Thursday, June 29, 2006

News of the Day (June 29)

From the China Freedom Blog Alliance: The Korea Liberator comments on yet another call for "engagement" with Stalinist North Korea, the trail of Tongsun Park, South Korea paying more of its own way, and a hard anti-Stalinist coming to the State Department; here's TKL contributor James Na's Seattle Times column on SNK's possible missile launch.

More on the Communists' Korean colony: The colonial masters offer some boilerplate language on the missile flap (Washington Post, third item), while Australia's Defense Minister calls for UN involvement on the issue (AAP via Epoch Times). Meanwhile, Stalinist abduction victim Kim Young-nam "said his former wife Megumi Yokota, a Japanese woman the North admitted to kidnapping, was dead" (BBC), but he also insists he wasn't abducted. Daily NK reports on persecution in SNK.

Canada file: Communist China won't allow former Canadian MP David Kilgour to visit Sujiatun; Kilgour talked to the Epoch Times about the Communist intransigence. Meanwhile, Caylan Ford (Epoch Times) gives the background on the case of Huseyincan Celil, the East Turkestan escapee and Canadian citizen who was sent back to the Communists by Uzbekistan, and faces execution (seventeenth and sixth items).

Koizumi visits United States: Outgoing Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi is now in Washington to begin what is expected to be his last official visit to America (BBC, Daily Standard, thirteenth item). Meanwhile, Patrick Goodenough (Cybercast News) profiles Koizumi's likely successor: anti-Communist Shinzo Abe.

More on Communist China and the United States: Congressman Dana Rohrabacher sounds a wake-up call (literally) for his fellow Americans about "the very threatening rise of communist China" (The Hill).

Qinghai-Tibet railroad angers Tibetans: Wen Lon, Epoch Times, has the details (see also seventh item).

Anson Chan to join pro-democracy march in Hong Kong: The annual July 1 march in the city will include, for the first time, Hong Kong's widely respected former official (second item) who served as top bureaucrat during the end of British colonial rule and the beginning of the Communist regime under Tung Chee-hwa (Asia News).

Communist Deputy naval commander fired for corruption: Although followers of this space knew of Wang Shouye's crimes last month (tenth item), the cadres waited until today to publicly fire him (BBC).

More on corruption in Communist China: David Lague, International Herald Tribune, reviews the nearly half-billion-dollar Bank of China embezzlement case (fourth and sixth items).

Enlightened Comment of the Day: He Qinglian wins today's prize with the excellent Epoch Times column on the Communist regime's recruitment of gangsters to intimidate dissidents while keeping its hands clean.

More on persecution in Communist China: A city in Guangdong province remembers the Cultural Revolution - sort of (Epoch Times).

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