A day after the Chinese Communist Party concluded its 18th Party Congress, the 376 members of the Central Committee that were nominally “elected” during that event entered once more the Great Hall of the People and “elected” the new Politburo.
It took the first Central Committee meeting of the 18th Party Congress 50 minutes to release the names of the next Politburo Standing Committee members—the small group who run the Party. The 50-minute wait was a new record for the Chinese Communist Party, which is usually very efficient about its “elections.”
The media of Taiwan, the small island nation near China’s southern coast, was ranked second freest in Asia right after Japan in 2011. But it has for years faced threats to its media independence as the Chinese communist regime uses its own media companies, or those it sponsors, to make inroads into Taiwanese public opinion, and the current government in some cases simply stands by.
A petition signed by 300 Chinese villagers has struck fear into the hearts of high-level communist officials.
Villagers of Zhouguantun Village, near Botou City in Hebei Province—now known as “the Brave 300”—signed a petition in April to demand the release of their fellow villager, Wang Xiaodong. Wang is a Falun Gong practitioner.
The villagers also stamped their thumbprints in red wax on the petition and had it certified with an official stamp by the head of the local party brigade, verifying that this was indeed the wish of the entire village.
When I was in college in the 70’s, I had several roommates who were the so-called “rusticated youth,” about 10 years older than me. (The rusticated youths were the result of a communist policy enacted in the 50's until the end of the Cultural Revolution that saw all universities throughout China closed and the youths sent to work as peasant farmers in the countryside).
Copenhagen was a disaster. That much is agreed. But the truth about what actually happened is in danger of being lost amid the spin and inevitable mutual recriminations. The truth is this: China wrecked the talks, intentionally humiliated Barack Obama, and insisted on an awful "deal" so western leaders would walk away carrying the blame. How do I know this? Because I was in the room and saw it happen.
Mao Zhedong’s licentious life may be well known by many people, especially overseas Chinese who are able to talk freely among their acquaintances. Recently, as there are many people talking on the web about the adultery of Mao and his daughter in law, I recalled what I had known about Mao, and hope it may help those women who had suffered and maybe help release some of their sorrow.
Parliamentary Friends of Falun Gong (PFOFG) was founded in Ottawa by an all-party group of senators and members of Parliament concerned about adversities facing followers of Falun Gong. It is the first such group of Parliamentarians in the world lending focused support to the practitioners of Falun Dafa, that has suffered a decade of persecution in communist China.