). OFK also has the latest on the famine, Kathleen Stephens, and the very weird case of Steve Park.

More on Communist China and the rest of the world: Australia admits to Communist espionage (The Australian). The cadres are telling people not to vacation in France (BBC). Former NBA player John Amaechi says Olympic athletes in Beijing should speak out against the regime's human rights abuses (Guardian, UK, via Boycott 2008). David Matas details Communist China's utter contempt for the norms of international relations (Globe and Mail, Canada). Finally, Ted Galen Carpenter calls on Communist China and the United States to scale back arms in the Taiwan Straits (Washington Times - the call for Communist China to stop adding missile spares him from Ignorant Comment of the Day honors).

Communist China accidentally exposes the earthquake warnings it ignored: The Epoch Times has the details on the accidental confession, after which the regime went back to keeping all information about pre-quake warnings as far from the light of day as possible (Times of London). Meanwhile, the cadres are still taking it on the chin (figuratively) for the corruption that led to sub-standard construction in the quake zone (Washington Post).

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