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Uyghurs would have a right to armed resistance if they were being occupied, but—aside from the CIA-backed terrorists in the 2010s who went on sprees of knifing & bombing & running people over—the Uyghurs don’t think they are being occupied.

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The US’s “Uyghur genocide” disinformation campaign has already been debunked several times over, meanwhile it’s providing material support for a real one in Palestine as we speak, and Guantanamo Bay and other black sites are still in operation.

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The blueprint of regime change operations

We see here for example the evolution of public opinion in regards to China. In 2019, the ‘Uyghur genocide’ was broken by the media (Buzzfeed, of all outlets). In this story, we saw the machine I described up until now move in real time. Suddenly, newspapers, TV, websites were all flooded with stories about the ‘genocide’, all day, every day. People whom we’d never heard of before were brought in as experts — Adrian Zenz, to name just one; a man who does not even speak a word of Chinese.

Organizations were suddenly becoming very active and important. The World Uyghur Congress, a very serious-sounding NGO, is actually an NED Front operating out of Germany […]. From their official website, they declare themselves to be the sole legitimate representative of all Uyghurs — presumably not having asked Uyghurs in Xinjiang what they thought about that.

The WUC also has ties to the Grey Wolves, a fascist paramilitary group in Turkey, through the father of their founder, Isa Yusuf Alptekin.

Documents came out from NGOs to further legitimize the media reporting. This is how a report from the very professional-sounding China Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) came to exist. They claimed ‘up to 1.3 million’ Uyghurs were imprisoned in camps. What they didn’t say was how they got this number: they interviewed a total of 10 people from rural Xinjiang and asked them to estimate how many people might have been taken away. They then extrapolated the guesstimates they got and arrived at the 1.3 million figure.

Sanctions were enacted against China — Xinjiang cotton for example had trouble finding buyers after Western companies were pressured into boycotting it. Instead of helping fight against the purported genocide, this act actually made life more difficult for the people of Xinjiang who depend on this trade for their livelihood (as we all do depend on our skills to make a livelihood).

Any attempt China made to defend itself was met with more suspicion. They invited a UN delegation which was blocked by the US. The delegation eventually made it there, but three years later. The Arab League also visited Xinjiang and actually commended China on their policies — aimed at reducing terrorism through education and social integration, not through bombing like we tend to do in the West.

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Even if the CIA backs a group, for example the Taliban, there is a root issue of oppression which inspires those resistance groups to take those CIA arms.

That can and does happen. But what also can and does happen is the CIA finds people willing to stir up shit just for the money and the opportunity to seize power.

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The queen died over a year ago.

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Raising a child to 18 years of age costs Chinese families an average of 6.3 times China's GDP per capita, per Yuwa Population Research's "China Childbirth Cost Report 2024," released on Wednesday. That's compared to a factor of 4.11 in the US.

In total, raising a child until they are 18 costs Chinese families an average of 538,312 yuan, or about $73,000, Yuwa said.

Still, raising a child in the US costs far more without considering income disparities. Middle-income families in the US are projected to spend $233,610 raising a child until they are 18, per the USDA. A Business Insider report from January put the estimate of raising a child significantly higher, at an average of $462,852.

Notably, the average cost of raising a child in China fell slightly compared to Yuwa's 2022 report on the same topic. The think tank said data from 2019 showed that the average cost was $76,000, or about seven times the country's GDP per capita at the time.

GDP per capita seems like a poor metric because 1) GDP is garbage metric, especially when comparing a financialized neoliberal economy to a mixed economy; and 2) using the arithmetic mean in countries with high income inequality will be highly misleading. Wouldn’t median household income have been a better choice?

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Source is probably years of watching Rachel Maddow’s Russiagate conspiracy theorizing.

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Not a fan of the first amendment, I take it? Not only did Assange not break any US laws, he wasn’t even within US jurisdiction at the time.

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The Guardian, Nov. 2022: ‘Publishing is not a crime’: media groups urge US to drop Julian Assange charges: First outlets to publish WikiLeaks material, including the Guardian, come together to oppose prosecution

The letter:

Publishing is not a crime: The US government should end its prosecution of Julian Assange for publishing secrets.

Twelve years ago, on November 28th 2010, our five international media outlets – the New York Times, the Guardian, Le Monde, El País and Der Spiegel – published a series of revelations in cooperation with WikiLeaks that made the headlines around the globe.

“Cablegate”, a set of 251,000 confidential cables from the US state department, disclosed corruption, diplomatic scandals and spy affairs on an international scale.

In the words of the New York Times, the documents told “the unvarnished story of how the government makes its biggest decisions, the decisions that cost the country most heavily in lives and money”. Even now in 2022, journalists and historians continue to publish new revelations, using the unique trove of documents.

For Julian Assange, publisher of WikiLeaks, the publication of “Cablegate” and several other related leaks had the most severe consequences. On [April 11th] 2019, Assange was arrested in London on a US arrest warrant, and has now been held for three and a half years in a high-security British prison usually used for terrorists and members of organised crime groups. He faces extradition to the US and a sentence of up to 175 years in an American maximum-security prison.

This group of editors and publishers, all of whom had worked with Assange, felt the need to publicly criticise his conduct in 2011 when unredacted copies of the cables were released, and some of us are concerned about the allegations in the indictment that he attempted to aid in computer intrusion of a classified database. But we come together now to express our grave concerns about the continued prosecution of Julian Assange for obtaining and publishing classified materials.

The Obama-Biden administration, in office during the WikiLeaks publication in 2010, refrained from indicting Assange, explaining that they would have had to indict journalists from major news outlets too. Their position placed a premium on press freedom, despite its uncomfortable consequences. Under Donald Trump however, the position changed. The DoJ relied on an old law, the Espionage Act of 1917 (designed to prosecute potential spies during world war one), which has never been used to prosecute a publisher or broadcaster.

This indictment sets a dangerous precedent, and threatens to undermine America’s first amendment and the freedom of the press.

Obtaining and disclosing sensitive information when necessary in the public interest is a core part of the daily work of journalists. If that work is criminalised, our public discourse and our democracies are made significantly weaker.

Twelve years after the publication of “Cablegate”, it is time for the US government to end its prosecution of Julian Assange for publishing secrets.

Publishing is not a crime.

The editors and publishers of:
The New York Times
The Guardian
Le Monde
Der Spiegel
El País

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Reports made against your post and my comment:

  • Not a news site
  • propogandaaaaaaaaa
  • false information
  • Spreading hate and dissent, all this account does.

The hate and dissent spreader award goes to me obama-medal

Firefox 123.0 changed DNS settings?

After installing Firefox 123.0 I ran a Mullvad Connection check https://mullvad.net/en/check and found I had a DNS leak. Turns out that Firefox had changed the settings under "DNS over HTTPS" so that my Mullvad DNS wasn't being used any more. After changing this setting to "off" in Firefox, the Mullvad check passed.

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In my case the setting stayed off after upgrade.

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The “Uyghur genocide” disinformation campaign has already been debunked several times over, but go on, while America is providing material support for a real one in Palestine as we speak, and Guantanamo Bay and other black sites are still in operation.

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The blueprint of regime change operations

We see here for example the evolution of public opinion in regards to China. In 2019, the ‘Uyghur genocide’ was broken by the media (Buzzfeed, of all outlets). In this story, we saw the machine I described up until now move in real time. Suddenly, newspapers, TV, websites were all flooded with stories about the ‘genocide’, all day, every day. People whom we’d never heard of before were brought in as experts — Adrian Zenz, to name just one; a man who does not even speak a word of Chinese.

Organizations were suddenly becoming very active and important. The World Uyghur Congress, a very serious-sounding NGO, is actually an NED Front operating out of Germany […]. From their official website, they declare themselves to be the sole legitimate representative of all Uyghurs — presumably not having asked Uyghurs in Xinjiang what they thought about that.

The WUC also has ties to the Grey Wolves, a fascist paramilitary group in Turkey, through the father of their founder, Isa Yusuf Alptekin.

Documents came out from NGOs to further legitimize the media reporting. This is how a report from the very professional-sounding China Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) came to exist. They claimed ‘up to 1.3 million’ Uyghurs were imprisoned in camps. What they didn’t say was how they got this number: they interviewed a total of 10 people from rural Xinjiang and asked them to estimate how many people might have been taken away. They then extrapolated the guesstimates they got and arrived at the 1.3 million figure.

Sanctions were enacted against China — Xinjiang cotton for example had trouble finding buyers after Western companies were pressured into boycotting it. Instead of helping fight against the purported genocide, this act actually made life more difficult for the people of Xinjiang who depend on this trade for their livelihood (as we all do depend on our skills to make a livelihood).

Any attempt China made to defend itself was met with more suspicion. They invited a UN delegation which was blocked by the US. The delegation eventually made it there, but three years later. The Arab League also visited Xinjiang and actually commended China on their policies — aimed at reducing terrorism through education and social integration, not through bombing like we tend to do in the West.

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I guess threatening to eject the imperialists is US scared 2

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Paywall bypass: archive.is/d1lDr ⬇️

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Please be aware of comm rule 2: Don’t promote proprietary software

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You can’t reload Western equipment with funds, and the West’s ammunition production capacity has proven to be lacking compared to Russia’s.

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Americans who think the alphabet agencies are going to save us: ACAB includes the alphabet agencies.

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Poe’s law is a bastard ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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The votes & comments are organic. You’re just used to the voting patterns & conversations of imperial core social media platforms. Once you step outside that bubble, you may find that opinions genuinely differ.

Concerning the conspiracy theory in particular:

Meet Hamilton 68, the New King of Media Fraud The Twitter Files reveal that one of the most common news sources of the Trump era was a scam, making ordinary American political conversations look like Russian spywork

MSNBC Repeats Hamilton 68 Lies 279 Times in 11 Minutes

Chris Hedges: Why Russiagate Won’t Go Away

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So you’re just going to openly declare your imperial chauvinism like Josep Borell did?

Short Yellow Parenti clip: Not Underdeveloped but Overexploited

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Should you ever apply for a Lemmygrad account, please include a link to your comment.

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These votes are organic. You’re just used to the voting patterns of imperial core social media platforms. Once you step outside that bubble, you may find that opinions differ.

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Correct: Are We The Baddies? 📺

List of Atrocities committed by US authorities

I swear Canadians believe in America exceptionalism even more than we ourselves do.

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FYI, @haui_lemmy has posted a request on c/community_requests.

FWIW, I wouldn’t say the spam issue is a function of the lack of mods in this comm, though more mod help is needed and appreciated. There seems to be a new person or group of people experimenting with automating the creation of user accounts on “open enrollment” fediverse instances and using them to post spam. We admins & mods here and on other instances are in whack-a-mole mode at the moment. Clearly this will have to be addressed in a more systematic fashion.

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Yes, in general I see a lot of comms have been abandoned by their mods, which is unfortunate and leaves us few admins having to pick up the slack on comms we’re not even necessarily familiar with. And we don’t currently have any sort of auditing to for knowing a comm is abandoned and haven’t yet developed any sort of playbook or automation tools for it.

And again, we do appreciate the help!

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BTW I’ve only been admin for a few weeks now, so I’ll leave your mod request to the O.G. admins.

The Threat of All Out War: Yemen Nears the Tipping Point As US Airstrikes Intensify (www.mintpressnews.com)

U.S. and British officials maintain that their attacks target “Houthi” military positions – ammunition stores and missile launch sites, but the reality of the ground tells a different story. Yemeni civilians say they are blind and indiscriminate and often leave civilians maimed or killed. Assuming the U.S. and UK are...

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Funny report of the day:

Reporter: @[REDACTED]@lemmy.world
Reason: https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/mint-press-news/

I have opinions about ǃworld﹫lemmy.world’s media literacy standards: https://lemmy.ml/comment/8296147

Look at !world, which uses Media Bias/Fact Check as their North star, which is run by a member of the Council on Foreign Relations [not the same person after all].

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Oh, thanks! https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/contact/

Dave M. Van Zandt obtained a Communications Degree before pursuing a higher degree in the sciences. Dave currently works full time in the health care industry. Dave has spent more than 20 years as an arm chair researcher on media bias and its role in political influence. For the record, he also is not the President of the New School, that is a different David E. Van Zandt who is the head of a liberal college in New York City. I am an unaffiliated voter from North Carolina.

I guess he’s just some hobbyist who was in the right time at the right time, that time being the “post-truth” moment of Clinton’s loss to Trump and the string of Russiagate conspiracy theories and Kellyanne Conway’s alternative facts. Does anyone even remember the Cambridge Analytica post-truth hysteria?

Alexei Navalny was pronounced dead (lenta.ru)

As reported exclusively by russian sources at the moment, he lost consciousness after a walking hour and prison medics were unsuccessful in reanimating him, as per sources in УФСИН (government body regulating prisons and punishment). He was 47 years old at that time. The last time he was heard of he was moved from...

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Not another neoliberal shock therapy revolution, like Atlantic Council / New American Century stans want, it doesn’t.

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When you look at what happened to Chile, you come to realize that neoclassical / neoliberal / Chicago School economics and neocolonialism are very closely related.

IMO, neoclassical economics is a wildly successful psyop, such that it has become hegemonic in all capitalist countries. It’s an absolute garbage theory and yet is canon at every university, outside of perhaps China and the few other socialist states. Marxist economist Michael Hudson has helped me unlearn a lot of junk economics.

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Radhika Desai & Michael Hudson’s Geopolitical Economy Hour YouTube series is excellent.

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This framing sounds like great man theory, which is popular with liberals but not with historical materialists.

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You’re better situated than me for understanding the current power dynamics in Russia. Here in Burgerland we’re always told Putler is all powerful and uniquely evil, like some cartoon villain.

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The media here have been saying he’s at death’s door on like on a weekly basis for the last two years. Pure propaganda.

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Please don’t complain to us mod/admins about someone making things personal, when you’re the one calling someone a liar and a know-knowing embarrassment in their field of work.

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