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Archive for June 3rd, 2006

Infidel Bloggers Alliance:

The crackdown on bloggers in Iran continues. Entailing inprisonment, torture and death. Korosh from Price of the Freedom is sending out a plea to all, to contact government officials to try and save the life of blogger Abed Tavanche. An Iranian Blogger might be taking his last breath! According to Aut News An Iran base website run by Iranian student organization of Amir Kabir University in Tehran, Iran which first brought our attention Monday, May 29 to the Arrest of Abed Tavanche an Iranian dissident blogger (Link) way before the Reporters Without Borders (Link) which was announced on Thursday, June 1.
Now Aut News is reporting from an anonymous sources in the regime that Abed is in the Information Center of Sepah (torture center for getting information from the prisoners or admitting to things that the interrogators would want them too).

Please, if you have a blog, put the alert in it.

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From The Daily mail:

The ethical storm over abortions has been renewed as it emerged that terminations are being carried out for minor, treatable birth defects.

Late terminations have been performed in recent years because the babies had club feet, official figures show.

Other babies were destroyed because they had webbed fingers or extra digits.

Such defects can often be corrected with a simple operation or physiotherapy.

The revelation sparked fears that abortion is increasingly being used to satisfy couples’ desire for the ‘perfect’ baby.

A leading doctor said people were right to be ‘totally shocked’ that abortions were being carried out for such conditions.

Campaigners warned we are turning into a society that can no longer tolerate imperfection. Doctors were recently told they can now screen IVF embryos to try to weed out inherited cancers.

When I read this story in The Bosun Locker I was shocked indeed.

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From the Washington Post:

The Pentagon’s annual report to Congress on China’s military power, released this week, reveals that Beijing’s buildup has advanced well beyond what most analysts considered likely just 10 years ago. Some highlights: The new arsenal of the People’s Liberation Army includes more than 700 missiles deployed opposite Taiwan, a fleet of sophisticated diesel electric submarines, a growing nuclear submarine capability and advanced destroyers armed with lethal anti-ship cruise missiles. By making the potential cost of any U.S. intervention in the Taiwan Strait extraordinarily high, Beijing has accomplished its decade-long goal of establishing a credible military threat to Taiwan — as well as a deterrent to the United States. The question is, what next?

The report points to some answers. With a growing dependence on oil imported from the Middle East and Africa, Chinese strategists are talking about creating a blue-water navy to secure Beijing’s energy supply lines. The military may be reconsidering its nuclear “no-first-use policy” and examining ways to secure China’s territorial claims in the South China and East China seas. Simply stated, as China’s military power has grown, so too, it appears, have the strategic tasks that it may be assigned. This shouldn’t be surprising. Our own history teaches that as a nation’s power grows so do its ambitions.

So the country who jails protesters (HT Free Thoughts) and bloggers and do not respect Human Rights at all has a new arsenal … to secure its energy supply lines. And that “No more blood for oil”?

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