China arrests over coup rumours

Courtesy of BBC China

Paramilitary policemen patrol on Tiananmen Square - archive image The internet rumours have spooked China’s top leadership

Chinese police have arrested six people and shut 16 websites after rumours were spread that military vehicles were on the streets of Beijing, officials say.

The web posts were picked up last week by media outlets around the world, amid uncertainty caused by the ouster of top political leader Bo Xilai.

The State Internet Information Office (SIIO) said the rumours had a “very bad influence on the public”.

Two popular microblogs have temporarily stopped users from posting comments.

The two sites, Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo, are still letting people post to their own sites. But they said commenting on other people’s posts would be disabled between 31 March and 3 April, so they “could act to stop the spread of rumours”.

A spokesman for the SIIO told state news agency Xinhua earlier that the two websites had been “criticised and punished accordingly”.

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Analysis

image of Michael Bristow Michael Bristow BBC News, Beijing

There has been no evidence to substantiate the coup allegations but the authorities considered them damaging enough to take this extreme action.

Internet forums, microblogging sites, are perhaps the only area in which people could freely express their views, and many have done so anonymously.

In a country where there is very little information from the authorities, rumours take on an added value in a way they perhaps would not in other countries.

I think this just shows you the Chinese authorities will move to close down any kind of public debate if they can.

He added that that a number of other people had been “admonished or educated”.

Chongqing case

China’s top leaders are grappling with the biggest political crisis they have faced for years, the BBC’s Michael Bristow reports from Beijing.

The country will begin a once-in-a-decade leadership change later this year. But one of the main contenders for promotion – Bo Xilai – has just been sacked, suggesting a fierce fight behind the scenes for control of the ruling Communist Party.

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Wegman’s has put up a sign asking customers buying pork or alcohol not to use a particular checkout line when a Muslim teenager is on duty as the cashier.
More islamization of the marketplace. This is a pattern.
If you dont want to handle meat that’s not halal, work for a Muslim butcher. Don’t take a job at Wegman’s, Wal-mart or Target. But it is not about that. It’s about imposing Islam on non-Muslims. Special accommodations for a “special class.” This is part of a systematic campaign to impose the sharia on the secular marketplace. Muslim workers suing Disney over their sixty-year-old dress code or Muslim cashiers suing Wal-Mart and Target over their refusal to handle meat that is not halal is all part of a much larger supremacist effort. It has succeeded in Europe, which is all but doomed. They mean to replicate it here. This is well documented…

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“You don’t often hear an American president secretly (he thinks) assuring foreign leaders that concessions are coming their way, but that they must wait because he’s seeking reelection and he dare not tell his own people.” —Charles Krauthammer

Krauthammer’s right, but then again, we’re in unexplored territory—we’ve never had a Marxist president before.  And—if we survive this one—we need to ensure that we never have another.

 Hope and Change? Please. As Vince Ricardo (Peter Falk) said in his 1979 film, The In-Laws, “The benefits are terrific. The trick is not to get killed. That’s really the key to the benefit program.” And with Barack Obama dismantling our military, promising to pass our missile defense secrets to the Russians, handing the Middle East to radical Muslims, while simultaneously destroying America’s coal industry, oil industry, and healthcare industry, it’s a trick we’re all going to have to learn if we’re ignorant…

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Corporate levy now exceeds that of every country in the developed world

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MILLER: America’s high tax leadership

By Emily Miller – The Washington Times Friday, March 30, 2012

The United States is now, officially, the worst place to do business in the developed world. On Sunday, Japan lowered its corporate tax rate in the hopes of luring business to its shores, handing the title of highest tax rate to the Land of the Free. The market reaction on Monday will tell whether money will begin flowing away from us and toward the more business-friendly Asian country.

Japan’s combined corporate tax rate went down from 39.8 percent to 36.8 percent on its way to 34.5 percent within a few years. The U.S. federal rate is 35 percent and the average state and local levy on corporations is 4.2 percent, raising our total burden 2.4 points above that of Japan. When dealing with profits in the millions and billions, a few percentage points in the wrong direction can drive a company and its investments elsewhere.

Other allies have already figured this out. Canada cut its overall rate to 25 percent on Jan. 1. Just last week, George Osborne, Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer, announced that he is accelerating and deepening a corporate tax cut, lowering it to 24 percent in April and 22 percent by 2013. That means American businesses are at a significant disadvantage in the global marketplace.

Congressional Republicans have been pushing hard to increase our competitiveness, but they have no negotiating partner in the White House.

“It’s unfortunate because we really aren’t getting any leadership from the president on this at all,” Sen. Orrin Hatch, the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, told The Washington Times. “He’s punted it to the Treasury Department and what they’ve put out isn’t really much more than an outline.” In February, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner released a white paper that called for lowering the federal rate to 28 percent, but they have made no further effort to engage the tax-writing committees.

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