Friday, June 16, 2006

News of the Day (June 16)

SCO summit news: Russian President Vladimir Putin called on Iran "to remove the concerns of the international community and ensure the non-proliferation of nuclear weapon technology" (Voice of America via Epoch Times), putting him in the position of being less supportive of the mullahcracy than Communist China, the host of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit where Putin and mullahcracy mouthpiece Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (Voice of America via Epoch Times).

More on Communist China and the rest of the world: Another international group, the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, invites Communist China to be an observer (United Press Int'l via Washington Times). European Parliament Vice President Edward McMillan-Scott (fourth, seventh, tenth, and eleventh items) calls on the world to "shun" Communist China (Epoch Times); former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone seems to take the opposite view (Washington Times). The beating of Fu Xiancai (ninth and eighth items) raises German ire (Human Rights in China). Cary Dunst, Epoch Times, examines the seedy reality of Communist China's car industry as Chery (third item) begins plans to export to the U.S.

On the Communists' Korean colony: Possible Stalinist plans for a missile test (fourth and second items) irk South Korea (Washington Times, Daily NK). American economic restrictions on Stalinist North Korea "have cost the Pyongyang regime millions of dollars in lost cash over the past several months" (Bill Gertz, Washington Times).

Zhao Yan tried, no verdict yet: The New York Times staffer was charged with "providing state secrets abroad," i.e., revealing information the Communists didn't want anyone to see (BBC, see also second, sixth, tenth, and ninth items).

Yang Xiaoqing sentenced to a year in jail: The former reporter for the China Industrial Economy News has already contracted Hepatitis B while in prison before his trial (fourth, tenth, and fifth items). Reporters Without Borders (via Boxun) ripped the conviction of the anti-corruption journalist.

Yahoo is worse censor in Communist China: Reporters Without Borders examined web search engines, Yahoo, Google, MSN, and Baidu. Not even the homegrown Baidu was censoring the internet within Communist China as much as Yahoo (Boxun).

More on human rights in Communist China: Feng Zhang-le, Epoch Times, talks to appellants (i.e., petitioners) about the new restrictions imposed on them by the cadres (see also eighth, second, fifth, fifth, seventh, ninth, seventh, eighth, thirteenth, and twelfth items). Marvin Olasky (Townhall) finds an unlikely group of underground Christians in Communist China: CEOs.

On "development" in Communist China: Hu Shaojiang, Radio Free Asia (via Epoch Times) continues a detailed review of the cadres' chaotic "regional development" schemes (see last item for Part I).

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