Thursday, December 15, 2005

News of the Day (December 15)

Woe Canada! Head tax controversy brews as media examines PM’s past with CCP: The decision by Canada’s ruling Liberal Party to give the pro-Communist National Congress of Chinese Canadians $12.5 million in compensation dedicated for victims of Canada’s 19th Century Chinese head tax (sixth item) was criticized by the Conservatives (whom this corner has endorsed in next month’s elections) and the New Democrats (Epoch Times). Meanwhile, Kevin Steele, in the Western Standard Friendly Blog Shotgun, examines Liberal Prime Minister Paul Martin’s business links to the cadres.

Communists furious that U.S. lets Rebiya Kadeer speak: At a recent Congressional hearing, longtime Uighur activist Rebiya Kadeer (fifth, second, eleventh, and last items) testified “that Beijing was using the U.S.-led war on terror to persecute her people” (United Press Int’l via Washington Times). Communist mouthpiece Qin Gang promptly “rebuked the United States for allowing her to voice her ‘separatist’ views.”

Thailand harassing Falun Gong demonstrators at Communists’ request: Thailand has been far more responsive to the cadres. Thai police “confiscated Falun Gong banners and posters, demanded identity papers and threatened to take the protesters to the police station” (Epoch Times). One cop admitted to “acting at the behest of Chinese embassy.”

Communist China leads the world in journalist arrests: With 32 arrests of journalists in 2005, Communist China “is the world's leading jailer of journalists for the seventh consecutive year” (Committee to Protect Journalists via Boxun). CPJ issued an open letter to Communist leader Hu Jintao asking him to release the imprisoned reporters.

Kazakh pipeline to fuel Communist occupation of East Turkestan: A joint Kazakh-Communist oil pipeline came on line today, and “should be fully operational by the middle of next year, providing a new source of oil for China to develop its western Xinjiang region” (BBC). What the Communists call “Xinjiang” is actually occupied East Turkestan, whose native peoples will see little, if any, benefit from said “development.”

Communists headed to the moon in 2017: Communist China plans “to send astronauts to the moon in about 2017, with a landing sometime after that” (Washington Post).

Enlightened Comment of the Day: Today’s winner is Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Florida), who calls for passage of the Global Internet Freedom Act in part to block the effort led by Communist China to place the Internet under United Nations control (National Review Online, see also fourth, sixth, fourteenth, and fifth items).

On the Communists’ would-be colony of Stalinist North Korea: China Freedom Blog Alliance Member One Free Korea pulls no punches in his continuing war of words against Chung Dong-Young, South Korean Unification Minister and a leading apologist for SNK. Meanwhile, the United Nations World Food Program is, maddeningly, still trying to appease the Stalinists (BBC), and Andrew Salmon, Washington Times, gives a relatively weak sketch of U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Alexander Vershbow.

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