Posts Tagged ‘Uyghurs’

Hope Not Hate Call for Twitter Protests against China’s Uyghur Genocide

February 20, 2022

I got this email from the anti-racist, anti-religious extremism organisation Hope Not Hate today. It’s by a Uyghur Muslim activists calling for people to tweet messages of protest against their genocide by the Chinese state. Which is being carried out at the same time the world enjoys the Winter Olympics there.

‘This is the first time I’m writing to HOPE not hate supporters, so let me introduce myself: my name is Rahima Mahmut. I’m a Uyghur singer and activist in exile, and I lead “Stop Uyghur Genocide”, the UK-based campaign to defend Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims from the genocide being perpetrated against them by the Chinese government. 

I was born in Ghulja, near the Kazakhstan border, and I come from a large Muslim family. I came to the UK in 2000, a few years after Chinese police massacred peaceful protestors in my hometown, and have lived here ever since. 

It has now been more than five years since I have had any contact with my family back home. As reports of concentration camps and unprecedented surveillance emerged from the Uyghur region (so called “Xinjiang”) in 2017, thousands of Uyghurs in exile like me received final messages from their family, all communicating the same thing: please do not contact us – when things change, we will reach out to you.

Uyghurs like myself that have spoken out, including brave concentration camp survivors, do so at huge personal cost. But we won’t be silenced

Sunday marks the closing ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics, coined the “Genocide Games” by campaigners and activists across the world due to the Chinese government’s persecution of the Uyghurs and other Turkic groups native to the Uyghur region.

While China puts on a show to entertain the world, the genocide continues with alarmingly little attention for the plight of the Uyghurs. Let’s use this moment while the world’s attention is on China to stand in solidarity with the Uyghurs and shine a spotlight on the genocide taking place in my homeland.

Will you take part in a “Twitter storm” to tell the world that while China celebrates the end of the Beijing Olympics, the genocide against the Uyghurs continues? 

Send your tweet

ot on Twitter? Read and share this blog which explains more about what’s happening in the Uyghur region and what we can do about it. 

It is estimated that anywhere between 1 and 3 million Uyghurs are forcibly detained in so-called “re-education camps”, where systemic sexual violence, cultural erasure, birth prevention measures, organ harvesting and torture are commonplace. 

And outside the camps, Uyghurs are transported across China to work in factories, under prison-like conditions and subject to a mass-surveillance state that monitors their daily practises. 

This has been going on for years with almost no consequences for the Chinese government. China hosting the Olympics adds to their legitimacy, despite the atrocities being committed there. If you agree this is unacceptable, please join me in speaking out on social media on the day of the Olympics closing ceremony.

Send your tweet

(Or read and share this blog which explains more about what’s happening in the Uyghur region and what we can do about it.)

Thank you for reading and for your support, 

Rahima

UK Director of the World Uyghur Congress and Executive Director of Stop Uyghur Genocide‘ 

I’m not on Twitter, so I can’t join the Twitter storm she and Hope Not Hate are calling for, but I’ve absolutely no objection whatsoever to raising awareness of the Chinese state’s campaign to wipe them. So if you’re on it, and you feel strongly about this issue, please tweet your support for the Uyghurs.

Academic Article on ‘Brown’ Third World Racism against Blacks

January 29, 2022

I’ve said several times that I believe that there should be more research and awareness that racism simply isn’t a matter of Whites hating and oppressing Blacks. Prejudice knows no racial or religious boundaries and there are various forms of indigenous, traditional racism against different ethnicities all over the world. But research and action in this area is largely absent or actively discouraged from fears of activists like the Labour MP, Diane Abbott, that action against prejudice and conflict among BAME groups will be used by ‘them’ to ‘divide and rule’. Googling the subject yesterday, I was able to find one academic article on the ‘Brown’ racism of the lighter-skinned Asian countries against people of African descent. The article is ‘Brown Racism and the Formation of a World System of Racial Stratification’, by Robert E. Washington, published in the International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society, vol. 4, no. 2., 1990. The article’s on JSTOR, the academic internet archive and network. Unless you have membership through your university or library, you have to pay. And it’s not cheap, so I’ve been able to do no more than read and copy the first page of the article.

This reads

‘Probably no problem of race relations in the contemporary world has been more mysteriously insulated – and thus, in as strange sense, free – from critical scrutiny than the phenomenon I term brown racism. I use the term “brown” here not in the literal but in the figurative sense, as a reference to the neither white white nor black but colored peoples of the third world (the Chinese, East Indians, Filipinos, Mestizos, etc.). These people occupy an intermediate position along the black-white spectrum of color classification. By brown racism, I refer to the prevalence of prejudice among these fair complexioned colored groups and societies towards blacks, especially those groups or individuals of African ancestry.

‘Studies of racism have tended to focus on only one patter, white racism towards nonwhites. This emphasis is understandable-given the major historical impact of white racism throughout the world; nevertheless, the virtual silence about brown racism is not only curious; it is also harmful. That is because it conduces to the persistence of both brown and white racism. In what follows I hope to draw long overdue attention to the problem of brown racism, to explain the condition effecting its development, and to indicate its ramifications in the modern world.

‘Brown racism is commonplace throughout the third world, though only its most dramatic manifestations are like to gain the notice of the media. Several years ago, in Egypt, for instance, a scheduled telecast of an American movie dramatization of Anwar Sadat’s life was cancelled because a public outcry arose when itwas learned that the slain Egyptian leader would be portrayed by a black American actor (Newsweek, 1984: 37). In China, the government….’

I remember reading an Observer report on an anti-Black riot in China, and since then there have been numerous instances of anti-Black prejudice there. The Chinese movie poster for the Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, was altered to remove or play down the Finn character, who was Black. The Covid pandemic has also led to some Chinese restaurants refusing to serve, or behaving with exaggerated cleanliness, towards Blacks because they are somehow seen as more likely to spread the disease. And this is apart from the genocide of the Uyghurs. Back in Britain, there have been riots in Birmingham and elsewhere, not between Whites and Blacks, but between Blacks and Asians. As the Asian fellow who asked Abbott what she was going to do about racism between ethnic minorities shows, this problem hasn’t gone away.

But appallingly, because of these political pressures, I don’t see there being the necessary research into it and attempts to combat it.

To see the JSTOR article, go to https://www.jstor.org/stable/20006991.

Mates Jacob Publishes His Dossier of Tory Islamophobia

November 22, 2019

Last Friday, Zelo Street put up a very informative piece about Mates Jacob’s decision to publish his dossier about the rampant islamophobia in the Tory party. Mates Jacob is the internet personality, who published details of the racism, anti-Semitism and islamophobia he found on Twitter and other internet groups for supporters of Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg. And it was a very nasty, seething mass of bigotry and hate he uncovered. They demanded the usual stop to immigration before moving on to deportation and even assault and murder against Blacks and Asians, and particularly against Muslim politicians like Sadiq Khan.

Zelo Street reports that Mates Jacob had refrained from publishing his dossier on islamophobia in the wider Tory party in the hope that chairman James Cleverly would do something about it. Well, Cleverly and they had their chance, and they blew it. This is going to be another inquiry the Tories will hold after the election. So Mates Jacob has published it. And Zelo Street has in its turn blogged about a selection of Tory politicos in the dossier, and their vile views. They are:

Councillor Roger Taylor of Calderdale council,

Councillor Beverley Dunlop of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole council,

Councillor Christopher Newbury of Wiltshire council,

Councillor Danny Scott of Blackpool council,

Councillor Vera Walters of Walsall council,

Councillor Duane Farr of Bournemouth Council,

Councillor Alistair Redman of Argyle and Brute council,

Councillor Malcolm Griffiths of Redcar and Cleve Council,

Councillor Paul Marks of Kettering council,

Councillor Nick Colbert of South Somerset council.

They have been caught expressing such delightful opinions, like wondering why the anti-racist journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is still in Britain, demanding an inquiry into Muslim rape gangs targeting White girls; worrying about Marseilles becoming Europe’s first Muslim majority city, describing Muslims as ‘barbarians’ and wondering why anyone has a problem with PEGIDA; stating that Muslims have been terrorising and seeking to dominate everyone who isn’t of their faith for over a thousand years through imperialist, colonialist wars; demanding a halt to immigration from Africa and describing famine as a natural method of depopulation; admiring the way the BNP doesn’t shy away from tackling issues others wouldn’t due to political correctness;  promoting a video from Paul Joseph Watson entitled ‘The Islamic State of Sweden’; describing the Afghan boy who attacked and injured four people on a train in Germany as ‘chopping them up’ and remarking sarcastically that it must have something to do with Brexit; and claiming that voter fraud was massive, when it’s so small it’s insignificant, and that it’s all down to women in hijabs handing over ballot papers to imams.

Now it’s true that Islam has expanded through imperialist wars, as has Christianity. But this is only part of the religion’s history, just as it is only part of Christianity’s.  And it doesn’t reflect the attitudes of all Muslims, many of whom are the victims of horrendous persecution, like the Rohingya in Burma and the Uyghurs in China.

The sage of Crewe concludes his piece by pointing out that these are only ten of many more in the Tory party, who hold similar views, and that Cleverly hasn’t done anything about them. He states

‘There is only one major political party that is institutionally racist. And it is the Conservative Party.’

See: https://zelo-street.blogspot.com/2019/11/tory-islamophobia-laid-bare.html

Well, there’s also the Brexit party and the remnants of what used to be UKIP, but it’s a fair point. The Tories have no business smearing Corbyn and Labour as anti-Semites, when there is so much more hatred and bigotry in their ranks. And they aren’t going to do anything about it, because as we’ve seen from the Hostile Environment policy and the Windrush deportations, and indeed from the contents of papers like the Mail and Depress, they use racism to promote themselves.

 

TYT Reports ‘V for Vendetta’ Finally Screened on Chinese TV

October 31, 2015

This is a slightly more optimistic piece from The Young Turks from 2012. It seems that the Chinese government has finally screened Alan Moore’s story about resistance to a Fascist, totalitarian state. They point out it was never screened in Chinese cinemas. As they say, ‘Oops! How did that one get past (the censor).’

They point out that a lot of Western movies are available in China anyway, and it might simply be due to a new Chinese leader taking power. My guess is that it’s possibly been screened because it’s such a cult film that attempts to stop people seeing it have largely failed. It’s also possibly been made palatable by the fact that the totalitarian state is a Fascist, 21st century Britain. Even so, the precise shade of political party and geographical location shown in the movie doesn’t alter its anti-authoritarian message, or make much of it any the less relevant.

China is a one party police state, which incarcerates and tortures its political prisoners. The scenes in which the guards and staff at the concentration camp are shown disposing of the bodies of hundreds of victims of human experimentation will, amongst older Chinese, recall the mass deaths that resulted from Mao’s Cultural Revolution.

China is also a state that robs its criminals of their organs for transplant surgery before they are executed. Thus Chinese prisoners are the victims of forced medical procedures in that way, another, though possibly not an exact parallel to the horrors in the movie.

The film is similarly set after there has been a holocaust against Muslims, resulting in their extermination and the outlawing of their religion. China similarly is cracking down on its Muslims, and many of the country’s indigenous Muslim ethnic groups, like the Uyghurs, feel that they are being systematically dispossessed, marginalised and persecuted in their home province of Sinkiang.

Among those sent to the concentration camps are homosexuals. In one part of the movie, Natalie Portman’s character is incarcerated to make her experience what the state’s victims go through. During her incarceration she reads letters written by Valerie, a lesbian, who really was rounded up by the regime for her sexuality. I don’t know if homosexuality is illegal in China, but it certainly is in other Asian societies, such as Singapore, and strongly disapproved of in many nations where it is legal, such as Japan. My guess is that it is illegal in China, and that this will be another uncomfortable parallel with the current regime.

But whatever the oppressive government, the Turks’ point out that the film does have a universal message that people should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.

As our government tries to shut down the Freedom of Information Act, it’s plain that they are. Very.

The Young Turks on Fox News Telling Young People Not To Vote

February 12, 2015

Young peoples’ alienation from politics isn’t just a problem in Britain. It’s also a problem in the US, though not all members of the American political establishment recognise this. In this clip, The Young Turks take apart Fox New’s recommendation that young people should actually be prevent from voting, ’cause they’re too stupid.

Say whaaat? Fox News calling others ‘stupid?’

The Young Turks is a liberal news analysis show on the internet. It appears to take it’s name from the fact that most of the hosts are ethnically Turkish, like one of their main anchors, Cenk Uyghur. The Uyghur are a Turkic people, who are one of the ‘National Minorities’ in China. They do have members of other ethnicities on, so it ain’t exclusively Turkish, however.

In this piece, Uygher and one of the women hosts point out that young people, contrary to what Fox says, are actually highly politically informed, as shown by the Occupy protests and other radical movements. The reason they don’t vote is probably because, in Uyghur’s words, ‘the options aren’t great.’ He points out that when you get to the voting booth, you either have a choice of a corporatist Democrat, or a corporatist Republican.

Obviously, it’s not much of a choice. They also make the point that if you take large numbers of young people into political offices, as with the Wolf Pack movement, the politicos staffing it really don’t know what to do, nor where all these kids came from.

And of course, Fox has its own ideological reasons for not wanting anyone under thirty to vote. Young people don’t share their ideological biases. They tend to vote Democrat, which is obviously not something the Super-Republicans at Fox want to encourage. Young kids are worried about a range of issues, like job opportunities, that involve government expenditure. Fox, however, stands for tax reductions, which necessarily benefits the older and richer.
And The Young Turks make the point that Fox’s viewer demographic does not include the young. The average viewer of Fox News is 68. They have zero appeal to young people, which makes their comments about trying to stop kids voting pointless. Da yoof ain’t watching them anyway. Which probably confirms the point already made, that today’s kids are better educated than their elders, and particularly Fox, would like.

Here’s the clip: