Gideon Rachman’s panic about ‘Globalism’. Old Socialist comments

Headline: The decoupling of the US and China has only just begun

Sub-headline: Business logic has been displaced by strategic rivalry

The headline writers, for this newspaper, don’t bother with the usual highfalutin Neo-Liberal ‘Free Market’ rhetoric, but frame Rachman’s essay in ‘business logic’.    

This newspaper and at least one of its hirelings is in a panic about Globalism! After the Depression of 2008 and the Pseudo-Recovery, Neo-Liberalism was profitable to Capital in all its various iterations, but not to ordinary citizens. America’s Political Class failed to bring back prosperity except for the 1%…
The Covid-19 Pandemic demonstrated that the mythical ‘supply chains’ were just that. The Modern Nation State is not an outworn institution, but the bedrock of a polity that acts in the name of the public good. The ability to manufacture and supply the needs of its population, the need for strategically necessary goods is now self-evident. 
American Capital, as the in order too, of first destroying Unions, and saving money on decent wages and benefits for workers, moved overseas. These Corporation keep those  profits overseas, its tax evasion.   
The American Project for the next forty yeas will be to rebuilt our manufacturing, that enables a vibrant Working and Middle class , Medicare for all , free Public Education from kindergarten through College,  a Welfare State that provides for those who cannot provide for themselves . The Neo-Liberal Age is past! If your searching for  political precursors: Helen Keller and Eugene V. Debs.

On the question of ‘imprisoned millions of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang’ :

Headline: China detaining millions of Uyghurs? Serious problems with claims by US-backed NGO and far-right researcher ‘led by God’ against Beijing

Sub-headline: Claims that China has detained millions of Uyghur Muslims are based largely on two studies. A closer look at these papers reveals US government backing, absurdly shoddy methodologies, and a rapture-ready evangelical researcher named Adrian Zenz.

The US House of Representatives passed the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act on December 3, legislation which calls for the Donald Trump administration to impose sanctions against China over allegations that Beijing has detained millions of Muslim-majority Uyghurs in the western region of Xinjiang.

To drum up support for the sanctions bill, Western governments and media outlets have portrayed the People’s Republic as a human rights violator on par with Nazi Germany. Republican Rep. Chris Smith, for instance, denounced the Chinese government for what he called the “mass internment of millions on a scale not seen since the Holocaust,” in “modern-day concentration camps.” 

The claim that China has detained millions of ethnic Uyghurs in its Xinjiang region is repeated with increasing frequency, but little scrutiny is ever applied. Yet a closer look at the figure and how it was obtained reveals a serious deficiency in data.

While this extraordinary claim is treated as unassailable in the West, it is, in fact, based on two highly dubious “studies.” 

The first, by the US government-backed Network of Chinese Human Rights Defenders, formed its estimate by interviewing a grand total of eight people.

The second study relied on flimsy media reports and speculation. It was authored by Adrian Zenz, a far-right fundamentalist Christian who opposes homosexuality and gender equality, supports “scriptural spanking” of children, and believes he is “led by God” on a “mission” against China.

As Washington ratchets up pressure on China, Zenz has been lifted out of obscurity and transformed almost overnight into a go-to pundit on Xinjiang. He has testified before Congress, providing commentary in outlets from the Wall Street Journal to Democracy Now!, and delivering expert quotes in the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists’ recent “China Cables” report. His Twitter bio notes that he is “moving across the Atlantic” from his native Germany.

Before Grayzone editor Max Blumenthal questioned Zenz about his religious “mission,” at a recent event about Xinjiang inside the US Capitol, he had received almost entirely uncritical promotion from Western media.

The Network of Chinese Human Rights Defenders, which first popularized the “millions detained” figure, has also been able to operate without a hint of media scrutiny.

China detaining millions of Uyghurs? Serious problems with claims by US-backed NGO and far-right researcher ‘led by God’ against Beijing

Old Socialist

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