The communist Chinese regime is cracking down on Tibetan monks at a major Buddhist monastery as well as the surrounding community, murdering and arresting protesters while prompting worldwide condemnation and warnings of more atrocities to come.
China is the United States' biggest creditor and our second largest (behind Canada) trade partner. Official public meetings in Beijing and Washington between leaders of the two countries tend to give the appearance that, except for some minor disagreements, U.S.-PRC relations are all sweetness and light.
A teen terrorist who helped carry out a deadly bombing in Pakistan on April 3 told authorities that as many as 400 suicide bombers are currently being trained and prepared for a campaign of carnage in the country. Fourteen-year-old failed suicide bomber Umar Fidayee spoke from a Pakistan hospital where he was being treated after detonating a hand grenade during an attack in which two other suicide bombers killed themselves along with 50 other people at a 13th-century Sufi shrine.
In what some observers have called the worst crackdown on Christian worship in China in years, Beijing police arrested nearly 200 Protestant Christians from a prominent unregistered church who had gathered on April 10 in a public square to worship following the congregation’s eviction several days earlier from the restaurant where it had been meeting.
The United Nations continues to prove itself to be an unqualified authority on world affairs, this time, according to the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC), by giving special recognition to an organization that supports Hamas terrorist groups and was involved in organizing flotillas headed to Gaza.
There are countervailing pressures in any nation: power and profit. Power that comes from conflict and agitation — power for the sake of power — and profit that comes from being hospitable to individuals seeking to maximize their own talents and efforts. All too often, pundits laud the first aspect of statehood and mock the second.
Reports out of Afghanistan have placed the death toll at over 20 in violence supposedly stemming from the burning of copies of the Quran half a world away in Florida. Initially at least eleven people were killed on April 1, including several United Nations personnel, after protests erupted in response to the burning of copies of the Islamic holy book by Florida pastors Terry Jones and Wayne Sapp in Mid-March. ABC News reported that in a staged event at their church, Jones “supervised” while Sapp soaked a copy of the Koran in kerosene “and burned it after finding it ‘guilty’ in a mock trial.”
Communist China is taking a look at lifting its notorious policy that allows most couples in the country to have only one child. But the proposed change does not mean the repressive regime will back off on its coercive population control policy, said one expert on the issue.
A further sign of what America’s “victory” in Iraq truly means was witnessed in a brutal incident of mass murder in the city of Tikrit. The latest 56 violent deaths in a nation which has witnessed over 100,000 such civilian deaths since 2003 may be the latest signal that the carnage in Iraq is far from at an end.
Americans who look around Washington and despair of finding any ideas that can lift the nation out of economic doldrums, ethnic and racial divisions, and foreign entanglements can find few examples of well-run countries around the world.