Friday, June 04, 2004
DAILY 7: TIANANMEN SQUARE ANNIVERSARY; MILITARY SEX ASSAULTS; REPROGRAM KIDS?; DYING FOR TEXTBOOKS; SAUDI TERRORISTS; KRAUTHAMMER; 1986 METS
TODAY IS THE 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE TIANANMEN SQUARE CRACKDOWN
I wonder how much attention will be paid to this pivotal event. Perhaps the story will be underplayed and even ignored in the media. After all, it might remind people about Iraq. Those who oppose the war in Iraq don't seem to mind that evil, auhoritarian regimes exist in many countries. Here is the rundown on the latest attempts to mark what happened in China on June 4, 1989.
16 arrested in Tiananmen anniversary clampdown
Beijing wrapped tight as Hong Kong remembers Tiananmen
SARS hero and Tiananmen critic is missing
The retired doctor who blew the whistle on SARS in China last year, Jiang Yanyong, has been missing since June 1, along with his wife, his daughter says. Jiang, who revealed hospitals' efforts to hide the outbreak of SARS last year, wrote a letter to the Communist Party leaders in February asking for a reappraisal of the 1989 student democracy movement, which China brands as a rebellion. His disappearance coincides with the 15th anniversary of the crackdown on that movement.
Press recalls Tiananmen 'scar'
Chinese mainland papers pointedly refrain from comment on the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators. Papers in Hong Kong and Taiwan have no such qualms. "How can 4 June 1989 be forgotten?" asks Hong Kong's Apple Daily.
CONGRESS TO MILITARY: SEXUAL ASSAULT SITUATION AT "CRISIS POINT"
DOES JAPAN WANT TO "REPROGRAM" ABDUCTEES KIDS?
Now that the children of four of the five repatriated abductees have finally been reunited with their parents, local governments are rushing to help them adjust to Japanese life as quickly as possible. But Koreans in Japan worry that the children, who were born and raised in North Korea, are under too much pressure to become Japanese and warn that they could ultimately suffer identity problems.
1 PERSON DIES DURING PROTEST FOR CHANGE IN TEXTBOOKS
GILGIT, Pakistan: One person was killed and six were injured yesterday when Shiites demanding changes to religious text books clashed with security forces in Pakistan’s northern city of Gilgit, hospital officials said.
The authorities clamped a curfew on the city yesterday amid brewing anger among Shiites over school curricula, which they say favour the rival Sunni community, but failed to stop clashes between police and mobs.
Geez, does anyone see American college students starting riots over textbooks?
SAUDI OFFICIAL: KINGDOM "WIPED OUT" 75% OF TERRORISTS
Prince Turki Al-Faisal, the Saudi Ambassador to Britain has stressed that the Saudi society is aware of "deviation and extremism represented by the ideology of the wicked group that has perpetrated violence and terrorism."
Oh really? Somehow, I'm not heartened. Even if true, I'm pretty worried about that little 25%!
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: IRAQ HISTORY LESSON
Yes, Iraq is a mess. Postwar settlements almost invariably are. Particularly in a country where the removal of a totalitarian dictator leaves a total political vacuum. Of course there are difficulties and dangers ahead, and no guarantee of success. But the transition to Iraqi rule is underway. The first critical step has just been taken.
I loved the Mets teams of the 80's, when I was kid. My favorite player was Gary Carter. I thrilled at Dwight Gooden's pitching, Keith Hernandez's Gold Gloves and Darryl Strawberry's home runs (before home runs became cheaper by the dozen). I could probably name the whole 25 man roster right now. Not until much later did I learn how crazy, destructive and self-destructive this team really was. That's still my favorite team, though - I never get tired of watching Game 6 of the 1986 World Series against the Boston Red Sox.
"The Bad Guys Won! A Season of Brawling, Boozing, Bimbo Chasing, and Championship Baseball with Straw, Doc, Mookie, Nails, the Kid, and the Rest of the 1986 Mets, the Rowdiest Team Ever to Put on a New York Uniform -- and Maybe the Best"
Once he left the room, Johnson spoke. This was one of his shining moments as Mets manager.
"Guys," he began, "do you realize how much damage we did on the plane? I mean, does anybody in here have anything to say? Does anybody in here feel guilty?" Johnson was pacing back and forth, a copy of the United bill rolled up in his hand. The players were awkwardly staring at the ground, quiet and motionless. "Men, what are we going to do about this? What should we do?"
There was silence.
"Well," said Johnson, "do you know what I think? I think in the next four games you'll probably put enough money in these guys' pockets to cover this. So f--- this bulls---!"
With that, Johnson ripped the bill in half, crumpled it up, and threw it into a nearby garbage can. The room exploded with comments.
YEAH! F--- THEM!
The Mets were heading to the World Series.
But, Eric Neel hated the '86 Mets. He calls them the most vile team ever.
Update: Also discussing Tinanmen Square: PoliBlogger
Update II: Discussing Charles Krauthammer's piece are; Outside the Beltway, Spartacus, Crossing the Rubicon2