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  • Xi’s China: Smothering dissent

    07/28/2016 8:33:31 AM PDT · by drop 50 and fire for effect · 4 replies
    Financial Times: The Big Read ^ | 27 July 2016 | Tom Mitchell
    Subtitle: Critics fear the erosion of civic freedoms is denying space for grievances to be aired In one of his last interviews before he was detained by Chinese police, Meng Han appeared relaxed as he talked about his work as a labour activist. “Our most important work is to help factory workers organise themselves so they can defend their rights,” he told the Financial Times last year. “The government rarely helps the workers. But as long as the workers don’t go to extremes, it will stay neutral.” At the beginning of 2015, Mr Meng could feel reasonably confident that he...
  • ACLU: Orwellian Citizen Score, China's credit score system, is a warning for Americans

    10/08/2015 9:29:08 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 5 replies
    Computer World ^ | 10/18/15 | Computer World
    In China, every citizen is being assigned a credit score that drops if a person buys and plays video games, or posts political comments online “without prior permission," or even if social media "friends" do so. The ACLU said the credit rating system, an Orwellian nightmare, should serve as a warning to Americans.
  • Judge Rules Government Has Right to Know Who Its Opponents Are [semi-news]

    08/03/2015 9:53:46 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 1 Aug 2015 | John Semmens
    U.S. District Judge Sidney Stein ordered Citizens United to turn over the names, addresses, and amounts of money contributed to the organization by its donors to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. “It is clear that the activities of Citizen’s United, if successful, would result in a serious obstacle to the government’s interests,” Judge Stein wrote. “The government’s ability to fend off this threat is hampered by the anonymity of this organization’s supporters. If people want to oppose the government they should come out of the shadows.” Stein dismissed fears that the government might take reprisals against its opponents as...
  • Who Is Patricia Jannuzzi? (Catholic School teacher fired for "homophobic" Facebook comment)

    03/21/2015 9:25:16 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 31 replies
    National Review ^ | March 19, 2015 Read more at: | Maggie Gallagher
    I can’t get this question out of my head: Who is Patricia Jannuzzi? These last few weeks, we’ve seen a lot of religious organizations publicly wrestling with gay rights. The Mormon Church authorized new protections for gay people, while attempting to protect religious believers, too. A rapidly dwindling denomination of Presbyterians decided to embrace gay marriage. San Francisco’s City Church, the largest evangelical megachurch, embraced gay marriage for its congregants. Cardinal Dolan was the grand marshal of the first St. Patrick’s Day parade that permitted people to march with LGBT banners. Some of these churches are discarding ancient Christian moral...
  • Vietnam detains blogger for 'bad' content

    11/30/2014 1:06:47 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    yahoo ^ | 8 hours ago
    Hong Le Tho, 65, was detained for "posting online articles with bad content and false information that discredit and create distrust among people about state agencies, social agencies and citizens," the Ministry of Public Security said on Saturday on its website.
  • Delighting in U.S. Leadership Void, Castro Regime Rounds-Up Record # of Political Prisoners in 2014

    10/22/2014 7:53:01 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 4 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 22 October 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    What happened to Raul Castro's 'reforms'? Watchdog/advocacy group 'The Cuban Commission for Human Rights" (CCHR) has now documented over 8000 political arrests -that we know of-by the vile Castro regime this year, already beating last year's (2013) tally of 6424 hapless souls thrown in filthy Cuban prisons to slave, starve, and die. 10,000 new prisoners is well within the realm of possibility now, trouncing previous records of 2074 political arrests in 2010, 4123 arrests in 2011, and 6602 in 2012. So there's no denying that the year 2014 -under the leadership of 'reformer' Raul Castro- has brought the harshest Stalinist repression in the history of an already-very-repressive-country....
  • Clinton Admin Feared Internet's Ability to Democraticize News 3 Years Before Drudge Bombshell

    04/21/2014 6:25:32 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 19 replies
    Breitbart's Big Journalism ^ | April 19, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Three years before Matt Drudge changed the world and how news would be consumed, President Bill Clinton's White House feared that the Internet was allowing average citizens, especially conservatives, to bypass legacy gatekeepers and access information that had previously been denied to them by the mainstream press. The infamous 1995 "conspiracy commerce memo" tried to demonize and discredit alternative media outlets on the right to mainstream media organizations and D.C. establishment figures. The memo notes that the "Internet has become one of the major and most dynamic modes of communication" and "can link people, groups and organizations together instantly." (snip)...
  • Putin signs decree on rehabilitation of Crimean Tatars

    04/21/2014 4:22:01 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 17 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 04/21/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, April 21. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree on rehabilitation of Crimean Tatars and other nationalities of Crimea, who were victims of Stalin-era repressions. “Taking advantage of an opportunity, I would like to inform colleagues that I have signed a decree on rehabilitation of the Crimean Tatars, the Armenian population, Germans, Greeks - all those who suffered from Stalin’s repressions,” Putin said. Other Crimean ethnic groups repressed by Stalin would also be rehabilitated, he said, listing Armenians, Germans and Greeks among them in a move reaching out to some 250,000 mainly Sunnite Tatars in a modern...
  • Venezuela is falling down the rabbit hole into Blunderland.

    03/21/2014 2:43:19 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 15 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | March 21, 2014 | Dan Miller
    The protests continue. Off with their heads, says the Red Queen. When Venezuela reaches the bottom, will she be able to get back up?  Bello Monte when tear gas was dropped from far away the protest rally.Daniel at Venezuela News and Views posted an excellent article on March 20th titled First day of the dictatorship, referring to March 20th as the first day. An article at My Way titled Venezuela moves swiftly against opposition lists many of the same regime perversions and begins, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has used the military, legislative and judicial power consolidated during 15 years of socialist rule in a sudden series of blows...
  • Venezuela update -- it's still a mess

    03/08/2014 10:52:16 AM PST · by DanMiller · 7 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | March 8, 2014 | Dan Miller
    Little new information escapes from Venezuela, beyond that protests and repression by the Chavista/Cuban regime continue.As Daniel reported today (Saturday), the Organization of American States (OAS) produced a resolution about the situation in Venezuela. The regime scores because not only the OAS will not send any mission or observation, not only the OAS will not go beyond an exhortation but the OAS also writes "Its appreciation, full support, and encouragement for the initiatives and the efforts of the democratically-elected Government of Venezuela ...". there is an "and" after that to include other sectors but the first part is the one...
  • Dictatorship and violence reign as Venezuela approaches a crisis

    02/13/2014 9:54:48 AM PST · by DanMiller · 17 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | February 13, 2014 | Dan Miller
    The economy is almost beyond repair, with inflation exceeding fifty percent annually and getting worse. Shortages, corruption and censorship are endemic. Yesterday, approximately 10,000 demonstrators protested. The Chavista regime responded violently, the only way it understands.Daniel, as far as I am aware the only English language writer still blogging in Venezuela, posted an article late yesterday titled A new landmark date for repression in Venezuela: confirming the dictatorship. More from him shortly, but first these reports: BBC News -- Police were out in force at the anti-government rally in Caracas on Wednesday.According to the BBC News article linked above with...
  • Washington & Wall Street: Income Inequality and Financial Repression

    01/06/2014 9:28:06 AM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4 Jan 2014 | Christopher Whalen
    You don't get something for nothing, You can't have freedom for free, You won't get wise, With the sleep still in your eyes, No matter what your dreams might be, “Something for Nothing” ... The biggest obstacle to economic recovery is ignorance, among the public and in Congress. Even reasonable proposals like those advanced by DeLong are basically frozen out by the strange logic that currently holds sway inside the White House and within the FOMC. In both cases, the idea of real debt restructuring and economic revival is shunned in favor of policy stasis and financial repression. The current...
  • Indictment issued for Mehdi Hashemi

    01/09/2013 2:37:02 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 6 replies
    Tehran Times ^ | 9 Jan 2013 | anon
    TEHRAN – Tehran Prosecutor General Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi announced on Wednesday that a 125-page indictment has been issued for Mehdi Hashemi, the son of Expediency Council Chairman Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. Judiciary spokesman Gholam Hossein Mohseni-Ejeii had previously said, “As soon as the indictment is issued, efforts will be made to hold the court hearing.” Mehdi Hashemi was released from prison on December 17 on a bail of 100 billion rials ($8,156,606). He faces charges of inciting unrest after the 2009 presidential election.
  • Harry Belafonte Suggests that Barack Obama Jail Political Detractors

    12/14/2012 8:17:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/14/2012 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    The "King of Calypso," Hugo Chávez enthusiast, and "Banana Boat" crooner, octogenarian Harry Belafonte is so thrilled with the reelection of Barack Obama that he's taken to cable "news" network MSNBC to share his views on how President Obama should deal with political nemeses. In addition to singing, acting and songwriting, throughout his career Harry "Viva la revolucion" Belafonte has also promoted himself as a civil rights advocate and humanitarian. In addition to issuing indictments like: "Our foreign policy has made a wreck of this planet," Mr. Belafonte also heartily endorses the ailing Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez's socialist revolution. Once,...

    03/12/2012 9:27:29 PM PDT · by Razzz42 · 11 replies ^ | March 2011 | Carmen M. Reinhart & M. Belen Sbrancia
    ABSTRACT Historically, periods of high indebtedness have been associated with a rising incidence of default or restructuring of public and private debts. A subtle type of debt restructuring takes the form of “financial repression.” Financial repression includes directed lending to government by captive domestic audiences (such as pension funds), explicit or implicit caps on interest rates, regulation of cross-border capital movements, and (generally) a tighter connection between government and banks. In the heavily regulated financial markets of the Bretton Woods system, several restrictions facilitated a sharp and rapid reduction in public debt/GDP ratios from the late 1940s to the 1970s....
  • BREAKING: Obama proposes letting the jobless sue for discrimination

    09/28/2011 7:52:11 AM PDT · by Scythian · 102 replies
    Advocates for the unemployed have cheered a push by the Obama administration to ban discrimination against the jobless. But business groups and their allies are calling the effort unnecessary and counterproductive. The job creation bill that President Obama sent to Congress earlier this month includes a provision that would allow unsuccessful job applicants to sue if they think a company of 15 more employees denied them a job because they were unemployed. The provision would ban employment ads that explicitly declare the unemployed ineligible, with phrases like "Jobless need not apply." As The Lookout has reported, such ads appear to...
  • The Federal Reserve and Financial Repression

    06/07/2011 10:37:02 AM PDT · by prairiebreeze · 3 replies
    American Spectator ^ | June 7, 2011 | Anthony Tarquinto
    Pacific Investment Management Company co-founder Bill Gross is starting to talk about what "financial repression" means for the bond markets, which America has not seen since the darkest days of the 1930's when the term was first used. I'm starting to talk about what financial repression means for Americans. ~snip~ There would be no cash left in the vaults and no cash left in the drawers. Without cash reserves, banks would not be able to fund credit card purchases, debit card purchases, or supply ATM machines with dollar bills. They would not be able to underwrite small business loans either....
  • China hits back at Salman Rushdie(called Chicom the biggest threat to free speech)

    04/29/2011 8:07:53 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 04/29/11 | Peter Foster
    China hits back at Salman Rushdie China has hit back at the novelist Salman Rushdie after he argued that China had become "the world's biggest threat to freedom of speech" in an article published earlier this month in The Daily Telegraph. By Peter Foster, Beijing9:00AM BST 29 Apr 2011 In an open letter titled "Human Rights lecture not needed", China's embassy in London attacked Mr Rushdie's call for the release of Ai Weiwei, the Chinese artist behind the Tate Modern's Sunflower Seeds, who has been detained since April 3. "This is a blatant interference in China's judicial independence and violates...
  • N. Korea: [Viewpoint] An inconvenient truth about Jimmy

    04/28/2011 5:00:57 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    JoongAng Daily ^ | 04/28/11 | Park Bo-gyoon
    [Viewpoint] An inconvenient truth about Jimmy Carter reserves comment on the denial of human rights, political brutalities and trampling of liberties by the Pyongyang regime. April 28, 2011 Jimmy Carter, the 39th American president, has a legacy of contradictions and mixed-up views. He is generally viewed as a decent and upright politician - in short, a good man. The 86-year-old former president, however, can’t escape a history of unfortunate words and actions that leave him open to charges of confusion and possibly hypocrisy. Carter’s presidency, from 1977 to 1981, came at a time when the United States was in a...
  • CAIR's Strong-Arm Tactics in the Cradle of Liberty

    04/22/2011 1:19:16 PM PDT · by forty_years
    netWMD ^ | April 22, 2011 | Hillel Zaremba
    Aaron Proctor, a Philadelphia-based libertarian writer, can count himself the latest victim of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), an organization that ironically claims to work for civil rights. ... Aaron Proctor has become yet another victim of the dangerous trend of CAIR stifling public discussion of Islamism. Who will be next?
  • A legacy of violence

    03/02/2011 1:11:52 PM PST · by forty_years · 3 replies ^ | 3/2/2011 | Efraim Karsh
    ... In the long history of the Islamic empire, the wide gap between delusions of grandeur and the forces of localism would be bridged time and again by force of arms, making violence a key element of Islamic political culture. No sooner had the prophet Muhammad died than his successor, Abu Bakr, had to suppress a widespread revolt among the Arabian tribes. Twenty-three years later, the head of the umma, Caliph Uthman ibn Affan, was murdered by disgruntled rebels; his successor, Ali ibn Abi Talib, was confronted for most of his reign with armed insurrections, most notably by the governor...
  • Senator Asks IRS to Crack Down on Government Critics

    10/03/2010 9:41:21 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 35 replies
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 2 October 2010 | John Semmens
    Irritated by a rising tide of criticism of current government policies, Senator Max Baucus (D-Mont) has asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate organizations for what he termed “unwelcome political activity.” “These critics have crossed the line,” Baucus contended. “Just because they stop short of saying ‘don’t vote for candidate X’ shouldn’t let them off the hook. The American voter isn’t totally stupid. If he’s told that a policy is bad and that candidate X voted for that policy he can connect the dots and vote accordingly.” Baucus admitted that he was “a little uncomfortable setting the dogs of the...
  • The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression

    02/12/2005 2:45:19 PM PST · by Calpernia · 48 replies · 4,634+ views
    Jews For The Preservation of Firearms Ownership, Inc. ^ | 1999 | By Stephane Courtois, Mark Kramer (Translator), Jonathan Murphy, Karel Bartosek, Andrzej Paczkowski
    The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression By Stephane Courtois, Mark Kramer (Translator), Jonathan Murphy (Translator), Karel Bartosek, Andrzej Paczkowski, Jean-Louis Panne, Jean-Louis Margolin (Contributors); Introduction to the U.S. edition by Martin Malia Published by Harvard University Press, 1999 Originally published in France, 1997 Reviewed by Claire Wolfe Examining the photos and reading their captions in The Black Book of Communism, you might expect the surrounding 700+ pages to contain a wail of outrage. The photos, though few, are as graphic and heart-rending as the worst from Nazi Germany. But the text is no impassioned partisan cry. It's something...
  • With a growing economy, China becomes increasingly repressive

    04/28/2010 7:36:43 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 401+ views
    Asia News ^ | 04/27/10
    04/27/2010 15:26 CHINA With a growing economy, China becomes increasingly repressive In 2009, more and more people have been arrested, sent to “re-education” camps or “black jails” or subjected to internet censorship. As Chinese leaders feel more secure about the country’s growing economy and its international status, popular dissatisfaction grows, leading to clashes with police. Instead, human rights should be respected in order to build Hu Jintao’s “harmonious society”. Beijing (AsiaNews/CHRD) – China has become more repressive towards human rights activists, non-governmental organisations, online journalists and lawyers. Its economic success and rising superpower status are the main reasons. Yet growing...
  • TKACIK: China: No longer 'rising'

    10/08/2009 7:18:50 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies · 981+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 10/08/09 | John J. Tkacik
    TKACIK: China: No longer 'rising' John J. Tkacik OPINION/ANALYSIS: Beijing's 60th National Day celebrations last week featured a "Springtime for Mao" battalion of high-stepping, 5-foot-11 female army recruits decked out in hot magenta miniskirts, white boots and petite submachine guns. But that did not necessarily mean the event's organizers had a Mel Brooks sense of humor. The rest of the People's Liberation Army parade, in ironic procession down Beijing's Avenue of Eternal Peace, featured a solemn march of advanced military equipment - 52 brand-new weapons systems ranging from airborne combat vehicles to colossal intercontinental ballistic missiles on mobile launchers -...
  • Priests beaten, one thrown from hospital window as Vietnamese Catholics protest

    07/29/2009 10:38:08 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies · 347+ views
    CNA ^ | 7/28/2009
    Dong Hoi, Vietnam, Jul 28, 2009 / 09:29 pm (CNA).- Two priests were hospitalized in the central Vietnamese coastal city of Dong Hoi after being beaten brutally by plain-clothed police and a gang employed by the local government. One of the priests, who is now comatose, was thrown from the second floor of the hospital where he was visiting the first victim. On Sunday, Fr. Paul Nguyen Dinh Phu, parish priest of Du Loc, was attacked by a group of plain-clothed police and thugs when he was travelling to Tam Toa parish to concelebrate morning Mass with five other priests...
  • Death of a Doctrine - Obama Discovers Engagement's Limits

    07/29/2009 7:55:59 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 12 replies · 877+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 29, 2009 | Michael Gerson
    The Obama administration lacks a foreign policy ideology as a matter of ideology. Speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations, Secretary of State Clinton asserted, "Rigid ideologies and old formulas don't apply."...But even lacking an ideology, the administration does have a doctrine. The defining principle of President Obama's foreign policy is engagement with America's adversaries...expressing respect for legitimate grievances, apologizing for past wrongs and offering dialogue without preconditions. Six months on, how fares the Obama doctrine? Concerning North Korea and Iran, the doctrine is on its deathbed. North Korea responded to administration outreach by testing a nuclear weapon, firing missiles...
  • Iranian consumers boycott Nokia for 'collaboration' (accomplice to the regime?)

    07/15/2009 1:42:50 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 361+ views
    Guardian ^ | 07/14/09 | Saeed Kamali Dehghan
    Iranian consumers boycott Nokia for 'collaboration' Saeed Kamali Dehghan, Tuesday 14 July 2009 21.22 BST The mobile phone company Nokia is being hit by a growing economic boycott in Iran as consumers sympathetic to the post-election protest movement begin targeting a string of companies deemed to be collaborating with the regime. Wholesale vendors in the capital report that demand for Nokia handsets has fallen by as much as half in the wake of calls to boycott Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) for selling communications monitoring systems to Iran. There are signs that the boycott is spreading: consumers are shunning SMS...
  • Iran's Regime Will Never Be the Same

    06/24/2009 10:23:42 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 12 replies · 629+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 23, 2009 | EDWARD N. LUTTWAK
    At this point, only the short-term future of Iran's clerical regime remains in doubt. The current protests could be repressed, but the unelected institutions of priestly rule have been fatally undermined. Though each aspect of the Islamic Republic has its own dynamic, this is not a regime that can last many more years. When it comes to repression, Iran has a spectrum of security instruments that can be used...The national police can take care of routine crowd control; riot-police units can beat some demonstrators in order to discourage others; the much more brutal, underclass Basij militiamen enjoy striking and shooting...
  • Nokia and Siemens Broke Embargo to Help Iran Crack Down on Protesters

    06/22/2009 9:46:16 AM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 8 replies · 542+ views
    washingon times/the lid ^ | 6/22/09 | The Lid
    You would think with all of the embargoes that the US government has on doing buisness with Iran and its crazy President Ahmadinejad , that it would be pretty difficult for companies that do buisness with the United States to sell systems to the terrorist regime that would enable it squash dissidents. Of course if you thought that, "you would think..." wrong. Back in April, Eli Lake of the Wash Times times Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN), a joint venture between the Finnish cell-phone giant Nokia and German powerhouse Siemens have sold a "big brother-like" spy system to Ahmadinejad's nut house:
  • Political Asylum

    06/18/2009 1:03:02 PM PDT · by sten · 15 replies · 531+ views
    vanity | sten
    I am under assault, directly from my government and the president, due to belonging to a small minority. The president and congress has vilified my minority in the press repeatedly, and is pushing laws to impoverish us and push us out of our homes. In response, I am wondering if I can apply for political asylum from the US to Great Britain? I am part of the vilified 5% of the population that makes over $150k/yr. Our members include the AIG execs which have been harassed on their property, molested in markets and have had their property confiscated without due...
  • Pakistani Catholic leaders come out against the Taliban and the imposition of the jizya

    06/05/2009 8:39:53 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies · 232+ views
    Asia News ^ | 6/5/2009 | Qaiser Felix
    Tax on non-Muslims is a threat that violates basic human rights. In tribal areas near the border with Afghanistan more than 700 non-Muslim families are persecuted and forced to pay. Federal Religious Minorities minister strongly condemns the tax, pledges help for the victims. Lahore (AsiaNews) – The National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP) has condemned the imposition of the Jizya, the poll tax for non-Muslims, in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on the border with Afghanistan because of its discriminatory nature and because it constitutes a direct threat to basic human rights. Mgr John Saldanha, archbishop of Lahore,...
  • The Obama/Napolitano Doctrine: Conservatism Verboten

    04/23/2009 1:35:52 PM PDT · by justiceseeker93 · 68 replies · 3,718+ views
    RedStatesUSA ^ | April 23, 2009 | Christopher G. Adamo
    ...Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, in concert with Barack Obama, is laying the groundwork for a far grander and more sinister plan [than Clinton's], which if suggested only a few years ago would have been instantly consigned to the realm of paranoid conspiracies. Such transparent deflection notwithstanding, the evidence is far too extensive to allow for deniability. This is the meanacing reality of the Obama White House.
  • The Great Repression

    04/07/2009 4:44:40 PM PDT · by TennTuxedo · 4 replies · 457+ views
    Concurring Opinions ^ | April 6, 2009 | Lawrence Cunningham
    Amid contending descriptions of the prevailing economic crisis, and candidates for causes and responses, I nominate The Great Repression and, in doing so, point out how unconscious exclusion of painful realities from the conscious mind caused the crisis and continues to infect policy responses to it. No consensus appears on what to call the prevailing economic crisis, let alone diagnostics of its causes or prescriptions for cure. It’s not yet so severe to warrant Great Depression II or so mild to be called a mere recession. As something in between, some are tempted to call it a Great Recession. People...
  • Dalai Lama: China Has Created 'Hell on Earth' in Tibet

    03/10/2009 5:38:13 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 40 replies · 1,156+ views
    Fox ^ | 3/10/2009 | Fox
    DHARMSALA, India — Chinese rule in Tibet has created a "hell on earth" that has caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Tibetans, the Dalai Lama said Tuesday in a speech to mark the 50th anniversary of the failed uprising that sent him into exile. Speaking to thousands of supporters, the Tibetan spiritual leader said Chinese martial law, and hard-line policies such as the Cultural Revolution, had devastated the Himalayan region. "These thrust Tibetans into such depths of suffering and hardship that they literally experienced hell on earth," he said in this Indian hill town, where he and the...
  • Fighting Internet suppression, gov’t spying, ISP content-bias

    02/18/2009 11:38:15 AM PST · by EagleUSA · 4 replies · 473+ views
    The Hill ^ | 02/18/2009 | EagleUSA
    China and the United States approach politics differently, but their teenagers share a favorite means of communication — text messaging. What these teens say to each other may matter only to them. But that they are able to communicate this easily, openly and even cheaply matters to us all. Without the freedom to have these little conversations, a nation is not equipped to have the bigger ones. It is with the vigilance of a teen facing time without texting that we should take a day to focus not on the small phone screen or the bigger laptop screen, but the...
  • Another India exposed

    01/31/2009 11:40:52 AM PST · by TBP · 16 replies · 822+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | January 29, 2009 | Julia Duin
    Last summer, a priest was tortured and a nun gang-raped in Kandhmal, a cauldron of radical Hinduism and the site of an anti-Christian pogrom in August. The depressing details of it all have been previously described by this writer: 70,000 homeless Christians, more than 5,000 homes destroyed, 3,000 people missing and/or hiding in the nearby jungles for the past five months, 87 people burned or hacked to death and the infrastructure of the Catholic Church destroyed. Hundreds of their schools, churches and other institutions have been destroyed. Displaced people sitting in refugee camps are afraid to return to their villages.
  • Kazakhstan Turns Ugly

    12/13/2008 12:31:30 PM PST · by E. Cartman · 9 replies · 708+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 12-12-08 | Doug Bandow
    Central Asia has escaped Soviet domination, but the newly independent states have replicated communist repression. Nations like Kazakhstan never really moved forward. Now it is retreating on religious as well as political liberty. The U.S. and Europe have to decide whether to allow the Kazakh government to take over leadership of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
  • Tibetan exiles rethink struggle against Chinese rule(call for more aggressive stance)

    11/17/2008 5:22:28 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 383+ views
    AFP ^ | 11/17/08 | Ben Sheppard
    Tibetan exiles rethink struggle against Chinese rule by Ben Sheppard DHARAMSHALA, India (AFP) – Leading Tibetan exiles kicked off a week-long meeting in northern India Monday that could usher in a more radical approach to their long struggle against Chinese rule in Tibet. The Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual leader, called the gathering after admitting that his attempts to secure greater autonomy for the region through negotiation with the Chinese government had failed. Before the talks began, he had urged the 500 participants to consider all aspects of policy regarding China -- ensuring that the thorny issue of whether to push...
  • Obama Moves to Silence All ACORN Critics

    10/21/2008 4:00:43 AM PDT · by markomalley · 116 replies · 5,828+ views
    Heritage Foundation ^ | 10/20/2008 | Conn Carroll
    Want a preview of what an Obama Department of Justice would look like? Look no further than Obama for America General Counsel Bob Bauer’s letter to Attorney General Michael Mukasey from last Friday. Bauer wants the Special Prosecutor investigating the U.S. Attorney firings to start investigating John McCain, Sarah Palin, and other Republicans including Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). Their crime? Calling on our nation’s law enforcement officers to investigate wide spread reports of voter fraud. Bauer writes:As Election Day approaches - just as in 2004 and 2006 - Republican Party officials and operatives nationwide, including...
  • Your ChiCom repression of the day

    08/20/2008 6:03:18 PM PDT · by the anti-liberal · 7 replies · 194+ views ^ | August 20, 2008 | Michelle Malkin
    By Michelle Malkin  •  August 20, 2008 07:06 PM Photoshop - Lundesigns The ChiComs get a another gold medal for Olympic tyranny. Ruthlessly perfect 10s across the board: Two elderly Chinese women who applied to hold a protest during the Olympics were ordered to spend a year in a labor camp, a relative said Wednesday. Police later squelched a pro-Tibet demonstration.The women were still at home three days after being officially notified they would have to serve a yearlong term of reeducation through labor, but were under surveillance by a government-backed neighborhood group, said Li Xuehui, the son of one of the...
  • David Frum: China's brightest day may have just passed(next Mexico?)

    08/16/2008 10:18:51 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 62 replies · 195+ views
    National Post ^ | 08/09/08 | Kelly McParland
    David Frum: China's brightest day may have just passed Posted: August 09, 2008, 11:57 AM by Kelly McParland David Frum, Full Comment The leaders of China have carefully planned an imposing Olympics. They have bought new stadiums, new airports, new facilities of every kind — in fact, just about everything available to an authoritarian state with a full treasury and low labour costs. They overlooked only one possibility: that the Olympics would arrive at the same time as China’s economy braked to a stop. To understand what is happening in China, compare two statistics. In the 12 months ending December...
  • Olympic repression and a gutless IOC

    08/15/2008 12:34:52 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 168+ views
    FT ^ | 08/14/08
    Olympic repression and a gutless IOC Published: August 14 2008 19:30 | Last updated: August 14 2008 19:30 It has taken less than a week for the contradictions between the reality of Communist party rule and China’s pre-Olympics promises of openness and press freedom to burst unpleasantly into the open. Perhaps the party’s decision to order a pretty nine-year-old girl to lip-synch the patriotic singing of another girl deemed insufficiently cute for the opening ceremony can be dismissed as a misguided quest for artistic perfection. Nor is the manhandling of journalists by police – as happened on Wednesday during a...
  • Western flattery ignores the dark reality of Russia

    07/10/2008 6:54:04 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 29 replies · 204+ views
    FT ^ | 07/10/08 | Garry Kasparov
    Western flattery ignores the dark reality of Russia By Garry Kasparov Published: July 10 2008 18:21 | Last updated: July 10 2008 18:21 Recently we have witnessed a flurry of high-profile and contradictory statements on the Russian state. In a role reversal, Russia’s leaders have been abnormally candid while several prominent western politicians and pundits have lavished undeserved praise. Russian president Dmitri Medvedev was bold enough last week to state that democracy is irrelevant to the Group of Eight leading nations. It is sad to see that some of Europe’s leaders seem to agree with him. He also accidentally told...
  • Iran: 'Turbaned Dictatorship' Ignores Economic Hardship

    06/30/2008 6:09:20 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies · 105+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 07/01/08 | Lee Tae-hoon
    /begin my translation [Teheran Report] 'Turbaned Dictatorship' Ignores Economic Hardship Despite high oil price and galloping inflation, power struggles are the order of the day "The government will be toppled in a month or two..." ominous rumors swirling Teheran/Qom(Iran) = Lee Tae-hoon About two hours of drive to the south west of Teheran is Qom, the cradle of 1979 Islamic Revolution, and the religious city of supreme authority. A woman with thick eye makeup, wearing Armani sunglasses, and her hairs colored in yellow and silver, passes by 'Khojeye Elmieh(sp?)' Islamic seminary building, where Khomeini, the father of Iranian Revolution(1902~1989) once...
  • Paddy Ashdown: Military intervention in Zimbabwe 'would be justified'

    06/23/2008 4:58:35 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 39 replies · 74+ views
    Times of London ^ | 06/24/08 | Michael Evans and Catherine Philp
    Paddy Ashdown: Military intervention in Zimbabwe 'would be justified' Lord Ashdown says terror must be ended Michael Evans, Defence Editor and Catherine Philp in Harare Military intervention in Zimbabwe would be justified to stop the violence there deteriorating into mass slaughter, Paddy Ashdown told The Times last night. Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon said: “The situation in Zimbabwe could deteriorate to a point where genocide could be a possible outcome - something that looks like [another] Rwanda.” In that case, international military action, with Britain playing a “delicate role”, would have to be considered, said the former European Union High Representative...
  • Kennedy 'has brain tumour'

    05/20/2008 5:25:59 PM PDT · by KarinG1 · 18 replies · 64+ views
    Gulf Daily News ^ | May 20, 2008 | Staff
    WASHINGTON: Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy has a malignant brain tumour, his doctors said last night, of a type considered potentially very dangerous. Kennedy has a glioma and likely will require chemotherapy and radiation therapy, neurologist Dr Lee Schwamm of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and Dr Larry Ronan, a primary physician there said. Kennedy, 76, has been admitted to hospital since he had a seizure on Saturday. He was airlifted to Massachusetts General Hospital on Saturday morning after being rushed by ambulance to a local hospital near his family's Cape Cod vacation compound.
  • Freedom of Press and Speech Sacrificed to Islam

    01/07/2008 5:52:57 AM PST · by Hank Kerchief · 11 replies · 140+ views
    The Autonomist ^ | 01/07/08 | Reginald Firehammer
    Freedom of Press and Speech Sacrificed to Islam by Reginald Firehammer The world's governments, especially those that pride themselves on being secular, are being used to force religious compliance on everyone. When an Ideology is given special status, so that any speech, article, book, or commentary is repressed if it is unfavorable toward that ideology, it has become the state religion, in this case, the "state" is comprised of most of this world's governments. These two articles: "Holy Smoke, Don't criticise Islam, says UN," by Damian Thompson, and, "Here's what offends this writer," by Mark Steyn are just two of...
  • Scores Detained in Russia Demonstrations

    11/26/2007 3:59:41 PM PST · by GRRRRR · 21 replies · 105+ views
    Fox News / AP ^ | 11/26/07 | By IRINA TITOVA, Associated Press Writer
    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Police rounded up scores of people demonstrating against President Vladimir Putin on Sunday, dragging protesters toward buses and beating some who tried to escape. Hundreds of police armed with shields, body armor and truncheons bore down on demonstrators chanting "Russia without Putin!" in St. Petersburg. Among those detained was a likely contender in next March's presidential election, Boris Nemtsov. "So many police proves they are afraid of us," Nemtsov told reporters before being taken away. Police said he was released soon after. It was the second time in two days police have broken up an opposition...
  • British taxpayers funding 'virginity fix' operations in Muslim-driven trend

    11/15/2007 10:48:59 AM PST · by ddtorquee · 16 replies · 143+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 15th November 2007
    Women are being given controversial "virginity repair" operations on the NHS, it emerged last night. Taxpayers funded 24 hymen replacement operations between 2005 and 2006, official figures revealed. And increasing numbers of women are paying up to £4,000 in private clinics for the procedure apparently under pressure from future spouses or in-laws who believe they should be virgins on their wedding night. Doctors said most patients are immigrants or British of ethnic origin. The trend has been condemned by critics as a sign of social regression driven by Islamic fundamentalists. Some countries have made hymen reconstruction operations illegal. ...Tory health...