Big Brother is Watching — Who?

July 13, 2010

There are more than 4 million security cameras in the UK—one for every fourteen people. Many have been installed by businesses but more than a million are cameras controlled by the government and/or police. Source: London Evening Standard

Recently, I read a piece from Voice of America about China Tightens Xinjiang Security, Targets Tibetan Environmentalist.

CIA Map of China

The lead paragraph says, “China has installed 40,000 security cameras throughout the capital of Xinjiang region days before the first anniversary of the country’s worst ethnic violence in decades.”

As usual, there is no mention that next-door a war is raging against the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. There is no mention of Pakistan’s struggle with the same enemy that NATO and US forces are fighting.

In fact, if you look at a map of the region, you will see that Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang province, is close to KyrgyztanKazakhstan, Afghanistan and Pakistan, all areas having trouble with Islamic fundamentalists but in China, the Muslims are a peaceful ethnic group according to the Western media. That’s interesting.

If Britain, a democracy, puts up more than 4 million security cameras to deal with crime and unrest in the UK, why can’t China do the same without being criticized? Did you know that local governments in the US are installing these cameras too? Source: MSNBC

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Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of the concubine saga, My Splendid Concubine & Our Hart. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too. 

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A Clear Case of Western Media Bias

May 31, 2010

When an Islamic fundamentalist is killed or arrested anywhere in the world but China, they are labeled a terrorist in the Western media but when the same forces do something similar in China they are called activists. China’s Xinjiang province is located east of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan.  All of these Central Asian countries share a border with China’s Xinjiang region.

Here are two examples from the Western media that were published in July 2009. Time printed a news piece Afghanistan’s Deadly Export: How the War is Spilling Over into Central Asia, by John Wendle/Moscow

The lead paragraph starts, “When five militants, all Russian citizens, were shot and killed in a gun battle at a remote military checkpoint near Tajikistan’s border with Afghanistan, the Tajik government was quick to label the dead as “members of an organized terrorist group.” The group has not been named, but the shootings highlight the grim irony of the struggle against terrorism in Afghanistan.”

A few days later, Chisa Fujioka wrote for Reuters, Uighur leader says 10,000 went missing in one night.  The lead said, “Nearly 10,000 Uighurs involved in deadly riots in China’s northwestern Xingjian region went missing on one night, exiled Uighur activist Rebiya Kadeer said Wednesday, calling for an international investigation.”

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Lloyd Lofthouse is the author of the award winning novels My Splendid Concubine and Our Hart. He also Blogs at The Soulful Veteran and Crazy Normal.

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Wearing China’s Shoes

February 4, 2010

“Beijing – China suspended military exchanges with the United States and threatened sanctions against American defense companies Saturday, just hours after Washington announced 6.5 billion in planned arms sales to Taiwan.” by Cara Anna, Associated Press Writer

The private sector’s American Military Industrial Machine thrives on wars like KoreaVietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. Military industrial tycoons would have strokes if America didn’t have any enemies to scare the public with. Without fear of the boogieman, would America need the second-largest military on earth? Would America need to spend more money on weapons than the rest of the world combined? These Military Industrial types are like greedy Christmas morning kids who pout when there aren’t enough presents to open.

Don’t read me wrong. We need to fight the nasty Al Qaeda terrorists (the ones hiding in Pakistani caves like flea ridden Neanderthals) who want to burn our underwear and sink our cities from global warming.

Now, slip into China’s shoes. During the 19th century, China was the victim of Western Imperialism. The Chinese emperor didn’t want his people to have access to opium. The West did, and the British and French waged war against China forcing China to allow opium in. American merchants benefited from those wars too. Then China fought with Russia, Germany and Japan and lost more territory. Then along came WWII and a Japanese invasion that cost at least thirty million Chinese their lives.

Is it any wonder that China is upset that the United States industrial military machine is selling Taiwan $6.4 billion in weapons. Geez, these industrialists should be making enough off Iraq and Afghanistan and this “war” (oops, we aren’t supposed to say that—political correctness you know) on terror. Prior to 1949, Taiwan was part of China. After the Nationalists lost China, the people in Taiwan lived with martial law under a dictator for thirty years before being forced to hold democratic elections.

Think about this from the Chinese point of view. The Chinese want was lost to Western Imperialism in the 19th century and the early 20th century. Check China’s maps to see what was lost. Mao reclaimed Tibet, and China has been badmouthed in the Western media ever since. With this history, how would you feel if you were Chinese?

How many wars has China started with other countries in the last century?  Make a list and compare it to the wars started by the other major powers (don’t forget America). Once you finish the list, tell me who should worry the most?  China or America.

Of course, the Chinese could change the name of their political party to Republican or Democrat. They could do away with the yellow stars on their flag and replace those symbols with a red ass or a blue pachyderm. They could even vote to join America as the next state, but that would make the dreaded double “L” happy.  No, not me—Lawyers and Lobbyists.  Right now, China has about 110,000 lawyers for 1.3 billion people while America has more than a million to rob less than a quarter of China’s population.

Isn’t it bad enough that we’ve already given China fast food and Ford?


Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of the concubine saga, My Splendid Concubine & Our Hart. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too.

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