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Surprise! “Mao Zedong Kneeling Statue” Appears on China’s Internet

Posted by Author on May 28, 2011


(NTD) – Recently, a blog article has been widely circulated among Chinese readers. The article shows a statue of Mao Zedong kneeling. Netizens comment thatMao Zedong going down on his knee is inevitable. Commentators point out that criticism of Mao Zedong is getting popular, yet for the heinous Mao Zedong, even “repentance” would not diminish his crimes.

In this article, entitled “Repent, Mao Zedong!” the most engaging part is a statue of Mao Zedong on his knees. In the statue, Mao Zedong kneels down with his right hand over his chest for repentance. Read the rest of this entry »

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“Chairman Mao’s Purgatory” – The Reality

Posted by Author on April 27, 2011


Du Bin, a New York Times』 signed reporter, published in Hong Kong a new book, called “Chairman Mao』s Purgatory”. . This book is about the Great Leap Forward and has 130,000 characters and over 150 valuable pictures.

Du Bin said: “』Chairman Mao』s purgatory』 reflects all those ridiculous and miserable years.”

This book in the form of chronicle, records Mao』s speech within the party, agricultural officials』 private diaries, the behavior of local authorities, letters from common people to the Central Party, newly revealed secret documents, witnesses』 memories. The book recalls the dark age when tens of millions of Chinese people starved to death, with historical posters, farmer paintings, photos, art drawings, newspaper and magazines』 pictures, serving the politics during the Great Leap Forward. Read the rest of this entry »

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China faces up to the horrible truth about its Mao-made economic disaster

Posted by Author on January 3, 2008


John Garnaut, The Age, Australia, December 27, 2007-

WU JIHUAI turned 46 this year and has lived his life in a poor village called La Pa in China’s poorest province, Guizhou. Those facts are enough for a thoughtful Chinese person to deduce that he comes from a privileged family and is lucky to be alive.

Wu’s uncle, Liao Zhengxue, 59, remembers that one in three of La Pa’s 300 residents starved to death in 1960 and 1961. First were the elderly, followed by young girls, young boys, men and finally women.

“Anyone over 50 just vanished,” says Liao. Survivors still laugh about how strange they looked, with their emaciated limbs and stomachs distended from eating dirt.

The most common estimate is that China’s Great Famine killed up to 30 million people, making it the worst in history.

Wu, now a village leader and informal Christian preacher, was malnourished and grew up shorter than he should have. But no one in his family died and he is keen to move the conversation on.

Like many famine survivors, he seems to carry a hint of embarrassment, or perhaps guilt. He was born into a famine that no local baby survived – except those with parents who had Communist Party connections and privileged access to food stores.

Nobel laureate Amartya Sen makes the point that there is no such thing as a natural famine. But some are more man-made than others. At the top of the list is Mao Zedong’s insane attempt to turn China quickly into an industrial and agricultural powerhouse.

In November 1957, Mao said China would overtake Britain’s steel production within 15 years – at a time when China was producing 5 million tonnes of steel a year compared with Britain’s 40 million tonnes.

The following March, Mao’s acolytes said China was entering a period of time compression in which “a day equals 20 years”. In May, Mao’s 15-year timetable was reduced to seven, and by September it was down to one.

To chase their steel production targets, peasants abandoned their harvests and melted their sickles and woks in backyard furnaces. Officials reported that grain production doubled in 1959, when in fact it fell by a quarter. The Communist Party siphoned grain from the countryside, starving peasants were barred from leaving their foodless villages, and Mao’s “Great Leap Forward” ran unchecked for three more years because honest and sensible officials were purged.

There are many Chinese who still blame the weather, or the Russians for withdrawing their aid. The Mao-made calamity is still known by its euphemism, “the three-year natural disaster”.

Much remains airbrushed from public discussion, but Chinese scholars are slowly burrowing into the truth of the Chinese Communist Party’s darkest moment.

Historian Yang Xianhui has published two harrowing accounts from his home province of Gansu. One details how 3000 political prisoners – “Rightists” – starved to death in a labour camp. The other describes the dying in Gansu’s orphanages. Both books are available in Chinese bookstores.

“It is important for children to know this history so we never repeat this past,” he says.

As is often the case in China, economists have been given more latitude than others to investigate some of the most politically sensitive questions.

Peking University’s Professor Justin Lin’s 1998 study pinned responsibility on the Communist Party’s state and urban-biased food rationing system, as well as farm policy failures. Provocatively, the paper was entitled The causes of China’s agricultural crisis and the Great Leap Famine.

Lin is not a Communist Party member but is tipped for promotion to a minister-level post in the new year.

Most recently, Chinese and American economists have run their models over modern census data to reconstruct famine death rates, which rose in 1959, peaked in 1960 and remained high in 1961.

Douglas Almond, Lena Edlund, Li Hongbin and Zhang Junsen looked at the people who were born or should have been born in the period. It turns out the cohort born in the famine years is 25% to 50% smaller than it should be, compared with the preceding and subsequent cohorts.

Not only did millions of infants die or fail to be conceived, but famine babies who survived grew up to be physically and mentally less capable.

“Women born in high-famine areas had larger increases in disability rates and larger reductions in house sizes,” says the paper, Long-term effects of the 1959-61 China famine, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

“For men, differences in literacy, work status, disability, and house size correspond to famine severity.”

History’s worst economic policy failure is mapped into the biology of Chinese people aged 46, 47 and 48. It is a ubiquitous reminder of what the Chinese people once endured, and why post-Mao China is a more satisfied place than many outsiders expect to find it.

Wu Jihuai, in La Pa village, is not ready to concede that life is better now than it was. He had nowhere to deliver his Christmas Eve Service because his church was drowned by a hydro-power project 10 years ago, along with his most fertile land. “Our best corn-growing land was down on the river bank and we received nothing for it,” he says.

Still, Wu’s three sons are now earning money in coastal factories and they sent 1000 yuan ($A156) home this year. Some of his fellow villagers receive a modest new social security payment. A road has just been bulldozed in from the highway, which means they no longer have to take a boat across the lake and walk over mountains to get to town.

The Communist Party is still authoritarian and often callous in the way it treats its citizens. But its propaganda machine is gradually making space for intellectual disciplines such as economics and history.

La Pa remains dirt-poor but it is no longer quite so desperate. Another famine is inconceivable, perhaps for the first time in a thousand years.

Original report from The Age 

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Video: Part 3, Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party

Posted by Author on August 2, 2007


This is the third of Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party, by The Epoch Times, Dec 09, 2004-

On the Tyranny of the Chinese Communist Party

Foreword

When speaking about tyranny, most Chinese people are reminded of Qin Shi Huang (259-210 B.C.), the first Emperor of the Qin Dynasty, whose oppressive court burnt philosophical books and buried Confucian scholars alive.

Qin Shi Huang’s harsh treatment of his people came from his policy of “supporting his rule with all of the resources under heaven.” [1] This policy had four main aspects: excessively heavy taxation; wasting human labor for projects to glorify himself; brutal torture under harsh laws and punishing even the offenders’ family members and neighbors; and controlling people’s minds by blocking all avenues of free thinking and expression through burning books and even burying scholars alive.

Under the rule of Qin Shi Huang, China had a population of about 10 million; Qin’s court drafted over 2 million to perform forced labor. Qin Shi Huang brought his harsh laws into the intellectual realm, prohibiting freedom of thought on a massive scale.

During his rule, thousands of Confucian scholars and officials who criticized the government were killed.Tyranny caught on camera

Today the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s violence and abuses are even more severe than those of the tyrannical Qin Dynasty. The CCP’s philosophy is one of “struggle,” and the CCP’s rule has been built upon a series of “class struggles,” “path struggles,” and “ideological struggles,” both in China and toward other nations.

Mao Zedong, the first CCP leader of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), put it bluntly by saying, “What can Emperor Qin Shihuang brag about? He only killed 460 Confucian scholars, but we killed 46,000 intellectuals. There are people who accuse us of practicing dictatorship like Emperor Qin Shihuang and we admit it all. It fits the reality. It is a pity that they did not give us enough credit, so we need to add to it.” [2]

Let’s take a look at China’s arduous 55 years under the rule of the CCP. As its founding philosophy is one of “class struggle,” the CCP has spared no efforts since taking power to commit class genocide, and has achieved its reign of terror by means of violent revolution. Killing and brainwashing have been used hand in hand to suppress any beliefs other than communist theory.

The CCP has launched one movement after another to portray itself as infallible and godlike. Following its theories of class struggle and violent revolution, the CCP has tried to purge dissidents and opposing social classes, using violence and deception to force all Chinese people to become the obedient servants of its tyrannical rule. (…… more details of the third of Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party)

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Speech: Totalitarianism in Romania’s Past and China’s Present

Posted by Author on July 28, 2007


Speech by Hon. David Kilgour , former Canadian secretary of State for the Asia-Pacific region, at the International Symposium on Forms of Repression in Communist Regimes Brancoveanu Monastery near Fagaras, Romania, July 13, 2007-

Totalitarianism in Romania’s Past and China’s Present

by David KilgourDavid Kilgour

Canada reportedly has more citizens of origin in the former Soviet bloc as a percentage of our population than any other NATO member country. The various themes of the papers given in summary form at this conference are thus of particular interest to many Canadians too.

I have enormous admiration for all of you across Romania who risked your lives to stand up to the various armed forces of Ceausescu’s regime during December, 1989. What cruel and inhuman violence was meted out by his supporters even in the final days.

I still recall being with hundreds of Romanian-Canadians and others outside the Romanian embassy in Ottawa the night the regime fell. As many of us as could get into the building were suddenly invited in; on on earlier nights, we were clearly unwelcome.

Role of Civil Society in Illuminating the Past

Your civil society organizations should teach continuously about your 45-year experience with totalitarianism. For example, one of many things I’ve learned as a visitor is that as late as 1944 the Romanian Communist party had only about 1000 members, which no doubt explains in part why the Russian soldiers then in your country required so much violence to impose their model of totalitarianism. Second, as Stefan Caltia, painter and professor at the University of Arts in Bucharest observes, “Communism in Romania was not a doctrine, it was a system by which a group sought to enslave everyone else in the country”.

Professor Caltia also explained to some of us what happened to the farming village in which he lived. Before collectivization of agriculture in the 1950s, residents farmed all the land they owned with pride, vigour and care.

When they were forced into collectives in the 1950s, only about half the land was cultivated; he as a teacher was even obliged to go door-to-door at about 9 a.m. each day to try to wake villagers up to go to work. When the land was re-privatized in the 1990s, many ties with the land had unfortunately been broken and others had left the community, so even less land is used productively today. The experience in his village was evidently repeated generally throughout rural Romania.

And this is just one example of how the regime sought to deprive individuals of their identities and to distort the natural course of so many lives. Your symposium offered many more examples of this kind, so the experiences of the Romanian anti-Communist resistance can be compared with those in other countries.

Some of us visited the Fagaras Fortress—a historical monument of the 14th century- that functioned as a prison mainly for officials arrested after 1948, for those who formed the local resistance in the nearby mountains, and for other dissidents who opposed the imposition of Communist control over the region.

I was impressed by the pride that your foundation, the ‘Negru Voda’ Foundation, your Academy and your Institute of Communist Crimes Investigation have in all anti-Communist resistance in this special part of the country—Fagaras Land—and by the fact that you want to keep the memories alive by setting up a Museum of the Communist Repression.

China Today

Restored and other democracies can learn much from today’s China as a case study of what might still be occurring as well in eastern Europe and elsewhere in the absence of the events of 1989. The important book, Mao—The Unknown Story, by Jung Chang (author of Wild Swans ) and Jon Halliday, for example, quotes Mao saying about his vital role in installing the Kymer Rouge regime in Cambodia in 1975:

“Pol Pot, its leader, under whom up to one quarter of the Cambodian people perished in the space of a few years, was a soul-mate of Mao’s. Immediately after Pol Pot took power, Mao congratulated him face to face on his slave-labor-camp state: ‘You have scored a splendid victory. Just a single blow and no more classes.’ What Mao meant was that everyone had become a slave.”

Mao and Tibet

The book makes clear that the leader whose portrait and corpse still dominate Tiananmen Square in Beijing was one of the cruellest despots in all of recorded history. The authors conclude sadly that Mao was “responsible for well over 70 million deaths in peacetime, more than any other twentieth-century leader.”

Given your own experience with an invading army, it seems worthwhile to illustrate Mao’s own methods with neighbours from Chapter 42 of the book, which deals with how he treated Tibet. Briefly, his food seizures from Tibetans in the late 1950s were so severe that they understandably rebelled. This pleased him because, as he wrote, “…this makes it possible to solve our own problems through war.” He then allowed the then very young Dalai Lama (who became an honorary citizen of Canada last year) to escape to India in order to avoid inflaming world opinion and began his war of terror against Tibetans.

The Panchen Lama, the second-ranking spiritual leader of Tibetans, who initially welcomed Mao’s soldiers into Tibet, wrote in 1962 that his people were herded into canteens, where they were fed “weeds, even inedible tree bark, leaves, grass, roots and seeds.” Years later, he revealed that 15-20 percent of all Tibetans-perhaps half the adult males-were imprisoned, where they were “essentially worked to death.”

The misery inflicted on Tibetans differed only in degree from what Mao did to many of his fellow citizens across China. For example, more than 35 million Chinese died needlessly of starvation during his bizarre “Great Leap Forward” in the late 1950s.

World Peace

On the important subject of world peace, I might also note from the book that in 1960 at a meeting of Communist leaders from 51 countries in Bucharest Russia’s Khrushchev refuted Mao’s contention that war was necessary to bring about socialism: “Only madmen and maniacs can now call for another world war. ” The Russian leader also told Mao’s delegate at the meeting, Peng Zhen, “Since you love Stalin so much, why don’t you take his corpse to Peking?” He also told his colleagues, “When I look at Mao, I see Stalin, a perfect copy.”

The history since 1949 of Mao’s party in China is written with continuous bloodshed, corruption and deception. Virtually everything its leaders do—then, now or whenever—is designed to extend their exclusive hold on the levers of government wihout holding an election. This is why they seek to perpetuate positive myths about Mao and to minimize the terrible things he did to his own people and foreigners alike: if the Chinese people knew the truth, his party would lose any remaining legitimacy to govern the country .

Chinese People Today

No doubt like all of you, I have the highest admiration for the people of China and their millennia of hard work, accumulated wisdom, success with agriculture, myriad inventions, international exploration, art, literature, philosophies and earlier Confucian harmony in governance. In spite of its rich history, China’s totalitarian government, combined in recent years with “anything goes” capitalism, have created terrible conditions for most of both the people and the natural environment throughout the country. China is its people, not its unelected government.

In 1975, after more than a quarter century of absolute power, Mao admitted privately that China was the poorest nation on earth. Since 1978, Deng Xiao-ping, whom Mao twice purged from the party leadership, managed to reverse the disastrous economic policies. One consequence of Deng’s ‘anything goes’ model of capitalism, however, was that the people of China are today exploited probably more than any other population on earth. They are also kept down by millions of officials, police and soldiers. As the Nobel prize laureate, Amartya Sen, puts it, economic growth that pays no attention to the welfare of its own people is nothing.

Consider this quote from The Nine Commentaries on the Chinese Communist Party: “The CCP does not hold universal standards for human nature … It does not believe in God (and) does not respect physical nature. ‘Battle with heaven, fight with the earth, struggle with humans-therein lies endless joy’-the party motto during the Cultural Revolution.” So many good citizens of all ages were killed by Mao’s Red Guards during the ‘Cultural Revolution’; an entire generation was also denied formal education. The reason for the entire initiative by Mao, as now documented in the Jung Chang-Halliday book, was to create an atmosphere of terror across the country so that he could carry out a Stalin-like purge of his perceived enemies.

The pre-1949 culture in China respected loyalty and a host of other values. Confucianism (which Mao detested), Buddhism and Taoism encouraged stability. Taoism encouraged truthfulness; Buddhism, compassion; Confucianism, loyalty, acceptance and benevolence. Given that the Falun Gong’s practices are based on similar principles, it is not surprising that its practitioners across China have been persecuted mercilessly now continuously since the summer of 1999. This has included virtually every known method of torture, from whips, electric shocks, burning with open flames or lit cigarettes, being hung on walls, sexual assaults, rapes and murders. The UN rapporteur on torture, Manfred Nowak, reported last year that two-thirds of the torture victims in China are Falun Gong prisoners of conscience.

Bloody Harvest Report

The Falun Gong was declared an ‘enemy’ of the party only after the government had actively promoted its healthy lifestyle and meditation for several years, Falun Gong practitioners continue to be in effect murdered by medical personnel across China for their vital organs. The independent revised report on this new crime against humanity by David Matas and me can be accessed in about 18 languages at organharvestinvestigation.net.

Our revised report of January with its appendices is 178 pages long in one edition, so I’ll summarize here its major findings only briefly:

Since launching our independent investigation in May, 2006 at the request of the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China, Matas and I have concluded to our horror that the government of China and its agencies in numerous parts of the country have “put to death a large but unknown number of Falun Gong prisoners of conscience.

Their vital organs, including kidneys, livers, corneas and hearts, were seized involuntarily for sale at high prices, sometimes to foreigners, who normally face long waits for voluntary donations of such organs in their home countries.”

Falun Gong practitioners practise a combination of five physical exercises and spiritual principles based on “truth, compassion and forbearance.” The latter contain similar principles as Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. It grew in numbers from virtually nothing in 1992 to more than 70 million practitioners across China at the end of the nineties by one government of China estimate.

In the summer of 1999 for reasons which seem mostly rooted in totalitarian paranoia, the party unleashed a campaign of media vilification and persecution which continues to the present. The invented rationale was that Falun Gong was an “enemy of the state” and an “evil cult”, although in reality its practitioners in fact were non-political until attacked and have none of the characteristics of a cult.

Falun Gong practitioners have since been arrested in huge numbers; they are imprisoned in ‘re-education camps’ almost always without charge or trial and many have been tortured and forced to work long hours in manufacturing facilities until they renounce their beliefs. Thousands of named practitioners have died as result of torture. Only Falun Gong prisoners among the general prison population are regularly blood tested and physically for a terrible reason which is now evident—to assess their suitability as organ donors.

Virtually all organs transplanted in China come from executed prisoners, but this group comprises both convicted individuals and Falun Gong practitioners. The latter are rarely convicted of anything. Unlike convicts, they are in effect murdered by doctors and nurses with toxic inoculations and scalpels to provide organs for tissue compatible organ recipients, who pay large amounts of money for the organs (ranging from $30,000 US to $180,000 for a kidney-liver combination).

No Smoking Guns

The seizing of organs in China from Falun Gong practitioners is done in operating rooms. The victims are killed in the process and their bodies are cremated. The medical perpetrators of these acts are guilty of crimes against humanity and highly unlikely to confess. Fair-minded persons considering our evidence as a whole can, as we do, have ‘gut level certainty’, as one law professor referred to criminal convictions based largely on compelling circumstantial evidence, that these crimes have taken place and continue to occur. Smoking guns exist mostly on television.

Our terrible conclusion comes not from any one of the thirty-three pieces of evidence we have now considered, but from the combination of all of them. All of the thirty-three however, are verifiable and in most cases are incontestable. Five representative samples are these:

  • 1- Falun Gong practitioners constitute a huge prison population which the government vilifies, dehumanizes, depersonalizes and marginalizes even more than prisoners condemned to death upon conviction for capital offences (which number more than 60 offences, including tax fraud).
  • 2-We had callers telephoning hospitals and other institutions across China, posing as family members of persons needing organ transplants; in a wide variety of locations the respondents said that Falun Gong prisoners were the source of the organs.
  • 3-The ex-wife of a surgeon told us that he had personally removed the corneas from approximately two thousand Falun Gong practitioners in Shenyang city in northeast China during the two-year period before October, 2003 and we found her statement to be credible.
  • 4-Waiting times for organ transplants in China are astonishingly short-a matter of days or weeks, strongly suggesting a bank of living “donors” available for organ tourists. Everywhere else in the world waiting times are measured in months and years. Hospital websites in China self-incriminate by boasting of very short waits for all organs on payment of large fees.
  • 5-Transplant recipients told us that military personnel do operations in both military and civilian hospitals. The website of the Organ Transplant Centre of the Armed Police General Hospital Centre in Beijing boldly says: “Our Organ Transplant Center is our main department for making money.” One organ recipient in Asia told us that he was brought fully seven kidneys by a military surgeon before the eighth was found to be compatible with his body tissue and anti-bodies. Eight human beings died before he got his usable kidney.

In summary, the evidence that these crimes have been occurring across China is simply overwhelming. The government of China has to date produced no effective response to our report.

Conclusions Confirmed

By announcing on April 6th this year that as of May 1st there will be no more trade in human organs, the government of China unintentionally confirmed the grisly truth of the conclusion by many, including our report. Matas and I, of course, hope that this latest edict will stop the killing of Falun Gong prisoners of conscience both before and after the Beijing Olympic Games. Given the vast sums of money involved, the indications that the military operate outside the health system and the obvious linkage of this announcement to concern about the now indelibly termed “Genocide Olympics“, we remain sceptical that much will change in a crime against humanity that has gone on across China now for about six years.

The government of China has a history in this area of announcing policies and laws which sound fine in principle to the international community but are then not enforced. This announcement will mean nothing if the practice of organ harvesting from non-consenting ‘donors’ for huge sums of money continues.

The Chinese Deputy Health Minister Huang Jiefu, speaking in Guangzhou in mid-November 2006, denounced the selling of organs of executed prisoners, saying, “Under-the-table business must be banned.” Yet the practice had already been banned in law on July I, 2006 and by policy long before that, so his speech was an official acknowledgment that the previous bans were ineffective. We worry that this announcement of a change in the law is nothing more than a political cosmetic, a piece of propaganda with its eye fixed firmly on cleansing the party’s terrible human rights reputation before the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the minds of prospective foreign visitors.

‘Draw Lessons from Facts’

This brings me to The China Fantasy by an American, James Mann, which criticizes the common presumption that the CCP is bound to move towards democracy, political liberalization and respecting human rights. Mann thinks the elites in cities like Shanghai and Beijing might turn out to want to perpetuate authoritarian governance in China, contrary to the three-decades-old assumptions of American politicians in both parties, business executives, sinologists and diplomats. His book argues that it is time to stop overlooking the party’s human rights abuses, the crushing of political dissent at home and support for pariah regimes abroad.

Mann asserts that if China becomes a democracy the chances of a military confrontation of any kind anywhere would disappear immediately. As well, the 1.3 billion residents of China deserve the right to choose their own government rather than continue with an unelected party “with a long, unsavoury, violence-prone history, a love of its own privileges and a weakness for corruption.” There is also the role of the CCP abroad, which, Mann notes, undermines democratic values continuously.

It gave Robert Mugabe an honourary degree in China and economic help to his government, although his regime is one of the most brutal and corrupt anywhere on earth. It is the principal backer of the military junta in Burma, where Aung San Suu Kyi continues under house arrest 16 years after she and her supporters won an open election. When Uzbekistan president Islam Karimov ordered a murderous crackdown on demonstrators in 2005, China’s government shored him up. In Sudan, where reasonable people long ago concluded that the Bashir regime has been conducting crimes against humanity if not genocide in Darfur for years, the CCP is one of his major backers, especially at the UN Security Council.

Recently China sent several hundred “engineers” to Sudan, but no-one has any doubt that this sudden interest in stopping the ongoing killing and raping is related only to the “Genocide Olympics” about which Darfur supporters like Mia Farrow continue to raise public awareness.

Olympic Games

Mann thinks the media hype surrounding the 2008 Olympic Games will dwarf all earlier ones. He asks pointedly if the “world’s car manufacturers and beer companies (will) want to sponsor television coverage of the Olympics that dwells on the unpleasant side of China-the sweatshops, the poverty, the political prisoners, the corruption and the environmental disasters? Not likely.” He queries if the Beijing games will follow the terrible precedent of the Berlin Olympics of 1936.

The presence of a huge international media corps in Beijing could help to spur political demonstrations by democracy activists, religious groups, including Falun Gong, Tibetans, Uighurs, aggrieved workers and farmers, but only if they can penetrate the security designed to keep them away from the television cameras. Mann: “Would-be protesters will be kept out of Beijing (or if they live in the city, they may be thrown out of Beijing). Crowds will not be allowed to gather; if they do, they will dispersed before they can make it to any public space. The police will be especially rough on groups seeking access to Tiananmen Square, which has been off limits to protests since 1989.”

The real test will come after the foreigners have left Beijing, says Mann. How many of any changes in China’s political system hinted at on the eve of the Games will be implemented? Will the democratic world successfully integrate China to our norms? Or will the business community in Canada and elsewhere have to continue to explain why they are kowtowing to a regime that rather recently ordered tanks to fire on unarmed citizens and which since 2000 has been killing Falun Gong prisoners of conscience without trial and selling their organs for cash to organ tourists? Is this corporate social responsibility to some CEOs?

Mann correctly stresses that the real problem with the international business community is “Who’s integrating whom?” How many families in Romania, other parts of Europe or Canada have lost their livelihoods as a result of this ‘integration’? Take, for example, 800 Goodyear Tire employees near Montreal who saw their tire plant close a few months ago because someone thinks they can manufacture tires more cheaply in China? I noticed recently that a lot of tires made in China, among other consumer products, are now being recalled in some Western markets for safety reasons.

Conclusion

We democrats around the world must be neither complacent nor over confident. There are still about 45 dictatorships in the world, which do much harm to both human beings and the natural environment.

Look at what the government of China, for example, is doing to its own people, including independent journalists, human rights activists, democrats, religious communities, Uyghurs, Tibetans and many others. In respect of the large Falun Gong community, as mentioned, it is simply inconceivable that the government hosting the Olympic Games in one part of its capital city next year could be simultaneously killing some of its own people for profit in another district of the same city. This terrible commercial practice must stop now.

Whether in Romania, China or Canada, human dignity is ultimately indivisible across our shrunken world today.

Thank you.

The Honorable David Kilgour, former Canadian secretary of State for the Asia-Pacific region, has a long history of investigating human rights abuses. Most of his efforts recently have been focused on the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners by the Chinese Communist Party, and more specifically on the CCP’s program of harvesting organs from Falun Gong practitioners for sales to overseas transplant patients.

Original report from the Epochtimes 

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China handbag: Actress Cameron Diaz Apologize to Peru for Maoist Slogan

Posted by Author on June 27, 2007


By Ray McDonald, VOA News, Washington, 25 June 2007-Actress Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz said she was sorry for carrying a Maoist handbag in Peru.

(photo: Cameron Diaz , with handbag slung over shoulder, walks on streets of Cuzco, 19 Jun 2007 – from VOA NEws website)

The actress issued a June 24 apology for visiting the ancient Incan city of Machu Pichu carrying an olive green bag emblazoned with a red star and the slogan “Serve The People” in Chinese. It was perhaps the most famous slogan of Communist leader Mao Zedong.

Marketed as fashion accessories elsewhere, the bags evoke painful memories in Peru of the Maoist Shining Path insurgency movement.

It fought a bloody conflict with the government in the 1980s and 1990s, leaving nearly 70,000 people dead.

“I sincerely apologize to anyone I may have inadvertently offended. The bag was a purchase I made as a tourist in China and I did not realize the potentially hurtful nature of the slogan printed on it,” Diaz said in a statement e-mailed to the Associated Press.

The voice of Princess Fiona in the “Shrek” movies said she was participating in “4 REAL,” a Canadian television show focusing on young leaders around the world.

“I’m sorry for any people’s pain and suffering and it was certainly never my intention to reopen what I now know is a painful wound in this country’s history,” she said. Diaz also praised Peruvians’ beauty and warmth and said she wished “for their continued healing.”

– original report from VOA News : Apologizes to Peru for Fashion Faux Pas

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CCP Seventh/ Eighth Inherited Traits: Fighting and Elimination

Posted by Author on October 12, 2006


The Epoch Times- This is the second of Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party., On the Beginnings of the Chinese Communist Party

(cont’d)

Seventh Inherited Trait: Fighting—Destroys the National System, and Traditional Ranks and Orders

Deceit, incitement, unleashing social scum, and espionage are all for the purpose of robbing and fighting. Communist philosophy promotes fighting. The communist revolution was absolutely not just some disorganized beating, smashing and robbing. Mao said, “The main targets of peasants’ attack are local tyrants, the evil gentry and lawless landlords, but in passing they also struck out against all kinds of patriarchal ideas and institutions, against the corrupt officials in the cities and against the bad practices and customs in the rural areas.” [2] Mao clearly instructed to destroy the entire traditional system and the customs of the countryside.

Communist fighting also includes armed forces and armed struggle. “A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery; it cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous. A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another.” [2] Fighting is used by the CCP when it attempted to seize state power by force. A few decades later, the CCP used the same characteristic of fighting to “educate” the next generation during the Great Cultural Revolution.

Eighth Inherited Trait: Elimination—Establishes a Complete Ideology of Genocide

Communism has done many things with absolute cruelty. The CCP promised the intellectuals a “heaven on earth.” Later it labeled them “rightist” and put them into the infamous ninth category [11] of persecuted people, alongside landlords and spies. It deprived landlords and capitalists of their property, exterminated the landlord and rich peasant classes, destroyed rank and order in the countryside, took authority away from local figures, kidnapped and extorted bribes from the richer people, brainwashed war prisoners, “reformed” industrialists and capitalists, infiltrated the KMT and disintegrated it, split from the Communist International and betrayed it, cleaned out all dissidents through successive political movements after it came to power in 1949, and threatened its own members with coercion. Everything it did left no leeway.

The above-mentioned occurrences were all based on the CCP’s theory of genocide. Its every political movement in the past was a campaign of terror with genocidal intent. The CCP started to build its theoretical system of genocide at its early stage as a composite of its theories on class, revolution, struggle, violence, dictatorship, movements, and political parties. It encompasses all of the experiences it has embraced and accumulated through its various genocidal practices.

The essential expression of CCP genocide is the extermination of conscience and independent thought. In this way a ‘reign of terror’ serves the fundamental interests of the CCP. The CCP will not only eliminate you if you are against it, but it may also destroy you even if you are for it. It will eliminate whomever it deems should be eliminated. Consequently, everyone lives in the shadow of terror and fears the CCP. (to be cont’d…)

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On the Beginnings of the Chinese Communist Party- Foreword

Posted by Author on September 19, 2006


The Epoch Times- This is the second of Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party, On the Beginnings of the Chinese Communist Party

Foreword

According to the book Explaining Simple and Analyzing Compound Characters (Shuowen Jiezi) written by Xu Shen (d. 147 AD in the Eastern Han Dynasty), the traditional Chinese character Dang, meaning “party” or “gang,” consists of two radicals that correspond to “promote or advocate” and “dark or black” respectively. Putting the two radicals together, the character means “promoting darkness.” “Party” or “party member” (which can also be interpreted as “gang” or “gang member”) carries a derogatory meaning. Confucius said, “A nobleman is proud but not aggressive, sociable but not partisan.” The footnotes of Analects (Lunyu) explain, “People who help one another conceal their wrongdoings are said to be forming a gang (party).” In Chinese history, political cliques were often called Peng Dang (cabal). It is a synonym for “gang of scoundrels” in traditional Chinese culture and is associated with the implication of ganging up for selfish purposes.

Why did the Communist Party emerge, grow and eventually seize power in contemporary China? The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has constantly instilled into the Chinese people’s minds that history has chosen the CCP, that the people have chosen the CCP, and that “without the CCP there would be no new China.”

Did the Chinese people choose the Communist Party? Or, did the Communist Party gang up and force Chinese people to accept it? We must find answers from history.

From the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) to the early years of the Republic period (1911-1949), China experienced tremendous external shocks and extensive attempts at internal reform. Chinese society was in painful turmoil. Many intellectuals and people with lofty ideals wanted to save the country and its people. However, in the midst of national crisis and chaos, their sense of anxiety grew, leading first to disappointment and then complete despair. Like people who turn to any available doctor in times of illness, they looked outside China for their solutions. When the British and French styles failed, they switched to the Russian method. They did not hesitate to prescribe the most extreme remedy for the illness, in the hope that China would quickly become strong.

The May Fourth movement in 1919 was a thorough reflection of this despair. Some people advocated anarchism; others proposed to overthrow the doctrines of Confucius, and still others suggested bringing in foreign culture. In short, they rejected Chinese traditional culture and opposed the Confucian doctrine of the middle way. Eager to take a shortcut, they advocated the destruction of everything traditional. On the one hand, the radical members among them did not have a way to serve the country, and on the other hand, they believed firmly in their own ideals and wills. They felt the world was hopeless, believing only they had found the right approach to China’s future development. They were passionate for revolution and violence.

Different experiences led to different theories, principles and paths among various groups. Eventually a group of people met Communist Party representatives from the Soviet Union. The idea of “using violent revolution to seize political power,” lifted from the theory of Marxism-Leninism, appealed to their anxious minds and conformed to their desire to save the country and its people. They immediately formed an alliance with each other. They introduced communism, a completely foreign concept, into China.

Altogether thirteen representatives attended the first CCP Congress. Later, some of them died, some ran away, and some, betraying the CCP or becoming opportunistic, worked for the occupying Japanese and became traitors to China, or quit the CCP and joined the Kuomintang (the Nationalist Party, hereafter referred to as KMT). By 1949 when the CCP came to power in China, only Mao Zedong (also spelled Mao Tse Tung) and Dong Biwu still remained of the original thirteen Party members. It is unclear whether the founders of the CCP were aware at the time that the “deity” they had introduced from the Soviet Union was in reality an evil specter, and the remedy they sought for strengthening the nation was actually a deadly poison.

The All-Russian Communist Party (Bolshevik) (later known as the Communist Party of the Soviet Union), having just won its revolution, was obsessed with ambition for China. In 1920, the Soviet Union established the Far Eastern Bureau, a branch of the Third Communist International, or the Comintern. It was responsible for the establishment of a Communist party in China and other countries. Sumiltsky was the head of the bureau, and Grigori Voitinsky was a deputy manager. They began to prepare for the establishment of the CCP with Chen Duxiao and others. The proposal they submitted to the Far Eastern Bureau in June 1921 to establish a China branch of the Comintern indicated that the CCP was a branch led by the Comintern. On July 23, 1921, under the help of Nikolsky and Maring from the Far East Bureau, the CCP was officially formed.

The Communist movement was then introduced to China as an experiment, and the CCP has set itself above all, conquering all in its path, thereby bringing endless catastrophe to China. (to be cont’d…)

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