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The head of Interpol goes missing, after a visit to China late last month. French police have opened an investigation.You could not make it up right? Report HERE
We don’t have much sympathy for the plight of Mr Meng Hongwei, a Chinese national elected in 2016 to head the organization. After all in his position as China’s Vice Minister for ‘Public Security’ he was responsible for and authorized the torture, arrest and jailing of countless numbers of those suffering under the tyranny of the Chinese regime. Including of course the oppressed peoples of occupied Tibet, East Turkistan, Southern Mongolia and Manchuria. His hands are stained with blood.
Given his record and degree of involvement there will be few tears shed if, as is highly unlikely, that he has suffered the same dark fate as the many whose lives were destroyed by his signature.
So what’s the deal? How does such a prominent figure go missing in China? Either he’s been caught out in some criminal activity, set-up by political rivals within the Chinese communist party (of whom he remains a key member) or his disappearance may well be a staged event. No doubt the official narrative will prove interesting reading over the coming days!
The English Conservative party annual conference, which lauched September 30, is expected to be a bumpy affair, dominated by fractious debates on Brexit. Away however from the infighting and nationalistic posturing on leaving the European Union another nasty mess spoiled the gathering. A female Chinese national, seemingly representing CCTV began haranguing speakers at a fringe event that was discussing issues of freedom and human rights in Hong Kong. One of the organizers of the meeting was assaulted by the woman, who was taken away by the police. Meanwhile demands have been made in Chinese media that the ‘Human Rights Committee of UK Conservative Party’ “should stop interfering in China’s internal affairs and stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs. The organizer of fringe event should apologize to the Chinese journalist.” SOURCE
Will Theresa May and her Conservative colleagues offer such an apology? You betcha, but it will be done behind closed doors! Will the Chinese ‘journalist’ be charged by police with assault? No way! Such is the level of appeasement towards China, a market of increasing dominance within the UK. especially as its political establishment contemplates the economic consequences of withdrawal from the EU!
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Image via @tibettruth
Throughout the years of our activism and research on Tibet and its cause we’ve seen an increasing willingness from international academics to collaborate with China’s regime. Although aware of the censorship, human rights abuses and violent oppression of against not only Chinese citizens, but the occupied lands of Tibet, East Turkistan, Southern Mongolia and Manchuria, career and bank-balance considerations have taken precedence.
Thankfully there are those, when viewing China’s tyranny and toxic international leverage, choose not the path of self-serving silence but act with integrity and courage. One such individual is Prof. Anne-Marie Brady of the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, who has exposed and reported upon the growing influence of China’s communist party within countries around the world.
We salute you Ms Brady, stay strong!
Google’s widely condemned collaboration with the totalitarian government of China has reached new depths on the recent disclosure that its ‘in progress project-Dragonfly’ (specially designed to allow the Chinese state unprecedented degree of censorship and surveillance) will enable the authorities there to link online searches by users to their personal cell or landline numbers. Allowing the Chinese regime to monitor people’s queries, an invaluable resource if you are in the business of fighting against dissent, free-speech or ideologically corruput thinking. It’s every dictatorships dream technonology and has been made possible by the good folks of Google. Awesome job guys!
More at this excellent report from The Intercept https://theintercept.com/2018/09/14/google-china-prototype-links-searches-to-phone-numbers/
As we’ve reported. people using cell-phones, tablets and laptops are being denied the choice to include in their tweets, facbook posts, instagram comments, and elsewhere across the digi-verse, an emoji of the Tibetan flag. The reason is due to a decision reached by the Unicode Consortium (UC), an umbrella organization comprised of major vendors such as Google, Apple, Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Mozilla and others, who vote an approval for the emojis we use. No endorsement, no emoji. Now it’s probably no accident that many of the organizations who get to authorize on these have commercial relations with China, and we all know what the regime of that country thinks of the Tibetan flag. Right?
We are curently sending a direct appeal to all the major voters within the UC detailing why they should approve an emoji of Tibet’s flag. Not least of all because to deny Tibetans around the world, and those who support the Tibetan cause for freedom, the option to display that emblem in their communincations on social media is a flagrant denial of freedom-of-expression. Of course such lobbying may or may not realize a change of position from such organizations, and for sure it will prove a long haul. With that in mind until such time as Tibet’s national emblem is accorded an emoji we are hereby issuing notice that we’ve hijacked the Sunrise Over Mountains emoji 🌄 which we shall be using as substitute symbol for the Tibetan flag. Sharing as it does with the Tibetan emblem the central feature of the sun rising above the mountain we think it’s an apposite symbol.
In keeping with principles of compassion and non-violence we shall make every effort to ensure that the kidnapped emoji is comfortable and in good health. However it’s release is entirely contigent upon the Unicode Consortium and its multi-national corporations meeting in full our demand that they approve an emoji for the flag of Tibet.
Meanwhile we shall be inviting our friends across social-media and those supporting human-rights, Tibet and free-speech to join us in using this emoji to represent the Tibetan flag.
Useful communication, or annoying fad? Could be that emojis aren’t your thing, but they are an important and increasing method of communication across social media, especially Twitter.
There’s emojis for many flags of the world and yet this is the #emoji –> 🏴 which the Unicode Consortium (the authority which approves and cauthorizes emoji) has decided for the Tibetan flag!
We regard this as censorship, which no doubt greatly pleases the Chinese regime. Which is why today we appealed to the Unicode Consortium to approve and create an emoji of Tibet’s flag.
Our statement can be read: HERE
If you would like to see the Tibetan flag as an emoji which can then be easily included on posts acoss social media then contact Unicode Consortium via Twitter @unicode or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org