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  • Three Numbers [human cost of Communism in Russia]

    04/08/2013 6:31:24 PM PDT · by annalex · 47 replies
    Posev / Rusidea ^ | 1977 | I.Kurganov
    Three Numbers In the Soviet Union preparations begin for the fiftieth anniversary of the communist revolution; in particular, a large collective "book epic" is conceived. The idea has been talked about in the Secretariat of the Union of Soviet Writers with Fedin, Twardowski, Tikhonov, Surkov Gribachev, etc., and, of course, the idea will be implemented. Not even one "book epic", probably, will be created. We decided to offer the authors of this undertaking three numbers that will be useful for any "book epic." NUMBER ONE It is a question of human losses in the revolutionary transformation of Russia. Ninety-plus years...
  • Haunting pictures show desperate struggle to survive in last days of USSR

    01/01/2013 4:46:39 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 93 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 1 January 2013
    <p>These shocking pictures may look like something out of the Great Depression - but in fact they show life in the last years of the Soviet Union, less than three decades ago.</p> <p>Shop shelves were often bare, it was normal to have to join a long queue if you wanted to buy groceries and many of the people looked ground down after a century of desperate poverty.</p>
  • Seventy-Five Years After Stalin's Great "Operation Kulak" Reign of Terror

    08/05/2012 3:06:12 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 18 replies
    The New American ^ | August 5, 2012 | Bruce Walker
    Seventy-five years ago, on August 5, 1937, one of the most horrific — and most ignored — episodes in human history began. “Operation Kulak” ("kulak" meaning rich peasants) was the Soviet Union’s effort to repress those farmers who had a little more than other farmers (according, at least, to the definitions of the Communist Party), and who resisted collectivization. Soviet dictator Josef Stalin (pictured) had begun the development of “Operation Kulak” the previous month, when he contacted all the regional Party leaders as well as the NKVD (roughly the Soviet equivalent of the Gestapo and SS in Nazi Germany), asking...
  • Joseph Stalin's deadly railway to nowhere

    06/08/2012 4:24:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    BBC News ^ | 6 June 2012 | Last updated at 19:23 ET | Lucy Ash
    In the Russian Arctic lies buried an unfinished railway built by prisoners of Stalin's gulags. For decades, no-one talked about it. But one woman is now telling the story of the thousands who suffered there—and there is talk of bringing back to life the abandoned railway itself. … Lyudmila (Lipatova) and I had uncovered a tiny section of one of Joseph Stalin's cruelest and most ambitious projects—the Trans-Polar Main Line. It was (Stalin's) attempt to conquer the Arctic—part of what he called his Great Plan for the Transformation of Nature. The scheme was supposed to link the eastern and western...
  • 30 North Korean officials involved in South talks die 'in traffic accidents'

    05/27/2012 9:57:52 AM PDT · by yoe · 30 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | May 25, 2012 | Julian Ryall
    Thirty officials of the North Korean regime who were involved in talks with South Korea have been executed or died in "staged traffic accidents," according to a human rights report.
  • Photographs of East Germany Locations Captured Decades Apart

    05/08/2012 7:38:49 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 68 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | May 08, 2012 | Michael Zhang
    Photographer Stefan Koppelkamm first photographed East Germany in 1990 after the fall of the Berlin Wall but before the reunification. He revisited the same locations a decade later, and rephotographed them from exactly the same viewpoints to document the drastic social and economic transformations that came about during the time between the photos.
  • Hennessy responds to the loss of its best customer

    12/23/2011 2:53:45 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 9 replies
    Foreign Policy Magazine ^ | 12/232011 | Isaac Stone Fish
    Say what you want about North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il, the man liked his Hennessy. For two years in the mid-1990s, he was the world's largest buyer of Hennessy Paradis cognac, importing up to $800,000 of the stuff a year, both to quaff himself and to give as gifts, and his death has caused a resurgence in discussion and commentary on his expensive cognac habits. So does Hennessy appreciate all of the free advertising provided by the coveted Dear Leader seal of approval? "There's been no negative feedback, but it hasn't affected sales either," Jennifer Yu, Director of Communications...
  • OWS: The Failures of Socialism in High Speed

    11/16/2011 8:22:22 AM PST · by Mr. K · 27 replies
    Free Republic Freepers Rule! ^ | 11/16/2011 | self/vanity
    Occupy wall street is a great demonstration for us all. It is all the failures of Socialism captured in high speed! like a time-lapse photo of 40 years squeezed down to 2 months. First the exhilaration and chanting. All the liberal propogandists showing smiling happy 'protesters' organizeing to help 'The Workers'. The democrats and media propogandists express their loving support for 'The Workers'. Unlike their disdain for those other people with actual jobs- the TEA party. Then we see the lazy people sitting around waiting to be fed, crapping all over themselves (no one ‘assigned’ to wash them, I guess)...
  • Many leftist intellectuals sympathize with mass homicide?

    11/14/2011 12:12:46 PM PST · by bkopto · 49 replies
    Daily Iowan ^ | Nov 11, 2011 | Roman Skaskiw
    I think my Ukrainian heritage fuels my twin obsessions with Soviet history and economics. Sadly, this often puts me on opposing ideological ground from my good friends and fellow alumni of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, which recently helped bring Utopia in Four Movements to Iowa City's local tax-supported theater. Sam Green, the filmmaker who narrated the exploration of "the battered state of the utopian impulse," on one hand described socialism has having gone "monstrously wrong" and on the other expressed open sentimentality for the Russian and Maoist revolutions. He showed pictures of executed Cambodians and also said a copy of...
  • Food and stability in North Korea: Deprive and rule

    09/18/2011 3:06:34 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies
    Economist ^ | 09/17/11
    Food and stability in North Korea Deprive and rule Why does North Korea’s dictatorship remain so entrenched despite causing such hunger and misery? Sep 17th 2011 | SEOUL | IF NOBODY else, at least Kim Jong Il, North Korea’s leader, appears to have found something to fill his belly with during the annual Chuseok harvest festival in North Korea this week. “His face beaming with a smile,” as his propaganda machine put it, he dropped into a shop in Pyongyang selling pancakes stuffed with meat. Outside the capital there are few such treats. Much of the rest of the country...
  • North Korea faces famine: 'Tell the world we are starving'

    07/16/2011 6:57:22 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 81 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 07/16/11 | Peter Foster
    North Korea faces famine: 'Tell the world we are starving' More than a decade after North Korea was struck by a famine that killed up to a million people, the country's poorest are once again facing starvation, reports Peter Foster in Yanji By Peter Foster, Yanji 7:00PM BST 16 Jul 2011 It was an ice-cold day in the North Korean border town of Musan when a small crowd gathered round what looked like a bundle of rags on the platform of the railway station. "I went up to see what they were looking at," recalled 63-year-old Lee Sun Ok, a...
  • How ObamaCare Will Kill Americans

    05/31/2011 5:05:17 AM PDT · by SJackson · 15 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 5-31-11 | Tait Trussell
    major segment of ObamaCare will force cuts in drug and medical device research that “will kill more people than it will help,” according to an astonishing study quoted in Reason Magazine May 24. The government medical program was sold as better health at lower cost. But estimated economic cost will total $1.7 trillion, resulting in 32 million lost years of life. The administration’s program is called federal Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER). The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 provided $1.1 billion for research and development in CER. This was to create an inventory of CER therapies to give...
  • Chief executives say California worst place in the nation to do business

    05/05/2011 3:35:00 PM PDT · by SmithL · 33 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/5/11 | Mark Glover
    For the seventh year in a row, a survey of chief executives has ranked California as the nation's worst state in which to do business. More than 500 U.S. CEOs polled by Greenwich, Conn.-based Chief Executive magazine based their opinions on numerous factors, including regulations, tax policies, work force quality, education resources, quality of living and infrastructure.
  • NLRB Sues Boeing; Seeks End to Commercial Jet Production in South Carolina (Good read)

    05/04/2011 3:25:17 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | May 4, 2011 | Carl Horowitz
    The National Labor Relations Board must have a broad definition of "coercion" when it comes to employers. With unions, the standard seems a lot narrower. On April 20, the board filed a 10-page complaint (see pdf) against Boeing alleging the company's decision in 2009 to relocate its second assembly plant in South Carolina represented illegal retaliation against employees belonging to the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers (IAM). As a remedy, the NLRB is seeking a judicial order for the company to shift all production of its planned 787 Dreamliner commercial jet back to its original facility in...
  • Lysenkoism (before Sagan, Hanson and global warming "consensus" there was Stalin's scientist)

    01/07/2011 7:24:25 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    BBC ^ | January 7, 2011 | Vanity
    In 1928, as America lurched towards the Wall Street Crash, Joseph Stalin revealed his master plan - nature was to be conquered by science, Russia to be made brutally, glitteringly modern and the world transformed by communist endeavour. Into the heart of this vision stepped Trofim Lysenko, a self-taught geneticist who promised to turn Russian wasteland into a grain-laden Garden of Eden. Today, Lysenko is a byword for fraud but in Stalin’s Russia his outlandish ideas about genetic inheritance and evolution became law. They reveal a world of science distorted by ideology, where ideas were literally a matter of life...
  • Venezuela's Chavez Orders Seizure of Owens-Illinois

    10/26/2010 11:23:49 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 88 replies · 1+ views
    cnbc ^ | Oct 26, 2010
    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez ordered the expropriation of U.S.-based glass container manufacturer Owens-Illinois's subsidiary in the South American country. Company spokeswoman Stephanie Johnston said Tuesday that "we were surprised to learn of this decision and we are prepared to work with government officials to better understand the situation." Chavez announced plans to expropriate the company in a televised speech late Monday. The leftist leader criticized the company's practices in the country, saying it had been "taking away the money of Venezuelans" and exploiting local people.
  • Judge orders Miller documents released (Murkowski Judicial Appointee)

    10/23/2010 6:17:52 PM PDT · by library user · 234 replies
    ADN ^ | 10/23/2010 | by Kyle Hopkins
    ~ EXCERPT ~ FAIRBANKS -- A judge ruled today that the Fairbanks North Star Borough must release personnel records of Senate candidate Joe Miller. In an unusual Saturday hearing, retired Superior Court Judge Winston Burbank ruled that the public's right to know about candidates outweighed Miller's right to privacy. Burbank ordered no release until at least Tuesday, however, to allow Miller to appeal the decision to the Alaska Supreme Court. Some of the documents will be redacted, he said. The case was brought by a group of Alaska news media organizations, who have been trying since summer to see borough...
  • Who holds the title of 'Greatest Mass Murderer in History?' (The winner is ....)

    09/17/2010 10:15:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/17/2010 | Rick Moran
    And the winner is... Mao Zedong, founder of the People's Republic of China, qualifies as the greatest mass murderer in world history, an expert who had unprecedented access to official Communist Party archives said yesterday.Speaking at The Independent Woodstock Literary Festival, Frank Dikötter, a Hong Kong-based historian, said he found that during the time that Mao was enforcing the Great Leap Forward in 1958, in an effort to catch up with the economy of the Western world, he was responsible for overseeing "one of the worst catastrophes the world has ever known".Mr Dikötter, who has been studying Chinese rural history...
  • Venezuelans oppose Chávez attempt to nationalize private food company (Hugo starts to teeter)

    07/10/2010 12:26:49 AM PDT · by Stultis · 44 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9 July 2010 | Juan Forero
    As in all major government takeovers of private companies in Venezuela, President Hugo Chávez declared that seizing beer-and-food giant Polar's facilities here would mark another victory for the poor in the country's march toward socialism. "Why is it that Polar has so much money?" Chávez asked in a February speech ... Except this time, the president's plans went badly awry, ... Polar [fought] back by taking its case to the Supreme Court, [and] its employees have risen up, too, rallying in opposition to Chávez's edict and holding all-night vigils to prevent a takeover. ... employees said they oppose the government...
  • The Plight of Zimbabwe's Starving People

    03/12/2010 11:31:15 AM PST · by Niuhuru · 19 replies · 613+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 12th March 2010 | Mail Foreign Service
    For us it is a saddening sight - a magnificent bull elephant struck down in his old age. But for the starving of Zimbabwe, it was little short of a miracle. The carcass provided a vital source of food, and hundreds of desperate villagers in the Gonarezhou National Park descended on the dead animal within minutes of its discovery. Using machetes, axes and knives made from tin cans they set upon the six-ton carcass, which was found deep in scrubland.
  • N. Korean Defectors Bewildered By the South (trauma lingers)

    04/14/2009 9:33:27 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 33 replies · 1,639+ views
    WP ^ | 04/12/09 | Blaine Harden
    N. Korean Defectors Bewildered By the South By Blaine Harden Washington Post Foreign Service Sunday, April 12, 2009; A01 ANSEONG, South Korea -- To flee North Korea and arrive in the rich, wired, consuming culture of South Korea is to feel clueless, fearful and guilty. Teenagers are particularly bewildered. As part of the newest wave in a decade-old flow of defectors from the North, they arrive stunted from malnutrition and struggling to read. At the movies for the first time, they panic when the lights go down, afraid someone might kidnap them. They find it incredible that money is stored...
  • Zimbabwe abandons its currency (officially useless)

    01/29/2009 8:18:12 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 41 replies · 1,524+ views
    BBC ^ | 01/29/09
    Zimbabwe abandons its currency Zimbabweans will be allowed to conduct business in other currencies, alongside the Zimbabwe dollar, in an effort to stem the country's runaway inflation. The announcement was made by acting Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa. BBC southern Africa correspondent Peter Biles says the Zimbabwean dollar has become a laughing stock. A Z$100 trillion note was recently introduced. Until now only licensed businesses could accept foreign currencies, although it was common practice. The country is also facing a deepening humanitarian crisis as well. A cholera outbreak has killed over 3,000 people according to the World Health Organization (WHO). And...
  • Red Cross: Nightmare Scenario Unfolding in Cholera-Stricken Zimbabwe

    01/27/2009 8:49:33 PM PST · by Clive · 21 replies · 726+ views
    Voice of America News ^ | 2009-01-23 | Lisa Schlein
    By Lisa Schlein Geneva 23 January 2009 The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies says a nightmare scenario is unfolding in Zimbabwe as the number of cholera deaths and cases continues to mount. The Red Cross says it is hit with a severe funding crisis and this is hampering its ability to contain the deadly disease. Senior health officer for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Tammam Aloudat, has recently returned from Zimbabwe. He says the cholera outbreak in the country is increasing in scale and it is claiming more lives. "The scenario...
  • Out of food, Zimbabweans eating cow dung

    12/11/2008 10:52:52 AM PST · by NYer · 96 replies · 2,260+ views
    CNA ^ | December 11, 2008
    Photo Credit: Caritas International Harare, Dec 10, 2008 / 08:01 pm (CNA).- Caritas Internationalis is warning that the crisis in Zimbabwe is so grave that people facing crushing food shortages are mixing cow dung with their food. With pressure continuing to mount on President Mugabe to relinquish his hold on power, Zimbabweans are suffering the consequences of his government’s policies. Besides the lack of food, people are also suffering a cholera epidemic and crippling hyperinflation. Caritas Internationalis Secretary General Lesley-Anne Knight reports that "people in Zimbabwe are dropping dead on the streets from Cholera. They’ve witnessed people mixing cow...
  • Where did 'Drink the Kool-Aid' come from?

    11/10/2008 3:03:51 AM PST · by ari-freedom · 56 replies · 1,130+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Oct. 15, 2008 | Stephen Stept
    “Drink the Kool-Aid” has long been a part of the vernacular, used in both a positive and negative sense when we talk about following a mission or philosophy; that is, “buying the program” or “swallowing the party line.” But its origin lies in the 1978 tragedy at Jonestown, where over 900 members of Peoples Temple took poisoned fruit punch at the behest of their leader, Jim Jones. For those connected personally to this horror, the ubiquitous “Kool-Aid” metaphor, often used frivolously, recalls an unending nightmare. One little known footnote: the fruit drink actually used at Jonestown on that day was...
  • Severe famine overtaking Zimbabwe

    10/14/2008 9:23:09 AM PDT · by NativeNewYorker · 94 replies · 1,703+ views
    upi via email no link | 10/14/8
    MUTARE, Zimbabwe, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Famine on a scale never before seen in Zimbabwe is quickly and quietly overtaking the country, aid workers said. Emaciated children are dying a rate that is overwhelming rural hospitals and is even spreading to sections of the urban middle classes as a result of an economic catastrophe brought about by President Robert Mugabe's policies, The Times of London reported Tuesday. The newspaper said that an undercover 600-mile journey through Zimababwe's Manicaland province revealed exhausted food reserves and widespread instances of kwashiorkor, marasmus and pellagra -- diseases brought about by hunger. About 5 million...
  • Zimbabwe -- Cathy Buckle -- Gangrene

    09/07/2008 4:40:24 PM PDT · by Clive · 15 replies · 190+ views
    Letters written by Cathy Buckle ^ | 2008-09-07 | Cathy Buckle
    Dear Family and Friends, If you come first in a running race, why would you give ninety-nine percent of the gold medal and prize money to the person who came second? The answer is obvious but as each day passes it seems the real winner, and the will of the majority of Zimbabweans is not going to be respected. The people and political party who came second in Zimbabwe's March 29th elections are simply not going to step down and their refusal to accept defeat has sent us into a dizzying collapse out of all control. The rich are getting...
  • N Korea 'develops special noodle'

    08/25/2008 12:02:43 PM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 14 replies · 139+ views
    BBC ^ | 8-25-08 | Mikey_1962
    North Korean scientists have developed a new kind of noodle that delays feelings of hunger, a Japan-based pro-Pyongyang newspaper has reported. The noodles were made from corn and soybeans, the Choson Shinbo said. They left people feeling fuller longer and represented a technological breakthrough, the newspaper said. North Korea is dependent on foreign food aid. Last month the UN warned that residents were experiencing their worst food shortages in a decade. But the communist country remains reluctant to allow experts to fully assess the scale of the problem or give them adequate access to deliver aid. UN warnings According to...
  • Mugabe sworn in after Zimbabwe's one-man election

    06/29/2008 10:17:40 AM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 21 replies · 150+ views
    AFP ^ | June 29, 2008 | AFP
    HARARE (AFP) — Robert Mugabe was sworn in Sunday for a sixth term of office as Zimbabwe president after being declared winner of a one-man election widely denounced throughout the world as an illegitimate farce. "I will well and truly serve this country in the office of president, so help me God," 84-year-old Mugabe said at a ceremony at his State House residence, presided over by Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku.
  • To stay safe, stay silent.

    06/14/2008 8:51:04 PM PDT · by Clive · 17 replies · 51+ views
    Letters from Cathy Buckle ^ | 2008-06-14 | Cathy Buckle
    Dear Family and Friends, Every time the man insulted and complained in his ugly, raised voice, I could feel droplets of his spit on my neck. He was standing so close behind me that I felt distinctly uncomfortable. There must have been about twenty of us waiting in the queue at the supermarket but no one commented or said a word about the abusive tirade. The owners of this sort of behaviour are well known to us all and to stay safe we stay quiet. "Hey Manager," he shouted, "someone send for the manager. Why must I wait like this?...
  • UN food chief roasts 'overfed' West [Upset $Bn being "wasted" on feeding obese people in the West]

    06/04/2008 9:09:37 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 77 replies · 926+ views ^ | 3/06/2008 | staff writer
    UN food chief roasts 'overfed' West 3/06/2008 9:51:00 PM. UN food agency chief Jacques Diouf said today that billions of dollars are being wasted on feeding obese people in the West while millions starve around the world. "No one understands... how over-consumption by obese people in the world costs $20 billion each year," the head of the Food and Agriculture Organisation told an international summit on the food price crisis. On top of this, he added, there are "$100 billion in indirect costs resulting from premature deaths and associated diseases." Diouf also highlighted how an estimated $1.2 trillion was spent...
  • The 1-Child Policy Debacle in the China Earthquake Aftermath

    05/26/2008 8:56:33 PM PDT · by robertvance · 11 replies · 109+ views ^ | 5/27/2008 | Robert Vance
    While it is a good sign that the government will allow affected families to have more children, I wonder how Chinese people feel about the wording of this policy exemption? The underlying message behind the government’s announcement seems to be that “we know that your injured son or daughter may be now completely useless so we will allow you to have another try.” In addition, the fact that Chinese parents in the region will not have to continue paying fines on dead children that the Chinese government never wanted to see born in the first place can hardly be construed...
  • Woman's dead body lies in flat for 35 years

    05/16/2008 11:02:24 AM PDT · by Moose4 · 30 replies · 274+ views
    AP via ^ | 16 May 2008 | Unattributed
    ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) -- Governments have changed. War erupted and ended. Neighbors had children, and then grandchildren. But Hedviga Golik never left her tiny apartment in Croatia's capital -- until her mummified body was carried out this week, 35 years after she died. Police said Friday that no one ever reported Golik missing and no one has come to claim her body. Residents of her loft building in downtown Zagreb had broken into Golik's flat after deciding that the apartment should belong to them, and not to her. Startled by the remains in bed, they called police.
  • Cuba's Useful Idiot

    04/16/2008 7:18:21 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 13 replies · 221+ views ^ | 4/16/2008 | Humberto Fontova
    Cuba's Useful Idiot By Humberto Fontova | 4/16/2008 Last month Dan Rather’s new gig as host of HDNET's “Dan Rather Reports” found him, as so often during his CBS days, “reporting” from Cuba. From Dan we heard of “dramatic changes” down there, of a “remarkable transformation.” “The door (to the U.S.) is open, “explained Dan. “The best time to talk is now.” Dan was chanting a familiar tune, one we've heard almost nonstop from the MSM's pet “Cuba Experts'” for the past 21 months. As usual when dealing with Cuban matters, a sober look behind the carefully constructed and...
  • Child 44

    12/27/2007 8:18:11 AM PST · by spanalot · 16 replies · 408+ views
    wall street journal ^ | December 21, 2007 | Tom Rob Smith
    Ukraine Village of Chervoy 25 January 1933 Since Maria had decided to die her cat would have to fend for itself. She'd already cared for it far beyond the point where keeping a pet made any sense. Rats and mice had long since been trapped and eaten by the villagers. Domestic animals had disappeared shortly after that. All except for one, this cat, her companion which she'd kept hidden. Why hadn't she killed it? She needed something to live for; something to protect and love—something to survive for. She'd made a promise to continue feeding it up until the day...
  • Dutch Woman Joins Guerrillas in Colombia (and now she hates it!)

    11/25/2007 12:31:09 PM PST · by navyguy · 83 replies · 254+ views
    BOGOTA, Colombia — The army stumbled on the handwritten diary during a raid on a guerrilla camp. It lay near the embers of a communal kitchen where fleeing rebels left their breakfast untouched. "I'm tired, tired of the FARC, tired of the people, tired of communal living. Tired of never having anything for myself," wrote the author, a 29-year-old Dutch woman. Colombia's government couldn't have hoped for better propaganda against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. It leaked excerpts from the diary found last June to the media, even making available an English translation of the Dutch entries....
  • China halts rail freight to N Korea (NK took 1800 Chinese wagons; OMG, THIS CAN'T BE REAL)

    10/19/2007 1:21:48 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 47 replies · 594+ views
    FT ^ | 10/18/07 | Anna Fifield in Seoul and Richard McGregor in Beijing
    China halts rail freight to N Korea By Anna Fifield in Seoul and Richard McGregor in Beijing Published: October 18 2007 23:06 | Last updated: October 18 2007 23:06 China suspended key rail freight services into North Korea last week after 1,800 wagons carrying food aid and tradeable goods crossed into Kim Jong-il’s hermit state but were never returned. Absconding with Chinese wagons would be a strange move for North Korea because Beijing is Pyongyang’s closest political ally and biggest provider of food, goods and oil. Analysts monitoring North Korea said Chinese officials had privately complained to them that the...
  • Zimbabwe runs out of bread

    10/01/2007 7:08:53 PM PDT · by george76 · 128 replies · 692+ views
    Guardian Unlimited ^ | October 1, 2007 | Chris McGreal
    Harare admits land reform has failed as the deadline passes for the last white farmers to leave their land. Zimbabwe's bakeries have shut and supermarkets have warned there will be no bread for the foreseeable future as the government admitted that wheat production had collapsed following the seizure of white-owned farms. The agricultural ministry announcement that the wheat harvest is only about a third of what is required, and that imports are held up by lack of hard currency, came as a deadline passed today for the last white farmers to leave their land or face prosecution for trespass. The...
  • China: Projected Number of Men without Wives Massively Increased

    08/27/2007 7:02:40 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 61 replies · 1,316+ views ^ | August 27, 2007 | Elizabeth O'Brien
    China: Projected Number of Men without Wives Massively Increased By 2020, 37 million Chinese men would be unable to find wives if trends continue By Elizabeth O'Brien BEIJING, China, August 27, 2007 ( - Recent demographic reports are showing that the ratio of males to females in China is spiraling out of control. If the increasing imbalance, caused primarily by sex-selected abortions and infanticide, is not remedied, it will lead to increased crimes against women and the threat of an aggressively militant state. In January Chinese media reports said that by 2020, 30 million Chinese men would be unable to...
  • Newsweek's Hirsh Ignores 'Killing Fields' as He Mocks 'Harsh' Vietnam Aftermath

    08/26/2007 7:16:27 PM PDT · by george76 · 112 replies · 2,405+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | August 26, 2007 | Brent Baker |
    In a “Web-exclusive” commentary posted Thursday, Newsweek Senior Editor Michael Hirsh ridiculed President George W. Bush's warning that a precipitous pull-out from Iraq could lead to the humanitarian horrors that followed the American pull-out from Vietnam. Recalling a trip he made to Vietnam in 1991, Hirsh reported that he found a nation looking to the West and capitalism, adding that “today Vietnam remains” only “nominally communist.” He then snidely asserted: “This was the 'harsh' aftermath that George W. Bush attempted to describe this week when he warned against pulling out of Iraq as we did in Vietnam.” James Taranto, in...
  • Zimbabwe launches $200,000 note

    07/31/2007 10:27:11 AM PDT · by TLI · 45 replies · 1,075+ views
    BBC ^ | 07/31/07 | BBC
    Food shortages have become common in Zimbabwe Zimbabwe is to start circulating a new 200,000 Zimbabwe dollar note, in a bid to tackle the country's inflation, the highest in the world. The new note, issued by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe from Wednesday, can buy 1kg (2.2lb) of sugar. Food and fuel shortages have become common as the government relies more heavily on imports, pushing prices to new heights. The official annual rate of inflation in Zimbabwe is nearing 5,000%. In practice, this means the price of a loaf of bread costs 50 times more in cash than it did...
  • A Taste of Racism in the Chinese Food Scare

    07/16/2007 6:50:19 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 74 replies · 1,727+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 15, 2007 | Jeff Yang
    ...Nevertheless, China has been portrayed as a nation blind to hygiene and blissfully unconcerned about recent reports of food contamination. That's troubling, because it reinforces the notion that befouled food is the consequence of a foul culture. Chef and gustatory adventurer Anthony Bourdain may have said it best in a 2006 Salon interview in which he noted that there's "something kind of racist" about culinary xenophobia: "Fear of dirt is often indistinguishable from the fear of unnamed dirty people." And this, in turn, spells danger. What one might call "food libel" has long been an aspect of a larger fear...
  • 300 Million Have No Access To Safe Drinking Water (China)

    06/09/2007 6:56:01 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 20 replies · 614+ views
    China Daily ^ | June 9, 2007 | China Daily
    JINAN -- One third of China's 900 million rural residents do not have access to safe drinking water, a senior Chinese environmental official said on Friday. Preventing and controlling environmental pollution in the rural areas will be the top priority of China's ecological protection efforts this year, said Wu Xiaoqing, vice minister of the State Environmental Protection Administration, at a meeting on conservation and ecology held in Weihai, east China's Shandong province. "Some 300 million rural residents are coping with unsafe drinking water, while more than 133,333 hectares of farmland are covered by trash heaps or garbage dumps," said Wu....
  • China Kidney Transplant Expert Commits Suicide

    06/06/2007 4:11:20 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 15 replies · 608+ views
    The Epoch Times ^ | May 28, 2007 | By Xue Fei
    On May 4, The Yangtze Evening News reported that China's most famous kidney expert, Dr. Li Baochun, had committed suicide by jumping from the twelfth floor of the Shanghai No. 2 Military Medical University Shanghai Hospital Building. Dr. Li had served as Deputy Director of the hospital and as Professor and Chief Physician for kidney disease. The report said Dr. Li's suicide was caused by depression. On May 24, The Yangtze Evening News report was reproduced on several major websites including the website of China's most important official media, Further analysis revealed that the cause of Dr. Li's depression...
  • China's former food and drug chief sentenced to death_(unreal a fall guy for $$$)

    05/28/2007 8:09:08 PM PDT · by Flavius · 39 replies · 1,191+ views
    afp ^ | 5/28/07 | afp
    BEIJING (AFP) - A Beijing court sentenced the former head of China's food and drug administration to death Tuesday on corruption charges, state media reported. ADVERTISEMENT Zheng Xiaoyu, the former director of China's State Food and Drug Administration, was convicted for taking bribes and dereliction of duty, the Xinhua news agency said. The sentence was handed down at the Beijing Municipal No. 1 Intermediate People's Court, Xinhua said in a brief dispatch.
  • China Arrests Forced Abortion Protesters, Family Planning Officials Killed

    05/24/2007 10:05:46 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 6 replies · 561+ views ^ | May 24, 2007 | Steven Ertelt
    Beijing, China ( -- Southwestern China is currently embroiled in an uproar about forced abortions as thousands of people living there have been involved in riots after a campaign by local officials that has resulted in dozens of forced abortions. But Chinese officials have an ironic solution to the problem -- more punishments. The protests began after family planning authorities began forcibly aborting women for violations of the nation's one-child population policy in April. Because of the alleged violations of the family planning policy, officials in Guangxi province recently increased fines for offenders and began seizing or destroying the property...
  • Massive Arrest of Chinese and American Christian Leaders in Xinjiang

    04/25/2007 8:49:40 AM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 15 replies · 689+ views
    04/24/07 Massive Arrest of Chinese and American Christian Leaders in Xinjiang Article Photos China Aid Association Press Release 04/24/07 Tel: (432) 689-6985 Fax: (432) 686-8355 Contact: Bob Fu Midland, TX (CAA)-April 24, 2007 Massive Arrest of Chinese and American Christian Leaders in Xinjiang CAA has learned though credible sources that on April 19, 2007 in Akesu city, Xinjiang province, about 30 major house church leaders were arrested when they met with four American Christians Among two American are a senior pastor and an associate pastor of an American church. Sources tell CAA that the four Americans arrived...
  • UK: Starving on a spoonful of mash a day

    01/22/2007 7:43:26 PM PST · by kiriath_jearim · 29 replies · 720+ views
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1/23/07 | Sarah Womack
    The Government has admitted it is allowing elderly people to battle against starvation in care homes and hospitals, years after being alerted to the scandal by charities. Ivan Lewis, the health minister, conceded that some elderly people were given a single scoop of mashed potato or served meals with plastic cutlery "best suited to picnics". His remarks, made to a local Birmingham newspaper, went on to admit that a single scoop of mashed potato "masquerades as lunch every day". "Plastic cutlery has its place at a summer picnic but not for everyday use. Yet some older people are still being...
  • North Koreans Cut Off And Freezing To Death

    01/20/2007 7:09:35 PM PST · by blam · 49 replies · 1,930+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-21-2007 | Sergey Soukhorukov
    North Koreans cut off and freezing to death By Sergey Soukhorukov in Pyongyang, Sunday Telegraph Last Updated: 12:02am GMT 21/01/2007 The men who finally made it into the remote highland village of Koogang were greeted by an eerie silence and a gruesome sight. North Korean villagers search for firewood in the snow Lying among the simple wooden huts and burnt remnants of wooden furniture, they found the bodies of 46 North Korean villagers, including women and children, all of whom had frozen to death. Cut off from the outside world by one of the harshest winters in many years, the...
  • Rescued N. Korean Soldier Sent Home(look at the size difference)

    12/27/2006 2:10:45 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 67 replies · 3,261+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 12/27/06 | Baek Seung-ryol
    Private Kim, one of the two N. Korean soldiers who accidentally strayed into the water off the coast of Sokcho, Kangwon Province, on Dec. 9, on a wooden boat is being handed over to N. Korea at Panmunjum on Dec. 27.