Unknown Drugs Used to Persecute Falun Gong Practitioners in China
By Li Chenxing
Epoch Times Staff
In recent years, there have been numerous reports of Falun Gong practitioners held in Chinese forced labor camps, prisons, and psychiatric hospitals being poisoned with unknown drugs. Usually mixed into meals or directly injected into their bodies, the drugs have caused symptoms of impaired motor control in walking, becoming incontinent, and loss of memory and consciousness. Some victims' lives have even been endangered.
According to the information compiled by Minghui.net, a main Falun Gong website, thousands of Falun Gong practitioners have suffered from psychiatric damage caused by forced injection of unknown drugs. Among them, some have died of damage to their central nervous system. According to statistics, the number of the reported cases is over 800. The following are excerpts from some of these reports:
Ms. Zhang Fuzhen used to be an employee of Xianhe Park management center, Pingdu City, Shandong Province. She was arrested in 2001 and sent to Pingdu City 610 Office's Brainwashing class. She never returned home. According to eyewitnesses, the police stripped her naked and shaved her entire head. They tied her to a bed with her four limbs stretched out for long hours. She suffered torture, insult, and was injected of an unknown toxic substance. After the injection, Zhang was in so much pain that she nearly had a nervous breakdown. She struggled in great pain on the bed until she died. Local officials from the 610 Office reportedly witnessed the whole process. Ms. Zhang Fuzhen died at the young age of 38 years old.
The overwhelming persecution against the Falun Gong spiritual movement since 1999 has become a major concern worldwide. This report is simply an excerpt from a few articles about the use of harmful drugs in the torture of Falun Gong practitioners, and a partial reflection
By John Thorne
RABAT, Morocco â“ Moroccans unable to access the video-sharing Web site YouTube since last week expressed fears Tuesday that the government had stepped up its campaign to restrict independent media.
Moroccan bloggers were surprised to discover they could no longer open YouTube on Friday and promptly launched online forums to speculate about whether the site had been censured.
Some Internet users were skeptical that a technical problem was to blame, noting that the site went down after people posted videos critical of Morocco's treatment of the people of Western Sahara, a territory that Morocco took control of in 1975 after Spain, the colonial power, withdrew.
âœThe government should not interfere in free media,â said Hicham, a member of a pro-democracy NGO who only gave his first name. âœIf Morocco is to be a practicing democracy, this sort of thing shouldn't happen.â
Associated Press Writer Marco Oved in Paris contributed to this report.
Iranian minister defends Internet censorship campaign
Iranâ™s Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Saffar Harandi has defended the censorship of certain Web sites and threatened to filter more if they publish inaccurate news about Iran or if they insult government officials.
According to the online news portal, Rooz, Harandi said, âœWe have filtered Web sites only when they have published reports that contained insults and false charges against individuals or officials.â
The announcement comes as part of a growing trend of Internet censorship in the country that is being applied to sites that are openly critical of the government as well as conservative sites that usually support the government line.
In a recent move, Baztab, a conservative Web site affiliated with Iranâ™s Revolutionary Guards was filtered for publishing reports critical of the administration.
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In a recent move, Baztab, a conservative Web site affiliated with Iranâ™s Revolutionary Guards was filtered for publishing reports critical of the administration
The largest relief describes the very pious episode from mythology â˜the descent of the Ganges on earth from heaven on request of Raja Bhagirath. The natural spring gives the structure a realistic touch.
|Mahabalipuram: The Stone Divine|May 29:
Mahabalipuram, founded by the famous Pallavan king Narsimhanvarman on the western limits of Bay of Bengal can not be described in better words than âœthe stone cityâ. It is more than an ecstasy to a person who combines in himself the love for nature and the taste for architecture. On the western side of the city one can appreciate the stone landscape with all its magnificence. The eastern side the vastness of the ocean and unique display of dancing rays of the sun ride along the waves of the ocean and spurts the radiance of life. The sun-bath along the silver-lined beach is a great amusement.
In the premises of the temple is erected a life size image of an elephant. And another simple structure is a huge sized boulder which provides shelter to the tourists. It seems as if it will roll down any moment, but it is there for centuries.
Major biological discoveryâ¦inside the ChernobylÂ reactor??
This slime, a collection of several fungi actually, was more than just surviving in a radioactive environment, it was actually using gamma radiation as a food source. Samples of these bacteria grew significantly faster when exposed to gamma radiation at 500 times the normal background radiation level. The fungi appear to use melanin, a chemical found in human skin as well, in the same fashion as plants use chlorophyll. That is to say, the melanin molecule gets struck by a gamma ray and its chemistry is altered. This is an amazing discovery, no one had even suspected that something like this was possible.
(The above image was released into the public domain by its author. Credit: Jason Minshull.)
Possibly this could also be used to create plants or mushrooms that could grow in space, serving as a food source for space travellers. Maybe these fungi could be modified and used somehow to clean up radiation contaminated environments. Thereâ™s quite a few of those, in fact the disposal of radioactive waste is still a huge and unsolved problem. Now the fungi couldnâ™t actually eat the radioactive isotopes, Iâ™m not saying that, but if they can live in radioactive environments they might be used to somehow scour out or concentrate the radioactive isotopes in such a way as to facilitate their clean up.
Imagine, thereâ™s fallout from a nuclear accident and what do the guys in suits do? They show up, spray mushroom spores over everything, and a few weeks later the mushrooms are harvested and disposed of while the contaminated area is now radiation free. It would certainly be useful, the picture at the top shows the still abandoned town of Priyat, Ukraine. It was built to house the workers
China's 1,600-Year-Old Dunhuang Frescoes Enter the Digital Age
By Eugene Tang
May 30 (Bloomberg) -- The frescoes of China's Dunhuang caves
on the ancient Silk Road have survived 1,600 years of sandstorms,
wars and Mao Zedong's red guards. Now, caretakers are turning to
computers to save them from half a million tourists a year.
Dunhuang was a trade hub on the Silk Road during the Sui
Dynasty (581-618) and Tang Dynasty (618-907), when caravans
bearing Chinese tea and silk for Persia and Europe stopped at its
oases. The area was also a religious center, where the aesthetics
of Buddhism, Islam, Tibetan sects, Sogdian and Tangut cultures
were displayed in clay sculptures and cave murals.
The Dunhuang digital archive will include images from the
caves as well as frescoes and scriptures from the area that now
reside in the world's museums, including the British Library.
To contact the reporter on this story:
Eugene Tang in Mogao, China on
Tourists are not the only threat to the relics. Caretakers have been working since 1989 with Los Angeles-based Getty Research Institute to preserve 16 large sutras in cave 85, a chamber commissioned in 867 depicting the life stories of King Divi before he reached enlightenment to become the Buddha.
The murals, painted in mineral and plant dye over plaster, have been peeling away from their bedrock because of increasing moisture and mineral salts that crystallize from seeping rain water, Fan said in the April 30 interview.
There are a total of 812 caves along a 1.7 kilometer (1 mile) of cliff face, hewn into the sandstone of the Mingsha Mountains in the Gobi desert. The Mogao caves were designated in 1991 as a World Cultural Heritage Site by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Tourists to Mogao reached 550,000 last year, from about 200,000 in 1998.
``I'm sure we'll easily top the 2006 numbers this year,'' said Fan, 68. ``The numbe
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