Top Story – Communist Chinese internet censorship efforts are tough on the censors, too: A Taipei Times story has an intriguing look inside the internet censorship regime of the Chinese Communist Party with interviews of the censors themselves. It turns out the cadres are not exactly showering the censorship staff with money and perks:

Reporters interviewed four former censors at Sina Weibo, who all quit at various times this year. All declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the work they once did. Current censors declined to speak to reporters.

‘People are often torn when they start, but later they go numb and just do the job,’ said one former censor, who left because he felt the career prospects were poor. ‘One thing I can tell you is that we are worked very hard and paid very little.’

While the author stated that the censors “more closely resembled Little Brothers than the Orwellian image of an omniscient and fearsome Big Brother,” the mind of yours truly immediately went to Orwell’s Outer Party Members (with all the confusion, frustration, and ennui). One ex-censor flatly called it “a stressful dead-end job.” While the regime certainly doesn’t need enthusiastic censors to keep control of the internet, morale this low among the staff certainly doesn’t help.

On the arrest of Wang Gongquan: Leo Timm (Epoch Times) sees the Communist regime cracking down on “China’s nascent civil society movement” of which Wang was a leading member.

Communist China extending reach into oil markets: Carol Wickenkamp (Epoch Times) details how regime-run oil firms are snatching up fields and oil firms across the globe.

Taiwanese Speaker expulsion case goes to High Court: Wang Jin-pyng, still Speaker of the Taiwanese Legislative Yuan (despite President Ma Ying-jeou’s efforts to have him bounced), will see his case for remaining in the Kuomintang Party (and thus the Speaker’s Chair) appealed to the High Court by Ma’s cronies (Taipei Times) amid a continuing argument over his plight. The opposition Democratic Progressive Party is furious that Ma relied on allegedly illegal investigative actions by the Special Intelligence Division (Taipei Times); the evidence itself also seems fairly weak to yours truly. Annette Lu, DPP member and Vice President of Taiwan from 2000 to 2008, joined the call for impeaching Ma (Taipei Times). Both sets of editors in the Taipei TimesLiberty Times family ripped Ma. Meanwhile, the president tried to seal the breach within his own party (Taipei Times) as the Legislative Yuan came back into session today (Taipei Times).

Other Taiwan News: The Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU), the smaller half of the “pan-green” alliance led by the DPP, blasted the government for its heavy spending in Communist China (Taipei Times). Former President Lee Teng-hui’s trial on embezzlement charges wrapped up with the defendant ripping the indictment against him as a sham (Taipei Times).

On the fate of political prisoners in the CCP’s Korean colony: The Viceroy keeps so many camps for political prisoners and their relatives that it’s difficult to keep track of them all, but as usual, Josh Stanton (One Free Korea) is game and talented enough to try. Meanwhile, a hacking network from the CCP colony is waging an “unsophisticated” campaign to spy on defense think tanks, government agencies and other security-related targets in South Korea, according to computer security researchers (Washington Times).