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July 08, 2009

NSN Daily Update: 7/08/09
Posted by The National Security Network

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What We're Reading

Chinese troops arrived in Urumqi, the capital of its far western Xinjiang province, which has been wracked by ethnic violence in recent days, and Chinese President Hu Jintao left the G8 meeting to return to China and deal with the violence. The government has vowed to execute the instigators of the rioting. Authorities are blaming Uigher exiles for masterminding the violence. Despite the restrictions of the “Great Firewall” used by the Chinese government to censor the internet in the country, as well as apparent new censorship on Twitter and Chinese rival, the Chinese are venting their anger over the violence via the internet.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadjinejad, calling Iran’s elections a “great event,” claimed they were the “most free” elections anywhere in the world. New protests are planned for Thursday.

South Korean news agency Yonhap attributed recent crippling cyberattacks on U.S. and South Korean government websites to North Korea or pro-North Korea groups
. Meanwhile, North Korean leader Kim Jong-il appeared at memorial services for his father, Kim Il-sung, the founder of the communist state. North Korean citizens continue to defect to South Korea in search of a new life.

International aid and advocacy group Oxfam demanded the “triumph of the rule of law” over the Gaza barrier. On Tuesday, former Georgia Rep. and Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney arrived in the U.S. after being detained in an Israeli prison for trying to break the Gaza naval blockade and deliver supplies.

Commentary of the Day

Rebiya Kadeer, doubting the impartiality of an official Chinese explanation, presents an alternate explanation of the Uigher riots.

The LA Times expresses concern that a comeback by the Institutional Revolutionary Party in Mexico’s recent elections may reflect a longing to return to a one-party state.

The NY Times calls on Obama to lead the way at the G8 summit.

Martin Wolf opines about how India can become an affluent nation.


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