Monday, April 28, 2008

News of the Weekend (April 25-28)

The Singapore Surrender continues to rack up opponents: As news of the Stalinists' aid to Syria's nuclear ambitions continued to reverberate (National Review Online, One Free Korea, Washington Post, and Washington Times), the Bush Administration is scrambling to put lipstick on the pig (Washington Times). Judging from the reactions of the editors of NRO, Winston Lord and Leslie Gelb (Washington Post, h/t OFK), and Senator Sam Brownback (OFK), the effort is failing spectacularly.

Pro-Communist students attack Olympic protesters in Seoul: One Free Korea has the story on the latest violence by demonstrators sent by the regime to drown out anti-Communist protesters (the Epoch Times has more on the cadres' role). Things went much more smoothly in "another Chinese province" (BBC and CNN).

More news on "another Chinese province": A lieutenant from the Stalinist military defects to South Korea (BBC and CNN); James Zumwalt talks about the new wind blowing in South Korea (Washington Times).

Interpol falls for the Communist propaganda on Olympic "terrorism": The head of Interpol cited "recent reports of thwarted plots in China" as evidence of the need for greater security (CNN); the fact that at least one of those reports was debunked was not discussed.

More Olympic news: Tibetan cadres are threatening anyone who would "excite popular feelings" during the Olympic torch relay in the occupied nation (Washington Post). The Int'l Olympic Committee returns to its apologist role (United Press Int'l, h/t Andrew Stuttaford at NRO - The Corner). Serge Schmemann discusses the popular outcry over the Communist Olympiad (Int'l Herald Tribune via Uyghur American Association).

Meanwhile, in occupied East Turkestan, a king is reduced to a tourist attraction (Christian Science Monitor via UAA) and those who support an end to Communist occupation risk imprisonment, or worse (Channel 4, UK, via UAA).

On nationalism and the CCP: Stephanie Ho (Voice of America) examines effect of Communist-fanned nationalism on the Olympics, and vice versa (via UAA). Zhang Tianliang finds the notion of the Communists as the defenders of the Chinese people to be utterly laughable (Epoch Times). Xing Fei (also in the Epoch Times), examines the true meaning of patriotism.

Zimbabwe arms ship still looking for a port: A British Trident submarine is keeping an eye on it; it may head to Venezuela (World Net Daily). Meanwhile, Michael Sheridan (Times of London) details the Communist-run COSCO's ties to Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe.

The Canada File: Bob Rae, the foreign policy spokesman for the opposition Liberal Party, dutifully spouted the party line on "engagement" with Communist China (Epoch Times), and quickly earned the opprobrium of Peter Worthington (Toronto Sun, h/t Between Heaven and Earth). Meanwhile, Falun Gong demonstrators lose a court battle in Vancouver (BH&E).

More on Communist China and the rest of the world: Falun Gong practitioners in New York mark the ninth anniversary of the April 25, 1999 protest (Epoch Times). The Australian Resource Minister comments on Communist investments in his country (AAP via Epoch Times). Finally, Stephen Hutcheon (Brisbane Times via UAA) examines the Communist hacker brigade.

Communists open the door to talks with the Dalai Lama's aide, then rip him: The cadres' back and forth is tracked by AAP (via Epoch Times), the BBC, CNN, and the Washington Post.

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