China’s U.N. representative in New York read a statement Monday condemning the United States for “systemic racial discrimination” and “deep-rooted racial discrimination, police brutality, and social inequality” in the country. China currently runs over 1,000 concentration camps for racial and ethnic minorities where — due exclusively to their ethnicity, religion, or other immutable parts of their identity — survivors say they face communist indoctrination, rape, torture, slavery, and screening for black market organ harvesting. Following its condemnation of America for alleged racism, China led a group of allies in the committee Tuesday applauding its concentration camps. Representative Zhang Jun made his remarks during a meeting of the Third Committee, tasked with economic and social rights, of the U.N. General Assembly, according to China’s state-run Global Times propaganda newspaper. The newspaper asserted that 26 countries co-signed Zhang’s statement against America … [Read more...] about China, North Korea, Cuba, Iran Denounce U.S. for ‘Systematic Racial Discrimination’ at U.N.
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James Cameron’s 2009 blockbuster Avatar is breaking records as it dwarfs Disney’s controversial ‘ Mulan in China. Avatar has retaken its position as the highest-grossing movie of all time, leaving even Avengers: Endgame behind on its wildly popular re-release run in the lead-up toward its impending December 2021 sequel. Now, Cameron’s record-breaking film is outperforming Disney’s widely criticized live-action remake of Mulan in China — where the latter movie is set. In its first ten days, Avatar grossed $44 million in China. Mulan grossed $41 million over the same period in September. Mulan was already fighting an uphill battle, after disastrous PR foibles and a lukewarm reception from American audiences. Many Chinese moviegoers see the movie as a watered-down, inaccurate, and overly Americanized interpretation of a beloved story. Even so, it might have still been remembered as a moderate success if not for its publicized ties to China’s now-infamous … [Read more...] about ‘Avatar’ Re-Release Beats ‘Mulan’ at the China Box Office
Denmark is embarking on a program to move tens of thousands of immigrants out of ethnically-concentrated communities, in what the country’s media have dubbed “the biggest social experiment of this century.” To encourage integration, the center-left government is planning mass housing evictions and a cap on the number of migrants allowed to live in 58 housing estates and neighborhoods deemed as troubled and designated as "special prevention areas” because of high crime. The strategy aims to prevent the continuation of what top officials have called self-isolating communities and the emergence of “parallel religious and cultural societies.” The plan is drawing fire from minority groups and civil libertarians, who accuse the government of stigmatizing migrants and of planning to evict public tenants to gentrify estates for the benefit of more affluent Danes. Critics say the measure is based on false premises. They say surveys show that migrants want to live in mixed neighborhoods, … [Read more...] about Denmark Eyes Plans to Break Up Migrant Communities
A coalition of 70 Uyghur organizations called on the United Nations on Wednesday not to vote in favor of China’s membership to the U.N. Human Rights Council, given its extensive record of human rights atrocities in general and its maintenance of over 1,000 concentration camps for Uyghur people in particular. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has submitted its intention to run in the 2020 Human Rights Council elections, scheduled to take place on Tuesday. Beijing has held a position on the Council four times and is competing with other human rights violators for the seat. The Council is divided into five regions, so China only has to compete with other states in the Asia-Pacific region for the post. Five countries are competing for four open seats: China, Nepal, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Uzbekistan. Human Rights Council terms last three years. If elected, China will join some of the world’s most repressive states on the Council, including Libya, Eritrea, and Venezuela. Cuba … [Read more...] about Uyghurs Launch Campaign to Keep China Off of U.N. Human Rights Council
Groundwater tests over the past year have detected high levels of toxic “forever chemicals” across the Denver metro area, contamination that’s both wider and more severe than previously known. The discovery of these fluorochemicals, known as PFAS, at Buckley Air Force Base, along Sand Creek and at the Suncor oil refinery — as well as at new sites west of Boulder and around Colorado Springs — compelled state health officials this month to ramp up Colorado’s response. Tests have measured PFAS contamination of groundwater in metro Denver at levels up to 2,928 times higher than a federal health advisory limit, officials at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment told The Denver Post. Beyond Denver, recent tests detected elevated levels of PFAS — often linked to the use of firefighting foam — at a second firehouse west of Boulder and at three more military facilities near Colorado Springs, including the U.S. Air Force Academy, where contamination up to 1,000 times … [Read more...] about Colorado ramps up response to toxic “forever chemicals” after discovery of hot spots across metro Denver