Wednesday, March 29, 2006

News of the Day (March 29)

From the China Freedom Blog Alliance: China Intel hears the terrorists' deafening silence on occupied East Turkestan. The Korea Liberator comments on yesterday's defection news (last item, Daily NK also reports on this), and uses the furor over Yoduk Story (last item) to eloquently get to the heart of the matter.

More on Korea: South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun insisted he wasn't anti-American (Voice of America via Epoch Times), and tried to prove it with an incoherent (at least to this quarter) jumble of views.

Schumer and Graham postpone currency-corrective vote another six months: Amazing what one week with the cadres can do. Senators Charles Schumer and Lindsay Graham have decided to postpone a vote on their bill to impose a tariff against Communist imports until late September (Fox News). The move came after they Senators met with regime officials in Beijing; Schumer went so far as to say the meetings had him "feeling very good." Thus any effort to correct the Communists' deliberately undervalued currency goes by the wayside. Also reporting: United Press International via Washington Times

State Department official says U.S. will still "engage China": Undersecretary of state Nicholas Burns chose to badly devalue the U.S. nuclear deal with India (second item) by insisting it wasn't done "to contain China . . . we actually want to engage China" (UPI via Washington Times).

Exhibit of the dead facing flak for origin of cadavers and organs - Communist China: "Bodies . . . the Exhibit" displays a slew of cadavers and body parts, all apparently from Communist China (Epoch Times), leading some to wonder just how the source facility - the Dalian Medical School - received them.

On Communist China and the rest of the world: Italy's Prime Minister quotes The Black Book of Communism for a piece of Mao history and gets in trouble (BBC, note: Mao: The Unknown Story does not have an account of this). Australia, sadly, finalizes its uranium deal with Communist China (UPI via Washington Times). Rory Carroll (Guardian, UK) becomes the latest to examine the Communist footprint in Africa (ninth, fourth, last, and fifteenth items).

Communist police attack villagers in another land seizure: In Baijiawang Village (Taizhou, Zhejiang), local cadres order their farmers' land seized for development. The farmers "built roadblocks to prevent the police from entering the village" (Epoch Times). It didn't work; according to one villager, "The police beat us with batons and caused a serious injury to one villager's head. His condition has stabilized after surgery. Three elderly residents, all over the age of 60, were arrested for attempting to prevent the police from hitting people."

More on Communist China: Long Fang, Epoch Times, comments on Sujiatun (lead, seventh, second, seventh, third, fourth, and fifth items). Quentin Sommerville, BBC, examines the latest effort by the cadres to don the "environmentalist" mantle, and finds it wanting.

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