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Inside this edition of Falun Gong Today...
Communist China: One Country, Two Faces
Violence and terror against Falun Gong and others belies increasingly polished global image of CCP

With his hands tied behind his back, 36-year-old Mr. Liu Yonglai lay naked and shivering on the floor. The smell of burning flesh was in the air.

After dousing Liu with ice-cold water to intensify the electric currents, several labor camp guards shocked his body with electric nightsticks - each of which emits a 36,000-volt charge - targeting sensitive parts of the body such as the mouth, neck, anus and genitalia.

In the hallway just outside, other victims lay moaning or vomiting from similar torture.

On the other side of the camp, 60-year-old Ms. Fu Shuying, 27-year-old Ms. Chen Hui, 30-year-old Ms. Sun Yan and others are tied up in a spread-eagle position as torturers repeatedly thrust long rods into their vaginas causing severe inflammations and bleeding. Other women suffer similar tortures with toilet and shoe brushes.

All the while, loudspeakers blare out fierce propaganda, aiming to unseat the victims' personal beliefs and instill in them the Party line.

The combined methods of extreme violence and constant shaping of thoughts are what the torturers call "re-education."

Several have already died here from this "re-education." More will surely follow. (page 1)



Are your Chinese colleagues unwittingly spreading Beijing's lies about Falun Gong?

Anne Yang, 25, sat staring at the news displayed across her computer screen. Then, quietly--lest her coworkers hear--she began to cry.

It was at that moment that she realized she could no longer deny what many of her American friends had told her.

The Chinese government had been lying to her, and Yang now knew it. Lying to her, that is, her entire life. But most alarming of all, Yang recalls, was that she had unwittingly become part of the lie. (page 1)

A Parade of Culture
Through Falun Gong, people are rediscovering their heritage, and finding joy in sharing it.

Parades. Antiquity. And a meditation called Falun Gong.

The connection weaving the three together might not be that obvious. But in their mixture lies a fascinating tale of hope and renewal.

It's a tale told, in a sense, by the smile on Tracey Zhu's face today. She's performing a Chinese "fan dance" in the annual Chinatown New Year's parade, seemingly impervious to the nipping winter cold that has others bundled in layers of down and wool. (page 12)