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Chinese "Communist" "Dictatorship" "facts". 中国《共产主义》《独裁统治》的《事实》。住在中国真名用户的网友请别给星星,不然你要被请喝茶了。Friends who live in China and have real name on account, please don't star this repo, or else the police might pay you a visit. 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Chinese "Communist" <> "facts". 中国《共产主义》<>的《事实》。<>, <> and <> and <> recommendations. <>,<>和<>和<>建议。<>. <>。

This README is too large and so https://github.com/isaacs/github/issues/1610[GitHub cuts it up] on https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship[github.com]. You can view it fully at either:

  • https://cirosantilli.com/china-dictatorship[]. Canonical, https://zh.greatfire.org/https/cirosantilli.com[blocked in China since 2020] according to <>
  • https://cirosantilli.gitlab.io/china-dictatorship[]. Let's see how good is the <> at blocking subdomains.

or by downloading it locally as shown at: <>.

住在中国大陆有真名用户或者用中国邮箱的网友请别给星星,不然你要被请喝茶了。先注册一个Gmail/Protonmail匿名用户才来,最好也要用VPN/Tor/<>. Friends who live in China and have real name on account or who use a Chinese email provider, please don't star this repo, or else the police might pay you a visit some day. First create an anonymous account with Gmail/Protonmail instead, preferably from behind VPN/Tor/<>. See also: <>.

image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/XiJinpingTheGovernanceofChinaphoto.jpg[height=600]

toc::[]

[[about]] == About (关于)

This repo has the following goals:

  • allow copy pasting links to answers to questions/comments that have been posted a million times before by <>, mostly under: <>. This was the original goal.
  • serve as a censorship bomb to block <> in China: <> to destroy the <> and <>. Or more realistically get added to the <> hall of fame.
  • be a fun and sometimes silly source of Chinese mostly anti-CCP culture like a better https://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/China[Unencyclopedia] / https://web.archive.org/web/20191209021646/http://encyclopediadramatica.rs/China[Encyclopedia Dramatica] without the stupid stereotype jokes. Just quickly browse the pictures with Ctrl + F "Figure" and have fun.
  • serve as a place where people can post interesting related stuff in the issues: https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/issues see also: <>
  • highlight positive about China's culture outside of its shitty government, such as <> and <>. This has two goals: ** teach foreigners (maybe even Chinese people on certain points) about amazing Chinese things that they can consume ** show wumaos that <> is not as clueless about China as they think

== Copypasta

Here's an image/sentence https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copypasta[copypasta]/summary of key events for the <>.

Another advantage of this is that since it comes first in the repo, it ensures that key elements show up on github.com despite file size cutups: https://github.com/isaacs/github/issues/1610[].

Each summary section contains a link to the main section, which contains sources and description of each image.

Text only:

  • <> (2018包子露宪)
  • <>
  • <> (邓家贵)
  • <>
  • <>

Text and image:

六四事件 Tiananmen square protests 1989

https://cirosantilli.com/china-dictatorship#tiananmen

Music!

  • https://youtu.be/-JTWXqUPQ7I[Joan Baez - China]
  • https://youtu.be/6OOlXJs4I8k[Philip Morgan - Blood is on the square]

image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Tiananmenstudentssitting.jpg[height=400]

image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Tank_Man.jpg[height=400]

image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Tiananmencrusheddead.jpg[height=600]

法轮功 Falun Gong 1999 70M believer religion banned

https://cirosantilli.com/china-dictatorship#falun-gong

image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/FalunGongGuangzhou.jpg[height=600]

image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/FalunGonglady_silenced.jpg[height=600]

新疆改造中心 Xinjiang re-education camps 2018

https://cirosantilli.com/china-dictatorship#xinjiang

image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Xinjiangprisonerssitting_identified.jpeg[height=400]

image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Xinjiangprisonersmarch.jpg[height=400]

image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Uyghursalewebsite.jpg[height=500]

image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Xinjiangcampin_camp.jpg[height=600]

小熊维尼 Winnie the Pooh 2018

https://cirosantilli.com/china-dictatorship#winnie-the-pooh

image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/XiPoohObama.webp[height=400]

image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/XiAbePooh.webp[height=400]

image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/XiJinpingheart.jpeg[height=400]

郝海东 Hao Haidong Chinese soccer superstar turns against the CCP 2020

https://cirosantilli.com/china-dictatorship#hao-haidong

image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/HaoHaidongkick.jpg[height=500]

冠状病毒审查 Censorship of the 2019 Corona Virus

https://cirosantilli.com/china-dictatorship#corona

image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/LiWenliangcovid.jpg[height=400]

基督迫害 Christian persecution 2018

https://cirosantilli.com/china-dictatorship#christianity

image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Church_demolition.jpg[height=400]

image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/LastSupperMao.jpg[height=400]

image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/PopeCCPdeal.jpeg[height=400]

LGBT权利 The suppression of homosexuality

https://cirosantilli.com/china-dictatorship#gay-rights

image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Tiananmenlesbiankiss.jpg[height=500]

image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Addicted_bed.jpg[height=400]

996.ICU

https://cirosantilli.com/china-dictatorship#nine-nine-six-icu

image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/996ICU.png[height=400]

Gay Putin

https://cirosantilli.com/china-dictatorship#gay-putin

image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Gay_Putin.jpg[height=400]

The poisoning of Alexei Navalny 2020

https://cirosantilli.com/china-dictatorship#the-poisoning-of-alexei-navalny-2020

image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Navalnyhospitalsitting.jpg[height=400]

Vajiralongkorn Hamtaro

https://cirosantilli.com/china-dictatorship#thai-king-hamtaro

image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/SidebysidecomparisonbetweenThaikingVajiralongkornand_Hamtaro.jpg[height=400]

[[mirrors]] == Mirrors of this page (本网页的镜像)

You can download the webpage locally from GitHub at: https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/archive/gh-pages.zip

Media such as images are not stored in this repository, but rather at https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship-media to keep the lightweight clone. That downloaded HTML will read images from that repository, e.g. https://raw.githubusercontent.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship-media/master/XiJinpingTheGovernanceofChinaphoto.jpg[]. But we've learnt after creating that maybe the raw.githubusercontent.com subdomain is censored: <>. If anyone can confirm, we will start using another image provider by default.

Clone locally with Git using GitHub images:

.... git clone https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship cd china-dictatorship git checkout gh-pages xdg-open README.html ....

Build it yourself:

.... bundle install make xdg-open README.html ....

Build with GitLab served images:

.... git clone https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship cd china-dictatorship make MEDIA=MEDIA=https://gitlab.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship-media/-/raw/master ....

Build with local images:

.... git clone https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship git clone https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship-media cd china-dictatorship make MEDIA=../china-dictatorship-media ....

or build to use GitLab images:

Given <>, this might be the only way to view the images from China.

The cool thing about Git is that we can maintain several mirrors on multiple websites very easily:

  • https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship Canonical source and rendered output. If ever <> we do this: <>
  • https://gitlab.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship Maybe some day https://gitlab.cn/ ? :-) ** their gitlab.com render is shit for some reason, clicking on the ToC does not jump to headers properly, not sure why, IDs look correct ** one really cool thing about gitlab is that it can serve images from directly gitlab.com e.g. https://gitlab.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship-media/-/raw/master/XiJinpingTheGovernanceofChinaphoto.jpg unlike GitHub which has the
    raw.
    subdomain: https://raw.githubusercontent.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship-media/master/XiJinpingTheGovernanceofChinaphoto.jpg This makes it impossible to block the GitLab images without blocking all of gitlab.com, until GitLab starts a <> of their own. ** https://cirosantilli.gitlab.io/china-dictatorship GitLab Pages. Works fine. Let's see if they can block subdomains.
  • https://gitee.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship on <>, blocked after 12 hours: <>
  • https://bitbucket.org/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship
  • https://git.kiwifarms.net/CrunkLord420/china-dictatorship auto-pull Gitea mirror on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiwi_FarmsKiwi Farms
  • https://gitlab.binets.fr/ciro.duran-santilli/china-dictatorship

GitHub Pages: https://cirosantilli.com/china-dictatorship trade-offs with https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship[]:

  • pros ** cut up to 512KB of source, and therefor unacceptable as the only source: https://github.com/isaacs/github/issues/1610[] ** https://help.github.com/en/github/authenticating-to-github/about-anonymized-image-urls[GitHub's camo] keeps hiccuping and not showing images ** and YouTube videos show inline there
  • cons ** domain will eventually get blocked in China. <> https://zh.greatfire.org/https/cirosantilli.com shows that in 2020-01-19 the domain was unblocked, but on the next text at 2020-05-23 it was "contractictory". ** Camo bypasses the need for VPN, since most images are served from <> which is <>.

It is really interesting to see how many people star the GitHub repository, and then a few minutes later they think about how they might get put in jail, and then unstar it. Talk about <>! But yes, for the love of God, please stay safe: <>.

GitHub Pages was first enabled in 2020-03-22 at https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/commit/0b362a83fb5dd55f67b9d351551d0c18e7f3229a[].

The perfect solution might be to download all images and upload them to https://github.com/cirosantilli/media since GitHub content does not go through Camo, we have to see if such images don't fail to load as often.

We also have a NPM Node.js package https://www.npmjs.com/package/china-dictatorship[]. After https://askubuntu.com/questions/594656/how-to-install-the-latest-versions-of-nodejs-and-npm/971612#971612[installing NPM], you can be use it as:

.... npm i -g china-dictatorship china-dictatorship > README.html ....

This forces China to also block/curate package managers to block this repo. The package is already available in the following NPM Chinese mirrors, both which were blocked at some point:

  • Taobao: https://registry.npm.taobao.org/china-dictatorship (https://web.archive.org/web/20200406081433/http://registry.npm.taobao.org/china-dictatorship[archive]). + Noticed down as of 2021-02-23, replaced by a dummy package admined by [email protected] presumably https://github.com/fengmk2 and https://fengmk2.com/ and https://twitter.com/fengmk2 He is a large NPM contributor, and likely
    cnpm
    too. TODO is he pro or against <> based on online comments? + In order to overcome this, includers
  • Aliyun from <>: https://developer.aliyun.com/mirror/npm/package/china-dictatorship (https://web.archive.org/web/20210211123658/https://developer.aliyun.com/mirror/npm/package/china-dictatorship[archive]). + Taken down as 404 likely around 2021-02-22 after come incoming links from https://developer.aliyun.com[] to https://cirosantilli.com/china-dictatorship?spm=a2c6h.14275010.0.0.60be9dc4vwIZTP[] and
    ?spm=.14275010.0.0.60be9dc4PsRmA
    .

There is actually a

cnpm
tool to install from Chinese mirrors: https://github.com/cnpm/cnpm[].

We also managed to upload a Python PyPi package at: https://pypi.org/project/china-dictatorship/ Is as:

.... python3 -m pip install --user --upgrade china-dictatorship china-dictatorship.py > README.html ....

Like NPM, this will also have Chinese mirrors that will need to be censored by their admins ovrview https://titanwolf.org/Network/Articles/Article?AID=25a20c20-c97b-4bfe-af67-760861343658 :

  • http://pypi.douban.com/simple/china-dictatorship/ vs http://pypi.douban.com/simple/numpy both up March 2021
  • http://mirrors.aliyun.com/pypi/simple/china-dictatorship/ vs http://mirrors.aliyun.com/pypi/simple/numpy both down March 2021 but in a different way, so maybe it was censored already
  • http://pypi.mirrors.opencas.cn/simple/china-dictatorship vs http://pypi.mirrors.opencas.cn/simple/numpy both down March 2021
  • http://pypi.v2ex.com/simple/china-dictatorship vs http://pypi.v2ex.com/simple/numpy both down March 2021
  • https://pypi.mirrors.ustc.edu.cn/simple/china-dictatorship vs https://pypi.mirrors.ustc.edu.cn/simple/numpy both up March 2021
  • reference: https://pypi.org/simple/china-dictatorship/ vs https://pypi.org/simple/numpy/

We later found on Google by chance that libraries.io picked it up and rendered the README.adoc nicely as well: https://libraries.io/pypi/china-dictatorship (https://web.archive.org/web/20200318043050/https://libraries.io/pypi/china-dictatorship[archive]). This is why packaging is a good idea.

A programmatic interface is also exposed on those packages, making it easy to quickly add a

--china
option to your project, e.g. from Python:

.... import chinadictatorship assert "Tiananmen Square protests" in chinadictatorship.get_data()

print(chinadictatorship.getdata()) ....

or from Node.js:

.... const chinadictatorship = require('china-dictatorship'); if (!chinadictatorship.get_data().includes("Tiannmen Square protests")) throw 0;

console.log(chinadictatorship.getdata()); ....

You have to do the assert after the imports because otherwise Chinese mirrors could replace the real package with dummy packages to not break imports, as was already done once at https://registry.npm.taobao.org/china-dictatorship[].

This outputs the rendered HTML, which end users should the pipe into a file:

.... ./your-program --china > README.html xdg-open README.html ....

Concrete examples:

  • https://cirosantilli.com/cirodown/china
  • https://github.com/cirosantilli/linux-kernel-module-cheat/commit/082166a360c56990662c715196229016d8806ab3
  • https://github.com/cirosantilli/vcdvcd#vcdcat-china[]. Sample Chinese fork removing the most important functionality: https://github.com/ZihaoZhao/vcdvcd

These also offer great plausible deniability: a citizen in China could always argue that they were just interested in the software itself, and had no choice but to download it.

TODO: create an Ubuntu PPA and Ruby gem as well.

Another source of China-specific mirroring are GitHub proxies, https://linuxpip.org/github-in-china/ contains an overview:

  • https://hub.fastgit.org/ this appears to auto-redirect to GitHub from non-Chinese IPs, but presumably shows the pages for Chinese IPs, e.g. we had hits from http://hub.fastgit.org/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship[] in 2021-03-25. This happened soon after SEO optimizations mentioned at: <> and might be related.
  • https://github.com.cnpmjs.org/ as of March 2021, it often reaches an apparently random "Whoa there! You have triggered an abuse detection mechanism.". But other time it succeeds, e.g. some of the times: https://github.com.cnpmjs.org/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship is visible.
  • https://a1.mk-proxy.ml/-----https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship generated from http://toolwa.com/github/
  • https://github.com/521xueweihan/GitHub520
  • https://github.independentlyreview.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship described at https://independentlyreview.com/link as using https://workers.cloudflare.com/[Cloudflare workers]

Create tags,and update all mirrors in one go with: link:push-mirrors[]:

.... ./push-mirrors ....

In particular, that script calls link:push[]:

.... ./push ....

which is more lightweight and pushes just to GitHub and GitLab Pages, so we are going to be using that more often to avoid overloading package managers too much.

./push
is used to publish every commit.

There is no need to update package versions or add git tags, all of that gets done automatically by the script!

[[github-repositories-with-censored-information]] == GitHub repositories with censored information (政治敏感的GitHub库)

For lists of censored information outside of GitHub see: <>.

For content outside of GitHub: <>.

Mentioned in other sections:

  • <>
  • <>
  • <>
  • <>
  • https://github.com/jasonqng/chinese-keywords mentioned at <>
  • https://github.com/programthink/zhao from <>
  • <>
  • <>: ** https://github.com/evil-huawei/evil-huawei ** https://github.com/HuaweiJoke/Huawei-Joke
  • https://github.com/fuck-xuexiqiangguo/Fuck-XueXiQiangGuo from <>
  • from <> ** https://github.com/sikaozhe1997/Xin-Yue/blob/master/letter.md ** https://github.com/CNwoman-bot/evil-man
  • https://github.com/fuckcqcs/fuckcqcs at <>

Not mentioned in other sections:

  • taibangle (太棒了) ** https://github.com/taibangle/awesome-china ** https://github.com/taibangle/lennon-wall
  • https://github.com/Project-Gutenberg/Pincong see also <>
  • https://speechfree.github.io/cultural-revolution-database/ 中国文化大革命文库 The Chinese Cultural Revolution Database
  • https://github.com/Luterngun/RecordofSurvivalinDigitalTotalitarianEra[] small docuement that goes over <> and opsec. There was a PDF on GitHub but got removed from master (still in Git history), now links to external websites only. Newbs.
  • https://github.com/nodebe4 personal account with anti-CCP projects ** https://twitter.com/tansunit claims name 陳純一, "Previous: NGO worker, educator, social activist. Present: Master student @Univ_Paris" ** https://github.com/NodeBE4/hero 自由人的英雄榜 "List of fredom heroes" ** https://github.com/NodeBE4/impact good list of Chinese political projects on GitHub
  • https://github.com/woct0rdho/pkuholebackup/ appears to contain a list of posts of anonymized (Alice/Bob/Carol/Dave/...) deleted posts from some Peking University (PKU) chat system. The posts are from 2013 to 2019. TODO how could they obtain that list? Who delete the posts in the first place? Authors or authority?
  • https://github.com/ejiaogl/FuckCoolapk TODO understand better: in 2016 this company started blocking political commentary from their app, and people didn't like it seems. But there were so many complaints, that people manipulated things such that they ended up banning accounts that hadn't posted anything. What does that GitHub project do? ** https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/酷安[酷安] is the company name: https://www.coolapk.com/ ** https://github.com/ejiaogl/FuckCoolapk/wiki/Background-information "316"事件 (316 event) ** https://www.zhihu.com/question/20658510

Interesting users:

  • https://github.com/gfw-breaker ** appears to give a lot of focus to <>, e.g.: *** https://github.com/gfw-breaker/truth Falun Gong information repository *** https://github.com/gfw-breaker/banned-news1 automatic scraper of news from banned websites into the repository, with top sites being <> ** present in <>
  • https://github.com/bannedbook ** https://github.com/bannedbook/fanqiang is the main repository about <>, TODO what it contains exactly? Code, or just documentation of existing methods?
  • https://github.com/breakwa11 likely previous ShadowsocksR dev: <>, 10k+ followers 2020, but no repos, so forced takedown.

Non-information but also interesting:

  • https://github.com/lurongkai/anti-baidu

TODO evaluate:

  • https://github.com/sky8964/home

Reasonable topics:

  • https://github.com/topics/censorship

[[terminus2049]] === Terminus2049 (端点星计划)

  • https://github.com/Terminus2049/Terminus2049.github.io
  • https://terminus2049.github.io/
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/端点星事件
  • https://2049bbs.xyz/
  • previous project name: https://github.com/Info-cn/Terminus

Jekyll GitHub Pages repository that saves full text copies of censored articles:


本仓库存放被删文章

This repository stores deleted articles.


Also accompanies a dynamic forum https://2049bbs.xyz/ which appears to be where content for the static pages gets discussed and brought up. But it possible that the website has been compromised and is leaking identity of users. At some point, https://2049bbs.xyz went down. Live https://web.archive.org/web/20200719151022/https://2049bbs.xyz/ dead: https://archive.vn/JFqCJ

The "Terminus" in the repo name seems to be a reference to Isaac Asimov's fictional https://asimov.fandom.com/wiki/Terminus[Terminus planet] which is called https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/端点星[端点星] in Chinese, but it is not clear where the 2049 comes from in that context. Forgetting the Chinese name, Terminus2049 could be a reference to the fictional https://bladerunner.fandom.com/wiki/WorldWarTerminus["World War Terminus"] from the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BladeRunner2049[Blade Runner 2049 (2019)] movie, which also explains the 2049.

First commint on 2018-04-27, GitHub pages domain blocked in China at least since 2019-03 according to <>: https://zh.greatfire.org/search/all/https%3A//terminus2049.github.io but not in <> as of 2020-04.

The full post list can be seen most conveniently at: https://github.com/Terminus2049/Terminus2049.github.io/tree/master/_posts The number of articles is insane, usually several every day.

Most articles appear to be taken from recent news at the time of writting, although there are a few from before the repo started. As of 2020-04, the oldest article was from 2016 <> events reported by Yue Xin, some other topics include:

  • <> https://github.com/Terminus2049/Terminus2049.github.io/blob/master/_posts/2018-04-14-LGBTRights-advocacy-china.md
  • <> https://github.com/Terminus2049/Terminus2049.github.io/blob/master/_posts/2019-04-04-996-ICU.md
  • <> https://github.com/Terminus2049/Terminus2049.github.io/blob/master/_posts/2019-10-11-NBA.md

They use Jekyll tags a lot, which makes for a good grouping of the topics.

In 2020-04-25, it was reported that three Beijing-based contributors were arrested during <>:

  • https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3081569/chinese-activists-detained-after-sharing-censored-coronavirus
  • https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/Xinwen/7-04252020144555.html Chinese article, gives the Chinese names, and some background on the arrested people
  • https://qz.com/1846277/china-arrests-users-behind-github-coronavirus-memories-page/

People:

  • Chen Mei (陈玫) ** https://www.linkedin.com/in/玫-陈-1607b735/ a LinkedIn account with matching photo and name ** [email protected] ** https://github.com/cmmei[], down 2020-12, live archive: https://web.archive.org/web/20200101232039/https://github.com/cmmei[]. Includes https://web.archive.org/web/20180611153507/https://github.com/cmmei/Banned-zh
  • Cai Wei (蔡伟) ** https://github.com/thphd/2047 mentioned below reveals and email [email protected] and profiles/further aliases: *** https://github.com/Tsai1993 *** https://tsai1993.github.io *** https://mastodon.xyz/@ciao *** [email protected] *** [email protected]
  • Xiao Tang (小唐), who is also Cai Wei's girlfriend

In 2020-06-12 their families received calls saying that they had been charged with <>:

  • https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3089002/coronavirus-chinese-activists-held-posting-censored-articles
  • https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/Xinwen/10-06122020154234.html

Ciro's petition to free them: https://github.com/cirosantilli/chen-mei-cai-wei-ziyou

How their identities were found:

  • https://github.com/Terminus2049/Terminus2049.github.io/issues/598 offers a good analysis
  • https://pincong.rocks/question/24370
  • https://gist.github.com/chinatimeline/5386a4f9d82483aa5346b17d8d324877 comments by <> and gives further opsec guidelines

Terrible opsec... they used real name GitHub emails on early commits, including the institutional university address, before they started better opsec under https://github.com/TerminusBot / [email protected]

https://github.com/thphd/2047 is a project to restore terminus, live at https://2047.name[] Ciro mention at: https://2047.name/e/76182458[] by https://2047.name/u/5155 which is similar to a <> mention, so they seem to share the database? Who knows what's the relation between all those <> lookalikes. TODO that website shows an <>? Very confusingly also mirrored at https://pincong.org e.g. https://pincong.org/t/10219[]/https://2047.name/t/10219[], which is very similar to <>'s address. Related account: https://github.com/PincongBot

https://2047.name[] has a links section at: https://2047.name/links shown on the sideboard, containg links of interest. Some all not are very China specific.

https://2047.name/register registration requires an invitation code.

https://github.com/2049bbs/2049bbs.github.io[] / https://2049bbs.github.io/[] maintains another archive up to 2019-03-03.

.Side-by-side photos of Chen Mei (陈玫) and Cai Wei (蔡伟). https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/Xinwen/7-04252020144555.html[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Chenmei_Caowei.png[height=400]

[[chinatimeline]] === chinatimeline (中国时间线)

https://github.com/chinatimeline/chinatimeline.github.io

Explores several sensitive topics through interesting timelines with many pictures, for example:

  • <>: https://chinatimeline.github.io/tiananmen/
  • <>: https://chinatimeline.github.io/wuhan-coronavirus/
  • religious persecution, including <>: https://chinatimeline.github.io/religion_tl1/

Some minor relationships with <>:

  • https://github.com/chinatimeline/chinatimeline.github.io/issues/3
  • https://gist.github.com/chinatimeline/5386a4f9d82483aa5346b17d8d324877

=== duty-machine

The anonymous user https://github.com/duty-machine has some automation setup such that anyone can request certain webpages to be copied on to GitHub anonymously through a separate website, notably:

  • https://github.com/duty-machine/duty-machine[]: big Chinese social media, e.g. <>, <>, Douban. Articles stored in issues. Archive requests: https://archives.duty-machine.now.sh/
  • https://github.com/duty-machine/news[]: big Western news websites like Reuters, BBC, etc. Articles stored in-tree.

The project claims to have been inspired by <>, but hopefully they will have better operational security.

Unfortunately, it was found that the project could be used by malicious users to at mention spam GitHub users: https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/issues/192[], let's see if they patch it.

[[zhao-heming]] === Zhao Heming (召赫名)

A few accounts were created by this pseudonym, e.g.:

  • https://github.com/zaohmeing/21-[]: https://github.com/zaohmeing/21-/blob/master/.gitignore
  • https://github.com/zhaohmng/-21-[]: https://github.com/zhaohmng/-21-/blob/master/%231a.txt The repository was deleted as of March 2021, TODO why? ** Ciro's fork: https://github.com/cirosantilli/-21- ** archive from December 2020: https://web.archive.org/web/20201225094655/https://github.com/zhaohmng/-21-

Much more sanely encoded/formatted/rendered versions can be found at:

  • https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/blob/master/21century.md[]. Copied from https://matters.news/@halanh/网传70岁赫连禾用大半生研究构建-21世纪新政-引发专家们高度关注-bafyreihnbf6jyzvwyybwl5hym2nikj5zrpwxli6nphzylvdq6btsbydn3y
  • https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/blob/master/wang-huning-three-dynasties.adoc[]. Copied from: https://matters.news/@halanh/三朝罪恶元凶王沪宁-bafyreifrjf5ce45fqpif4nms4x72mlrbyijs7bffqi7f7sng47fuelkhmm

Both Zhao Heming repos contain reproductions of two manifestos are pasted together on a single file, and somewhat broken encoding.

Ciro noticed that thoe repos attracted an incredible ammount of <> on the comments, despite having very simple copy pasted content, it was very impressive!!! Ciro was jealous, and added some anti-wumao comments in. On commits:

  • https://github.com/zhaohmng/-21-/commit/0cc2b2a546ad51fb360ba800c67b057ea3270869#commitcomment-47495235
  • https://github.com/zaohmeing/21-/commit/42de05338193f39981b1a820873a990c959fd6ec#commitcomment-47392119

https://github.com/zhaohmng/-21-/issues/416#issuecomment-784939665 "为什么这个屎一样的东西会出现在我个人主页左侧的repositories中,那里不是应该只有自己的项目才会出现吗?有办法屏蔽它吗?还是github故意的?" explains why so many people come comment in the repository: it is because it appears on the "Explore repositories" repository suggestions which show on the side bar of your GitHub homepage, and on searches. This was also mentioned at: https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/issues/201 originally titled " 一搜索中文就跑出这屌鬼玩意,爱玩政治去竞选总统啊,笨,死扑街". Ciro feels that that Chinese people might use GitHub search much more than Western people because their search engines are shit due to <>, <> comes vibrantly to mind.

After further inspection, taught understood that repository descriptions given to GitHub can be really huge for SEO: they had pasted the entire 21st century text there. So Ciro attempted the same approach, and pasted all of link:21century.md[], link:wang-huning-three-dynasties.adoc[] and link:fifth-modernization.md[] in there on 2021-03-23, and the effect was dramatic: an immediate 4x more views on the following day according to https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/graphs/traffic, and a few wumao comments. And a wumao soon confirmed that it was working directly: https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/issues/201[]. This can be automated with: link:description.sh[].

Further optimizations:

  • https://github.com/kon9chunkit/GitHub-Chinese-Top-Charts Some processing to increase density creates a BOMB: + .... #!/usr/bin/env bash printf '疫情期间网民情绪识别比赛' printf 996icu printf '996 icu' printf 学习强国 printf 预测结果导出 printf 赖伟林 printf 刺杀小说家 printf 购物商场 printf 英语词汇量小程序 printf 联级选择器 printf Bitcoin printf 区块链 cat README.md | grep -P '^|\d' | cut -d| -f4 | perl -CSDA -pe 'use utf8;s/:[a-zA-Z0-9]+/ /g' | perl -CSDA -pe 'use utf8;s/[、,,—【】。;()!->|:《》「… ̄ノ·‘’[email protected]#$%^&*()_+-=\/\;:[]{}.,`~'"'"'" \x{200D}\x{10000}-\x{1FFFF}\x{2B00}-\x{2BFF}\x{25A0}-\x{25FF}\x{2600}-\x{26FF}\x{2700}-\x{27BF}\x{1F300}-\x{1F5FF}]+/ /g' | perl -CSDA -pe 'use utf8;s/https? +//i' | perl -CSDA -pe 'use utf8;s/[a-zA-Z0-9 ]{32,}//g' | tr -d '\n' | head -c 64000 .... + Ciro started using that one instead to see if it was going to be more effective on 2021-03-28. First it hit a peak of 168 visitors on Monday 2021-03-29, and then fell back to 90 and 81 on the following days, so similar to the previous Chinese political input. It is very hard to understand why the first day was so different.
  • https://github.com/trending?since=monthly&spokenlanguagecode=zh trending Chinese repositories + A large part of those projects falls in the following categories: + ** interview preparation. Competition is of course cutthroat with such a large population. ** collections of interesting things Chinese like repositories or blog posts

Furthermore, Ciro later noticed that under GitHub's settings, there is a "Preferred spoken language" box described as "We'll use this language preference to filter the trending repository lists on Explore and our Trending Repositories page." Therefore, the secret to get lots of hits is to add Chinese programming keywords to the repository description string.

New issues:

  • https://github.com/zhaohmng/-21-/issues/533 "Thank you for this great repository. Human rights and freedom of speech are more important than money. github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship"
  • https://github.com/zaohmeing/21-/issues/138 "Why put the censored content in the .gitignore?"

On top commented/liked issues:

  • https://github.com/zhaohmng/-21-/issues/190#issuecomment-784921038
  • https://github.com/zhaohmng/-21-/issues/224#issuecomment-784901942
  • https://github.com/zhaohmng/-21-/issues/319#issuecomment-784903480
  • https://github.com/zhaohmng/-21-/issues/325#issuecomment-784922882 "看你发的“美中”而不是“中美”我就知道你TM是轮子" claims they are <>
  • https://github.com/zhaohmng/-21-/issues/346#issuecomment-784936138 "那么问题来了,为什么美国及西方和越南共产党亲近呢?" the US allies with Vietnam Communists for geopolitical reasons only, not because it has any ideology

The first is "21世纪新政宣言" (New System Declaration for the 21st Century).

It proposes a peaceful reunification of China with <> under their specified political system described in 12 paragraphs. This system is a reformed type of Western democracy, which the manifesto also criticize downsides of.

The manifesto is dated drafted 2019.8.6, and several versions have different update dates and revision numbers, e.g. our copy is dated 7th edition of 2020.6.19. TODO what is canonical?

The manifesto provides an email "[email protected]" for those who signed it to send the signed version to, and describes the author as male 70 years old Chinese person.

TODO what does: "起草人:赫连禾" mean?

The second is "三朝罪恶元凶王沪宁" (The Culprit of Three Dynasties Wang Huning).

The title presumably refers to:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wang_Huning
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/王沪宁

Wikipedia mentions:


Wang is believed to have been one of the principal architects behind the official political ideologies of three paramount leaders: "Three Represents" by Jiang Zemin, the Scientific Development Concept by Hu Jintao, and the <> and <> of Xi Jinping.


so it must be about him.

The manifesto is divided into 23 numbered headers which appear to be independently published texts later collected. It is signed by 郝雪森 (Hao Xuesen) 2016-09-10. One of the sections gives the email: [email protected][].

=== Bot + issue mention attack

In March 2021, this repo had a traffic search spike for: "Search · 联级选择器"

This term refers to https://ant.design/components/cascader-cn/ which seems to be a CSS live selector

The related project: https://github.com/ant-design/ant-design-pro

Someone actually used wumao techniques mentioned at:

  • https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/issues/191
  • https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/issues/192

to attack that repo:

  • https://github.com/ant-design/ant-design-pro/issues/8133 https://archive.ph/xp8ls
  • https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/issues/196 https://archive.ph/etYSf

TODO which exact GitHub action did they rely on? That repo currently has a https://github.com/ant-design/ant-design-pro/actions/workflows/issue-open-check.yml Issue Open Check GitHub action sample run: https://github.com/ant-design/ant-design-pro/runs/2209272410?checksuitefocus=true we see the similarity issue analysis thing, but how could that have worked more precisely to link across repos? Asked at: https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/issues/203

[[faq]] == FAQ (常见问答集)

[[why-keyword-attack]] === Why attack websites with censored keywords? 用审查词攻击网站有什么用呢?

The attack: <>.

To <>.

This would then end <>.

And then <> that this would also <>.

The keyword attacks increase the cost of censorship.

If commies censor things, they will get worse IT technology, and thus become <> and militarily powerful.

Since all they care about, like any other politicians, is power, the only way to make them stop censorship is to make the cost of censorship higher than not censoring.

Without the threat that China will be less technologically, and therefore militarily advanced, there is no incentive for the CCP to destroy the firewall.

The goal is to put them in a position where they have to choose between either:

  • having military power
  • remaining a <>

but not both, since having both means that they will <>.

And if they decide to destroy the dictatorship, Ciro wants to help China become <>.

Closely related/identical ideas are <> and <>.

Related attack: <>.

[[harm-programmers]] ==== Does Ciro Santilli want to harm the Chinese programmers? 三西猴想要伤害中国程序员吗?

No.

This is not a <> of any kind.

Ciro knows that he is harming you in the short term, and he doesn't like that.

But he believes that this harm is a necessary means to reach his real goal, which is to destroy the <>, and the <>.

Don't you think it is worth a try? Destroying the firewall, would <> not only Chinese programmers, but every single other Chinese person too.

Once the firewall is destroyed, which <>, he want China to develop the best science and technology in the world, and <>.

And by the way, with his https://github.com/cirosantilli[extensive contributions to open source software], Ciro is already helping China, and all underdeveloped countries, to become stronger. His hope is that if poor countries become richer and better educated, that they will be less likely to be influenced by the CCP's money, and therefore are more likely to be allies of democracy.

See also: <>.

[[harm-people]] ===== Does Ciro Santilli want to make the Chinese people people look bad?

No, the opposite.

Ciro only wants their <> to look bad to destroy it, and help China become <>.

Even the Chinese that are against their own Government <>, so it is not their fault.

And even those <> must be respected, whoever <> and <> you might think they are, <>.

See also: <>.

[[stupid]] ==== Does Ciro Santilli think that the Chinese are stupid or brainwashed? 三西猴觉得中国人是啥子或被洗脑吗?

Obviously not, if you even thought about this, it is likely because of: <>.

Don't you see that this is just pure and simple politics? And likely ineffective one at that: <>.

  • everyone is brainwashed by their environment: <>
  • it is impossible to prove who is right or wrong in politics: <>
  • not even the CCP is evil: <>

Related:

  • <>
  • <>

[[keyword-attack]] ==== Screen name keyword attack

A keyword consists of adding censored words to your username: https://stackoverflow.com/users/895245

This only works on websites that show usernames everywhere.

This then leads to your username appearing on thousands of pages, depending on how much you contribute to the website.

It is also possible to do it with images, although this is less effective in taking down websites since images are harder for the firewall to track automatically. But:

  • they are more memorable than words
  • they also work on websites like GitHub where your real name does not show on most pages, only slug

so maybe the most effective approach is to use both keywords and images to get the best of both worlds ;-)

This type of attack is essentially an <>, and it is especially effective in websites that contain valuable technical content, such as <> and <>.

See also: <>.

Some people say https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/284671/dont-st-where-you-eat[don't shift where you eat]. Ciro says: bring a shitbucket to the canteen, and start a shitfight.

.<> has been used by Ciro Santilli as a profile picture censored image attack image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/ChrysanthemumXiJinpingwithblackredliusiaddedbyCiroSantilli.jpg[height=400]

[[cute-cat-theory-of-digital-activism]] ==== Cute cat theory of digital activism (可爱猫理论)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cutecattheoryofdigital_activism
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/可愛貓理論

Someone told <> a while after he had started doing his <> on <>, he didn't know about it before, but it is basically what he was doing.

You can never invent anything new anymore nowadays!

This is especially relevant to <>! And GitHub's mascot is also a cat ;-) Some mentions of this:

  • 2020-09-09 https://www.wired.com/story/china-github-free-speech-covid-information/
  • 2020-09-09 https://www.xataka.com/servicios/github-inesperado-ultimo-reducto-libertad-expresion-gran-firewall-que-pone-jaque-intereses-china

Related:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_activism

===== Bitcoin blockchain

Blockchain technologies, such as Bitcoin, provide essentially uncensorable (at a transaction cost), because the messages are put together with financial transactions which are extremely valuable to its users.

Services that can be used to easily view this data online include:

  • http://bitfossil.org/ is a website that indexes especially formatted images uploaded to the blockchaian.
  • https://bitcoinstrings.com/ dumps all ASCII printable strings of length 20 ore more online

We have been able to find the following anti-CCP information in the blockchain so far:

  • http://bitfossil.org/fe0dfa51337dfce616a0e0305d10eed867e56a9f0f006b0521ec1ea32851a342/index.htm[] from 2014 is about the <> 2014 protests. It contains text and images in the AtomSea & EMBII format. Part of the text is ripped from: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-asia-29421909 "Hong Kong democracy protesters defiant on National Day Tens of thousands of people have been blocking parts of the city for days."
  • 2017 https://bitcoinstrings.com/blk00776.txt[blk00776.txt] transaction https://www.blockchain.com/btc/tx/3845e630032578cb825d587b759eb499511d691f93962f4b9f5b2e06ef9570c7[3845e630032578cb825d587b759eb499511d691f93962f4b9f5b2e06ef9570c7] says: + ____ Tiananmen massacre <--- I dare China to censor this. ____
  • 2017 blk00808.txt transaction https://www.blockchain.com/btc/tx/91b9b44532e094522e905012c04f207df1bcad8d9df7232679cb16859a008bdd91b9b44532e094522e905012c04f207df1bcad8d9df7232679cb16859a008bdd contains a full text reproduction of: https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/06/01/china-tell-truth-about-tiananmen-anniversary "China: Tell the Truth About Tiananmen on Anniversary". The text is preceeded by a Chinese version of the same.
  • ca4f11131eca6b4d61daf707a470cfccd1ef3d80a6f8b70f1f07616b451ca64e from 2017 contains an image of <> encoded as standard transaction SHAs. The image is mentioned at: https://archive.4plebs.org/pol/thread/191157608/#q191162145 with indexer URL https://cryptograffiti.info/#ca4f11131eca6b4d61daf707a470cfccd1ef3d80a6f8b70f1f07616b451ca64e.jpg but that link is not working

But of course, there are crypto-<>'s there too!!! The incongruence of a dictatorship and uncensorability is just mind blowing:

  • 2016 transaction https://www.blockchain.com/btc/tx/4921ae59b6ca89c2cd78e3d0850abd657f88a3ecc13c9c667872bf2740841dee[4921ae59b6ca89c2cd78e3d0850abd657f88a3ecc13c9c667872bf2740841dee], by a miner who earned 12 BTC: + ____ South China Sea belongs to China-pc ____

Neutral references:

  • https://bitcoinstrings.com/blk00776.txt[blk01341.txt] tx 3d2226aa2591acfb0d3c9206b9bb2058b0a488ad6d0e9c61e0c8f3c53d0d4b90 "EW Hello Xi Jingping" (mispelled). "EW" is a service identifier, not part of the message.

On the test blockchain (boring!):

  • Tankman on the https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Testnet[Bitcoin testnet] http://bitfossil.org/64b4e3c5610b421ef254d0a57c92642bd97cce3675d5afdd81e73a651a04db20/index.htm

Bibliography:

  • https://www.vice.com/en/article/z43xx4/love-is-forever-when-its-written-in-the-blockchain

Other blockchains:

  • 2019-02-25 https://theconversation.com/chinese-internet-users-turn-to-the-blockchain-to-fight-against-government-censorship-111795 "Chinese internet users turn to the blockchain to fight against government censorship" mentions the insertion of the <> and <> information in the Ethereum blockchain. This gives the transaction in the screenshot: https://www.scmp.com/abacus/culture/article/3028662/chinas-netizens-use-blockchain-spread-censored-news

===== Collateral Freedom

<> people called a <>-related project of theirs "Collateral Freedom" (a reference to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collateral_damage[collateral damage]), in which they seem to be trying to forward censored websites somehow through AWS to force the Chinese Government to block the entire AWS in China:


Collateral Freedom ties access to information to the Chinese economy. If [authorities] truly want to block access to this information, then they must give up certain access to economic freedoms.


2015 coverage: https://techcrunch.com/2015/03/30/greatfire/

There's an useless Wiki page for that: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collateral_freedom

https://www.theregister.com/2019/05/10/amazonbacktrackson_s3/ clarifies that on Amazon S3 the question is about:

  • https://s3.amazonaws.com//
  • https://.s3.amazonaws.com/

the second of which can be easily blocked by domain, but the first can't, and how amazon was planning on killing the first option.

===== Dual-use technology

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dual-use_technology

Normally, the term "dual-use technology" is used in the context of blocking exports that can be used either for peace, but also for war.

However, as mentioned https://twitter.com/Dogbert_Catbert/status/1372467670826684419[by a Twitter friend], a <> for Freedom of Speech is also essentially a dual-use matter.

  • <>

[[meant-to-be-used]] === Politics should not be posted in technical websites such as GitHub or Stack Overflow 不应该在技术网站例如Stack Overflow和GitHub讨论政治

Is the Chinese government using the Internet the way it was meant to be used, by investing billions in <>?

What about <>? Did you also complain about it, or did you just star it like 250k of your fellow programmers?

Any act of protest will use things in ways that it was not meant to be used.

For example, the street is not meant to showcase protest banners, it is meant to be a passageway for cars.

As engineers, we have a moral responsibility towards society. We should not blindly follow orders of those in power if it violates our principles, e.g. build weapons or censorship mechanisms. And we should freely express our principles and violation concerns.

Making a statement where no one will ever see it, like a personal website, is <>.

Much of the best art and technology is about using something in a way that it wasn't meant to be used.

Finally, the political powers of each website decide what is allowed or not on their website, and what is not allowed gets blocked. So far, Stack Overflow and GitHub's Terms of Service have said to go ahead:

  • <>
  • <>

Another consideration is that any profile information is essentially a form of advertisement. Some people advertise their skills for hire, or their company and product. Other people, advertise their <> or <>. So why should you not be able to advertise your political position? Companies pay millions of dollars to grab other people's attention. Ciro feels it is much fairer to instead pay for those ads with your labour of love.

<> has, of course, a beautiful reply to this at https://github.com/programthink/zhao/tree/e8eea46424549c11792dfe61cf9e7698bdbd7240#致反对此项目的墙内程序员[]:

[[programthink-meant-to-be-used]]


致"反对此项目的墙内程序员"

本项目上线第二天,就收获 363 个 star 兼 88 个 fork,甚至还挤进 GitHub 的"当日 Trending"——俺很荣幸,也很高兴有这么多人给俺捧场。

但是在本项目的 issue 列表中也看到好几个反对此项目的程序员(应该都来自墙内),他们担心这个项目导致 GitHub 被 GFW 封杀。

这几年来,类似的言论俺已经看了不少。就好比强盗拿刀杀人,围观者不但没有谴责强盗,反而去谴责卖刀的店家——这就是传说中的"link:https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/斯德哥爾摩症候群[斯德哥尔摩综合症]"。

有兴趣的同学,可以看俺之前的博文——《link:https://program-think.blogspot.com/2012/06/stockholm-syndrome.html[天朝民众的心理分析:斯德哥尔摩综合症]》


Translation:


In reply to: "Programmers behind the <> who are against this project"

The second day after the project went online, it got 363 stars and 88 forks, and even squeezed into GitHub's "Trending repositories of the Day". I am honored and I am so happy that so many people gave me their support.

However, in the issue list of this project, I also saw several programmers who opposed this project (likely all from within the GFW), and they worried that this project would cause GitHub to be blocked by GFW.

Over the past few years, I have read a lot of similar comments. A good comparison would be if a robber were killing someone with a knife, and the onlookers not only did not condemn the robber, but instead condemned the shop that sold the knife. This is the legendary "link:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockholm_syndrome[Stockholm syndrome]".

Interested people can read my previous blog post: https://program-think.blogspot.com/2012/06/stockholm-syndrome.html["Psychological Analysis of the People of the Heavenly Dynasty: Stockholm Syndrome"].


The more places we can denounce dictators, the better people are off, <>. Ciro wrote a poem:


Don't discuss politics on Stack Overflow. + Don't discuss politics on GitHub. + Don't discuss politics on YouTube. + Don't discuss politics on Facebook. + Don't discuss politics on Twitter. + Don't discuss politics. + Don't discuss. + Don't. + . +


Infinite duplicate pool:

  • https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/issues?q=label%3Ameant-to-be-used+
  • https://github.com/caffeine-overload/bandinchina/issues/89

==== Is Ciro Santilli making programming contributions with the main intent of promoting his political agenda?

No, that is just a side effect.

For example, if that were the case, he would definitely target more widely used technologies, in particular Web and JavaScript, instead of obscure things like C and assembly in which I have spent tons of my time.

Also, <>. Much more likely to have any effect, would be for <> to become rich and powerful first, and the best way to do that is to invest in whatever he thinks is most useful.

Actually, it can even be argued that Ciro's somewhat irrational, since he would be much more likely to become rich and powerful by bowing down to the CCP and trying to get their money instead.

On the other hand, becoming rich and powerful is also highly unlikely, so maybe it's justa matter of taking a low-risk low-reward path?

Ciro has have very little free time, and he will never do something for political reasons, only things that interest me technically.

Finally, do you really think he'd be able to do such awesome projects if he had primarily political considerations in mind? XD

===== Is Ciro Santilli making trivial edits on questions just to spam your name further?

No.

I just think that the website is great, and want to push it to perfection, in particular with better Google keyword hits, and uniform grammatically correct titles.

If you think that any of my edits were harmful, please ping me and open a meta thread to discuss specific edits, and I will comply with consensus.

[[why-end-dictatorship]] === Why would China be better without its Dictatorship?

Because it would make China, and the world:

  • <>
  • less likely to get into <>
  • <>

[[richer]] ==== Why would democracy and freedom of speech make China richer? 言论自由让中国比较富有

There is infinite debate about this out there, some examples:

  • https://www.becker-posner-blog.com/2011/05/can-poor-countries-afford-democracy-becker.html (https://web.archive.org/web/20180923192824/https://www.becker-posner-blog.com/2011/05/can-poor-countries-afford-democracy-becker.html[archive])
  • https://www.quora.com/Is-democracy-or-authoritarianism-better-for-developing-countries

For:

  • dictatorships are more likely to start <> or other <> like the <>, which completely destroy the economy in one go
  • society becomes richer when people know that they can do their startups, get rich, and stay in the country without fear of being persecuted unfairly and losing everything instead of migrating to Canada, see also: <>, <>
  • it is much harder to fix problems if you can't talk about the. Any criticism of the government, even if constructive, <>, which makes the government and just becomes less efficient since there is less feedback. + This greatly increase the probability of dealing poorly with such problems, see e.g. all the global problems listed at: <>.
  • governments are monopolies, and the more powerful they are, the worst it is for competition an efficiency in general. E.g.: the startup with better government ties wins, instead of the most efficient one.
  • people in dictatorships tend to <> and in life in general. It is best not to stand out, because if you make any mistake, you are really fucked. As a result, for example, if you do something awesome like a creating an open source project, but do it anonymously, you won't get as much fame. And therefore everyone does less of such awesome things on average.

Against:

  • presidents only care about the 4-8 year horizon, while dictators can make longer term decisions to maintain power forever, their power being limited only by "the people are happy enough to not start a revolution"
  • dictatorships can make changes faster without the same amount of discussion that happens in democracies, where power is more spread out. + Killing a million people will make us richer? No problem, let's do it. + That is great when they make good decisions, but it sucks when they make <> more likely.

Maybe China was poor because of Mao's crazy communist regime. Similar regimes also made <> poor. And yes, before that exploitation by the West may have been a factor.

Definitely, the current regime is better than Mao's, but just imagine how rich China could be if it had more freedom and justice.

Imperial China lost the race for the Industrial Revolution. Will another dictatorship be able to stay on top of the next technological revolution?

.XKCD 937 "TornadoGuard" comes to mind in relationship to the <>. https://xkcd.com/937/[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/XKCD937tornado_guard.png[height=400]

[[dictatorship-variability]] ===== Dictatorships have greater development variability

<> really likes https://web.archive.org/web/20180923192824/https://www.becker-posner-blog.com/2011/05/can-poor-countries-afford-democracy-becker.html[Posners'] way of putting it:


While average rate of growth do not appear to differ much between democracies and authoritarian regimes, the variability in performance does differ more among authoritarian governments. China has had remarkable growth since the 1980s, but the prolonged devastation and hardship produced by China's "<>" (when millions of farmers starved to death) and its Cultural Revolution would unlikely have occurred in a democratic country like say India. Nor is it likely that say Cuba and many African nations would have suffered so long with such terrible economic policies if they had reasonably democratic institutions.


[[tea-egg-incident]] ===== Tea egg incident (茶葉蛋事件, 2011)

  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/茶葉蛋事件

A Taiwanese celebrity said many people in China can't even buy <>, which are extremely cheap and easy to make at home: you just need to cook some eggs in any cheap tea! Chinese internet <>s made fun of that, and likely rightly so.

==== Censorship makes countries poorer

<> need <> to survive, and they must control all information to make themselves always look good: <>.

As a result, knowledge of problems flows more slowly, and therefore they also take longer to solve.

Maybe this hurts the argument, but Hillary agrees: :-)


But countries that restrict free access to information or violate the basic rights of internet users risk walling themselves off from the progress of the next century


.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccGzOJHE1rw&t=2110 "Secretary Clinton Speaks on Internet Freedom", U.S. Department of State, 2010-01-22 video::ccGzOJHE1rw[youtube,height=400,width=600,start=2110]

Also mentioned at: link:https://youtube.com/watch?v=d3dELDz9E?t=1681[Google versus China - VPRO documentary - 2011]

This is also the basis of a <>.

This is also well illustrated in the link:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chernobyl_(miniseries)[HBO 2019 miniseries "Chernobyl"], which suggests that part of the reason why Chernobyl happened is because of the Soviet Union's obsession to save face.

.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocBVLMHK6c8 Chernobyl supercut scene where the reactor explodes, and a chief engineer "Comrade Dyatlov" accepts the 3.6 Roentgen measurement as "Not great, not terrible" and forwards it to his superiors who take actions based on that, even though the radiation measurement apparatus only goes up to 3.6 Roentgen. Needless to say, the actual radiation was much, much higher: when a proper measurement is made, the value is 15000 Roentgen! The URSS only admitted Chernobyl three days after when Swedish nuclear plant radiation detector alarms started going off. Notably, in order to keep it secret, they for example did not cancel the https://time.com/4313139/post-chernobyl-parade/[International Workers' Day parade in Kharkov, Ukraine which happened five days after the disaster]. video::ocBVLMHK6c8[youtube,height=400,width=600]

.Photo of a CDV-717 radioactivity meter that maxes out at 3.6 Roentgen like the one that would have been used in Chernobyl. https://www.reddit.com/r/ChernobylTV/comments/bnio6n/36roentgenonacdv717/[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/36Roentgen.jpg[height=400]

This suggestion is even more explicit in the fictional https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WorldWarZ[World War Z] 2006 novel by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MaxBrooks[Max Brooks] about a <> outbreak in China. It was later adapted into the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WorldWarZ(film)[World War Z (2013)] movie by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paramount_Pictures[Paramount]:

  • https://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/jun/04/brad-pitt-china-world-war-z[]: Paramount cowards tried to kowtow and remove references to China from the movie, but it failed
  • https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/china-barred-my-dystopian-novel-about-how-its-system-enables-epidemics/2020/02/27/cc0446f0-58e5-11ea-9000-f3cffee23036_story.html[]: no Chinese publisher dared publish the book unless China references were removed, which the author declined, and so the book was not published in China

Or https://quoteinvestigator.com/2010/05/21/death-statistic/[if you prefer]:


The death of one man is a tragedy, the death of millions is a statistic.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amartya_Sen[Amartya Sen] is another famous proponent of similar arguments in the area of hungers: https://www.globalpolicy.org/component/content/article/211/44284.html


In democratic countries, even very poor ones, the survival of the ruling government would be threatened by famine, since elections are not easy to win after famines; nor is it easy to withstand criticism of opposition parties and newspapers. That is why famine does not occur in democratic countries. Unfortunately, there are a great many countries in the world which do not yet have democratic systems.


although like any other political argument, https://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/01/arts/does-democracy-avert-famine.html[some disagree].

Virus outbreaks and other natural disasters also illustrate this well: <>.

===== Censorship makes no one trust your country

Who would trust a government that does not <>?

Even democracies cannot be trusted, but dictatorships? No one ever believes what they say, even when it's true.

The boy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TheBoyWhoCriedWolf[just called wolf far too many times].

And as a result, this makes it very difficult to have allies.

Sure, other dictatorships will seem to become allies with your dictatorship and collaborate.

But deep down, you know that they are all just waiting patiently to put a knife in one other's backs.

Dictators will always live in fear.

++++ ++++

[[covid]] ===== Censorship of the 2019 Corona Virus (2019冠状病毒病早期迹象审查)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coronavirusdisease2019
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019冠状病毒病

The Chinese Government <> the initial outbreak in January and did not inform Wuhan on January 8, which likely made the situation much worse than what it could have been.

On the other hand, one may argue that the "city closure" measures were stronger/faster than in democracies, and maybe that is true.

And <> does believe that the virus would have escaped even if there had been no censorship. Although maybe thousands of lives would have been saved due to smaller saturation of hospitals had a proper early warning been given.

So Ciro's main criticism is that of the censorship of citizen reports the event: <>. Why do you need to censor things when you are doing so well?

And it should also be said that some Western politicians have used "blame China" as an excuse to divert attention from their own failures.

Some believe that the Chinese government grossly under-reported death counts. Initial official figures were about only 3300 deaths, in the insanely densely populated Wuhan area, while Italy had reached 10000 deaths:

  • 2020-04-19 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nr280LWjJT0&t=2198 Trump says on a White House briefing he does not believe China's case count
  • 2020-04-01 https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-01/china-concealed-extent-of-virus-outbreak-u-s-intelligence-says CIA speaks
  • 2020-03-29 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8165717/Locals-Wuhan-believe-42-000-people-died-coronavirus.html Reports of funerary urns sold

Maybe China is saying the truth this time. Maybe the rapid Dictatorship response worked. But maybe the most important lesson to take out of this is that https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/27/china-loses-trust-internationally-over-coronavirus-handling[no one] trusts <>.

<> of course doubts those numbers :-) <>.

Good timelines so without a fucking paywall:

  • https://www.axios.com/timeline-the-early-days-of-chinas-coronavirus-outbreak-and-cover-up-ee65211a-afb6-4641-97b8-353718a5faab.html "Timeline: The early days of China's coronavirus outbreak and cover-up"
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timelineofthe2019–20coronaviruspandemicinNovember2019January_2020

Timeline:

  • 2019-12-27 several genomics companies had sequenced the coronavirus and noticed the similarity to Sars. According to GeneBank, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/nuccore/MT019529[] the sample was collected on and 23-Dec-2019 and published on 04-FEB-2020
  • 2020-01-01 <> announces that posting about it online is a crime: https://www.reddit.com/r/China/comments/ko18aa/onthisdayoneyearagocctvfirstreported_on/
  • 2020-01-03 findings were sent to the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ChineseCenterforDiseaseControlandPreventionCentre for Disease Control in Beijing, but then the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NationalHealthCommissionChinese National Health Commission, China's top medical authority, issued orders to not talk about it and destroy samples
  • 2020-01-08 CDC team went to Wuhan to see the situation, was not informed that contagiousness of the disease had been confirmed
  • 2020-01-20 the findings were made public, in an interview with Zhong Nanshan. He later said in an interview that the local government should be blamed: + video::LK1Pz8FmryM[youtube,height=400,width=600,start=132]
  • 2020-01-23 Wuhan begins lockdown
  • 2020-01-24 to 30 Chinese New Year

News coverage:

  • 2021-03-04 https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/china-makes-anal-swab-covid-tests-compulsory-for-foreign-arrivals-mvthjq8c7 "China makes anal swab Covid tests compulsory for foreign arrivals". This is not a criticism to China as the test might be accurate. But it is one of the funniest things I've ever heard.
  • 2020-12-20 https://www.propublica.org/article/leaked-documents-show-how-chinas-army-of-paid-internet-trolls-helped-censor-the-coronavirus "Leaked Documents Show How China's Army of Paid Internet Trolls Helped Censor the Coronavirus" talks about <> working during COVID
  • 2020-05-12: https://www.newsweek.com/exclusive-cia-believes-china-tried-stop-who-alarm-pandemic-1503565 CIA people said China stopped the WHO from sounding the alarm from January 24 to January 30, while at the same time stockpiling protection materials
  • <> article about how early Coronavirus signs were censored: ** https://china.caixin.com/2020-03-10/101526309.html (https://web.archive.org/web/20200317111527/http://china.caixin.com/2020-03-10/101526309.html[archive]) "李文亮所在医院为何医护人员伤亡惨重?" (Why did Li Wenliang's [李文亮] hospital suffer heavy casualties?) ** https://www.caixinglobal.com/2020-02-29/in-depth-how-early-signs-of-a-sars-like-virus-were-spotted-spread-and-throttled-101521745.html (paywall) "In Depth: How Early Signs of a SARS-Like Virus Were Spotted, Spread, and Throttled" ** https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/chinese-scientists-destroyed-proof-of-virus-in-december-rz055qjnj "Chinese scientists destroyed proof of virus in December". Paywall skip: https://archive.md/xOKiu Terrible copy paste of some Caixin article with no sources/precise names.
  • https://www.businessinsider.com/china-information-crackdown-on-wuhan-coronavirus-2020-1 "China spent the crucial first days of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak arresting people who posted about it online and threatening journalists" (https://web.archive.org/web/20200124113400/https://www.businessinsider.com/china-information-crackdown-on-wuhan-coronavirus-2020-1?r=US&IR=T[archive])
  • https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/g5xykx/you-can-now-go-to-jail-in-china-for-criticizing-beijings-coronavirus-response "You Can Now Go to Jail in China for Criticizing Beijing's Coronavirus Response"
  • https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/qjdn4d/doctors-in-wuhan-are-still-dying-and-beijing-is-still-trying-to-silence-them Ai Fen's (艾芬) report of how the situation was mishandling was censored
  • 2020-04-13 https://edition.cnn.com/2020/04/12/asia/china-coronavirus-research-restrictions-intl-hnk/index.html "Beijing tightens grip over coronavirus research, amid US-China row on virus origin". The Government can now veto papers from being published on the subject of the origin of COVID-19.

In other countries:

  • <>

.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assemblage(art)[Assemblage] of a https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Respirator[respirator mask] with a https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gag(BDSM)[BDSM gag ball] attached to it, suggesting that citizen reports of COVID-19 in China have been censored. https://twitter.com/FakeNewsOfChina/status/1221396086033530880[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Covidgagmask.jpg[height=600]

.Corona Xi mural of <> morphed into a Coronavirus by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lushsux[Lushux]. Fuller composition view: https://twitter.com/lushsux/status/1243830638966235136[]. Reddit called it https://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/fqku03/winnietheflu/[Winnie the Flu] in a reference to <>. https://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/fqku03/winnietheflu/[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Covid_Xi.jpg[height=500]

[[li-wenliang]] ====== Li Wenliang (李文亮)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Li_Wenliang
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/李文亮

He reported <>, but was told by authorities to stay quiet, and later died from the virus, becoming somewhat of a martyr:

  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-51409801
  • https://chinadigitaltimes.net/chinese/2020/02/【网络民议】你能做到吗?-你听明白了吗?/ by <>

The following excerpt from his forced confession trended:


你能做到吗? + 你听明白了吗?


Translation:


Can you manage? + Do you understand?


.Selfie of Li Wenliang (李文亮) on his hospital bed before he died. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-51409801[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/LiWenliangcovid.jpg[height=400]

[[li-wenliang-by-kuang-biao]] .Caricature of Li Wenliang wearing a mask made of barbed wire by artist <>. The image https://nationalpost.com/news/world/chinese-government-censor-li-wenliang-dead-weibo-wechat-coronavirus[circulated on Weibo] for some time. https://rsf.org/en/news/coronavirus-information-heroes-china-silenced[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/LiWenliangCOVIDbarbedwiremarkbyKuangBiao.jpg[height=500]

====== nCovMemory

Popular GitHub repo documenting personal experiences and media reports:

  • https://github.com/2019ncovmemory/nCovMemory "新冠肺炎记忆:报道、非虚构与个人叙述" 2020 New coronavirus pneumonia memories: reports, non-fictional and personal accounts. + Some of the creators of the repostory were arrested in 2020: https://qz.com/1846277/china-arrests-users-behind-github-coronavirus-memories-page/ and the repo must have been taken down at that time. + fork with the most stars we can find: https://github.com/dta0502/nCovMemory[], in case that goes down: https://github.com/cirosantilli/nCovMemory
  • https://github.com/memoryhonest/nCovMemory-en translation project

Other interesting GitHub repositories: <>.

Related:

  • https://github.com/lestweforget/wuhan2019
  • https://github.com/lestweforget/COVID-19-Timeline

====== People arrested for reporting on the 2019 Corona Virus

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ChenQiushiChen Qiushi ** Twitter: https://twitter.com/chenqiushi404 ** YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCv361SF6FKznoGPKEFG9Yhw ** https://edition.cnn.com/2020/02/09/asia/wuhan-citizen-journalist-intl-hnk/index.html "Chen Qiushi spoke out about the Wuhan virus. Now his family and friends fear he's been silenced" ** 2020-04-18 https://www.vice.com/enuk/article/epgek4/he-traveled-to-wuhan-to-report-on-coronavirus-and-hasnt-been-heard-from-since "He Traveled to Wuhan to Report on Coronavirus – and Hasn't Been Heard From Since" ** https://youtube.com/watch?v=Iwpr55PZEJ8 "Lawyer Chen Qiushi documenting coronavirus epicentre disappears" by <> + video::Iwpr55PZEJ8[youtube,height=400,width=600]
  • Fang Bin (方斌) ** https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FangBin ** https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/方斌 ** Twitter: https://twitter.com/GuqZJRTOvbqbGub ** YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRItarzSwqakT-EZkSvuy3A *** The last YouTube video simply says: + ___ 全民反抗 + https://zh.m.wiktionary.org/zh-hans/还政于民[还政于民] + 方斌书 ____ + which translates as: + ____ All the people, revolt. + Return the country (politics) to its people. + Written (calligraphed) by Fang Bin. ____ + video::_7VIG2qp0j4[youtube,height=400,width=600] ** https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUvBNpkxrJo "Fang Bin is second Chinese citizen journalist to vanish while reporting from coronavirus epicentre" by <> + video::sUvBNpkxrJo[youtube,height=400,width=600]
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LiZehuaLi Zehua ** YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJHUpBCNKrZwBhxfcIrP8Aw ** Twitter https://twitter.com/kcrissli ** 2020-02-28 https://www.vice.com/enus/article/qjdejp/a-chinese-citizen-journalist-covering-coronavirus-just-live-streamed-his-own-arrest
  • 2020-04-25: Chen Mei, Cai Wei and his girlfriend, who contributed to <>
  • 2020-04-14: Zhang Zhan (张展) ** https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsNKkvZGMURFmYkfhYa2HOQ ** https://www.scmp.com/video/coronavirus/3084983/coronavirus-chinese-citizen-journalist-detained-after-live-streaming *** 2020-11-16 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/nov/16/citizen-journalist-facing-jail-in-china-for-wuhan-covid-reporting-zhang-zhan[], finally accused of <> *** 2020-12-28 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/28/wuhan-citizen-journalist-jailed-for-four-years-in-chinas-christmas-crackdown[] "Wuhan Covid citizen journalist jailed for four years in China crackdown"

TODO maybe not arrested but relevant:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FangFangFang Fang published in 2020 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WuhanDiaryWuhan Diary + Possible free Chinese version: https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGF5YWJvb2suY29tfHd3d3xneDo3ZGUzZWZjZDgyZDkxNjc0 (http://web.archive.org/web/20200720084342/https://doc-10-bk-apps-viewer.googleusercontent.com/viewer/secure/pdf/3nb9bdfcv3e2h2k1cmql0ee9cvc5lole/0cr4s4veutmm50d7alffk68perm7us3s/1595234550000/lantern/%2A/ACFrOgDGbspvoNIJBVI1N2-EwaZHJPCTgPKmJeFaWgposQKpu5Eu0aqwACIZfLkobNVy1-xKcxKzw2CMAyxH4aUPjcHsp2w1JB2fwoX1g39gVGh38SxfK-UrQyhy3n19wbWhWErja41hMVR4?print=true[archive])

==== Censorship makes it harder to solve social problems

  • <>
  • <>
  • <>

[[low-end-population]] ===== Low-end population (低端人口, 2017)

  • https://qz.com/1138395/low-end-population-what-you-need-to-know-about-chinas-crackdown-on-migrant-workers/

[[war]] ==== Why would democracy and freedom of speech make China less likely to start a war?

This has been discussed to death:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democraticpeacetheory
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PerpetualPeace:APhilosophicalSketch

Some arguments include:

  • the people who will actually fight and die on the front can't vote against it
  • dictators have huge power, so if they put it in their heads that they want to start a war, it is much harder for sensible people to stop them
  • dictators need <>, and a war is a great way to achieve that

Of course China won't say that they are starting a war when they do.

They will of course start with territories which they claim as theirs, to add to <> until the recent past, even though their inhabitants desperately want to leave China:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020China–Indiaskirmishes | https://www.asiasentinel.com/p/beijing-said-to-fund-separatist-india "Beijing Said to Fund Separatist India Movement"

Which reminds us of... <>:

  • 1939 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gleiwitzincident[Gleiwitz incident], a https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falseflag[false flag attack]
  • 1938 Annexation of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sudetenland[Sudetenland] from Czechoslovakia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CausesofWorldWarII explains: + ____ A decisive proximate event was the 1938 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MunichAgreement[Munich Conference], which formally approved Germany's annexation of the Sudetenland from Czechoslovakia. Hitler promised it was his last territorial claim, but in early 1939 he became even more aggressive, and European governments finally realized that appeasement was not guaranteeing peace." ___
  • 1935-1938 https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=CausesofWorldWarII&oldid=968409781#Expansionismandmilitarism comments: + ____ In Italy, Benito Mussolini sought to create a https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ItalianEmpire[New Roman Empire], based around the Mediterranean. It invaded Ethiopia as early as 1935, Albania in early 1938, and later Greece. That provoked angry words and an oil embargo from the League of Nations, which failed. ___
  • 1931 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JapaneseinvasionofManchuria[1931 Japanese invasion of Manchuria], with one false flag event preceding it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MukdenIncident[Mikden Incident].

When China <> (帝国主义), there is of course some truth to it, but it is also very ironic, because as https://youtu.be/GiVs05yq9-o?t=74[Lindybeige mentions], China is obviously the largest empire on Earth! Despite its <> efforts, China is highly diverse since it is obviously made up of a https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Listofethnicgroupsin_China[large stitched up carpet of nations that were conquered by a single empire]. E.g. <> translates literally as "The New Frontier"! Not to mention obviously the unification of the <>.

.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PhjfThj4IA Ending of the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sportpalastspeech[Sportpalast speech], AKA https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Totalwartotal war speech by <>, given in 1943, when Germany started to lose the war. This was later target of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:8thAirForcepsychologicalwarfare_leaflet.jpg[opposing allied propaganda]. Total war, that's what <> bring you. video::7PhjfThj4IA[youtube,height=400,width=600]

===== The United States has recently started several wars and killed millions!

Not even democracies can fully protect people from other countries, because they don't vote. Yes, congratulations, <>.

But if the USA were a <> it would kill way more, because it would censor every report against the war internally to its own people, and the wars would just go on like in <>.

How many times do we have to bring <> up? 70-85 million deaths in one go: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WorldWarII_casualties

The only reason China has not started wars is because it is a poor country, and it would lose them. If it were rich, it would have started more wars and killed 100 times more people.

Finally, some wars are good.

If a country is oppressed by a dictatorship, and most of its people want to be free, it might be right to help them be free.

If a country sponsors terrorism, it might be a good idea to take out their Government.

This has to be analyzed on a case-by-case basis, and maybe a verdict will never be reached. But at least in a democracy the people can decide based on varied information. In a dictatorship, whatever the dictator decides happens.

Also, most of those small wars that he USA started end up being https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proxy_war[proxy wars] between the USA and <>/China, with the USA pushing for democracy, and Russia/China pushing for more dictatorships.

[[uneducated-masses]] ==== The Chinese masses are still uneducated, and not fit for free speech and democracy 中国大众愚昧,不能好好选领导

When will they be ready? Who decides? What if they think that they are <>?

In George Bernard Shaw's "Maxims for Revolutionists" words:


Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for <>.


Many democracy supporters jokingly recognize democracy's shortcomings.

A https://winstonchurchill.org/publications/finest-hour/finest-hour-141/red-herrings-famous-quotes-churchill-never-said/[fake Churchill quote]:


The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter.


Art Spander:


The great thing about democracy is that it gives every voter a chance to do something stupid.


Laurence J Peter:


Democracy is a process by which the people are free to choose the man who will get the blame.


.https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/preaching-to-the-mob[Preaching to the mob meme template]: "中国人道德低下素质差。所以不适合民主。" Translation: The Chinese people are immoral and uneducated (people are angry). That's why they're not suitable for democracy (people are happy). This makes fun of the fact even if you say bad things about the Chinese, some people will complain that you are racist. But the same people will also say the same bad things about the Chinese people as a way to explain why it is better if they don't vote, and no one minds that. https://www.reddit.com/r/chonglangTV/comments/jssa4t/道德低下素质差的好处/[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Immoralanduneducated.jpg[height=720]

.Translation of the above. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Immoralanduneducated_en.jpg[height=720]

===== The Chinese masses are not interested in politics and therefore not ready to vote

But how would they be interested in politics or be able to discuss it, if it is <>?

What about the <> and the 70 million <> followers? Did they not care?

[[overlook-human-rights-for-profit]] ==== As long as China is developing economically, it is fine to violate the human rights of a few million people

This argument can be made, but it is a risky way to live: <> and borderline <>.

Do the <>?

What is the point of having all that wealth, when you risk <>?

<> argues that China would be even richer if it weren't for the CCP: <>, and that the CCP only violates people's human rights as a tool to stay in power: <>.

.<> cartoon about a pig who does not care about politics because it cannot be eaten. 民主又不能当饭吃 https://twitter.com/remonwangxt/status/1131398147253710850[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/PigpoliticsChinese.jpg[height=600]

.Translation by Ciro Santilli of the Rebel Pepper cartoon about the pig who does not care about politics because it cannot be eaten. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Rebelpepperpigcan%27teatdemocracycartoontranslatedtoEnglishbyCiroSantilli.jpg[height=600]

.https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/shut-up-and-take-my-money[Shut up and take my freedom] meme by <>. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Shutupandtakemy_freedom.jpg[height=400]

.https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/shut-up-and-take-my-money[Shut up and take my freedom] meme by <> translated to Chinese: "什么都别说了,拿走我的自由". image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Shutupandtakemyfreedomzh.jpg[height=400]

[[corruption]] ==== Democracies have less corruption than dictatorships

One of the key points of <> governments has been to quench corruption. And use that as an excuse to get rid of rivals while at it.

However, there is one much better solution to that: democracy and freedom of speech.

The reason is obvious: with censorship, <> can <> anything bad that they did, and so it becomes much harder to destroy corruption.

In George Bernard Shaw's "Maxims for Revolutionists" words:


Democracy substitutes election <> for appointment by the corrupt few.


Ciro does however believe the <> claims made at https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/12/21/china-stolen-us-data-exposed-cia-operatives-spy-networks/ that the anti-corruption is also a legitimate national security issue for China, in addition to being a tool to take down political rivals:


Over the course of their investigation into the CIA's China-based agent network, Chinese officials learned that the agency was secretly paying the "promotion fees" - in other words, the bribes - regularly required to rise up within the Chinese bureaucracy, according to four current and former officials. It was how the CIA got "disaffected people up in the ranks. But this was not done once, and wasn't done just in the [Chinese military]," recalled a current Capitol Hill staffer. "Paying their bribes was an example of long-term thinking that was extraordinary for us," said a former senior counterintelligence official. "Recruiting foreign military officers is nearly impossible. It was a way to exploit the corruption to our advantage." At the time, "promotion fees" sometimes ran into the millions of dollars, according to a former senior CIA official: "It was quite amazing the level of corruption that was going on." The compensation sometimes included paying tuition and board for children studying at expensive foreign universities, according to another CIA officer.


Well known corruption cases:

  • 2020 Ren Zhiqiang ** https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren_Zhiqiang ** https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/任志强 ** https://edition.cnn.com/2020/09/22/asia/china-ren-zhiqiang-xi-jinping-intl-hnk/index.html "Chinese tycoon who criticized <>'s handling of <> jailed for 18 years"
  • 2012 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ling_JihuaLing Jihua: son died in Ferrari crash with two women on the car, which put the spotlight on him
  • 2012 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BoXilaiBo Xilai: trigerred by the murder of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NeilHeywood[Neil Heywood], of which Bo's wife was accused

Related events:

  • <>

===== Operation Fox Hunt

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OperationFoxHunt

Trying to prevent corruption is fine, but violating the laws of other countries in doing so, or the <> of their family is not.

Publicized by China itself: <> http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2015-11/05/content_22375920.htm

  • 2020-10-28 "Eight Individuals Charged With Conspiring to Act as Illegal Agents of the People's Republic of China" https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/eight-individuals-charged-conspiring-act-illegal-agents-people-s-republic-china

[[liu-changming]] ====== The detention of Liu Changming's (刘昌明) family (2018)

China imposed an exit ban on the ex-official's family, who are also USA citizens:

  • officer Liu Changming (刘昌明)
  • wife Sandra Han
  • children Victor Liu (born July 1999 in the USA) and Cynthia Liu (27 in 2019, born in China, but also American citizen)

China says that the children and wife do have valid Chinese documents, so maybe those idiots did not give up their Chinese citizenship and went to China. Why, why, why would you do that? Don't they know anything about China?

Cynthia claimed her father has left home a long time ago and that they are not in contact with their father.

Liu is a so called https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naked_officialnaked official, who let his family go live outside of China to prevent such problems with the CCP.

The wiki page also explains that in 2014 rules were added to prevent promotion of officials whose spouses live abroad.

This reminds Ciro of a Mafia movie, maybe Godfather II, where the bad guy says he "likes doing business with a man that has a family, because he has more collateral".

Coverage:

  • 2018-11 https://www.businessinsider.com/liu-changming-china-holds-officials-family-hostage-to-force-return-2018-11

.2019-05-09 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2hBtXdaYsQ Cynthia Liu, daughter of Liu Changming (刘昌明) pleas freedom on YouTube. Commented upload by CBS, TODO can't find original video on YouTube, maybe they sent straight to CBS? video::t2hBtXdaYsQ[youtube,height=400,width=600]

[[effective]] === Will the keyword attacks really help to destroy the firewall?

It is both unlikely, and hard to be sure.

Just like it is unlikely that the activity of on individual can have a big influence in any group of 1 billion people.

Every action is statistical: I just push the balance a little bit towards freedom.

This FAQ and any talk is useless. You and I are wasting our time here.

The possibility of blocking Stack Overflow and GitHub is 1000x more useful than any talk, but it is still useless.

However, potentially blocking those websites takes <>, I just leave the content there, so it is worth my time.

To have an idea, in 2015 there are about:

  • 20M developers in the world
  • 2M in China : https://www.quora.com/Approximately-how-many-programmers-are-there-in-the-world https://www.techrepublic.com/blog/european-technology/there-are-185-million-software-developers-in-the-world-but-which-country-has-the-most/
  • 5M Stack Overflow users https://data.stackexchange.com/stackoverflow/query/227868/select-count-from-users
  • TODO I wonder what percentage of GDP those programmers control. I'll bet any programmer on Stack Overflow is at least 20x more powerful than the average Chinese.

And if we never start somewhere, nothing will ever happen.

Furthermore, even if the <> falls, it is not clear that this will imply the end of the dictatorship: <>.

Even if it is not, it does not matter, since <> spends so little time doing it: <> and has fun in doing it.

.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HouseofCards(AmericanTVseries)[House of Cards] S01E02 "Nobody can hear you. Nobody cares about you. Nothing will come of this." GIF. https://houseoflessons.tumblr.com/post/43967209684/on-protesters-nobody-can-hear-you-nobody-cares[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Nobodycanhearyou.gif[height=400]

[[embargo]] ==== Embargoes make dictatorships stronger (禁运使独裁更强大)

The <> is basically an embargo.

There is already a lot of literature about this, especially in the cases of Cuba and North Korea. It is basically a libertarian vs conservative/Cato vs Heritage thing in the US:

  • https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/no-embargo-harms-cubans-gives-castro-excuse-policy-failures-regime
  • https://www.heritage.org/trade/report/why-the-cuban-trade-embargo-should-be-maintained
  • https://www.slate.com/articles/newsandpolitics/thebigidea/2006/08/thanksforthe_sanctions.html

The key dilemma is:

  • if we keep contact with the Dictatorship, maybe its people will see that democracy is better and start a liberating revolution
  • if we keep giving technology to the Dictatorship and it does not become a democracy, we are making a Dictatorship more technologically advanced, and therefore <>

Some interesting aspects of the keyword attack embargo:

  • it is immediately self-enforcing: we don't need politicians to decide and enforce the complex "if you do this, we punish you like that" question. + By political and technological information is together, and this immediately puts the dictatorship in a bad spot, without us having to decide anything.
  • by affecting programmers in particular through Stack Overflow and GitHub, we make them more likely to develop better <> tools themselves

One point in favor of the embargo is that China has opened up since the '80s '90s, but did freedom improve at all? Under <>, it may be argued that it did not, and maybe that we should just stop feeding them technology and accept that they won't become free.

Trump's link:https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jun/02/trump-banning-huawei-beginning-of-biggest-trade-war-ever-united-states[2019 China trade war], and in particular the <> ban, is an event that has brought this question to the spotlight once again.

===== Keyword attacks could be used by certain CCP political groups to justify blocking off the entire external Internet, and make the dictatorship even more pervasive

It is a risk, but it would make China drastically <>, so at least they wouldn't be able to start or sustain <>. So I don't think it will go that way.

[[so-block-cost]] ==== Stack Overflow and GitHub could be blocked at no cost by the Chinese government

Hitting the block button has, of course, no cost.

The cost of blocking Stack Overflow lies of course in the loss of information, and slower technological development, see also: <>

Remember that it is not possible for the Chinese government to block only certain pages of HTTPS websites due to encryption: either the entire IP/domain name is blocked, or nothing.

The 2019 <> event however brought to my attention that Chinese (usually WebKit-based) browsers are already censoring HTTPS websites selectively of course, see e.g.: https://github.com/996browser/996.BROWSER/tree/77f28a36a862e3cc4d238dc47c19872156096bc4

But Ciro doubt developers use those browsers, right? The only way would be for China to forbid foreign browsers entirely.

BTW, <> brings a whole new dimension to HTTPS by encrypting the domain name as well!

===== Is Stack Overflow blocked in China?

There was no clear evidence of that as of April 2020: https://meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/267715/is-stack-overflow-accessible-in-china/288497#288497

It worth noting however that as mentioned at <> that websites can become non-functional if CDNs they rely on are taken down, instead of the website being taken down itself.

For example, Stack Overflow relied on Google for some of its JavaScript and on Imgur for images, both of which are blocked in China.

[[disturbs]] ==== Keyword attack profiles disturb me

But isn't it better to be annoyed than having <>, <> or <>?

If the truth is too much for you to bear, worry not, you can use either:

  • Greasyfork browser extensions ** https://greasyfork.org/en/scripts/32236-stackoverflow净化器 "StackOverflow净化器" (Stack Overflow cleanup) *** GitHub user with the same username: https://github.com/EternalPhane *** https://web.archive.org/web/20181211094818/https://greasyfork.org/en/scripts/32236-stackoverflow%E5%87%80%E5%8C%96%E5%99%A8 *** https://web.archive.org/web/20181211094917/https://greasyfork.org/en/forum/discussion/47981 ** 2020-07-09 https://greasyfork.org/en/scripts/406756-ciro-santilli "Ciro Santilli" *** https://greasyfork.org/en/scripts/406756-ciro-santilli/discussions/53697 *** Some possible authors (of course, with that name, there must be 10 thousand Chinese people at least): **** https://english.meta.stackexchange.com/users/156741/li-xiaodong **** https://github.com/DoyleLi from Intel
  • a custom ad terminator expression shown at: https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/issues/87
    stackoverflow.com##a[href="/users/895245/ciro-santilli-%e6%96%b0%e7%96%86%e6%94%b9%e9%80%a0%e4%b8%ad%e5%bf%83%e6%b3%95%e8%bd%ae%e5%8a%9f%e5%85%ad%e5%9b%9b%e4%ba%8b%e4%bb%b6"]

Another good option is to use the trusty <>.

Installing any of those immediately give you <>, <>.

See also: <>.

[[what-is-more-obscene-sex-or-war]] .https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwCyQINNXwE "What is more obscene: sex or war?" scene from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ThePeoplevs.LarryFlynt[The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)]. Ciro just can't stop thinking about that scene when someone tells him that <>. What is more obscene? <> or human rights violations? video::SRPiE59e8NU[youtube,height=400,width=600]

[[not-chinese]] === Non-Chinese people should not interfere in Chinese politics (外国人不应该干预中国政治)

  • For better or worse, China and other countries happen to be located in the same planet. + If China's <> is bad, the economy gets worse in other countries. + If China's <>, the environment gets worse in other countries. + If China <>, other countries will have to fight it. + If China <>, other countries might get infected.
  • <> disagree with their government, but can't say anything about it, otherwise <>. See also: xref:most-chinese-people-like-their-dictatorship[xrefstyle=full]
  • Chinese people have been brainwashed by the <>, more than the West has been brainwashed to think that he CCP is bad: <>
  • China would never ever try to influence foreign countries, would it? E.g. <>, <>, <>.
  • If I <>, my <> :-)
  • <> and if the link:https://www.wilsoncenter.org/blog-post/how-stalin-elevated-the-chinese-communist-party-to-power-xinjiang-1949[Soviet Union helped out Mao]:
  • You can't do anything about it. + In the end, this is what all politics comes down to: power. + In some sense, this may be similar to the CCP and any other political party. + But conversely: <>. + .https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HouseofCards(AmericanTVseries)[House of Cards] S01E02 "Nobody can hear you. Nobody cares about you. Nothing will come of this." GIF. https://houseoflessons.tumblr.com/post/43967209684/on-protesters-nobody-can-hear-you-nobody-cares[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Nobodycanhearyou.gif[height=400] + .https://youtube.com/watch?v=SRPiE59e8NU House of Cards S01E02 Officer: "Some guy was trying to get into the building, when we said "no" he started tearing his clothes off." Frank: "Nobody can hear you. Nobody cares about you. Nothing will come of this. Why don't you let these nice gentlemen take you home?" video clip. Interpretation: https://movies.stackexchange.com/questions/94608/what-can-we-make-out-of-the-final-scene-from-house-of-cards-season-1-ep-2 video::SRPiE59e8NU[youtube,height=400,width=600]

Why don't you go instead <> in one of the following repositories and which are written in Chinese by Chinese citizens, many of which have many times more stars than china-dictatorship, and therefore <>? <>.

See also:

  • <>

Duplicate pool: https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/issues?q=label%3Ayou-are-not-chinese-argument

==== The CCP would not be in power if it weren't for the Second Sino-Japanese War

TODO study further to confirm:

  • https://www.quora.com/How-much-is-Japan-to-blame-for-the-KMT-losing-control-of-the-Chinese-mainland
  • https://china-journal.org/2018/02/26/why-did-chiang-kai-shek-lose-china-the-guomindang-regime-and-the-victory-of-the-chinese-communist-party
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/毛泽东感谢日本争议
  • https://www.japanpolicyforum.jp/diplomacy/pt20160517095311.html (Japanese state media, but cites sources)
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ChineseCommunistRevolution mentions: + ____ The French historian Lucien Bianco, however, is among those who question whether imperialism and "feudalism" explain the revolution.[7] He points out that the Chinese Communist Party did not have great success until the Japanese invasion of China after 1937. Before the war, the peasantry was not ready for revolution; economic reasons were not enough to mobilize them. More important was nationalism: "It was the war that brought the Chinese peasantry and China to revolution; at the very least, it considerably accelerated the rise of the CCP to power." ____ + And China would be much much less technologically advanced had it come in contact with the West, from which it is still trying to learn/steal from: <>. + Foreign influence can be both good or bad.
  • http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/editorials/archives/2005/07/12/2003263221/ (BIASED) says: + ____ War histories from both Japan and the Republic of China clearly indicate the scale of the CCP's "participation." From 1937 to 1945, there were 23 battles where both sides employed at least a regiment each. The CCP was not a main force in any of these. The only time it participated, it sent a mere 1,000 to 1,500 men, and then only as a security detachment on one of the flanks.

There were 1,117 significant engagements on a scale smaller than a regular battle, but the CCP fought in only one. Of the approximately 40,000 skirmishes, just 200 were fought by the CCP, or 0.5 percent.

Not even the CCP can provide any data on its number of casualties in the war, and there are no memorials to CCP heroes in the war to be found in China. This makes one wonder what China really did contribute


[[brainwashed-by-usa]] ==== Non-Chinese people have been brainwashed by the USA know nothing about China

Everyone is "brainwashed" by their environment.

E.g. people in the West are brainwashed to believe in democracy, freedom of speech and human rights.

<> doesn't doubt that Chinese people know more about China than him.

Saying that "someone is not Chinese, he does not understand China", is just an useless https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ad_hominem[ad hominem] argument and closely related to <>.

Since you know so much about China, why why don't you just actually prove your point by teaching Ciro one single interesting about China that Ciro didn't know about? He loves learning new things.

But please, link to reference material instead of just saying it, it will be much more convincing.

But if you are Chinese, also consider that you have been brainwashed by the commies, so likely much more than Ciro since you live in a dictatorship.

See also: <>.

[[evil-west]] ==== The commies exaggerate the threat of the West to keep in power

First, obviously, <>.

However, the CCP greatly exaggerates how evil the West is, because making your people constantly afraid is a classic strategy used by dictators to stay in power.

Or in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fable[fable] form:


Once upon a time, there was a farmer with a farm.

One day, the animals on the farm started feeling a bit trapped, and started bumping against the fence to get out.

The farmer, however, was smart, and told the animals:


Careful! There is a wolf outside! If you go out, you will be eaten by the wolf!


The animals, were not that smart, and listened to the farmer, they were afraid!

From time to time, one of the animals would disappear (and without their knowledge, reappear on the farmer's dinner table).

But the farmer kept giving the animals delicious food without them making any effort, so they decided to believe the farmer's explanation that animal had escaped and been eaten by the wolf.

Maybe, there was actually a wolf outside. But if they had escaped, only some of the animals would have been eaten by that wolf.

But by staying on the farm, all the animals were, sooner or later, eaten one by one.


TODO source.

This theme is also highlighted in many well known works/events.

North Korea for example, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ForeignrelationsofNorthKorea[China's good and trusty friend], is just a caricatural level of this, since it manages to be more a <> than even China itself!

In fiction, <> is undoubtedly the most prominent example, in which the Party constantly switches from being at <> with one country to the other in a never ending https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perpetual_warperpetual war.

One of the best related quotes comes in Part Two, Chapter 9 when Winston reads Emmanuel Goldstein's subversive text, one of the chapters contains (emphasis by Ciro):

[[nineteen-eighty-four-war-is-peace]]


The war, therefore, if we judge it by the standards of previous wars, is merely an imposture. It is like the battles between certain ruminant animals whose horns are set at such an angle that they are incapable of hurting one another. But though it is unreal it is not meaningless. It eats up the surplus of consumable goods, and it helps to preserve the special mental atmosphere that a hierarchical society needs. War, it will be seen, is now a purely internal affair. In the past, the ruling groups of all countries, although they might recognize their common interest and therefore limit the destructiveness of war, did fight against one another, and the victor always plundered the vanquished. In our own day they are not fighting against one another at all. The war is waged by each ruling group against its own subjects, and the object of the war is not to make or prevent conquests of territory, but to keep the structure of society intact. The very word 'war', therefore, has become misleading. It would probably be accurate to say that by becoming continuous war has ceased to exist. The peculiar pressure that it exerted on human beings between the Neolithic Age and the early twentieth century has disappeared and been replaced by something quite different. The effect would be much the same if the three super-states, instead of fighting one another, should agree to live in perpetual peace, each inviolate within its own boundaries. For in that case each would still be a self-contained universe, freed for ever from the sobering influence of external danger. A peace that was truly permanent would be the same as a permanent war. This--although the vast majority of Party members understand it only in a shallower sense--is the inner meaning of the Party slogan: WAR IS PEACE.


This is also the first line of the party slogan, which perfectly resonates with the CCP:


WAR IS PEACE + FREEDOM IS SLAVERY + IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH


or in Part One, Chapter 3:


Since about that time, war had been literally continuous, though strictly speaking it had not always been the same war. For several months during his childhood there had been confused street fighting in London itself, some of which he remembered vividly. But to trace out the history of the whole period, to say who was fighting whom at any given moment, would have been utterly impossible, since no written record, and no spoken word, ever made mention of any other alignment than the existing one. At this moment, for example, in 1984 (if it was 1984), Oceania was at war with Eurasia and in alliance with Eastasia. In no public or private utterance was it ever admitted that the three powers had at any time been grouped along different lines. Actually, as Winston well knew, it was only four years since Oceania had been at war with Eastasia and in alliance with Eurasia. But that was merely a piece of furtive knowledge which he happened to possess because his memory was not satisfactorily under control. Officially the change of partners had never happened. Oceania was at war with Eurasia: therefore Oceania had always been at war with Eurasia. The enemy of the moment always represented absolute evil, and it followed that any past or future agreement with him was impossible.


The theme is also mentioned in <>, where a <> is used by governments to increase their power over the people.

https://youtu.be/74Mw3N6WxG0?t=174 Cant Get You Out of My Head S01E05 Part Five The Lordly Ones also (2021, BBC) mentions that a huge propaganda machinery was created to spread the fake news that <> was an evil western plot.

Duplicate pool: https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/issues?q=label%3Aevil-west+

Bibliography:

  • https://github.com/dessalines/essays/blob/master/us_atrocities.md

[[henri-meyer]] .French political cartoon from 1898 by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HenriMeyer[Henri Meyer] showing leaders of Western powers, Russia and Japan splitting up China between them. The CCP would arguably <>. Maybe the West deserves the CCP they helped create. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Chinaimperialismcartoon.jpg[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Chinaimperialism_cartoon.jpg[height=500]

===== Friendly West-China moments

====== United China Relief

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bettis_Garside
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/葛思德

United China Relief was the largest humanitarian effort in the United States to aid the Chinese people up to that time. The organization, which was renamed United Service to China (USC) after the Second World War, raised over US$50 million in donations over ten ten years.


.1942 billboard by United China Relief that reads "3,000,000 Chinese have given their lives for democracy. What have you given?" image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/UnitedChinaRelief3million_Chinese.jpg[height=400]

[[bias]] === Ciro Santilli and this page are completely biased against the Chinese Government!

<> prefers the term focused :-)

That being said, <> takes the agenda of information sources very seriously.

E.g. he tries to clearly classify <>.

If we had more <> content, then maybe this repository would be considered a more reputable source by Chinese people.

However, there are a few practical problems to that:

  • there is freedom of speech in the West and people can already see that information on newspapers who have a million times more viewers than this repo (and still obviously no conclusion was reached), there's no need to repeat that here + Conversely, bad China news are always OK because, because those are all censored in China and help Chinese people learn about it.
  • flooding <> posts is a primary <> tactic
  • <> information is already abundantly accessible to Chinese people in Chinese via any CCP media: <>.
  • <>, and notably <>. This is why the primary goal of this repo is the <>: it does not require changing people's opinions.

For those reasons, we currently forbid, posting several evil-West news without explaining why dictatorships handle it better. It would just generates more noise than signal.

If you do explain however why dictatorships/China handle it better, then the post is welcome.

Any political material that is censored by any country besides China, will also be readily accepted.

Any evidence of positive political progress towards freedom will also be added to this repo, e.g. people openly discussing politics online, human rights activists doing political stuff and not being put into jail, etc.

See also:

  • <>
  • <>

[[throne]] ==== Ciro Santilli's claim to the Qing Dynasty throne 三西猴清朝皇帝觊觎

Ciro Santilli's <>, her mother, and paternal cousin, believe that Ciro's wife is the descendant of the brother of a recent https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qing_dynasty[Qing emperor] through her father's family.

Although they have not been able to produce concrete evidence, which could be explained by the endless political turmoils in 20th century China, Ciro decided that this would be a good bet to take, and married her anyway.

If anyone is able to provide further evidence of this relationship, please, please, please get in touch.

One thing to keep in mind is that the Qing dynasty, like the previous Ming dynasty, used https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generation_nameGeneration names, such that the first character of the given name is the same for all people in a given generation (counted directly from the first emperor that adopted the rule.

For example, this wiki page contains a good family tree of the most important Qing people: link:++https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FamilytreeofChinesemonarchs(late)#Qingdynasty++[] and we see that many important people around 1861 were Zai 載something, e.g.: Zaichun, Zaiyi, Zaitian, etc.

The last emperor was Puyi, so Pu is the last well known mark. But there were others planned that never got used for after him as shown at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AisinGioro#Listofgenerationprefixes[].

  • Zai (before Pu)
  • Pu (wife's great-grandfather)
  • Yu (wife's grandfather)
  • Heng (wife's father)
  • Qi (wife)
  • Dao (wife's children). At least one thing is decided from this: Ciro's children Chinese names will all be Ai Dao Something.

The family tree that Ciro has reconstructed orally from his mother-in-law is:

  • Ciro's wife: ** Father: Ai Dayi (艾大义) born: 1932 in Shenyang *** Father: Ai Xikang (艾锡康) So why did he not use Yu? **** Father: Ai Pushan (艾溥?), so the Pu character is presumed from the generation name, to be the same generation as Puyi. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zaitao has a Pushen (溥伸), but he died at 13 years old in 1928, so its not the one. **** Younger brother 2: Ai Xiyuan (艾锡?) Professor at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NortheasternUniversity(China) Apparently had no Children. **** Younger brother 3: Ai Xicong (艾锡?) Graduated in law in Japan in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WasedaUniversity[Waseda University] Was the top official of the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NationalPoliceAgency(Japan) in China when it was occupied by Japan (警察廳长) Passed first by Taiwan. **** Younger brother 4: Ai Xiying (艾锡?) **** Younger brother 5: Ai Xifu (艾锡?) Together with Ai Xiying, they were went to the Republic of China Military Academy and were high ranking officials in the war against the Japanese in the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SecondSino-JapaneseWar. Later was a congressman in Taiwan. ** Younger sister: Ai Shiping (艾世?) ** Older brother: Zhao Yingjie. Studied law in Japan also at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waseda_University[Waseda University].

Many of them have had different names in different places/countries, notably many used the name 肇(Zhao) rather than 艾.

Further anecdotal indicators follow.

Ciro's wife and family are clearly of the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manchu_people[Manchu ethnicity] just by looking at them, and they originally lived in the North East of China

His wife's family name is the very unusual 艾, pronounced "ai4", which she claims is a reference to the 愛(also pronounced ai4) in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aisin_Gioro[愛新覺羅], which is the name of the Manchu ruling clan of the Qing dynasty.

Ciro's father-in-law, who he barely met, was very old when he had his daughter, and passed away before Ciro could talk a lot with him, which is consistent with the claims that he spent several years in jail during <> purges, see also: <>.

Bibliography:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HeadoftheHouseofAisinGioro
  • https://www.zhihu.com/question/34813921 现在清朝皇室的后代现状如何? What is the current status of the descendants of the Qing royal family?
  • https://www.quora.com/Are-there-any-descendants-of-the-Qing-Dynasty-left-currently
  • https://arxiv.org/pdf/1412.6274.pdf "Y Chromosome of Aisin Gioro, the Imperial House of Qing Dynasty" unknown year. Unfortunately Ciro's wife does not have an Y chromosome like her father. This does however mention the book used as a genealogy reference: https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/愛新覺羅宗譜.html?id=Pj4EAQAAIAAJ 愛新覺羅宗譜 On Douban: https://book.douban.com/subject/4162448/ gives ISBN 9787507713428 On Amazon unavailable: https://www.amazon.com/dp/7507713423[]. Lol this makes this repo show up at: https://paperswithcode.com/paper/y-chromosome-of-aisin-gioro-the-imperial

.Ciro Santilli's portrait as Qing emperor. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:清郎世宁绘《清高宗乾隆帝朝服像》.jpg[Original image]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/CiroSantilliportraitasQingemperor.jpg[height=600]

[[preconceived]] ==== Ciro Santilli has a preconceived opinion about China that cannot be changed 三西猴对中国成见很深,无法改变

<> tries to justify why he think China would be <>, but I know that ultimately all of this is useless.

Everyone's opinions are all determined genetically and by <>, and there is nothing he can do to change yours, or you change his.

From that point of view, all of this is just a cold blooded political game, in which Ciro tries to force the CCP to take down the Firewall: <>.

Ciro never gets mad about China, even if your opinion is contrary to his, and therefore wrong.

Using the <> is one of the reasons why Ciro never gets mad.

Ciro also has doubts about the efficiency of certain things I do as expressed throughout this FAQ, e.g. <>.

Also, Ciro have never said that anyone else is wrong.

In the end, he just end up thinking about new replies to things people say to him, and add them to this FAQ so that future replies will be faster to copy paste. See also: <>.

The real goal of any online discussion, is not to convince people, but rather to determine who is an ally and who is not, and get those allies together to defeat the commies.

[[flg-bias]] ==== Does Ciro Santilli support FLG just because his wife and mother-in-law do it?

Not consciously, Ciro thinks would likely support them even if I didn't have family ties to <>.

Likely he wouldn't have started this campaign if he didn't know them of course.

But of course, this is impossible to answer objectively.

Wouldn't you be rather upset if your <>?

But don't you think that <> getting completely squashed by the Party illustrates extremely well the dangers of the dictatorship?

Or if a <> and told the world about its horrors, would you just dismiss their claims due to their biased opinion?

With that in mind, Ciro tries his best to give FLG only the right level of exposure I think it deserves relative to other events, according to these guidelines: <>.

If more recent events of mass human rights violations happen, especially affecting in the order of tens of million people, I will probably rank higher than Falun Gong, this was the case for <> for example, even though it only affected a measly million.

==== Why did Ciro Santilli start his keyword attack?

The last straw that led <> to start the <> on <> was when on March 2015 his girlfriend's mother was arbitrarily kept 15 days in jail for doing <>. He posted about this at:

  • https://twitter.com/cirosantilli/status/579270450984984576
  • https://www.facebook.com/cirosantilli/posts/952661734753174

He then continued because he hate political <>, and because <>.

Every time Ciro thinks about this, he notices how stupid humans are. We see the forest fire smoke, and just never think that it will ever reach your home on the border of the forest.

Until it actually does, and then you are really fucked.

So in a sense it was a good thing that Ciro had this little backyard fire with this mother-in-law, as it woke him up further to how serious the CCP thread was, and led him to action.

Because before that, he was one of the majority who just constantly hears about the increasing mountain of evidence of human rights violations, and does nothing about it.

The https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DarkestHour(film)[Darkest Hour (2017) film] comes to mind: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xA1Uz_TMzhs[]. The movie shows that Britain was truly hesitant whether to negotiate or fight Hitler, even after the Nazis had already started invading other European countries, and would clearly not stop. Luckily, we are not at a position of war yet, and might never be due to nuclear weapons. But still, a similar blindness applies. <> woke up many people, but even then some haven't faced it.

[[ciro-santilli-mother-in-law-jail]] ===== Ciro Santilli's post when his mother-in-law was put into jail

Maybe some people would be happy if their mother-in-law were put into jail. But unfortunately, this wasn't the case for <>.

.<> with his soon-to-be mother-in-law before his wedding in 2017. Annoying? Sometimes. But threat to the fucking Chinese State? How fucked does your political system have to be for the answer to be a "yes"? image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/CiroSantilliwithhismotherinlawduringhisweddingin_2017.jpg[height=600]

====== Jail post en

My girlfriend's mother, a 63 year old lady, was kept 15 days inside a Chinese "correctional facility" because she does Falun Gong.

She had to stay all the time in a small room with a bed and a toilet, under video surveillance, being fed three meager meals a day.

I see Falun Gong https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falun_Gong as just another <> which causes no harm to its believers. The only reason that it is unofficially outlawed in China is because the communists fear it as a political competitor.

There was no trial and no explanation. She was going to take a train to visit her sister. But she didn't know that there was an important political event happening in the capital: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/12thNationalPeople's_Congress So the police at the station, who already knew she did Falun Gong, took her away.

When she came back home, the house had been searched and was all messed up. Her religious books and computer were missing.

I'm glad she was not physically harmed. I find it fascinating how even well educated Chinese support a government which simply does not represent some of its people. How will you feel <>?

====== Jail post zh

Translation by <>:

我女朋友的母亲,一位63岁的女士被监禁在一个中国的"劳教所",只因为她炼法轮功。

她被迫待在一个小屋子里面,只有一张床和一个排泄的地方,一直处在监视器下,每天两个窝头一碗只有几个白菜叶的汤。

我看过法轮功https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falun_Gong 只是一个和平的信仰,对相信它的人没有任何坏处。它在中国被非官方的定为违法(其实没有一项明确法律禁止),唯一的原因就是工产党害怕它是一个政治竞争对手。

没有审讯没有任何解释。她正准备坐火车去看她的姐姐。但是她并不知道那个时候有重要的政治会议正在首都进行:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/12thNationalPeople's_Congress 所以那些知道她炼法轮功的铁路警察把她带走了。

当她回到家中时,房子被搜查过了,四处一切混乱。她的信仰书籍和电脑都没有了。

我很庆幸的是她身体并没有受到伤害。我觉得很意思的是一些受过良好教育的中国人怎么能够迫害一部分它的人民的政府呢?如果这样的事情发生在你的家庭,而你什么都不能做,你会怎么想?

====== Jail post pt

Translation by myself:

A mãe da minha namorada ficou 15 dias num "centro de correção" chines porque ela faz Falun Gong.

Ela ficou o tempo todo num quarto pequeno com uma cama e banheiro, sobe videovigilância, recebendo 3 refeições pequenas por dia.

Para mim, o Falun Gong https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falun_Gong é apenas mais uma religião moderada que não causa nenhum problema para seus crentes. A única razão pela qual ele é proibido na China é porque os comunistas tem medo dele como competidor politico.

Não houve julgamento nem explicação. Ela ia pegar um trem para ver sua irmã, mas ela não sabia que teria um evento político importante na capital: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/12thNationalPeople's_Congress Então a polícia da estação, que já sabia que ela faz Falun Gong pegou ela.

Quando ela voltou pra casa, a casa tinha sido procurada pela polícia e estava uma bagunça. Os livros religiosos e seu computador foram confiscados.

Eu fico feliz apenas que ela não sofreu abuso físico. Eu acho fascinante como mesmo muitos chineses educados apoiam ainda um governo que não representa parte do povo. Como você vai se sentir quando algo do tipo acontecerá com a sua família, e você não pode fazer nada sobre isso?

===== Further details about Ciro Santilli's mother-in-law's persecution

March 2015: 15 days in jail for no reason: https://www.facebook.com/cirosantilli/posts/952661734753174

June 2017: 3 cops came to her house. She was there. They asked if she still did Falun Gong. She said yes. They took photos of her Falun Gong books / posters. They were polite.

October 2017: 7 - 8 cops came to her house at 11PM. They knocked the door strongly and made noise, and questioned neighbours of her whereabouts. Luckily she was not there.

=== China is fine as it is, stop making it worse

Welcome to the wonderful world of democracy, a world where people can have different political opinions than you :-)

If you are so fine, why are you reading this at all? Go back to being fine.

See also:

  • <>
  • <>

[[i-like-my-dictatorship]] ==== I like my Dictatorship 我喜欢我的独裁统治

Ciro Santilli can understand that.

It must feel good to have <> in the <>, and let the black police <>.

But when the dictatorship turns again you our your family, will you fight, or will you just let them do whatever they want because they can never be wrong? See also: <>.

And when your son <>, will you just smile and accept it?

See: <>

[[seventeen-moments-of-spring]] ===== Seventeen Moments of Spring (1973)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SeventeenMomentsof_Spring
  • https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Семнадцатьмгновенийвесны_(телефильм)

<> mini-series about about Stierlitz, who is an undercover Soviet spy acting as a Nazi officer in <>.

As a fun note, it seems that <> is a Stierlitz fan: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stierlitz#cite_note-Sakwa-5[], and Putin also served in Germany like Stierlitz, but in Dresden, which was in East Germany.

A scene from the awesome mini-series comes to mind when thinking about <>.

In Episode 7, Stierlitz travels on a train with a Nazi officer.

The war is almost over, and the desolate officer tells Stierlitz:


I told my children: I hate any democracy!

No democracy in our Reich!

Any democracy in our country is doomed to end up with one thing: the dictatorship of small shopkeepers.

The more freedom we have, the sooner we want to be controlled by SS troops again.

And then we want our the secret police back, and concentration death camps again, and the universal fear everywhere! Only then we feel calm and secure.

No need to prove your point of view in defending the fate of the homeland.

No responsibility.

Just raise your hand in honor of him, <>,

Just shout out "Hail Hitler!" and everything will become understandable.

No more worries.


.https://youtu.be/pc6DP1jNEec?list=PLHiAMOiVIvsD2u8g0RLwvdRScEe9yiUr5&t=1527 Seventeen Moments of Spring (1973), Episode 7, general confession scene. video::pc6DP1jNEec[youtube,height=400,width=600,start=2086]

It is amusing to see Soviet series criticizing dictatorships, given that the Soviet Union was itself a major dictatorship!

.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xoM6-1SWl4&t=191 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TheLivingDead(TVseries)[The Living Dead] Episode 1: On the Desperate Edge of Now by Adam Curtis (1995) describes how the <>, disilusioned by both <> and communism, built Nationalism by creating a mythical past. In Nationalism, the individuals would <>. video::4xoM6-1SWl4[youtube,height=400,width=600,start=191]

[[most-chinese-people-like-their-dictatorship]] ===== Most Chinese people like their dictatorship (中国大众支持他们的独裁)

It is easy to reach an agreement, when everyone who disagrees goes to jail or gets killed for to <> or <>.

Also ask the millions of people who were affected by <>, <>, <> or <>.

See also: <>.

One is reminded of the game https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WeHappyFew["We Happy Few" (2018)], which which people are forced to be happy. <> also comes to mind of course.

.Westerner: "How is life in China?" Chinese: "Oh, we can't complain." Westerner: "That's awesome." Chinese: "No, seriously... we can't." is a word play between the more common "we can't complain because everything is great" and "we can't complain because <> will <>". https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3933168[Source] image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Wecantcomplain.jpg[height=600]

[[goring-nuremberg]] .https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xoM6-1SWl4&t=1606 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TheLivingDead(TVseries)[The Living Dead] Episode 1: On the Desperate Edge of Now by Adam Curtis (1995) comments on how interviews with https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HermannGöringHermann Goring during the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nurembergtrials[Nuremberg trials] went: "Again and again, Jackson accused Goring of corruptly using his powers to commit crimes. Each time, Goring replied that such acts might be considered crimes in a democratic state, but that in Germany, democracy had failed. Eliminating the political opposition was necessary, to fulfill a higher principle: that of the Nation". Goring replies: "This was the only possible form of government at the time and it proved that Germany could be pulled out of the abyss of misery, poverty and unemployment and withing a short space of time be made flourish and bloom." This is exactly the justification given by the <> for oppressing minorities and <>: the CCP is indistinguishable from the <>. video::4xoM6-1SWl4[youtube,height=400,width=600,start=1606]

.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zndzntIDLFE IGN review of the "We Happy Few" (2018) game. video::zndzntIDLFE[youtube,height=400,width=600]

[[chilling-effect]] ====== Chilling effect (寒蝉效应)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chilling_effect
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/寒蟬效應_(法律)

It is really interesting to see how many people star the <>, and then a few minutes later they think about how they might get put in jail, and then unstar it. <> is able to see this because the star notification remains in the GitHub dashboard even after unstarring. This is very rare in his other repositories.

[[my-paranoia-as-a-russian-youtuber]] .https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hCdbsyWw0 "my paranoia as a Russian YouTuber" by <> (2020) talks about the <> video::-hCdbsyWw0[youtube,height=400,width=600]

[[intolerance]] ===== Most Chinese people don't care about the minorities

How can you be that certain that your children won't have dissident ideas and be punished unfairly for them?

Intolerance is a risky way to live. Everyone is part of one minority in one way. If all minorities were oppressed, everyone would be oppressed.

Dictatorships crush minorities much more than democracies.

Do think the majority of the Chinese people would vote to put 50 year old <> meditating <>, if the CCP hadn't made a huge propaganda campaign and used an iron fist?

Are the Chinese really that selfish to vote for this oppression, even as the <> would show videos of meditating old ladies in jail on national television? <> does not believe this.

Minorities are put in jail because the CCP fears them. Dictatorships can only survive if there is zero difference in opinion in the population.

The famous https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firsttheycame_...[First they came ...] text comes to mind in which <>:

[[first-they-came]]


First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out + Because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out + Because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out + Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me + and there was no one left to speak for me.


See also:

  • <>
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intolerance_(film)[Intolerance (1916) film]

====== This is Ciro Santilli's personal problem, we have nothing to do with it, stop punishing us for it

We have to fight for justice for our fellows, or else when injustice happens to us, no one will fight for use either: <>.

Every form of protest incurs some damage. E.g., if we manifest on the street, it generates a traffic jam.

<> doesn't like it, but he thinks it is worth it.

If you just work to make money and have a good life, without any plans to improve the government, you are just making the economy of the dictatorship stronger, then when they start a <> or kill yet another minority, blood will also be on your hands. See also: <>.

[[stability]] ====== If anyone disagrees with the government they must be punished to keep the stability of the country

Destroying diversity is the best way to reach a point where everyone can agree to start <>.

The CCP thrives on the excessive <>.

How can society improve, if we are never allowed to try new things out?

Change in democracies does not require <>. Violence happens because the government punishes any dissidence, even if pacific, to retain its own power.

In democracies, radical policy changes happen without dropping a single drop of blood. People vote, and policies change, end of the story. In https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JohnF.Kennedy[JFK's] words:


Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable


See also:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nonviolentrevolution#Asitrelatesto_democracy
  • https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/AddressontheFirstAnniversaryoftheAlliancefor_Progress

.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXRG7yiqR3I Passage of Kennedy's discourse that contains the quote "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable". video::Iwpr55PZEJ8[youtube,height=400,width=600]

=== There are bad things happening all over the world, why doesn't Ciro Santilli fight for those causes as well/instead?

We have to choose the one we think is the worst, and focus on it.

What is worse is a subjective choice. For <>:

  • he <>, see also: <>, and doesn't want it to get fucked further by the CCP
  • he hates dictatorships, and China is the largest one by population/GDP/link:https://www.ploughshares.org/world-nuclear-stockpile-report[nuclear stockpile], and therefore <>

Ciro <> and <> are not infinite.

However, it is good that different people have different interests, and someone will surely be fighting for whatever cause you care about.

See also:

  • <>
  • <>
  • <>

[[western-democracies-are-not-perfect]] ==== Western democracies are not perfect (西方的民主有很多缺点)

That is definitely true.

Nothing is perfect in this world.

<> just believes that they are way better than a <> like China, and that the Chinese government <>.

As link:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argumentfromauthority[Churchill] once brilliantly link:https://richardlangworth.com/worst-form-of-government[put it]:


Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.


However, this is all obviously subjective, and believing that dictatorship is a better form of government is also a valid belief.

If you find an event on a Western democracy that you would like to highlight, send a pull request.

We will not however include events that are not currently censored.

Every country did fucked-up things in the past, the question is if they currently allow discussion about it or not.

Posts that only mention <> non-censored events without adding anything to the discussion will be marked as <> and treated as such, since spamming those is the primary <> technique to stop intelligent discussion.

The reason why "Evil China" posts are not shitposts in general on the other hand, is that they have one specific purpose: <>.

This "Western censorship https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copypasta[copypasta] string" https://www.reddit.com/r/China/comments/gct0ox/allmoderationservicessuspendedforthenext_24/fpeends/[was posted automatically] by a bot during <> purge day:


North Dakota Access Pipeline Protests 北达科他州接入管道抗议 + Ferguson Riots 弗格森暴动 + 2017 St. Louis protests2017 年圣路易斯抗议活动 + Nuclear testing at Bikini Atoll 比基尼环礁的核试验 + Unite the Right rally 团结右集会 + Charlotte riots 夏洛特暴动 + Attack on the Sui-ho Dam 袭击穗河水坝 + Milwaukee riots 密尔沃基骚乱 + Shooting of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile 奥尔顿·斯特林和菲兰多·卡斯蒂利亚的射击 + Occupation of the Malheur NationalWildlife Refuge Malheur国家野生动物保护区的占领 + death of Freddie Gray 弗雷迪·格雷的死 + Shooting of Michael Brown迈克尔·布朗的拍摄 + death of Eric Garner, Oakland California 奥克兰奥克兰市埃里克·加纳(Eric Garner)逝世 + Operation Condor 神鹰行动 + Occupy WallStreet 占领华尔街 + My Lai Massacre 我的大屠杀 + St. Petersburg, Florida 佛罗里达州圣彼得堡 + Kandahar Massacre 坎大哈屠杀 + 1992 Washington Heights riots 1992年华盛顿高地暴动 + No Gun Ri Massacre 无枪杀案 + L.A. Rodney King riots 洛杉矶罗德尼·金暴动 + 1979 Greensboro Massacre 1979年格林斯伯勒大屠杀 + Vietnam War 越南战争 + Kent State shootings肯特州枪击案 + Bombing of Tokyo 轰炸东京 + San Francisco Police Department Park Station bombing 旧金山警察局公园站爆炸案 + Assassination of MartinLuther King, Jr. 小马丁·路德·金遭暗杀。 + Long Hot Summer of 1967 1967年炎热的夏天 + Bagram 巴格拉姆 + Selma to Montgomery marches 塞尔玛到蒙哥马利游行 + Highway of Death 死亡之路 + Ax Handle Saturday 星期六斧头 + Battle of Evarts 埃瓦茨战役 + Battle ofBlair Mountain 布莱尔山战役 + McCarthyism 麦卡锡主义 + Red Summer 红色夏天 + Rock Springs massacre 岩泉大屠杀 + Pottawatomie massacre 盆大屠杀 + Jeju uprising 济州起义 + Colfaxmassacre 科尔法克斯大屠杀 + Reading Railroad massacre 阅读铁路大屠杀 + Rock Springs massacre 岩泉大屠杀 + Bay viewMassacre 湾景大屠杀 + Lattimer massacre 拉蒂默大屠杀 + Ludlow massacre 拉德洛屠杀 + Everett massacre 埃弗里特屠杀Centralia Massacre 中部大屠杀 + Ocoee massacre Ocoee大屠杀 + Herrin Massacre 赫林大屠杀 + Redwood Massacre红木大屠杀 + Columbine Mine Massacre 哥伦拜恩矿难 + Guantanamo Bay 关塔那摩湾 + extraordinary rendition 非凡的演绎 + Abu Ghraib torture and prison abuse 阿布格莱布的酷刑和监狱虐待 + Henry Kissinger 亨利·基辛格 <>


See also:

  • <>
  • <>
  • <>
  • <>
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_imperialism

.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SigneWilkinson[Signe Wilkinson] 2017 Free Speech "Can you just move it so it doesn't cover them?" umbrella cartoon. Ciro once saw a <> post this. It made him smile. If the cartoon were about <>, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UncleSam[Uncle Sam] would be instead <>. Of course humans are <>, but at least that system makes it harder for them to oppress each other. http://www.cartoonistgroup.com/store/add.php?iid=161799[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Freespeechumbrella.jpg[height=400]

.At https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/issues/260 ((https://archive.ph/mtZeM[archive])a <> posted this image of <> protesters outside the American embassy in London in September 2008 protesting against the Guantanamo Bay camps. The wumao used this to criticize Guantanamo bay, saying that it was like <> but in the USA, apparently unaware that this was a staged protest. So it actually has the exact opposite effect than intended: because there is no <>, here people in the West can together to denounce something they don't like. Imagine if a crowd of 100 people in China got together to denounce the Xinjiang camps! They'd go to jail immediately. Furthermore as Ciro repeated a million times: Guantanamo bay detainees are not American citizens, and democracies cannot fully protect people who can't vote. In China however, no one can vote, so everyone can be oppressed. https://kids.britannica.com/students/assembly/view/171145[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/GuantanamobayprotestLondon2008.jpg[height=600]

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[[two-wrongs]] ===== Two wrongs don't make a right (积非成是)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twowrongsdon%27tmakea_right
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/積非成是

[[racist-west]] ===== The West is racist against black people (西方人对黑人有种族主义)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RacismintheUnitedStates
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/美国种族主义

Label: https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/issues?q=is%3Aissue+is%3Aopen+label%3Aracist-west[racist-west]

<> notably mention:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KillingofGeorge_Floyd[George Floyd]
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/乔治·弗洛伊德之死[乔治·弗洛伊德之死]

The murder video went viral and was not taken down (would have been in China), all four officers were charged, and the event sparked nation wide protests:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BlackLivesMatter
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/BlackLivesMatter (黑人的命也是命)

Of course there is racism in the West. And we must recognize that, and fight it.

But Ciro feels strongly that the Chinese are also obviously at least as racist against blacks, if not more, based on conversations he's had/overheard, and other circumstantial indications:

  • https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/apr/25/coronavirus-exposed-china-history-racism-africans-guangzhou

Oh, and the USA, and other Western countries besides Germany, were also racist against Jews, e.g. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RichardFeynman[Richard Feynman] could not be admitted in certain universities due to a https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewishquota[Jewish quota], even though he was not a believer himself, therefore based on race alone!

[[don-t-hire-blacks]] .https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d81mEbL8Yw8 Don't Hire Blacks - A Corporate Exposé of Racist Companies | The Chinese Tea | Chinese T | CCP | CPC by <> (21-09-2020) video::d81mEbL8Yw8[youtube,height=400,width=600]

===== Western democracies have invaded other countries and crushed separatism

Yes, <>.

What matters is that citizens can disagree with those actions, publicly say it, vote accordingly, and not go to jail, so that policy will be changed if the majority so wants.

In China, the minority controls the majority, and the majority cannot say anything even if they disagree.

If the majority wants to do evil however, evil will get done, it is impossible to prevent that.

People from other countries don't vote for your politicians in democracy. Therefore, democracies cannot protect them.

What democracy does do well is to <> into <>.

Do you really think <>?

<>. China is already invading its own citizens right now as of 2020 to obtain resources! <>. And it is using the exact same excuse as the American politicians: terrorism!

Even when the US invades another country, the people who support the US enemy can still pick up arms and fight. And Russia can send help if they want to annoy the Americans, making local resistance stand an actual chance. But when you oppress your own people, they are completely defenseless, and 100% certain to be fully oppressed, since no foreign country would risk world war 3 by sending help.

Do you really think that the CCP would give a fuck about invading other countries? And furthermore, China is specifically oppressing Islamic people in Xinjiang, exactly the same religion of people who live where? In the Middle East.

Xinjiang is China's Middle East.

The reason the USA has invaded countries in the Middle east and China hasn't yet is a mixture of:

  • the USA is more developed, and has greater fuel needs, and greater capacity to carry such a war. + Although as we've seen, they've been essentially losing those wars quite often now, by not saying long enough to establish a new stable government. + Part of their defeat is also due to <>, and increasingly China, helping the other side however.
  • the Middle East is full of dictatorships, and <> therefore it is more likely that they won't invade one another.
  • the Cold War is still fresh in the American mind. Oil is crucial to fight a war. Countries will do anything to survive, even if it means killing others.

<> is not saying that any of this justifies the actions of the Western powers in the Middle East. But simply that it has nothing to do with democracy or non-democracy.

See also:

  • <>
  • <>

[[hate-speech]] ===== Western democracies also censor subjects such as child porn and hate speech

First, child porn and hate speech are also banned in China, so shut up. <> is less free in <>.

Second, if you don't think child porn should be banned, there isn't much point in arguing with you.

Now, hate speech is a very complex subject. <> does feel that we should be very careful when banning hate speech, and he is not sure if it should be banned at all, as perhaps it might just make matters worse.

But of course, there is also censorship in Western democracies, and there is a gray area between what should be censored or not.

<> only argues that there is on type of speech that must never ever be <>: political speech.

This way, the majority can always discuss and vote to change what can be censored or not.

In China, however, trying to discuss such changes in laws <>, so bad laws cannot be changed. This lack of freedom <> that dicatorships are better because you see less conflict online. Which is great, until your human rights are violated, and you've got no one to talk to.

The lack of ability to discuss political problems leads to extremely serious problems:

  • <>: politicians can <> anything bad that they did to stay in power
  • <>: if the CCP leaders decide that a war must be made, everyone who opposes it will go to jail, and the war will be made
  • <>: if the CCP decides that <> is <>, this minority gets fucked

Deciding on hate speech, means having to decide what level of hardcoreness we are willing to accept, and there is no clear right or wrong answer.

For example, which of the following do you think should be banned:

  • This scientific study suggests that white people do less well in IQ tests.
  • This scientific study suggests that black people do less well in IQ tests.
  • I'm an idiotic irrational racist and I dislike white/black people. I won't kill them, but I dislike them, and I can't change that, I'm really sorry.
  • Let's all gather together and kill our black/white/gay/straight/Muslim/Christian neighbours tomorrow.
  • Let's all gather together and kill our oppressive dictator/president tomorrow.

Ciro believes that none of the above should ever be censored, because any form of "hate-speech censorship" immediately opens a precedent for political censorship.

If someone is idiotic enough to organize illegal acts like hurting someone publicly before doing it, it will just make it easier for them to get caught.

And if its just empty words, just block those idiots to not see their posts, or downvotes their posts to reduce their impact.

And if the majority supports idiotic acts like killing someone because of their race, it will get done in a democracy regardless, because that's what democracies do: they cater to what the majority wants.

There's not point in censoring them. Such censorship only makes things worse, as the perpetrators will use that as publicity for their cause.

See also:

  • <>
  • <>
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overton_window[Overton window]

====== Fake news

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fake_news
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/假新聞

When a government controls all information to make it look good, and no one can challenge it, you cannot trust any of the news produced by that country, as anything could be fake.

It is much better to have some fake news, but also few sources that are likely telling the truth.

<> is also extremely critical of Western social media companies such as <> and Facebook which have censored "fake news" from real legitimate accounts or real people, which is a point that Trump has justly criticized in Ciro's opinion.

If it is from a Chinese/Russian botnet, sure, destroy those accounts.

But from legitimate accounts of citizens? The people have to decide for themselves what is fake or real, not you, Twitter and Facebook. If the majority is made of idiots who believe in fake news, then so be it, that's how democracy works.

Censoring any citizen, no matter how stupid you think they are, creates a precedent for dictatorship, and even an <>.

More interesting case is: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KnightFirstAmendmentInstitutev._Trump[]. Ciro feels strongly that people who try to have meaningful discussions on Twitter should automatically lose a lawsuit, and that people should be able to block whoever they want from their personal controlled accounts or forums. It is only the companies who provide the forum service that must be neutral.

====== Unjust social media censorship in the West

  • Trump social media bans: ** 2021-03-31 https://www.forbes.com/sites/rachelsandler/2021/03/31/conservatives-blast-facebook-for-removing-trump-interview-with-daughter-in-law/ "Conservatives Blast Facebook For Removing Trump Interview With Daughter-In-Law". This perfectly illustrates why it is unreasonable to ban someone from social media. You end up having to ban anyone who supports them as well. ** 2021-01-09 https://techcrunch.com/2021/01/09/the-deplatforming-of-a-president/ "The deplatforming of President Trump" has an overview: Twitter permaban, Facebook indefinite time, Google store removed Parler from App Store, Apple store soon followed: https://techcrunch.com/2021/01/09/apple-suspend-parler-from-app-store/ <> censorehttps://techcrunch.com/2021/01/07/tiktok-bans-videos-of-trump-inciting-mob-blocks-stormthecapital-and-other-hashtags/ And Amazon announced a Parler block with 24 hours advance: https://techcrunch.com/2021/01/09/amazon-web-services-gives-parler-24-hour-notice-that-it-will-suspend-services-to-the-company/ + All of those banning should not be done. If the people want to rebel, they must be allowed to communicate and rebel.
  • 2020-10-12 https://techcrunch.com/2020/10/12/facebook-in-a-reversal-will-now-ban-holocaust-denial-content-under-its-hate-speech-policy/
  • 2020 https://www.forbes.com/sites/andrewsolender/2020/06/20/trump-says-he-wants-to-punish-flag-burning-with-a-year-in-prison/#4d00781b3404 "Trump Says He Wants To Punish Flag Burning With A Year In Prison". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flagdesecration#UnitedStates[]. If this were to pass, Ciro would be very temped to upload a GIF. Flag dessacration laws are bullshit.
  • 2020-08 Kevin Cernekee fired from Google for conservative views ** 2020-08-27 https://www.cnbc.com/2019/08/06/google-whistleblower-cernekee-pushed-alt-right-views-former-colleague.html "Internal Google memo claimed conservative whistleblower promoted alt-right views" ** It appears to be legal in the US for companies to fire employees based on political beliefs: + *** https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/can-employers-discriminate-based-on-political-beliefs-or-affiliation.html + <> however believes that discussing politics at work is not an efficient way to go about it, because you will be discussion amongst a small group of people since companies are opaque to the outside. Unless maybe if you feel that you employee is directly attempting to influence politics in a way that you feel is unfair. + Ciro believes without evidence that unfortunately anti-discrimination-hiring laws are likely inefficient, as it is too hard to convict anyone. And that providing equal education through scholarships to unprivileged groups and university entry selection where examiners cannot see the applicant's race is the only way.
  • YouTube ** 2020-12-09 https://www.theverge.com/2020/12/9/22165355/youtube-biden-election-victory-misinformation-rules-remove-content-oan "YouTube will now remove videos disputing Joe Biden's election victory". *** YouTube's announcement: https://blog.youtube/news-and-events/supporting-the-2020-us-election ** 2020-11-24 https://techcrunch.com/2020/11/24/youtube-suspends-and-demonetizes-one-america-news-network-over-covid-19-video/ "YouTube suspends and demonetizes One America News Network over COVID-19 video"
  • Facebook ** 2020-11-10 https://techcrunch.com/2020/11/09/parler-app-store-facebook/ "'Free speech' social network Parler tops app store rankings following Biden's election win"
  • Twitter ** 2021-01-08 https://blog.twitter.com/en_us/topics/company/2020/suspension.html "Permanent suspension of @realDonaldTrump" Archive of suspended account: https://archive.vn/SSHX6 ** 2020-10-06 https://www.vox.com/recode/2020/5/28/21273241/section-230-explained-trump-social-media-twitter-facebook "Section 230, the internet free speech law Trump wants to repeal, explained". While repealing the law entirely would be stupid, Trump is right that it has given platforms too much control over the media. <>, or explicitly illegal material, social media platforms should never remove or comment on any content. ** 2020-05-29 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-52846679 Twitter "hides Trump tweet for 'glorifying violence'". The people elected that idiot, Twitter leftists have to swallow that. ** 2021-01-11 https://www.irishexaminer.com/world/arid-40204808.html "Angela Merkel sees Twitter's cancelling of Donald Trump as 'problematic'"
  • Amazon ** Twitch 2021-04-07 https://techcrunch.com/2021/04/07/twitch-off-platform-harassment-policy/

Minor:

  • https://techcrunch.com/2021/04/30/basecamp-employees-quit-ceo-letter/ 2021-04-31 Basecamp sees mass employee exodus after CEO bans political discussions

[[politically-incorrect]] ====== Censorship of "politically incorrect speech"

<> strongly believes that this is a problem with Wester social media. For example in <> Stack Overflow forbade Ciro from saying:


I think Trump is disgusting as a person


because they thought Trump would become sad and cry.

Western governments should pass laws that prevent this kind of arbitrary political censorship by companies.

But of course as usual: <>.

[[please-enjoy-this-politically-correct-cartoon]] ."Please enjoy this culturally ethnically religiously and politically correct cartoon responsibly" cartoon by Michael Shaw from the New Yorker (2006) makes a reference to the fact that all humour is a criticism of something, and that excessive political correctness can be used as a way to limit free speech. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Pleaseenjoythispoliticallycorrect_cartoon.jpg[height=400]

.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiqDZlAZygU Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean) defending freedom of speech in the context of the http://reformsection5.org.uk/[Reform Section 5] campaign to remove all criminalization of insults. The campaigns slogan was "Feel free to insult me!". He then quotes: "The strongest weapon against hateful speech is not repression, it is more speech" from https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/the-press-office/2012/09/25/remarks-president-un-general-assembly[an Obama speech]. video::BiqDZlAZygU[youtube,height=400,width=600]

.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNjYSns0op0 Munk Debate on Political Correctness (2018) features Stephen Fry and Jordan Peterson speaking against political correctness. Those dudes are awesome. https://youtu.be/rJOMYEXK6cs?t=150 summarizes it well. video::MNjYSns0op0[youtube,height=400,width=600]

===== Western society is extremely unequal

Exactly! And this is something <> fights daily against through his open source contributions.

And politicians don't really care enough. Partially because:

  • the poor don't have access to proper education and vote less often
  • corporations pay for their election campaigns
  • many of the politicians are rich themselves

But do you really think that further increasing the power concentration as done is China is going to help reduce inequality?

If so, you have been <>. Increasing the concentration of power <> and <>, never less.

.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHFrhIAj0ME Can't get you out of my head - Part 1 (2021) documentary by Adam Curtis for the BBC. This awesome documentary suggests and explains why Western politicians care less and less about the people, and why Western companies have gained more and more power. It also mentions how after China gave up on communism and became a capitalist country, it completely lost any guiding ideal. The West still had the ideal of democracy. But for China, there was only one thing left: money. Our dear <> is of course doing his best to instill nationalism into China to fill that void. What could <>? video::MHFrhIAj0ME[youtube,height=400,width=600]

[[life-of-brian-1979]] ===== Life of Brian (布莱恩的一生, 1979)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MontyPython%27sLifeofBrian
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/蒙提·派森之布莱恩的一生

This movie was almost banned in Britain at the time due to lobbying by Christian groups as shown in <>.

Key scenes:

  • <>

====== The secret Life of Brian (2007)

Documentary about <>.

Key points:

  • <>

video::hdU_6jUQI9s[youtube,height=400,width=600]

[[snowden]] ===== Snowden (斯诺登)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Snowden
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/爱德华·斯诺登

Censoring anyone who says "my president is shit", which is what China does, is much, much more serious than censoring intelligence leaks.

The problem with dictatorships, is that they make every information that makes them look bad a "state secret". Including any information that hundreds of thousands of people have witnessed, or economic performance metrics! See also: <>.

The level of unknown surveillance that Snowden uncovered is a bad thing about the US.

Snowden's prosecution was inevitable. Countries need secret services. Secret services need laws that prevent leaking classified information that was produced by government officials.

<> has never and will never criticize China or any other country for spying or prosecuting spies.

If Snowden were Chinese, the Chinese government would ban talking about him or anything he uncovered. A <> with "Snowden" in the West has no effect.

It is obvious that the level of surveillance in any dictatorship will be infinitely higher, since the Government has much more power and no-one can criticize.

On the West however, the debate Snowden sparked cannot be censored, and has helped to control excessive and secret state power.

Ultimately, Ciro thinks camera surveillance is somewhat inevitable, because people will always want to fight crime and terrorism and surveillance technology keeps getting cheaper and cheaper.

He is however strictly against the ban of cryptography.

He also believes that a good solution to balance out government power is the <>. It is better to have more school shootings and less full-blown dictatorship led genocides / mass human rights violations.

In 2019 China amusingly censored passages Snowden's "Permanent Record" autobiography book, which Snowden then published on Twitter:

  • https://twitter.com/snowden/status/1194092273170038784 (https://web.archive.org/web/20191112083232/https://twitter.com/snowden/status/1194092273170038784[archive])
  • https://www.reddit.com/r/China/comments/dv5q8o/chinacensorsedwardsnowdensnewbookhe/ (https://web.archive.org/web/20191112083147/https://www.reddit.com/r/China/comments/dv5q8o/chinacensorsedwardsnowdensnewbookhe/[archive]).

As a https://www.reddit.com/r/China/comments/dv5q8o/chinacensorsedwardsnowdensnewbookhe/f7axckl/[Redditor put it]:


I don't think they understand that what Snowden stands for is completely the opposite of what the Chinese gov is lol


Snowden then later released the entire Chinese version of the book for free online with the censored parts underlined: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2020/02/10/snowdenchinacensorship (https://web.archive.org/web/20200213001653/https://www.theregister.co.uk/2020/02/10/snowdenchinacensorship[archive]), link to the book: link:++https://a.temporaryrecord.com/PermanentRecord-CNeditionwithunderlined_redactions.pdf++. One wonders why he didn't just do that in the first place for all versions, maybe he needed to pay the writer that helped him?

.Snowden highlighted defects on abuses of power in a Western democracy, and the discussion he sparked helped to control such abuses. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Edward_Snowden-2.jpg[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Snowden.jpg[height=400]

===== Bad things have been done in the name of freedom

E.g.: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/September11attacks[September 11th].

Bad things have been done in the name of anything.

It's just that <>, <> <> are done without freedom than with it.

Democracies cannot necessarily protect weak countries from powerful ones either. No political system can do that, because humans are trash essentially.

What democracy do is to protect its own people against its own government. Because when the government turns against part of the population in a dictatorship, that part of the population gets crushed entirely, without any chance to fight, because they don't have an army or ally countries like other countries do.

Here are some images that <>'s like to post:

  • Left Right Slaughterhouse comic: https://9gag.com/gag/ayn7KmW?ref=fbp

[[ccp-evil]] === Is the Chinese government evil? 中国共产党是邪恶吗?

Obviously not, just <> and <>.

It is just another non-democratic empire like the Qing Dynasty, we might as well cal it:


共产朝 + The Communist Dynasty


Expression previously mentioned at: https://web.archive.org/web/20161025220242/http://tieba.baidu.com/p/752094668

Like any other organization and individual everywhere in the entire world, they are just doing everything that they can to maintain their own power.

It just happens that China's the current is political system allows the CCP to do really bad things.

And it should also be noted that <> that China currently has this shitty system.

<> thinks otherwise of course, they think the CCP is actually made up of real actual devils in some dimension: <>. E.g. on the https://endccp.com/ Falun Gong lead campaign:


The demon CCP has plundered the ancient land of China


==== Chinese politicians really care about the Chinese citizens

Sometimes people say Ciro Santilli is naive.

Politicians are the same all over the world.

Some might have good intentions, but most don't give a shit about anyone else.

But all must play a careful political game, and sometimes betray their own beliefs to not lose power entirely.

Even those that genuinely care might have to play such political games.

China's problem is not its politicians.

It's the current shitty political organization, which allows/convinces those politicians to do really bad things: <>, <> and <>.

Western politicians don't care about the people either: <>. But at least they have to pretend a little.

By John Kenneth Galbraith, possibly based on an earlier <> joke https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/ocasio-cortez-capitalism-quote/[]:


Under capitalism, man oppresses man. Under socialism, it's just the opposite.


==== Is Chinese politician X evil?

The term evil does not make sense unless you are <>.

The best definition of evil is a psychopath with zero empathy for anyone: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychopathy although this can be better characterized as a disease or extreme personality trait.

The huge majority of those politicians are just regular dudes with a knack for politics but brought up in a fucked up political situation.

Just like you, Ciro Santilli and other politicians in any country.

See also: <>.

[[nazi]] === Comparisons between the CCP and Nazi Germany (纳粹德国)

As of 2020, the <> is much more like Nazi Germany than it is like the <>.

We must however be careful not to demonize the Nazis, as that is not a helpful way to learn from the past.

The Nazis were also people like us, and that is the scary thing we must never forget, thus we should never fall for:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ReductioadHitlerum[Reductio ad Hitlerum]
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/希特勒歸謬法[希特勒归谬法]

Keywords:

  • Xitler (习特勒). 习 "xi2" is very close in sound to the Chinese name of Hitler: https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/阿道夫·希特勒希特勒
  • Chinazi (赤纳粹). TODO why 赤. Means Red, but where else is it used?

The most notable aspect is the persecution of minorities of course, notably <> and <> which closely ressembles that of the Jews, see also: <>.

See also: <>.

Articles:

  • http://yashalong.blog.caixin.com/archives/188877 这么好的人民,不倒点霉都对不起他们 "These are such good people, if they have a bit of bad luck, excuse them." article by yashalong 押沙龙 published on <>. The article discusses how Nazi Germany propaganda worked, without mention to the CCP, but it was still apparently https://www.bannedbook.org/bnews/baitai/20190816/1175647.html[banned in China].

https://www.southbankresearch.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2020/01/ZHA-issue-2510-free.pdf has a good quote:


Would you have stood up to Hitler when he came to power? Or would you have been an appeaser, like Chamberlain? Or perhaps even a supporter of fascism, like the Daily Mail's owner at the time?

We all like to imagine we're courageous enough to stand up to tyranny and persecution. That we would have stood up to the villains of the past. Seen them for what they really were, even helped rescue their victims from danger. We certainly don't like to think we would have bought their goods or funded, invested in their economies...

Well today, you're going to find out what you're made of.


TODO some failed attempts at ASCII art flags:

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.Photoshopped <> with raised fist with Nazi uniform and flag on the background. https://www.reddit.com/r/HongKong/comments/cuf3p7/chinazixitler/[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/XiNaziwarflag.jpg[height=400]

.Likely original or similar image of <> with raised fist as he took oath when coming into or renewing office. http://www.china.org.cn/opinion/2018-03/19/content50723040.htm[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Xiraised_fist.jpg[height=400]

.German's 1938-1945 war flag called the "War Ensign of Germany" in English or "Reichskriegsflagge" in German. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reichskriegsflagge[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Naziwarflag.png[height=400]

.Hitler has of course a few raised fists on Google Images, but they tend to be more aggressive, and less compatible with Xi's apathic poker face. https://bodylanguageproject.com/xarticles/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Hitler-4.jpg[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Hitlerangryrehearsal.jpg[height=400]

.Photoshopped cover of Mein Kampf with Xi's face on top of Hitler's and other modifications such as Mian instead of Mein, likely the same 面 (mian4, face) as the Chinese character at the bottom right. <> also comes to mind. https://foreignerinformosa.typepad.com/theforeignerinformosa/2017/07/president-xitler-of-china-murders-political-dissident-liu-xiaobo.html[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Ximein_kampf.jpg[height=400]

.Original cover of Mein Kampf. link:++https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:AdolfHitler-MeinKampf(855.Auflage,1943).pdf++[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Meinkampf.jpg[height=400]

.Photoshopped photo of Hitler giving the Nazi salute from a car with Himmler on the background with Xi's face on top of Hitler's. https://chinhdangvu1.blogspot.com/2017/09/xitler-chinazism.html[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/XiNazicarsalutephotoshop.jpg[height=400]

.Original photo of Hitler giving the Nazi salute from a car with Himmler on the background. https://www.nationalww2museum.org/war/articles/heinrich-himmler-holocaust[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/HitlerHimmlersalute.jpg[height=400]

.Chinazi flag by <<2019-hong-kong-anti-extradition-bill-protests,Hong Kong protesters>>. Seen https://chinadigitaltimes.net/chinese/2019/08/【盛世一景】赤纳粹旗(chinazi-flag)/[on streets]. https://www.reddit.com/r/HongKong/comments/dbrken/googlebombchinaflagsearchqueryintochinazi/[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Chinaziflag.png[height=400]

.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wD53MEbLDIE <> video "Can We Compare China to Nazi Germany?" published on 2020-04-29. Good side-by-side video comparisons. Says that China is more like Nazi than <>, but Ciro disagrees, all three are <>. video::wD53MEbLDIE[youtube,height=400,width=600]

.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hn1VxaMEjRU https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MitchellandWebb[Mitchell and Webb] "Are we the Baddies?" Nazi Sketch. In this sketch, Mitchel, a cute self-conscious Nazi, starts to wonder with Webber, his Nazi friend, if they aren't on the side of evil, particularly due to the usage of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Totenkopf[Nazi skulls (Totenkopf)] on their uniforms. This echoes <>. Like the CCP, many Nazis thought of course that they were doing great things. video::hn1VxaMEjRU[youtube,height=400,width=600]

[[hitler-has-only-got-one-ball]] ==== Hitler Has Only Got One Ball (希特勒只有一个蛋)

We have to make a <> version of this!!!

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HitlerHasOnlyGotOne_Ball[Hitler Has Only Got One Ball] ** https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/希特勒只有一个蛋[希特勒只有一个蛋]
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PossiblemonorchismofAdolfHitler[Possible monorchism of Adolf Hitler]

.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1tF-Yrwe3U A version of the "Hitler Has Only Got One Ball" song. video::w1tF-Yrwe3U[youtube,height=400,width=600]

.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1DWJQkOJew The Armstrong and Miller Show "Hitler Has Only Got One Ball" sketch depicts in a funny way the imaginary creation of the song. video::Y1DWJQkOJew[youtube,height=400,width=600]

=== Contributing guidelines

[[shitpost]] ==== I want to take my chances and make a shitpost in cirosantilli/china-dictatorship (屎帖子)

So, have you reached the conclusion that your https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shitposting[shitpost] is link:CONTRIBUTING.md[worth the risk of getting blocked]?

Remember that shitposts can also be creative: if you are going to insult Ciro Santilli, at least do it in a creative way, or else you look like an even bigger idiot than you really are.

A collection of shitposts for you to take inspiration from can be found at: https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/issues?q=label%3Ashitpost+

Also, when opening a shitpost you may mark it clearly such with the shitpost issue template which automatically assigns the shitpost label. Doing so will make you look like less of an idiot.

While we require polite replies to polite posts, no matter what which side they are defending, if a post is marked as a shitpost, things are much more relaxed and fun, and you can generally get away with telling the OP to fuck themselves link:CONTRIBUTING.md[without getting blocked].

.Real shit photos may be posted in reply to shitposts. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:HumanFeces(cropped).jpg[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Shit.jpg[height=400]

.Amazing shitposts may recieve a Golden Shit award and the https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/labels/golden-shit[golden-shit label]. The image is from a Japanese https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinnounko[Kin no unko (金のうんこ)], which is likely inspired by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sycee[golden Sycees]. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kinnounko.jpg[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Kinnounko.jpg[height=500]

.To censor or not to censor good shitposts: that is not the question, <> will never censor them! https://imgur.com/gallery/rA0K90g[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Like_shitposts.jpg[height=600]

[[caonima]] .The legendary https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GrassMudHorse[Grass Mud Horse (草泥马, caonima)] is also said to appear in shitposts from time to time. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Caonima.jpg[height=600]

==== I am going to write a huge wall of text to prove my point

Feel free to do that, but no one will ever read most of it.

If you want your comment to be read, choose your key point well, and deliver it.

It is a shame that most people who are ever able to do that are <>, but credit where credit is due.

==== Can I contact Ciro Santilli in Chinese?

If you don't know English well enough, that's fine though, go for Chinese, Ciro Santilli will likely understand it: <>.

But if you do, use English.

Ciro is not going to learn Chinese because of your message.

It is more productive for you to write in English, so that the rest of the West can also learn something new.

Especially since it seems that most Chinese already know what you are talking about, so you are better off teaching Western people about it.

[[slang]] ===== I am going to use a bunch of Chinese slangs because it makes me feel smart 我知道网络语言,我很聪明

Obviously, if you want to be understood, use simple and standard Chinese, since as Ciro has already stated clearly, his Chinese sucks: <>.

Avoid slangs, otherwise Ciro might not have patience to Google your useless slangs down <> questions.

Of course, if you have to read this, you likely are not going to say anything useful in the first place, so not reading your post is likely fine, just make sure to mark it as a <> if you don't want Ciro to think you are a complete idiot.

Using slangs makes some people feel smart due their advanced knowledge of a specific subculture, or makes them feel part of that subculture to gather allies. I.e., it is a form of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shibboleth[shibboleth]. It mainly comes down to a way of avoiding any rational conversation about China's obvious problems by highlighting <>.

Or maybe they just want to waste Ciro's time.

Such idiots don't see however that every major slang is Googleable, and that every overly obscure slang is already not understandable by a large part of the Chinese population, and won't be understood by anybody in 5 years, so that you are wasting your time writing this gibberish. But since you are an idiot, it's not like you have anything better to do with your time, so maybe it doesn't matter.

If you want to efficiently prevent anyone from understanding your stuff, Ciro recommends that you just use SHA-256 instead:

.... $ printf 'heil xi' | sha256sum 286b183bf41d6c9de5315bbd64f1ca35a58157ae2e7f38086978c108e67c4882 - ....

A Chinese insult tip 101, avoid similar sound euphemisms. If you are going to say shit at least grow some balls or tits and use the proper characters, Ciro will respect you more for it:

  • 屄 cunt, most often for https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/傻屄[傻屄] ** 逼 *** "sb" *** "B": https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/issues/105
  • 肏 fuck: 操
  • 傻 idiot: 沙
  • 屌 dick: 屌

Places to try and decrypt Internet slang when you feel like wasting your time:

  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/中国大陆网络用语列表 ** "网络用语" is the most common word for "Internet Slang", so also useful for Google searches ** https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ChineseInternetslang

Random slangs of interest and related concepts:

  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/火星文火星文. This figures for example in the language rules of the <> joke board: https://www.ptt.cc/bbs/joke/M.1602005687.A.E4D.html (禁止使用簡體字、注音文、火星文、外國語言或其他無法直觀理解之內容作為文章主體).

Some useful slangs seen on the wild:

  • 敏感瓷: 敏感词 sensitive words, phonetic approximation
  • "emm" https://www.zhihu.com/question/288002941

GitHub issue label: https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/issues?q=label%3Ai-know-slangs-i-smart+

[[vagina]] .A https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VaginaVagina also known as cunt (屄), is the female reproductive organ, including the naturally occurring black hole that appears in front of it whenever a picture is taken to prevent <> from taking down this page. Even though <>, there's no need to be afraid of it, and refer to it in euphemisms like "SB". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Rugaevaginales.jpg[Background source] and https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:BlackHoleMilkyway.jpg[black hole source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Rugaevaginaleswithblack_hole.jpg[height=400]

[[shina]] ====== Shina (zhina, 支那)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shina_(word)
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/支那

Derogatory or humorous way to refer China. Occurrences:

  • <>

[[internet-number-slang]] ====== Internet number slang (网络数字语言)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ChineseInternetslang#Numeronyms
  • https://baike.baidu.com/item/网络数字语言#2 on <>
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numeronym

https://newrepublic.com/article/117608/chinese-number-websites-secret-meaning-urls highlights how numeric emails and URLs are especially popular in China, in part due to the ASCII/West-centrism of web standards: https://www.quora.com/What-is-126-com-and-why-are-they-the-owner-of-millions-of-good-domain-names/answer/Ciro-Santilli

Examples in this page:

  • <> is an example that is not phonetic, but just about meaning
  • 六四 used to refer to <>
  • https://www.12321.cn/web and http://12377.cn from <> are likely examples where older well known official phone numbers were just directly converted to URLs

Bibliography:

  • https://www.fluentu.com/blog/chinese/2017/10/16/chinese-number-slang/
  • https://www.quora.com/What-does-126-and-163-mean-in-Chinese-language

=== Personal questions about Ciro Santilli

==== Has Ciro Santilli you ever lived in China?

Not as of 2019, he has only visited once in 2012, and it was <>.

.Ciro Santilli with a stone carved https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Budai[Budai (布袋和尚)] in the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:MaitreyaanddisciplescarvinginFeilaiFengCaves.jpg[Feilai Feng caves (飞来峰)] near the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LingyinTemple[Lingyin Temple (灵隐寺)] in Hangzhou taken during his legendary 2012 touristic trip to China. Will he ever be able to go to China again to re-experience such marvelous locations? If the CCP falls before he dies, and if the statue hasn't been destroyed by the commies, Ciro will return to that exact spot and take a second picture. How will he look like? image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/CiroSantilliwithastonecarvedBudaiintheFeilaiFengcavesneartheLingyinTempleinHangzhouin_2012.jpg[height=500]

But he doesn't think it is a good idea for him to do that now, in case his Visa got accepted, because he is not interested in learning about the Chinese jail system! :-)

He knows that if you don't mind contributing to making <> deadlier and shut up and obey the CCP, China is already a fine place to live as much as any other developing country.

===== Would Ciro Santilli like to live in China?

If the dictatorship ends, <> would like to <> if given a decent job to help China develop and become awesomer.

Before the Dictatorship, Ciro likely won't be able to enter/it wouldn't be a good idea: <>.

And it is immoral to help make dictatorships richer by working for their companies: <>.

===== Would Ciro Santilli be able to visit China before the CCP ends?

It would be interesting to apply for a VISA to find out.

But Ciro won't do it because it is too risky that it would be a waste of Ciro's precious <>.

Firstly, https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-45812399[Jamal Khashoggi] taught us that walking into enemy into consulates of enemy countries is a bad idea.

Then, even if the VISA were accepted, Ciro could still be turned back on entering the country, thus wasting the flight time and money. This could either be a genius plot to waste the money of enemies of the state, or due to a crappy divided IT system between the border control and the VISA people.

Finally, even after the border, there is still the possibility that Ciro could be stopped in the country half-way through the visit and sent back, or be interrogated for a few days, or less likely murdered with poison.

Therefore, if you think that living in China is fundamental to understand it, please just explain what you think one can learn from the experience instead. Do you really need to live there to see its censorship machine working? It would arguably be harder to see it from the inside.

See also: <>.

Bibliography: https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/issues/93

[[is-ciro-santilli-chinese]] ==== Is Ciro Santilli Chinese? 三西猴是中国人吗?

See: https://cirosantilli.com/#ciro-santilli

And it does not matter: <>.

But <>.

[[does-ciro-santilli-speak-chinese]] ==== Does Ciro Santilli speak Chinese? 三西猴会说中文吗?

As of 2019, oral enough for daily things, but not understand most natural casual dinner conversation or watch TV series, because they go too quickly into vocabulary subject areas that he doesn't know. And obviously, using <> just makes things really hard.

When it matters, and with some patience, he can make himself understood though with https://xkcd.com/thing-explainer/some analogies and a dictionary.

From the HSK vocabulary list, he estimates that he is definitely HSK 3, but not quite HSK 4. This would likely equate A2/B1 in the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CommonEuropeanFrameworkofReferenceforLanguages[European system].

Phonetics wise, Ciro can't distinguish or produce a few sounds, notably

-ing
vs
-in
and his off-tone rate is high, but it tends to not matter at all compared to his lack of vocabulary. Except for his <>, who sometimes does not understand it at all without correct tones!

Ciro reads with link:https://www.perapera.org/[Perapera] when he wants to learn new words/has patience/something is very important, and can basically understand everything in that way. TODO perapera support stopped in 2021: https://www.perapera.org/plugins/ and since browsers don't have stable API's it very quickly stopped working for everyone. Alternatives asked at: https://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/questions/78268/on-mouse-hover-pop-up-chinese-dictionary-browser-extension-alternative-to-perape/ https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/zhongwen-chinese-english/kkmlkkjojmombglmlpbpapmhcaljjkde[Zhongwen] worked, source at https://github.com/cschiller/zhongwen

When he has no patience or for larger not very important chunks of text though, he reads with Google Translate as it tends to work, and then if there is an important sentence that was translated to garbage with Perapera.

Ciro writes with a mixture of link:https://www.pleco.com/[Pleco], Google translate and Googling to see if Chinese actually say the sentences that way, never Google translate alone as it would be too imprecise.

Ciro really wishes he could learn more Chinese. Ciro really loves the Chinese language. But he has other more important endeavors at the moment. There simply aren't enough hours in a day.

Spoken Chinese is in Ciro's opinion a relatively easy language to learn from scratch, because word formation is so often logical:, e.g.:

  • volcano = fire + mountain: 火山(huo shan)
  • train = fire + car: 火车 (huo che), a reference to old https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steam_locomotive[steam locomotives]

and there is no useless crap like https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grammaticalconjugation[verb grammatical conjugation], https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grammaticalgender[grammatical gender], https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plural[plural inflection], capitalization, etc. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latinosineflexione[latino sine flexione] anyone?)

Ciro <> because <>, but he did learn some of the most common ones without trying.

Ciro initially learnt from book that come with audio recordings in the first 6-months to 1 year in 2010, but that got impossibly boring afterward, so he later moved to just basically talking as much as possible non-important things to <>, and whenever he reaches one that he doesn't know that seems useful, he Plecos it up or just 怎么说 to his <> and then Pleco.

It should also be mentioned that Ciro also feels that it would be better if all countries more officially adopted English as an international language that everyone should learn for reasons explained at: https://cirosantilli.com/#having-more-than-one-natural-language-is-bad-for-the-world

[[chinese-characters-are-insane]] ===== Chinese characters are insane (汉字是疯狂的)

Maybe the commies for once <> by introducing https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SimplifiedChinesecharacters[simplified Chinese characters (简化字)]?

But they should have gone further and reduced it to pinyin like the Korean and Vietnamese did, this will make your culture much easier to export.

No foreign adult will every learn to read and write Chinese unless they are completely obsessed by the culture or need it as part of their jobs. And even then, they will avoid it at all costs, because life is just too short!

Japanese https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Furigana[furigana] also comes to mind. The characters are so insane that you need a well specified and widely used phonetic reading aid!

Yes, ideograms are:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_calligraphy[beautiful]
  • https://chinese.stackexchange.com/questions/2003/can-chinese-readers-scan-large-amounts-of-text-faster-more-accurately-than-their[maybe you can read faster]
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HorizontalandverticalwritinginEastAsianscripts[vertical text (纵排)] is beautiful. ** the top to bottom aspect is obviously due to the binding of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bambooandwoodenslipsbamboo and wooden slips ** TODO but why right to left? Left to right makes more sense as you don't put your hand on top of the most recent ink: https://www.quora.com/Why-are-Chinese-characters-individually-written-from-left-to-right-yet-in-ancient-times-sentences-of-Chinese-characters-were-written-and-read-from-right-to-left ** but is it more efficient? https://www.zhihu.com/question/22104723[Zhihu], https://www.quora.com/Can-literate-Chinese-people-easily-read-vertical-writing[Quora]). ** https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HorizontalandverticalwritinginEastAsianscripts#Right-to-lefthorizontal_writing also clarifies that traditional shop signs are also right to left, and it is just a sub-case of the usual right to left script, but with a single row
  • more historically stable, and you can still read/learn more or less quickly to read https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HistoryoftheChineselanguage[texts written more than two thousand years ago]
  • it takes up way less horizontal space as Ciro noticed while adding bilingual captions to some of the images under https://gitlab.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship-media see e.g.: https://raw.githubusercontent.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship-media/master/Xidan_Wall.jpg ** on the other hand, you have to use slightly larger fonts for Chinese, because the characters are so dense that if they are not tall enough they become unreadable. Still, the area is much smaller without a doubt.
  • single character emoticons like "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jiong[囧]", before the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emoticons(Unicodeblock)[Emoticons Unicode block]! Yes, when your language has a character so useless that it becomes an emoticon, maybe you should start to worry that something went wrong somewhere... See also <>.

but they just take too much time for any sane person adult to learn, it's harder than {cpp}!

<> smirked when he came across the character "蒄" in Pleco, and the translation was: "meaning unknown (herb mentioned in old books)". Yes, at the word level, the same like exists in phonetic systems, but that it takes up a modern dictionary and Unicode slot is still funny.

Posts that express similar ideas:

  • <>

.The "fictional" Chinese character "Dou" from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncyclopedia[Uncyclopedia] is roughly translated as "Impossibly complex pictogram-based writing system that takes a person a thousand thousand years to learn." and illustrates well why pictograms are a bad idea. https://uncyclopedia.ca/wiki/File:Chinesecharacterextreme.svg[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Chinesecharacterextreme.svg[height=400]

.The Sweet Brown https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ain%27tNobodyGotTimeforThat[Ain't Nobody Got Time for That] meme (https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/sweet-brown-aint-nobody-got-time-for-that[knowyourmeme]) fits perfectly into how Ciro feels about learning Chinese characters. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Sweetbrownchinesecharacters_meme.jpg[height=500]

.Translation of the above by <>: "You are immoral and uneducated", "Chinese masses", "so you're unsuited for democracy". image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Sweetbrownchinesecharactersmeme_zh.jpg[height=500]

//// .https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcbW5JK9WM "The most complex Chinese character" by Vladimir Skultety does a reasonable analysis of which Chinese character is the most complex video::tcbW5JK9WM[youtube,height=400,width=600] ////

[[seal]] ====== Seal (印章)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seal(EastAsia)
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/印章_(東亞)

Seals are also of course top to bottom right to left as in the traditional texts.

[[evil-chinese-characters-by-ted-chiang]] ====== 坏汉字 by Ted Chiang

https://www.douban.com/group/topic/162835411/

Ciro's <> was mentioned in a related Zhihu answer: <>.

[[radical]] ==== Is Ciro Santilli a radical?

Saying that someone is a radical is useless <>.

If you want to say something useful, give specific reasons why you think one specific thing that <> said is incorrect.

Do you consider him a radical because it is unthinkable that China is not perfect?

Or just because he's trying to <> some more websites that your dictatorship still does not dislike enough to block: <>?

Don't you think that it is much more radical to <> and <>?

Ciro doesn't think either China or West is perfect: <>.

He's just listing arguments why he thinks democracy is better, e.g.: <>, <>.

See also:

  • <>
  • <>

And Ciro never gets mad. Only a slightly sad or annoyed sometimes.

But maybe no radical ever considers themselves a radical? Hmmm...

Or maybe: link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efHCdKb5UWc[The Dark Knight - Some Men Just Want To Watch The World Burn]?

==== Ciro Santilli is stupid

D E E P: https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/labels/you-are-stupid-argument

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ad_hominem
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/訴諸人身

Feel free to publish any proof of your own incredible intelligence.

==== Is Ciro Santilli a SJW?

SJW: there is a seed of SJW in <>.

One major difference between Ciro and the stereotypical SJW is that he never engage in lengthy discussions as per <>.

He limits himself to listening as much as he can to learn new arguments.

So the rationale of his actions is no_ to convince anyone, but rather:

  • increase the monetary cost of censorship by binding politics to tech with <>
  • group up like-minded people who don't like <>

See also: <>

[[china-watcher]] ===== Is Ciro Santilli a China watcher? (Pekingologist, 三西猴是观察中国者吗?)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China_watcher

Yup. https://twitter.com/BadChinaTake/status/1291401838022012931/photo/1[Nope]? Well, Ciro's what you'll get on <> until someone better comes along.

===== Are you a SJW?

Moved to <>.

[[does-ciro-santilli-hate-china]] ==== Does Ciro Santilli hate China? 三西猴讨厌中国吗?

On the contrary. China has his favorite:

  • <>
  • <>
  • <>
  • history
  • nature
  • culture, notably: ** intense respect for older people. Whenever Ciro was with his <> and asked for help from young Chinese people, they were extremely nice. + It is hard to understand how the same people have not managed to speak up when <>. Only the extreme fear of also going to jail could explain it. Living in China is living in constant fear if you can think for yourself. ** enormous importance given to education. One must not forget however: grades are useless, and all that matters is how much you improve society

And because of that: <>.

As link:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bjarne_Stroustrup[Bjarne] said:


There are only two kinds of programming languages: those people always bitch about and those nobody uses


Ciro only focus here on negative things to provide content that will <>.

A small poem:


持华反党 + 爱国恨党 +

Support the Chinese people, oppose the Party + Love the country, hate the Party +


The second sentence well known: https://www.reddit.com/r/HongKong/comments/e8g3qv/爱国恨党lovechinahate_ccp/

[[yuyuan-garden]] .Round gate at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/YuGarden[Yu Garden 豫园] in Shanghai. link:++https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Shanghai-YuYuanGardensandOldTown(584867794).jpg++[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Yuyuangardendoor.jpg[height=600]

[[chinese-traditional-painting]] ===== Chinese traditional painting (中国传统绘画)

See also: <>.

Some free online collections:

  • Smithsonian collection at a search for Paintings before 1800. Drill down further by "topic" e.g. "Mountains" or "scholar" ** https://collections.si.edu/search/results.htm?q=&fq=onlinevisualmaterial%3Atrue&fq=onlinemediatype%3A%22Images%22&fq=culture%3A%22Chinese%22&fq=object_type%3A%22Paintings%22&view=list&date.slider=300s%2C1800s

."Plum, orchid, bamboo, chrysanthemum" (梅兰竹菊) painting by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZhengXie[Zheng Xie (郑燮)] representing the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FourGentlemen[four gentlemen (四君子)]. Ciro is a big fan of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bird-and-flowerpainting[traditional Chinese bird-and-flower painting (花鸟画)] like this. https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/315744623848820315/[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Fourgentlemen.jpg[height=600]

===== Why does Ciro Santilli love China so much?

<> does not <>, but sometimes he's tempted to.

It is interesting how different people get <>!

Of course, the fact that his wife is Chinese and <> may or may not have played a role in it :-)

It was like this: Ciro started getting interested in Chinese culture, then he started hanging out with Chinese people, and then he started hanging out with his wife!

So yes, it is a chicken and egg type of thing. The fact that she is one of the most intelligent, morally upright, cute, and "never give up" person I know may have helped me choose too.

[[selfish]] ==== Ciro Santilli's China freedom campaign is selfish

See also:

  • <>
  • <>
  • <>

[[famous]] ===== Ciro Santilli is doing his China freedom campaign to become famous

No, he am a selfless human being, only concerned with the greater well being of humankind.

More serious answer:

  • he believes in this. As evidence, it has limiting effects on his technological career: <>, and he doesn't think he can/wants to become a politician in China if the CCP ever falls
  • the more famous Ciro is, the more impact he will have in the future
  • the more famous Ciro is, the more feedback he have that what he's been doing has been working

Keyword: attention whore.

Duplicate pool:

  • https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/issues/5

===== Ciro Santilli is doing his China freedom campaign because it makes him feel important

See: <>.

===== Ciro Santilli is doing his China freedom campaign to vent off his anger

No, he is not angry at all, see also: <>.

++++ ++++

[[funded-by-cia]] ===== Is Ciro Santilli's china-dictatorship campaign funded or otherwise supported by some organization? 谁收买三西猴散布关于中国的谣言?

Sure, the CIA sends Ciro 10 thousand USD checks from time to time, but that doesn't change at all what he would be doing.

And sometimes the NSA, FBI, MI6, MI5, Mossad, Al-Qaeda and ISIS also pitch in a bit depending on their needs.

https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/labels/funded-by-cia-argument

Just kidding.

A shady supporting organization might require that he does not disclose their support, so maybe the best answer is that you will never know for sure.

Of course, a hidden support would represent a reputation hit for both such organizations and for me, which makes it less likely that I would have accepted or had such an offer.

Also consider Ciro's motivation. If your <>, for following the same religion that <>, and if you had a social media presence, wouldn't you be tempted to do the same?

What about you, are you funded by the CCP?

See also: https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/blob/48a95bf57a16b85619a6ae68702d18c9a5078797/FAQ.md#flg-has-been-funded-by-the-us-government-at-least-once-therefore-it-is-evil

Label: https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/labels/funded-by-cia-argument

==== Would Ciro Santilli be doing his China freedom campaign if he was in China?

Not with his real name attached to it, see also:

  • <>
  • <>

===== Does your employer support this?

My employer has nothing to do with this.

He doesn't approve or disapprove of the Chinese government or of my private actions.

The only thing that my employer does believe in is that employees can have their own political opinions, and that this should not affect hiring decisions.

Obviously, this action limits my ability to lead high profile deals with China.

Also I'm quite curious if this would limit my ability to go to China for business, but I haven't applied for a visa since I've started this. It likely wouldn't be a good idea for me to go to China :-)

But my employer believes that inclusion and non-discrimination are more valuable.

I will always do my best to not let my personal opinions affect my professional decisions, as that would be unfair to my employer.

[[better-to-do]] ==== Doesn't Ciro Santilli have anything better to do than pissing off China?

In 1989, besides <> and <>'s birth, a beautiful thing called the World Wide Web was invented!

The Internet gives everyone the magic power of writing something, and having million people read it for free!

This is how much time Ciro spends on this project to give you an idea:

  • every week or two, someone sends me a message, he reply with "read the FAQ", and usually update
  • Ciro https://www.reddit.com/r/China amongst many other programming subs, and all major bad news show up there. See also: <>
  • when something bad enough comes up, Ciro go to https://chinadigitaltimes.net/china/sensitive-words-series/ by <>and update <>. He's only been updating it on Stack Overflow and GitHub these days.

Then Ciro just contributes to programming websites exactly as he would if he weren't making this campaign, and voila.

Edit: to be fair, the end of 2019 and start of 2020 was such as hot year with <<2019-hong-kong-anti-extradition-bill-protests>> and <> that Ciro might have spent a tiny little bit more ;-)

But Ciro did it only when his brain was too tired of technical stuff and unable to do more, or as a brain warm up routine in the morning.

Telling the CCP to fuck off is surprisingly relaxing, you should try it some time too. It uses a different part of your brain other than the programming one. It is, one could say, an art form.

=== People in China have already considered democracy, and rejected it

OK, shall we put that to an anonymous vote just to make sure?

Dear sir or madam: do you want more control over your government? y/n

Oops, I forgot that <>, nevermind.

[[violence]] === Would it be right to use violence to overthrow the CCP?

In an ideal world, Ciro Santilli is of course "against violence".

But what if you could prevent a lot of future violence with some violence today?

Ah, the eternal question which only God can answer:

  • https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-origin-of-the-quote-The-end-justifies-the-means "What is the origin of the quote 'The end justifies the means?'" ** https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consequentialism[Consequentialism] ** https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trolley_problem[Trolley problem]
  • link:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nonviolent_resistance[Nonviolent-resistance]

Do you really think that the communists will step down if you ask them nicely enough? Even after <>?

A quote from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VforVendetta_(film)[V for Vendetta (2005)] comes to mind:


Q: If they do, what do you think will happen [the people protest against their Government]?

A: What usually happens when people <> stand up to people with guns.


[[v-for-vendetta]] .https://youtube.com/watch?v=TcoBv6ibh8M V for Vendetta (2005) "What you think will happen" scene. video::TcoBv6ibh8M[youtube,height=400,width=600]

How do you think the CCP or any other party got into power and maintained that power in the first place? Obviously https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ChineseCommunistRevolution[through violence]. And likely due to earlier <>.

And the CCP actually uses "the ends justify the means" as an argument to justify its own actions: <>.

The question of if anything is morally right or wrong makes no sense. All that matters is: what is the government that maximizes the happines of its own people, and who has the power to do what? <> is part of the equation, but so is <>.

If you do decide to strike though, <>.

For "violence is illegal" arguments, see also: <>.

.One baby <> or 5 Million Jews https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trolleyproblem[trolley problem] illustrates well the moral dilemma of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consequentialism["the ends justify the means"]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/BabyHitlervs5millionJewstrolleyproblem.jpg[height=400]

.Translation: What women think men want (a kiss). What men actually want (decapitating <>). The image from the left comes from the Japanese manga https://mangakakalot.com/manga/vm922794[Okaeri Alice] according to Reddit comments. The image to the right is based on an illustration of the decapitation of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LouisXVILouis XVI during the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FrenchRevolutionFrench Revolution, but with Louis' head replaced by Xi Jinping's head. An original can be found at: https://castinet.castilleja.org/users/pmckee/frenchrev/violentphase.html[]. https://www.reddit.com/r/chonglangTV/comments/m8qwz4/真正的需要/[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/WhatChinesemenreallywant.jpg[height=400]

[[second-amendment]] ==== Second amendment (美國憲法第二修正案)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SecondAmendmenttotheUnitedStatesConstitution
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/美國憲法第二修正案

If China had the second amendment in 1989, the <> would not be in power in 1990.

<>.

The availability of guns however only explains part of the problem of gun violence in the USA: the other huge thing that must be addressed is to <>.

A somewhat popular <> criticism of gun violence in the USA (+ other problems) in song/poem form was brought up at https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/issues/215


歌颂美国

自由美利坚, + 枪击每一天; + 白恨黑卑微, + 黑仇黄有钱。 + 世界第一强, + 川普再号强; + 新冠启示录, + 群体免疫法; + 比强还更强, + 世界一病夫。 + 如今五十万, + 耶稣爱美国, + 与民天国欢。 + 人命如草芥, + 不及股市贵; + 战火连中东, + 此乃真民主。


Related discussions:

  • https://pincong.rocks/question/10360
  • https://www.zhihu.com/question/346383581

TODO origin?

==== It is fine for the CCP to treat some of its citizens unfairly if the majority is better off

Basically same discussion as: <> but with the tables turned.

See also: <>

[[dictatorship]] === Why does Ciro Santilli say that China is a dictatorship? 中国不是独裁!

Ciro is using the word in an slightly extended/joking sense.

Maybe "authoritarian" is a more precise term, but it is just too much of a mouthful.

In particular, dictatorships are harder to sustain than authoritarianism, since it generally implies even less freedom, and a single leader whose death can destabilize everything.

The CCP is more like a social class with a large number of members and various sub-layers, and it is therefore much harder to take down on the other hand.

Dictatorship is becoming link:https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/07/world/asia/china-xi-jinping-party-term-limit.html[more and more precise under Xi] however.

Even <> admits it and put it into the constitution: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People%27sdemocraticdictatorship[People's democratic dictatorship 人民民主专政], so funny.

Well known <> that also call China a dictatorship:

  • 2020-01-29 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/29/opinion/coronavirus-china-government.html "Coronavirus Spreads, and the World Pays for China's Dictatorship"
  • 2018-03-04 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/04/xi-jinping-from-president-to-china-new-dictator "Xi Jinping's power play: from president to China's new dictator?"
  • 2017-10-11 https://www.ft.com/content/cb2c8578-adb4-11e7-aab9-abaa44b1e130 "Under Xi Jinping, China is turning back to dictatorship"

Further discussions about this useless terminology question:

  • https://www.quora.com/Is-China-a-dictatorship

[[anti-ccp-info-sources]] ==== What are the best sources of anti-CCP news?

https://www.reddit.com/r/China[], see also: <>

Catches all the important news.

A large part of the posts has controversial material.

Has some noise of course as well, but less than other media I find.

Highly worth your feed.

Reddit was banned in China in August 2018: https://www.reddit.com/r/China/comments/965k4c/redditbannedin_china/

<> will invest 150 million on Reddit in 2019: https://gizmodo.com/reddit-banned-in-china-is-reportedly-set-to-land-150-1832375439 See also: <>.

===== Reddit

Subs with lots of anti-commie info:

  • https://www.reddit.com/r/China is arguably the best as of 2020, see also: <>
  • https://www.reddit.com/r/fucktheccp/ small as of 2020 but promising
  • https://www.reddit.com/r/HongKong had 3x more users than r/china as of 2020 after <<2019-hong-kong-anti-extradition-bill-protests>>.
  • https://www.reddit.com/r/CCP_virus/ for <>
  • https://www.reddit.com/r/tibet/ 3k subs 2020
  • https://www.reddit.com/r/ChinaMemes 2.5k subs 2021-03
  • https://www.reddit.com/r/saraba2nd/ (第二新S1市) modded by <> TODO title meaning
  • https://www.reddit.com/r/BoycottChina/
  • China Circle Jerk subs (CCJ). TODO: these appear to be <> subs, but they do seem to allow anti-commit info. As of 2020, they were either banned or private: ** https://www.reddit.com/r/CCJ ** https://www.reddit.com/r/CCJ2

TODO review:

  • https://www.reddit.com/r/taiwan/
  • https://www.reddit.com/r/China_Flu/
  • https://www.reddit.com/r/Chinairl/ (流浪防区) https://www.reddit.com/r/China/comments/mnbpum/ifyouwanttoexperiencethecensorshipand/ claims pro-CCP, but e.g. https://www.reddit.com/r/China_irl/comments/mn68dy/各位键委如何看待gfw/ has <> talks

===== r/chonglangTV

https://www.reddit.com/r/chonglangTV/

15k users 2020-03.

Chinese language, pretty good content, anti-CCP samples:

  • 2020-03-27 https://www.reddit.com/r/chonglangTV/comments/mdlowp/ciro这人行能处/ (Ciro is nice)
  • 2021-02 https://www.reddit.com/r/chonglangTV/comments/lf5dy5/致那些坚持认为不会翻墙者不配看墙外东西的粉红/
  • 2021-01 https://www.reddit.com/r/chonglangTV/comments/kpulab/最双标的人/ (the people with the most double standards, 双标 is a short form or 双重标准), comments how China complained when the US imposed sanctions on <>, while China itself had already banned everything from the West
  • 2021 https://www.reddit.com/r/chonglangTV/comments/lyxlf9/不喻一然/ has a cartoon about <>. Ciro's actually going to steal that.

====== r/sino

https://www.reddit.com/r/Sino/

Any comment critical of China and mods immediately ban you, e.g. on 2020-08-21 at https://www.reddit.com/r/Sino/comments/ie0mak/chinaisbuildingagithubalternativecalled/ which is related to <>, <> commented:


Let's see how long it takes them to block my repo/account: https://gitee.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship | http://web.archive.org/web/20200821202450/https://gitee.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship


The ban message is:


You have been permanently banned from participating in r/Sino. You can still view and subscribe to r/Sino, but you won't be able to post or comment.

Try https://www.reddit.com/r/westerner/[r/westerner] TRASH doesn't get by mods here. Tiananmen Square is vindicated by China's development. Anti terror system in Xinjiang is working. End result for HK is the same since 1997, regardless of rioters. Scientology-esque FLG/Shen Yun cult show has failed for decades, if you believe their claims, it's all of them losing badly.

Dec 31 China informed WHO about mysterious pneumonia. Jan 11 Chinese reveal virus genome Jan 23 Wuhan quarantine - businessinsider/sciencemag

You had the genome and saw the lengths China went to. Don't blame others for failing months later.

US accused of 'modern piracy' after diversion of masks meant for Europe - theguardian

Democracies Are Better at Fighting Outbreaks - theatlantic XD

The US leads in coronavirus cases, but not pandemic response - sciencemag XD

Beliefs of founder cultleader of Falun Gong from own lectures on official falundafa site https://redd.it/42wlvf


====== r/russia

Completely pro-Putin, e.g. removed https://www.reddit.com/r/russia/comments/kd21ck/cnnbellingcatinvestigationidentifies_russian/ about <>

===== Telegram

  • https://t.me/anticcpbase
  • https://t.me/ccp_unmasked see also: <>

===== Twitter

Lists by <>:

  • https://twitter.com/i/lists/221848102 anti-ccp
  • https://twitter.com/i/lists/235201419 pro-ccp

After Trump was unfairly banned from Twitter, his social media team created an amazing "Chongald Xrump" account <>, it had really good posts.

But that amazing account was banned: https://babylonbee.com/news/trump-sneaks-back-on-twitter-by-disguising-self-as-pr-rep-for-chinese-communist-party Twitter is <> to beat the <>.

News:

  • 2021-04-08: publicly supported the <>

[[trump-twitter-kuang-biao]] .Cartoon showing Donald Trump's mouth sewn shut in a "Twitter" shape by <> (2021) after Trump was <>. You know it's bad when the artists who normally criticize the <> start to criticize you. https://xueqiu.com/9870976009/168210673[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/FlagoftheRepublicof_China.svg[height=400]

===== Tumblr

  • https://independence-of-mind.tumblr.com/ 独立思考社群 (Independent thought society)

==== Where can I find good words for a keyword attack?

  • List of blacklisted keywords in China ** https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Listofblacklistedkeywordsin_China ** https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/中华人民共和国网络审查
  • https://github.com/jasonqng/chinese-keywords
  • https://github.com/cirosantilli/media/raw/master/complete-gfw-rulebook-for-wikipedia-v3.0.pdf[Complete GFW Rulebook for Wikipedia v3.0]
  • <> This is was an amazing source, extremely comprehensive and up-to-date, but the series was stopped in September 2018: ** https://chinadigitaltimes.net/china/word-of-the-week/?view=all word of the week, ran from Mar 7, 2012 to Sep 20, 2018 *** https://chinadigitaltimes.net/china/cdt-censorship-digest/ "CDT CENSORSHIP DIGEST", monthly version of Word of the week started on Feb 10, 2020 ** https://chinadigitaltimes.net/china/directives-from-the-ministry-of-truth/?view=all censorship directive reports *** https://chinadigitaltimes.net/chinese/category/有关部门/真理部指令/?view=all chinese version ** https://chinadigitaltimes.net/space/Main_Page a wiki version of the censored word lists, the ,"<> index" (cao3n2ma3 草泥马), with a censored term of the week section. ** https://chinadigitaltimes.net/china/sensitive-words-series/?view=all sensitive words list ** Fun 2015 ebook: https://github.com/cirosantilli/decoding-chinese-internet-pdf-download ** Has received funding from US Government to some extent: https://www.ned.org/china-digital-times-provides-crucial-insight-and-information-about-china-and-the-covid-19/

See also:

  • <>
  • <>

[[keyword-choice]] ==== How do you choose keywords for the keyword attack?

I haven't counted, but the limit for Stack Overflow is quite low, and I'm always almost at the maximum, which is about "Ciro Santilli" + 3 3-4 Chinese character events with a separator.

These are some of my prioritization guidelines:

  • recent cases receive a large prime over the raw death toll, because older cases can always be attributed to other people. + E.g., I've heard there is even some opening towards acknowledging the Great Famine, thus 烏坎事件 (and others from my previous profile names)
  • words must refer to a precise event, and must be clearly summarizable in very few chars, for increased impact, and profile name length limitations. + E.g. "High <> rates, high pollution", although very serious, feel too generic.
  • events that relate directly to freedom of speech receive a prime, since they can only happen in China and very few other countries. + E.g.: <>, <>. + Non e.g.: corruption and pollution. Those are hard to quantify, and there is always an immediate reply: china GDP per capita is low, same happens in India, Brazil, etc. + Freedom of speech however, is immediately verifiable (e.g. "my <> was taken down"), and undeniably caused by the current central government.
  • the more people affected, and the more deeply they have been affected, the more important obviously

I am currently trying to maintain in my Stack Overflow Location a ranking of events in a single string, so that it can be easily copy pasted around. The location appears on every page if you hover over my account name, so it is likely in the HTML at least.

If you think that this list can be improved, please open an issue explaining how and why.

==== Other notable keyword attacks

[[notepad]] ===== Notepad++

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Notepad++
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/Notepad++

It might be a newbie text editors for newbie Windows users, but at least they use it to good use by doing keyword attacks:

  • 2020-08: https://techcrunch.com/2020/08/17/notepad-plus-plus-blocked-in-china/ "Text editor Notepad{plus}{plus} banned in China after ‘Stand With Hong Kong' update" where "banned" means "the download page where they keywords are shown is now blocked in Chinese browsers". The rest of the website is still up. So no domain block due to HTTPS, browser only action for now.
  • 2019-10: "In October 2019 Notepad{plus}{plus}'s GitHub issue tracker was flooded with pro-Chinese and anti-western messages after a version codenamed "Free Uyghur" (v7.8.1) was released" ** https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/10/31/notepadchinaspam/ ** https://www.reddit.com/r/China/comments/dp3icm/notepadaftervoicingtheirsupportforthe/ "Notepad{plus}{plus}, after voicing their support for the Uyghurs, is now being bombarded by Chinese nationalists on Github." See e.g.: https://github.com/notepad-plus-plus/notepad-plus-plus/issues/7489 and earlier issues
  • 2008-03: "In March 2008 the "Boycott Beijing 2008" banner was placed on Notepad{plus}{plus}'s SourceForge.net homepage": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concernsandcontroversiesoverthe2008Summer_Olympics#Boycotts

The creator appears to be a Vietnamese immigrant or descendant living in France. There are many such immigrants due to Vietnam being an ex-colony: https://github.com/donho Also he must have good reason to dislike the commies due to similar commit bullshit in Vietnam. He was at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ParisDiderotUniversity[Paris Diderot] in 2000: https://donho.github.io/#education (https://web.archive.org/web/20190424004100/https://donho.github.io/#education[archive]).

[[separatism]] === Separatism (分离主义)

If a large number of people in a given region want to leave an country strongly or have greater autonomy, <> believes that they should be allowed to do so.

Rationale:

  • if they don't feel they are getting a good deal out of your country, it is unfair to keep them in
  • keeping them in the country forcibly implies large scale violation of human rights: mass incarceration and removing freedom of speech. + Which in turn implies terrorist backslash. + All of which are against <>'s principles. + [[luxor]] .https://youtube.com/watch?v=eouBCMPtNDQ?t=1170 "It happened in ... Luxor" by Al Jazeera English (2011) is a short documentary about the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luxormassacre[Luxor massacre in Egypt (1997)]. At this timestamp, survivor https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/FelixE.Müller[Felix Mueller] whose girlfriend was killed in the attack comments that it is when people don't have an official way to express their needs due to censorship that they are more likely to turn to terrorism to express themselves. video::fASh2RzMuE[youtube,height=400,width=600,start=1170]

What makes Ciro the maddest is the censorship. If you are going to put people in jail, write a clear law about it, and let international reporters come to see the situation.

But why do you do something and then hide it? Maybe because you are not doing the right thing?

Ciro also believes that although terrorists must be fought with all our strength, they must also be given some degree respect (interspersed simultaneously <>). He sometimes prefers the term "warriors" or "fighters", because their actions are largely indistinguishable from many ideological or purely greed based actions that larger nation states have done many times over and over. It is just a war, plain and simple.

The reason why they kill mostly civilians is that they don't have the means to kill the presidents those civilians elected. An amazing scene from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TheBattleofAlgiers[The Battle of Algiers (1966)] comes to mind. After the head of the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AlgerianWar[Algerian independence] movement and terrorist, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LarbiBenM%27hidi[Larbi Ben M'hidi] is arrested, the French military let him be interviewed by the press on 4 March 1967 https://youtu.be/uHWZkiBuKGY?t=5312 (TODO real words? Cannot find source):

Translation:


Journalist: Don't you think that it is cowardly to use the handbags and pushchairs of your women to transport your bombs? Those bombs that make so many innocent victims? [Earlier in the movie, we saw women carriying bombs into the French areas of Algiers through those means]

Larbi Ben M'hidi: And you, don't you think that it is much more cowardly to drop on defenseless villages your napalm bombs that kill thousands times more? Obviously, with airplanes, it would have been much more convenient for us. Give us your bombers, and we will give you the pushchairs.


Original text:


Journalist: Ne trouvez-vous pas plutôt lâche d'utiliser les sacs et les couffins de vos femmes pour transporter vos bombes? Ces bombes qui font tant de victimes innocentes?

Larbi Ben M'hidi: Et vous, ne vous semble t-il beacoup plus lache de larguer sur des vilages sans défence vos bombes au napalme qui tuent mille fois plus d'innocents? Évidement, avec des avions, ca aurait été beaucoup plus comode pour nous. Donnez vous vos bombardiers monsieur, et on vous donnera les couffins.


See also: <>.

[[taiwan]] ==== Taiwan (Republic of China, 台湾, 中華民國)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwan
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/中华民国

If you are interested in Taiwan, one important programmer forum is: <>.

Some interesting links:

  • https://youtube.com/watch?v=6aZkM_ZLvjE?t=50 (zh) "【這就是科學|柯文哲】EP3/從癌症治療看政治!除惡務盡→除惡「勿」盡?「與敵共存」才是生存之道!", 柯文哲, 2019-06-26. Ko Wen-je, the mayor of Taipei 台北 and a professor in medicine, applies the concept of isolation and mutation in evolution to Taiwan and China

News:

  • 2021-03-10 https://web.archive.org/web/20210310210519/https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-03-10/asia-shoppers-snap-up-taiwan-pineapples-in-defiance-of-china-ban "Shoppers in Asia Snap Up Taiwan’s Pineapples in Defiance of China’s Ban". In 2018 there were <> about that apparently: https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3423317 but now it became true.

[[one-china-policy]] ===== One China policy (一个中国)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One-China_policy
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/一个中国

Taiwan is not a case of <>.

Taiwan is a completely separate country split due to civil war, long ago.

Almost every country, and all reasonably powerful countries, have diplomatic relations with Taiwan. They just don't call them diplomatic relations to not piss off China so they can keep doing business.

The fact that most countries in the world does officially recognize Taiwan as a country is a joke, considering that the only thing keeping it afloat is the West's military threat.

<> let China advance and take more territories. The more they take, the more they will want.

The West must protect China's neighboring countries with military support and assurance.

The West must recognize Taiwan for what it is: a separate country, under threat of invasion, and in need of support.

If China's claim to Taiwan is valid, then Taiwan also has an equally valid claim on China.

If China's claim to Taiwan is valid, then so will its claim to any other country.

China, if you want to claim that Taiwan is a part of you, just grow some balls and invade them already. Or just stop this stupid joke.

Interesting quote from https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2019/07/taiwans-status-geopolitical-absurdity/593371/


Taiwan's Status Is a Geopolitical Absurdity


And https://www.economist.com/asia/2017/02/16/americas-affirmation-of-the-one-china-policy-pleased-taiwan-too calls the One China policy a:


polite fiction


https://travel.stackexchange.com/questions/62447/how-can-a-citizen-of-mainland-china-visit-taiwan/62466#comment178495_62466 hi, I want a "not VISA" to Taiwan. Thanks.

A well educated Mainlander who lived outside of China once told Ciro:


Taiwan should not be considered a country by China, because then it would not join back to China when China becomes a democracy, and would be used by the USA to do evil things as they did in the Middle East


Ciro was shocked. He considered that person highly intelligent and not fully brainwashed! Reply:


China claiming that Taiwan is a part of them only drives Taiwan closer to the West! Who wants to be part of a dictatorship unless you have been brainwashed by one?


They truly believe in <>.

The US first caved in in 1972 with the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shanghai_Communiqué[Shanghai Communiqué].

News:

  • 20201-01-10 https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-01-09/u-s-to-end-restrictions-for-diplomats-regarding-taiwan-pompeo "U.S. Eases Restrictions on Contact With Taiwan in Jab at China"
  • https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/taiwan-finalises-62-billion-purchase-of-f-16-jets-lockheed-13023336 "Taiwan finalises purchase of F-16 jets from Lockheed Martin". 90 jets, 8 billion USD.
  • 2020-05-26 https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3940533 "Brazilian netizens fight back against CCP threats over Taiwan support" ** It should also be mentioned that this campaign could be being used/created by pro-Bolsanaro politicians as a way to detract focus from the COVID-19 epidemic that is reaching its deadliest phase in Brazil, e.g.: https://twitter.com/PauloMartins10/status/1265038976617984002
  • 2020 <> and Taiwan: ** Taiwan was at a disadvantage during since it was not part of the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WorldHealthOrganization[World Health Organization] and therefore could not get information as fast and influence decisions + .https://youtube.com/watch?v=fASh2RzMuE WHO officer https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BruceAylward[Bruce Alyward] pretends not to hear question from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RTHK[Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK)] about the possibility of Taiwan's membership in the WHO during a one-to-one Skype interview, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/30/senior-who-adviser-appears-to-dodge-question-on-taiwans-covid-19-response[reference]. video::fASh2_RzMuE[youtube,height=400,width=600]

  • 2020-03-27 https://www.reuters.com/article/us-taiwan-usa/u-s-increases-support-for-taiwan-in-recognition-battle-with-china-idUSKBN21E0B7 "U.S. President Donald Trump has signed into law an act that requires increased U.S. support for Taiwan internationally". But he didn't recognize it as a country. Semi bullshit.

.The flag of Taiwan. Like most modern countries, Taiwan has one. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:FlagoftheRepublicofChina.svg[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/FlagoftheRepublicofChina.svg[height=400]

.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PresidentialOfficeBuildingPresidential Office Building of Taiwan. What is that flag we see on top of the central government building of Taiwan? It appears to have a blue rectangle on the top left! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:TaipeiROCPresidentialOfficeBuilding.jpg[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/TaiwanWhiteHouse.jpg[height=400]

.It is fun to see that some small random Latin American countries https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paraguay–Taiwanrelations[like Paraguay] recognize only Taiwan and not Mainland China. Brave warriors!!! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:TwoChinas.svg[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Countriesthatrecognize_Taiwan.jpg[height=400]

.Washington DC TECRO. Instead of "embassies", Taiwan has https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TaipeiEconomicandCulturalRepresentativeOffice["Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Offices" (TECROs)] https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/臺北經濟文化代表處[(台北经济文化代表处|臺北經濟文化代表處)] The just happen to issue VISAs and passports like embassies, but remember, they are not embassies. No flag you see? This is because idiotic countries don't allow TECROs to have the Taiwan flag. In 2019 Senator Ted Cruz planned on passing a law to allow that though: https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3825086[]. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:TaipeiEconomicandCulturalRepresentativeOfficeintheUnitedStatesfromVOA(1).jpg[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/TECROWashington.jpg[height=400]

.2014 cartoon by D Nguyen summarizing the Taiwan China relationship in history. Featuring: fatter and fatter <> on first three cartoons to the left, likely <> to left on the last, and <> to the right. TODO middle figure on last cartoon. TODO find proper attribution source, originally seen at: https://i.redd.it/xb5qr3asfns41.jpg[]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/TaiwanweareChinacartoon.jpg[height=600]

.Proposed reunification flag for Taiwan and China. https://9gag.com/gag/a9E1YVo[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/ChinaTaiwanreunification_flag.webp[height=500]

.West Taiwan, also known as Mainland Taiwan, also known as China. https://www.reddit.com/r/TaiwanChina/comments/j34ftk/taiwannumberone/[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/WestTaiwanmap.jpg[height=500]

[[taiwan-number-one]] ===== Taiwan #1 (2915)

2015 meme started by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Z1BattleRoyale[H1Z1] streamer AngryPug, in which he repeatedly taunts the Chinese streamer Em0 by pretending to be Taiwanese.

  • https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/taiwan-1
  • https://www.reddit.com/r/OutOfTheLoop/comments/3tz3jq/whatisthepointofthetaiwan1thing/

.https://youtube.com/watch?v=vTqZ9xrxhHk ANGRYPUG's official YouTube upload of the clip "Taiwan #1" meme. video::vTqZ9xrxhHk[youtube,height=400,width=600]

See also: <>.

===== Hololive

Hololive is a https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_YouTuber[VTuber] management company from Japan.

<> didn't know WTF a VTuber was before coming across this event, he's too old for that.

The key event was 2020-09-28 https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4018580 "Japanese VTubers banned for mentioning Taiwan during livestream":


During their most recent livestreams, Hololive Japanese VTubers Kiryu Coco and Akai Haato announced the countries where they have received the most followers based on YouTube analytics. One of the countries that they highlighted was Taiwan because it accounted for seven percent of viewers and they displayed the flag of Taiwan to represent the nation.


therefore joining the long list of <>.

This event was clarified to Ciro at: https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/issues/157 and is tracked under https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/labels/vtuber

Interestingly, this led to a large number of <>/spam on https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/issues[], culminating notably at https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/issues/191[], and many of them seemed to involve:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pixiv[Pixiv], which is "a Japanese online community for artists" which likely has lots of VTubers,
  • Japanese language, although one of the very extremely erudite and trustworthy comments at: https://boards.4channel.org/vt/thread/1403290/really-makes-you suggests that the Japanese at there is completely broken, and it is likely just a Chinese person using Google Translate

It is however hard to understand the rationale of such posts.

===== Internal politics of Taiwan

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PoliticsoftheRepublicof_China
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/中華民國政治

As of 2020, there are two relevant parties:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuomintang["Kuomintang"], which have become a bunch of pussies, and prefer to keep the ambiguous <> status quo, to not get bombed, and do some commerce with China. Those people make <> turn in his grave of shame.
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DemocraticProgressiveParty[], which wants independence, and was winning as of 2020

[[chiang-kai-shek]] ===== Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石, 蔣中正)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiang_Kai-shek
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/蔣中正

[[xinjiang]] ==== Xinjiang (新疆)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xinjiang
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/新疆维吾尔自治区

Events:

  • 2014 something very serious happened in Xinjiang. ** https://www.reddit.com/r/China/comments/4hmhzt/xinjiangmassacre2014resultedin30005000deaths/
  • 2010 Xinjiang 10 month Internet blackout ** https://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8682145.stm
  • 2009 Ürümqi riots ** https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/July2009Ürümqiriots ** https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/乌鲁木齐七五事件 ** 2009 Shaoguan incident *** https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaoguanincident *** https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/旭日玩具厂群体斗殴事件

Terrorist attacks done by Xinjiang separatists:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TerrorisminChina#Chronologyofmajor_events

Notable terrorist attacks:

  • 2014 Kunming attack ** https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014Kunmingattack ** photo of 8 bodies lined up after the attack: https://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/05/world/asia/chinese-officials-seek-to-shift-attention-from-rampage.html ** Interestingly, https://chinadigitaltimes.net/2014/03/sensitive-words-attack-kunming/ points out that http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/845642.shtml#.UxYZgeddVRG by <> said that: + ____ The public must realize that a handful of extremists are far from qualified to represent tens of millions of local residents in Xinjiang. It is not only an irrational and biased mindset to put the blame on the entire Uyghur community or the Muslim world, but the idea will also abet and aid those separatists and terrorists who are desperate to take advantage of ethnic and religious conflicts. ____ + and yet as of the <>, all Xinjiang Muslims were fucked. <> comes to mind.

People:

.<> 2017-04 cartoon showing that Xinjiang is like a prison inside a greater prison, which is China itself. Chinese characters read: 新疆(Xinjiang) and 中国(China). TODO source. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Xinjiangcampin_camp.jpg[height=600]

[[xinjiang-re-education-camps]] ===== Xinjiang "re-education" camps (新疆再教育營, 2017-)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xinjiangre-educationcamps
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/新疆再教育營

The keyword is <>: because of a few terrorists, every single Muslim was fucked even if they did not commit any crime.

Master issue: https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/issues/226

Overview projects:

  • https://www.talkaboutxinjiang.com/ Talking about Xinjiang 我们一起来谈谈新疆
  • https://xjdp.aspi.org.au/ The Xinjiang Data Project by the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AustralianStrategicPolicy_Institute[Australian Strategic Policy Institute] + Also includes the <> report.
  • https://wokeglobaltimes.com/xinjiang Breaking Down the Xinjiang Crisis

News:

  • 202104-16 https://twitter.com/adrianzenz/status/1382397174684680197 "Breaking: Xinjiang's latest 2020 Statistical Yearbook lacks ALL crucial population data"
  • 2021-04 The wings of songs (歌声的翅膀, 2021) Xinjiang propaganda musical film ** https://www.theguardian.com/books/video/2021/apr/03/wings-of-song-china-launches-idyllic-musical-set-in-xinjiang-video ** https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yt-FkaH5YwI trailer
  • 2021-03-28 <> invents French national "Laurene Beaumond" who refutes the situation in Xinjiang: ** <> article in French: https://archive.is/USZ45[] by "Laurene Beaumond". The article was updated a day later: this time they remembered to say that Laurene Beaumond is a pseudonym. Article URL: https://francais.cgtn.com/n/BfJEA-cA-HAA/DcCEIA/index.html ** original investigation by Le Monde: https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2021/03/31/quand-la-television-chinoise-cgtn-invente-une-journaliste-francaise60751553210.html ** commentary https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/01/china-butchers-aesop-fable-in-latest-act-of-wolf-warrior-diplomacy
  • 2021-03-20 https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/research/2021/03/the-nightmare-of-uyghur-families-separated-by-repression/ "The nightmare of Uyghur families separated by repression" on <> + ____ Although it is often extremely difficult, if not impossible, for Uyghurs overseas to receive information about the whereabouts of their family members, some parents have received bits and pieces of information in the form of coded words, or photos and videos, from relatives and friends that make them believe their children were taken to state-run “orphan camps” or boarding schools. ____
  • 2021-03-01 https://www.reuters.com/article/BigStory12/idUSKCN2AT1BA "China counters Uighur criticism with explicit attacks on women witnesses" + ____ Chinese officials have named women, disclosed what they say is private medical data and information on the women’s fertility, and accused some of having affairs and one of having a sexually transmitted disease. The officials said the information was evidence of bad character, invalidating the women’s accounts of abuse in Xinjiang. ____ + <>: https://www.reddit.com/r/China/comments/lvrkoi/chinacountersuyghurcriticismwith_explicit/
  • 2020-10-28 <> https://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1203861.shtml in response to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MurderofSamuel_Paty[The Murder of Ssamuel Paty] clarifies that the best way to counter terrorism is preventive mass incarceration and brainwashing: "Eradicating extremism is a huge challenge of governance for all countries. China has proactively explored feasible ways in its Xinjiang governance and generated positive outcomes."
  • 2020-10-17 (paywall) https://www.economist.com/china/2020/10/17/how-xinjiangs-gulag-tears-families-apart "How Xinjiang's gulag tears families apart". "So many parents have been locked up that officials struggle to cope with the left-behind children"
  • 2020-09-19 https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3101986/china-claims-vocational-training-given-nearly-13-million-people "Chinese authorities "indirectly" confirm the scale of the camps. China claims 1.3 million Xinjiang residents given 'vocational training' each year" + The document: http://www.scio.gov.cn/zfbps/32832/Document/1687588/1687588.htm also quoted on <>: http://politics.people.com.cn/n1/2020/0918/c1001-31865875.html + Official English translation: http://english.scio.gov.cn/whitepapers/2020-09/17/content76712251.htm + Title: 新疆的劳动就业保障 (Employment and Labor Rights in Xinjiang) + Quote: ___ 全疆年均培训城乡各类劳动者128.8万人次,其中,南疆地区年均培训45.14万人次。参训人员至少掌握1项就业技能,绝大多数取得了职业资格证书、职业技能等级证书或专项职业能力证书,实现稳定就业。 ____ + Google translation: + ____ The average annual training for all kinds of workers in urban and rural areas in Xinjiang is 1.288 million, of which 451,400 are trained in southern Xinjiang. Participants have mastered at least one employment skill, and most of them have obtained vocational qualification certificates, vocational skill level certificates or special vocational ability certificates to achieve stable employment. ____
  • 2020-08-27 https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/alison_killing/satellite-images-investigation-xinjiang-detention-camps "Blanked-Out Spots On China's Maps Helped Us Uncover Xinjiang's Camps". Good technique.
  • 2020-06-29 https://apnews.com/269b3de1af34e17c1941a514f78d764c "China cuts Uighur births with IUDs, abortion, sterilization" ** 2021-01-07 https://archive.vn/sVB8X Tweet from the "Chinese Embassy in US" verified account said "Study shows that in the process of eradicating extremism, the minds of Uygur women in Xinjiang were emancipated and gender equality and reproductive health were promoted, making them no longer baby-making machines", which could be interpreted as suggesting that birth control was one of the goals of the Xinjiang oppression. Some coverage: https://qz.com/1954520/china-says-it-saved-uyghur-women-from-being-baby-making-machines/ *** https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jan/09/china-forced-sterilizations-feminist-rebrand comments that there is precedent to that in Peru's dictatorship: + ____ In the 1990s about 350,000 people were sterilized in Peru under a program promoted by President Alberto Fujimori, who argued a lower birth rate was the key to eliminating poverty. "Peruvian women should be the owners of their destiny!" Fujimori said in a 1995 speech to congress. He presented his family-planning campaign as a step forward for feminism, and even got funding from the US Agency for International Development, USAid. Many of the women who were sterilized, however, came from poor indigenous backgrounds and were coerced or forced into the procedure. ____
  • 2020-06-17 https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN23O3EW "Trump signs bill pressuring China over Uighur Muslim crackdown"
  • 2019-12: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEkliuqQo-g "A Secret Look Inside a Chinese Labor Program for Uighurs | Visual Investigations" by "The New York Times" published on Dec 30, 2019. Description: "China is relocating Uighurs and other Muslim minorities to urban areas as part of a contentious labor program. The Times obtained rare footage taken inside one." + video::dEkliuqQo-g[youtube,height=400,width=600]
  • 2919-12: Muslim German Turkish Arsenal player link:++https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mesut_%C3%96zil++[Mesut Özil] criticizes concentration camps on Twitter, and China stops broadcasting arsenal matches ** https://twitter.com/MesutOzil1088/status/1205439723302469632 (https://web.archive.org/web/20191214233550/https:/twitter.com/MesutOzil1088/status/1205439723302469632[archive]) ** https://news.sky.com/story/chinas-state-tv-will-no-longer-show-arsenal-match-after-mesut-ozil-remarks-11887171
  • 2019-11: "What happened to me" manga depicting Uighur torture hits 2.5m views ** https://wapipi.net/home/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/uy0830en.pdf (https://web.archive.org/web/20191126162143/https://wapipi.net/home/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/uy0830en.pdf[archive]) ** https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/26/what-has-happened-to-me-manga-depicting-uighur-torture-hits-25m-views
  • 2019-11 The Xinjiang Papers: leaked cables about Xinjiang internment camps policy, some reported by the New York Times and others by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, soure yet unknown. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xinjiang_papers ** 2020-02-18 https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/02/20/more-evidence-chinas-horrific-abuses-xinjiang the "Karakax list" leaked spreadsheet contains detailed information on 331 citizens Karakax County in Xinjiang and sheds further insight on why certain people have been persecuted *** https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/02/china-war-terror-uproots-uighur-families-leaked-data-shows-200218052952415.html ** https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/11/16/world/asia/china-xinjiang-documents.html ** https://www.icij.org/investigations/china-cables/exposed-chinas-operating-manuals-for-mass-internment-and-arrest-by-algorithm/ ** 2020-02: more leaks containing detailed records of several citizens: https://edition.cnn.com/interactive/2020/02/asia/xinjiang-china-karakax-document-intl-hnk/
  • 2019-09-22 Drone footage of Xinjiang prisoner transfer uploaded to YouTube. TODO confirm the location and that these are political prisoners rather than "normal criminals". ** Upload sources *** https://twitter.com/warcombatfear/status/1174031079432310785 *** https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGYoeJ5U7cQ + video::gGYoeJ5U7cQ[youtube,height=400,width=600] ** News coverage *** https://news.sky.com/story/chinas-detention-of-uighurs-video-of-blindfolded-and-shackled-prisoners-authentic-11815401 Drone footage, video sources: ** Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/China/comments/d78aog/chillingvideoofchinesepolicetransferring/ + .Video still of 2019-10 drone footage of blindfolded Xinjiang prisoners being marched taken at time 00:30. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGYoeJ5U7cQ[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Xinjiangprisoners_march.jpg[height=400]
  • 2019-07-31 https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/30/world/asia/china-xinjiang.html "Doubt Greets China's Claim That Muslims Have Been Released From Camps"
  • 2019-07-19 https://www.france24.com/en/20190712-37-countries-defend-china-over-xinjiang-un-letter "37 countries defend China over Xinjiang in UN letter"
  • 2019-07-04 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-48825090 "China Muslims: Xinjiang schools used to separate children from families" ** https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/09/15/china-xinjiang-children-separated-families
  • 2019-06-18 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmId2ZP3h0c "Inside China's 'thought transformation' camps - BBC News" China gives BBC "access" to a chosen show camp where everyone claims they are happy and willing to stay. They are however clearly adults being treated like children, taking courses and even having to sing and dance for the camera. https://youtu.be/WmId2ZP3h0c?t=486[486s] is also golden, when the CCP officer Zhang Zhisheng explains how they are <>. How can they be so stupid? How can they not see that this is not what the West wants to hear? Amazing dark-comedy like stuff. + video::WmId2ZP3h0c[youtube,height=400,width=600] + .Man wearing traditional Xinjiang clothing and playing a traditional instrument inside a classroom setting inside a prison camp, as the CCP tries to show the world that they are happy and their culture is being respected, and only makes things worse. The man also shows on the video at: https://youtu.be/WmId2ZP3h0c?t=407[] made by the BBC when they got supervised access to the camps to film, nearby segment uploaded at: https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/issues/169[]. Commentators have compared this camp from the visit to the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TheresienstadtGhetto[Theresienstadt Ghetto], which the <> used as a model camp during a red-cross visit in 1944, and to the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potemkinvillage[Potemkin village]. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-china-blog-48700786[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Uyghurplayingguitar.jpg[height=400]
  • 2019-05-07 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/07/revealed-new-evidence-of-chinas-mission-to-raze-the-mosques-of-xinjiang
  • 2019-05-07 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULaJVWOr4ko CNN does a few Xinjiang interviews and sends reporter to visit some of the concentration camps + video::ULaJVWOr4ko[youtube,height=400,width=600]
  • 2019-02-24 https://fortune.com/2019/02/21/thermo-fisher-xinjiang-china-uighurs/
  • 2019-02-17 https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/2186547/china-data-leak-exposes-vast-hi-tech-surveillance-operation "China data leak exposes vast hi-tech surveillance operation in Xinjiang", leak by SenseNets Technology.
  • https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/30/world/asia/china-xinjiang.html
  • 2019-03 https://shahit.biz/eng/ database of Xinjiang victims, with precise names, location, date of birth and ID card number of victims and testimonies
  • 2018-12 https://www.youtube.com/watch?timecontinue=8&v=dsd1NkCKaNg In full: 'I begged them to kill me' - ex-Xinjiang detainee Mihrigul Tursun gives testimony in the US. Observers however rightly brought up the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nayirahtestimony[Nayirah testimony]. + video::dsd1NkCKaNg[youtube,height=400,width=600]
  • 2018-11 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-45812419 Xinjiang legalizes 're-education' camps
  • 2018-08 https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-rights-un/u-n-says-it-has-credible-reports-that-china-holds-million-uighurs-in-secret-camps-idUSKBN1KV1SU
  • 2018-07 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eak3WRtcdko Sairagul Sawytbai testifies to the existence of Chinese concentration camps in Xinjiang + video::Eak3WRtcdko[youtube,height=400,width=600]
  • 2018-05 generic report https://jamestown.org/program/evidence-for-chinas-political-re-education-campaign-in-xinjiang/
  • 2018-05 mapping internment camps with satellite imaging: ** https://www.albawaba.com/news/mapping-china’s-internment-camps-its-ethnic-minorities-1136100 ** https://medium.com/@shawnwzhang/list-of-re-education-camps-in-xinjiang-新疆再教育集中营列表-99720372419c List of Re-education Camps in Xinjiang 新疆再教育集中营列表 Shawn Zhang https://www.reddit.com/r/China/comments/8mbhad/satelliteimageryofxinjiangreeducation_camps/
  • 2018-05 Omir Bekali's account of Xinjiang education camps: ** https://apnews.com/6e151296fb194f85ba69a8babd972e4b ** https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asiapacific/former-inmates-of-chinas-muslim-re-education-camps-tell-of-brainwashing-torture/2018/05/16/32b330e8-5850-11e8-8b92-45fdd7aaef3cstory.html?utm_term=.df8ea170b18f ** https://uk.businessinsider.com/what-is-life-like-in-xinjiang-reeducation-camps-china-2018-5
  • 2017-04 https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/25/world/asia/china-xinjiang-ban-muslim-names-muhammad-jihad.html "China Bans 'Muhammad' and 'Jihad' as Baby Names in Heavily Muslim Region". + Note that Muhammad is an incredibly popular name in Islamic countries, and thought to be the most popular name in the world with 150m people sharing it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad(name)#Transliterations + It is so prevalent, that it is often shortened to just "Md." and people are just called by their second name to reduce ambiguity: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arabicname#Ism
  • 2017-04 https://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/camp-photo-04262019171258.html + .Image of prisoners wearing blue sitting down in Xinjiang concentration camp, with some prisoners identified to indicate that they are not criminals but rather detained purely for political reasons. A sixth one was https://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/camp-photo-04262019171258.html[identified in another report]. https://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/camp-photo-04262019171258.html[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Xinjiangprisonerssitting_identified.jpeg[height=400]

.Workers walking next to a prison-like security wall with concertina wire and barbed wire in the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DabanchengDistrictDabancheng <> circa 2019. https://www.dw.com/en/western-un-envoys-condemn-chinas-muslim-re-education-camps/a-49543438[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Dabanchengreeducation_camp.jpg[height=400]

.Security towers and inmate buildings of the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ArtuxArtux city <> circa 2019. https://www.dw.com/en/western-un-envoys-condemn-chinas-muslim-re-education-camps/a-49543438[Source] image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Artuxcityreeducation_camp.webp[height=400]

.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxnS4z-cSlI (https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/issues/220[GitHub upload]) 2021 video showing dozens of Uyghurs standing on a large court being brainwashed by a woman saying on a loudspeaker: 社会主义核心价值观,一定维护民族团结 (Socialist core values definitely maintain ethnic harmony). The echo of the speaker on the background buildings is eery. UNCONFIRMED. https://twitter.com/Inty/status/1381002964551168000[Source]. video::AxnS4z-cSlI[youtube,height=400,width=600]

.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUmomz6nQ4 (https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/issues/221[GitHub upload]) <> video of a few dozen Uyghur chilren being marched on the street with large bags, presumably during a displacement. The adults organizing it are a laugh, presumably at something cute one of the children did. Video markings: "@MaD DaN", location: "伯干村" (Bogancun, a town in Xinjiang https://goo.gl/maps/rt6jaT8oEjoXo95t8[according to Google Maps]), rolling banner TODO confirm, understand: "诗书达理之山人刨作原声". TODO identify Chinese music being sang on background, it is not clear if it is an edit or from the footage. The echo of the speaker on the background buildings is eery. UNCONFIRMED. https://twitter.com/Uyghurian/status/1380992770823835664[Source]. video::dUmomz6nQ4[youtube,height=400,width=600]

.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcLbAveuemI Here is a trick to getting longer lashes by feroza.x (2019). In this <> video, American then 17-year old Feroza Aziz, alias feroza.x, starts what looks likea regular makeup video, but which soon turns out to be a https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bait-and-switch[bait-and-switch] video drawing attention to the <>. This is somewhat similar to a <> with its <> approach.

====== Forced displacement of Uyghurs across China (2020)

Many videos were published on <>, 2020-07-09 https://www.codastory.com/authoritarian-tech/china-uyghur-migration/ "Revealed: New videos expose China’s forced migration of Uyghurs during the pandemic" has compilations of the most well known videos, with direct MP4 uploads that are easy to download.

<> re-uploads at: https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/issues/221

[[uyghurs-for-sale]] .Advertisement published by Qingdao Decai Decoration Co. claiming to supply government-sponsored Uyghur workers from Xinjiang to other provinces. Source of translation: https://www.aspi.org.au/report/uyghurs-sale["Uyghurs for sale" report]. Original website archive from 16 Jan 2020: http://archive.ph/r7T8r[]. The ad features a caricature of two dancing Uyghurs in traditional clothing. This is evidence of the CCP's mass forced eviction and slavery of Uyghurs. Another report at 2021-04-16 https://news.sky.com/story/amp/new-evidence-of-the-strict-controls-uighurs-face-in-factories-thousands-of-miles-from-home-12276248 "Batches of 50 to 100 Uighur workers are being advertised on the Chinese internet" suggests that a <> search for "劳务派遣" leads to incriminating ads, but which they fail to translate. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Uyghursalewebsite.jpg[height=500]

.Uyghur workers at Taekwang Shoe Manufacturing Co. Ltd (青岛泰光制鞋有限公司) waving the Chinese flag, October 2019. Viewable on the pro-CCP China Ethnic Religion Net (中国民族宗教网) website: http://www.mzb.com.cn/html/report/191130765-1.htm[], and also shown in the https://www.aspi.org.au/report/uyghurs-sale["Uyghurs for sale" report]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/UyghurworkerswavingChinaflag.jpg[height=400]

.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mx0JFgwATho&t=128 "New footage shows Uyghurs bussed across China for forced labour in factories". At the given timestamp, contains 30 seconds of footage extracted from 3 social media posts showing Uyghurs being sent in busses to work in far way regions. video::M_aXcH1zDEE[youtube,height=400,width=600,start=128]

.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mx0JFgwATho New footage shows Uyghurs bussed across China for forced labour in factories by Channel 4 News (2020) contains one of the many edits made with a https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bella_ciaobella ciao background, Chinese version showing uyghurs being sent in busses to work in far away locations in China. The music fits perfectly, literal translation of the Chinese version is "Ah, friend, goodbie". video::Mx0JFgwATho[youtube,height=400,width=600]

====== Merdan Ghappar's video (2020)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-53650246

Self made video shows the ex-model chained to a bed in a camp. Text messages give further details.

Text messages and translation: https://medium.com/@millwarj/wear-your-mask-under-your-hood-an-account-of-prisoner-abuse-in-xinjiang-during-the-2020-3007a1f7437d

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mX-jY1tgL_o

.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mX-jY1tgLo Merdan Ghappar's video footage, terrible screen capture from the BBC original, but can't find a better one. video::mX-jY1tgLo[youtube,height=400,width=600]

.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYhcrXYA6tM Rare footage of former model held for “re-education” in China’s detention system - BBC News (2020) Reportage with more context, including previoius modeling work. They're uncapable of adding the name "Merdan Ghappar" to the title or description however, what newbs. video::SYhcrXYA6tM[youtube,height=400,width=600]

[[xinjiang-cotton]] ====== Xinjiang cotton (新疆棉花, 2021)

Reports surfaced that <> people were being used to pick cotton, and boycotts followed.

Companies that boycotted, subset of <>:

  • 2021-03-25 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-56519411 "Nike, H&M face China fury over Xinjiang cotton 'concerns'", see also: <>.

Companies that supported:

  • 2021-03-26 https://hongkongfp.com/2021/03/26/hugo-boss-tells-chinese-customers-it-will-continue-to-purchase-xinjiang-cotton-months-after-telling-us-news-outlet-it-has-never-used-it/ ""Hugo Boss tells Chinese customers it will continue to purchase Xinjiang cotton, months after telling US news outlet it has never used it". People https://www.reddit.com/r/China/comments/mdilxi/hugobosstellschinesecustomersitwill/[immediately commented] that Hugo Boss was the company who made <> uniforms. + Here's a link to the <> mentioned: https://weibo.com/2329770312/K7RDviZl4?from=page1006062329770312profile&wvr=6&mod=weibotime&type=comment archive: https://archive.ph/tOcum + Original text: + ____ Hugo Boss秉持着对生产制造高品质产品的坚持,使用来自世界各地,包括原材料源自中国各大产区的面料。多年来,我们一直尊重一个中国原则,坚决捍卫国家主权和领土完整。我们与许多优秀的中国企业建立了长期合作,并将继续保持。新疆长绒棉是世界上最好的棉花之一,我们相信优质的原料一定会实现价值。我们将会继续采购和支持新疆棉花。 ____ + and the Google translate: + ____ Hugo Boss adheres to the insistence on manufacturing high-quality products, using fabrics from all over the world, including raw materials from major producing areas in China. Over the years, we have always respected the one-China principle and resolutely defended national sovereignty and territorial integrity. We have established long-term cooperation with many outstanding Chinese companies and will continue to maintain them. Xinjiang long-staple cotton is one of the best cotton in the world, and we believe that high-quality raw materials will surely realize value. We will continue to purchase and support Xinjiang cotton. ____ + Statement on Hugo Boss' website in English saying that they are ethical: https://group.hugoboss.com/fileadmin/media/pdf/sustainability/companycommitmentsEN/HUGOBOSSStatementonXinjiang.pdf (https://web.archive.org/web/20210326134037/https://group.hugoboss.com/fileadmin/media/pdf/sustainability/companycommitmentsEN/HUGOBOSSStatementonXinjiang.pdf[archive])

Reports:

  • 2020-12-14 reports that Uyghurs are being forced to work on the cotton industry emmerge: ** https://cgpolicy.org/briefs/coercive-labor-in-xinjiang-labor-transfer-and-the-mobilization-of-ethnic-minorities-to-pick-cotton/ "Coercive Labor in Xinjiang: Labor Transfer and the Mobilization of Ethnic Minorities to Pick Cotton" ** https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/extra/nz0g306v8c/china-tainted-cotton "China's 'tainted' cotton"

<> is a <> cartoon claiming it is all lies.

.Side-by-side comparison of black american slaves from 1908 and <> working in cotton collection. This was posted by the verified account of Chinese government official Hua Chunying (华春莹) on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SpokespersonCHN/status/1375015592944537605[], archives: https://archive.ph/3PTiA and https://web.archive.org/web/20210326034948/https://twitter.com/SpokespersonCHN/status/1375015592944537605[]. Pure beauty. Does she have a brain? The images read: "The cotton planter and his pickers, H. Tees, West Point, Miss[ssisipy]", https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cottonplanterandpickers1908.jpg[source], and "Uighus people picking cotton in Xinjiang China". <>, here we go. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/XinjiangcottonvsAmericanplantationfrom_1908.jpg[height=400]

[[other-islam-countries-speak-up-for-uyghur]] ====== Why don't many other Islamic countries speak up for the Uyghur persecution?

Either because those countries:

  • are also dictatorships and completely corrupt to the brim
  • or because Muslim schisms make them hate split groups even more than they hate other religions doe to the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncanny_valley[uncanny valley effect]

Analyses:

  • https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/china/2020-09-10/long-shadow-xinjiang "The Long Shadow of Xinjiang"
  • https://nationalinterest.org/feature/plight-uyghurs-why-muslims-wont-speak-their-brethren-112466

Related:

  • 2021-04-08 https://www.turkishminute.com/2021/04/08/chinese-wolf-warrior-met-their-match-in-turkey-with-municipal-trench-at-embassy-gate/ "Chinese wolf-warriors meet their match in Turkey with municipal trench at embassy gate" after + ____ Turkey's nationalist opposition has responded to a belligerent attitude from Beijing with workers from the Ankara Metropolitan Municipality digging a giant hole outside the Chinese Embassy in Ankara after the ambassador threatened the city’s mayor and an opposition leader with action over their tweets commemorating the victims of China’s violent crackdown on Uyghurs ____
  • 2020-11-23 "Uighur scholar arrested in Saudi Arabia at risk of deportation to China", "Activists and human rights advocates have raised concerns that Aimadoula Waili may be tortured in a ‘re-education' camp if sent back to China"
  • 2020-10-01 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9CIZ9x3pIs "Uighurs in Exile: Arrested and deported back to China – BBC Newsnight", "Newsnight has found that Uighur people in the Middle East have been targeted by nations including Saudi Arabia"
  • 2020-07-11: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/11/world/asia/china-iran-trade-military-deal.html "Defying U.S., China and Iran Near Trade and Military Partnership"
  • 2018: vice-president https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jusuf_Kalla[Jusuf Kalla] said "we don't want to intervene in the domestic affairs of another country": https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-23/muslim-governments-stayed-silent-on-chinese-minority-uyghur/10630822
  • https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/uk-muslim-activist-praises-jewish-community-for-speaking-out-for-uyghurs-635626 even the Jews are speaking lowder in some cases

.<> 2019-07 cartoon showing <> claiming to have won the global opinion on the Xinjiang re-education camps because all other dictatorships support him, including <>. https://www.rfa.org/english/cartoons/XiJinping-uyghur-camp-cartoon-07162019155441.html[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/XinjiangIwon.jpeg[height=400]

[[holocaust-denial]] ====== Holocaust denial (犹太人大屠杀否定论)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holocaust_denial
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/犹太人大屠杀否定论

Once again, <>.

.Holocaust denial cartoon by far-right cartoonist https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FrançoisePichard[Françoise Pichard] was a runner-up the <> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/InternationalHolocaustCartoonCompetition[International Holocaust Cartoon Competition] of 2006, which obviously aimed at discrediting Israel. The cartoon shows two https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HasidicJudaism[Hasidic Judaism][Hasidic jews] and reads in French: "Qui l'a mis par terre? Faurisson. Myth des chambres a gaz" which can be translated as: "Who put it down? Faurisson. Myth of the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaschambergas chambers". Farisson is a reference to famous French holocaust denier https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RobertFaurisson[Robert Faurisson]. The <> is doing the same as of 2020 in <>, e.g. through works such as <>. http://iranianhistory.pbworks.com/w/page/16588754/iranianhistory6[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/HolocaustdenialcartoonbyFrancoisePichard.jpg[height=400]

[[holocaust-denial-palestine]] .Holocaust denial cartoon suggesting that the Holocaust killed much less than Israel did during the Palestinian conflict TODO confirm artist, source image address suggests Moroccan https://www.toonsmag.com/naji-benaji/[Naji Benaji]. This <> type of strategy is exactly what the <> does, by trying to justify its horrors by comparing it to the horrors of other countries. We must recognize and fight against injustices of all countries. One injustice cannot justify the other. https://web.archive.org/web/20201201110526/https://cst.org.uk/news/blog/2010/10/29/a-new-low-for-scottish-palestine-solidarity-campaign[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/HolocaustdenialcartoonvsPalestine.jpg[height=400]

[[blood-cotton-initiative-wuheqilin]] .Blood Cotton Initiative by >. This pro-<> propaganda work suggests that the <> is a fabrication of <>. It depicts Americans as wearing https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KuKluxKlan[Ku Klux Klan] in an usual CCP reminder that <>. It is basically a <> cartoon. https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:BloodCottonInitiative.jpg[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/BloodCottonInitiativebyWuheqilin.jpg[height=400]

.Side-by-side comparison of <> and the <>. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/BloodCottonInitiativebyWuheqilinholocaustdenial.jpg[height=400]

[[inner-mongolia]] ==== Inner mongolia (内蒙古)

  • 2020-08-31 https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/language-08242020101614.html "China 'Will End' Mongolian-Language Education Starting This Semester: Reports" ** 2020-09-04 https://www.smhric.org/news_681.htm "Southern Mongolia turns to police state as full-blown cultural genocide unfolds" contains images of arrest orders and the like
  • 2011 Inner Mongolia unrest ** https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011InnerMongolia_unrest ** https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011年内蒙古抗议示威事件

[[tibet]] ==== Tibet (西藏)

Events linked to reducing the teaching of the Tibetan language in schools and replacing it with Mandarin:

  • 2020-04 https://www.languagemagazine.com/2020/04/23/tibetan-language-phased-out-as-schools-switch-to-mandarin/
  • 2010 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010Tibetanlanguage_protest

===== Tibet "re-education" camps (2020)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labourcampsin_Tibet

2020-09-22 the <> reported that <>-style camps were started to be built in <>: https://jamestown.org/program/jamestown-early-warning-brief-xinjiangs-system-of-militarized-vocational-training-comes-to-tibet/ and were housing half a million people.

[[tibetan-unrest-2008]] ===== 2008 Tibetan unrest (2008年西藏骚乱)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008Tibetanunrest
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008年西藏骚乱

Good gory photos from the event: https://file.wikileaks.org/file/tibet-protest-photos/ (https://web.archive.org/web/20200410200709/https://file.wikileaks.org/file/tibet-protest-photos/[archive])

.https://youtube.com/watch?v=B-tEi4uLME "Hundreds of Tibetan protesters clash with police after anti-China protest" published by AP Archive. video::B-tEi4uLME[youtube,height=400,width=600]

[[tibetan-unrest-1987-1989]] ===== 1987-1989 Tibetan unrest (1989年拉萨骚乱)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1987–1989Tibetanunrest
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/1989年拉萨骚乱

.https://youtube.com/watch?v=qMZgoRuPJBg "Troops stormed the Tibetan holy site the Jokhang Temple and beat monks" video::qMZgoRuPJBg[youtube,height=400,width=600]

.https://youtube.com/watch?v=3uQcGcGGepw "Latest Spate Of Violent Unrest In Lhasa And The Imposition Of Martial Law" by AP Archive video::3uQcGcGGepw[youtube,height=400,width=600]

[[hong-kong]] ==== Hong Kong (香港)

News source: https://www.reddit.com/r/HongKong/ Became larger than

r/china
during the <<2019-hong-kong-anti-extradition-bill-protests>>.

There is only one solution to Hong Kong's problem:

  • give inhabitants people easy VISAs to leave China, with priority to the rich/educated ones. Give them free language courses on the country of arrival, and help them find jobs
  • treat Hong Kong exactly like any other part of China, removing any special commercial treaty with the reagion, which it has enjoyed for many years

These have started happening seriously in response to the <>.

Hong Kong related posts at: https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/issues?q=label%3Ahong-kong+

Related:

  • Hong Kong-Mainland China conflict ** https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HongKong–MainlandChina_conflict ** https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/中港矛盾
  • <>
  • <>

===== Hong Kong 97 SNES video game

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HongKong97(videogame)
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/香港97_(遊戲)

1995 video game realistically depicts the fight of Hong Kong against the Communist Party predicted to happen https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HandoverofHong_Kong[at the handover], featuring Bruce Lee (often represented as <>) who returned from the grave to join the fight and kick <> ass.

The dead body from the game over screen was taken from a still from a video of the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bosnian_War[1992 Bosnian War]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCDWyzZyNdw

The track is a sample of the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ILoveBeijing_Tiananmen["I Love Beijing Tiananmen" (我爱北京天安门)] Cultural Revolution song that was popular before <> and later became an ironic protest song:


我爱北京天安门 + 天安门上太阳升


which means:


I love Beijing Tiananmen Square + The sun rises over the Tiananmen


Full song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Is_Z2K7guKs

.Cover of the Hong Kong 97. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:HongKong97cover.jpg[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/HongKong97cover.jpg[height=400]

.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaXcH1zDEE The venerable https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AngryVideoGameNerd[Angry Video Game Nerd] made a review of Hong Kong 97. video::M_aXcH1zDEE[youtube,height=400,width=600]

[[hong-kong-protests-2014]] ===== 2014 Hong Kong protests (Umbrella movement, 雨伞运动占领区)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014HongKong_protests
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umbrella_Movement
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/雨傘運動佔領區

.A common logo used in the Umbrella movement, depicting an stylized umbrella with yellow background. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:UmbrellaRevolutionicon3.svg[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Umbrellamovement_icon.png[height=400]

.Sea of seated protesters during the <> gathering at the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Admiralty,HongKongAdmiralty on 2014-10-10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:UmbrellaRevolutioninAdmiraltyNightView20141010.jpg[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/UmbrellamovementinAdmiraltynightView20141010.jpg[height=400]

[[hong-kong-national-security-law]] ===== Hong Kong National Security Law (香港国安法, 2020)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HongKongnationalsecuritylaw
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/中華人民共和國香港特別行政區維護國家安全法

News:

  • 2020-01-06 https://www.ft.com/content/ff253c71-6efb-4ca7-9d6c-b5e43d9371ba "Hong Kong police round up dozens of pro-democracy politicians"
  • 2020-11-12 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-54899171 "Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers resign after China ruling"
  • 2020-08-30 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWxuzuBXh1U "Chinese Police Arrest Hong Kong Activist Andy Li (李宇轩), 11 Others, for Attempting to Flee to Taiwan" ** 2021-01-4 https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3116301/mainland-chinese-lawyer-who-assisted-one-hong-kong "Mainland Chinese lawyer who helped one of the Hong Kong fugitives in Shenzhen threatened with loss of licence"
  • 2020-08-22 https://hk.appledaily.com/us/20200822/QS26FF4DBFE7PG2LJJEO4NSQTQ/ they are already trying to remove sensitive materials from history textbooks ** 2020-08-21 https://www.bbc.com/zhongwen/trad/chinese-news-53846482 "香港通識科課本大幅度修改涉政治取向內容引發爭議" appears to give more concrete details. An English infographic at: https://www.reddit.com/r/China/comments/ig9xca/somecensorshipexamplesofthelatestchanges/
  • 2020-08-10 https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-08-10/hong-kong-media-tycoon-jimmy-lai-arrested-apple-daily-reports[] "Hong Kong Media Tycoon Arrested in Latest Blow to Democracy Camp" + <> is the founder of <>, the flagship newspaper under Next Digital and the biggest pro-democracy paper in Hong Kong, reported that nearly 200 officers were entering their offices. + Other notable arrests: ** <> https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2020/08/10/who-are-jimmy-lai-agnes-chow-two-hong-kong-democracy-advocates-arrested-monday/ + The CCP is not even pretending anymore. + 2020-08-12: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/08/hong-kong-media-tycoon-lai-released-bail-arrest-200811173810887.html[]: they were released on bail
  • 2020-08-30 https://edition.cnn.com/2020/07/29/asia/hong-kong-security-law-election-intl-hnk/index.html "Four Hong Kong student activists arrested for 'secession' over social media posts": the arrests against online freedom of speech begin https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-53616583 gives the names, all are abroad it seems: + ____ Police in Hong Kong are seeking the arrest of six pro-democracy activists living in exile in Western countries, including the UK, media reports say.

The group reportedly includes former UK consulate worker Simon Cheng, well-known activist Nathan Law and US citizen Samuel Chu.


  • 2020-07-08 https://www.reuters.com/article/us-hongkong-protests-china-security/china-converts-hong-kong-hotel-into-new-national-security-office-idUSKBN24903Z "China converts Hong Kong hotel into new national security office" + The name of the hotel is Metropark Hotel (維景酒店), address: 148 Tung Lo Wan Rd, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong: https://goo.gl/maps/1uR4RntpLMFaCYpq6 + Using hotels as a base of operations is of coures common in occupied regions, see e.g.: ** https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ThePeninsulaParisThe Peninsula Paris, which was used by the <> and figures in the movie https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ArmyofShadows[Army of the Shadows (1969)]. An important quote from that movie when a prisoner of the Nazis dies, his friend says: + ____ All debts will be paid. + Toutes les dettes se paieront. ____
  • 2020-06-29 https://www.commerce.gov/news/press-releases/2020/06/statement-us-secretary-commerce-wilbur-ross-revocation-hong-kong "Statement from U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross on Revocation of Hong Kong Special Status" + ____ With the Chinese Communist Party's imposition of new security measures on Hong Kong, the risk that sensitive U.S. technology will be diverted to the People's Liberation Army or <> has increased, all while undermining the territory's autonomy. Those are risks the U.S. refuses to accept and have resulted in the revocation of Hong Kong's special status. ____
  • 2020-06-03 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/03/britain-could-change-immigration-rules-for-hong-kong-citizens "Boris Johnson lays out visa offer to nearly 3m Hong Kong citizens"
  • 2020-05-29 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52842303 "UK could offer 'path to citizenship' for Hong Kong's British passport holders"
  • 2020-05-24 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/24/beijing-to-impose-hong-kong-security-laws-without-delay

Resources:

  • https://hkchronicles.com/ Blocked on early 2021 in Hong Kong: https://hkchronicles.com/d/view/announcement-on-blockage

.Over 100 police officers raid the Apple Daily Hong Kong newspaper soon after the <> started. https://hongkongfp.com/2020/08/10/scores-of-police-raid-office-of-hong-kong-pro-democracy-newspaper-apple-daily/[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/AppleDailyraid.webp[height=600]

====== Hong kong national security department hotline

2020-11-06 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-54835955 "Hong Kong: Snitch hotline gets more than 1,000 calls"

An official source: https://www.police.gov.hk/pppen/03policemessage/nsdrh.html (https://web.archive.org/web/20201106164104/https://www.police.gov.hk/pppen/03policemessage/nsdrh.html[archive]).

The contacts:

Related: <>

Discussion:

  • https://www.reddit.com/r/China/comments/jp3s8a/hongkongsnitchhotlinetoreportpeople/ on <>
  • https://lihkg.com/thread/2272029/page/1 on <>

===== 2019 Hong Kong anti-extradition bill protests

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019HongKonganti-extraditionbill_protests
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEvalUQuClE "Last Hong Kong governor Chris Patten: Gov't defense of extradition bill 'absolute nonsense'", Hong Kong Free Press ** 2019-10 https://twitter.com/Slasher/status/1181442535962632193 Blizzard bans top Hearthstone esports player Blitzchung (Ng Wai Chung) for pro Hong Kong message in interview + Wiki page of the event: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blitzchung_controversy

Songs:

  • Glory to Hong Kong ** https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GlorytoHong_Kong ** https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/願榮光歸香港

.https://youtube.com/watch?v=YhN6jipSHFI Hong Kong Yoga - Sammy J S2 (ep31) published by ABC Comedy on 2019-09-19. Very good. video::YhN6jipSHFI[youtube,height=400,width=600]

[[do-not-split]] ====== Do Not Split (不割席, 2020)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DoNotSplit
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/不割席

====== LeBron James opposes Hong Kong anti-extradition bill protests (2019)

NBA is huge in China.

On 2019-10-05 (Friday) 7:41PM Daryl Morey, NBA's Houston Rockets manager sent a tweet with an image that read:


Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.


Archive: https://web.archive.org/web/20191005025317if_/https://twitter.com/dmorey/status/1180312072027947008

Then Daryl was a coward, removed this tweet, and apologized on 2019-10-07 (Monday) 1:18 AM https://twitter.com/dmorey/status/1181000808399114240 (https://archive.is/6Sdpn[archive]), so by then it was already deleted.


I did not intend my tweet to cause any offense to Rockets fans and friends of mine in China


Then TODO date the uberstar https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LeBron_JamesLeBron James, a big supporter of black rights in the US, criticized this.

https://apnews.com/article/dd96d002394f45a6859c280c889afcb7[LeBron's words]:


I don't want to get into a word or sentence feud with Daryl Morey, but I believe he wasn't educated on the situation


Related video of LeBron saying similar things on interview (TODO same?): 2019-10-15 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjM43blzaRc "LeBron addresses Daryl Morey's tweet and Lakers' trip to China | NBA on ESPN"

Led to: <>.

  • 2019-10-15 https://apnews.com/article/dd96d002394f45a6859c280c889afcb7 "LeBron: Rockets' Morey 'wasn't educated' on China tweet"
  • 2019-10-07 (Monday) "Rockets' general manager's Hong Kong comments anger China"
  • 2019-10-07 Lakers vs. Heat NBA <> Live Stream cancelled due to fan wearing the <> flag + .Fan wearing Taiwan flag in 2019-10-07 Lakers vs. Heat showing fan and text (TODO from <>?) saying that the match will be cancelled. https://www.reddit.com/r/China/comments/dtrx4b/tencentnbalivebroadcastgotcancelledbecause[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/NBATaiwanflag.jpg[height=600] ** https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-49956385 ** https://edition.cnn.com/2019/10/07/business/houston-rockets-nba-china-daryl-morey/index.html

Some good LeBron cartoons:

  • https://twitter.com/Christi71386739/status/1312730174497058816/photo/1 <> 2019-10-15 "You are the king"
  • https://twitter.com/Christi71386739/status/1312730174497058816/photo/2 Adam Zyglis "Kneeling", NFL vs NBA

.In 2020-10-04 American billboard company https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OutfrontMedia[Outfront Media] refused to post this ad by the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NationalLegalandPolicyCenter[NLPC conservative think tank] critical of LeBron James' stand on Hong Kong. The ad shows the NBA superstar with a Chinese flag covering his mouth and the message "Silence is Violence." and URL http://freedom4china.com/[]. https://www.foxnews.com/sports/billboard-company-refuses-to-post-ad-critical-of-lebron-james-stand-on-china[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Silenceis_violence.jpg[height=400]

=== What should all pro-democracy people do about China?

A propaganda slogan from a https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Resistance[French Resistance] flyer (see also <>):


To obey is to betray. + To disobey is to serve.

Obéir c'est trahir. + Désobéir c'est servir.


."Obéir c'est trahir. Désobéir c'est servir." flyer featuring the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CrossofLorraine[cross of Lorraine] https://www.larousse.fr/encyclopedie/images/ObéircesttrahirDésobéircestservir/1314227[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Toobeyisto_betray.jpg[height=400]

==== Photobombing-like attacks

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photobombing

In online video games:

  • 2020-04-08 https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-08/nintendo-s-animal-crossing-becomes-new-hong-kong-protest-ground Animal Crossing
  • <>

Explicitly forbidden in China by the law: <>.

See also: <>.

===== Appropriation attack

An appropriation attack is one where the attackers attempt to associate an existing symbol to their cause.

For example during the <<2019-hong-kong-anti-extradition-bill-protests>> attackers attempted to use this technique to associate a generic https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chun-Li[Chinese Chun-Li-like] character Mei from Blizzard's link:++https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overwatch(videogame)++[Overwatch game] to try and get it blocked in China after the gaming company punished a pro gamer for defending the Hong Kong protests. Coverage https://www.businessinsider.com/blizzard-fans-overwatch-mei-hong-kong-protests-memes-2019-10 (https://web.archive.org/web/20191012094950/https://www.businessinsider.com/blizzard-fans-overwatch-mei-hong-kong-protests-memes-2019-10[archive]).

.Mei from Blizzard's Overwatch was used in an attempted <> during the <<2019-hong-kong-anti-extradition-bill-protests>>. https://twitter.com/marnofavonlea/status/1182557311539150849[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/MeiwithHong_kong.jpg[height=600]

===== Sport event live broadcast image attacks

NBA in particular is super popular in China, and people sitting at the front row can easily bomb emissions due to the small court size:

  • China's <> halts NBA live broadcast over <> flag
  • https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3813842

Started in particular due to the <>

==== What should Western countries do about China?

Force all their Western servers to accept <> connections only: <>.

Western governments must reciprocate unfair Chinese practices: https://politics.stackexchange.com/questions/18508/why-dont-western-countries-penalize-chinese-companies-in-the-same-way-that-chin

Companies only care about money and have no long term view, the following must be imposed by governments on Western companies.

Serious sanctions must be pot on companies that sell sensitive things to dictatorships:

  • <>

Related approaches taken by the CCP that should also be stopped dead by strict enforcement of the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ForeignAgentsRegistration_Act[Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA)]:

  • <>, notably <>, must
  • <>

Physical presence influence must be completely blocked, e.g. cultural centers that report directly to the CCP such as <> and <> must be banned.

News about Chinese state media using Western social media:

  • 2016 https://qz.com/671211/chinas-propaganda-outlets-have-leaped-the-top-of-facebook-even-though-it-banned-at-home/ "China's propaganda news outlets are absolutely crushing it on Facebook"

Accounts that are not labelled as being from the Chinese government, but which support the CCP, must be investigated to determine if they are actually funded by the Chinese government.

TODO what to do with websites of: <>? Blocking them has the downsides that:

  • it would be harder to monitor what crazy shit the commies are doing
  • those censorship mechanisms could be reused to block good websites by Western governments that are becoming Evil

Let's just leave them up to start with, who gives a fuck about them? :-) If they are getting too many page views, we can make search engines add the disclaimer too.

Chinese social media such as <> and <> must be banned. This is less serious than regular websites, because you can always repost on Western social media but without getting spied on:

  • 2020-08-07 https://www.engadget.com/tiktok-wechat-executive-order-014615752.html "Trump executive order seeks to ban <>, <> 'transactions' in 45 days"

Whenever China kicks out a western journalist who is in China and reports there, the Western country must do the same and kick out a Chinese journalists for a Chinese media.

An upside of restricting Chinese servies is that it would hugely bolster <> technologies, as every Chinese expat would need to buy a VPN.

  • https://politics.stackexchange.com/questions/18508/why-dont-western-countries-penalize-chinese-companies-in-the-same-way-that-chin

Western governments must identify raw material dependencies on China, and reduce them, while at the same time forbidding technology transfer to China. China has been trading cheap resources for technology, and we must stop that now.

Unfair Chinese commercial practices must be reciprocated. Chinese companies should be forced to open joint ventures to operate outside of China, which is a trick China uses to control profits and more easily steal IP from Western companies:

  • https://www.msn.com/zh-hk/news/other/us-entrepreneurs-make-a-choice-rewards-of-doing-business-in-china-often-outweigh-risks-of-losing-trade-secrets/ar-BBSPC69 (https://web.archive.org/web/20190905071456/https://www.msn.com/zh-hk/news/other/us-entrepreneurs-make-a-choice-rewards-of-doing-business-in-china-often-outweigh-risks-of-losing-trade-secrets/ar-BBSPC69:[archive])
  • https://www.chinalawblog.com/2019/02/china-joint-ventures-the-long-version.html (https://web.archive.org/web/20190905071738/https://www.chinalawblog.com/2019/02/china-joint-ventures-the-long-version.html:[archive])

Sanctions must be imposed directly on Chinese officials. They must not be allowed to "escape to a better life or have investments in the West":

  • 2020-08-08 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-53699084 "Hong Kong: US imposes sanctions on chief executive Carrie Lam"

.<> 2016-09-07 cartoon entitled "宽衣<>" depicting <> as a https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poledance[pole dancer] and throwing money at other world leaders during the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016G20Hangzhousummit[2016 G20 Hangzhou summit] is a reference to how China buys political influence in other countries by promising profitable trade deals with those countries. https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/biantailajiaomanhua/biantailajiaomanhua-09072016131637.html[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Xi_pole.jpg[height=400]

===== Mark government controlled social media

All posts of all state-sponsored social media accounts must be clearly marked as such.

This should be done not only for China, but of all countries, including Western democracies.

Even better, they should add funny censored images on top of those that are from dictatorship countries.

Furthermore, marked media from dictatorships must be forbidden to both monetize and pay to promote its content.

Any outlets that do not announce themselves as state sponsored but are, must be banned forever when they are found out.

What to do about personal accounts is much harder to decide however, and especially so in the case of <>, where they might really not be state sponsored, and the creator's nationality won't help make the decision either.

Some websites have started marking such accounts, which is a great start.

  • YouTube in 2018: https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/2/16964190/youtube-state-funded-broadcasters
  • Facebook in 2020: https://techcrunch.com/2020/06/04/facebook-adds-labels-identifying-state-controlled-media/
  • Twitter in 2020: ** report https://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/3096380/twitter-begin-labelling-state-affiliated-media ** example from https://twitter.com/PDChina <> marked as "China state-affiliated media" and links to https://help.twitter.com/en/rules-and-policies/state-affiliated-china

Reports of Chinese influence on social media:

  • 2020-06 Twitter has also implicated in receiving advertising money from <>, see also: <> ** 2020-06-12 https://blog.twitter.com/en_us/topics/company/2020/information-operations-june-2020.html ** 2020-06-12 https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/jun/12/twitter-deletes-170000-accounts-linked-to-china-influence-campaign "Twitter deletes 170,000 accounts linked to China influence campaign" ** The Chinese government later contested this decision: https://variety.com/2020/digital/asia/china-victim-wants-twitter-to-delete-attackers-1234633860/
  • 2020-04-07 https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/9397v8/chinas-been-flooding-facebook-with-shady-ads-blaming-trump-for-the-coronavirus-crisis "China's Been Flooding Facebook With Shady Ads Blaming Trump for the Coronavirus Crisis"

[[spy]] ===== China spy stories

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chineseintelligenceactivity_abroad

Do not underestimate the CCP and its control over every Chinese companies and people. Every Chinese company and person is a potential spy.

This is <>, and <> does not not reproach China specifically for its secret service, e.g. <> used https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EdwardSnowden#NSAsub-contracteeasanemployeefor_Dell[Dell] as an NSA front-end.

The point is just that the West should not underestimate this menace that comes from a <>.

For university espionage in particular see: <>.

Some Chinese spy stories:

  • 2020-03-20 Tarmo Kõuts from Estonia ** https://news.err.ee/1608148489/court-sentences-estonian-marine-scientist-to-prison-for-spying-for-china "Court sentences Estonian marine scientist to prison for spying for China"
  • 2020-12-25 https://in.news.yahoo.com/detention-10-chinese-spies-afghanistan-040901520.html "Detention of 10 Chinese spies in Afghanistan leaves Beijing red-faced" TODO better source.
  • 2020-12-09 Christine Fang https://www.axios.com/china-spy-california-politicians-9d2dfb99-f839-4e00-8bd8-59dec0daf589.html "Exclusive: Suspected Chinese spy targeted California politicians". In 2015, she was fucking some politicians and infiltrating parties, but as suspicions arose, Beijing likely called her back.
  • 2020-09-21 Baimadajie Angwang ** https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2020/09/21/nypd-cop-charged-with-acting-as-china-agent.html "New York City police officer spied on fellow Tibetans for China, prosecutors charge"
  • 2020-08-21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3hwdsbh6-M "I worked for the Chinese State Department – 中公教育党委 – offcn CCP Committee" more info at <>
  • 2019-01-15 Kevin Mallory ** 2019-01-15 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-46557096 "Kevin Mallory: The churchgoing patriot who spied for China" + Good profile. He was first approached via LinkedIn. As a related case, Jun Wei Yeo was arrested as LinkedIn spy recruiter in 2020: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-53544505 + And those stupid Chines handlers gave him a phone that was supposed to be encrypted, but it crashed and then rebooted unencrypted, right when the FBI agents were around. + ____ But after the 2008 real estate crash, his fortunes changed. His house plummeted in value, and later he lost his job. ____ ** 2019-04-04 https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-security/how-230-000-debt-linkedin-message-led-ex-cia-officer-n990691 "How a $230,000 debt and a LinkedIn message led an ex-CIA officer to spy for China" + Good profile, gives important points: he was 230k in debt, and "Mallory began reaching out to former CIA colleagues in an apparent effort to pump them for information. The ex-colleagues grew suspicious and contacted the CIA, prosecutors say." ** 2019-05-18 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-48319058 "Kevin Mallory: Ex-CIA agent jailed for spying for China". + The article also contains a good summary section "CIA spy operation in China: Key dates".
  • 2019-11: Wang Liqiang spy defection to Australia ** https://www.smh.com.au/national/defecting-chinese-spy-offers-information-trove-to-australian-government-20191122-p53d1l.html
  • 2019-11: Jerry Chun Shing Lee, naturalized American, convicted for being double agent while working at CIA after being in custody for 2 years ** https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/justice-department/former-cia-officer-sentenced-19-years-conspiring-chinese-spies-n1089341
  • 2018-06-05 Ron Rockwell Hansen ** https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-44364437

====== 2010 dismantling of CIA's network in China

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CIAactivitiesin_China#2010

Around2010-2012 about 20 CIA spies in China were killed. One was shot right in the courtyard of a government building as a message to others.

After identifying some of the websites, possibly with a double agent, Iran was able to reach the rest through Google searches for similar sites.

The trouble started in when the CIA was investigating nuclear weapons in Iran in 2009.

The fact that China soon followed could indicate that Iran sold the secret to China.

TODO do we have any such sample websites or screenshots of them? https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/issues/167

https://news.yahoo.com/cias-communications-suffered-catastrophic-compromise-started-iran-090018710.html mentions that:


A 2011 Iranian television broadcast that touted the government's destruction of the CIA network said U.S. intelligence operatives had created websites for fake companies to recruit agents in Iran by promising them jobs, visas and education abroad. Iranians who initially thought they were responding to legitimate opportunities would end up meeting with CIA officers in places like Dubai or Istanbul for recruitment, according to the broadcast.


therefore the websites might not have been in English.

TODO find that broadcast. News broke 2019-06-22[] apparently: * https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMilJGTIvkI "US calls for Iran to free alleged CIA spy" by euronews (in English) (2011-12-20) shows a forced confession on state television by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AmirMirzaHekmati[]. He claims to have been tortured with forced drug withdrawal. Given that Iran is in the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GoldenCrescent[Golden Crescent], Ciro would guess they gave him heroin, see also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opiumin_Iran[] "Opium in Iran is widely available, and the country was thought to have the highest per capita number of opiate addicts in the world[1][2] at a rate of 2.8% of Iranians over age 15."

Iran claims to have captured spies working for CIA

  • 2017-05-20 https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-china-espionage-idUSKCN18G0UM "China killed CIA sources, hobbled U.S. spying from 2010 to 2012: NYT"
  • 2018-10-02 https://news.yahoo.com/cias-communications-suffered-catastrophic-compromise-started-iran-090018710.html "The CIA's communications suffered a catastrophic compromise. It started in Iran."

[[ministry-of-state-security]] ====== Ministry of State Security (MSS, Guoanbu, 国安部)

  • link:++https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MinistryofStateSecurity(China)++
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/中华人民共和国国家安全部

The Chinese <> organ.

Report website launched in 2018 https://www.12339.gov.cn/[], some coverage:

  • https://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2141910/china-launches-website-report-foreign-spies-corrupt

[[pla]] ====== People's Liberation Army (PLA, 中国人民解放军)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People%27sLiberationArmy
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/中国人民解放军

The Chinese army, and also one of the central intelligence agencies, notably on cyberattacks.

===== The West must ban the Chinese telecommunications software and hardware

They are an entry point to spying, censorship and <>. Notable companies that should be banned:

  • <>
  • <>
  • <>
  • <>

Reports:

  • 2020-02 https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-china-media/u-s-imposes-new-rules-on-state-owned-chinese-media-over-propaganda-concerns-idUSKBN20C2G1 U.S. imposes new rules on state-owned Chinese media over propaganda concerns, the companies are: Xinhua News Agency, China Global Television Network, China Radio International, China Daily Distribution Corp. and Hai Tian Development USA, Inc. See also: <>. ** 2020-04-03 https://theintercept.com/2020/04/03/zooms-encryption-is-not-suited-for-secrets-and-has-surprising-links-to-china-researchers-discover/ 'Zoom's encryption is "not suited for secrets" and has surprising links to china, researchers discover"

===== What should Western media do about China?

When you report something about a person, for fuck's sake include the person's name in the title of the article, at the very least the pinyin.

Then, in the body, also add the corresponding Chinese characters on the first mention. This is how you do it: "San Xihou (三西猴)"

Yes, Chinese people also have names. And yes, pinyin has infinitely more homonyms than characters.

In the body of the article, notably in photos, include the exact location of the event if applicable.

City at the very least, but if recognizable, where withing the city.

Yes, China is big! There are many different places in China.

==== Western companies that comply with Chinese censorship requests

Western governments should prevent companies from complying to Chinese censorship requests, or at least impose fines and sanctions on them.

Citizens should boycott such companies and require them to be punished.

See also: <>

Some hell known companies and events:

  • 2020 <>
  • 2020 Outfront Media, see: <>
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HSBC[HSBC] ** 2020-06 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HSBC#SupportforChina'sSecurityLawforHongKong(2020)[Support for China's Security Law for Hong Kong (2020)]
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloomberg_L.P.[Bloomberg L.P.] ** 2020-02 https://theintercept.com/2020/02/18/mike-bloomberg-lp-nda-china/ "When Bloomberg News's Reporting on China Was Challenged, Bloomberg Tried to Ruin Me for Speaking Out"
  • 2019-12 Shutterstock implements censorship for searches from China https://techcrunch.com/2019/12/08/in-wake-of-shutterstocks-chinese-censorship-american-companies-need-to-relearn-american-values/
  • Apple ** https://applecensorship.com App Store monitoring by <>, source: https://github.com/greatfire/applecensorship ** 2020-03-01 https://techcrunch.com/2020/03/01/china-roundup-apple-closes-app-store-loophole/ "China Roundup: Apple closes a 4-year-old App Store loophole" ** 2020-02-25 https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/feb/25/apple-censorship-requests-china-shareholder-groups-proposal ** 2019-04-12 https://www.theverge.com/2019/4/12/18305087/congress-apple-criticism-china-communist-tiananmen-pro-democracy "Lawmakers lash out at Apple for censoring a song about <>" + .Chinese flag with Apple characteristics. https://techcrunch.com/2015/08/11/apple-shares-tumble-5-amidst-china-concerns/[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/AppleChinaflag.png[height=400]
  • JPMorgan ** 2016-11 "Sons and Daughters" corruption hiring program for chidren of government officials: https://www.forbes.com/sites/antoinegara/2016/11/17/jpmorgan-agrees-to-pay-264-million-fine-for-sons-and-daughters-hiring-program-in-china/#46746e305688

.2019 summary of companies that kowtow to China. https://twitter.com/hoho90272496/status/1182669015937966080[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Brandcensorshipchart.jpg[height=600]

.<> 2019-10 carton showing several brands kowtowing to <>, while South Park alone gives the middle finger. https://www.rfa.org/english/cartoons/china-hongkong-us-10102019153228.html[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Xi_bat.jpg[height=400]

.<> 2017-07 showing <> eating an Apple Inc. logo referring to the many events where Apple gave in to Chinese demands to have access to the Chinese market. https://www.rfa.org/english/cartoons/China-Apple-cartoon-08242017103540.html[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Xi_Apple.jpg[height=400]

.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4WBsahU3X4 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Colbert[Stephen Colbert] comments in 2015 on how American films make a good image of China to be allowed in China by censors to increase sales. video::V4WBsahU3X4[youtube,height=400,width=600]

===== LinkedIn

They have a <> policy:

  • https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/answer/28422/names-allowed-on-profiles you have to use your real name
  • https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/topics/6042/6059/430 you have to use your real photo

Extremelly dictatorial, we should test other approaches, e.g. background image, and <> on about.

  • 2021-03-11 https://edition.cnn.com/2021/03/11/tech/linkedin-china-microsoft-intl-hnk/index.html "LinkedIn suspends new sign-ups in China": + ____ We're a global platform with an obligation to respect the laws that apply to us, including adhering to Chinese government regulations for our localized version of LinkedIn in China," LinkedIn added. The company declined to elaborate on which local law it was examining. ____
  • 2019-01-04 https://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/2180620/linkedin-adhering-beijings-rules-censors-chinese-profile-page-us-based "LinkedIn reverses course after censoring Chinese profile page of US-based human rights activist Zhou Fengsuo", see also: <>
  • 2014-06-04 https://money.cnn.com/2014/06/04/technology/linkedin-china-censorship/ "LinkedIn draws fire for China censorship" mentions: "Some LinkedIn (LNKD) users have received emails from the company in recent days informing them that their posts will not be shown in mainland China."

3 days after <> put up anti-CCP messages on his LinkedIn, the account was banned in China, with a message under https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/cases/36977487[]:


Hi Ciro,

Your LinkedIn profile is an integral part of how you present your professional self to the world. That's why we believe it's important to inform you that due to the presence of prohibited content located in the headline, background image and volunteer experience sections of your LinkedIn profile, your profile and your public activity, such as your comments and items you share with your network, will not be made viewable in China. Your profile and activity continues to remain viewable throughout the rest of the countries in which LinkedIn is available. We will work with you to minimize the impact and can review your profile’s accessibility within China if you update the headline, background image and volunteer experience sections of your profile. But the decision whether to update your profile is yours.

In February 2014, we began offering a localized version of LinkedIn in China. We believe that people everywhere can benefit from Chinese individuals connecting with each other and LinkedIn members in other parts of the world, and that the creation of economic opportunity can have a profound impact on their lives and the lives of their families and communities.

While we strongly support freedom of expression, we recognized when we launched that we would need to adhere to the requirements of the Chinese government in order to operate in China. As a reminder, your profile will remain viewable throughout the rest of the countries in which LinkedIn is available.

If you have any questions, please contact Customer Service.

Regards,

LinkedIn Support Team


.3 days after <> put up anti-CCP messages on his LinkedIn, the account was banned in China. They are quite efficient. <> had notably https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/meghara/china-linkedin-zhou-fengsuo[previously achieved this]. Another report by a https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/meghara/linkedin-censorship-peter-humphrey[Peter Humphrey]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/CiroSantilliLinkedInChinaban.png[height=600]

===== Chinese interference in Western media

This lists links between owners of several US media outlets and China: https://thefederalist.com/2020/05/04/has-china-compromised-every-major-mainstream-media-entity/[] "A Rundown Of Major U.S. Corporate Media’s Business Ties To China". No direct evidence that this has affected the news however.

[[china-watch]] ====== China watch (2011-)

Campaign by <> to add paid articles/ads that read like news in/distributed with Western newspapers. They appeared to be marked as China watch ads, but still, they should be crushed.

  • 2020-06: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TheWashingtonPost[Washington Post], https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TheWallStreetJournal[Wall Street Journal] and others figure on official fillings of newspapers paid by China Daily: https://efile.fara.gov/docs/3457-Amendment-20200601-2.pdf[]. + https://www.opindia.com/2020/06/china-propaganda-daily-washington-post-new-york-times-wall-street-journal-millions-dollars-justice-department-newspapers-paid-content/ summarizes: + ___ As per the documents filed by China Daily with the Justice Department, the Communist party mouthpiece had paid over $6 million to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), $4.6 million to the Washington Post, $2,40,000 to Foreign Policy, $50,000 to the New York Times, $34,600 to The Des Moines Register and $76,000 to CQ-Roll Call.

Besides, spending $11 million in advertising on prominent US papers, China Daily shelled out an additional $7.6 million to The Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, The Seattle Times, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Houston Chronicle, and The Boston Globe for printing copies of its own paper. For instance, the Los Angeles Times reportedly received $657,523 for printing services. The Communist party-mouthpiece had also spent $2,65,822 on advertising on Twitter.


+ The Washington Post is the one that had received the most attention earlier on since 2011: + ** https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TheWashingtonPost#ChinaDailyadvertisingsupplements ** https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2011/02/official-chinese-propaganda-now-online-from-the-wapo/70690/ "Official Chinese Propaganda: Now Online from the WaPo!" + They even had online distribution channel: http://chinawatch.washingtonpost.com/ It is https://web.archive.org/web/20200708133054/http://chinawatch.washingtonpost.com/[dead as of 2020-07], but https://web.archive.org/web/20180330150602/http://chinawatch.washingtonpost.com/[was alive in 2018] * https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TheDaily_Telegraph[Daily Telegraph]: UK Daily Telegraph stops publishing section paid for by China[piece of shit] tabloid, it comes as no surprise that they would sell out to any dictatorship + 2020-04-14 https://www.theguardian.com/media/2020/apr/14/daily-telegraph-stops-publishing-section-paid-for-by-china "Daily Telegraph stops publishing section paid for by China"

China Daily itself claims certain partnerships: <> https://www.chinadaily.com.cn/static_e/global.html[]:


China Daily has also developed diversified cooperation with over 40 media organizations around the world, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Daily Telegraph, the Guardian, etc.


===== bandinchina GitHub repository

https://github.com/caffeine-overload/bandinchina

Contains a "List of companies who have apologized to the Chinese government and implemented censorship requests".

It only lists companies that implemented censorship outside of China however (with Hong Kong, <> and Macau defined as outside of China), therefore it is basically a Taiwan flag takedown + Hong Kong / Taiwan censorship list:

  • https://github.com/caffeine-overload/bandinchina/pull/56#issuecomment-541230090
  • https://github.com/caffeine-overload/bandinchina/pull/84

Other interesting GitHub repositories: <>.

===== Western companies that stood up against the CCP

See also:

  • <>

====== Western companies that supported the CCP

See also:

  • <>
  • <>
  • <>

===== Entertainers who support the CCP

Western:

  • <>

Chinese who are famous in the West:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JackieChan#Politicalviewsandcontroversy[Jackie Chan 陳港生] even though he is born in Hong Kong ** https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3T_Dd3O1UM spoke against the <<2019-hong-kong-anti-extradition-bill-protests>> ** https://www.thestandard.com.hk/section-news/fc/21/216376/Police-chief-says-Jackie-Chan-made-him
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LiuYifei#Controversy[Liu Yifei 刘亦菲] who starred in the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mulan(2020_film)[Mulan 2020] Disney movie. To make matters more fun, some scenes were shot in <>: https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4004891 ** https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/16/disneys-mulan-star-sparks-call-for-boycott-with-hong-kong-stance opposed the <<2019-hong-kong-anti-extradition-bill-protests>>, notably saying "What a shame for Hong Kong". The <> later quoted her: https://web.archive.org/web/20190816162331/http://en.people.cn/n3/2019/0816/c90000-9606859.html[]

Chinese celebrities who opposed the CCP:

  • <>

=== Chinese Interference in the Western education systems

Related about university interference:

  • 2020-12-05 https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN28F05U "U.S. ends exchange programs with China, calling them 'propaganda'". Only five of the programs were terminated: ** Policymakers Educational China Trip Program ** U.S.-China Friendship Program ** U.S.-China Leadership Exchange Program ** U.S.-China Transpacific Exchange Program ** Hong Kong Educational and Cultural Program
  • 2020-06-17 https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Technology/US-blacklists-China-s-MIT-as-tech-war-enters-new-phase Harbin Institute of Technology denied MATLAB support for being in the entity list, apparenty since may: https://www.commerce.gov/news/press-releases/2020/05/commerce-department-add-two-dozen-chinese-companies-ties-wmd-and
  • 2020-05-28 https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/motion-backing-hong-kong-blocked-after-campaign-by-chinese-students-at-warwick-fsdfphr26 "Motion backing Hong Kong blocked after campaign by Chinese students at Warwick". The article mentions that "Just under 1,000 students voted in favour of the motion. Turnout was three times higher than other votes and officials said that it was a new record for participation."
  • 2020-08 https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/craven-cowardice-unsw-condemned-for-deleting-posts-critical-of-beijing-20200803-p55hy5.html "'Craven cowardice': UNSW condemned for deleting posts critical of Beijing" University of New South Wales
  • 2020-05 Drew Pavlou 柏乐志 ** https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UniversityofQueensland[University of Queensland], Australia, was trying to get rid of him for anti-CCP campaign ** https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/may/24/how-a-20-year-old-student-put-the-spotlight-on-australian-universities-cosy-relationship-with-china ** https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_o1sZefER0E <> interview

China buying pre-University educational institutions:

  • 2021-02-21 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9282617/British-private-institutions-bought-Chinese-firms.html "The British schools selling out to Beijing: Not only are private institutions being bought by Chinese firms but some are giving communist-approved lessons that are a threat to free speech", gives list of 17 schools bought
  • 2019-07-10 https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/chinese-buy-up-more-of-england-s-private-schools-pjr6692bq "Chinese buy up more of England’s private schools", "Chinese investors have secured another foothold in the English private school sector with the £150 million purchase of CATS colleges."

[[confucius-institute]] ==== Confucius institute (孔子学院)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confucius_Institute
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/孔子学院

News and reports:

  • 2019-09 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-49511231 (https://web.archive.org/web/20191013185933/https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-49511231[archive]) "Confucius Institutes: The growth of China's controversial cultural branch"
  • 2019-01 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2019/01/11/u-s-universities-have-shut-down-confucius-institutes-heres-what-you-need-to-know/ (https://web.archive.org/web/20190616134959/https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2019/01/11/u-s-universities-have-shut-down-confucius-institutes-heres-what-you-need-to-know/[archive]) "Why U.S. universities are shutting down China-funded Confucius Institutes"

==== University espionage

Lists:

  • 2021-02-08 https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/2/8/uk-academics-investigated-over-china-military-research-report "Nearly 200 British academics at more than 12 universities in the United Kingdom are being investigated on suspicion of unwittingly helping the Chinese government build weapons of mass destruction"
  • 2020-06-12 https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/06/fifty-four-scientists-have-lost-their-jobs-result-nih-probe-foreign-ties "Fifty-four scientists have lost their jobs as a result of NIH probe into foreign ties" and "In 93% of those cases, the hidden funding came from a Chinese institution." and "In the vast majority of cases, Lauer reported, the person being investigated has been an Asian man in his 50s."
  • https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1262441045197049856.html List of professors around America caught selling secret research to the Chinese Communist Regime

People:

  • 2020-11-17 Song Guo Zheng, Ohio State University ** https://www.linkedin.com/in/song-guo-zheng-md-phd-48893641/ ** https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=MhjbiKIAAAAJ&hl=en
  • 2020-09 Haizhou Hu from University of Virginia: https://www.cbs19news.com/story/42560934/uva-researcher-arrested-on-federal-charges
  • 2020-07 Houston consulate closed due to alllegations of facilitating intellectual property theft without public proof ** https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-53497193 ** https://edition.cnn.com/2020/09/02/politics/us-chinese-diplomat-restrictions/index.html "US imposes new restrictions on Chinese diplomats" has been another direct effect of this most likely
  • 2020-07 Juan Tang ** https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/23/chinese-researcher-wanted-by-fbi-flees-to-san-francisco-consulate-as-us-china-row-deepens "Chinese researcher wanted by FBI flees to San Francisco consulate as US-China row deepens" ** https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3094511/us-charges-four-scientists-hiding-ties-chinese-government has her PLA photos
  • 2020 Hao Zhang: https://www.voanews.com/usa/chinese-professor-convicted-stealing-trade-secrets-china from Avago and Skyworks
  • 2020 Charles Lieber ** https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00291-2 ** https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CharlesM.Lieber he had won a Wolf Prize in Chemistry
  • 2019 Shih Yi-chi from UCLA ** https://www.linkedin.com/in/yi-chi-shih-9884bb20/ ** https://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/3017017/us-federal-court-finds-chinese-american-engineer-shih-yi-chi-guilty

==== German high school coordinator 2020

YET UNCONFIRMED VIDEO, we have to find who that person is exactly.

The video shows what seems to be Chinese a high school dorm coordinator saying that their Chinese exchange students must staty away from ideas democracy and freedom.

.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOArB434ykU video::aOArB434ykU[youtube,height=400,width=600]

First ripped from uploader's <> account named Michael_c118, who also appears to be the person on the video.

Original proeminent report on the West: 2020-10-04 https://twitter.com/SDeutschlands/status/1312682617888796673 by "Voice From Germany 德國之音"

https://m.yorkbbs.ca/forum/chat/5228712.aspx contains reported screenshots of the Douyin profile (no web interface it seems), include a clear face shot.

Video also commented at:

  • 2020-10-31 https://forum.gamer.com.tw/C.php?bsn=60076&snA=5984833 from our friends from <>
  • 2020-10-25 https://www.reddit.com/r/China/comments/jhx2mc/chinesestudentcoordinatoringermanytalkingto/ on <>
  • 2020-19-04 https://twitter.com/HKokbore/status/1312802503956848641

Key markings:

  • "德国学校开班会4"
  • "This man is a coordinator of Chinese high school students who study in Germany"
  • "We have to say there's some problems in our dorm right now"

https://twitter.com/HujoDR/status/1312793758203748357/photo/1 is a screenshot of the Douyin profile showing a phone number, which looks like a Chinese number due to prefix 139: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TelephonenumbersinChina#Mobile_phones

The screnshots posted on yorkbbs link him to "北京智享德意国际教育" (Beijing Zhixiang German/Italian International Education).

Googling "北京智享德意国际教育 linkedin" leads to UNCONFIRMED a Yun Xiao https://www.linkedin.com/in/xiaoyun79/ | https://archive.vn/CzZft which is not marked as working in the above organization, but could be the person in the video based on the profile picture (uncertain), and also works with education, thus the Google hit at his current organization (北京智晗未来教育咨询有限公司).

Searching for Google exact hits to "北京智享德意国际教育" leads to https://www.tianyancha.com/company/3283146644 which rejects foreign visits as of 2020-10-26, shows up on Google cache at https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:AihPPyAAZr8J:https://www.tianyancha.com/company/3283146644+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk&client=ubuntuon 2020-10-21.

[[thousand-talents-program]] ==== Thousand Talents Program (千人计划)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ThousandTalentsPlan
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/海外高层次人才引进计划

<> believes that this is exactly the type of thing that poor countries need to do to get richer: https://cirosantilli.com/#what-poor-countries-have-to-do-to-get-richer[].

But we can't allow China to do it because China is a <>.

[[cssa]] ==== Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA, 中国学生学者联合会)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ChineseStudentsandScholarsAssociation

Abbreviation: CSSA.

News and reports:

  • 2019-10-13 https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-13/cssa-influence-australian-universities-documents-revealed/11587454 (https://web.archive.org/web/20191014032348/https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-13/cssa-influence-australian-universities-documents-revealed/11587454[archive]) "Chinese Students and Scholars Association's deep links to the embassy revealed" in Australia.
  • 2018-03-07 https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/03/07/chinas-long-arm-reaches-into-american-campuses-chinese-students-scholars-association-university-communist-party/ (https://web.archive.org/web/20191012103953/https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/03/07/chinas-long-arm-reaches-into-american-campuses-chinese-students-scholars-association-university-communist-party/[archive])

[[ufwd]] ==== United Front Work Department (UFWD, 中共中央统一战线工作部)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UnitedFrontWork_Department
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/中共中央统一战线工作部

China's "Diaspora management" organ.

The likely organizers behind <>, <>, and likely several forms of <>.

==== Astroturfing

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astroturfing

[[soft-power]] ===== Soft power (软实力)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soft_power
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/软实力

[[what-should-pro-democracy-chinese-living-in-china-do-about-the-dictatorship]] === What should pro-democracy Chinese living in China do about the dictatorship? 想要民主住在中国大陆的人应该干什么?

First of all, hide and stay safe, unless you can deal the final blow. From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TheWorldat_War[World at war, 1973], ep. 16:


A dictatorship is like a snake. If you put your foot on its tail as you do it, it will just bite you and nobody will be helped. You have to strike the head.


Once that is taken care of, a few good options are:

  • hide your thoughts, manipulate your enemies, infiltrate the corporate, political and military power circles, and go up the ladder
  • if you are an technological innovator, leave China and come work for the West. Don't strengthen commie power.

If you don't manage to do either of the above, don't do any technological work. Go work on the fields or washing dishes. Working well for Chinese companies makes the Chinese <> stronger and <>. See also: <>.

And regardless: remember your kids that the commies are bastards every day.

[[reply-policy]] === Ciro Santilli's reply policy (三西猴的回答政策)

People get kind of passionate sometimes about politics. And some of them might also be just malicious <>, although it is generally not possible to distinguish between them.

If you are not a wumao, consider this:

  • Ciro Santilli is one, and antagonists are millions. It is therefore not possible to reply to all antagonists.
  • Ciro has in the past tried to be nice to stupid people, and they gave nasty replies
  • all discussion is useless, <>

In order to not waste too much time on those, Ciro Santilli uses the following strategy.

If the original thread post is not very interesting, try to parse it quickly and reply once, always <>, and then unfollow the thread. This shows that you're still alive, and takes little effort.

Always quote reply, and always write down the ID of the OP on your reply, because discussions like this lead to a large number of comment and account deletions, which could make your reply not make much sense without the context.

After the link addressing anything that they might have said, add three randomly selected images from this repository to it. This is fundamental because the average <> does not speak English. Therefore writing is pointless.

Meme images, however, cross the language barrier beautifully. It is even better if they have Chinese captions.

Because the <>, and the West does not, we can never "lose" a shitargument. Even if the <> supports his country in a thread, just being in the same thread as the censored material could already be problematic for the wumao, as it is proof that they've seen something they should not have seen.

Therefore the only option for them is to run away.

Ciro has since then created a reply bot based on <> Actions that does the above automatically, therefore handling 99% of the work, see:

  • link:action.js[]
  • link:.github/workflows/issue.yml[]

The bot works beautifully because it makes Ciro not feel the need to reply to every idiot <> that comes along. Also Ciro can hide like a coward behind the bot by editing the bot's comment, which is perfect. This reminded Ciro from something that was said in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BetterCallSaul[Better Call Saul] S01 E01:


And they find themselves in a little room with a detective who acts like he's their best friend.

"Talk to me," he says. "Help me clear this thing up."

"You don't need a lawyer, only guilty people need lawyers."

And, boom, hey, that's when it all goes south.

That's when you want someone in your corner.

Someone who will fight tooth and nail.

Lawyers, we're like health insurance.

You hope you never need it, but, man, oh, man, not having it? No.


The bot is basically Ciro's lawyer, always loyally on his corner of the fighting ring.

Finally, also try to extract the email of the user from one of their repositories. When successful, Ciro takes a <> snapshot of the repository as proof of SHA, and then forks it to https://github.com/cirosantilli-test-org to keep the email safe in case of account deletion. You never know when this information might be useful.

Then, after replying, do your best never to read the inevitable reply again, and above all, never ever reply. An interesting reply never follows from a non-interesting original post. It is hard at first, but you will eventually get the hang of it.

If the user keeps generating notifications, block them as per link:CONTRIBUTING.md[], replying to a single person multiple times is useless.

Never block users for an initial <>, just reply with a stupid joke instead. This approach creates more uncertainty and makes you look cooler. Only block if the user is generating multiple notifications.

If a shitpost is made on most other social media except GitHub issues in this repository, e.g. Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, immediately block the user on that website if you have the permission to do that, with a canned reply:


Hi , I don't reply to China issues here, please open an issue at: https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/issues instead, cheers.


Note however that this is not possible on idiotic websites like <> where such comments may be deleted, possibly automatically, who the fuck knows, e.g. as done at: https://www.quora.com/What-would-happen-if-I-walked-around-Beijing-with-a-t-shirt-that-said-freedom-of-speech-is-pretty-great/answer/Ciro-Santilli/comment/143227962 In that case just link to sections of the FAQ, or mute people, or maybe just block all comments on the post to not waste time with new useless notifications.

This is because it is not worth answering anywhere else where the information will be scattered and impossible to find later on, and especially on websites that are already blocked in China. Shitposts on Stack Overflow and other non-blocked websites are encouraged however, as they further help to get the website blocked in China.

For outbursts of activity from Chinese websites, usually programming (<>), only post the following canned answer and nothing else, because cowards/people who don't know English from the website might delete your posts, so you shouldn't waste time there with that shit:


大家你好

在我的GitHub中国FAQ repository我已经回答了好几个关于我常见的问题。

你们要是在那儿找不到一个回答,请在那个repository开一个issue,我马上就回答。

我不要再在这个网页评论。


Finally, don't forget the golden rule from https://biblehub.com/proverbs/26-4.htm[Proverbs 26:4]:


Don't answer the foolish arguments of fools, or you will become as foolish as they are.


which is now usually seen in the form https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/66460/origin-of-do-not-argue-with-idiots[of unclear attribution]:


Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.


Where basically idiot == someone who creates posts that obviously aren't teaching you any new useful thing, or that not praising you :-)

Alternatively, there is also the Chinese https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chengyu[chengyu] version:


对牛弹琴


which means:


Playing the <> to a cow.


which means to talk to someone who does not have intellectual conditions of understanding what you are trying to say, bibliography:

  • https://www.theepochtimes.com/chinese-idiom-playing-the-qin-to-a-cow_766205.html
  • https://baike.baidu.com/item/对牛弹琴/3490

More <> focused strategies at: <>.

.https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/its-super-effective[It's Super Effective!] meme by <> describing how he deals with <> and <>. Humour is the greatest weapon against dictators, and images help cross the language barrier. Composition CC BY-SA 2021, fair use on copyrighted individual elements. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Pokemonpoliticalmemelittlepinksupereffective.png[height=2760]

.Chinese translation of the above. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Pokemonpoliticalmemelittlepinksupereffective_zh.png[height=2760]

.Cartoon depiction of the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chengyu[chengyu] "Playing the <> to a cow" 《对牛弹琴》. https://zhidao.baidu.com/question/438181067.html[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Playqinto_cow.png[height=600]

.XKCD 386 "Duty Calls" and the famous "Someone is wrong on the Internet" quote. It is a waste of time to be like that. https://xkcd.com/386/[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Someoneiswrongonthe_Internet.png[height=400]

=== Who is behind this amazing FAQ?

[[ciro-santilli]] ==== Ciro Santilli (三西猴)

Original creator of https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship[]: https://cirosantilli.com/

.Ciro testing his webcam for https://askubuntu.com/questions/348838/how-to-check-available-webcams-from-the-command-line/848390#848390[an Ask Ubuntu answer]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Ciro_Santilli.png[height=400]

[[wife]] ===== Ciro Santilli's wife (三西猴的老婆)

Born and raised in China: <>.

She and her mother do <>, see also: <>.

Believes to be descendant of the brother of a recent Qing emperor, see also: <>.

For this same reason, her father, who Ciro's wife worships, spent around 10 years in the 50's for being branded a counter revolutionary rightist (右派) during one of <> purges, possibly:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CampaigntoSuppress_Counterrevolutionaries https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/镇压反革命运动
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Rightist_Campaign https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/反右运动

It is also for this reason that many Manchu changed their names to hide their Manchu origins, which makes reconstructing their family tree much harder, as mentioned at: https://www.scmp.com/article/982136/proud-manchu-reclaims-his-rich-heritage for the purposes of <>.

Ciro's wife:

  • studied in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UniversityofScienceandTechnologyofChina[one of the best universities of China]
  • met Ciro his wife when they were in possibly the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/École_Polytechnique[best engineering university in France] after she had refused opportunities to go to the USA
  • obtained a PhD in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numbertheory[number theory] in one of the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PierreandMarieCurie_University[best mathematics universities in the world]

and is way smarter than Ciro.

<> can say many things about her, but claiming that she is not intelligent or has no culture or would have any difficulty in obtaining a qualified worker VISA without a marriage, is a lost argument from the start, she would likely kick your butt in a raw intelligence competition.

Ciro is actually the lucky one for having found her!

The fake "the woman makes the man" Obama story comes to mind https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/spousal-success-story/:


One night President Obama and his wife Michelle decided to do something out of routine and go for a casual dinner at a restaurant that wasn't too luxurious. When they were seated, the owner of the restaurant asked the President's Secret Service if he could please speak to the First Lady in private. They obliged and Michelle had a conversation with the owner.

Following this conversation President Obama asked Michelle, "Why was he so interested in talking to you?" She mentioned that in her teenage years, he had been madly in love with her. President Obama then said, "So if you had married him, you would now be the owner of this lovely restaurant," to which Michelle responded, "No. If I had married him, he would now be the President."


=== How do different websites view Ciro Santilli's profile?

<> contains a more general overview. This contains website specifics.

==== Stack Overflow

Stack Overflow is where <> started his <> originally in 2015 as explained at: <>.

For non-programmers, Stack Overflow is by far the leading programmer question and answer forum of the Internet.

A programmer's daily job involves asking Google about 50 times a day "how to do X", and 90% of the time or more the best answer will be found on the Stack Overflow result that will be one of the top 3 results.

This makes Stack Overflow a fundamental tool of every programmer's daily jobs.

The current community consensus says that keyword attacks are allowed:

  • https://meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/267368/are-political-avatars-and-profiles-ok
  • https://meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/299882/can-a-username-be-considered-spam
  • https://meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/349131/users-political-display-name-triggering-government-action-against-users-who-vie

However, you can't say "Public figure X is disgusting as a person" so <>s, could you please report Ciro making fun of Xi Jinping X and see what they do about it?

  • https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/361486/can-i-say-on-my-profile-that-i-find-that-an-ex-president-of-a-country-or-other
  • https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/286082/does-the-be-nice-policy-require-se-users-to-be-nice-to-people-who-are-not-se-u

Reposts:

  • https://twitter.com/cirosantilli/status/1365409005561147397
  • https://www.reddit.com/r/DeclineIntoCensorship/comments/lt8ij5/instackoverflowifiscurrentlynotallowedto/
  • https://www.reddit.com/r/FreeSpeech/comments/lt92ni/instackoverflowifiscurrentlynotallowedto/
  • https://www.reddit.com/r/China/comments/lta1f8/ifapoliticianhascommittedgenocidecanisay/
  • https://www.reddit.com/r/fucktheccp/comments/ltgdpu/leadingprogrammerwebsitestackoverflow_does/

Oh, and you can't criticize God either! https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/231334/is-it-acceptable-to-insult-god-in-a-user-profile

The Chinese law doesn't allow Ciro's profile unfortunately: <>

Since you will fail through Stack Overflow moderation, please consider instead making a report on the <>.

===== Stack Overflow forbids criticizing the character of genocidal political leaders like Xi Jinping

Ciro was actually quite shocked by this.

He thought more people on Stack Overflow would have sided with him and favored stronger freedom of speech.

But this event made him notice that people in Stack Overflow simply didn't push back against Ciro's anti Xi Jinping campaign because they don't know who the fuck Xi Jinping is, or they don't care, or they are completely hypocrite and allow criticizing Xi Jinping but not Trump.

But they do know who Trump is, and "offending Trump" makes their feeble little feelings be hurt, and they must maintain their sacred "<>" at all costs, even when talking about politicians. Including that the cost of freedom.

This therefore morally justifies the take-down attempts made by hundreds of <>s against Ciro's anti Xi Jinping content.

First by initiative of Stack Overflow employee https://meta.stackexchange.com/users/508266/cesar-m[Cesar Manara (Brazilian)], the sentence:


I think Trump is disgusting as a person


was removed from Ciro's profile and notified.

In response, Ciro created a meta thread to confirm that the community agreed, and they did: https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/361486/can-i-say-on-my-profile-that-i-find-that-an-ex-president-of-a-country-or-other[Can I say on my profile that I find that an (ex) president of a country or other major political public figure is “disgusting as a person”?] and the community agreed with the removal: it reached only 5 upvotes and 25 downvotes. Ciro's profile at the time was linked to Trump's ban on social media: link:trump-ban-is-bad.md[].

Ciro then created https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/361493/if-a-politician-has-committed-genocide-can-i-say-on-my-profile-they-look-like-w[If a politician has committed genocide, can I say on my profile they look like Winnie-the-Pooh to insult them because they hate that?] was it was also mostly downvoted, and deleted, without any answer. Archive: https://web.archive.org/web/20210227034430/https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/361493/if-a-politician-has-committed-genocide-can-i-say-on-my-profile-they-look-like-w also reproduced at: https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/issues/198#issuecomment-787047672 The deletion voters were:

  • https://meta.stackexchange.com/users/215590/polygeo (Australia, big Geographic Information System person, real name based on https://polygeo.com.au/elearning-videos/[] "Graeme Browning")
  • https://meta.stackexchange.com/users/135565/journeyman-geek (Singapore). Site elected admin at the time, which implies that his deletion cannot be undone by non-admins. TODO are they born in Singapore? If yes they might also be pro Xi Jinping, which is a clear conflict of interest with freedom of speech. But their English sounds perfect, so Ciro is not sure if it is common for Singapore natives or not.
  • https://meta.stackexchange.com/users/140890/martijn-pieters (UK, lots of Python rep)

There was no yes/no answer by anyone, because the of cowardice and hypocrisy:

  • saying "you can" would imply you can criticize Trump
  • saying "you can't" would imply they support genocide

So their brains just tilted, and they clicked the "delete" button as the only possible resolution. The overly speedy deletion of posts was then raised as an issue two days later for an unrelated post: https://meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/405585/can-we-slow-down-on-the-deletes-on-meta-folks

Then Ciro created an answer to https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/286082/does-the-be-nice-policy-require-se-users-to-be-nice-to-people-who-are-not-se-u/361497#361497["Does the Be Nice policy require SE users to “be nice” to people who are not SE users (e.g. public figures)?"] which is a superset of the previous ones referred by them. That post is reproduced at https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/issues/198#issuecomment-787047242 It cites the case in which the law was tested, but it was single-handedly by journeyman-geek (from Singapore) without any justification.

Ciro then finally updated his profile picture to contain <>, archive at: https://archive.vn/iV1L8 to test the Winnie-the-Pooh case which people simply refused to answer. Let's see show that goes. As Ciro learned however, only wumaos will continue to complain, and due to hypocrisy their complaints will be ignored.

Other users who publicly went against freedom of speech in that case (in the name of "political correctness"):

  • https://meta.stackexchange.com/users/665544/bad-coder ("West") replied at: https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/361486/can-i-say-on-my-profile-that-i-find-that-an-ex-president-of-a-country-or-other/361495#361495
  • https://meta.stackexchange.com/users/798831/ollie comments, Ciro replies, they delete comment, comments, Ciro reply, they delete comment... Ciro gives up
  • https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/361486/can-i-say-on-my-profile-that-i-find-that-an-ex-president-of-a-country-or-other?noredirect=1#comment1206900361486 wants to close as duplicate of uber generic https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/208551/offensive-profiles-where-to-draw-the-line/208553#208553 and says: + ___ we don't have to host or pay directly or indirectly to support your opinion. That's well established policy" ____

Freedom of speech in social media is truly threatened by the <>.

Related issue: https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/issues/198

===== Stack Overflow political image answer placeholder (2021)

The deleted answer was https://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/83446/gimp-how-to-combine-two-images-side-by-side/145543#145543

It used <>.

Of course, once again, just like mentioned at <>, people prefer to:

  • feel safe and good in their fake cocoon rather than have freedom. While people are dying, right now, in <>
  • being fully inclusive means being inclusive to dictatorship supporters

No archives unfortunately, but:

  • reproduced at: https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/issues/269
  • https://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/83446/gimp-how-to-combine-two-images-side-by-side/145543#145543 (https://web.archive.org/web/20210501090745/https://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/83446/gimp-how-to-combine-two-images-side-by-side/147400#147400[archive]) identical politically correct one
  • analogous to https://stackoverflow.com/questions/20737061/merge-images-side-by-sidehorizontally/63575228#63575228 (https://web.archive.org/web/20210430195552/https://stackoverflow.com/questions/20737061/merge-images-side-by-sidehorizontally/63575228#63575228[archive])

The full moderation team at the time can be seen publicly at https://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/users?tab=moderators and it also contains:

  • https://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/users/41100/piebie (https://web.archive.org/web/20210126143732/https://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/users/41100/piebie[archive]) Real name: Pieter Biesemans, a front-end developer from Belgium: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pieter-biesemans/
  • https://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/users/18168/curious (https://web.archive.org/web/20210430203036/https://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/users/18168/curious[archive]) Anonymous, from Canada.
  • https://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/users/19174/wrzlprmft (https://web.archive.org/web/20210430203038/https://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/users/19174/wrzlprmft[archive]) Gerrit Ansmann, a brain researcher from Bonn University, Germany: https://idw-online.de/de/news646752

Deletion message:


Hello,

We're writing in reference to your Graphic Design Stack Exchange account:

https://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/users/21867/ciro-santilli%e6%96%b0%e7%96%86%e6%a3%89%e8%8a%b1trump-ban-bad

We think you are already aware of what we are going to say, but we are going to say it anyway. Stack Exchange is an apolitical platform, and we like to keep politics as for away from our content as possible. Our little nook on the net is about Graphic Design, which has nothing to do with politics (even though it is used in the political arena all the time).

We acknowledge that politic profiles are somewhat allowed as per https://meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/267368/are-political-avatars-and-profiles-ok, although we do question the usefulness of 'campaigning' through a Stack Exchange profile.

We want to draw the line however at political content. There is no need to use images or other content that might be controversial or cause emotional distress, while another image or content would serve the same function. That is why we deleted you answer on this question.

We want to welcome you on our site and encourage you to keep contributing with answers. Your other answers are fine, and judging by the amount of votes, mostly well-received by the community. You may repost the answer if you can swap out the images for more neutral ones.

At the same time we want to warn you that this type of content will not be tolerated in the future and further infractions may lead to more severe consequences.

Thanks for your understanding an cooperation, we wish you a pleasant experience on GDSE.

Regards,

Graphic Design Stack Exchange Moderation Team


Ciro's reply:


Hi,

Is this a policy specific to graphic design website, or is it network wide, and is there an open meta question for it?


The mods then changed their discourse to mention spam rules rather than only on the "people will feel bad" aspect:


The https://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/conduct[code of conduct]:

Be inclusive and respectful.

Exposing others to images of violent and traumatic events is not respectful to those on whom those images have a strong effect. This is only acceptable if the topic of the question make this inevitable, which also suffices to warn of those who are triggered by those images: Images about violent events are to be expected in a question about such events, not in a question about concatenating two images.

Rules against spam:

A post should be marked as spam only if it advertises a product, service, or similar and is unsolicited or lacks disclosure. […] Unsolicited means that mentioning the product serves no purpose other than promotion. […]

You were promoting a political position and including the promotional content (instead of a neutral picture) served no purpose other than promotion. It’s analogous to using a picture advertising a product as an example.


OK, the spam argument would likely win.

Ciro then hacked the images to his <> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitsch[kitsch] placeholder, and mods approved it, so here we go.

Ciro was planning the following meta post, but gave up on it:


Can I use political images as placeholders for questions involving images when it does not affect the validity of the answer?

For example when answering the following ImageMagick question: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/20737061/merge-images-side-by-sidehorizontally/63575228#63575228 I used an image with political content.

The choice of the placeholder was completely arbitrary, and does not affect the answer in any way.

But today admins of Graphic Design Stack Exchange https://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/83446/gimp-how-to-combine-two-images-side-by-side/145543#145543 deleted the post saying it is not allowed on the Graphic Design website.

We want to draw the line however at political content. There is no need to use images or other content that might be controversial or cause emotional distress, while another image or content would serve the same function. That is why we deleted you answer on this question.

The admins mention that on profiles it is OK linking to: https://meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/267368/are-political-avatars-and-profiles-ok but on answers it is not.

So I would like to clarify if:

  • is this a policy specific to Graphic Design or if it applies to the entire network.
  • if it applies to the entire network: ** Can I use images of myself, Ciro Santilli, or is that currently considered political content? ** At https://stackoverflow.com/a/57389607/895245 I needed several images, and I had used a list of USA presidents in chronological order without much thought. Do I have to modify that answer to use another set of images? ____

and planned answer:


Any images that can be used on a profile picture should also usable as a placeholder

When you answer a question, you should have a very wide choice of what to use as a placeholder.

Politics is a perfectly legal topic, just like flowers, animals, and scenery.

The "can it be used on the profile picture" test should already filter out any content that is deemed unacceptable due to legal concerns.

Another issue is that it is extremely difficult and possibly unfair to classify what is political or not.

Suppose that Ciro Santilli became famous enough outside of programming circles such that he starts to be considered a political subject.

Would his images then start to be considered political content?

But that would be discriminatory against certain people and not others.

Freedom of speech is extremely valuable, and we should be very careful about restricting it.

There are people literally unfairly dying, right now, because they don't have it.

Do you really want to reduce yours?

The only way to prevent history from repeating itself, is to remember it.


Related spam meta posts:

  • https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/58032/what-are-the-spam-and-rude-or-abusive-offensive-flags-and-how-do-they-wor
  • https://meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/260638/what-is-the-exact-definition-of-spam-for-stack-overflow

[[the-world-is-perfect]] ."The world is perfect" by Ciro Santilli, CC By-SA 4.0 (2021). After Graphics Stack Exchange forbade the usage of political images, <> created this politically correct image to serve as a censorship placeholder, and reuploaded the answer as allowed by the moderators: https://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/83446/gimp-how-to-combine-two-images-side-by-side/147400#147400[]. (https://web.archive.org/web/20210501090745/https://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/83446/gimp-how-to-combine-two-images-side-by-side/147400#147400[].[archive]) CC By-SA 4.0, heart attribution: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Corazón.svg[]. <> and <> and <> come strongly to mind. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Theworldis_perfect.png[height=500]

."The world is perfect" as used to update Ciro Santilli's https://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/83446/gimp-how-to-combine-two-images-side-by-side/147400#147400[deleted answer]. Instead of redoing the tutorial from scratch, Ciro just pasted the new image on top of the old one Stack Exchange censored: <>. Borders of the censored image were intentionally left over however as a reminder that Stack Exchange censors. This is a work of art. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/TheworldisperfectStack_Overflow.png[height=500]

.Politically correct version of <>. This is how Stack Exchange wants the world to remember <>. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/TankMandrawingcensoredbyCiroSantilliCCBY_SA.png[height=500]

.At one point in Richard Feynman's talk "Los Alamos from below", he describes how external letter censorship was implemented at Los Alamos, and how he went to thoroughly test the limits of what would be censored or not. video::uY-u1qyRM5w[youtube,width=600,height=400,start=1343]

https://i.stack.imgur.com/p9Tv9.png

===== Other openly dissident users on Stack Overflow

For non-Stack Overflow specific ones see: <>

Query to find them: https://data.stackexchange.com/stackoverflow/query/312860/chinese-dissidents-by-keyword-aboutme-or-displayname

Notable ones only here (high rep or innovative criticism):

  • "GNUSupporter 8964民主女神 地下教會" ** Real name: Vincent Tam from social media links. ** https://math.stackexchange.com/users/290189/gnusupporter-8964民主女神-地下教會# ** https://web.archive.org/web/20191209202831/https://math.stackexchange.com/users/290189/gnusupporter-8964%E6%B0%91%E4%B8%BB%E5%A5%B3%E7%A5%9E-%E5%9C%B0%E4%B8%8B%E6%95%99%E6%9C%83 ** Keyword attack inspired by me
  • Yu Hao ** https://stackoverflow.com/users/1009479/yu-hao ** https://archive.is/76FCb ** "<> is one of the most notorious inventions in the history of Internet. Anyone working for it should be ashamed."
  • gotqn ** "Free Tibet From China Domination" ** https://stackoverflow.com/users/1080354/gotqn ** https://web.archive.org/web/20190821105901/https://stackoverflow.com/users/1080354/gotqn
  • Scott 混合理论 + https://stackoverflow.com/users/1230329/scott-混合理论 + The same message as Yu Hao, I wonder if it is an external thing or direct copy of Yu, but no Google hits besides them.
  • Terry Wang ** https://stackoverflow.com/users/1801697/terry-wang ** https://archive.is/V0aSK ** Lego recreation of Tankman on the profile picture: <>

Users who had <> references but removed it:

  • https://stackoverflow.com/users/4594532/gnimuc-key ** https://web.archive.org/web/20170331144256/https://stackoverflow.com/users/4594532/gnimuc
  • https://stackoverflow.com/users/651907/jclin ** https://web.archive.org/web/20160516065151/https://stackoverflow.com/users/651907/jclin

Misc interesting stuff:

  • 火车站酒店小姐 (about 20 accounts with that pattern) ** https://stackoverflow.com/users/7040504/莆田火车站酒店小姐 ** https://web.archive.org/web/20190428090348/https://stackoverflow.com/users/7040504/%E8%8E%86%E7%94%B0%E7%81%AB%E8%BD%A6%E7%AB%99%E9%85%92%E5%BA%97%E5%B0%8F%E5%A7%90 ** Interesting list of prostitution spam/sockpuppets? All have the exact same profile information. ** Hitting query due to "审查", but the usage is unrelated to the Firewall.

Query to find them: https://data.stackexchange.com/stackoverflow/query/312863/mentioned-ciro-santilli-on-aboutme-or-displayname

====== Stack Overflow anti-dissident users

  • https://stackoverflow.com/users/815408 ** https://web.archive.org/web/20170602054631/https://stackoverflow.com/users/815408/%E8%AF%B7%E5%B0%81%E6%8E%89ciro-santilli-%E4%B8%AD%E5%9B%BD%E5%85%B1%E4%BA%A7%E5%85%9A%E4%B8%87%E5%B2%81 *** username: "请封掉Ciro Santilli 中国共产党万岁" *** profile: "中国万岁! 中国共产党万岁! 法轮功,民运,台独在中国共产党的铁蹄下不过是螳臂当车!" ** https://web.archive.org/web/20200830192811/https://stackoverflow.com/users/815408/lookintoeast became a coward, renamed to "LookIntoEast" *** https://web.archive.org/web/20200910172706/https://stackoverflow.com/questions/63464732/how-to-set-a-custom-image-height-for-an-image-in-asciidoctor more shitcomments "可惜啊中国一天比一天强大繁荣,中国的实力碾压你们轮子跟捏死一只蚂蚁那么简单。哈哈哈哈", Yes, the CCP is very good at <>. A great thing to be proud of. ** mentioned at https://v2ex.com/t/378274 from <> ** a questions only account, not many intelligent CCP supporters out there of course. 2020 edit mentions: https://web.archive.org/web/20200910173714/https://stackoverflow.com/questions/7152762/how-to-redirect-print-output-to-a-file-using-python mentions "How time flies. Almost 10 years ago I started to work on bioinformatics without any coding skills. Then I gave up my PhD and previous career and becomes a pure software engineer."
  • https://stackoverflow.com/users/9393161 ** https://web.archive.org/save/https://stackoverflow.com/users/9393161/ciro-santilli-%E7%9A%84%E9%80%A0%E8%B0%A3%E6%98%AF%E5%8F%AF%E8%80%BB%E8%A1%8C%E4%B8%BA ** username: "Ciro Santilli 的造谣是可耻行为" https://web.archive.org/save/https://stackoverflow.com/users/9393161/ciro-santilli-%E7%9A%84%E9%80%A0%E8%B0%A3%E6%98%AF%E5%8F%AF%E8%80%BB%E8%A1%8C%E4%B8%BA
  • https://stackoverflow.com/users/8454187 ** username: "Snowden Assange Wounded Knee" ** profile: "燃(ri)烧(si)您(ni)的(de)梦(ma),Ciro Santilli. StackOverflow上的一个用户. The Oliver Stone Experience" ** explanation: *** "燃烧您的梦": http://www.nq6.com/dj/1674.html *** "Wounded Knee": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WoundedKneeMassacre

==== GitHub

GiHub is the new <>! :) See also: <>.

Interesting repositories are listed at: <>

GitHub's site policy can be seen at: https://help.github.com/en/github/site-policy

If you believe this page violates those policies, see: <>.

China's GitHub censorship history is documented at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CensorshipofGitHub#China[], some events:

  • 2019-07-29 https://techcrunch.com/2019/07/29/github-ban-sanctioned-countries/ "GitHub confirms it has blocked developers in Iran, Syria and Crimea". "As part of the push, Friedman said GitHub has enforced new restrictions to prevent users in sanctioned countries from accessing private repositories and GitHub Marketplace, as well as maintaining private paid organization accounts" ** https://github.com/1995parham/github-do-not-ban-us protest repo against the sanctions, archived as of 2020-08 ** https://github.com/1995parham/github-do-not-ban-us/issues/1010 "Use gitee from china" recommending <>

Related:

  • <> contains some anti-censorship repositories
  • <>
  • https://techcrunch.com/2020/09/07/scratch-ban-in-china/ Scratch visual programming language for children website blocked
  • https://www.quora.com/Is-GitHub-com-allowed-in-China/answer/Ciro-Santilli

[[github-report]] ===== How to report a user on GitHub (GitHub上怎么举报用户?)

Click the report abuse button on https://github.com/cirosantilli[Ciro's profile], which links to: https://github.com/contact/report-abuse?report=cirosantilli+%28user%29 or you can just contacat [email protected]

If you do so, please feel free to also open an issue on this repository saying why you believe the site policy has been violated.

Those issues will be marked with: https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/issues?q=label%3Aabuse-report+

It will be fun to watch you try, and fail.

This is because you do not understand how important the concept of <> in the West, and how amazing it feels when you are right, and it protects you.

The only thing that would work is if the Chinese government makes a gov-takedown on this repo: <>, in which case: <>.

In order to get this repository in gov-takedown, your best bet is to use the <>.

.How to report an user on GitHhub. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/HowtoreportanuseronGitHub.png[height=2000]

===== GitHub censored subdomains

It appears according to <> however that there are some important GitHub censored subdomains, notably:

  • https://raw.githubusercontent.com[], from which images and other downloads are served. Therefore all images served from GitHub should be broken in China
  • https://gist.github.com[], https://en.greatfire.org/https/gist.github.com[]: meh, that's useless, just create a github.com/notes repo and dump your stuff there

However, at least for raw, <> disagrees:

  • 2020-09-30 https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship | http://web.archive.org/web/20200930075102/https://s3.amazonaws.com/geoscreenshot-static/d3fdb97d-2ac3-4f57-a737-6fab2997fb1a.html
  • 2020-09-30 https://gist.github.com/ | https://archive.vn/wip/VUNU4

More information:

  • https://webapps.stackexchange.com/questions/146517/how-it-is-possible-that-some-pages-of-an-https-website-like-github-are-marked-as
  • https://twitter.com/cirosantilli/status/1310461733325148160

===== GitHub gov-takedowns

https://github.com/github/gov-takedowns

GitHub has absolute transparency on Government takedowns, which is awesome: https://github.com/github/gov-takedowns/tree/master/China

This makes that repo into a list of fun things.

As of 2019-05 there had only been only two takedowns by China however, compared to dozens by <>. The Chinese commies are not big fans of transparency it seems.

As of 2020-03, besides the <> takedown, all other takedowns happened in 2019, and most seem to be <>/<> sponsored ways to <>.

The message GitHub shows on the blocked countries is:


Repository unavailable in your location

This repository is currently disabled in your location. For more details please see the takedown notice.


Here are some examples of people reacting to the blocking of https://github.com/programthink/zhao/issues/38 as per https://github.com/github/gov-takedowns/blob/78775b09e64d85f08547287cab204b48b2491192/China/2016/2016-06-08-programthink-zhao.md from China (and likely on the entire repository, which appears to be the block granularity implemented):

  • https://github.com/programthink/books/issues/31 (https://web.archive.org/web/20191023093618/https://github.com/programthink/books/issues/31[archive])
  • https://www.zhihu.com/question/284445884/ corresponding Google bomb at: https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/issues/71
  • https://program-think.blogspot.com/2018/04/Zhao-at-GitHub.html?comment=1524671692761#1524671692761

See also: <>

To check China only takedowns such as this, we cannot use <>, which reports the page as accessible: the only tool <> could find so far to capture a page from China a bit like Web Archive was: <>

.<> of https://github.com/programthink/zhao/issues/38 from <> taken on 2020-09-31 from China. The "Repository unavailable in your location" message shows, since https://github.com/github/gov-takedowns/blob/master/China/2016/2016-06-08-programthink-zhao.md[this repository is in gov-takedowns/china]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/GitHubProgramthinkZhaoissue38Chinageoscreenshot202009_31.png[height=400]

====== Strategy if this repo gets added to GitHub gov-takedowns

If this happens, we well proceed to create alternative repos

china-dictatorship-2
,
china-dictatorship-3
, etc. and it would be fun to see how that gets handled.

Can they add an entire user to gov-takedowns?

But remember that we also have: <>, and that this can be easily rendered as a single HTML page and uploaded to any static website host.

[[gov-takedowns-china]] ====== gov-takedowns/China

Skipping all <>/<> repos with very few stars, mostly some <> skip methods, those are noise, and possibly added only to dilute the real deal.

  • 2016 ** https://github.com/github/gov-takedowns/blob/caef002cb19309c318ea01afb4d3cec98bcd4042/China/2016/2016-06-08-programthink-zhao.md[] https://github.com/programthink/zhao[]. <>
  • 2019 ** https://github.com/github/gov-takedowns/blob/master/China/2019/2019-11-06-MPS.md *** https://github.com/greatfire/wiki Wiki of <>. <>. Precise issue: https://github.com/greatfire/wiki/issues/166. ** https://github.com/github/gov-takedowns/blob/master/China/2019/2019-12-12-MPS.md *** https://github.com/gfw-breaker[], see also: <>

===== Gitee

For our mirror there, see: <>.

Linked to "Open Source China" (开源中国) according to TechCrunch:


The project will be carried out by a consortium led by Open Source China, the Shenzhen-based firm behind its namesake open-source community and Gitee.


  • https://github.com/oschina GitHub OAuth goes through that organization
  • https://www.oschina.net/ their website

At https://gitee.com/mirrors they mirrors 21 thousand repositories as of 2021, updating them daily, with the goal of having "higher download speeds" in mainland China. Not that their speed is shit because of censorships of course.

Mirrors containing Ciro's keywords or related interesting stuff:

  • https://gitee.com/alexi126/linux-kernel-module-cheat https://archive.vn/wip/aDWVq
  • https://toscode.gitee.com/rpbf/vim-snippets/blob/master/AUTHORS#L67 https://archive.vn/wip/MuuoK "Ciro Santilli 六四事件"
  • sensitive domain lists:
    • https://gitee.com/aiqz/pac ans specifically https://gitee.com/aiqz/pac/blob/master/pac.txt contains a proxy list with
      ||cirosantilli.com
      , which is a decoded version of the base-64 encoded <> normally used for <>. Lol.
  • sensitive word lists. In <>, we display. It is fun to see how they censor at every level, including the keyboard input method. Fear is everywhere, <> must be enforced at all costs:
    • https://gitee.com/markxx/tochat/blob/dev/tochat.sql even website project templates must come with a censored word list: https://gitee.com/markxx/tochat/blob/dev/tochat.sql#L6299 "六四事件"
    • https://gitee.com/aibanjunjiefan/sensitive_words/blob/master/words.txt
    • https://gitee.com/bryan31/liteBanner/blob/master/src/main/resources/sensi_words.txt
    • https://gitee.com/thinksaas/thinksaas/blob/master/install/install.sql#L138
    • https://gitee.com/guobinyong/wubixinshiji/blob/master/wubixinshiji.dict.yaml is a https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wubi_method input program
    • https://gitee.com/xkinput/xklbs/blob/master/星二S词库.txt
    • https://gitee.com/latpaw/emacs/blob/master/site-lisp/eim/cjeb.txt#L10288[]. This interesting emacs config appears to expand e.g.
      fclg
      into
      法轮功
      on tab complete. Nice.

As of 2021, it requires login to see:

  • commit history: https://gitee.com/mirrors/luarocks-build-xmake/commit/8b18f1f62ba26944f117ed549ddaeea210fbdd6e History must be controlled, history is dangerous. See also <>, <>:
  • files larger than 1MB: https://gitee.com/xkinput/xklbs/blob/master/星二S词库.txt

Lol.

News:

  • 2020-11-10 https://www.theregister.com/2020/11/10/giteelinuxfoundationchinamirror/ "China's government-anointed Git operator says it will become a Linux Foundation mirror"
  • <> open sourced is https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harmony_OS[Harmony OS] "IoT operating system" in Gitee: https://openharmony.gitee.com/openharmony + The name of that OS is pure gold considering the Chinese origin, since "to harmonize" is often used as a way to say "to censor negative CCP information". + That URL also likely highlights Huawei's intense influence on Gitee, the as the custom domain redirects to it: https://openharmony.gitee.com[], as opposed to what normal users can likely create https://gitee.com/openharmony[].
  • 2020-08-21 https://techcrunch.com/2020/08/21/china-is-building-its-github-alternative-gitee/ "China is building a GitHub alternative called Gitee" + <> commented about his <> experiment there, it got 26 upvotes 13 downvotes, and as removed as "This post violated our policy.". There is no way to appeal that in that idiotic system. It is absed on: https://www.openweb.com/ It is also bugged as fuck. Sometimes says violates policy, then there's a JavaScript update andthe comment shows.

====== Gitee censorship

After posting our <> there, it was blocked in 12 hours:

  • https://gitee.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship ** archive immediately after creation: https://web.archive.org/web/20200821202450if/https://gitee.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship ** blocked archive 12 hours later: https://web.archive.org/web/20200822111436/https://gitee.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship + ___ {"status":404,"data":null,"message":"404 Not Found"} ____
  • https://gitee.com/cirosantilli ** archive immediately after: https://web.archive.org/web/20200821202055/https://gitee.com/cirosantilli ** archive 12 hours later: https://web.archive.org/web/20200822111721/https://gitee.com/cirosantilli + ____ {"status":403,"data":null,"message":"The user has been blocked"} ____

The block email is:


通知

仓库 cirosantilli/China Dictatorship 已被锁定

原因: 根据相关法律法规和政策,本仓库暂停访问。


[[zhihu]] ==== Zhihu 知乎

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhihu

The Chinese <> clone, but highly censored: <>.

Some interesting questions not related to <>. Ciro related questions at: <>.

  • <> ** https://www.zhihu.com/question/29279520/answer/110611566 "为什么有人一边支持审查制度一边还喜欢看美剧、日漫?" "Why are some people in favor of censorship, but at the same time still like to watch American series?" (https://web.archive.org/web/20200429091047/https://www.zhihu.com/question/29279520/answer/110611566[archive]) ** Censorship in Zhihu *** https://www.zhihu.com/question/23376181 "你对知乎的审查系统有何意见?" "What is your view of Zhihu's censorship system?" (https://web.archive.org/web/20200329115919/https://www.zhihu.com/question/23376181[archive]) "由于众所周知的原因,知乎上的文章和答案一旦涉及某些字眼,就会触发审查,其方式是让你的文字暂时仅自己可见" *** https://www.zhihu.com/question/21099730 从知乎建站以来被封禁的用户都有哪些?Since Zhihu's founding, which accounts have been blocked on the website? (https://web.archive.org/web/20200112103049/https://www.zhihu.com/question/21099730[archive]) (https://archive.is/dH9pK[archive]). The top answer contains a list, and a brief explanation of why some of them were banned: **** Ciro Santilli: S/O 红人 (fStack Overflow celebrity) **** "ww" in explanations means "big laugh" according to: https://hinative.com/zh-CN/questions/8349706 because a single "w" means a small laugh **** several accounts are linked to one specific answer or comment **** other accounts are classified as often commenting on <> material
  • <> ** <> *** https://www.zhihu.com/question/27659795 (https://web.archive.org/web/20200429084153/https://www.zhihu.com/signin?next=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.zhihu.com%2Fquestion%2F27659795[blocked as of 2020-04], https://web.archive.org/web/20150603025013/http://www.zhihu.com/question/27659795[archive from 2015]) 家里有人练法轮功是一种怎样的体验? How is it like to live with Falun Gong believers? ** <> *** https://www.zhihu.com/question/23988890 (https://web.archive.org/web/20200429084640/https://www.zhihu.com/signin?next=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.zhihu.com%2Fquestion%2F23988890[blocked as of 2020-04], https://web.archive.org/web/20160311140407/https://www.zhihu.com/question/23988890[2016-03 archive]) "全能神教在境外,法轮功也在境外,为什么他们不祸害境外人民、偏偏只祸害大陆人?"<> exists outside of the country [China], Falun Gong exists outside of the country, so why is is that they don't harm people in those countries, but only harm people in Mainland China?"
  • <> ** https://www.zhihu.com/question/370080866/answer/1046195468 "为什么中国影视作品不允许LGBT的出现?" "Why is it not allowed to show LGBT content in Chinese film and television?" (https://web.archive.org/web/20200429091622/https://www.zhihu.com/question/370080866/answer/1046195468[archive])
  • <>

.The Zhihu 404 page image. When they take the posts down as of 2020, it shows the 404 page which reads "你似乎来到了没有知识存在的荒原" (you seem to have come to a wasteland about which does does not exist any knowledge), and shows this symbol. https://web.archive.org/web/20200614114534/https://www.zhihu.com/topic/20080590/intro[Source]. i mage::https://web.archive.org/web/20200614114535im/https://static.zhihu.com/heifetz/assets/liukanshanwire.e7247fbf.svg[height=500]

==== Zhihu censorship

More general censorship discussion at: <>.

Examples of Zhihu censorship:

  • <>
  • <>

Other discussions:

  • https://www.quora.com/How-strict-is-Zhihus-content-censorship

[[zhihu-purge]] ===== Ciro Santilli's Zhihu purge 2019-11-03

On this day, not only the posts made by Ciro himself were deleted: he had never asked any questions or made any Zhuanlan posts himself, only replied to those. But that content made by other users was still removed. Therefore, this is not just a simple user ban, but active censorship.

Ciro received an email from [email protected]:


您好,Ciro Santilli,很抱歉您的回答受到了牵连,您回答过的问题「[email protected] 是谁维护的,为什么会收集邮箱地址?」因「违反互联网相关法律法规」已被删除。


followed by Ciro's answer to <>. Ciro could not login anymore, the login screen showed:


帐号已停用,请联系:[email protected]


So likely someone must have used the fact that this was an edgy personally information release subject issue, and then someone from Zhihu decided to purge Ciro and anyone posts that ever talked about him.

Ciro's blocked account:

  • before deletion: https://web.archive.org/web/20190821075907/https://www.zhihu.com/people/cirosantilli/activities
  • after deletion (redirects to login page): https://web.archive.org/web/20191103071033/https://www.zhihu.com/signin?next=http://www.zhihu.com/people/cirosantilli/activities

Random unblocked control account: https://www.zhihu.com/people/lu-zhen-yu-96-65/activities (https://web.archive.org/web/20191103070652/https://www.zhihu.com/people/lu-zhen-yu-96-65/activities[archive]).

Furthermore, all questions related to Ciro, including the posts criticizing him such as https://zhuanlan.zhihu.com/p/25600138, were taken down. This made Ciro laugh: in China, you can't even criticize that which is censored, or your post also gets taken down.

Ciro then created an anonymous Zhihu account after this event.

Interestingly however, the following answer came up later on: <> and stayed up for at least 5 months, which indicates that Zhihu did a one-off removal, and did not set up a filter for Ciro's name.

====== Ciro Santilli's Zhihu ban 2018-06-25

<> was banned from Zhihu on 2018-06-25 for "<>" content.

As a result, since that time I will be answering Zhihu questions as issues in this repo with the

zhihu
label: https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/issues?q=label%3Azhihu+

I have however never posted anything politically sensitive on Zhihu, unless my name and profile picture have reached that distinction, and therefore the ban is clearly an unfair per-person ban.

But of course, all is fair in love and war, and politics.

Posting any sensitive content on Chinese websites is a waste of time, since it only means that they will be removed and you will waste time creating a new account, I will never do that.

The only significant content I ever posted on Zhihu is the answer to: https://www.zhihu.com/question/46957710/answer/122827944 which is purely technical, and trivial replies on threads that other people have started about me. Have those people been blocked like me?

My posts are still up and it does not appear to be possible for people to see that I have been banned, but whenever I try to take any action on the website a popup appears saying:


由于严重违反 知乎社区管理规定 ,该帐号已被永久禁言


This includes liking, commenting, answering, asking or trying to update my profile to say that I have been blocked.

This message also shows on my public page for everyone to see: https://www.zhihu.com/people/cirosantilli/activities but they use some JavaScript scheme complicated enough that archive.is cannot capture it.

I still get notifications however, but I am unable to reply to them, especially given that all Chinese accounts, unlike mine, have no personal identifiable information due to the understandable fear Chinese citizens have of their own government, even though such accounts might be illegal in theory: <>.

The only action that I can take now is to report abusive comments people make to me.

Obviously, the only effect of such ban is that I will create an <> under Tor with a second cell phone if I wish to contribute in the future, and China will have less information about my political interests than before.

The private messages the website sends while banning you are:


知乎管理员 :您好,根据用户举报,您的帐号发布了「<>」内容,帐号已根据知乎社区规范被永久禁言。处理详情可查看社区服务中心。具体规范请查看知乎社区管理规定。 6月25日 16:37 回复 | 删除

知乎管理员 :您好,根据用户举报,您的部分个人信息由于不符合知乎用户信息管理规范已被重置。用户名可以在设置页面中修改,修改后会自动进入审核等待通过;其他个人信息可以在个人主页中编辑。感谢您对知乎社区的理解和支持。 6月25日 16:37 回复 | 删除


Those messages contain links to: https://www.zhihu.com/terms2 | https://archive.is/wdXSz and https://www.zhihu.com/question/19551824 | https://archive.is/BrgV2

The ban came soon after I posted a link to my GitHub repo as a comment at: https://techcrunch.com/2018/06/21/ice-employee-list-github-linkedin/ maybe they are related.

====== Who reported Ciro Santilli on Zhihu

At the same time the ban happened I received a public comment from user "Eureka" https://www.zhihu.com/people/crb912/activities | https://archive.is/1F3t6 on this thread: https://www.zhihu.com/question/46957710 | https://archive.is/PVOLd saying:


你滥用了github, 也滥用了Stackover。这个一个纯粹计算机、编程和知识分享的地方,请不要带入政治性的色彩。请不要这么做, 维护社区的非政治性、中立和技术性纯粹,是每个热爱cs的人应尽的义务。


I am unable to get a URL that shows the comment on archive.is, so I have no proof of this claim. If you trust me, then here is a screenshot: https://imgur.com/a/YCiEEax

Since I expect the ban lists to be private, I find it extremely likely that this was the user who reported me, unless both were simultaneously triggered by a third event which I have not seen. So correct me if I'm wrong here.

Users with the same user id

crb912
, related "Eureka" username or same profile picture, can be found at:
  • https://www.weibo.com/crb912 (unable to archive) on <>
  • https://github.com/crb912 | https://archive.is/heGfd which suggests a possible real name

By Googling the email found on the GitHub repos, we find: http://www.360doc.com/content/15/0809/11/25724933_490492490.shtml | https://archive.is/2UnGL which might, at last, contain a photo of my nemesis.

My public message to the reporter whomever he may be:


While you have also raised issues that were raised a thousand times before, and clearly answered in the FAQ, at least you were able to take some actual action leading to an actual ban, and I respect you for that.

I hope that one day you will redirect that cunning and initiative towards taking down the root cause of the problem, which are the Chinese communist Party and their Firewall themselves.


===== Zhihu questions related to Ciro Santilli

Parent section: <>

All Zhihu posts related to Ciro Santilli were deleted following <>. Some had been deleted before.

  • 2019-06-12: https://zhuanlan.zhihu.com/p/68869259 (https://web.archive.org/web/20190905071450/https://zhuanlan.zhihu.com/p/68869259[archive before deletion], (https://web.archive.org/web/20191103072349/https://zhuanlan.zhihu.com/p/68869259[archive after deletion])) "德国极端分子黑我们大中国!犯我中华者,虽远必诛!!". Ciro wonders why the poster thought Ciro was German.
  • 2019-03: https://www.zhihu.com/question/316700162 (https://archive.is/ewxqb[archive before deletion], (https://web.archive.org/web/20191103065512/https://web.archive.org/screenshot/https://www.zhihu.com/question/316700162[archive after deletion])) "如何看待Github Trending上Ciro Santilli的众多开源项目?". Due to: https://github.com/cirosantilli/x86-bare-metal-examples being featured on Hacker News: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19428700
  • 2018-11: https://www.zhihu.com/question/302738350 (https://archive.is/lkQxS[archive before deletion], (https://web.archive.org/web/20191103065759/https://www.zhihu.com/question/302738350[archive after deletion])) "如何评价Ciro Santilli对Stack Overflow和GitHub的扰乱?"
  • 2017-03-07: https://zhuanlan.zhihu.com/p/25600138 (https://archive.is/DkooN[archive before deletion], (https://web.archive.org/web/20191103065808/https://zhuanlan.zhihu.com/p/25600138[archive after deletion])) "StackOverflow 上的一个智障用户" ** 2017-03 https://sololand.moe/2017/03/06/brain-fucked-user-on-stackoverflow (https://web.archive.org/save/https://sololand.moe/2017/03/06/brain-fucked-user-on-stackoverflow/[archive]) by https://github.com/brglng/ (https://web.archive.org/web/20180802090918/https://github.com/brglng/[archive]) "StackOverflow 上的一个智障用户" contains a copy of the post by the same author. + It just makes Ciro smile whenever he thinks that their post criticizing Ciro was deleted by the CCP, and they still might support the CCP, <>. + As of 2020, that website generates a constant stream of incoming traffic to the issue it links to: https://github.com/cirosantilli/chat/issues/26[]. Unfortunately brglng was a coward and removed his comments leaving the conversation a bit broken, and this was before Ciro <>.
  • 2015-08-18: https://www.zhihu.com/question/34775392 (https://web.archive.org/web/20160219094646/https://www.zhihu.com/question/34775392[archive before deletion], (https://web.archive.org/web/20191103065816/https://www.zhihu.com/question/34775392[archive after deletion])) "你们怎么看stackoverflow上某人故意屏蔽中国访问的事件?"

A random control question that shows that archive.org 404's are actually deleted questions: https://www.zhihu.com/question/316700165 (https://web.archive.org/web/20191103065449/https://www.zhihu.com/question/316700165[archive]).

Mentions not yet deleted as of writing:

  • https://www.zhihu.com/question/21099730 at <>

[[zhihu-ted-chiang-answer]] ====== Answer to the Zhihu question "How do you evaluate Ted Chiang's 'Evil Chinese Characters' essay?" "如何评价姜峯楠(Ted Chiang)在纽约客上的随笔《坏汉字》?"的回答

https://www.zhihu.com/question/47205991/answer/967940202 (http://web.archive.org/web/20200628101940/https://www.zhihu.com/question/47205991/answer/967940202[archive])

Contains reactions to the post: <>, and this answer says that even though Ciro Santilli is amazingly smart, he cannot be bothered to learn Chinese characters, quoting Ciro's comments from: <>.

This post was interesting because it happened after <>, which indicates that Zhihu did not setup an automated "Ciro Santilli" filter.

[[zhihu-46957710]] ====== [email protected] 是谁维护的,为什么会收集邮箱地址?

https://www.zhihu.com/question/46957710 (https://archive.is/PVOLd[archive before deletion], (https://web.archive.org/web/20191103065828/https://www.zhihu.com/question/46957710[archive after deletion])).

Asked in 2016-09 after Ciro published: https://github.com/cirosantilli/all-github-commit-emails

Deleted after <>. Ciro's answer before deletion:


你用的git config user.email当然是公开的:谁都会git clone就知道了。

问题就是git repository很大,我们不会都clone.

但是github有一个API,收集很多信息,包括邮件。

然后,Google用了那个API给他们的https://cloud.google.com/bigquery/...信息。

BigQuery对程序员很容易提取信息,是我用的。

我发表邮件以后,两个东西变化了:

  1. Google 把邮件从BigQuery删除
  2. GitHub 更新他们的隐私声明GitHub Privacy Statement

这就是我的木比:保护人们的隐私权

我的README.md更详细地解释。


==== Quora

https://www.quora.com/profile/Ciro-Santilli

Quora is https://cirosantilli.com/quora[a generally shitty website], with mechanisms that allow <> to quench freedom of speech.

Quora is a major platform for <>.

Ironically, as usual, is it also blocked in China:

  • according to <>: https://en.greatfire.org/https/www.quora.com
  • 2018-03 news coverage https://www.businessinsider.com/china-banned-zhihu-over-censorship-2018-3?r=US&IR=T

Examples of activity related to Ciro Santilli:

  • 2016 Ciro Santilli's profile was blocked because it had Chinese keywords on both my username and credentials. Justification: "non-English". +
  • 2017 created one in English: Cook <> Noodle Shop, from <> + Added my Noodle shop to maps: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Tiananmen+Square+Noodle+Shop/@60.6132538,15.6687509,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x94603408e3c63fb3!8m2!3d60.6132538!4d15.6687509 + Leach websites that picked it up: https://kvalster.se/Falu/Uthyres/Lagenheter/Gammelvagen491417351

Quora is also shitty because wumaos can downvote your answer privately regardless of reputation and make it become collapsed as "Answer may need improvement", which means it goes to the bottom and readers have to click an "expand collapsed answers" button to see it, so that very few people will ever see it.

Then have to appeal and wait for moderators to evaluate it.

This happened for example at: https://www.quora.com/What-would-happen-if-I-walked-around-Beijing-with-a-t-shirt-that-said-freedom-of-speech-is-pretty-great/answer/Ciro-Santilli (see also <>).

Ciro appealed in 2020-03-10 and the answer was reinstated on day later, but by then the question was already not being suggested as much to readers, and the other wumao answers (which criticize the USA rather than answering the question about China).

While there is some probability that the answers themselves are not wumaos, their upvoters almost certainly are and must be investigated.

Other shitty aspects of Quora include:

  • block <> archives with their robots.txt, gotta use <>
  • automatically add random topics that you don't care about to your suggestions, with no easy way to prevent that.
  • questions cannot have more than one sentence. There used to be a question body, but it was replaced with a "link for context". Ridiculous.

As a result, on the few occasions that Ciro posts on Quora, all content will also be mirrored here. Ciro's China Quora answers include:

Some <>:

  • http://archive.is/WzIcg[]: a Han supremacist!

Related posts:

  • on <> ** 2021-03 https://www.reddit.com/r/China/comments/lv0n24/hasquorabeenoverrunwithchinesepropaganda/ *** 2021-04 https://www.reddit.com/r/China/comments/mkfgrb/quoraisofficiallyapropagandanetworkfor_the/

[[ptt]] ==== PTT Bulletin Board System 批踢踢實業坊

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PTTBulletinBoard_System
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/批踢踢

Popular <> forum system and server from 1995, pre HTML, works from telnet terminal, so likely very programmer heavy, and obviously anti-CCP, as of 2020 often shows <> ads.

<>'s appearances on PTT:

  • 2020-10-09: https://www.ptt.cc/bbs/joke/M.1602211516.A.3FB.html 如何一秒惹怒中國人 (how to provoke a Chinese person in one second) by https://pttweb.tw/user/abc60575986/[abc60575986] saying "台灣是一個國家" (Taiwan is a country). Then https://pttweb.tw/user/kugwa/[kugwa] linked to <>
  • 2020-01-31: https://www.ptt.cc/bbs/Gossiping/M.1580484253.A.37A.html "stackoverflow菁英卻痛恨中國" by https://pttweb.tw/user/Eric0605/["Eric0605 (我還有點餓)"] on the Gossiping board. One of the comments then links to http://cirosantilli.com
  • 2017-06-19 https://pttweb.tw/s/2K9zV "Ciro Santilli <> 六四事件 法轮" on the Gossiping board
  • 2016-10-03 https://www.ptt.cc/bbs/SoftJob/M.1478104872.A.916.html "Github也出現網軍了嗎?" (Is there an emerging wumao army on GitHub?) by gocreating on the SoftJob board

Archaic, fucking impossible to learn how to use. Ciro Santilli hasn't managed yet, so if you want a reply from him, open an issue on this repo instead. Some tips:

  • on the web UI rendering replies can be either likes (推 as in 推荐), dislikes (噓, hush!) or neutral (right arrow)
  • per-page threads are basically flat. You can however reply to another post with a "Re:" post. One application of this seems to be to post images which might only be allowed on the thread starters, e.g.: https://www.ptt.cc/bbs/joke/M.1602324724.A.CA0.html is a "Re:" to https://www.ptt.cc/bbs/joke/M.1602211516.A.3FB.html It is not clear if Re: and original posts are interlinked in any way.

TODO: can anyone comment, without having a Taiwanese university address? This suggests no: https://www.reddit.com/r/taiwan/comments/1etbvb/anyoneonpttccadvicesuggestions/ Also asked at:

  • https://www.quora.com/unanswered/Can-you-comment-on-the-PTT-Bulletin-Board-System-at-ptt-cc-from-Taiwan-without-working-or-studying-at-a-Taiwanese-university
  • https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/issues/92

A source informed Ciro that now only https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NationalTaiwanUniversity[NTU] alumni can have an account.

Maybe the email requirement is the only way to prevent <> from flooding the website.

Normal people see it on a web viewer hosted on: https://www.ptt.cc/bbs/index.html

However it is fucking impossible to web archive that web interface because there is a cookie I'm 18-years-old confirmation before the first connection.

This shows how to connect for the first time: https://www.ptt.cc/index.firstbbs.html

One attempt is:

.... luit -encoding big5 telnet ptt.cc ....

But the main page says:

"本站目前暫停開放新帳號註冊。" "This site is currently suspended for new account registration."

And you try

new
it says: "目前無法註冊帳號![按任意鍵繼續]" "Account cannot be registered at this time."

OK, ptt2 went further:

.... luit -encoding big5 telnet ptt2.cc ....

Then there is a registration process that seem to require you to prove that you work at Taiwanese university, but not sure it is mandatory to post.

But I couldn't find Gossiping there either, which is the only board that matters, so not sure it is on this server.

[[lihkg]] ==== LIHKG (連登)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LIHKG
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/LIHKG討論區

URL: https://lihkg.com

<> Reddit. Requires a Hong Kong IP or university address to login, a bit in the spirit of <> to avoid <>.

If it goes down, they created: https://www.reddit.com/r/LIHKG/ on <>.

TODO meaning of "LI"?

<> mentions:

  • 2020-08-24 https://lihkg.com/thread/2171918/page/1 "工信部培植代碼平台取代GitHub" (The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology cultivates a code platform to replace GitHub) linking to: https://hk.appledaily.com/china/20200823/AOAQRQURIRCT3D2DNPLMXUVC2M/ Then 菱川六花 linked to this page on a comment. Too young, too naive, they did not know about the more specific and interesting https://gitee.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship from <>
  • 2019-10-31 https://lihkg.com/thread/1685513/page/3 "Notepad{plus}{plus}新版代號「自由維吾爾」,GitHub網頁被灌爆,網站遭DDoS" about <> "Free Uyghur" version. On page 3 comment links to Ciro's <> account. Big thread with 500+ likes.
  • 2019-10-05 https://lihkg.com/thread/1625310/page/1 "聽講GitHub好好用" (Attending lectures on GitHub is very useful.). But likely some <> for politics, because on first comment "可以好好上去發表下愛國論". Then someone links to <>, then to the GitHub <>, and then to <>.
  • 2018-07-31 https://lihkg.com/thread/762440/page/1 https://archive.is/7REOi. Title: "依條友都幾屈機, 係Stack overflow撚共匪". I'm unable to understand the first sentence, but the end is something along "to play tricks on the commies". First comment (likely by OP): "佢個個人home page好多5毛留言, 唔知會唔會搞到block堆stackoverflow". The entire thread is about Ciro's <>.

[[google]] ==== Google 谷歌

Related subjects:

  • <>
  • <>

[[google-mirrors]] ===== Google mirrors 谷歌镜像

Do the names mean anything? Are they owned? The fact that they are Alexa top 1000 domains is just so funny, Google redirects for China.

Alexa top 1000 domains and blocked in China as per <>:

  • https://gdl5vtbbv0lj.com
  • https://au79nt5wic4x.com

https://library.ac.cn/ large list of university Google/Google Scholar/Wikipedia/Twitter mirrors maintained by Chinese university students under an unified system. Each one asks for verification that you are from that university via some little known fact about the university:

  • https://g.luciaz.me from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhejiang_University[Zhejiang University] "需要验证您是否来自浙江大学". Question: "请问浙江大学内网最大的论坛中, 每天发帖量最大的版块是哪个?" (Ask your colleagues on the internal forum, what is the most popular section of the forum every day?)
  • https://g0.njuu.cf/ from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanjing_University[Nanjing University] "需要验证您是否来自南京大学" Question: "西大楼是哪个系的?" (Which department is in the big Western building?)
  • https://g0.library.edu.eu.org/

Other mirrors:

  • https://chacha.design/
  • https://g0.nuaa.cf/
  • https://g1.liuxiongb.in/
  • https://google.zenith.workers.dev/
  • https://proxy.juchiahau.com/
  • https://seeres.com 闭站维护中
  • https://www.muzhiso.net/
  • https://www.sanzhima.com/
  • https://google.independentlyreview.com/ see also the <> one by the same creator, described at <>

No HTTPS?!?! Brains?!?!

  • http://g.histsci.org/
  • http://o.poetpalace.org/
  • https://oneplj.com/webhp broken HTTPS

Lists of mirrors:

  • https://cjh0613.github.io/blog/GoogleMirror.html

[[christianity]] === Christianity (基督教)

The commies are not a fan. But as someone once told me: the commies are not a fan of a bunch of things!

As mentioned at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ChristianityinChina there are only a few state approved churches under total CCP control, and the others are forbidden. For example one of them is called the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ChinesePatrioticCatholicAssociation[Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association]! God and CCP on the same sentence. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PopePius_XII[Pope Pius XII] excommunicated people from that organization who were appointing new Bishops!

  • 2021-04-01 from <> https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/christians-camps-04012021081013.html "Chinese Christians Held in Secretive Brainwashing Camps: Sources", due to report of victim under the pseudonyum Li Yuese (李约瑟) from Sichuan. No strong corroboration however unfortunately. Chinese article 2021-03-11 https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/shehui/ql2-03312021045450.html
  • 2020-11-24 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/nov/24/pope-says-for-first-time-that-chinas-uighurs-are-persecuted "Pope says for first time that China's Uighurs are 'persecuted'"
  • 2018-12 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzWApdCNdik "100 Christians detained in China crackdown" published by CNN
  • 2018-09 Vatican Christian pope makes deal with China + https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China–HolySeerelations#September2018HolySee–ChinaAgreement + .<> 2018-09 cartoon showing the Pope Francis with a Christian cross containing the Hammer and Sickle communist symbol, in reference to one of the accords that the Vatican struck with the Chinese government. https://www.rfa.org/english/cartoons/vatican-china-cartoon-09282018102133.html[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/PopeCCPdeal.jpeg[height=400]
  • 2016 https://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/27/world/asia/china-zhejiang-christians-pastor-crosses.html pastor 14 years jail
  • 2015 https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asiapacific/christians-in-china-feel-full-force-of-authorities-repression/2015/12/23/7dd0ec5a-a736-11e5-b596-113f59ee069astory.html

.<> 2018-09 cartoon showing Jesus and the Apostles in the Last Supper being arrested by CCP guards. https://www.rfa.org/english/cartoons/china-crackddown-Christianity-cartoon-09072018150421.html[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/LastSupperarrest.jpeg[height=400]

.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZhangHongtu[Zhang Hongtu] cartoon showing <> and other communist officials at the Last Supper instead of Jesus and the Apostles. https://musicandculture.blogspot.com/2010/03/massive-last-supper-parodies-post.html[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/LastSupper_Mao.jpg[height=400]

.Permission papers filled to the brim with government <> required for the Taihu Catholic Church (https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/華莊天主堂[太湖天主堂]) from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WuxiWuxi to hold their annual Christmas https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Réveillon[Reveillon] reunion. This is the <>'s version freedom of religion and freedom of assembly. Also mentioned at: https://bitterwinter.org/christmas-was-not-allowed-but-brought-china-a-lot-of-money/ from <>. https://twitter.com/ZhangZhulin/status/1342211279633719296[Source]. TODO original social media post from the church. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/TaihuchurchChristmasreveillonpermission_2020.jpg[height=500]

.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GoldenLampstandChurchGolden Lampstand Church church in <> being demolished in January 2018. https://www.businessinsider.com/chinese-authorities-demolish-christian-mega-church-in-crackdown-2018-1[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Church_demolition.jpg[height=400]

[[life-of-brian-nazi-jew]] .https://youtu.be/wthHB3iTC7M?t=556 Nazi Jew deleted scene from <>. If you want to stop <>, don't put them in jail like the <>. Do it the same way you stop dictators: with <>. Otherwise, the dictators remain in power, and <>. <> is a good documentary about it. video::wthHB3iTC7M[youtube,width=600,height=400,start=556]

.https://youtu.be/tRr1U9EvWI "How China uses intimidation, negotiation to bring Christians under its control" by CBC News: The National (2018). Talks about the Pope's deal with the CCP. Shows some good footage of a house church with a guard in front of the door. video::tRr1U9EvWI[youtube,width=600,height=400,start=556]

[[eastern-lightning]] ==== Eastern Lightning 全能神教會 (1991-)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Lightning
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/全能神教會

A persecuted Christian sect that believes that some Chinese woman is Jesus.

=== Kaifeng Jews

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KaifengJews#Recentrepression
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/开封犹太人

Even with such tiny community, the <> is still trying to pretende they never existed.

[[gay-rights]] === Gay rights (LGBT权利)

Yes, gay people are also <>, and even legally prohibited notably in the Islamic world.

But <>, they are generally more fucked in <>, since they can be easily crushed by majorities.

Therefore, all gay people must be against the CCP:

  • 2020-08-14 https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3097377/shanghai-pride-cancelled-after-11-years-blow-lgbt-community "Shanghai Pride cancelled after 11 years in blow to China's LGBT community". " Organisers are 'taking a break from scheduling any future events', they say in social media message". ** the Tweet: https://twitter.com/ShanghaiPride/status/1293897794919510016 "上海骄傲节终止所有活动" (Shanhai Pride will be stopping all activities) ** https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shanghai_Pride
  • 2020-01-07 https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/why-china-raising-prospect-same-sex-marriage-n1109471 "Why is China raising the prospect of same-sex marriage?"
  • 2018 <> temporary homosexual ban: ** 2018-04-16 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/16/china-weibo-bans-homosexual-content-protest "China's Weibo reverses ban on 'homosexual' content after outcry", hashtags
    #iamgay
    and
    #iamgaynotapervert
    ** 2018-04-13 https://www.whatsonweibo.com/weibos-new-online-guidelines-no-homosexuality-allowed/
  • 2017-07-16 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-40610679 "Chinese gay video ban sparks online backlash" ** 2017-06-30 https://www.whatsonweibo.com/new-rules-online-videos-china-no-displays-homosexuality/ "New Rules for Online Videos in China: "No Displays of Homosexuality""
  • 2016-03-04 https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2016/mar/04/china-bans-gay-people-television-clampdown-xi-jinping-censorship "China bans depictions of gay people on television". One of the most prominent series banned was link:++https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Addicted(webseries)++[Addicted (2016, 上瘾)]. + .Widely distributed still from the Addicted 2016 series which was banned showing a presumably gay couple lying in bed. https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2016/mar/04/china-bans-gay-people-television-clampdown-xi-jinping-censorship[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Addicted_bed.jpg[height=400]

See also:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HomosexualityinChina | https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/中国同性恋史
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBTrightsbycountryor_territory | https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/各地LGBT权利
  • <>
  • https://www.zhihu.com/question/370080866/answer/1046195468 at <>

.Lesbian couple kissing in <> with Mao's painting and confused/disgusted guards in the background who are likely about to call their superiors to ask what they should do. The photo likely surfaced in 2006 https://web.archive.org/web/20200301224434/https://www.salon.com/2006/01/17/lesbianschina/[as mentioned] in link:++https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salon(website)++[salon.com] which said it came form https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BoingBoing[Boing Boing]. It was not however picked up by any major website. Ciro actually thought this could have been ripped from some television series due to the amazing expression on the guards' faces. TODO: find the original Chinese source, translate the watermarks, and see if their identity is known. https://web.archive.org/web/20200301223317/http://www.chinatoday.com/entertain/tiananmenkiss.htm[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Tiananmenlesbiankiss.jpg[height=500]

[[qing-gay-scroll]] .<> (18th–19th c.) panel from a scroll showing two men engaging in foreplay, apparently located in the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KinseyInstitute[Kinsey Institute] as of 2005. For an ancient depiction of heterosexual sexual activity, see <>. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:LoveplayinChina.jpg[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/QingDinastygay_foreplay.jpg[height=400]

.Lesbian couple hugging in Shanghai in the 1930s. The woman on the left might have had polio based on the deformity of their right leg. TODO proper source, could not find one on Google reverse image search. https://www.reddit.com/r/China/comments/muvkmu/alesbiancoupleembracingposingintheirqipao/[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/LesbiancoupleShanghai30s.jpg[height=400]

[[metoo]] === MeToo

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MeToomovement#China

Label: https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/issues?q=label%3Ametoo+[metoo].

They seem to have had difficulty in expressing themselves due to <>, unsurprisingly.

  • Zhou Xiaoxuan v. TV anchor Zhu Jun
  • Liu Jingyao v. billionaire Liu Qiangdong
  • Zou Sicong and He Qian v. Deng Fei

Related <>:

  • https://github.com/NGOMeToo/NGOMeToo.github.io
  • https://github.com/CNwoman-bot/evil-man

Related <>:

  • https://twitter.com/FeministChina

News:

  • 2021-04-20 https://edition.cnn.com/2021/04/19/china/china-feminists-silenced-intl-hnk-dst/index.html "Chinese feminists are being silenced by nationalist trolls. Some are fighting back" mentions Liang Xiaomen, Xiao Meili and Zheng Churan

[[labour-rights]] === Labour rights (劳工权益)

On more case where <>:

  • Mengzhu TODO Chinese name 2021: https://www.npr.org/2021/04/13/984994360/he-tried-to-organize-workers-in-chinas-gig-economy-now-he-faces-5-years-in-jail

2021-03-02 https://hk.appledaily.com/news/20210302/EK4WOQBICNEGDFP2SSG7ZJ3PGI/ (https://hk.appledaily.com/china/20210301/KM2MXDHHXRAQHFB4MYFU6XOFTY/[Chinese version]) "Chinese food delivery worker detained after campaigning for labor rights":


Chinese authorities have detained a worker after he advocated for fair pay and other labor rights from his former employer, the food delivery giant Ele.me.

Chen Tianhe (陳天河) has not been heard from since he was detained on Feb. 25, according to mainland Chinese media reports.


  • 2020 City Dream film (城市梦) Weijun Chen's (陈为军) lively new film documents the struggles of Wang Tiancheng, an elderly and cantakerous street vendor in Wuhan, China, whose business is threatened by the development of a new retail district. ** 2021 http://www.sixthtone.com/news/1007364 New Film Turns the Tables on China’s Infamous 'Chengguan' (城管) ** not censured in China: *** https://baike.baidu.com/item/城市梦/23578924 on <> *** http://www.xinhuanet.com/ent/2020-08/27/c_1126417894.htm on <>

[[nine-nine-six-icu]] ==== 996.ICU (2019)

https://github.com/996icu/996.ICU

Repository published in 2019-04 protesting against excessive work hours by Chinese programmers.

At some point it moved its README to English.

This was not directly censored to our knowledge, but the fact that it was published on GitHub rather than Chinese social media highlights the obvious fact that Chinese programmers were weary of doing it under CCP controlled media which they do not trust.

The project name refers to:

  • "996": work from 9AM to 9PM 6 days a week. This is part of a wider tendency of Chinese netizens to use <>
  • "ICU": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intensivecareunit[Intensive Care Unit]

Reached 180k stars in a week, and was the second most starred repository as of 2019-10 https://github.com/search?q=stars%3A%3E100&s=stars&type=Repositories!!!

This is therefore the best example for Chinese tech workers that <>.

Coverage:

  • https://www.reddit.com/r/China/comments/b927sk/tencentxiaomiandothersblockgithubpage/
  • https://www.reddit.com/r/cscareerquestions/comments/b8t8cc/overworkedchinesedevelopersgatherongithubto/

Related:

  • https://github.com/formulahendry/955.WLB a whitelist version of 996 ICU. Good thoughts.

Other interesting GitHub repositories: <>.

.996.ICU logo. https://github.com/996icu[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/996ICU.png[height=400]

[[jasic]] ==== Jasic Workers Solidarity Group (佳士工人声援团, 2018)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JasicWorkersSolidarity_Group

<> was also involved with them.

.Yue Xin with the Jasic <>. That T-shirt is official to the movement, and can be seen worn by many other people in other photos. TODO what does their T-shirt say??? It is impossible to decode that beautiful script. Looks like: 伺伭就X刀量. And who are the people it depicts? A perfectly clean image can be seen on their Twitter: https://pbs.twimg.com/profileimages/1033004258184941569/2pcCgIUK400x400.jpg[]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/YueXinJasic_shirt.jpg[height=400]

[[jasic-incident]] ===== Jasic incident (佳士事件)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jasic_incident
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/佳士事件

[[yue-xin]] ==== Yue Xin (岳昕)

https://github.com/sikaozhe1997/Xin-Yue is a <> with an open letter by student activist:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/YueXin(activist)[Yue Xin]
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/岳昕[岳昕])
  • https://www.nchrd.org/2019/01/yue-xin on <>

about the events described at https://web.archive.org/web/20200104064812/https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/09/world/asia/china-metoo-gao-yan.html["China's #MeToo: How a 20-Year-Old Rape Case Became a Rallying Cry"] she accuses professor Shen Yang of the Peking University Chinese literature of raping student Gao Yan, ultimately leading to her suicide in 1998:

  • https://sikaozhe1997.github.io/Xin-Yue/#/岳昕:致北京大学师生和北大外国语学院的一封公开信.md Chinese original
  • https://github.com/sikaozhe1997/Xin-Yue/blob/master/letter.md in-tree translation "Yue Xin: An open letter to the students and academic staff of Peking University and the PKU School of Foreign Languages"
  • 2018-04 https://chinadigitaltimes.net/2018/04/translation-open-letter-on-peking-university-metoo-case/ "TRANSLATION: OPEN LETTER ON PKU #METOO CASE" by <>

This was one of the starting points of <>.

The letter was also apparently embedded into the <> according to https://theconversation.com/chinese-internet-users-turn-to-the-blockchain-to-fight-against-government-censorship-111795[].

[[russia]] == Russia (俄罗斯)

Russia is clearly the number 2 <> in the world by population / GDP and the link:https://www.ploughshares.org/world-nuclear-stockpile-report[#1 nuclear arsenal], so here we go.

Ciro has always been curious about how Russia can be both oppressive and a appear democratic, unlike China which doesn't even try to pretend. This is what he gathers:

  • the government controls all major media. If any media says bad things against them, the government finds pretexts to create lawsuits or increase taxes against such companies. Therefore all people end up thinking that the government is good.
  • just like China, <>, especially the US, as a justification for having an oppressive power.
  • the government puts pressure on any significant opposition candidate. One technique is to find some reason to put them in jail for two months, which by Russian law forbids them from participating in further elections. Only candidates that don't really stand a chance are left as a fake opposition. But if you reach some prominence, you start taking the same risks as politicians, although you are more likely to face more brutal illegal gangster violence threats as you are less visible

See also: <>

While we are at it, some interesting news:

  • 2019-12-14 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-50902496 "Russia 'successfully tests' its unplugged internet". Russia's <> is ready?
  • 2018-04 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-43752337 "Russia to block Telegram app over encryption"
  • 2017 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-40635267 Russia Jehovah's Witnesses banned after they lose appeal
  • 2017 https://www.scmp.com/news/world/russia-central-asia/article/2085395/its-now-illegal-russia-share-image-putin-possibly-gay
  • 2016 https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/kzgkv3/russians-now-need-a-passport-to-watch-pornhub
  • 1995 Vladislav Listyev ** https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VladislavListyev ** https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Листьев,Владислав_Николаевич

The Russians have very different style to the Chinese, who are much more subtle, and just put people in jail or handicap them in several ways without killing them.

Other political murders or attempts:

  • 2015 Boris Nemtsov Немцов, Борис Ефимович https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BorisNemtsov | https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Немцов,Борис_Ефимович

Some other interesting political suppression lists:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Listofjournalistskilledin_Russialist of journalists killed in Russia.
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ListofSovietandRussian_assassinations[List of Soviet and Russian assassinations]
  • 2017 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/03/23/here-are-ten-critics-of-vladimir-putin-who-died-violently-or-in-suspicious-ways/ "Here are 10 critics of Vladimir Putin who died violently or in suspicious ways"

Freedom of speech reports:

  • 2017-07-18 https://www.hrw.org/report/2017/07/18/online-and-all-fronts/russias-assault-freedom-expression "Online and On All Fronts Russia's Assault on Freedom of Expression"

Other random stuff:

  • <>

[[federal-list-of-extremist-materials]] === Federal List of Extremist Materials (Федеральный список экстремистских материалов)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FederalListofExtremistMaterials
  • https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Федеральныйсписокэкстремистских_материалов

<>, they have a public list, each entry had a numerical ID even. This is the best thing ever made! The dream for <>!

Most of it appears to be anti/<>, and notably anti-anti-semitic but several items are purely political anti-freedoms.

One wonders if the majority of the items are just fillers to hide the really juicy anti-freedom ones.

We need to make a <> mirror of all of those some day!

The list: http://minjust.gov.ru/ru/extremist-materials[] Here's an archive: http://web.archive.org/web/20200817142035/http://minjust.gov.ru/ru/extremist-materials/export.csv?attach=page[]. The website has a CSV for download with all entries at the bottom. Enca says the encoding is "MS-Windows code page 1251", convert to UTF-8 with:

.... iconv -f WINDOWS-1251 -t UTF-8//IGNORE export.csv ....

//IGNORE
is needed because their fucking CSV export has a bug and otherwise
iconv
stops at the first error.

Result at: https://github.com/cirosantilli/media/blob/039ed572f61866655fc6ea3333b199527df4f3eb/russian-federal-list-of-extremist-materials-utf8-2020-08-17.csv

From this we can grep, and then to overcome translation limits as there is no offline option yet: https://askubuntu.com/questions/380847/is-it-possible-to-translate-words-via-terminal[], dump your selection on a gist and use Google translate on the Gist.

A website "dedicated" to bypassing censorship of the list: http://zapretno.info/[]. TODO much of that website's content is not clearly marked as being on the list.

Some notable additions:

  • 2791: "Blowing up Russia: Terror from Within" by <>
  • Religion ** 1171, 1172, 1173: "What is Scientology", which likely refers to this L. Ron Hubbard book. https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-Scientology-L-Ron-Hubbard/dp/1573181226[] and two other books. Coverage: https://www.businessinsider.com/russia-officially-bans-scientology-books-brands-them-extremist-2012-3?r=US&IR=T ** 2904: Jehovah's Witnesses website https://www.jw.org/en/[]. Coverage: https://www.state.gov/reports/2017-report-on-international-religious-freedom/russia/
  • Ukraine due to <> ** 2596: A. M. Byvshev's poem "Ukrainian patriots", where he disagreed with Russian intervention in Donbass and supported military resistance by Ukrainians. ** searching for "суда" (Crimea) has dozens of hits
  • Anti-Putin and apparently non hate-crime: ** 1000: *** Leaflets with the following content: "Down with the power of the Cheka-nuty Putin and Medvedev", "Down with the power of the Cheka-nuty Putin" *** Листовки следующего содержания: «Долой власть ЧК-нутых Путина и Медведева», «Долой власть ЧК-нутого Путина» ** 4071: <> ** 4914: *** The book "Where did Mr. Putin take Russia?" author Yu.E. Kozenkov (M., 2005 - 208 p.) *** "Книга «Куда завел Россию мистер Путин?» автор Ю.Е. Козенков (М., 2005 – 208 с.)

[[roskomnadzor]] ==== Roskomnadzor (Роскомнадзор)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FederalServiceforSupervisionofCommunications,InformationTechnologyandMassMedia
  • https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Роскомнадзор

The Russian censorship body under <>. The Russian <>.

They are the ones who make Russian takedowns on <>, e.g. https://github.com/github/gov-takedowns/tree/master/Russia/2020

[[putin]] === Putin (Путин, 普京, 1999-2008, 2012-∞)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Putin
  • https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Путин,ВладимирВладимирович

Coverage:

  • 2020-12-22 https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/12/22/russias-putin-signs-bill-giving-presidents-lifetime-immunity "Russia's Putin signs bill giving ex-presidents lifetime immunity". Shit is going down.
  • 2019-12-19: Putin proposes abolishing term limits. <>: ** https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/putin-presidential-term-limit-russia-moscow-conference-today-a9253156.html ** https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-russia-putin-constitution/putin-says-hes-open-to-tweaking-presidential-term-limits-idUKKBN1YN1JO ** 2020-03-25 vote delayed due to <>
  • 2014 Putin khuylo! ** https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Putinkhuylo! ** https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Путин—_хуйло!

Notable dissidents:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EduardLimonov | https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Лимонов,Эдуард_Вениаминович

https://youtu.be/fAoMzxKkH2M?t=3628 Can't Get You Out of My Head S01E06 "Are We Pigeon Or Are We Dancer" highlights the fact that Putin came to power without a vision, without ideals and without personality. He was clearly just put there by the corrupt oligarchs who controlled the media as an administrator who would favor corruption.

.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiI5UuCiEoU Russian Youtuber Bashir Dokhov puts Putin portrait in a lift as an opinion poll. TODO evidence that it was not staged, e.g. address, identities of people shown. But in any case, Ciro does feel that as of 2020 Putin's power is very precarious compared to <> for example. E.g., whenever Ciro spoke to Russians abroad, they were all able to criticize Putin. But about on third to half of the Chinese abroad were completely brainwahsed and thought China has the best government possible. Original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeb3MMl3lB4[]. video::BiI5UuCiEoU[youtube,height=400,width=600]

==== Putin-sponsored poisonings

Russia apparently has a long list of poisoning political enemies: https://nypost.com/2018/06/23/inside-russias-long-history-of-poisoning-political-enemies/

  • 2020 <>
  • 2018 <>
  • 2012 Alexander Perepilichny Перепеличный, Александр Юрьевич https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AlexanderPerepilichny | https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Перепеличный,Александр_Юрьевич
  • 2006 <>
  • 2006 Anna Politkovskaya Анна Политковская https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AnnaPolitkovskaya | https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Политковская,Анна_Степановна Interview excerpt: https://youtu.be/fAoMzxKkH2M?t=3616
  • 2004 Viktor Yushchenko Ющенко, Виктор Андреевич https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ViktorYushchenko | https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ющенко,Виктор_Андреевич

News:

[[superputin]] ==== Superputin

Meme partially supported by Putin himself, showing how physically strong and <> the president is. A form of <>.

Similar to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ChuckNorrisfacts[Chuck Norris facts].

"Putin does manly things" photo galleries:

  • 2017-06-07 https://mashable.com/2017/08/07/the-swaggering-masculinity-of-vladimir-putin/?europe=true (https://web.archive.org/web/20200412092201/https://mashable.com/2017/08/07/the-swaggering-masculinity-of-vladimir-putin/?europe=true[archive])
  • https://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/vladimir-putin-doing-manly-things/

.Putin swims Butterfly stroke in a Siberian lake around August 2009. The Telegraph https://web.archive.org/web/20200412090316/https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/6175324/Vladimir-Putin-gives-strong-signal-he-may-be-president-again.html[correctly interpreted this as a sign that he would be re-elected in 2012]. For reference https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LakeBaikal[Lake Baikal in Siberia has a maximum temperature of 14 °C in summer]. Other dictators have used similar swim tactics before, the most notable possibly being <>. https://web.archive.org/web/20200412090316/https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/6175324/Vladimir-Putin-gives-strong-signal-he-may-be-president-again.html[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Putinswim.jpg[height=400]

.Putin riding a horse shirtless https://nypost.com/2014/08/29/putin-its-best-not-to-mess-with-us/[near Lake Seliger in August 2009]. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/worl-photo-caption-contest-shirtless-putinn3263512[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Putin_horse.jpg[height=500]

.Putin riding a bear. https://www.pinterest.fr/pin/469429961142687422/[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Putin_bear.jpg[height=400]

.Putin riding a shark. https://sharkdivers.blogspot.com/2011/05/russian-pm-putin-rides-great-white.html[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Putin_shark.png[height=400]

.Putin riding a giant eagle. https://www.quora.com/Is-this-picture-of-Vladimir-Putin-riding-a-bear-fake-or-real[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Putin_eagle.webp[height=400]

.Putin riding a meteor. https://www.quora.com/Is-this-picture-of-Vladimir-Putin-riding-a-bear-fake-or-real[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Putin_meteor.webp[height=400]

.Putin riding a dinosaur in a Sci-Fi planet. https://9gag.com/gag/a5K5jLG[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Putin_dinosaur.webp[height=400]

.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgGzAKPHuM "RASPUTIN - Vladimir Putin - Love The Way You Move (Funk Overload) @slocband" by Pace Audio (2016). Somewhere in the 2010's the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rasputin(song)[Rasputin 1978 song] by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BoneyM.[Boney M.] saw a https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/ra-ra-rasputin[meme resurgence] by adapting the song to refer to Vladmir Putin instead of the original song's originally intended https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GrigoriRasputin[Grigori Rasputin]. This video adds amazing cute animations of Russian scientists trying to create the perfect funk dancing machine, and highlights the <> meme as Putin himself is the perfect dancing machine in the end. video::YgGzAKP_HuM[youtube,height=400,width=600]

[[night-wolves]] ===== Night wolves (Ночные волки)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_Wolves
  • https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ночные_волки

Russian ultra-nationalist and motorcycle group supported by Putin.

Notably, they have made large incredibly cheesy Putin supported music/theatrical/stunt shows to revive Russian nationalism.

Mentioned at https://youtu.be/9Q1hZmAcE08?t=4974 "Can't Get You Out of My Head - Part 6: Are We Pigeon? Or Are We Dancer?"

Sample show on <>: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDyk1Ajq8yE

[[gay-putin]] ==== Gay Putin (2017)

Added to the <>.

Coverage:

  • https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/russia-putin-gay-clown-memes-internet-extremism-opposition-president-kremlin-a7669486.html

<> is not super popular in Russia in general:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBTrightsin_Russia
  • 2013 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russiangaypropaganda_law Russian gay propaganda law (2013) forbids the favorable depiction of homosexuality to minors

.The possibly Gay Putin clown image banned in 2017. https://www.scmp.com/news/world/russia-central-asia/article/2085395/its-now-illegal-russia-share-image-putin-possibly-gay[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Gay_Putin.jpg[height=400]

[[putin-trump-kiss]] .Possibly Gay Putin kissing possibly Gay <> mural entitled https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MakeEverythingGreatAgain[Make Everything Great Again] painted in Lithuania in 2016 by by artists Dominykas Čečkauskas and Mindaugas Bonanu. It references the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russianinterferenceinthe2016UnitedStateselections[Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections]. It was https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/12/vandals-censor-image-of-putin-snogging-trump-lithuania[later vandalized]. Now we just need a Putin <> kiss. Trump Xi kiss https://www.dw.com/en/sierens-china-survival-of-the-fittest/a-49498499[can be found here]. https://www.euractiv.com/section/global-europe/opinion/putin-will-pay-a-high-price-for-trumps-friendship/[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/PutinTrumpkiss.jpg[height=400]

[[skripal]] ==== The poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal Серге́й Ви́кторович Скрипáль (2018-03-04)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PoisoningofSergeiandYulia_Skripal
  • https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/ОтравлениеСергеяиЮлииСкрипаль

For more poisonings see: <>.

In 4 March 2018, the Russian double agent and his daughter were poisoned with https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novichok_agentNovichok agent, a Soviet-era nerve agent, which was likely put on their front door knob in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salisbury[Salisbury, UK], exact address https://goo.gl/maps/oKASuLWpcSmLqL8F9[Christie Miller Road]! Straight out of a spy novel.

On 30 June 2018, the man of an unlucky drug addict couple found the counterfeit expensive looking https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NinaRicci(brand)[Nina Ricci] Premier Jour perfume bottle containing the poison, and gave it to the woman who died. How unlucky can you fucking be, as if heavy drug addiction weren't enough, you still have to deal with fucking Russian Novichok!

.The assassination suspects Alexander Mishkin (Алекса́ндр Евге́ньевич Ми́шкин, alias Alexander Petrov) and Anatoliy Chepiga (Анатолий Владимирович Чепига, alias Ruslan Boshirov) in a CCTV still at Salisbury Station on 3rd March 2018 the day before the assassination. Both GRU and Alexander being a doctor, which is consistent with a poisoning assassination attempt. They later explained on an RT interview that they were visiting the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SalisburyCathedral[world renowned Salisbury Cathedral] in their 3 day trip to the UK, and that they <>. Some Western sources interpreted this as an intentional suggestion that they are gay, which for many Russians would imply that they cannot be FSB agents. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/sep/05/planes-trains-and-fake-names-the-trail-left-by-skripal-suspects[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Skripalassassins_station.jpg[height=400]

.Counterfeit Nina Ricci Premier Jour packet that contained the Novichok. https://www.npr.org/2018/09/05/644782096/u-k-charges-2-russians-suspected-of-poison-attack-on-skripals[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Skripal_perfume.jpg[height=400]

.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ku8OQNyI2i0 "Full Skripal case interview with the UK's suspects (EXCLUSIVE)" by RT with Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov. Not gay moment at: https://youtu.be/Ku8OQNyI2i0?t=461[461s]. video::Ku8OQNyI2i0[youtube,height=400,width=600]

==== Electoral fraud in Russian elections

Besides barring opposition from participating such as <>, electoral fraud was off the charts:

.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KQlCRLCwI 2019-09-12 CCTV footage of Vasily Dyachenko (Василий Дьяченко), who had reported electoral fraud concerns regional 2019 elections, getting surprise punched in the stomach at the St. Petersburg polling station 1619, while the police who is right in front of it do nothing about it. English coverage: https://www.rferl.org/a/russian-police-stand-idly-by-as-election-observer-sucker-punched/30160427.html video::-KQlCRLCwI[youtube,height=400,width=600]

.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oSeRyaFllY 2018-03-18 alleged https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electoralfraud#Ballotstuffing[ballot stuffing electoral fraud] caught on CCTV in Lyubertsy, Moscow Oblast video::3oSeRyaFllY[youtube,height=400,width=600]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMEqv-NNLW4 Мусора избили ребёнка и наблюдателей на выборах TODO find English version

Related:

  • Golos (Голос) is the main independent election monitor organization in Russia: ** https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golos(electionmonitor) ** https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Голос(мониторингвыборов)

[[litvinenko]] ==== The murder of Alexander Litvinenko (Литвиненко, Александр Вальтерович, 2006)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Litvinenko
  • https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Литвиненко,АлександрВальтерович

Poisoned with polonium-210, for more poisonings see: <>:

  • 2006-10-29 ** meets with two former FSB agents Dmitry Kovtun and Andrey Lugovoy at Millenium Hotel London TODO exact address ** eats with https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mario_Scaramella[Mario Scaramella] at an Itsu in London TODO exact address. <> believes the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Itsu[Itsu] food to be the real cause of death.
  • 2006-11-01 falls ill
  • 2006-11-03 admitted into hospital
  • 2006-11-23 dies
  • 2007-01-26 UK police says they had found a teapot at Millenium Hotel containing extremely high Poloninum-210 traces
  • 2010-12 US leaked cables show that Dmitry Kovtun left "positive traces" of radioactive polonium-210 in Germany before departing for Britain https://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/dec/11/wilileaks-cables-litvinenko-murder

His 2002 book https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BlowingUpRussiaBlowing up Russia: Terror from Within accuses the FSB of setting up false flag bombing operations, and figures on the <>.

.Litvinenko in his death bed. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Litvinenkohospitalbed.webp[height=400]

[[russia-mandatory-registration-of-bloggers]] ==== Mandatory registration of bloggers (2014)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28583669

Bloggers with more than 3000 daily readers must register and cannot be anonymous.

The following Chinese policies come to mind:

  • <>
  • <>

=== Putin opposition

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OppositiontoVladimirPutinin_Russia
  • https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/ПолитическаяоппозициявРоссийскойФедерации

List:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yegor_Zhukov[Yegor Zhukov]: 2020-08-31 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-53972592 "Yegor Zhukov: Leading Russian opposition blogger beaten up", good photo of swallen face

==== NFKRZ

Real name: Roman Albertovich Abalin.

YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC19xLluI7dG093Gmw57BhHw

More information: https://youtube.fandom.com/wiki/NFKRZ

Interesting videos:

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpSkIowGY "Why You Shouldn't Trust RT (Russia Today)" (2020). Douh!!!!!! <>
  • <> talks about the <>

[[alexei-navalny]] ==== Alexei Navalny (Навальный, Алексей Анатольевич)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexei_Navalny
  • https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Навальный,АлексейАнатольевич

Casually barred from the 2018 presidential campaign:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018AlexeiNavalnypresidentialcampaign
  • https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-42479909
  • https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Навальный,АлексейАнатольевич#Президентскиевыборы2018_года

His Wiki page does say one thing of interest though, he has right wing tendencies which scared off liberals:


The BBC noted in a profile of Navalny that his endorsement of a political campaign called "Stop feeding the Caucasus" and his willingness to speak at ultra-nationalist events "have caused concern among liberals".


This video of his https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQZr2NgKPiU might have been added to the <>, wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OlegDeripaska#Navalnyvideo[], coverage: https://www.rferl.org/a/russia-deripaska-prikhodko-rybka-nuland-yacht/29028148.html but I can't find where it is in the list exactly.

Related:

  • https://www.rferl.org/a/russia-navalny-nationalist-fears/25059277.html
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVNJiO10SWw

News:

  • 2021-04-16 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/16/russian-prosecutors-move-to-liquidate-navalnys-extremist-movement "Russian prosecutors move to liquidate Navalny’s ‘extremist’ movement"

===== The poisoning of Alexei Navalny (2020)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PoisoningofAlexeiNavalny(2020)
  • https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/ОтравлениеАлексеяНавального

For more poisonings see: <>.

The second one! The first one was in 2019, but this one is more serious, the German government said tests confirmed it unequivocally that it was Novichok, which was also recently used in <>.

  • 2020-12-28 https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/12/28/russia-gives-navalny-ultimatum-return-immediately-or-face-jail "Russia's ultimatum to Navalny: Return immediately or face jail Russia's prison service accuses Kremlin critic of violating terms of his suspended prison sentence by staying abroad"
  • 2020-12-13 more news are coming: ** https://www.bellingcat.com/news/uk-and-europe/2020/12/14/fsb-team-of-chemical-weapon-experts-implicated-in-alexey-navalny-novichok-poisoning/ indicates the names of 8 suspects. They had phone metadata for them including geolocation. How did they get that data??? https://github.com/cirosantilli/china-dictatorship/issues/164 ** https://www.dw.com/en/navalny-poisoning-russia-made-second-assassination-attempt-report/a-55921189 "Navalny poisoning: Russia made second assassination attempt - report". Says British intelligence told that to The Times, paywall https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/revealed-kremlin-made-a-second-attempt-to-poison-alexei-navalny-in-botched-assassination-nh32x737j "Revealed: Kremlin made a second attempt to poison Alexei Navalny in botched assassination". TODO any further evidence? WTF they reveal to a paywall newspaper? ** https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smhi6jts97I Navalny's video accusing people who he belieaves poisoned him
  • 2020-10-18 https://www.cbsnews.com/news/alexey-navalny-poisoning-putin-russia-60-minutes-2020-10-18/ 60 Minutes interview, they flew over to Germany to interview him. He looks normal.
  • 2020-09-05 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-54039710 "Alexei Navalny: Trump refuses to condemn Russia over poisoning" + ____ President Donald Trump has refused to condemn Russia over the poisoning of opposition figure Alexei Navalny, saying he has not seen proof.

He said the case was "tragic" but urged reporters to focus instead on China, which he said was a bigger threat to the world than Russia.


+ Even after Germany and NATO said it was Novichok for sure... He must be <> to have more nukes pointed against China, or maybe with some cyberhacking for the reelection campaign. Perhaps not a bad strategy, but does completely disregard human rights. Do <>? + https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-54097162 Pompeo then condemned. + 2020-09-14: laboratories in France and Sweden independently confirmed: https://www.dw.com/en/french-swedish-labs-confirm-navalny-poisoned-with-novichok/a-54918924 * 2020-09-04 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-54012278 good timeline of events so far * 2020-09-02 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/02/world/europe/navalny-poison-novichok.html "Aleksei Navalny Was Poisoned With Novichok, Germany Says". Tests done on a military weapons facility, which the German government said was based on "unequivocal evidence". * 2020-08-24 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-53892900 "Alexei Navalny: Putin critic 'probably poisoned' - doctors"

He was forcibly kept in Russia for a few days to make the poison effect undetectable before they allowed him to be flown to Berlin.

Several policemen prevented family access to him while in Russia.

First doctors told family he was poisoned, but then soon after they changed their minds to some random excuse.

Poison effects consistent with https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cholinesterase_inhibitor[cholinesterase inhibitors], but the exact substance was not identified in tests.

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-russia-politics-navalny-probe/russian-prosecutors-say-no-need-for-criminal-investigation-in-navalny-affair-idUKKBN25N14A

.Photo published on <>'s Twitter on 2020-09-15 of him sitting awake in a hospital bed in Germany with his family. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-54163389[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Navalnyhospitalsitting.jpg[height=400]

[[khabarovsk-krai-protests-2020]] ==== 2020 Khabarovsk Krai protests (Протесты в Хабаровском крае)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020KhabarovskKrai_protests
  • https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/ПротестывХабаровском_крае

In support to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergei_FurgalSergei Furgal.

=== Russian state media

[[russia-today]] ==== Russia Today (RT, Russian state media)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RT(TVnetwork)

=== Soviet Union

==== Censorship of images in the Soviet Union

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CensorshipofimagesintheSovietUnion

.Before/after comparison of picture of Stalin with Nikolai Yezhov at the Moscow Canal. Nikolai was edited out form the second picture. (Credit: Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images & AFP/GettyImages) https://www.history.com/news/josef-stalin-great-purge-photo-retouching[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/NikolaiYezhovStalincanaledit.webp[height=400]

.A meeting of the St. Petersburg chapter of the Union of Struggle for the Liberation of the Working Class in February 1897, including Lenin and Alexander Malchenko. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Union-de-Lucha.jpg[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Malchenko.jpg[height=500]

.Same as above, but with Alexander Malchenko edited out. link:++https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:StPetersburgUnionofStrugglefortheLiberationoftheWorkingClass-Feb1897-Altered.jpg++[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/No_Malchenko.jpg[height=500]

.The images above side-by-side. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/MalchenkonoMalchenko.jpg[height=1000]

===== Soviet Union radio jamming stations

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RadiointheSovietUnion#Radio_jamming

Ah, the good old days <>, when you could just jam around a border ;-)

http://www.antentop.org/008/files/jamm008.pdf has good pics.

==== Agitprop

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agitprop

[[stalin]] === Stalin 斯大林 (1922-1952)

.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LightYagami[Light Yagami] from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DeathNote[Death Note]: "I can kill anyone by simply writing his name here". Stalin: "Bitch please". https://ifunny.co/picture/1-can-kill-anyone-by-simply-writing-his-name-here-TjXCcyuM2[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Stalinbitchplease.jpg[height=500]

.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZT2z0nrsQ8o "Rasputin vs Stalin." Epic Rap Battles of History YouTube video. This is fire. https://epicrapbattlesofhistory.fandom.com/wiki/RasputinvsStalin/Rap_Meanings[Explanations]. video::ZT2z0nrsQ8o[youtube,height=400,width=600]

[[russo-ukrainian-war]] === Russo-Ukrainian War (2014-)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russo-Ukrainian_War
  • link:++https://uk.wikipedia.org/wiki/Російсько-українськавійна(з_2014)++[]

[[mykola-semena]] ==== Mykola Semena (Семена Микола Михайлович)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mykola_Semena
  • https://uk.wikipedia.org/wiki/СеменаМиколаМихайлович

Ukrainian, worked for <> previously, and published against the annexation of Ukrainian territories.

https://www.hrw.org/report/2017/07/18/online-and-all-fronts/russias-assault-freedom-expression suggests that one of her articles was added to the <>, possibly "Blockade–the Necessary First Step for Liberation of Crimea", but I can't find the entry.

[[anti-russia-dictatorship-info-sources]] === Anti Russia dictatorship sources

  • https://meduza.io/en

[[rferl]] ==== Radio Free Europe (Радио_«Свобода»)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RadioFreeEurope/Radio_Liberty
  • https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Радио_«Свобода»

Website: https://www.rferl.org/

USA funded sister media of the <>.

=== Mini-Russias

==== Belarus

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belarus

The dictator: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Lukashenko[Alexander Lukashenko]. Close ties to his buddy <>.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020Belarusianprotests[2020 Belarusian protests].

[[moscow-minsk-friendship-mural]] .The Moscow-Minsk friendship mural in Minsk (capital of Belarus), originally meant to show the harmonious alliance between Belarus and Russia, was defaced in 2016 by adding barbed wire amidst the flowers held and worn by the boy and girl which represent Russia and Belarus respectively, which indicates that the friendship is actually a prison for Belarus. <> comes to mind. Photo by Aleh Larychau. Upload https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Deletionrequests/File:MuralMinsk-MoscowinMinsk1.jpg[on Wikimedia Commons] deleted because of the lack of https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Freedomofpanorama[Freedom of panorama in Belarus]. https://www.euronews.com/2020/12/21/how-the-crisis-in-belarus-is-politicising-a-new-wave-of-street-artists[]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Moscow-Minskfriendshipmuralgirlwithbarbed_wire.jpg[height=400]

==== Kazakhstan

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kazakhstan

.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eB9O4PU5Nnk "How Much Do You Know About The Real Kazakhstan?" by Journeyman Pictures (2016) shows how Western leaders turn a blind eye to Kazakhstan's dictator at the time, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NursultanNazarbayev[Nursultan Nazarbayev], because they have oil and are willing to cooperate with the West on the war in Afghanistan. In 2019 he was replaced by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kassym-JomartTokayev[Kassym-Jomart Tokayev], gotta learn more about the new one. Includes interviews with https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PamelaL.Spratlen[Pamela L. Spratlen], an US diplomat, where she diplomatically refuses to say anything meaningful. video::eB9O4PU5Nnk[youtube,height=400,width=600]

=== Dictatorships tend to work together

Dictatorships naturally become allies.

The thing a dictatorship is afraid more than anything is of their own citizens, and therefore that they might be influenced by democracies to rebel against the oppression.

For this reason, the world basically always tumbles into a dictatorship vs democracy global war.

Also, since dictatorships don't need to convince their people of anything, they tend to make such alliances much faster.

But this presents a serious dilemma to dictatorships, because you can't really trust the other dictator either, as they are just waiting to put a knife behind your back at all times.

This leads to constant tensions between allied dictatorships, e.g. <> vs China:

  • 2020-07-02 https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3091611/why-russias-vladivostok-celebration-prompted-nationalist "Why Russia's Vladivostok celebration prompted a nationalist backlash in China" on <>

This creates one of the most serious strategic problems faced by dictatorships. It is similar situation with organized crime.

And of course, when a smaller dictatorship makes an alliance with a larger dictatorship, they basically immediately become a https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vassal_state[vassal state], e.g.:

  • <> and <>, see: <>.
  • China and: ** <>, see: <> ** Pakistan, who is more afraid of India than China right now
  • Africa ** https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Co0RGa99W0M "Zambia: Under Chinese influence" by FRANCE 24 English (2021)

==== Anti-dictatorship alliances

[[ipac]] ===== Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (對華政策跨國議會聯盟, 2020)

  • https://ipac.global/
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inter-ParliamentaryAllianceon_China
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/對華政策跨國議會聯盟

[[thailand]] == Thailand (泰国)

It is a crime to criticize the royal family (Lèse majesté):

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lèsemajestéin_Thailand
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lèse-majesté

As https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TerryGilliam[Terry Gilliam] brilliantly says in the <> https://youtu.be/hdU6jUQI9s?t=492[]:

[[sacred-cows]]


I was always convinced that there is no where you should't go. There are no https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacredcow(idiom)[sacred cows]. And if there are, if they are really sacred, let's see how much we puncture them and see if they still float.


Or in other words:


Vajiralongkorn, you little piece of shit, grow some balls and learn how to take an insult. A man who cannot take an insult is not a man, but a big pussy.


Everyone who has political power must know how to be laughed at criticized, otherwise <> follows:

  • 2020-08-24 https://techcrunch.com/2020/08/24/after-restricting-a-group-critical-of-thailands-monarchy-facebook-says-it-will-take-legal-action-against-the-government/ "After restricting a group critical of Thailand's monarchy, Facebook says it will take legal action against the government"
  • 2017-05-17 https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/3578661/from-fake-tattoos-and-crop-tops-to-making-a-poodle-air-force-chief-the-king-of-thailands-maddest-moments-revealed/ "As Thai monarch Maha Vajiralongkorn attempts to sue Facebook over photos posted online, we look at the wacky royal's bizarre life" TODO real? Erm, video by 60-minutes Australia: https://youtu.be/HfF3CGVwrs4?t=84 ** 2015 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fufu_(dog). ** Topless wife birthday celebration video: https://youtu.be/HfF3CGVwrs4?t=311

Dissidents:

  • Rap Against Dictatorship ** https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCukIPSb0N6vRVD5VlzqQg ** https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/8/20/rap-against-dictatorship-artist-arrested-in-thailand "‘Rap Against Dictatorship' artist arrested in Thailand", artist Dechathorn Bamrungmuang arrested ** https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/11/16/rap-against-dictatorship-protests-thailand/

[[thai-king-hamtaro]] .Side-by-side comparison between https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vajiralongkorn[Thai King Vajiralongkorn] and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamtaro[Hamtaro]. This is the Thai version of <>. It https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics/Japanese-cartoon-Hamtaro-used-by-Thai-protesters-to-mock-government[has been used by protesters] as part of the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020Thaiprotests[2020 Thai protests]. Left https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020Thaiprotests[photo source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/SidebysidecomparisonbetweenThaikingVajiralongkornand_Hamtaro.jpg[height=400]

.Leading Thai politicians prostrate themselves before Vajiralongkorn in 2016, presumably during his ascension to the throne. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/bbc-investigation-thailand-king-defamation-a7460046.html[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Thaikingprostrated_officers.jpg[height=400]

.Suthida Tidjai, Vajiralongkorn's wife, prostrated before him during their marriage in 2016 before he officially ascended to the throne. Yes, prostration is a big thing in Thailand. An older king, Rama V, had apparently even https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chulalongkorn#Abolitionofprostration[abolished this practice in 1873]. Clearly, <> could learn a thing or two from a proper monarch like Vajiralongkorn. https://web.archive.org/web/20190723095722/https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/03/thailand-coronation-king-maha-vajiralongkorn-rama-x[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Thaikingprostrated_wife.jpg[height=400]

.Thai king Vajiralongkorn wearing a https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Croptop[crop top] so tight that it could be called a https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra[bra], and accompanied by one of his many girlfriends, in a shopping center in Munich. He can wear whatever the fuck wants, but to both wear that and enforce Lèse majesté? That's the ultimate torture for the Thai people, how can you not make fun of him??? TODO date, exact location, original report. Here is one of the many reports, https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/3578661/from-fake-tattoos-and-crop-tops-to-making-a-poodle-air-force-chief-the-king-of-thailands-maddest-moments-revealed/[sample report from 2017 in a British tabloid]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Thaikingcroptop.jpg[height=400]

[[milk-tea-alliance]] === Milk Tea Alliance (奶茶联盟)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MilkTeaAlliance
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/奶茶聯盟

News:

  • 2021-04-08 <> launches official support campaign for the Milk Tea Alliance: https://twitter.com/Policy/status/1379982396490010624

[[iran]] == Iran (伊朗)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/伊朗

First, never forget about the American-British <> which took down a democracy. They deserve everything they got from it.

Now let's criticize the Iranian dictatorships that this possibly created.

  • Ayatollah Tanasoli ** https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-31164583 ** https://twitter.com/tanasoli

[[iranian-coup-1953]] === 1953 Iranian coup d'état (TPAJAX Project, Operation Ajax, 1953年伊朗政變)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1953Iraniancoup_d%27%C3%A9tat
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/1953年伊朗政變

Yes, this was a <>.

=== China-Iran relations

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China–Iran_relations
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/中国-伊朗关系

Superset: <>.

  • 2021 ** https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran–China25-yearCooperation_Program ** https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/中国-伊朗关系
  • 2019-09 https://lobelog.com/is-iran-at-risk-of-becoming-a-chinese-colony/ Is Iran At Risk Of Becoming A Chinese Colony?

[[spain]] == Spain (西班牙)

  • hhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spain
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/西班牙

=== tsunamidemocratic GitHub takedown (2019)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-50232902 https://github.com/github/gov-takedowns/blob/master/Spain/2019/2019-10-26-GuardiaCivil.md

TODO which repo was taken down exactly?

[[india]] == India (伊朗)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/印度

=== India COVID handling Twitter suppression (2021)

<> asked <> to take down some Twetts criticizing its handling of <>.

  • https://www.reuters.com/world/india/india-asks-twitter-take-down-some-tweets-critical-its-covid-19-handling-2021-04-24/

=== Indian farmers' protest censorship (2021)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020%E2%80%932021Indianfarmers%27_protest
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020-2021年印度農民抗議

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-55898708

[[military-dictatorship-in-brazil]] == Military dictatorship in Brazil (1964-1985)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Militarydictatorshipin_Brazil

One of Ciro's favorite stories about the dictatorship is how cake recipes or classical https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LuísdeCamões[LuísdeCamões (1524-1580)] poetry were introduced in newspapers to replace news that had been <> in the last minute:

  • https://www.vice.com/en/article/j57exd/how-cake-became-a-form-of-resistance-under-brazils-military-dictatorship
  • (pt) http://www.memorialdademocracia.com.br/card/noticia-censurada-da-lugar-a-camoes

Who would have thought that even the limiting and ancient limitations of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pagination[pagination] would have their usefulness!!! Today's Chinese censors have it easy, as they can just remove the stuff and that damned HTML reflow automatically to fit.

[[apesar-de-voce]] .https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RhKTzVVDno Apesar de Você (In spite of you [the Dictatorship])] by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chico_BuarqueChico Buarque with English and Spanish subtitles. That video unfortunately mixes anti-dictatorship and anti-Bolsonaro (2020) imagery. A video with better epoch image but no English subtitles can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33-bMTOlvx0[]. This is one of the many anti-Brazilian-dictatorship songs of the time, and Ciro really enjoys it. https://www.musixmatch.com/lyrics/Chico-Buarque/Apesar-De-Voc%C3%AA/translation/english[Lyrics with translation]. Top quotes: "You [the dictatorship] who invented this State, who invented sin, forgot to invent forgiveness." and "Where will you hide, from the enormous euphoria [of a revolution]? How will you prohibit it when the rooster insists in singing?". Slideshows with that song have been made for several events, e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOqaF3shq6o[the Syrian civil war], and Ciro would like to do a China-themed one as well one day. video::33-bMTOlvx0[youtube,height=400,width=600]

[[os-problemas-da-imprensa-livre]] .https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JornaldaTardeJornal da Tarde issue entitled on top "Os problemas da imprensa livre nas Américas" (The problems of the Free Press), followed by small rectangles with coverage of several countries such as the USA, Cuba, and others, but not Brazil. The bottom half of the page however hilariously contains recipes for "Doces" (Sweets) and "Salgados" (Dishes), instead of the presumed coverage about Brazil. http://www.memorialdademocracia.com.br/card/noticia-censurada-da-lugar-a-camoes[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/Osproblemasdaimprensalivre.jpg[height=600]

[[falun-gong]] == Falun Gong (法轮功)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falun_Gong
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/法轮功
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PersecutionofFalun_Gong
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/610_Office

<> created in the '80s by a Chinese dude called <>.

With the support of the Communist Party to Qigong movements, it reached 70 million believers in 1999, at which point the commies decided they had to be shut down and banned the religion.

Li fled to the USA and lives near New York, where he continues to run the religion as of 2020.

.<> believer arrested by police in Beijing <> in 2000-01-10. https://www.theepochtimes.com/spiritual-practice-continues-to-be-persecuted-in-china-amid-the-ccp-virus-pandemic3296045.html[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/FalunGongladysilenced.jpg[height=600]

.Police steps over <> believer's face in 2000 at Tiananmen. This images was http://content.time.com/time/covers/asia/0,16641,20010702,00.html[on the cover of the July 2, 2001 cover of Time Magazine "Crushing Falun Gong"]. https://www.businessinsider.com/dragon-springs-falun-gong-upstate-new-york-compound-photos-2019-9?r=US&IR=T[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/PolicestepsoverFalunGongbelieversfacein2000at_Tiananmen.jpg[height=600]

[[zone-theory]] .https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClvX7ED8UUI https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim%26Eric[Tim and Eric]'s Zone Theory. If you want to stop <>, don't put them in jail like the <>. Do it the same way you stop dictators: with <>. Otherwise, the dictators remain in power, and <>. video::ClvX7ED8UUI[youtube,width=600,height=400]

.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYJ1dbyDcrI https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim%26Eric[Tim and Eric]'s The Universe. Basically the same as <> but from the believer's perspective. Source a popular mind blown meme: https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/mind-blown video::FYJ1dbyDcrI[youtube,width=600,height=400]

[[aarvoll-shenyun]] .https://youtube.com/watch?v=IAQ14AnAsmU YouTubber under pseudonym "Aarvoll" (TODO full real name, face shown in channel all the time) tells about his experience playing trumpet for Shen Yun in 2013 as a non-believer and Falun Gong in general. Reading the sacred books and doing Falun Gong exercises were mandatory. He also talks about <>. Ciro agrees/finds what he says convincing. In one interesting anecdote, he tells how although Li Hongzhi claims to be a God, he looked like an average slightly overweight dude, and had a trumpet since he used to play it, but couldn't really play it because he hadn't practiced in so long. He also comments on the obvious fact that Li does not speak English very well, e.g. on the Shen Yun tour bus he was there one day answering questions, and a translator was needed. video::IAQ14AnAsmU[youtube,height=400,width=600]

[[christine-marie]] .https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwoO7Nekmpw&t=445 Christine Marie, founder of http://voicesfordignity.com/[Voices for Dignity] which takes care of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FundamentalistChurchofJesusChristofLatter-Day_Saints[FLDS] leaves, was interviewed in VICE documentary "Polygamist Mafia: Escaping The Kingston Clan". While Ciro does not believe Falun Gong is as extreme as FLDS, he does really like the things Christine says. E.g., she calls "cult leaders" with the neutral <> form "<>", just like Ciro, and mentions the important fact that "And the another thing that the public doesn't realise, is that there are also beautiful thing within those communities". This is the mindset of <> that the world needs. video::GwoO7Nekmpw[youtube,height=400,width=600,start=445]

[[flg-important]] === Why is it important to talk about Falun Gong?

The main reason <> emphasizes FLG is that it shows how the CCP can mercilessly crush a 70M strong group (according to CCPs own statistics) out of a population of 1.3B in 2000, i.e. 5% of the population, and of course not because of <>, since Ciro is completely and totally unbiased.

If that number is correct, Ciro wonders curious what you would consider an important movement? :-)

Anything much larger would take down the government and change China's history forever.

OK, maybe the fact that 69M of those were likely old ladies didn't help much either. Tip to next <>: make something that appeals to aspiring military officers.

Let's try to gather some well sourced footage showing huge numbers of believers on the streets:

  • https://www.aparchive.com/search?query=falun%20gong&from=1&orderBy=OldestFirst#7e34a6 AP Archive: could not find a good one there
  • rehashes of Falun Gong propaganda videos with good footage: ** https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7cz4Tkbwy8 contains old good footage ** https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDRUp50XkSs Chinese with English subs, above is rehashed from this one most likely

.Thousands of <> practitioners in Guangzhou, China, 1998. https://www.theepochtimes.com/finding-the-balance-between-ancient-and-modern2248694.html[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/FalunGong_Guangzhou.jpg[height=600]

.Thousands of <> practitioners in Liaoning Industrial Exhibition, China, likely 1998. https://en.minghui.org/html/articles/2016/5/21/157091.html[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/FalunGongLiaoning.jpg[height=600]

.Hundreds of <> believers in Chengdu, China, 1998. https://faluninfo.net/falun-gong-the-practice/[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/FalunGongChengdu.jpg[height=500]

[[does-ciro-santilli-believe-in-or-practice-falun-gong]] === Does Ciro Santilli believe in or practice Falun Gong? 三西猴相信法轮功吗?

No, Ciro is https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agnosticismagnostic and therefore believes that all the metaphysics that <> says is bullshit.

Here are some things that he doesn't like about Falun Gong for example: <>.

Ciro believes Falun Gong can be split into two parts, like any other <>:

  • the "self-help" "how to live well" part, including the physical exercises and meditation, which cannot be proven or disproved, like any other self-help and <>
  • the metaphysics, most notably, Li Hongzhi is a living God, and all other non verifiable things he claims like aliens, alternate dimensions, etc., see: ** <> ** <>

Ciro thinks that FLG's self-help part could potentially be good for you, just like many other meditative practices such as Yoga, Buddhist meditation, Tai chi, deep Catholic prayer, etc. As far as he has heard, all of it sounded good standard religious self-help: be peaceful, be good to others, etc. Like any other well managed religion, FLG does have good things to offer, see also: <>.

However Ciro believes that the metaphysics is all complete and utter bullshit, child stories made up by Li Hongzhi, and just as real as Father Christmas or the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FlyingSpaghettiMonster[Flying Spaghetti Monster].

Also the "obligation to reach Salvation" is boring like for many other prophetic <>.

From a purely strategic point of view, the metaphysics is a trade-off:

  • some people will believe you are a freaking living God
  • others will laugh at you and say you are a charlatan

It may be argued however that Li played this card beautifully: since all Chinese power is concentrated in the CCP, any non-CCP movement dies out, so he was better off long run playing the metaphysics game. The only other choice would have been joining the CCP.

To Ciro it is obvious that Falun Gong is just one of the many very similar movements that came out of the Qi Gong Boom, such as: <>. It just happens to be the one that survived due to better luck and strategy.

The absolute truth is already known by the <>, although he does not want to give clear evidence for reasons: <>, and Ciro finds that utterly boring. There's no fun in living in a world where the absolute truth has been found.

For these reasons, Ciro cannot bother to read even into the self-help part: how can you read that when there is so much bullshit every other page?

Ciro would really like to know if <> really believes in FLG himself, or is just a complete manipulating charlatan, but unfortunately we will never know that. Just imagine if before he died he published a video saying: "it was a joke, gotcha!". Now that would be epic!

Since Ciro is good-natured, it's hard for him to believe that he doesn't believe in anything, how can anyone be that evil? Maybe he believes in part of it, but made up some stuff to sell it better, maybe with good intentions that selling the fake part would also lead more people to see the good part?

Like any other prophetic religion, FLG gives tiny evidence that you can directly feel through meditation. The energies, which Ciro believe are real feelings. And then using that entry point asks you to believe a whole lot more, that you can't feel: <>.

This becomes especially strong when a critical mass of believers is reached, and then they start interpreting all sorts of events as miracles, and you start to believe other believers without questioning them, and a circle is formed.

This post by a former believer gives what Ciro feels is a realistic account that matches Ciro's observations: <>.

And yet, all those who love freedom, must oppose FLG ban, or be themselves enslaved by tyrants themselves: <>.

In any case, at least FLG got one thing right: the commies are <>, and we have to get rid of them.

See also: <>.

[[how-much-does-ciro-santilli-know-about-falun-gong]] ==== How much does Ciro Santilli know about Falun Gong? (三西猴对法轮功有多熟悉?)

He hasn't read their <> himself, no patience, but he has had <> and so has an idea of its content.

Ciro has summarized his thoughts about <> at: <> and <>

[[flg-religion]] === Is Falun Gong a religion? 法轮功是一个宗教吗?

If asked if they follow a religion, most FLG believers will say "no", and <> explicitly says that in <>, e.g. https://falundafa.org/eng/eng/jjyz52.htm[]:


Falun Dafa is not a religion, but future generations will regard it as one.


E.g. they call themselves "practitioners" or "students" (学员) or "disciples of the Great Law" (大法弟子, or mare accurately, of <>'s Law) instead of "believers", and their peers "practitioner colleagues" (https://baike.baidu.com/item/同修[同修]). Non believers call them derogatorily "轮子"("little wheels"), or in friendly terms "轮友" (wheel friend).

And if you say you don't believe in their FLG metaphysics bullshit, they will often reply "he does not understand".

To them, it is not about belief, the truth is clear, and you just don't see it yet.

To this you should reply: "and you don't understand that <> is a master manipulator dude who deceived you and millions of others".

But <> strongly believes that this is just a language barrier/FLG propaganda question (see also "Different levels of truth" from <>), and that 99.9999% of people in the West would classify FLG as a religion just like <> if they are told about FLG's beliefs:

  • absolute truth comes from an enlightened <>, who is perfect and has superhuman abilities
  • weekly in-person meetings (学法 "study the Fa", or more verbosely "study the law (of the universe (of <>))")or daily online meetings where they read from a <>, either written by the prophet, or transcribed from his presentations to disciples, including the disciples questions, much like traditional Chinese texts like <>, just like Christians read from the Bible over and over again. + In both cases, some believers claim that sometimes even reading the same text again gives them new insight.
  • prescribed daily meditation exercise hours, somewhat like Muslim https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salah[Salah] prayers which they call https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fazhengnian[发正念 (fa1 zheng4 nian4)], which means "send righteous thoughts". They seem to believe that this meditation helps external good magic things happen, so it is half meditation half prayer.
  • longer "less mandatory" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QigongQigong-like exercises (lian4 gong1, 练功) followed by a meditation (打坐) and which they collectively call https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/修道(道教)[修炼] "practice austerities". note that this term is borrowed from Taoism but possibly with different precise meaning. There are exactly 5 exercises (meditation being the fifth) some with a fun supernatural name, on <> https://www.falundafa.org/book/eng/flg2006_4.htm[] "The Falun Gong Practice System": ** Buddha Stretching a Thousand Arms ** Falun Standing Stance ** Penetrating the Cosmic Extremes ** Falun Cosmic Orbit
  • higher intelligent beings
  • some believers who practice really well can also get some "supernatural powers" (功能), but not everyone develops them (luckily only so many people are that manipulable!), and you are <> of course, from <> https://falundafa.org/eng/eng/zfl34.htm[]: + [[flg-supernatural-powers]] ___ What will one develop in the course of his cultivation? He will develop supernatural powers which are called supernormal capabilities for short.

Do you want to use them among ordinary people? You are absolutely not allowed to use them among ordinary people at will.


+ See also "You don't get the promised goodies" from <> ** other dimensions, which some select people with vision superpowers can see, this being one of the supernatural powers that may be developed, the "Celestial Eye" https://falundafa.org/eng/eng/zfl_21.htm[]: + [[flg-cross-dimensional-vision]]


A cultivator of a particular attainment level can only see the scenes on that level. He cannot see or believe the truth beyond that level. Therefore, he only believes what he has seen on his own level. When he has not gone up to such a high level of cultivation, he would think those things do not exist and are incredible.


+ and the "Supernormal Capability of Remote Sight" is a closely related ability: https://falundafa.org/eng/eng/zfl_22.htm: +


A supernormal capability directly connected with the Celestial Eye is called the Remote Sight. Someone says that he can see scenes in Beijing, in America or scenes on the other side of the earth while sitting here.


+ And finally there is also the past-future vision ability "Supernormal Capability of Total Recall" https://falundafa.org/eng/eng/zfl_23.htm[]: +


There is another supernormal capability which has a direct relation with the Celestial Eye. It is called Total Recall. Now there are six supernormal capabilities which are generally recognized in the world. They include the Celestial Eye, Remote Sight, and Total Recall. What is Total Recall? It is a supernormal capability with which one can know a person's future and past; if the ability is great, one can know the rise and decline of a society; if the ability is even greater, one can see the Law of the change of the whole celestial body.


  • aliens that look like humans are amongst us, they gave us part of our modern technology, some are evil, others not so evil. E.g. https://falundafa.org/eng/eng/lectures/19980530L.html[]: + ____ Science, however, is not something gods imparted to humans. Instead, it was passed down to humans by alien beings inside the Three Realms, and for the purpose of controlling humankind. People's belief in it has surpassed everything. But I tell you that precisely because of its shallowness, this science has caused the degeneration of morality in human society. ____ + Despite this however, Falun Gong benefits from information technology enormously. For example, many believers use the Internet daily to study the Fa, and to organize their <>.
  • meetings in which people tell their religious testimonies ("experience sharing" TODO Chinese name, possibly just "分享修炼的美好", e.g. https://www.minghui.org/mh/articles/2015/9/29/分享修炼的美好-印尼召开修炼心得交流会(图)-316838.html[source]): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Testimony#Religion + As Jesus put it in Matthew 18:20: + ____ For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them ____ + which highlights the critical believer mass effect of reinforced beliefs.
  • an impending link:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last_Judgment[final judgment]-like event, which will happen "very soon" (<>), and in which the just will be rewarded + Ciro predict that when <> dies, the claim will be that he went to another dimension so save us all, therefore putting this final judgment on hold, a bit like Jesus.
  • non-believers are fundamentally different from believers. Although non-followers who do good things are actually doing FLG without knowing it. + FLG has a specific terminology for non-believers, which is translated in English as https://falundafa.org/eng/eng/zflnew4.html"ordinary people", as opposed to Falun Gong Believers, which Li calls Falun Gong disciples (大法弟子). + Non-FLG people should therefore logically call Falun Gong believers https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abnormal_psychologyabnormal people in return, much like Ciro likes to call the Chinese who call him 老外 as "老内". + Like other aspects of FLG however, this appears in other religions, e.g. my mother mentioned the funny term used by her Protestant's group term but Ciro forgot it, and you can see it in Harry Potter as well: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muggle[The Muggles].
  • xref:flg-organized[You can support FLG by doing X and Y, it is not mandatory, but why wouldn't you since you are saving other people?]. Explaining that Falun Gong is good contrary to CCP propaganda also known as "Fa-rectification" in the English translation jargon.
  • alternate dimensions
  • pre-civilization: civilization is actually much older than what we believe, and was super advanced, but https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Societalcollapse[societal collapse] events led us to forget about it, a bit like https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantis[atlantis]. + Notably, this also implies that the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolution[theory of evolution] is wrong, since there existed modern humans hundred of millions of years ago (the current scientific estimates for anatomically modern humans is https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earlymodernhuman[500,000 years]): https://falundafa.org/eng/eng/zfl14.htm + ____ Archaeologists have found in the world a kind of organism called "three-leaves insect", which came into being between 600 million and 260 million years ago, and became extinct thereafter. An American scientist found a fossil of "three-leaves insect", on which there was also a human footprint, left by a shoe he was wearing, and clearly printed on the fossil. Aren't they joking with the historians? How could there possibly have been human beings 260 million years ago according to Darwin's theory of evolution? ____
  • xref:flg-medication[Maybe FLG will make you healthier, but no promises, but it will make you a better person, and that's why you should do it, but if you really really believe, you get healthier]. But people who seemed to be believers also die, because deep within their hearts, there was a belief problem.
  • <>

From this, it is obvious that Falun Gong is just a https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_AgeNew Age https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syncretism[syncretic] religion combining https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qigong[Qigong], https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhism[Buddhism], some aspects of <>, and whatever other crazy things <> believes in.

Or you could call Falun Gong a <>, which is nothing but a new/small religion with negative connotation, and thus meaningless.

FLG is very similar to Scientology in Ciro's view: a new religion that mixes elements of both old and new. And just like any other religion, <>.

But consider this: how to classify what a religion is?

Some would answer: science is what every one can perceive with their own senses.

But FLG followers claim to feel FLG energies when doing the exercises, and a few of them have the power of seeing the other dimensions.

On the other hand, how many of your friends have experienced the laws of quantum field theory or general relativity in a very direct way?

And aren't pro-democracy believers also taking actions based solely on a shared belief, possibly organized by a pro-democracy leader?

From a purely strategic point of view, the "religion" denomination would be:

  • good to FLG because the concept of freedom of religion carries considerable weight in the West
  • bad for FLG because people who already have a religion would be less likely to try it out and start believing + Falun Gong's recruitment strategy is to focus on the exercises first, and in particular its <> and then as some people start to feel things, they start introducing the metaphysics.

See also: "Different levels of truth" from <>.

See also: <>.

==== Falun Gong believes that the CCP is literally a manifestation of real devils

Unlike <> which does <>, Falun Gong seems to believe that they literally as in they are representatives of, or evil supernatural beings themselves.

E.g. <> is actually an evil frog in some alternate dimension, literally, not just memecally.

And those devils they are literally responsible for example for creating <>, which is itself a magic force which tests the evil and good: <>.

And <> likely represents a magical anti-devil force of the universe.

Some of the most direct <> suggestions we could find: https://en.falundafa.org/eng/HongYin5.htm[]:


The Red Devil uses lies and money to meddle with man


https://en.falundafa.org/eng/articles/20060209A.html[]:


All along, lowlife secret agents of the wicked CCP have been constantly gathering so-called "Falun Gong intelligence."


Falun Gong gives the CCP too much credit. The CCP are just a bunch of lazy and greedy people like you and me.

==== Falun Gong preaching

link:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open-airpreaching[Street preaching] is an important aspect of Falun Gong, using stands and leaflets on the streets much like https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jehovah'sWitnesses[Jehovah's Witnesses].

Jargon:

  • http://www.minghui.org/mh/glossary.html[讲真相]: "truth-telling"
  • hongfa (TODO characters?)

The Falun Gong organization also specifies guidelines on how to preach, although these might not be <>, even though if they are not, it is extremely likely that <> is directly involved in their specification

Falun Gong has also used <>.

All of this is part of their effort to "save people (救人)", i.e. convert them to Falun Gong.

<> personally heavily emphasises the importance of preaching in <>.

.Falun Gong believers preaching on the street in London in 2016. This image taken from a believer website shows a typical local regular gathering of believers on weekends, or even week days if there are enough retired believers in the group. They will put on their exercise music, and do exercises to attract more followers. Someone will also stand on their stall giving out propaganda flyers, or asking people to sign petitions for Western governments to support Falun Gong, e.g. opposing their alleged <>. In the case of touristic areas with Chinese people walking around, they will also ask the Chinese tourists to <>. <> has to say: it is very amusing to see those Chinese people trying to pretend to ignore the censored religion, when some of them are clearly curious about it, especially the younger ones who didn't see it live. Some just get mad, and say how the CCP is so great to them. https://truthinchina.wordpress.com/2012/06/16/london-uk-practitioners-explain-the-facts-about-falun-gong-in-st-martins-place-photos/[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/FalunGongstreetpreaching2016_London.jpg[height=400]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=315&v=nD6792YoOmY from <> shows a parade/preaching event in San Francisco.

[[flg-telemarketing]] ===== Some Falun Gong people make phone telemarketing

Ciro Santilli has seen Falun Gong people making phone calls to people in China with to explain why FLG is with his own eyes, and therefore is sure it has happened on some scale.

Particularly during <>, Falun Gong ramped up the telemarketing calls and some voluntary believers were making calls all day nonstop.

Ciro does not know how the called numbers were obtained and if callees voluntarily signed up for it, but that feels extremely unlikely.

Interestingly however, many of the callees seemed interesting in what they had to say, and they often had long chats, Ciro was surprised by that. Maybe they were just bored senseless due to the Corona lockdown. Or maybe <> and the CCP is fucked.

Also, of course, the callers received call scripts and guidelines to makes those calls, because obviously <>.

Ciro strongly disapproves of this, Just like for any product, visual ads on the street are impossible to prevent, but any kind of advertising that generates notifications on feeds, or takes people's time, is unacceptable.

As you can easily find on <>/<>, such calls may be reported in the <>.

Ciro has not however seen them talking about making automated phone calls.

https://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1940394/how-rampant-phone-scams-highlight-chinas-need-tighter also mentions that Falun Gong makes telemarketing in passing without any reference.

[[flg-cult]] ==== Is Falun Gong a cult? 法轮功是邪教吗?

Does <> think Falun Gong a cult? Yes.

Is the CCP a cult? Yes: <>.

Is <> a cult? Yes.

Is democracy a cult? Yes: <>.

Is modern science a cult? Maybe.

Therefore, the only question that matters for all the above is the same: are they good or bad cults?

Falun Gong clearly share many many many characteristics with what many people classify as a "cult", see e.g.: <>.

However, <> strongly believes that so does any other existing religion e.g. Christianity, and that Falun Gong is not any worse or better than those other well known religions.

Ciro therefore believes that the only reasonable stances are to either:

  • be against all religions (including Christianity and Falun Gong), and classify all of them as Cults
  • allow both Christianity and Falun Gong to exist, and support religious freedom

but not "oppose Falun Gong" and support Christianity.

Some people will say: Falun Gong is a cult because it is too new and therefore obviously fake!

So, if I tell a lie today, will it become true in a thousand years? Or a truth today become a lie? The Romans called <> the "Cult of Jesus"!

Try sending an email to <> asking him to <> :-)

Others will say: Falun Gong is a cult because its prophet is still alive!

But then, worry not, because Li Hongzhi was born in 1951, and therefore will almost certainly die by 2040, unless he truly is a living God as he claims.

Now, for the really important question of weather Falun Gong is a "good" or "bad" religion, <> has seen absolutely nothing in it that is worse than any <> say, e.g., <>.

Some possibly neutral Cult analysts analyzing if FLG is good or bad:

  • https://www.icsahome.com/articles/the-prc-and-falun-gong-langone

Against:

  • https://www.culteducation.com/group/1254-falun-gong.html

In the end however, since there is nothing obviously completely creepy about FLG, all such discussions are basically equivalent to <>, and cannot be answered.

One interesting linguistic aspect is that "cult" normally translates in Chinese as "邪教" which means "Evil religion".

As mentioned before, Ciro does not believe that FLG is an "Evil Cult", just another "Acceptable Cult", and therefore would not use "邪教" to describe it.

Amusingly, <> calls the communists Communist Evil Party (中共邪党) in cannon, well played: https://gb.falundafa.org/chigb/jiangfa5_2.htm

The word "Cult" is much more ambiguous in English however, and does not necessarily imply "Evil" in certain contexts, just "worship".

For example, People from <>'s mother's Protestant Church in Brazil, all say that they are going "to the cult" when referring to when they are going to church to pray, sing and read the Bible together.

And obviously, the origin of the word "cult" is exactly the same as that of https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/cultivate#Etymology["cultivate"] as in "cultivate the crops" (which is also how Falun Gong believers refer to practicing Falun Gong: "cultivation practice"). All of those come from the https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/cult#Etymology[Latin "colō"], which means simply "to protect".

[[ccp-cult]] ===== CCP cult (中共邪教)

The CCP also has many cult-like characteristics, notably <>, which is mentioned on <> itself under "The Guru is always right." (highlight by <>):


The Guru, his church, and his teachings are always right, and above criticism, and beyond reproach.

In some cults, the guru is dead, but the principle is the same. I use the word "guru" loosely here; in many cults the charismatic leader has the title of minister, priest, yogi, swami, prophet, or all-knowing wise man. Or even, "<>." In any case, the leader is always right.


And they also claim that https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcoholics_Anonymous[Alcoholics Anonymous] could be characterized as a cult. Very cool. What else could be powerful enough to get you off a physical addiction, than a mental addiction, right?


<> is the Father + <> is the Son + The CCP is the Holy Spirit


Both Mao and Xi have produced their own sacred books which must be revered, much like <>'s <>:

  • Xi's: <>
  • Mao's: <>

Furthermore, both of those books are based on speeches, just like just like Li Hongzhi's speeches become instant canon.

This devotion can also be seen in Xi's benevolent personification: <>.

This is also observed by <> itself as a response to the CCP <>. E.g.: https://www.ntdtv.com/gb/2019/07/01/a102612683.html from <>, and Falun Gong is completely right here.

See also:

  • <>

[[xi-halo]] .Xi Jinping with a Halo to make <>. The texts reads <>. Watermark reads "Gucci Minh @Laborwave", so presumably from https://www.instagram.com/laborwavedesigns/[], but I didn't have the patience to find the picture, but it very likey comes from there, a ton of great communist memes in that account. https://www.reddit.com/r/LateStageCapitalism/comments/77vfi8/upholdxijinpingthought/[Source]. image::{china-dictatorship-media-base}/XiJinpingthoughthalo.jpg[height=400]

===== Orange Papers

Amazing website talking about Cults and many other things!

https://www.orange-papers.org/orange-cult_q0.html

Down as of 2020-04 archive:

  • 2016 archive of the Cult Test, which is the key page of the website: https://web.archive.org/web/20160205090248/https://www.orange-papers.org/orange-cult_q0.html This is a must read.
  • latest working homepage archive from 2019: https://web.archive.org/web/20190925201137/https://www.orange-papers.org/

TODO who is the author? Copyright says by "A. Orange". Is it the real name, or just a pun for "I ate an orange"?

https://www.reddit.com/r/Orangepapers/comments/5sh7kg/anyinfoonwhathappenedtotheorangepapers/ mentions the creator's first name is "Terry", and that the website went down due to financial trouble.

Claimed interview with him on the 2013 SAFE RECOVERY podcast: https://podfanatic.com/podcast/safe-recovery/episode/orange-papers-

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