For International Women’s Day March 8: Words of Clara Zetkin

Wisconsin Bail Out the People Movement by Elsa Rassbach

For the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, here’s a clip from my 1972 film, “His/story” (which I made as a student in Germany) about the legendary German socialist and feminist, Clara Zetkin, and her visit to the Soviet Union in 1920.

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The preceding years had seen unprecedented struggle by women throughout the world, including in the US. In 1910, at an international socialist women’s congress in Copenhagen, Clara Zetkin proposed an annual women’s day to demand legal and political equality and the right to vote.

The first International Women’s Day was on March 19, 1911. Millions of women marched in Germany, Denmark, Austria, and Switzerland. This resounding success that was followed, only a week later, by the tragic ‘Triangle Fire’ in New York City took the lives of more than 140 young Italian and Jewish immigrant garment workers. Clara Zetkin (orig. Clara Eissner, 1857 – 1933) already looked back on a lifetime of struggle on behalf of working women.

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Bill Gates, the World Bank and crony capitalism all waging war against Indian farmers

By Ethan Huff on Planet Today News republished from NaturalNews shared with thanks

(Planet-Today) For centuries, India, the second-most populated country in the world, has thrived with its organic patchwork of small farmers that provide clean, healthy, nutritious food to 1.3 billion people

Billionaire eugenicist Bill Gates, the World Bank, and other crony capitalist Western entities, however, want to change that.

Dr. Vandana Shiva, founder and president of Navdanya, Technology and Natural Resource Policy and recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize,’ explained to RT during a recent interview that globalist power players are working overtime to replace India’s unaffiliated network of small-scale family farmers with a large chemical agriculture system, similar to the one that exists in the United States.

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Demand freedom for all Palestinian prisoners.. Eng/Esp

via kaos By Palestine today SHARED WITH THANKS translation thefreeonline



At present, Israel “holds about 4,500 Palestinian prisoners, including (140) children, (36) female prisoners and (450) administrative detainees without charge or trial.”

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Posted on Feb 27, 2021

The European Coalition in Support of Palestinian Prisoners has spoken out in solidarity with the Palestinians who are serving prison in Israeli jails and calls on the international community to “provide protection to prisoners” because “the Israeli penance administration continues to commit serious violations of their rights. basic principles, deliberate medical negligence and disregard for the life and health conditions ”of the prisoners.

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Leftism Against Anarchy “Who exactly do we need to protect ourselves against?”

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The Bolshevik “betrayal” of anarchists during the Russian Revolution is a commonly known, and almost overly debated instance where anarchism has come into open and bloody conflict with leftism.

Victims killed by the Red Army during the suppression of the Kronstadt uprising. Kronstadt, March 1921.

There is no end to the accusations of murder at Kronstadt, or in Ukraine, and no end to the leftist rationalization and dismissal of the same events as necessary or even desirable.

A scathing look at the Russian Revolution in the aftermath ...

The Russian Revolution serves as a flashpoint for tension between those who consider themselves leftists and anarchists, and one’s opinion on the revolution’s events can often serve as indicative of their politics as a whole.

But why is this the case? Why is a relatively singular historical event, or even the actions of one man (Stalin), what things get boiled down to? While a particularly terrible set of events, the “betrayal” of anarchists by communists during the Russian Revolution is just another instance of leftist forces crushing anarchistic movements.

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Yezidi Kurdish feminist militia YJŞ commemorates its first 5 years: “Being disorganized in these lands means extinction”

note.. this ‘TheFreeOnline’ blog is now banned in Turkey with Dozens more pro Rojava and anti Fascist sites

info from kurdiscat, ANF, Kaos… translation thefreeonline

On 3 August 2014 IS attacked and captured Sinjar, which is the historical homeland of Yazidis, a Kurdish religious minority whose ancient religion is linked to Zoroastrianism. IS destroyed Yazidi shrines, executed resisters and demanded the residents to swear allegiance or be killed.

During the IS-massacre in Sinjar up to 5.000 Yazidis were executed. Almost 200.000 people managed to flee. 50.000 Yazidis fled into the Sinjar Mountains, where they were trapped without food, water or medical care, facing starvation and dehydration.

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Arcadi Oliveres, pre-death interview: -Capitalism must disappear! I do not accept qualifications-

by Kaos En La Red .
By Montserrat Serra / Albert Salamé / Carles Garcia Published on Mar 1, 2021.

We interview the social activist, pacifist and economist, who has been a reference for more than a generation, and who has made public that he has cancer and has only a few weeks to live.

Arcadi Oliveres 26.02.2021 Foto: Albert Salamé / VWFoto

Arcadi Oliveres (Barcelona, ​​1945) welcomed us to his house, which was the summer home of his grandfather fifty years ago, in Sant Cugat, Barcelona, where he has lived for sixteen years. He moved when real estate pressure drove him out of Barcelona. In the patio, on a bad day, which he has been clarifying while we were doing the interview.

When we greeted him at the entrance, he told us that he was not feeling very well, that he was in pain. But during the interview he was recovering and at all times he has been lucid, thoughtful, and passionate as well.

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Collectives prepare for historical visit of Zapatista movement in Madrid and around Europe

from voices in movement. by Miguel Muñoz  translation Shantal Montserrat Lopez Victoria …shared with thanks!

Collectives prepare for historical visit of Zapatista movement in Madrid

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On February 2, 2001, a march called La Marcha del Color de la Tierra set out from Chiapas, Mexico. On March 11 after thousands of kilometers it arrived to the capital Mexico City. The mobilization of the  Zapatista delegation proved symbolic and had a strong resonance with a whole generation of social movements throughout Europe.

After two decades, another historic event will take place. Several Zapatista delegations will visit the European continent in July, August and September. In Madrid and other territories, different social movements are already preparing for the meeting.

“We have decided: That it is time for hearts to dance again, and that neither their song nor their steps should be those of lamentation or resignation. Diverse Zapatista delegations, men, women and other colored people of our land, shall go out to travel the world, we shall walk or sail to remote lands, seas and skies, seeking not the differences, nor superiority, nor offense, much less apologies and pity”.

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This is one of the paragraphs from A Mountain on the High Seas communique announced last October by the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN-Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional) and endorsed by its current spokesperson, Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés:

“After 20 years we set sail and march to tell the planet that, in the world that we perceive within our collective hearts, there is room for all of us, everyone, all of them. Simply and sincerely because this world is only attainable if all of us, all women and men, all together, fight to build it”, says another part of the text.

As a result of this declaration, the entire movement began organizing to receive the Zapatista delegation, which will not only be made up of the EZLN but also members of the National Indigenous Council and the Peoples’ Front in Defense of the Land (Consejo Nacional Indígena o y del Frente de los Pueblos en Defensa de la Tierra) .

This past week the first assembly was held among the collectives that will be participating in the preparations.

“There have been collectives supporting Zapatismo all over Europe for years,” Danaé, a member of the Y Retiemble collective, created in 2017, tells Cuartopoder. In addition, coordination and networks have taken place all over Europe. “People in Madrid were already getting organized through a network called Europa Zapatista in order to join together and connect with Mexico,” he adds.

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A member of Y Retiembre explains that one of the messages that has been very clear from the Zapatista movement is that they have to “mobilize and organize”. The first date for activities are August 13, with a gathering in Madrid for the anniversary of the arrival of Hernán Cortés to Tenochtitlán. This is a proposal of the Zapatista community itself. Next, the “Meeting of Struggles for Life”(Encuentro de Luchas por la Vida) is scheduled for September 6-19.

“It is a meeting in the traditional Zapatista style. We are using the term meeting in the context used by the Zapatistas. It’s not the usual forum type format but rather a meeting about all the struggles that are going on. To meet each other as people,” explains Danaé.

To achieve this, a framework of 7 main themes of struggles has been devised: social rights, feminist and gender identities; anti-racist struggles, internationalist and decolonial struggles; defense of  land and territory; historical memory and freedom of expression; work and migration; art, culture and media. In addition, more activities will be held between now and September to the extent it is possible due to the health situation.

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“The Zapatistas come to listen to us and narrate their struggles,” explains Danaé. For that reason, it is also intended that through specific visits, they get to know different collectives and specific struggles in the city of Madrid. From now on, groups will be created by topic and planned activities will be announced. Some initiatives are already underway, such as the distribution of a board game on Zapatismo, which can be purchased online.

The collected funds will be used to finance activities. More than 2,000 copies have already been sold. For support groups this is a “historic meeting”. “Normally the Zapatistas have received many people in Mexico, but a tour at this level has never happened before,” says Danaé.

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However, there is a gap in the memory of a whole generation within the Zapatista movement. For many years the main figure of the EZLN was Subcomandante Marcos who was very present in the social and political struggles of our country. “There is a generation that is very aware of what Zapatismo is. That is exactly why we are having this meeting. The goal is to organize here, we want to say that we are fighting for life.  

We are setting up this meeting hoping to restore these messages because we are aware many people don’t know about the Zapatista proposal. It is very important that these messages resonate with the struggles here because there are many things that coincide”, concludes Danaé.

US still accusing China of ‘genocide’ by data abuse and baseless claims

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It must be true because the USA, the biggest bully on the block, say its so. And that’s good enough for thousands of ”journalists” to label China’s repression of Islamic Terrorism in Xinxiang as GENOCIDE.

China labels Pompeo 'doomsday clown' over genocide claims ...

But after 4 years of Trump lies how many really believe them? Is the US just pissed off because the Chinese do it better. Having conquered COVID, China is partying, and the oh so authoritarian State is ever more popular.

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Even in poor areas like Xinxiang ”severe poverty has been declared abolished” after millenia of suffering, and even the NATO vassals in Europe have stepped out of line, making a Landmark Investment Treaty with the ”genocidal” menace…

Outside blindly pro US countries like the UK , Australia, etc, China’s policies are often seen as a Win Win solution while the US is viewed as hitting out randomly with illegal ‘Sour Grapes’ sanctions..

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US State Department accusation of China ‘genocide’ relied on data abuse and baseless claims by one far-right ideologue

from the Grayzone by Gareth Porter and Max Blumenthal· February 2021 shared with thanks

The Trump and Biden administrations have relied on the work of a right-wing religious extremist, Adrian Zenz, for their “genocide” accusation against China. A close review of Zenz’s research reveals flagrant data abuse and outright falsehoods.

Both President Joe Biden and his Secretary of State Anthony Blinken have endorsed former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s last-minute accusation of “genocide” against the Muslim Uyghur population in China’s Xinjiang province. But an investigation of published work by the researcher Pompeo relied on to level his genocide allegation reveals a pattern of data abuse and fraudulent assertions that substantially undermines the incendiary charge.

The US government’s accusation of genocide against China stems from a single source: a June 2020 paper by Adrian Zenz, a right-wing German researcher affiliated with the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation and neoconservative Jamestown Foundation in Washington, DC.

Articles by the Associated Press, CNN, and BBC also relied on Zenz’s article to claim that plunging Uyghur birth rates and the application of birth control measures in Uyghur counties of the Xinjiang region were proof of a policy of “demographic genocide.”

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Just days after the publication of Zenz’s paper, Pompeo issued a statement denouncing China’s alleged policy of “forced sterilization, forced abortion, and coercive family planning,” personally crediting “Adrian Zenz’s shocking revelations.”

Biden backed the the genocide charge last August when it first appeared in a flurry of media reports. His campaign spokesman told Politico, “The unspeakable oppression that Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities have suffered at the hands of China’s authoritarian government is genocide and Joe Biden stands against it in the strongest terms.” Blinken, for his part, declared at his first press conference as secretary of state that he agreed genocide has been committed against the Uyghurs.

While Zenz’s employers describe him as “one of the world’s leading scholars on People’s Republic of China government policies towards the country’s western regions of Tibet and Xinjiang,” he is, in fact, a far-right Christian fundamentalist who has said he is “led by God” against China’s government, deplores homosexuality and gender equality, and has taught exclusively in evangelical theological institutions.

Lyle Goldstein, a China specialist and research professor in the Strategic and Operational Research Department of the Naval War College, told The Grayzone that Zenz’s labeling of the Chinese approach to the Uyghurs as “demographic genocide” is “ridiculous to the point of being insulting to those who lost relatives in the Holocaust.”

Goldstein said the Chinese approach to Xinjiang “is a more repressive posture than we would like, but it sure isn’t genocide.”

Moreover, a careful review of Zenz’s research shows that his assertion of genocide is contradicted by flagrant data abuse, fraudulent claims, cherry-picking of source material, and propagandistic misrepresentations.

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Adrian Zenz testifying before Congress on December 10, 2019

Genocide or equal treatment in family planning policy?

In Adrian Zenz’s 2020 paper for the Jamestown Foundation, he boasted that his findings “provide the strongest evidence yet that Beijing’s policies in Xinjiang meet one of the genocide criteria cited in the U.N. Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.”

Zenz was referring Article 2 (d) of that Convention: “Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group.” But Article II qualifies the relevant acts as those “committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such.”

But “preventing births” by itself cannot be evidence of alleged genocide without evidence of intent to destroy the group in question.Otherwise, any birth control program provided to an ethnicgroup would be prima facie evidence of a policy of genocide against the group.

US Uighur residents past on bikes in Hotan in western China's Xinjiang region, China, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. The accusation of genocide by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo against China touches on a hot-button human rights issue between China and the West. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Uighur residents pass on bikes in Hotan in western China’s Xinjiang region, China

Zenz argued that population control measures applied to Uyghurscould be branded as “genocidal” because population growth rates fell by 84 percent in the two largest Uyghur prefectures between 2015 and 2018, and declined further in several minority regions in 2019. But more complete statistics that Zenz cited in his report, and data that he conveniently omitted, contradicted his conclusion.

Zenz provided statistics revealing that between 2005 and 2015, Uyghur population growth in Xinjiang was 2.6 times higher than that of Han Chinese in the Xinjiang region. (The chart displayed in his report is below).

Both official Chinese figures and Zenz agree that the Uyghur population in Xinjiang increased significantly between 2010 and 2018.

Left: Zenz’s graph on population changes in Xinjiang. Right: Official Chinese statistics on the same issue.

Zenz’s figures shows an increase in Uyghur population from 10.1 million to 11.8 million during the 2010 and 2018, while Chinese government figures demonstrate an even larger increase from 10.1 to 12.7 million. That means the Uyghur population in Xinjiang grew by a staggering 25.04 percent.

Zenz shows the Han Chinese population rising from 8.5 to 9.8 million during the eight-year period, while Chinese government figures show a smaller increase in Han population from 8.8 million to 9 million.

Both the rapid surge in Uyghur population growth rates and the increased margin of the Uyghur majority over the Han population of Xinjiang in recent years are the result of the one-child policy imposed on Han Chinese couples by the Chinese government in 1979.

According to China specialist Martin King Whyte, the one-child policy was accompanied by a long-term pattern of abuses in its implementation, including “intrusive menstrual monitoring, coerced sterilizations and abortions, staggering monetary fines for ‘over-quota’ births, smashing of furniture and housing of those who resist and withholding registration for babies born outside the plan.”

Xinjiang’s social, economic progress Sep 25, 2019 — — ”Xinjiang has achieved a decisive advance in poverty alleviation . From 2014 to 2018, about 2.3 million people were lifted out of poverty, with the region’s poverty headcount ratio dropping from 19.4 percent to 6.1 percent”.

Uyghur families, however, were exempted from the one child policy. Urban Uyghur couples were allowed to have two children, and rural Uyghur couples three. In practice, moreover, rural Uyghurs often had large families, with as many as nine or ten children in some cases, as even Zenz acknowledged.  

In 2015, the Chinese government announced a relaxation of the decades-long one-child limit on urban Han couples, allowing urban couples to have two children and rural families to have three. In Xinjiang, where birthrates routinely exceeded previously established limits, local officials urged the equal application of family planning policy between Han and Uyghur couples.

In July 2017, Xinjiang’s regional government ended the exemption on the old child limits for Uyghurs. Uyghur couples were thus expected to follow the same limitations recently imposed on Han couples: two children in urban areas and three in rural regions.

As the Chinese government has freely acknowledged, a 5 percent decrease in the birth rate in Xinjiang between 2017 and 2018 was the result of the equal enforcement of family planning policy across ethnic lines.

While eliding this point, Zenz also overlooked the fact that China’s overall birthrate has fallen precipitously in recent years across the demographic spectrum as the population ages and contraceptives become more widely available through programs like the government’s annual free distribution of one billion condoms. For example, in the city of Guangzhou, which is far from Xinjiang, the rate of newborn babies has plunged to its lowest point in a decade.

Cherry-picking and distorting source material, framing free healthcare as genocide

Also in 2017, China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission announced a $5.2 billion healthcare investment in Xinjiang, stating its intention to strengthen a brittle health infrastructure in impoverished, rural areas of the region. 

According to Chinese government statistics, maternal and infant mortality rates in Xinjiang were nearly halved by 2018, while average life expectancy rose as a result of increased public health investments. A 2019 study by Lancet described China’s improvement of maternal health and infant mortality reduction as a “remarkable success story.” Another study that year by the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences arrived at a similar conclusion. How these positive health indicators could serve as proof of genocide was left unexplained by Zenz, who simply omitted the numbers from his report. 

Throughout his paper, Zenz framed the expansion of public healthcare services in Xinjiang as evidence of a genocide in the making. For example, Zenz pointed to a photograph of Uyghur residents of rural regions of Xinjiang receiving medical consultation at a free health clinic as part of an “effort to enforce the thorough implementation of increasing intrusive birth control efforts.”

However, the photograph depicted an elderly couple who were far too old to have children, and was dated May 2017 – months before the Chinese government announced an end to the child limit exemption for Uyghurs.

Left: Adrian Zenz’s creative interpretation of a photo showing an elderly couple receiving a free health check-up. Right: The original source of the photo.

According to the original source of the photograph, an article in China News, it depicted a regiment from the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps deploying to a rural province as part of the government’s poverty eradication program. There, the doctors “measured blood pressure, electrocardiogram, blood sugar, height and weight for poor villagers who came to see the doctor for free… More than 200 poor people were diagnosed and treated, and more than 100 common drugs were distributed on the spot.”

At another point in his paper, Zenz cited an August 2019 document from Xinjiang’s Wenquan County government office as evidence of “greater pressure to implement intrusive birth control methods.” He referred to a single mention of 468 “birth control surgeries,” which could alternately be translated as “family planning operations,” but provided no evidence that the operations were coercive. Revealingly, Zenz omitted the next line, which expressed satisfaction with a birth rate of 8.11 percent.

Zenz proceeded to ignore the rest of the document, which touted the increased provision of free mental health services, polio vaccinations and AIDS prevention treatment as well as poverty alleviation measures and the construction of new hospitals and medical clinics for the population of Xinjiang.

How did a massive investment to improve the health of previously neglected rural communities fit within the framework of a policy of genocide? Once again, Zenz avoided the issue entirely.

Inventing statistics, spinning tales to frame the official enemy

Among Zenz’s “major findings” was the claim that “80 percent of all net added IUD placements in China… were performed in Xinjiang, despite the fact that the region only makes up 1.8 percent of the nation’s population.”

According to the 2019 China Health Statistics Yearbook published by the National Health Commission – the original source of Zenz’s claim – the number of new IUD insertion procedures in Xinjiang in 2018 accounted for only 8.7 percent of China’s total. So Zenz’s “major finding” appeared to be off by a factor of 10, a staggering error that substantially undermined the explosive quality of his argument.

The relevant sections of the statistical yearbook Zenz relied on was translated by a native Chinese speaker and are displayed below. A full translation of the chart can be viewed here, and an archive of the entire statistical yearbook is here.

When Zenz attempted to defend himself against accusations of cooking statistics on birth control surgeries in Xinjiang, he ultimately cast further doubt on the quality of his research. Responding to a Chinese academic critic, he claimed that he had calculated Xinjiang’s 239,457 new net IUD insertions (devices added minus those removed) as 80% of the national total in 2018.

However, Henan province registered 206,281 new net IUD insertions, or 69%, in 2018. Hebei, meanwhile, registered 61%, amounting to a total of 210% of national net insertions. These numbers only make sense when calculated alongside provinces like Jiangsu and Yunnan that had more removals (-60% and -54%, respectively) than total national net insertions. By relying on such a bizarre metric, Zenz appeared to have attempted a cynical statistical sleight of hand to paint Xinjiang as a hotbed of birth control surgery.

In perhaps the most unintentionally absurd assertion in an article filled with them, Zenz asserted that the Chinese government inserted between 800 and 1400 IUDs per capita each year in Xinjiang. Which meant that each woman in the province would have had to have undergone anywhere from 4 to 8 IUD surgeries every day. With so much time spent on the operating table every day, it’s a wonder that anyone in Xinjiang could find time to work, or eat.

Elsewhere in his paper, the daffy data diver asserted that 73.5 percent of married women of childbearing age in Xinjiang’s Kuqa County had IUDs fitted between 2017 and 2018. In a footnote, Zenz claimed, “This data comes from a cache of over 25,000 local government files obtained by the author in 2019.” The article he provided as accompaniment, however, was written by himself for the Jamestown Foundation and contained no data on IUD operations in Kuqa County.

Zenz attempted to pad his shaky statistics with dramatic testimony from US-based Uyghur exiles who have been cultivated by the US State Department. The narratives of these exiles have been vehemently challenged by family members in Xinjiang, as well as by vocational center graduates and local doctors, who produced official hospital documents purporting to disprove their allegations.

In his paper, Zenz cited a September 2019 article in the US government-run outlet, Radio Free Asia, containing testimony by a US-based exile, Tursunay Ziyawudun, who claimed she was forcibly sterilized and physically tortured in a Chinese internment center.

However, in February 2020, Ziyawudun changed her story entirely, telling Buzzfeed: “I wasn’t beaten or abused. The hardest part was mental. It’s something I can’t explain — you suffer mentally. Being kept someplace and forced to stay there for no reason.”

Ziyawudun changed her story again after being relocated to the US and cultivated by the US government-funded Uyghur Human Rights Project. This February, she told the BBC and CNN that she was gang raped by guards in an internment camp. The BBC report relied on none other than Zenz as its expert voice on China’s supposed policy of “systematic rape.”

Zenz’s propagandistic framing, cherry-picking of original source materials, and cooking of statistics fit a pattern of misrepresentation on display in a December 2019 paper he authored for a NATO-linked publication alleging a Chinese policy to force members of the Uyghur minority into “slave labor.”

As Ajit Singh reported for The Grayzone, Zenz painted an article about a government program providing Uyghur women with free childcare as evidence of forced family separation – a “shocking example of this ‘liberation’ of women from their children,” he called it. Zenz conveniently omitted a quote in the article from a Uyghur woman who said the free childcare “solved [her] problem, now there are people who take care of my children, I can in peace go to work… very convenient.”

Because Zenz’s papers are published by a neoconservative think tank that has functioned as a US intelligence cut-out, they are not peer reviewed by credentialed academics. But they do not appear to have undergone much fact-checking either. This has left Zenz exposed to embarrassing scrutiny from the internet, and forced him to edit out errors after questioning from random Twitter users:

While it’s hard to understand how Zenz has gotten away with so much statistical malpractice, a look at his background helps explain his ideological motivations, and provides important context on his negative focus on the application of birth control. He is an anti-abortion, anti-feminist Christian fundamentalist captivated by End Times theology, and has said that god has led him on a mission against the Chinese government.

Adrian Zenz’s first book, co-authored with Marlon Sias, condemns gender equality, homosexuality, and socialism as works of the Antichrist

An anti-gay, anti-abortion Christianist dedicated “led by god” against China

The BBC based its June 2020 report alleging “forc[ed] birth control to suppress population” on Zenz’s work, referring to him as a “China scholar” without mentioning his employment by right-wing institutions in Washington or his own hyper-ideological views.

Like the BBC, an AP report relied entirely on an advance copy of Zenz’s paper, but provided no background and whitewashed his right-wing politics or institutional affiliations. A CNN story published a month later and a CNN follow-up in September 2020 on alleged Chinese forced sterilizations in Xinjiang also relied on Zenz without mentioning his political background.

As The Grayzone has reported, Zenz is a far right Christian fundamentalist who claims to have been “led by god’ to defeat the Communist Party of China. While he is almost invariably touted in Western media as a leading scholar on China, he described himself in 2015 as “a lecturer in empirical research methods at a Christian university.” As late as 2018, in fact, Zenz was listed as a faculty member of the European School of Culture and Theology at Columbia International University in Korntal, Germany.

Zenz’s first published book, “Worthy to Escape: Why all believers will not be raptured before the Tribulation,” he and his co-author, Marlos Sias, urged Christian believers to subject unruly children to “scriptural spanking,” condemned homosexuality as “one of the four empires of the beast,” and argued that Jews who refuse to convert to evangelical Christianity during the End Times would either be “wipe[d] out” or “refined” in a “fiery furnace.”

In the End Times tome, Zenz predicted that the coming fall of capitalism would bring to power the Antichrist within a “few decades.” He identified the force that “will usher the Antichrist into power” as “the economic and financial fall of ‘Babylon,’ with ‘Babylon’ symbolically representing the world’s global economic system (capitalism).”

Like other born-again evangelicals, Zenz is also fiercely anti-abortion and opposed to gender equality. “Another important God-given authority structure that Satan is attacking through the postmodern spirit is that of gender authority structures,” Zenz wrote. “Through notions of gender equality […] the enemy is undermining God’s unique but different role assignments for men and women.”

Zenz currently serves as a fellow at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, a Washington DC-based right-wing lobbying front born out of the National Captive Nations Committee. The latter group was founded by Ukrainian nationalist Lev Dobriansky to stifle any efforts at diplomacy with the Soviet Union. Its co-chairman, Yaroslav Stetsko, was a leader of the OUN-B militia that fought alongside Nazi Germany during its occupation of Ukraine in World War II.

In April 2020, Zenz’s employer listed all global deaths from Covid-19 as “victims of communism,” blaming each of them on the Chinese government.

Zenz is also employed by the Jamestown Foundation, a neoconservative think tank in Washington DC founded as the outcome of efforts by Ronald Reagan’s CIA Director, William J. Casey, to establish an extra-governmental channel to pay Soviet dissidents. In the past, Jamestown leadership has spearheaded lobbying efforts to support separatism in Chechnya.

In their apparent zeal for escalation with China, mainstream Western outlets like the AP, BBC and CNN have accepted Zenz’s dubious research as absolute fact, while ignoring his background as a religious extremist who is ideologically committed to regime change in Beijing. If Biden and Blinken formally adopt the Trump administration’s “genocide” designation, they will have effectively endorsed Zenz’s shoddy and propagandistic research as well. 

The genocide accusation may appeal to the Biden administration as a useful geopolitical cudgel, as well as a defense against right-wing Republic attacks painting the new president as “soft on China.” But it will only strengthen the hand of hardliners determined to provoke a dangerous and potentially catastrophic confrontation with a fellow nuclear-armed power. 

“The United States has set out to vilify China,” former US Deputy Chief of Mission in Beijing and Assistant Secretary of Defense Chas Freeman told The Grayzone, and the accusation of Uyghur genocide “is the perfect issue with which to do so.”

Freeman opined that the Chinese “seem to be doing many cruel and counterproductive things in Xinjiang.” However, he cautioned against taking the genocide accusation at face value: “In the current atmosphere, we should be especially skeptical about any and all assertions by people who have become part of the current anti-China campaign in the West. Before we condemn, we should be sure of our facts.”

The Jamestown Foundation did not respond to a request for comment on Zenz’s research.

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Gareth Porter

Gareth Porter is an independent investigative journalist who has covered national security policy since 2005 and was the recipient of Gellhorn Prize for Journalism in 2012.  His most recent book is The CIA Insider’s Guide to the Iran Crisis co-authored with John Kiriakou, just published in February

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World caravan called against the blockade of #Cuba on March 27 .. Esp/Eng

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A world caravan has been convened from Europe against the 60 year long blockade of #Cuba

From the YouTube channel Europe for Cuba, a call was made to people in solidarity on the planet to be part of the initiative, reported Prensa Latina.

“We urge all the solidarity of the five continents to participate in the caravan for the lifting of the blockade against Cuba, on Saturday, March 27, in all corners of the world,” they announced.

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Athens: Second massive demonstration in solidarity with Dimitris Koufontinas in a row — Enough 14 –

Athens. Greece. March 2. 2021. After yesterdays massive demo in solidarity with Dimitris Koufontinas, tonight even more people took the streets in Athens. Submitted to Enough 14. Text by @ximikesagkalies in cooperation  with @antirinfo. Images by @arlekinos36. Today 02.03.2021, marks the 55th day of Dimitris Koufontinas’s hunger strike and  the 8th of thirst strike (15:00)…

Athens: Second massive demonstration in solidarity with Dimitris Koufontinas in a row — Enough 14 –

Eddi Marcucci, Former YPJ fighter in Rojava, faces further repression ..”I went to live in a world of women”

“I didn’t go to Rojava just because I’m a good person who wanted to help the Kurds. I wanted to live in a world of women”: Eddi Marcucci’s story on the YPJ frontline”

Adapted with thanks from post by Alice Camilleri Burke at Redaction Politics shared with thanks original in Catalan HERE.. illustrations and story added


Maria Edgarda Marcucci, the Italian activist and former Women’s Defense … ‘Eddi’ travelled to Rojava in 2017, where she joined the YPJ and on her return to Italy has received severe restrictions of freedom and ‘special surveillance’ measures./..Currently Eddi, without having been convicted of any crime, is prohibited from leaving her municipality, her passport and her driver’s license have been withdrawn.

She must necessarily stay at her house between 9pm and 7am. She is prohibited from meeting with more than three people at the same time, therefore also approaching or participating in any public event. In addition to it, she must carry a red notebook always with her, in which any member of the State security forces can write what they are doing with her, with whom and in what place, at any time that they are required to do so.

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All these measures must be strictly complied with for a period of two years, which in reality means that she is sentenced to 2 years in an open-air prison

EDDI Marcucci was not a born activist.

Raised in Rome and studying philosophy in Turin on a scholarship, she would never have imagined being on the frontlines against ISIS a few years later.

After reporting on the heroic anti fascist resistance of the YPJ in Syria, she found herself stranded in the revolutionary Rojava – but accepted by the group as one of many women on the frontline.

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Minister of Oil: Blockade Kills Yemenis Amidst International Silence

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Yemen: Minister of Oil, Ahmed Abdullah Dars said: The blockade is the most horrible crime committed by the coalition of aggression against our people, stressing that it kills the Yemeni people in light of the silence of the international community.

The Oil Minister pointed out that the aggression coalition is holding more than 14 fuel tankers, and some of them have been detained for more than 10 months, although they were inspected by the United Nations in Djibouti.

He added that holding the oil derivatives affected the health, transportation and all services, and that the continuation of maritime piracy has led to the suspension of a large proportion of the operational capabilities of the health sector.

https://english.almasirah.net/post/17979/Minister-of-Oil-Blockade-Kills-Yemenis-Amidst-International-Silence%C2%A0

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