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  • No more white farmers: Govt vows (Zimbabwe)

    01/26/2015 11:22:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 55 replies
    Zimbabwe NewsDay ^ | January 22, 2015 in News | Moses Matenga
    Government yesterday vowed to grab all farms owned by the remaining white former commercial farmers and ruled out joint ventures involving whites. Addressing chiefs during the handover of A2 (small-scale commercial farm) offer letters to traditional leaders in Mashonaland East province yesterday, Provincial Affairs minister Joel Biggie Matiza said government’s new land policy was set to benefit diplomats, chiefs, war veterans, civil servants and others who missed out at the launch of the land reform program in 2000 because of rampant corruption. Speaking at the same occasion, Lands and Rural Resettlement minister Douglas Mombeshora also said government would not allow...
  • Zimbabwe’s First Lady seeks to control more land

    01/22/2015 3:05:47 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 22, 2015 3:09 AM EST | Farai Mutsaka
    In 2000, Timon Shava was a hero of Zimbabwe’s land reform program when he joined hundreds of other landless peasants in a wave of land seizures and evictions of white farmers. Today, he is homeless after police, acting on behalf of President Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace, destroyed dozens of thatch dwellings on a farm that she wants to control. The First Lady, who has another farm in the area, said last year that she wanted to turn this farm into a wildlife conservancy that could raise money for an orphanage. A new twist on the long struggle over land in...
  • Robert Mugabe’s party claims landslide victory…as main rival accuses him of ‘monumental fraud’

    08/01/2013 4:39:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 10:33 EST, 1 August 2013 | Matt Blake and Daily Mail Reporters
    Robert Mugabe’s party claimed a resounding victory in Zimbabwe’s general election today moments before his main rival accused him of “monumental fraud”. The election had been hailed as a potential turning point in the nation’s troubled history as Mugabe’s long-time nemesis Morgan Tsvangirai again vowed to dethrone the 89-year-old tyrant after 33 years in power. … Releasing unofficial results early in Zimbabwe is illegal, and police had said on Wednesday they would arrest anybody who made premature claims about the result. But a senior source in Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party, who asked not to be named, crowed: “We’ve taken this election....
  • Zimbabwe: Early voting starts amid chaos

    07/14/2013 8:09:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 14, 2013 11:00 AM EDT
    Officials of Zimbabwe’s election commission say early voting has started for police and security personnel who will be on duty during the nation’s crucial elections on July 31. The officials acknowledged there was chaos at many voting stations Sunday. Voting materials were not delivered in time for the special vote for service personnel who won’t be able to vote on polling day. …
  • Eric Holder: Black Panther case focus demeans 'my people'

    03/01/2011 11:15:20 AM PST · by ColdOne · 247 replies ^ | March 01, 2011 | Josh Gerstein
    Attorney General Eric Holder finally got fed up Tuesday with claims that the Justice Department went easy in a voting rights case against members of the New Black Panther Party because they are African American. Holder's frustration over the criticism became evident during a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing as Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas) accused the Justice Department of failing to cooperate with a Civil Rights Commission investigation into the handling of the 2008 incident in which Black Panthers in intimidating outfits and wielding a club stood outside a polling place in Philadelphia. The Attorney General seemed to take personal offense...
  • Harare descends into chaos as ZANU PF militia loot shops

    02/07/2011 1:10:29 PM PST · by vikingd00d · 10 replies
    The Zimbabwe Situation ^ | 7 February 2011 | Tichaona Sibanda
    Harare came to a standstill on Monday when a ZANU PF mob engulfed the city in chaos, destroying property worth thousands of dollars, mainly belonging to foreign owned companies. Our correspondent Simon Muchemwa told us that dozens of shops were looted when the ZANU PF militia went on a rampage, as police details stood by watching ordinary people and shop owners being abused and brutalised. Shops belonging to Zimbabweans were also caught up in the crossfire. The attacks on foreign nationals could easily be construed as xenophobic, according to our correspondent. Muchemwa said the mob, dressed in ZANU PF regalia,...
  • Invasion of tourism facilities near Harare

    01/24/2011 7:02:12 AM PST · by vikingd00d · 9 replies
    The Zimbabwe Situation ^ | 23 January 2011 | Unknown
    In what looks to be the start of the next phase of state-sponsored property heists in Zimbabwe, over 20 tourism facilities have been invaded in Lake Chivero Recreational Park (formerly Lake Mcllwaine), 37 km south west of Harare. The lake is Harare’s main water supply and the surrounding land was declared a national park shortly after construction was completed in 1952. The game park, currently home to some of the last white rhino in Zimbabwe, was opened in 1962. The invasion was reported on Friday (January 21) when a mob of about 150 people arrived without warning on Kumba Shiri...
  • Military plot to keep Mugabe in power

    01/20/2011 9:54:19 AM PST · by vikingd00d · 5 replies
    The Zimbabwe Situation ^ | 19 January 2011 | Jonathan Maromo and Peter Chidembo
    HARARE – More than 80 000 youth militia, war veterans and soldiers will be deployed across the country in an army-led drive to ensure victory for President Robert Mugabe in the next elections that, according to investigations by ZimOnline, look set to be the bloodiest ever witnessed in Zimbabwe. A three-month investigation by ZimOnline that included interviews and discussions with Cabinet ministers, senior military officers and ZANU PF functionaries, revealed a desperate determination by Zimbabwe’s top generals to thwart Tsvangirai, with some even openly bragging that they would topple the Prime Minister should he somehow triumph against the planned violence...
  • Mugabe planning massive violence on MDC after World Cup

    03/18/2010 4:35:22 PM PDT · by vikingd00d · 12 replies · 453+ views
    The Zimbabe Situation ^ | 17 March 2010 | Unknown
    HARARE - Robert Mugabe's Zanu (PF) has started recruiting youths for training in sophisticated murder and torture techniques for a massive campaign of violence against the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) soon after the World Cup, a report said. Investigations by The Zimbabwean have revealed that the vicious campaign of terror is expected to roll into motion in July, soon after the soccer World Cup ends in South Africa and the media spotlight shifts elsewhere. High-level sources within both Zanu (PF) and MDC-T as well as the security services said the purpose of this horrific plan, if it succeeds, was...
  • Are Zimbabwean diamonds about to finance a Mugabe coup?

    02/10/2010 6:18:52 PM PST · by vikingd00d · 10 replies · 448+ views
    The Zimbabwe Situation ^ | 10 Feb 2010 | Paul Trewhela
    JOHANNESBURG - Last week's issue of The Zimbabwean, which is edited from Britain, leads with a report on the possible exchange of Chinese weapons for illegally mined diamonds in Zimbabwe (see below). If the information in this report is proved correct, it would indicate that the Mugabe regime is preparing a bloody coup to preserve itself in office, in defiance of its loss of the general election last year, its subsequent power-sharing deal with the Movement for Democratic Change, the Kimberley Process which regulates the global gem trade and a ruling of the High Court in Harare. The report suggests...
  • Black Zimbabweans to take control of white-owned companies

    02/09/2010 9:46:02 PM PST · by vikingd00d · 39 replies · 1,102+ views
    The Zimbabwe Situation ^ | 9 Feb 2010 | Peta Thornycroft
    White-owned companies in Zimbabwe are to be forced to hand majority control to black businessmen in a move that could lead to chaos rivalling the seizure of the country's commercial farms. The new regulations demand that all foreign and locally owned companies hand over at least 51 per cent ownership to black Zimbabweans. Thousands of firms, including the Zimbabwean operations of giants such as Barclays Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and the mining company Rio Tinto, will be affected, and they must submit their plans to comply by March 1. Owners who fail to comply could be jailed. The new law...
  • The last stand of Zimbabwe's white farmers

    03/21/2009 6:06:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 53 replies · 1,768+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | March 20, 2009 | GEOFFREY YORK
    Nine years ago, Zimbabwe had more than 4,000 white-owned commercial farms. In a fresh wave of invasions, farmers keep their guns close at hand as ZANU-PF thugs lay siege to many of the 300 that remain . Many of the invaded farms are sitting idle or neglected despite a desperate need for food in Zimbabwe, where three-quarters of the population is dependent on food aid from foreign donors. Largely because of the invasions, Zimbabwe's farm output has dropped by 50 to 70 per cent in the past seven years, and most people subsist on one meal a day. Mr. Mugabe...
  • Zimbabwe cholera surges, as doctors urge charges for Mugabe (crimes against humanity)

    01/13/2009 9:30:57 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 575+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 1/13/09 | AFP
    HARARE (AFP) – The death toll of Zimbabwe's cholera epidemic swelled past 2,000 people Tuesday, as a global doctors group called for President Robert Mugabe to be charged with crimes against humanity. Fresh data from the World Health Organization showed that the treatable water-borne disease has killed more than 2,000 people since August with the number of diagnosed cases reaching almost 40,000. The new figures came as US-based Physicians for Human Rights said Mugabe should be charged with crimes against humanity over rights abuses and the collapse of the nation's health system. The recommendation was made in a damning 45-page...
  • Zimbabwe - Fuming Mugabe rattled by hecklers

    08/26/2008 11:43:40 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 6 replies · 130+ views
    BBC News (excerpt) ^ | August 26, 2008 | Brian Hungwe
    Excerpt - Loud jeers and howls accompanied President Robert Mugabe's address to Zimbabwe's newly convened parliament, leaving ruling party members fuming. Such uncouth behaviour from the opposition, one Zanu-PF insider said, was uncalled for. But after gaining control of parliament, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) clearly wanted to make its mark. The opening of parliament had started with the usual pomp and ceremony. ~ snip ~
  • Nine killed in post-runoff violence

    07/03/2008 12:04:00 PM PDT · by vikingd00d · 2 replies · 55+ views
    The Zimbabwe Times ^ | 3 July 2008 | Unknown
    HARARE - A pall of fear a campaign of post-election retributive violence that has claimed nine lives since Friday has descended over Zimbabwe. President Robert Mugabe is frantically trying to shrug off massive international condemnation over his fraudulent re-election to entrench himself for a further five years. In the aftermath of Friday’s widely-condemned one candidate runoff election, Mugabe’s supporters have intensified a witch-hunt of perceived opposition activists and supporters. Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change, told a news conference at his Strathaven residence Wednesday that groups of soldiers and Zanu-PF youth militia had been carrying out a...
  • Village Head Killed And 80 Homes Burnt By Zanu-PF Youth in Shamva

    05/12/2008 4:16:41 PM PDT · by vikingd00d · 15 replies · 98+ views
    SW Radio Africa (London) ^ | 12 May 2008 | Tererai Karimakwenda
    Youth militia descended on the home of a village head in Ward 8 Shamva and attacked the traditional leader and his wife with axes. Our correspondent Simon Muchemwa said Sabhuku Elias Madzivanzira, who was over 70 years old, died on the spot. His wife suffered severe injuries but has been blocked from getting medical treatment. Muchemwa said she may die soon if nothing is done. He explained that Madzivanzira was targeted because his Ward produced a majority of opposition councillors in the March 29 election. The youths went on to burn down about 80 homes in the area, which is...
  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe party defeated, Electoral Commission confirms

    04/26/2008 8:09:43 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 16 replies · 95+ views
    AFP via translation | April 26, 2008
    via translation - ALERT - Zimbabwe / legislation: the defeat of the party Mugabe confirmed HARARE - The defeat of the party history of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, in power since 1980, when the general elections on March 29, was confirmed Saturday by the figures provided by the Electoral Commission.
  • ZANU-PF: Presidential runoff in Zimbabwe (accuses MDC of bribery of officials,will contest 16 seats)

    04/04/2008 10:14:50 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 80+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/4/08 | Angus Shaw - ap
    HARARE, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe's ruling party said Friday there will be a presidential runoff election between President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai. ZANU-PF party secretary and Minister of State Didymus Mutasa also charged that the opposition bribed electoral officials and said his party would contest results of 16 parliamentary seats — enough to win back its majority. Mutasa spoke at a news conference after a party politburo meeting, the first since elections results showed it has lost its control of parliament. The opposition claims to have won the presidency, but official returns in that race have not yet...
  • Police surround Zimbabwe hotel (housing foreign journalists, may be detaining some reporters)

    04/03/2008 11:57:49 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 62 replies · 185+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/3/08
    HARARE, Zimbabwe - Security agents and paramilitary police in riot gear are surrounding a Harare hotel housing foreign journalists. A man answering the phone at the hotel says they are taking away some reporters. The man refused to give his name but said about 30 police entered the hotel Thursday and were preparing to take away four or five journalists. Foreign journalists have been in Zimbabwe to cover elections in which President Robert Mugabe's party lost control of parliament. He is apparently facing a runoff for the presidency. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information....
  • Food aid 'only for Zanu (PF)'

    11/28/2007 4:22:45 AM PST · by vikingd00d · 1 replies · 69+ views
    CAJ News ^ | 27 November 2007 | Tendai Tangireni
    HARARE - Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu (PF) party still manipulates food supplies for political gain, says a nongovernmental group. The Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP), a coalition of civic groups, says the government uses traditional leaders to deny suspected members of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) access to grain. The ZPP says in a report, Partisan Distribution of Food and Other Forms of Aid, that people without Zanu (PF) cards are routinely denied food from the state-controlled Grain Marketing Board. "Traditional leaders, councillors and community food committees mostly recommended by Zanu (PF) leaders orchestrated the removal of nonruling party members...
  • ZIMBABWE: ZANU-PF wants to make Mugabe president for life

    07/30/2007 3:39:56 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 15 replies · 351+ views ^ | July 30, 2007
    HARARE, 30 July 2007 (IRIN) - A recent central committee meeting of Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party called for President Robert Mugabe to be installed as president for life, and the creation of ideological schools targeting preschool children. The minutes of the party's central committee and politburo meeting on 30 March - the two most powerful ZANU-PF organs, both chaired by Mugabe in his capacity as president and first secretary of the ruling party - were adopted on 4 May and subsequently leaked to an IRIN correspondent. Amid an economic meltdown characterised by an inflation rate of more than 4,000...
  • Zimbabwe - 'Mugabe to retire by September'

    06/29/2007 1:30:31 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 16 replies · 597+ views ^ | June 29, 2007
    A KEY ally of Zimbabwe's Vice President Joice Mujuru has said he expects President Robert Mugabe to retire before the end of the year, seen as proof of growing disillusionment within his Zanu PF party over his plans to run for office in general elections next year. Mugabe, 83, has been power since Zimbabwe gained independence from Britain in 1980. But an unprecedented economic crisis and growing international pressure has encouraged rivals within his own party to pressure him to quit. Dr Ibbo Mandaza, an influential Zanu PF supporter and adviser to Mujuru, said he expects Mugabe to announce...
  • (Australian PM)Howard labelled 'butcher of Baghdad'(by Zimbabwe)

    12/11/2003 12:06:09 PM PST · by browsin · 13 replies · 105+ views
    The Age/AFP ^ | December 11, 2003 | AFP
    Prime Minister John Howard has been labelled the "butcher of Baghdad" by a Zimbabwe government minister angry over the Australian leader's role in his nation's suspension from the Commonwealth. Zimbabwe declared it would pull out of the Commonwealth after Howard helped convince Commonwealth leaders to extend the African nation's suspension from the body. Howard's role has angered Zimbabwe's government MPs seeking parliamentary approval for President Robert Mugabe's withdrawal decision. Foreign Minister Stan Mudenga referred to him as the "butcher of Baghdad" - a reference to Australia's participation in the war in Iraq. Mudenga said Howard had declared that Zimbabwe would...
  • Zimbabwe set to nationalise land (Private ownership of land to be banned)

    05/30/2005 6:26:41 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 49 replies · 1,089+ views
    BBC News ^ | May 30, 2005
    Zimbabwe is to proceed with plans to nationalise all farmland, a ruling party official has said. Zanu-PF spokesman Nathan Shamuvarira said the party would amend the constitution so as to abolish rights to private ownership of land. He said the move would end "ceaseless litigation" by white farmers whose property has been expropriated by decree over the past five years. Under the proposed new system, land would be leased for 99-year terms. The statement appeared in state media. "Through the amendments we are going to push for when parliament resumes sitting in June, all land will become state land,...
  • Mugabe's party sweeps to victory

    04/01/2005 10:06:44 AM PST · by 1066AD · 3 replies · 236+ views
    Mugabe's party sweeps to victory President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF party has swept to victory in Zimbabwe's parliamentary elections. So far the party has taken 40 seats, official results show - enough to guarantee Mr Mugabe's party will control the legislature. Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has said "disgusting, massive fraud" had been committed in Thursday's polls. President Mugabe, who has been in power for 25 years, has dismissed the complaints as nonsense. The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has won 32 seats so far, mostly in urban areas, where it is strongest. A total of 120 seats are being contested, with...
  • While Kofi Annan was ignoring Zimbabwe crisis, his son was building Harare's airport

    02/08/2005 11:08:20 AM PST · by MikeEdwards · 16 replies · 699+ views
    CFP ^ | January 8, 2005 | Judi McLeod
    While United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan was patently ignoring a President Robert Mugabe oppressed Zimbabwe, his son, Kojo was making money building the Zimbabwean capitol’s airport. Mugabe runs the ZANU-PF, a regime that Condoleeza Rice labels an outpost of tyranny. Why Kojo Annan’s business activities in Zimbabwe have not surfaced in the ongoing probe of the Oil-For-Food Program should surely raise concern about both the integrity and sincerity of the investigation. It’s a global village as far as Kojo’s business agenda is concerned. First came West Africa where Annan’s youngest son was working for the Swiss-based Cotecna with ties...
  • South African spy captured and tortured by Zimbabwe forces

    01/21/2005 9:26:57 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 20 replies · 653+ views
    A South African spy captured by Zimbabwean counter intelligence is alleged to have been severely tortured before agreeing to co-operate with local officials, the Institute for Security Studies said in Pretoria today. The spy recently was nabbed by Zimbabwean Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) operatives at Victoria Falls and under questioning, revealed the names of his collaborators within the governing Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (Zanu(PF)). Chris Maroleng, an analyst, said the spy would not have naturally agreed to work with the Zimbabweans as they had alleged and therefore must have reached his "pain threshold". "The Zimbabwean CIO are renowned...
  • Free Republic "Bump List" Register

    09/30/2001 4:46:44 AM PDT · by John Robinson · 191 replies · 12,118+ views
    I have created a public register of "bump lists" here on Free Republic. I define a bump list as a name listed in the "To" field used to index articles. Free Republic Bump List Register
  • The Sleeping Giant Awakens

    03/13/2004 1:36:00 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 12 replies · 1,195+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | March 22, 2004 | Irwin M. Stelzer
    The consequences of China's growth. THAT CHINA'S NATIONAL PEOPLE'S CONGRESS convened last week is not news, though it provided the occasion for prime minister Wen Jiabao's first address to the rubber-stamping body, a 90-minute affair which, quite predictably, was well received. That China released two dissidents, Wang Youcai and Phuntsog Nyidron, may be news, if it portends a greater sensitivity to pressure from international human rights advocates and even a slight loosening of the regime's grip on the political system. That Wen announced China will address the economic imbalances that threaten to turn its phenomenal growth into an equally phenomenal...
  • CHINA: Campaign launched to fight foreign ideologies

    03/24/2004 5:08:31 PM PST · by maui_hawaii · 16 replies · 182+ views
    A patriotic education campaign for students has been launched to fight the "infiltration" of foreign ideologies through new media such as the internet. Education Minister Zhou Ji said the measures would be incorporated in every stage of the curriculum as part of a plan to "reinvigorate" the school system for the next five years. The move will affect 367 million students. The programme includes plans to "promote and cultivate the spirit of patriotism" and to promote Chinese language among ethnic minorities. It will also reinforce the position of the Communist Party. "Strengthening the leadership of the Communist Party is a...
  • China Arrests Dozens of Prominent Christians (Reds shocked at growth of Christianity)

    02/24/2004 9:42:47 AM PST · by churchillbuff · 11 replies · 391+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | Feb. 18, 04 | Timothy C. Morgan with David Neff
    China Arrests Dozens of Prominent Christians At least 50 detained in fresh crackdown on house churches, reportedly promoted by new video and book releases. By Timothy C. Morgan with David Neff in Washington, D.C. | posted 02/18/2004 China's Public Security Bureau has launched a new crackdown on unregistered church leaders, arresting 50 or more people following the release of a new video and book, documenting huge growth among Christians outside the officially permitted church. ...[snip]The crackdown may last for 30 days and began during China's annual National Religious Working Conference. This meeting brings together top leaders of the state Religious...
  • Chinese Internet writer charged with subversion

    02/17/2004 11:08:04 AM PST · by knighthawk · 8 replies · 241+ views
    A Chinese Internet dissident has been formally arrested and charged with subversion. Authoritarian China will tolerate little opposition to the continuing domination of the Communist Party. Internet writers are no exception. State media report 39-year-old prolific Internet author Du Daobin has been charged with inciting subversion of China's state power and attempting the overthrow of China's socialist system. He has already been in custody for four months. Police say his crimes stem from 28 articles he had written and posted on the Internet since 2001. Police also say Mr Du has confessed to the major facts, which include co-operating with...
  • China arrests house church leaders and writer

    01/07/2004 11:48:18 AM PST · by Constitutionalist Conservative · 4 replies · 241+ views
    ASSIST News Service ^ | 12/31/2003 | Stefan J. Bos
    ASSIST News Service (ANS) - PO Box 2126, Garden Grove, CA 92842-2126 USA E-mail:, Web Site: Tuesday, December 30, 2003 CHINA ARRESTS HOUSE CHURCH LEADERS AND WRITER Voice of the Martyrs urges prayers amid concern about crack-down By: Stefan J. BosSpecial Correspondent, ASSIST News Service BEIJING, CHINA  (ANS) -- The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) urged prayers for a jailed Christian Internet writer Zhang Shengqi and other Christian contacts who were arrested amid a crackdown against house churches across China, ASSIST News Service (ANS) monitored Tuesday, Dec. 30 VOM, a leading Christian human rights watchdog, said "10...
  • Wal-Mart Asia President: I hope to retire in China

    12/06/2003 10:36:43 PM PST · by Dr. Marten · 16 replies · 500+ views
    People Daily ^ | 12.07.03
      Wal-Mart Asia President: I hope to retire in China "I have told the US headquarters that I hoped to stay in China till my retirement," said Joe Hatfield, president of Wal-Mart Asia, who usually arrives at his office before 5 o'clock in the morning. Hatfield was appointed the president and chief executive officer of Wal-Mart Asia: Wal-Mart Stores. Inc. in 1994, and spentnine years in South China's Shenzhen. Wal-Mart entered China in 1996 and opened its first Supercenterand Sam's Club in Shenzhen, China. It has since then opened thirty-one stores in fifteen cities in China, including Wal-Mart Supercenter, Sam's...
  • China developing `paralysis warfare'

    10/08/2003 11:43:19 AM PDT · by Dr. Marten · 23 replies · 735+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | 10.08.03 | Brian Hsu
    China developing `paralysis warfare'By Brian HsuSTAFF REPORTER Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003,Page 1 China's military is changing its strategy from deterrence to pre-emption, planning to use "paralysis warfare" against Taiwan in the future, the Ministry of National Defense said in a report delivered to the legislature's defense committee yesterday. "Paralysis warfare features Web-based information warfare, saturation ballistic missile attacks, joint precision strikes and seizure of the enemy's capital city by special operations units," the report says. "Such tactics will become a major option for the Chinese military in its choice of modes of attack against Taiwan in the future," it says....

    09/06/2003 9:18:41 AM PDT · by FreepForever · 88 replies · 782+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | September 6, 2003 | Bill Gertz & Rowan Scarborough
    <p>China's military is quietly building up troops on borders from North Korea to India by replacing tens of thousands of border police with regular army forces, a U.S. official said.</p> <p>About 150,000 Chinese military troops recently replaced People's Armed Police troops on China's border with North Korea, according to Hong Kong's Sing Tao newspaper.</p>
  • Free Republic's 9-11 100 Hours of Remembrance

    09/06/2003 1:45:49 AM PDT · by jriemer · 691 replies · 35,991+ views
    Free Republic | 9/6/03 | Free Republic
    It’s 4:46am September 6. Its a little more than 100 hours from the Second Anniversary of Start the World Trade Center Attack and the subsequent Strike on the Pentagon and the Crash in Pennsylvania. 100 hours seems to be a long time; however, it is barely enough to reflect and remember all those who perished on the ground and in the air. Each one of the victims has a story, a life, that if retold would take more than 100 hours to appreciate the richness of their stay on this earth before it was snatched away. Since 911, there...
  • Cabinet says computers under attack (China cyber attacking Taiwan?)

    09/05/2003 1:42:46 PM PDT · by Michael Barnes · 9 replies · 402+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | ep 04, 2003 | Ko Shu-ling
    China has launched a systematic information warfare campaign against Taiwan, spreading Trojan-horse programs into private companies' computers as a means to break into government databases, the Cabinet said yesterday. "National intelligence has indicated that an army of hackers based in China's Hubei and Fujian provinces has successfully spread 23 different Trojan horse programs to the networks 10 private high-tech companies here to use them as a springboard to break into at least 30 different government agencies and 50 private companies," Cabinet Spokesman Lin Chia-lung (ªL¨ÎÀs) said yesterday. The government agencies invaded by the Trojan-horse programs include the National Police Administration,...
  • China Sent 150,000 Troops To Korean Border As Tension Mounts

    09/04/2003 10:02:40 PM PDT · by FreepForever · 77 replies · 916+ views
    Renminbao ^ | September 3, 2003
    Informed diplomatic sources said China’s authority is feeling increasingly “uneasy” towards the North Korean nuclear deadlock, as tension mounts. Beijing had secretly made military arrangement according to the N Korean crisis. 150,000 PLA Armies were sent to the Sino-Korean border to substitute the local Military Police (WuJing Budui) stationing there, in preparation for any possible American attack on N Korea. This military maneuver on the Sino-Korean border was quietly made when the six-party talk was still taking place in Beijing. A total of three Field Army Groups (total 150,000 men) are now being deployed. According to PLA organization, one Field...
  • Hong Kong and the Future of Freedom

    09/04/2003 8:01:04 AM PDT · by FreepForever · 16 replies · 309+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | September 2003 | Arthur Waldron
    For most of the six years since its return to Chinese control in 1997 under the rubric of “One Country, Two Systems,” Hong Kong has served as perhaps the single most important piece of evidence for three fundamental assumptions underlying our policy toward the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The first of these is that the government in Beijing is not so much ideological as pragmatic and flexible: hence its willingness to grant at least a semblance of self-government to Hong Kong, now a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic. The second is that the liberality displayed toward...

    08/31/2003 12:42:27 AM PDT · by FreepForever · 55 replies · 767+ views
    NYT ^ | August 30, 2003 | James Brooke
    Hours after North Korea reportedly threatened to test a nuclear bomb, the Japanese Defense Ministry asked Parliament to spend $1 billion a year through 2007 to build an American-designed missile shield to defend the main cities of the Japanese archipelago. Under the plan, elaborated and accelerated in recent weeks, Japan would spend $1.2 billion next year, nearly 10 times the amount spent on missile defense over the last five years. "Given recent behavior, we cannot discount the possibility that North Korea's nuclear weapons program is already quite advanced," the Defense Ministry wrote in a White Paper prepared before reports Thursday...
  • N Korean Threat And Beijing's Proliferation Strategy

    08/29/2003 3:56:58 PM PDT · by FreepForever · 28 replies · 466+ views
    American Foreign Policy Council | Ilan Berman
    THE EVOLVING NORTH KOREAN THREAT Amid multilateral talks in Asia to determine its nuclear future, analysts are warning about North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile advances. CIA estimates from earlier this year gauge that the Kim Jong-Il regime already has one or two nuclear weapons, and analysts tell the Agence France Presse (August 24) that the DPRK is now working hard to marry its newfound nuclear capabilities with its advanced ballistic missile program. If successful, such efforts would have sinister results. According to Vice Admiral Lowell Jacoby, the Director of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, Pyongyang can already target parts...
  • 70 million men in China can't get a wife

    08/24/2003 5:19:48 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 81 replies · 910+ views
    Men outnumber women, giving rise to rural population woes BEIJING - More boys than girls are born in China, making the gender ratio imbalance one of the most serious problems facing the rural population, a senior Chinese official said yesterday. For every 100 girls born in China, there were about 16 more boys brought into the world, according to national census statistics in 2000. In other countries, only five to seven more boys than girls are born. There are 70 million men in China who are unable to find wives. Men outnumber women as a result of the country's one-child...
  • Female trader escapes from Abu Sayyaf captors

    08/06/2003 11:15:43 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 14 replies · 736+ views ^ | 08/07/2003 | Roel Pareno
    ZAMBOANGA CITY — A Chinese-Filipino businesswoman kidnapped by suspected Abu Sayyaf members escaped after almost four months in captivity, the military said yesterday. Marine products trader Gertrudes Tan, 50, eluded her captors in a coastal village in Maimbung, Sulu last Monday night, said Lt. Gen. Roy Kyamko, chief of the Armed Forces’ Southern Command. Kyamko said Tan drifted into the sea using a small plastic jug as float until fishermen found her at about 2:30 a.m. the following day. The fishermen brought her to the Maimbung town proper where she took a passenger jeepney that brought her to the capital...
  • China's Economy Is a Paper Tiger

    08/05/2003 6:52:59 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 51 replies · 534+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Tuesday, August 5, 2003 | HUGO RESTALL
    <p>Americans seem to be fixating these days on the idea of China stealing away American jobs. The timing is puzzling because fear of China among its developing-country neighbors, who had much more plausible reasons to worry about the impact of this rising competitor in the same economic niches, has peaked and started to fade. Instead, Asians seem to have realized that not only is the China threat overrated, but the country is an engine of growth that benefits them.</p>
  • Why Beijing is twisting North Korea's arm

    07/15/2003 9:17:30 PM PDT · by Constitutionalist Conservative · 9 replies · 197+ views ^ | 11 July 2003 | Peter Zhang
    About three years ago I wrote of the tragedy that has turned Stalinist North Korea into a genuine hell-hole, place where the notion of a living death has taken on real meaning. I argued that Beijing could redeem itself in the eyes of the world by committing the humanitarian action of opening up its border to starving Koreans. She could, as I suggested earlier, declare the border region an emergency zone and then call on the West for emergency aid. There is no way the West could refuse the request given the depth and extent of the famine. It...
  • Asia Meets the Other Tiger

    05/22/2003 1:05:34 PM PDT · by sourcery · 7 replies · 305+ views
    The Globalist ^ | May 22, 2003 | Kenichi Ohmae
    The SARS scare has dampened expectations about the performance of the Chinese economy. And yet, it seems a short-term hiatus in China?s amazing economic success. Globalist contributor Kenichi Ohmae, in this excerpt from Strategy & Business, ponders the impact of Chinese development on its neighbors in the region ? and on the world?s biggest economies. It took the Asian tigers ? Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Korea ? more than 15 years to build their economies into symbols of new development. It is taking China only a few years to supplant them. China always wins Thus far, whenever...
  • US vs Pyongyang: Watch Rumsfeld

    04/23/2003 10:56:41 AM PDT · by Enemy Of The State · 11 replies · 482+ views
    Asia Times ^ | 4.24.03 | Phar Kim Beng
    US vs Pyongyang: Watch RumsfeldBy Phar Kim Beng HONG KONG - As talks finally get under way between the United States and North Korea, the latter, which has made obstinacy and diplomatic misbehavior an art form, would do well to keep in mind the growing influence and staying power in Washington of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. With the US victory in Iraq all but declared, barely a year after a previous triumph in Afghanistan, Rumsfeld's influence has increased by several notches. Together with other neo-conservatives who urged the Iraq war, "Rummy", as he is affectionately known in Washington, is...
  • Observer: Bush's Strategy Seen Through the Iraq War

    04/11/2003 7:36:37 PM PDT · by Lessismore · 13 replies · 339+ views
    People's Daily [China] ^ | Friday, April 11, 2003
    In its ongoing war against Iraq, the Bush administration's firm determination, quick action, tough language and rude diplomacy are rarely seen in international relations. The arbitrary action by the great and powerful nation claimed to be responsible for international faith was not taken on impulse but was out of careful consideration, it is pursuing a super-strategic goal with major influence on the United States and the whole world. In its ongoing war against Iraq, the Bush administration's firm determination, quick action, tough language and rude diplomacy are rarely seen in international relations. The arbitrary action by the great and powerful...
  • China readies for future U.S. fight

    03/25/2003 10:00:21 AM PST · by Heartlander2 · 40 replies · 458+ views
    CNN ^ | 3/25/03 | Willy Wo-Lap Lam
    <p>The Iraqi war has convinced the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership that some form of confrontation with the U.S. could come earlier than expected.</p> <p>Beijing has also begun to fine-tune its domestic and security policies to counter the perceived threat of U.S. "neo-imperialism."</p>