Thursday, November 16, 2006

News of the Day (November 16)

Organ recipient in Shanghai told eight people were killed for his kidney: An unnamed kidney recipient told David Kilgour that his Communist doctor in Shanghai had arranged for eight kidneys "from executed Chinese prisoners, and that at least some of the organs had been harvested secretly, against the donors' will" (Epoch Times). Kilgour is "certain that at least some of these were Falun Gong practitioners who never went near a court, who were never convicted of anything." The former Canadian Secretary of State's assertion was, admittedly, just that, but he has detailed evidence of prior organ harvesting from practitioners.

From the China Freedom Blog Alliance: Between Heaven and Earth comments on the Hu-Harper spat (see also CBC, Steve Janke, and second item). Boycott 2008 has respective posts lamenting the lack of morality on Bay Street and concerns about press freedom at the Beijing Olympiad (see also Taiwan's Central News Agency via Epoch Times for more on the latter). One Free Korea has respective posts on the Democrats' North Korea views (see also Washington Post) and South Korea's decision to depart from previous dovishness and support the United Nations anti-Stalinist human rights resolution (see also BBC, Daily NK, and United Press International via Washington Times).

More Canada news - Communist Embassy aide kicked out for spying on Falun Gong: Canada refused to renew the visa for Wang Pengfei, an aide at the Communist Chinese Embassy's Education Office because Wang "was caught compiling information on Canadians who practice Falun Gong and inciting students to help him" (Epoch Times). It was the first report yours truly has seen of a free world country cracking down on this kind of intimidation-espionage; kudos to the Great White North.

Communist China relents on Wikipedia despite its refusal to follow Google's surrender: The Chinese-language version of the open-source information service was unblocked this week (BBC). Wikipedia famously refused to bow to Communist demands for self-censorship (last item).

Citibank "wins" the bidding for control of Guangdong Development Bank: However, the Financial Times (via MSNBC) story buries the fact that Communist firms will still own over 75% of the bank.

Minister tells Japanese broadcaster to focus on "North Korea's abduction of Japanese": Yoshihide Suga, Japan's Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications, sent an order to the government-run NHK network "to air more content on North Korea's abductions of Japanese nationals in its shortwave radio service" (Japan Times). While the order ruffled some media feathers, Minister Suga refused to back down, "repeatedly claiming he would do his best to seek the rescue of the Japanese abductees." Bravo!

More news on the Communists' Korean colony: The Stalinist North is hoping to form a joint Olympic team with South Korea in Beijing (UPI via Washington Times). World Net Daily chronicles the story of a Korean refugee who returned to SNK as a Christian minister.

On the Middle Eastern Proxies: The Democrats want the Bush Administration to "wage diplomacy" (Voice of America via Epoch Times) with the Communist-backed mullahcracy of Iran, even as the mullahs try to push the U.S. economically (World Net Daily) and diplomatically (Washington Post). Michael Ledeen (National Review Online) holds out hope that the Baker/Hamilton Commission will push for the liberation of Iran and Syria.

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