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  • Call climate change what it is: violence

    04/09/2014 4:22:32 PM PDT · by ClaytonP · 46 replies
    If you're poor, the only way you're likely to injure someone is the old traditional way: artisanal violence, we could call it – by hands, by knife, by club, or maybe modern hands-on violence, by gun or by car. But if you're tremendously wealthy, you can practice industrial-scale violence without any manual labor on your own part. You can, say, build a sweatshop factory that will collapse in Bangladesh and kill more people than any hands-on mass murderer ever did, or you can calculate risk and benefit about putting poisons or unsafe machines into the world, as manufacturers do every...
  • A jail by another name—China labor camps now drug detox centers

    12/01/2013 8:22:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Nov 30, 2013 7:20pm EST | John Ruwitch
    Li Zhongying was freed from a Chinese labor camp ahead of schedule in September because, guards told her, the government was scrapping “re-education through labor”, a heavily criticized penal system created in the 1950s. Several hundred other inmates were not so lucky, she said. Like Li, they were held without trial and forced to do factory work under what she called “cruel” conditions. They remained because they were drug offenders, she told Reuters. Many of China’s re-education through labor camps, instead of being abolished in line with a ruling Communist Party announcement this month, are being turned into compulsory drug...
  • China reforms: One-child policy to be relaxed (re-education/labor camps abolished)

    11/15/2013 9:39:26 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11/15/13 | BBC
    China is to relax its policy of restricting most couples to having only a single child, state media say. In future, families will be allowed two children if one parent is an only child, the Xinhua news agency said. The proposal follows this week's meeting of a key decision-making body of the governing Communist Party. Other reforms include the abolition of "re-education through labour" camps and moves to boost the role of the private sector in the economy. The BBC's Celia Hatton, in Beijing, says most of the changes have already been tested in parts of the country. Officials announce...
  • This Is America and We Can Take It

    11/09/2012 8:26:27 AM PST · by Jeanette Pryor · 18 replies
    Jeanette M. Pryor Writer ^ | November 9,2012 | Jeanette Pryor
    I am an American. If I end up in a gulag, I will make vodka from potato peels and sell it for a profit. If there are no potato peels, I will use grass. If there is no grass, I will invent the first method of extracting vodka from thin air. I will sell the technology and the vodka. And the air. I am an American. This is America And we can take it.
  • Universal healthcare & gun control cause the holocaust 5:The gulag

    09/03/2011 8:54:47 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 1 replies
    youtube ^ | John Hunter
    Episode 5 of how socialized medicine and weapons bans will lead to the end of our liberty and freedom. This features footage of soviet gulags and mental hospitals used to isolate and torture dissidents and opponents of liberal policy as well as a special guest appearence by Actor and Former president Ronald Reagan, warning us on the dangers of Universal healthcare.
  • The Forgotten Evil behind the Iron Curtain

    10/08/2010 2:53:34 AM PDT · by Scanian · 6 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | October 08, 2010 | Richard Baehr
    Gulag Boss: A Soviet Memoir by Fyodor Vasilevich Mochulsky, Oxford University Press, 2010 The Firm: This Inside Story of the Stasi by Gary Bruce, Oxford University Press, 2010 An entire American generation has come of age since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet empire in Eastern Europe. The new threat is Islamic radicalism, and only North Korea, a nation that has developed a nuclear weapons program and missile delivery systems, which it sells to other rogue regimes, gets much attention as a holdover of the "second world" -- the Communist nations that were for...
  • Grim tales from North Korea's gulags

    01/28/2010 9:41:22 PM PST · by Pining_4_TX · 7 replies · 609+ views
    Asia Times ^ | 1/29/2010 | Donald Kirk
    No one should imagine that American missionary Robert Park is getting the same relatively benign treatment at the hands of his North Korean "hosts" as the two American women who were held in the North for 140 days last year.
  • N. Korea: Hell on Earth

    10/24/2009 9:44:54 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies · 1,214+ views
    Economist ^ | 10/22/09
    Hell on Earth Oct 22nd 2009 The West still turns a blind eye to the world's most brutal and systematic abuse of human rights A SPRAWLING encampment of think-tankers, academics, hacks and policymakers earns a living outside North Korea’s walls. They pick over its nuclear intentions and the prospects for the diplomatic dance known as the six-party process, which is meant to persuade North Korea to give up its nukes for cash and security guarantees. The encampment needs something to live on. Since North Korea declared the six-party talks dead in the spring, scraps have been meagre. So the North’s...
  • Russia Now: Remembering Russia's sacrifice in World War Two

    Albert Axell, the American military writer, historian and author of Marshall Zhukov: The Man Who Beat Hitler, explains just how much the West has undervalued the Soviet Union’s contribution to victory over Nazi Germany in the Second World War. Related Articles The Red Army saved Europe Dancing with Hitler at the abyss Hidden past inside the secret cities Do you believe people are still interested in WWII, which was over a fairly long time ago? My friend, a British professor, told me about a survey that revealed striking ignorance: 95pc of young people in the UK believe Germany was an...
  • What is going on here?

    08/06/2009 10:51:26 PM PDT · by ChocChipCookie · 29 replies · 1,188+ views
    American Thinker ^ | August 7, 2009 | MJ Motley
    Alright enough already! Will someone please turn the lights back on and roll the credits for this week's episode of the Twilight Zone. First we have the brazenly Orwellian directive from the Office of Health Reform/Ministry of Truth to contact our friendly snitchboard operator to report any "fishy" communications from our neighbors/political extremists. Then from Pamela Geller's Atlas Shrugs I learn that the National Guard is now looking for a few good internment/resettlement specialists? Really? Internment of whom? I'm moving where? As if the seeming overnight bankruptcy of our entire country were not enough to rattle our nerves, we have...
  • McCain sees N.Korea as using Clinton visit for propaganda

    08/05/2009 2:46:33 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 32 replies · 1,533+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2009-08-05 | Steve Holland
    WASHINGTON - Republican Senator John McCain says North Korea was attempting to use former President Bill Clinton’s visit for propaganda purposes and enhance the prestige of Pyongyang. In an interview with Reuters, McCain said the Obama administration should resist any temptation to engage in direct talks with the North Koreans but instead should push North Korea to rejoin stalled six-party negotiations over its nuclear program. The six-party talks include the United States and North and South Korea, China, Russia and Japan. McCain, the Republican candidate in last year’s presidential election won by Barack Obama, said he believes all Americans appreciate...
  • House adopts plan for 'volunteer' corps [OBAMA'S CIVILIAN BROWN SHIRTS???]

    03/19/2009 8:08:50 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 233 replies · 20,383+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | Posted: March 19, 2009 | By Bob Unruh
    OBAMA WATCH CENTRAL House adopts plan for 'volunteer' corps Also requires new evaluation of 'mandatory' service for all -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: March 19, 2009 4:58 pm Eastern By Bob Unruh © 2009 WorldNetDaily The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a plan to set up a new "volunteer corps" and consider whether "a workable, fair, and reasonable mandatory service requirement for all able young people" should be developed.
  • President Obama seeks Russia deal to slash nuclear weapons

    02/03/2009 7:29:03 PM PST · by CalifScreaming · 105 replies · 3,663+ views
    Times Online ^ | Feb 4, 2009 | Tim Reid
    President Obama will convene the most ambitious arms reduction talks with Russia for a generation, aiming to slash each country’s stockpile of nuclear weapons by 80 per cent. The radical treaty would cut the number of nuclear warheads to 1,000 each, The Times has learnt. Key to the initiative is a review of the Bush Administration’s plan for a US missile defence shield in Eastern Europe, a project fiercely opposed by Moscow. Mr Obama is to establish a non-proliferation office at the White House to oversee the talks, expected to be headed by Gary Samore, a non-proliferation negotiator in the...
  • In the Nightmare "The Forsaken: An American Tragedy in Stalin's Russia"

    10/11/2008 5:42:45 PM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 26 replies · 1,291+ views
    National Review magazine ^ | Sept. 29, '08 | Ronald Radosh
    We know that history holds many surprises. One doesn't expect to learn more about the secret history of of the Gulag than we already know from both Solzhenitsyn's "Gulag Acrcipelago" and Anne Applebaum's "Gulag: A history." This feat, however, is exactly what author Tim Tzouliadis has accomplished: the previously unknown story of the thousands of Americans who, during the Depression, sought employment and a better future in the "worker's paradise" built by the Bolsheviks. All kinds of Americans joined the exodus. Some of them were Communists or fellow-travelors but the majority were average Americans - skilled workers promised paid passage,...
  • 'Nazi' Atrocities Shock in Georgia - Civilians 'Slain & Sent to Camps'

    08/14/2008 10:01:27 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 65 replies · 2,184+ views
    nypost.com ^ | August 14, 2008 | CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA in Gori, Georgia, and CHUCK BENNETT in NY
    Russian troops are indiscriminately murdering civilians and interning them in concentration camps, the embattled Georgian president charged yesterday, as he begged the West not to "appease" Moscow as it did with Nazi Germany. The startling accusations came as Russian troops blatantly violated a cease-fire by sending an armored convoy through the strategic city of Gori. The invaders first poured into Georgia five days ago - ostensibly in defense of a pro-Moscow breakaway region, South Ossetia. "What they are doing is exactly what Stalin did to Finland, what they've done to Afghanistan, what in the Second World War Germany was doing...
  • NYP: DO-GOOD KILLERS--PROGRESSIVES & GENOCIDE

    04/12/2008 7:33:13 AM PDT · by OESY · 31 replies · 124+ views
    New York Post ^ | April 12, 2008 | Jonah Goldberg
    Last week, Russia's lower house of parliament passed a resolu tion insisting that Josef Stalin's man-made 1932-33 famine... wasn't genocide. Not even the Russians dispute that the Soviet government deliberately starved millions. But the Russian resolution indignantly states: "There is no historical proof that the famine was organized along ethnic lines." It notes that victims included "different peoples and nationalities living largely in agricultural areas of the country." Translation: We didn't kill millions of farmers because they were Ukrainians; we killed millions of Ukrainians because they were farmers. And that's all it takes to be acquitted of genocide. The United...
  • Pete Seeger Speaks — and Sings — Against Stalin

    08/31/2007 6:13:00 AM PDT · by syriacus · 40 replies · 1,158+ views
    The New York Sun ^ | August 31, 2007 | Ron Radosh
    Pete Seeger, America's best-known and most influential folksinger, wrote me a letter a few days ago. I did not expect to hear from him. Last June, I wrote in these pages about the new documentary on his life. The article ran under the headline "Time for Pete Seeger To Repent." My complaint was that the film, good as it is, did not give a completely honest account of Mr. Seeger's politics. The filmmaker, Jim Brown, interviewed me on camera, but he did not include any of my critical remarks in the final version. In my interview, I pointed out that...
  • Stalin's purge 1937 remembered in Russia

    07/25/2007 12:08:59 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 39 replies · 1,051+ views
    AP ^ | Jul. 25, 2007 | BAGILA BUKHARBAYEVA
    Now in their 70s and 80s, children of the victims of Josef Stalin's political repressions remembered one of the darkest pages of Russia's history at a ceremony Wednesday in central Moscow. Several hundred people laid flowers and lit candles to honor the victims of the Great Purge of 1937, when millions were labeled "enemies of the state" and executed without trial or sent to labor camps. The 70th anniversary comes as the Kremlin, focused on restoring Russians' pride in their Soviet-era history, has been trying to soften public perception of Stalin's rule and hushing up the full horror of his...
  • A Do-Over for Russian History? Putin-Backed Manual Spurs Concern Nation Is Whitewashing Its Past

    07/06/2007 7:08:14 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies · 356+ views
    wsj.com ^ | July 6, 2007 | ANDREW OSBORN
    A new manual for Russia's history teachers succinctly distills President Vladimir Putin's drive to rekindle patriotism, retelling events of the past six decades according to the Kremlin's preferred storyline: Russia is a great power that shouldn't be ashamed of its past. Backed by support from the president himself, the book, which rails against U.S. hegemony, is raising fears among some historians that the Kremlin is -- quite literally -- trying to rewrite history in a way that risks breeding ultranationalism and whitewashing the darkest chapters of Russia's past. ... The book, aimed at teachers of students who are in their...
  • Horrors unearthed in "The Unknown Gulag" and "Cannibal Island"

    05/15/2007 8:14:13 AM PDT · by vader69 · 18 replies · 2,250+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 5/4/07 | By Douglas Smith
    The history of the Soviet gulag has been told before, most powerfully in Alexander Solzhenitsyn's epic, "The Gulag Archipelago," published in the 1970s. Yet so immense is this history, so vast was the whirlwind of terror that swept over the Soviet Union in the 1930s, that much is only now coming to light. The network of prison camps documented by Solzhenitsyn, we are learning, formed only part of the gulag system. There was a second or "hidden" gulag as well that destroyed the lives of millions of Soviet citizens.
  • Ramzan's World (fighting terror Russian style )

    09/22/2006 8:13:55 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 10 replies · 593+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Sept. 25, 2006 | Owen Mathews and Anna Nemtsova
    Drive down Victory Boulevard in Grozny, and you'd never think there had been a war in Chechnya. Five years ago this broad avenue looked like Stalingrad after World War II. Now it's flanked with new apartments and boutiques selling Italian clothes -- snip--- The rest of the world may not have noticed, but Russia's president has won the Chechen war. He did not start it, but he prosecuted it with the full might of Russia's military. The conflict was as brutal as any Europe has known in the last century. Grozny was bombed flat, along with half of Chechnya's towns....
  • Not so Ronry in North Korea--Don't Miss: Springtime for the Dear Leader

    03/15/2006 8:25:33 PM PST · by lonestar67 · 8 replies · 501+ views
    NPT ^ | Lim | Louisa
    Don't Miss: Springtime for the Dear Leader March 15, 2006 · Okay, you've just escaped North Korea. You were held there for years in the gulag of prison camps. Your only crime? Listening to South Korean radio about the death of Kim Il Sung. But you're out now. You've made it to freedom. What do you do? Why, put on a musical, of course. Director Jung Sung San's musical, Yodok Story just opened in Seoul. It deals with rape, beatings, murder... great family fare, no?
  • Fifty Years Later, Russians Regard Stalin Positively

    03/04/2006 9:04:56 AM PST · by lizol · 39 replies · 846+ views
    Angus Reid ^ | March 4, 2006
    Fifty Years Later, Russians Regard Stalin Positively March 4, 2006 (Angus Reid Global Scan) – Many adults in Russia think the tenure of one of the most notorious Soviet leaders was beneficial, according to a poll by the Public Opinion Foundation. 47 per cent of respondents believe Josef Stalin played a positive role in the country’s history. Stalin was the second leader of the Soviet Union, taking over after the death of Vladimir Lenin in 1924. Stalin was responsible for a series of repressive campaigns—known as the Great Purge—during the 1930s. During his tenure, Stalin eliminated all possible political opposition...
  • "God is Dead," Now We'll Create our Global Village -or- Why Christians are Mentally Ill

    01/02/2006 4:01:41 AM PST · by Lindykim · 68 replies · 4,209+ views
    Chronwatch ^ | Jan. 2, 2006 | Linda Kimball
    "In Aug., 2003, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced the results of their $1.2 million tax-payer funded study.  It stated, essentially, that traditionalists are mentally disturbed.  Scholars from the Universities of Maryland, California at Berkeley, and Stanford had determined that social conservatives, in particular, suffer from 'mental rigidity,' 'dogmatism,' and 'uncertainty avoidance,' together with associated indicators for mental illness."  (B.K. Eakman, Chronicles, Oct. 2004, pp. 28-29)   As usual with leftists, the true meaning of their words is couched in deceptive code.  When the deceptions are peeled away we discover that ''dogmatism''...
  • Psychiatry Ponders Whether Extreme Bias Can Be an Illness

    12/10/2005 7:00:41 AM PST · by BackInBlack · 126 replies · 2,359+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 10, 2005 | Shankar Vedantam
    The 48-year-old man turned down a job because he feared that a co-worker would be gay. He was upset that gay culture was becoming mainstream and blamed most of his personal, professional and emotional problems on the gay and lesbian movement. These fixations preoccupied him every day. Articles in magazines about gays made him agitated. He confessed that his fears had left him socially isolated and unemployed for years: A recovering alcoholic, the man even avoided 12-step meetings out of fear he might encounter a gay person. "He had a fixed delusion about the world," said Sondra E. Solomon, a...
  • Gitmo - if I were a judge - (Dick Durbin should receive a specific sentence for defaming troops!)

    07/26/2005 1:50:51 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 3 replies · 377+ views
    A.I.M.ORG ^ | JULY 26, 2005 | MICHAEL BENGE
    If I were a judge, I would sentence Durbin and his fellow travelers and comrades in the Gitmo Flat Earth Society to: Endless hours of sleep-deprived filibustering watching continued reruns of documented terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon and their murder of thousands; the beheadings of journalist Daniel Pearl, Nicolas Berg and others; the films of Uday and Qusay, Saddam Hussein's sons, depicting the systematic torture and murder of hundreds of Iraqis; Hitler's concentration camps in Germany and the starvation, gassing, burning of millions of Jews; the carnage of Pol Pot's systematic fratricide of 2 to 3...
  • Soldier in Germany Discusses Dick Durbin's Dido - (expresses US troops' resentment v. Durbin)

    07/01/2005 3:20:12 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 39 replies · 2,410+ views
    CHRONWATCH.COM ^ | JULY 1, 2005 | SGT. STEVE BOGGESS
    So Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois thinks our Guantanamo soldiers are like the Nazis? As a soldier stationed in Germany, the land where Hitler's Nazis once trod, I found my blood boiling by the words coming from the liberal Democratic senator from Illinois. Senator Durbin, along with the rest of his left wing and terrorist sympathizing party thinks President Bush should close the Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, because--in his words--the soldiers at Gitmo are "acting like Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, Pol Pot, or others who had no concern for human beings." Two things here: Where is the outcry...
  • CST: Daley realizes Democrats need to lighten up - Dem vs. Dem - Inside the Durbin flap

    06/30/2005 6:13:14 AM PDT · by OESY · 28 replies · 1,073+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | June 30, 2005 | ROBERT NOVAK
    Last week's long-range confrontation between Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin was much more than a personal tiff involving two formidable Illinois Democrats who obviously are not fond of each other. It contrasted Daley's majority Democratic Party of bygone years with Durbin's minority Democratic Party of today. When Daley in his June 21 press conference referred to Durbin's rancorous comments about the U.S. military as a ''disgrace,'' he was only repeating in public what many old-line Democratic loyalists told me not for quotation. But Durbin's Washington party colleagues defended his comparison of the U.S. detention...
  • Durbin and Rove and the Mainstream Media - More Than Mere Bias - (powerfully on target!)

    06/29/2005 9:23:46 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 30 replies · 891+ views
    CHRONWATCH.COM ^ | JUNE 30, 2005 | DOC FARMER
    Okay, a quick show of hands. How many of you bought that “apology” from Dick Durbin? Which one, you ask? Well, let’s forget about the one where he blamed America for not being smart enough to understand his “nuance.” That was pretty much an insult to everyone’s intelligence. For that matter, so was the real apology, where he was sorry for potentially being “misunderstood” by the great unwashed. (That’s us, in case you’re curious). Now, I’m quite sure that all of you heard about Durbin’s little snit on the Senate floor, where he compared Gitmo to the worst depredations of...
  • One Way to Gitmo - (HA! one of the best articles yet on the topic! Dustin nails it!)

    06/18/2005 3:32:30 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 55 replies · 1,873+ views
    CHRONWATCH.COM ^ | JUNE 18, 2005 | DUSTIN HAWKINS
    You know things aren’t going well for the Democrats when their main fighting issue is what the room temperature is at Guantanamo Bay’s Motel 6. Among the brilliant ideas of the “We Support the Troops” party is to close down the island-resort prison center affectionately referred to as Gitmo. The people most upset about the “torture” are mainly a bunch of leftwing, bed-wetting socialists who have never supported the war in any form or at any stage, but who we are now supposed to take as objective, credible persons. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Idiot) breathlessly announced the extent of the torture...
  • Durbin Says He Was "Misunderstood" - (the "almost" apology? - not good enough; resign!)

    06/18/2005 1:59:42 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 67 replies · 1,492+ views
    MENS NEWS DAILY.COM ^ | JUNE 18, 2005 | SHER ZIEVE
    Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) says he was misunderstood, when he made his scurrilous comments on the Senate floor, last week. Saying that he would not apologize for his comments on Thursday, he issued this on Friday: “My statement in the Senate was critical of the policies of this administration, which add to the risk our soldiers face. I have learned from my statement that historical parallels can be misused and misunderstood. I sincerely regret if what I said caused anyone to misunderstand my true feelings. Our soldiers around the world and their families at home deserve our respect, admiration and...
  • The Real Gulag

    06/16/2005 10:46:01 AM PDT · by bray · 25 replies · 754+ views
    self | 6/16/05 | bray
    So now the Democrats are attacking our troops by comparing them to the guards in the Gulag Archipelago and Pol Pot death camps. Once again the Party is supporting the enemy Terrorists that we are fighting as always. The same Party who has supported the IRA, PLO, FLN, KLA, Hezbola and every other terrorist group that attacks America supports today’s terrorists killing Americans. The same Party that hid and supported the Gulag when it was run by the Soviet Union is now condemning those prisons of death. If Dick Durtbag wants to throw around words like Gulag, let’s take a...
  • Che Day (Let's dishonor his memory by paying respects to the people who deserve to replace him...)

    06/14/2005 11:46:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies · 1,095+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 6/15/2005 | Andrew Cline
    Had Che Guevara not been executed by Bolivians in 1967, he may well be celebrating his 77th birthday this week. Or he may have endured a bloody death at the hands of other enemies. Had he lived, Western college students almost certainly would not be walking around campus mindlessly displaying his likeness on flaming red T-shirts. A dead martyr is much easier to lionize than a living dictator. Though he died nearly 40 years ago, Guevara is still sparking controversy. Rolling Stone magazine reported last week that guitar legend Carlos Santana was protested at his June 1 Miami concert. The...
  • Got Gulag? North Korea Does - (Kim Jung IL born in Siberian gulag training camp!)

    06/10/2005 8:15:54 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 5 replies · 628+ views
    FOUNDATION FOR THE DEFENSE OF DEMOCRACIES.ORG ^ | JUNE 10, 2005 | JAMES S. ROBBINS
    ”They gave me a good time in Cuba,” 15-year-old Afghan former-detainee Mohammed Ismail Agha said in a 2004 interview with the London Telegraph. "They treated us well,” elderly farmer Faiz Mohammed added. “We had enough food. I didn't mind [being detained] because they took my old clothes and gave me new clothes." Okay, maybe these are atypical examples, but can you believe even one person who survived the Soviet prison system came out with a favorable recommendation? “Great diet plan,” Ivan Ivanov said, “I lost 130 pounds!” Amnesty International secretary general Irene Khan's description of the U.S. detention facility at...
  • Got Gulag? North Korea does

    06/09/2005 10:26:19 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies · 503+ views
    NRO ^ | June 09, 2005 | James S. Robbins
    They gave me a good time in Cuba,” 15-year-old Afghan former-detainee Mohammed Ismail Agha said in a 2004 interview with the London Telegraph. "They treated us well,” elderly farmer Faiz Mohammed added. “We had enough food. I didn't mind [being detained] because they took my old clothes and gave me new clothes." Okay, maybe these are atypical examples, but can you believe even one person who survived the Soviet prison system came out with a favorable recommendation? “Great diet plan,” Ivan Ivanov said, “I lost 130 pounds!”    Amnesty International secretary general Irene Khan’s description of the U.S. detention facility...
  • Purposeful Moral Confusion and Relativism - (Stalin's "gulags" & Guantanamo; stark!)

    06/08/2005 8:00:46 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 7 replies · 492+ views
    FRONTIERS OF FREEDOM.ORG ^ | JUNE 9, 2005 | GEORGE C. LANDRITH, EDITOR
    For over 225 years, Americans have valued the rights spoken of in the Declaration of Independence – Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Americans have spilt their blood and spent their treasure to protect these basic rights for themselves and others. Amnesty International’s stated purpose is to prevent human rights violations. Thus, one might expect the United States and Amnesty International to be allies. However, they are not because Amnesty International’s stated purpose and its actual purpose are very different. Whatever its claimed purpose, Amnesty International has become just another extreme Left anti-American organization. Amnesty International’s secretary general, Irene...
  • Bush reading book critical of North Korea regime: White House source

    05/08/2005 11:21:39 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 6 replies · 474+ views
    Yonhap News (South Korea) ^ | May 9, 2005 | Kim Kwang-tae
    SEOUL, May 9 (Yonhap) -- U.S. President George W. Bush is reading a North Korean defector's book revealing gruesome human rights abuses in the Stalinist country, according to a White House source contacted in Seoul over the weekend. "I am in the middle of reading 'the Aquariums of Pyongyang,'" the White House source quoted Bush as saying in a recent meeting with aides. The White House source, whose name is being withheld by the Yonhap News Agency for privacy, told a friend in Seoul that Bush "appeared to be very concerned" about the plight of the 23 million North...
  • From Nazi's death camps to Soviet gulag

    05/01/2005 1:40:58 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies · 662+ views
    Bangkok Post ^ | May 2, 2005
    Just out of university Lev Mishchenko was sent to the Soviet front where he was captured and clung to life at a series of brutal camps including Buchenwald, little knowing 10 years hard labor in a gulag awaited him on his return home. ``As the war began the authorities announced the formation of volunteer militias. We organised in the universities and factories and around 100,000 of us Moscovites signed up,'' said Mr Mishchenko, who was 24 when the Soviet Union entered World War Two in June 1941. ``We thought we'd be trained and then led by career soldiers but they...
  • No Apology, No Future - (stubborn Putin's unapologetic Russia losing it all)

    05/01/2005 9:56:48 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 18 replies · 1,428+ views
    TO THE POINT.COM ^ | MAY 1, 2005 | DR. JACK WHEELER
    Budapest, Hungary, October 1997. It was a gorgeous fall day, the sun sparkling off the Danube, the domed Royal Palace glinting on Buda Hill, smartly dressed shoppers strolling along the Vaci. Just a few years ago this place had been a fear-ridden Russian colony. Now everyone on the street was chattering away on a cell phone. Back in the Soviet days, only the Nomenklatura – the Communist elite – could get a telephone, and even they were terrified of talking freely. I was in Budapest speaking to a conference of international business leaders. Another speaker was a Moscow television news...
  • Claim: North Korea gassing citizens

    04/29/2005 12:32:43 PM PDT · by rightalien · 20 replies · 905+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | April 29, 2005
    North Korea's hardline communist regime is using deadly nerve gas on its own citizens and possibly is operating experimental gas chambers, according to a Jewish human rights group. Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, told WorldNetDaily he went to Asia to talk with North Korean defectors who said they witnessed gruesome experimentations. Cooper began the investigation after learning of a BBC documentary in February 2004 based on interviews with a former North Korean official who had defected. The rabbi interviewed that man and two others, who confirmed the claims. The Rabbi interviewed a 55-year-old chemist who...
  • N. Korean Prison Camp Survivors Speak at UN Meeting

    04/09/2005 7:46:44 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 13 replies · 1,149+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 4/7/05 | Kenneth Chan
    Two survivors of the North Korean prison camps spoke at the UN Commission on Human Rights, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and at the EU, a UK-based a Christian human rights charity reported Monday. The two survivors, both Christians, were imprisoned at the Yodok Political Prison Camp and suffered “appalling abuses,” according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide. “In a political prison camp in North Korea, one must forget that he or she is a human being,” said 49-year-old Tae Jin Kim, initially defected to China in 1986 to escape North Korea. “I had to do many things to survive. I...
  • Russia Downed US Jet In Korean War [one of 31 USAF F-86 pilots lost and unaccounted for, captured?]

    02/27/2005 7:21:39 AM PST · by Mike Fieschko · 11 replies · 1,207+ views
    AP via CBS News ^ | Feb 26, 2005 | unknown
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2005 U.S. Airforce pilot Troy "Gordie" Cope is seen with his F-86 Sabre fighter sometime before he was shot down by a Russian flying a MiG-15 on Feb. 26, 2005. (Photo: AP (file)) (AP) Closing a curious chapter of Korean War history, the Pentagon announced Friday it had identified the remains of an Air Force pilot whose jet crashed on Chinese territory after being shot down during a dogfight with a Russian flying for North Korea. The case puts a spotlight on a Russian role in the 1950-53 Korean War that was kept quiet for decades and helped feed...
  • Official - Americans in GULAGs

    02/11/2005 6:24:02 PM PST · by koba37 · 37 replies · 1,326+ views
    CNN ^ | 11 Feb 05 | Barbara Starr
    <p>A document from Russian archives lists American servicemen in Soviet custody in May 1945.</p> <p>WASHINGTON (CNN) -- U.S. military service members may have been imprisoned and died in Soviet forced-labor camps during the 20th century, according to a Pentagon report to be released Friday.</p>
  • Poland marks 65 years since Stalin's deportation of Poles to Siberia

    02/11/2005 10:56:20 AM PST · by lizol · 179 replies · 2,566+ views
    The Jamaica Observer ^ | Friday, February 11, 2005
    Poland marks 65 years since Stalin's deportation of Poles to Siberia AP Friday, February 11, 2005 WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Survivors marked 65 years yesterday since Soviet occupiers began sending Poles to Siberian labour camps after signing a pact with Nazi Germany to divide up Poland. Under Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, at least 320,000 Poles from what is now Belarus, Ukraine and Lithuania were deported between February 1940 and June 1941. Historians estimate that some 20 to 30 per cent perished from forced labour in subfreezing temperatures, disease and starvation. A wreath-laying ceremony at a monument to the deportees marked...
  • What Terrible Things Were Done (The Holocaust reminds us of just how serious a subject history is.)

    01/26/2005 9:55:35 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies · 2,087+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 1/27/2005 | R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr
    WASHINGTON -- The 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by the Red Army as it pursued the retreating Nazis is upon us. It is perhaps a good occasion for me to recall what has been one of the strongest formative influences on my political point of view, the Holocaust. I learned about it in early grammar school under peculiar circumstances In the seventh and eighth grades in the mid-1950s I was an unruly student. Particularly when the teacher would demand of her class "silence," I became oddly loquacious. Thus I was forever being banished to the back of the...
  • Prosecuting the Gulag

    01/26/2005 9:02:11 PM PST · by jb6 · 9 replies · 332+ views
    Moscow Times ^ | January 21, 2005 | Peter Rollberg
    Prosecuting the Gulag The gulag destroyed most of its faithful before they could be confronted with their crimes. By Peter Rollberg Published: January 21, 2005 There was a time in the West when it took courage to mention the gulag in some liberal circles. Intellectuals and politicians who brought up the system of concentration camps that stretched from corner to corner of the Soviet Union could easily be labeled "anti-communists," "anti-Soviets" or simply "cold warriors." Turning a blind eye to the millions of victims of communism is among the Western left's gravest original sins, and one it still has to...
  • What Will Happen To Freepers, If the Kerry/Edwards Ticket Wins in November?

    07/21/2004 3:58:49 PM PDT · by ComtedeMaistre · 219 replies · 4,161+ views
    7-21-04 | ComtedeMaistre
    My intention is not to make anyone panic. But we all have to realize that the election this November, is, in my opinion, the most important of the post World War Two era. The election will determine whether you will live in the America you were born in, or whether America will be transformed into a totally new country (one similar to France, Cuba, Netherlands, etc.) In 1972, George McGovern run as an anti-war liberal. But he never revealed any intention to radically transform American culture. In 1976, Jimmy Carter run as a moderate, who was to the right of...
  • Within prison walls - North Korea’s Gulags

    02/06/2004 7:25:04 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies · 152+ views
    BBC ^ | 30 January, 2004 | Olenka Frenkiel
    Kwon Hyok is one of about 4,000 North Korean defectors living in Seoul, South Korea. Most escaped because of hunger, fear, torture, imprisonment or a simple hatred of the regime. But Kwon Hyok is not one of those. In 1999 he was a North Korean intelligence agent stationed in Beijing when he was persuaded by the South Koreans to defect. Six years before, in 1993, Kwon Hyok says he was Head of Security at prison camp 22 in Haengyong, an isolated area near the border with Russia. Camp 22 is one of a network of prisons in North Korea modelled...
  • Why the silence over North Korea's concentration camps?

    02/05/2004 6:57:19 AM PST · by SJackson · 16 replies · 457+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | Feb. 5, 2004 | Anne Applebaum
    Nearly 60 years ago last week, Auschwitz was liberated. On Jan. 27, 1945, four Russian soldiers rode into the camp. They seemed "wonderfully concrete and real," remembered Primo Levi, one of the prisoners, "perched on their enormous horses, between the gray of the snow and the gray of the sky." But they did not smile, nor did they greet the starving men and women. Levi thought he knew why: They felt "the shame that a just man experiences at another man's crime, the feeling of guilt that such a crime should exist." Nowadays, it seems impossible to understand why so...
  • Siberians Tell Moscow: Like It or Not, It's Home

    01/28/2004 3:00:57 PM PST · by presidio9 · 6 replies · 146+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 28, 2004 | STEVEN LEE MYERS
    NORILSK, Russia, Jan. 22 — Stalin imprisoned people here, exploiting their labor to build an industry in icy isolation. His Soviet successors enticed them here with higher salaries and ideological cant to conquer the forbidding Arctic. Now Russia wants people to leave Norilsk — only to find that most would rather stay, despite poverty, corrosive pollution from ever-billowing smokestacks and insufferable weather that plunges temperatures below freezing for most of the year. Advertisement Burdened by the costs of sustaining 10 million people in a vast, frozen region that stretches from the Kola Peninsula in the west to Chukotka in the...