April 4, 2021 – 6:06 am


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While we wait for the US to produce the weapons of mass destruction they claimed Iraq had, the US are once again going after another sovereign nation with accusations of human rights violations. By Caitlin Johnstone.

The US, UK, EU and Canada have simultaneously implemented new sanctions against Chinese officials in yet another reminder that these nations consistently function as member states of a single empire on foreign policy, and that the Biden administration is continuing right where the Trump administration left off on anti-China hawkishness.

The basis for these sanctions is listed as “human rights” violations in Xinjiang province, as US Secretary of State Tony Blinken explains:

“Amid growing international condemnation, the PRC continues to commit genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang. The United States reiterates its calls on the PRC to bring an end to the repression of Uyghurs, who are predominantly Muslim, and members of other ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang, including by releasing all those arbitrarily held in internment camps and detention facilities.”

Blinken’s allegations are unfounded, as explained in this recent article from The Grayzone and in this comprehensive video by the Youtube channel Bay Area 415. While it’s entirely possible that human rights violations could be happening in Xinjiang in some form and to some extent, the extremely flimsy and blatantly manipulated evidence we’ve seen so far for western claims of “genocide” and “crimes against humanity” should draw immediate incredulity from anyone who remembers the lead-up to the Iraq invasion. The only sane response to unfounded claims by known liars is skepticism and agnosticism until we are presented with proof that rises to the level required in a post-Iraq invasion world.

Click here for the video clip.

These talking points issued by the State Department chief look even more off-base when we remember that a leaked 2017 State Department memo confirmed that the United States has a standing policy of using allegations of human rights violations as a bludgeon against nations like China while ignoring known human rights violations against member states of the empire like Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

In December 2017 Politico published an internal memo that had been sent the previous May to then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson by virulent neocon Brian Hook. The memo provided useful insight into what it looks like when a toxic swamp monster orients a political neophyte to the inner mechanics of the empire, explaining the way “human rights” are really just a tool to be cynically exploited to advance the goal of planetary hegemony like an old veteran explaining the backstory to the new guy in the pilot episode of a new TV series.

We ordinary people are watching two nuclear-armed nations escalate against one another with increasing aggression, with escalations against nuclear-armed Russia complicating things even further. This incredibly dangerous flirtation with the unthinkable is the most important thing happening in our world, and we should all oppose it tooth and claw.

“In the case of US allies such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the Philippines, the Administration is fully justified in emphasizing good relations for a variety of important reasons, including counter-terrorism, and in honestly facing up to the difficult tradeoffs with regard to human rights,” Hook explained in the memo.

“One useful guideline for a realistic and successful foreign policy is that allies should be treated differently - and better - than adversaries,” Hook wrote. “We do not look to bolster America’s adversaries overseas; we look to pressure, compete with, and outmaneuver them.

“For this reason, we should consider human rights as an important issue in regard to US relations with China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran. And this is not only because of moral concern for practices inside those countries. It is also because pressing those regimes on human rights is one way to impose costs, apply counter-pressure, and regain the initiative from them strategically.”

Tweet about the US State Department’s May 17, 2017 memo.

So if it wasn’t already clear to you that the US empire is faking its concern for the well-being of Muslim lives (and a quick glance at America’s actions in the Middle East should make that read like the punchline of a bad joke anyway), it should be clear to you now.

Neither Washington nor its vassal states harbour any interest in protecting the interests of the Uyghurs in Xinjiang, they are only using that narrative to, as Brian Hook put it, “impose costs, apply counter-pressure, and regain the initiative from them strategically.” This is exactly what a steadily escalating international sanctions campaign helps accomplish.

The illusion is that the US and its allies have seen evidence of genocide and crimes against humanity and taken action against China in the interest of human rights. The reality is that actions against China were already planned, and a narrative was used to justify them.

Meanwhile we ordinary people are watching two nuclear-armed nations escalate against one another with increasing aggression, with escalations against nuclear-armed Russia complicating things even further. This incredibly dangerous flirtation with the unthinkable is the most important thing happening in our world, and we should all oppose it tooth and claw.

You don’t need to believe that the Chinese government is run by a bunch of saints to understand that these great power confrontations serve no one and threaten everyone - economically, politically, and existentially. There is no legitimate reason we can’t all begin collaborating with each other toward the common good of humanity instead of brandishing armageddon weapons at one another with increasing recklessness in the name of unipolar hegemony.

Note: Caitlin’s articles are entirely reader-supported, so if you enjoyed this piece please consider sharing it around, liking her on Facebook, following her antics on Twitter, checking out her podcast, throwing some money into her hat on Patreon or Paypal, or buying her book Woke: A Field Guide for Utopia Preppers. Visit The above article was posted at Information Clearing House.

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  2. The United States has intervened on behalf of Muslims in Afghanistan against the USSR, Kuwait the former Yugoslavia, and is right to speak up against China’s mistreatment of the Uyghers. North Korea’s human rights record is indefensible, and although no country can claim a perfect record, Canada, The United States, and other Western nations have a better record of defending free speech, due process, religious freedom, and other basic rights than China, Russia, and other undemocratic nations. One memo, and a propaganda piece about the Uyghers don’t erase Tianamen Square, the crushed democracy movement in Hong Kong, demonization of the Dalai Lama,repression of Falun Gong, or China’s occupation of Tibet. China’s support of North Korea (95% of N.K.’s trade is with China)its predatory relationship with corrupt regimes like Robert Mugabe’s and its exploitation of minerals in Africa and Afghanistan, and its use of punitive trade sanctions against any country (like Australia) that criticizes Beijing are a level of cynical, selfish bullying that not even Donald Trump approached.

    By Eric (The Other Eric) on Apr 4, 2021

  3. ‘Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.’
    Same foreign policy no matter who is POTUS, China is controlled opposition, bigged-up ready for next war - war is profit, just like deadly vaccines: PROFIT and to hell with people. Terrorism = government rule by fear, they invent a new enemy and control, oppress, tax us till we bleed.

    By j.barlow on Apr 4, 2021

  4. Who the hell is this Caitlin Johnstone? Is she another person with a fake identity created by the Chinese propaganda machine? How dare she says the world, especially the US, is conspiring against China for their human rights records? I would like to ask one question: is there anything called human rights in China, not to mention in places like Xinjiang and Hong Kong!
    Look at the situation in Hong Kong, it never stops to amuse me with the Beijing and HK governments’ comic acts to suppress democracy and human rights.
    Recently, they have changed the election rights of parties that only those pro-Beijing parties or people will be allowed to take part in the election, i.e. to guarantee a 100% victory for parties with blessings from Beijing. By doing so, they claimed that all this as supported by the Chinese government is a step towards democracy (Can you =believe this?) and to improve the election process. In the eyes of the Communists, they just want an election in which they are guaranteed a resounding victory, a 99.999% victory that “reflects” the overwhelming support of everyone. Recent understanding among Hong Kong people is that they will boycott the next election or casting a blank vote and the most ridiculous thing is that the Hong Kong government is going to tighten security law to ensure that casting a blank vote is against the law. Are you serious? A blank vote to be verified on the spot by HK government official to ensure it is not blank! How democratic that is and what kind of respect does it show towards human rights!
    The heading of the article by Caitlin is a mockery of the situation in China today. China being victimized as a country full supporting human rights? Is this a fairy tale?
    BigO please stop this kind of bullshit and I do challenge this Caitlin, if she ever exists, to answer the questions about real democracy and human rights in China including Xinjiang and Hong Kong.
    I hate to use any strong language but in view of the money which goes underneath the table from the Communists, Caitlin and the Chinese government, not the Chinese people, just fuck off and stop trying to pollute the world with your naivety and lame lies that any decent human being can see through.

    By Bert Jansch on Apr 5, 2021

  5. Collaboration with China? Mutual gains working with Communist China?
    There is a saying in Hong Kong which goes like this: China’s perspective is that any collaboration with the Communist Party has to bring benefits/gains to this bloody regime by all accounts with no gains on her “partners”.
    Isn’t it clear enough?
    The Chinese propaganda keeps making me sick.

    By Bert Jansch on Apr 6, 2021

  6. In the U.S., celebrities oppose slave labor.Chinese celebrities defend “cotton,” not people.

    Post the UN Declaration of Human Rights, Big O! Or is it illegal in Hong Kong now?

    By Eric (The Other Eric) on Apr 7, 2021

  7. I guess it doesn’t matter, because China censors the internet for its population, so they’ll never see this.

    By Eric (The Other Eric) on Apr 7, 2021

  8. Niggers don’t deserve any rights, fuck them black baboons.

    By DD on Apr 9, 2021

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