A recently released study on China’s heightened persecution of Tibetan minorities was recently released by the Jamestown Institute, a Washington, DC-based policy institute that studies foreign policy issues of strategic importance. It highlights a new level of persecution for Tibetan minorities Continue reading “China Expands Forced Labor”
The last two weeks have seen historic announcements regarding peace in the Middle East. Over the last month, three Muslim-majority countries announced peace agreements with Israel. Two of those were Arab countries and at least one of them is putting their embassy in Jerusalem. That’s pretty big news by any measure.
Whatever it took to bring that about, there is hope that there may be more to follow and that other Arab countries may also recognize Israel’s right to exist and begin to normalize relations.
On the domestic front, the celebrations for the peace agreements are much more muted, as a result of personal and political hatred and animosity. And that is sad. Continue reading “Peace In The Middle East? “A Distraction” Says Pelosi”
News items from this week that may fall under the radar, but are worth knowing… Continue reading “Midweek Quick Takes”
The United Nations released a statement on its official social media page, commenting on the critical issues related to the COVID19 pandemic. The post read:
“The #COVID19 pandemic is demonstrating what we all know: millennia of patriarchy have resulted in a male-dominated world with a male-dominated culture which damages everyone—women, men, girls and boys.”
Yes, men, you are responsible for everything to do with the worldwide pandemic.
And, yes, that’s one more perfect example of why we need to dramatically cut funding for the United Nations.
In what during normal times would be big news, maybe the lead news story in the world, Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have announced that they will normalize relations and the UAE will recognize Israel.
The UAE becomes the first Gulf Arab nation to recognize Israel. Until now, Israel has signed treaties and exchanged diplomatic relations with only two Arab nations, Egypt and Jordan.
Bilateral treaties will be signed on economic, cultural and a range of issues between the two countries in coming days. In return, Israel has agreed to abandon its plans to annex parts of the West Bank, formerly Arab territory it has occupied after repulsing an attack in a previous war.
Based on this agreement, it appears that what Israel wants simply for its neighbors to recognize that it has a right to exist. Can it really be that simple of a first step?
Last week, the government issued an 11-count indictment for two people accused of industrial espionage and trying to steal data on corona virus research for China. LI Xiaoyu, 34, and Dong Jiazhi, 33, are accused of targeting high-tech, medical, pharma, engineering, business and other sectors in the US, Australia, and several other countries, with the backing of the Chinese government. Continue reading “Chinese Nationals Arrested For Industrial Espionage”
This weekend we saw one more example of the difference between the Communist government of China and the United States. Continue reading “A Difference Between China and the United States”
The World Health Organization (WHO) continues to flounder and lose what little credibility it has left. It’s been under fire for the handling of the coronavirus pandemic and for helping China cover up the outbreak originally. China delayed reporting the outbreak and by doing so, helped cause the spread and subsequent lock downs worldwide. WHO also agreed with China as late as mid-January, and said that the virus could not be spread between humans.
Most recently, WHO stumbled when it released a statement saying that masks did not significantly stop the spread of the virus. The very next day, they changed their position again and said that they hadn’t changed from their original position on wearing masks.
And now WHO has gone back and changed its explanation of how it found out about the virus, which originated in Wuhan, China. It had said that Chinese authorities alerted them to the outbreak but WHO has changed its story, and now says that staff at its offices in China found out through internet reports.
So which is it? Was China forthcoming and cooperative or did they not even tell the World Health Organization there was an outbreak? We don’t know. We probably won’t ever know, because the World Health Organization changes what it says routinely. How are we ever to trust its competence and know that our money is well spent?
The United Nations Human Rights Commission, of which China recently became a member (which should tell you enough right there) debated a new law passed by China reinforcing its rule over Hong Kong, a law that has formed the basis of the communist regime’s latest crackdown on the people of Hong Kong.
The law criminalizes anti-government movements, and targets pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong who have demonstrated against Beijing’s assaults on freedoms in the territory — which is supposed to be ruled on the principle of “one country, two systems.” based on a treaty with Great Britain which gave Hong Kong back to China some years ago.
After the debate 52 counties, lead by China and Cuba, came out in the support of the new law. Opposing it were Great Britain and 25 other countries.
(One more reason why we shouldn’t rely on international organizations to take moral stands.)
(I have borrowed heavily from several news reports and pictures from Britain for this story of hope)
A story that has captured a hopeful, valiant, inspiring moment in a troubled Britain, and troubled world — reports and pictures of a Black Lives Matter protester hoisting an injured man, suspected of being a radical counter-demonstrator, onto his shoulder to extricate him from a violent melee near Waterloo Bridge. Continue reading “A Ray of Sunshine in Seemingly Dark World”