Item: “Chinese leader Hu Jintao,” reported the Associated Press on January 16, “is being feted in Washington this week with a lavish state banquet at the White House and other pomp usually reserved for close friends and allies — all intended to improve the tone of relations between a risen, more assertive and prosperous China and the U.S. superpower in a tenuous economic recovery.”
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul's call to end foreign aid to all countries, including Israel, has raised much controversy in the past several weeks. Paul, a Republican and stalwart of the Tea Party movement, has been attacked for this decision and accused of being both anti-Israel and anti-Semitic by his detractors on both the Left and the Right, including in his own party.
As many Americans of Egyptian descent protested in cities across the country this past weekend, demonstrating in solidarity with their families back in Egypt, forces on the far Left, from ANSWER coalition to the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL), have taken advantage of the situation to promote their socialist agendas.
Chinese pianist Lang Lang performed last week at the White House banquet in honor of Chinese President Hu Jintao. An aspect of that state dinner which has been ignored by the mainstream media is the background, connections, and character not only of Lang, but also of the song that he chose to perform in the presence of the President of the United States.