Han Genocide continues

April 29, 2020 § Leave a comment

In March 2019, the Uyghur Human Rights Project identified at least 386 Uyghur intellectuals detained and disappeared since 2017.

 

 

PRESS RELEASE: WUC CALLS FOR URGENT ACTION ON KAZAKH WRITER NAGYZ MUHAMMED’S CASE
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Press Release – For immediate release
29 April 2020
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
+49 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

The WUC is highly concerned about the imprisonment of Kazakh writer Nagyz Muhammed. For decades, the Chinese government has wrongfully imprisoned Uyghurs and other ethnic groups for lengthy prison sentences, merely for exercising their freedom of expression, writing articles, peacefully practicing their religion, peacefully protesting, or even for studying abroad. Due to heavy monitoring, restrictions on digital activities and reprisals against individuals or their family members to speak to foreign press or organizations, it is very difficult to get details on the condition and situation of many political prisoners.

The imprisonment of Nagyz Muhammed demonstrates the stringent restrictions Kazakhs and Uyghurs in East Turkistan are placed under and the violations of basic human rights. Extremely vague and broad definitions in laws and regulations have led to the criminalization of any civic and religious expression, and leaves no place for any dissenting voices. Since the internment camps in 2017, China started specifically targeting public figures who have a great influence in East Turkistan. This repressive campaign includes imprisonment of Uyghur and Kazakh intellectuals, such as university professors, journalists, students, artists, writers, religious figures, business figures, etc. In March 2019, the Uyghur Human Rights Project identified at least 386 Uyghur intellectuals detained and disappeared since 2017.

On April 27, Amnesty International called for an urgent action concerning the Kazakh writer Nagyz Muhammed. He worked as a writer in Altay’s State Intangible Cultural Heritage Office in East Turkistan, and was a member of the Xinjiang Writers Association. After his last visit to Kazakhstan in March 2018, he was arrested upon his return to Urumqi. His family learned about his arrest in early 2019. According to a source, he was charged with ‘’separatism’’ in a secret trial and sent to a ‘’re-education’’ camp. His current whereabouts and condition remain unknown. The public is invited to write a letter addressed to Director Wang Jiang of the Prison Administration Bureau of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, demanding the following:

  • Disclose Nagyz Muhammed’s whereabouts, allow him access to his family and a lawyer of his
  • choice, and ensure he is not subjected to torture and other ill-treatment;
  • Release Nagyz Muhammed immediately and unconditionally, unless there is sufficient, credible and admissible evidence that he committed an internationally recognized offence and is granted a fair trial in line with international standards.

His case is a reminder of the systematic crackdown on freedom of expression in East Turkistan. Just like Nagyz Muhammed, many prominent Uyghur scholars have been jailed on the same charges of ‘’separatism’’ and sentenced to death in secret trials.

Tashpolat Tiyip was the President of Xinjiang University in East Turkistan. Following a meeting of Communist Party cadres on March 31, 2017, Tiyip was removed from his position. In the same year, while he was traveling to Germany with a group of students for a conference, he was detained at Beijing airport, and he forcibly disappeared. Halmurat Ghopur, former president of Xinjiang Medical University Hospital was arrested on the same charges in 2018, and was given a two-year suspended death sentence.

Their  removal and detention was part of the Chinese government’s campaign targeting ‘Two-Faced’ Uyghurs who stray from or who are not fully committed to the party doctrine. It is unclear what their current status is or whether they have been released from detention.

This month, Amnesty International called for an urgent action on Tiyip’s case. The public is invited to write a letter to the Procurator-General Li Yongjun and ask him to provide further details about his case and whereabouts.

In October, UN special procedures issued an urgent appeal to China on Tiyip’s case demanding to provide more information on his case and whereabouts. In December, a spokesperson for China replied claiming that the scholar was charged with ”corruption” and concluded that the secret death trial was ‘’false information’’. However, no further information was provided regarding any court proceedings or his whereabouts. A death sentence ordered under these conditions is arbitrary and violates international laws. The UN experts pointed out that article 1 of the UN Safeguards Protecting the Rights of those facing Death Penalty allows States to only impose death penalty for the most serious crimes, such as intentional killing. The experts reminded that charges of ‘’separatism’’ or ‘’corruption’’ do not meet the required threshold of the ‘’most serious crimes’’.

‘’Freedom of expression for Uyghurs and other Turkic ethnic groups in East Turkistan is effectively non-existent. Many Uyghur and Kazakh scholars have been imprisoned on charges of “separatism” or “endangering state security” said WUC President Dolkun Isa.

We urge everyone to take immediate action on Nagyz Muhammed’s case. The WUC demands that China provides information about the whereabouts and conditions of all the arbitrarily detained public figures, grant them fair trials that meet international standards, and allow access to their families, and halt any possible death penalties.

The WUC calls on the international community to pressure China to release all the arbitrarily detained Uyghurs, Kazakhs and other Turkic ethnic groups from internment camps.

 

The lying about Russia by its enemies never ends.

April 29, 2020 § Leave a comment

“Unfortunately, while the West was ignoring Russia”

The lie is “the West was ignoring Russia”.

A couple of lies>

What is “the West” here I deem it to be the US government and the corporations it promotes. The West invaded Russia upon the collapse and arranged the pillaging of the Soviet State and created the plutocrats.

Another lie by omission:

“Although many factors contributed to the fall of the Soviet Union, from the bankruptcy of communist ideology to the failure of the Soviet economy, the wider context for its dissolution is often overlooked.”

These liars ”

Foreign Policy

  • Serhii Plokhy
  • Bill Browder
  • Dmitri Trenin
  • Nargis Kassenova
  • Alexander Cooley
  • Andrei Soldatov

omit to mention that the West had economically warred on the Soviet Union except when it needed the Soviet Union to defeat Hitler which the West had aimed at the Soviet Union.

One can reasonably suggest that had the West not economically warred on the Soviet Union from 1918-1941 and 1946 to 1991, that it might have developed as successfully as say China.

Such intellectual dishonesty is hard to match.

 

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/the-soviet-union-is-gone-but-it-s-still-collapsing?utm_source=pocket-newtab

It’s a Two Party Swindle Political System

April 23, 2020 § Leave a comment

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/04/23/bail-a23.html

While big restaurant chains and other firms whose stock is traded on Wall Street gobbled up large portions of the “small business” relief money, and the major Wall Street banks pocketed $10 billion in loan fees, family-owned restaurants, barber shops, beauty salons, retail stores and other small firms were pushed to the back of the line or denied relief outright.

The program ran out of funds last Thursday, less than two weeks after it was launched, leaving hundreds of thousands of small businesses high and dry and their millions of laid-off employees facing destitution. Now the Trump administration and Congress are rushing to inject an additional $310 billion into the PPP.

On Wednesday, the Senate passed by unanimous consent a new $484 billion bailout bill, whose central component is the renewal of the PPP. At the urging of the Democrats, looking to provide a “progressive” fig leaf to the pro-corporate measure, and with the agreement of Trump, the bill tacked on a totally inadequate $75 billion for hospitals and a derisory $25 billion for COVID-19 testing.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has announced that the Democratic-controlled chamber will vote on the new bill on Thursday. On Tuesday, she hailed the passage of the bill in the Senate, declaring that the Republicans “have seen the light—and we had a great victory for the American people.”

Among the businesses that have received low-interest PPP loans, which are to be forgiven if the firms use 75 percent of the money to keep their workers employed for eight weeks, are:

  • The Ruth’s Chris steakhouse chain, with some 5,000 employees at over 100 locations in 2019 and $468 million in revenues. It received two PPP loans totaling $20 million. The total compensation for CEO Cheryl J. Henry was $6,105,629 in 2018. The stock price of the chain’s parent company, Ruth’s Hospitality Group, has risen by 112 percent over the past month.
  • The Potbelly Sandwich Shop chain, with around 6,000 employees at 474 locations in 2019 and revenues of $410 million. The company received a PPP loan for $10 million. Total compensation for CEO Alan Johnson in 2018 was $1,668,251. Potbelly stock has risen 70 percent over the past month.
  • The Shake Shack restaurant chain, with some 6,000 workers at 254 locations in the US and internationally and $595 million in revenues in 2019. It received $10 million in PPP loans. Total compensation for CEO Randy Garutti in 2018 was $3,805,410. Shake Shack stock has risen 40 percent over the past month. On Sunday, Shake Shack announced it was returning its PPP loan.
  • The J. Alexander’s restaurant chain, with 2,700 employees at 46 locations in 2019 and $304 million in revenues in 2016, received $15.1 million in PPP loans. Total compensation for CEO Mark Parkey was $591,000 in 2019. J. Alexander’s stock has risen by 2 percent over the past month.

Other large firms that received PPP loans include:

  • The Ohio-based biotech company Athersys, which raised almost $60 million in a stock offering on Monday. Its shares have nearly doubled in 2020.
  • Indiana-based coal operator Hallador Energy, which received $10 million after it laid off 60 workers in March.
  • Data storage company Quantum took $10 million.
  • Nicola Motor, backed by giant hedge funds and asset management firms and valued at $4 billion, received a loan of $4 million.

The losingest military in world history…

April 21, 2020 § Leave a comment

Why America Loses Every War It Starts

Ige, a rare smart move… Let’s see if he sticks to it. Changsha versus Wuhan.

April 21, 2020 § Leave a comment

https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2020/04/20/hawaii-sees-just-new-covid-cases-all-neighbor-islands/

But in a news conference, Gov. David Ige said Hawaii isn’t yet ready to begin re-opening its economy.

 

Here’s an example of how smart plays work out:

Wuhan to Changsha: 340 kilometers or 211 miles.

Wuhan CV-19 casualties: “Officials placed the new tally at 3,869 deaths from the coronavirus in the central Chinese city, an increase of 1,290 from the previous figure. The number of cumulative confirmed infections in the city was also revised upward to 50,333, an increase of 325.

 

 

Changsha casualties: Essentially zero. But at the provincial level. Changsha, Hunan. Wuhan, Hubei

Province—————— Confirmed——————- Recovered—————- Deaths

Hunan
1,019
1,014
4
Hubei
67,803
64,014
3,212

[https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=changsha+coronavirus+stats]

Changsha swiftly went into a complete lockdown. Everything shut for 8 weeks. It is now [15 April] reopen and operating normally.

Lesson:

the longer the lockdown the safer we all are.

 

Magical thinking kills

April 20, 2020 § Leave a comment

Magical thinking — you could call it denial — hampered the ability of even some of the most seasoned infectious diseases experts to recognize the full threat of what was bearing down on the world.

 

The months of magical thinking: As the coronavirus swept over China, some experts were in denial

There are two plagues in China: CV-19 and the CPC

April 20, 2020 § Leave a comment

Hong Kong rounds up pro-democracy leaders as Beijing asserts power over the city

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