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Oil Tumbles Back Below $60 On OPEC+ Production Headlines

(zerohedge)Update (1430ET): WTI tumbled back below $60 after Bloomberg headlines from the OPEC+ pre-meetings suggested the cartel is poised to agree a production increase this week as it seeks to cool a rapid rally in crude prices.

As Bloomberg reports, there’s a widespread view within the group that the market can absorb additional barrels, according to people familiar with the deliberations. While the usual differences are present — with Saudi Arabia cautious and Russia keen to open the taps — all sides are ready to increase production, they said, asking not to be named because the information was private.

“Both the global economic outlook and oil market prospects show signs of continued improvement,” OPEC Secretary-General Mohammad Barkindo said at the opening of a meeting of the group’s technical experts on Tuesday.

“The headwinds of uncertainty that shocked and disrupted the market last year continue to abate.”

That could put the group on track to implement the majority of the 1.5 million barrel-a-day output increase that’s up for debate on Thursday.

WTI tumbled, bounced, then extended losses on the headlines…

All of which is notable as CTAs are “all in” long oil ahead of this.

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Oil prices are rebounding this morning on the back of a reported plunge in OPEC+ production in February, after tumbling yesterday on virus-variant fears and OPEC+ production plan anxiety.

As OilPrice.com’s Irina Slav reports, Saudi Arabia’s unilateral additional cut in oil production sent the total OPEC output down by 870,000 barrels per day (bpd) in February, the first monthly drop in the cartel’s production since June last year, the monthly Reuters poll showed on Monday.

The total crude oil production from all 13 OPEC members stood at 24.89 million bpd last month, with Saudi Arabia achieving around 850,000 bpd of its pledged 1-million-bpd cut beyond its OPEC+ quota, according to the Reuters survey of OPEC sources, sources at oil firms, and tanker-tracking data.

In January 2021, according to OPEC’s secondary sources, the cartel’s oil production averaged 25.50 million bpd, up by 180,000 bpd from December, with output rising in top producer Saudi Arabia, as well as in Venezuela and Iran, which are exempt from the OPEC+ cuts.

In February, however, the first of two months in which Saudi Arabia is cutting an additional 1 million bpd, total production declined thanks to this cut, and to lower exports from Angola and Libya, the Reuters survey found. Iran, which like Libya is exempt from the cuts, saw its supply also drop in February.

In Libya, oil loadings at export terminals were disrupted last month, after members of the Petroleum Facilities Guard stopped vessels from loading crude amid a strike over delayed salary payments.

Nigeria, Africa’s top oil producer and an OPEC member that has struggled with compliance with the cuts, saw its production rise by 100,000 bpd after

ExxonMobil lifted a more than a month-long force majeure on the Qua Iboe crude oil export terminal at the end of January.

OPEC and its non-OPEC allies led by Russia are meeting later this week to decide how to proceed with the collective production cuts from April onwards. Given the recent rally in oil prices, analysts expect the group to lift production in some form and the Saudis to reverse their unilateral 1-million-bpd cut.

As Newsquawk noptes, it is expected that some of the more hawkish producers, namely Russia, will exert pressure on the group to ease its output curbs, with recent commentary from Russia Deputy PM Novak suggesting that the market is balanced. Sources last week said members will mull raising output by as much as 500k BPD, effective April. Saudi Arabia will have to avoid a rift widening as the Kingdom itself is to unwind its volunatry additional supply curbs of 1mln BPD of oil, which it implemented over February and March as a goodwill gesture against the backdrop of lockdown re-impositions. As unanimity is needed for any accord, the Saudis may as a precautionary measure opt to either take a more gradual approach in the 1mln BPD reintroduction, or delay it until until some of the near-term fragilities within the oil complex have passed.

PRIOR MEETING

The February JMMC offered no surprises given that the February and March production quotas were set in January. To recap that more pertinent meeting, Russia and Kazakhstan were permitted to raise output by a modest 75k BPD (65k BPD for Russia), which some suggested was a small technical adjustment rather than a signal of any rift/divergence within the group. Saudi, meanwhile, surprised markets with a unilateral 1mln BPD cut through February and March at a time when COVID variants seemed a greater threat.

OPEC+ UNITY

Brokerage PVM highlights that a number of questions remain unanswered about OPEC policy, and this makes it difficult to predict the outcome of the meetings; however, it agrees that the show of unity between Saudi and Russia will likely be the most important factor. Saudi Arabia has previously warned against complacency, but Russia sees the continued rebalancing of oil markets as a signal to roll-back output constraints. Recent reports also highlighted diverging views among members against the backdrop of higher prices; a few have voiced support for higher production, whilst some proposed no more relaxations until June. Further, news reports citing advisers have stated that OPEC is likely to maintain production curbs in April, and the Saudis are planning to bring back its voluntary cuts, albeit plans can change.

FACTORS AT PLAY

PRICES: On the demand-side, the ramp-up in vaccinations across major economies alongside the barrage of fiscal and monetary stimulus have provided oil prices with underlying support. Meanwhile, the supply-side sees an extra 1mln BPD of Saudi oil out of the market, while a chunk of US operations were temporarily taken offline by the deep freeze in Texas. The terms structure has also seen steeping backwardation – making oil more attractive for investors via roll yields. Brent prices are almost back to pre-pandemic highs of ~USD 71/bbl, with Brent recently hitting levels just shy of USD 68/bbl. One OPEC source suggested prices are “definitely high” and more oil is needed to cool the markets – adding that a 500k BPD increase looks to be a good option.

DEMAND: The latest OPEC Oil Market Report downgraded its 2021 world oil demand growth forecast by 100k BPD from prior report, with demand now set to rise by around 5.80mln BPD Y/Y. OPEC noted that lockdowns contributed to the downward revisions in H1 projections and the revisions are concentrated in the OECD region. That being said, healthy demand is expected in H2 2021. “The momentum is then expected to be supported by pent-up demand, especially in the contact-intensive services sectors like tourism and travel, leisure and hospitality. The seasonal aspect of warm weather in the Northern Hemisphere and the summer travel season will add more support… further upside to the current global economic growth forecast may materialise.”, OPEC said. Resilient variants and further lockdowns of course remain a tail risk for demand – but ministers are likely to emphasise proactiveness and flexibility to soothe these fears.

COMPLIANCE: Compliance has remained an issue among members – with Russia also among the recent straddlers. However, OPEC+ compliance in January stood at 103%, above December’s 101%, according to three sources cited by Argus. These figures will be reviewed by the JMMC and details are likely to be released by journalists. Eyes are also on Iraq as the country boosted its exports by 4.4% in the first two weeks of February, according reports citing Bloomberg data. The report suggests that if Iraq keeps up this pace of export growth, also considering domestic, it could top the production ceiling of 3.6mln BPD.

IRANIAN/LIBYAN SUPPLY: Libya and Iran are currently exempt from the production quotas, due to volatile domestic supply for the former and US sanctions for the latter. These are unlikely to take much credence at this month’s decision. Libya’s situation remains uncertain as oil loadings at a Libyan export terminal were again recently disrupted as production was restored to its pre-blockade level of 1.25mln BPD. Meanwhile, the US has signalled that it will not remove Iranian sanctions to bring Tehran to the negotiating table over the nuclear deal, but an interim deal was touted in order to restore and build confidence. That being said, tensions remain heated as President Biden warned Iran that the recent US airstrike against Iranian-backed militias shows that Iran can expect consequences.

US SHALE THREAT: The loss of market share to the US has been an ongoing concern among OPEC+ members, with some also highlighting the resiliency of the US energy industry in the face of the Texas freeze. However, Pioneer Natural Resources suggested OPEC+ no longer needs to worry about this loss of market share due to strong demand for crude, alongside low growth rates from Shale.

Morgan Stanley sees Brent rising to USD 70/bbl in Q3 amid improving demand. The bank argues that “new COVID-19 cases are falling fast globally, mobility statistics are bottoming out and are starting to improve, and in nonOECD countries, refineries are already running as hard as before COVID-19.”

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Biden White House Will ‘Start Acting Now’ on Slavery Reparations Without Congressional Approval

(bigleaguepolitics)The Biden White House has announced that they will “start acting now” on reparations for slavery regardless of what goes on in Congress.

“We don’t want to wait on a study. We’re going to start acting now,” Senior White House adviser Cedric Richmond said during a recent interview with Axios.

“We have to start breaking down systemic racism and barriers that have held people of color back and especially African-Americans,” he added.

Richmond believes that House Resolution 40, a measure introduced in the legislature to study reparations, will eventually pass, but he maintains that the administration will move on the issue regardless of what the facts or logic of the matter dictate.

“We have to do stuff now to improve the plight, status, future, and empowerment of Black people all around the country,” Richmond said.

Richmond is building on the case made by White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who has affirmed the Biden administration’s support of the reparations study.

“He certainly would support a study of reparations,” Psaki said. “He understands we don’t need a study to take action right now on systemic racism, so he wants to take actions within his own government in the meantime.”

Biden is already taking measures to give additional handouts to certain minority constituents. He took executive action shortly after being installed as president that compelled the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) “to redress racially discriminatory federal housing policies that have contributed to wealth inequality.”

Richmond confirmed that the Biden administration will be conferring additional government-granted privileges to minorities, particularly when it comes to educational opportunity.

“If you start talking about free college tuition to HBCUs [Historically Black Colleges and Universities] and you start talking about free community college in Title I and all of those things, I think that you are well on your way. Those are doable,” he said.

Big League Politics has reported on Biden’s embrace of Black Lives Matter radicalism as part of his devil’s bargain to seize power:

The terrorist group Black Lives Matter (BLM) uses the same digital fundraising platform, ActBlue, that is used by former vice president Joe Biden and many prominent political figures in the Democrat Party, the National Pulse has discovered.

“We appreciate your support of the movement and our ongoing fight to end state-sanctioned violence, liberate Black people, and end white supremacy forever,” the donation tab on the BLM official website states, which is rerouted to ActBlue.

The donation page notes that “ActBlue Charities is a registered charitable organization formed to democratize charitable giving” and any “contribution is made from my own funds or the funds of an authorizing corporation or other entity, and the funds are not being provided by any other person or entity.”

Biden’s presidential campaign has received a stunning $119,253,857 from the ActBlue platform, which sustains his presidential ambitions as well as the BLM terror movement.

Biden is living up to his mandate to enact an aggressive and corrosive form of identity politics. As the demographic collapse of the historical American nation continues, a new anti-white caste system of sorts will continue to take shape.

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SHOCK REPORT: Mass Riots Break Out

(bigleaguepolitics)Portland ANTIFA engaged the second major violent riot event of Joe Biden’s presidency on Saturday night, with members of the street terror organizations terrorizing small businesses and inflicting mass vandalism on property throughout Portland’s Pearl District.

Roads were totally shut down by armed Antifa militants, who utilized stones and sticks against the citizens that opposed their activities.

Antifa engaged in its typical harassment of private citizens, shining bright lights into the windows of residential buildings in some sort of demand for those sleeping inside to come out and join the left-wing terror movement.

As customary for Portland, law enforcement adopted a strict “hands off” approach for Antifa crime, quickly retreating when confronted by the mob of Antifa thugs.

At least one private security vehicle was destroyed in the mob action.

The riot event represents the second event of its kind since Joe Biden’s ascension to the presidential throne. Antifa thugs had attacked none other than the headquarters of the Oregon Democratic Party on the day of Biden’s enthronement, voicing their opposition to the neoliberal Democrat. Biden is understood as a right-wing fascist to the leftist group, which largely adheres to communist and anarchist ideologies.

“Polite” liberals have quietly hoped that the criminal gang would fade into the shadows with the ‘bad orange man’ out of the picture, no longer useful for anti-Trump street actions in the notoriously leftist Oregon city. Feckless Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler finally denounced the left-wing terror group in January, urging stricter criminal penalties for Antifa’s violent actions. It remains to be seen in Antifa will return in force in summer 2021, when national riot movements tend to reach the pinnacle of the yearly strength. However, the ongoing presence of street riots in late February intends the leftist miscreants don’t intend to disappear quietly.


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4 Arrested In Texas On 150 Counts Of Voter Fraud

(zerohedge)Four people were arrested in Texas last month on 150 counts of voter fraud dating back to the 2018 Medina County Primary Election, according to reports.

The Texas attorney general’s Election Fraud Unit on Feb. 11 arrested Medina County Justice of the Peace Tomas Ramirez, and earlier detained Leonor Rivas Garza, Eva Ann Martinez and Mary Balderrama on election fraud allegations, News4SA reported.

According to a release from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office, the case involved allegations of vote harvesting at assisted living centers in Medina County in the 2018 Medina County Primary Election.

Ramirez faces one count of organized election fraud, one count of assisting voter voting ballot by mail, and 17 counts of unlawful possession of a ballot or ballot envelope, according to the news outlet.

Balderrama is charged with one count of organized election fraud, nine counts of illegal voting, two counts of unlawful possession of ballot or ballot envelope, one count of mail ballot application, two counts of unlawfully assisting voter voting by mail, two counts of tampering with government record, and eight counts of election fraud.

Garza faces a single count of organized election fraud, two counts of illegal voting, eight counts of unlawful possession of a ballot or ballot envelope, two counts of election fraud and four counts of fraudulent use of an absentee ballot by mail.

Martinez is charged with a single count of organized election fraud, nine counts of illegal voting, 28 counts of unlawful possession of ballot or ballot envelope, three counts of purportedly acting as an agent, five counts of tampering with government record, 14 counts of election fraud, and four counts of fraudulent mail ballot application, according to News4SA.

The Texas attorney general’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment by The Epoch Times.

In a separate incident, Raquel Rodriguez, a Texas woman who bragged about being able to deliver thousands of votes for tens of thousands in cash was arrested in January on charges including election fraud and illegal voting.

Rodriguez was filmed during an undercover project by Project Veritas, an investigative journalism nonprofit. She was recorded in footage released last year that she could deliver “at least 5,000” votes “county-wide” for $55,000 in cash and that it would hire her “entire team.” She acknowledged what she was discussing could land her prison time.

Based on the footage, Paxton, a Republican, opened an investigation. That probe led to the arrest, Paxton announced on Jan. 13.

Rodriguez faces a prison sentence of up to 20 years if convicted.

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WATCH: Chris Cuomo claims covering his brother’s sexual harassment scandal for CNN would be a conflict of interest

(thepostmillennial)CNN’s Chris Cuomo finally addressed “what is going on” with his older brother, New York Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo and the growing sexual harassment scandal, but claimed he would not be covering it due to his personal conflict of interest.

The Cuomo Prime Time host kicked off Monday night’s episode by saying, “Before we start tonight, let me say something that I’m sure is very obvious to you who watch my show and thank you for that. You’re straight with me, I’ll be straight with you. Obviously I’m aware of what is going on with my brother. And obviously I cannot cover it because he is my brother. Now, of course, CNN has to cover it. They have covered it extensively and they will continue to do so.”

Contrary to what the host claimed, CNN has been criticized extensively for little to no coverage of the Governor’s scandals.

Conversely, Governor Cuomo was a frequent guest on his brother’s show during the outbreak of the pandemic. The brothers performed multiple comedy sketches including one with a giant COVID test swab. Only recently have outlets begun to criticize CNN for having a conflict of interest in interviewing and joking with his own brother during a crisis. The Governor is also facing accusations of covering up coronavirus nursing home and elderly care facility death to avoid a Department of Justice.

All of the bad press regarding the networks coverage of the Governor in the face of the growing scandals, forced CNN to announce the reinstatement of a ban on the younger Cuomo interviewing his brother, following weeks of seemingly non-stop coverage in the early months of the outbreak.

“There’s a lot of news going on that matters also, so let’s get after that,” Chris Cuomo said to conclude the segment. CNN was one of the networks that built up the Governor as a leader against coronavirus and has been reluctant to cover the sexual harassment and nursing home scandals.

In response to the segment, New York Times reporter Annie Karni wrote on Twitter, “What never made sense to me was Chris Cuomo covering him when things were going well for Andrew Cuomo.”

The episode aired immediately after The New York Times published a report that a third woman had come forward to accuse the Governor of harassment. Last week, two former staff members accused Cuomo of sexual harassment during their time in his administration.

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BREAKING: Biden Just BANNED Dr. Seuss

(thepostmillennial)The Biden administration appears to have erased Dr. Seuss from “Read Across America Day,” an annual celebration of reading established on March 2 in 1998, in honor of the legendary childrens author’s birthday. The event was founded by the National Education Association, the nation’s largest labor union.

This year’s theme is “Create and Celebrate Diversity.” A left-wing educators group called Learning for Justice is demanding that Dr. Seuss books be removed from the reading list due to alleged “racial undertones” that are not suitable for “culturally responsive” learning in his children’s books. The educators group also told teachers to discuss Dr. Seuss’s “racist” past with older students.

A Virginia school district has followed the recommendation and ordered its schools to avoid “connecting Read Across America Day with Dr. Seuss.”

President Joe Biden on Monday continued the presidential tradition in proclaiming Tuesday “Read Across America Day,” but omitted any mention of Dr. Seuss in the proclamation.

According to Fox News, former President Barack Obama and former President Donald Trump both highlighted Theodor Seuss “Ted” Geisel’s, also known as Dr. Seuss, contributions in their annual proclamations.

Loudoun County Public Schools announced that it will no longer recognize Dr. Seuss on his birthday. “Realizing that many schools continue to celebrate ‘Read Across America Day’ in partial recognition of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, it is important for us to be cognizant of research that may challenge our practice in this regard,” the announcement read. “As we become more culturally responsive and racially conscious, all building leaders should know that in recent years there has been research revealing radical undertones in the books written and the illustrations drawn by Dr. Seuss.”

Learning for Justice is the education arm of the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and has promoted radical views on teaching “social justice” and “racial justice” to students as young as five-years-old. Teachers were instructed to explain to students that racism appears in places and people they least expect.

According to the Daily Wire, “In a magazine article titled, “It’s Time to Talk About Dr. Seuss,” Learning for Justice cites a study from St. Catherine University that claims Dr. Seuss’s children’s literature is rife with ‘orientalism, anti-blackness, and white supremacy.'” The study also claimed that Dr. Seuss had a history of publishing racist and anti-Semitic writings and cartoons, dating back to the 1920s when he was a student at Dartmouth College.

In the study, Learning for Justice alleged that many non-white characters in Dr. Seuss’s books were “subservient” to the white characters in his book.”It’s also important to note that each of the non-white characters is male and that they are all ‘presented in subservient, exotified, or dehumanized roles,’ especially in relation to white characters.” Learning for Justice also stated that supporters of Dr. Seuss’s work are “racial apologists” and are making excuses for why “bigotry doesn’t matter.”

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BREAKING: Airline Staff Applauds as Jewish Couple is Kicked Off Airplane

(thepostmillennial)A disturbing video went viral on Sunday night, which depicts a Hasidic Jewish couple getting kicked off a plane, allegedly due to their two year-old child not wearing a mask. Applauds are heard as the couple is kicked off. Multiple travelers claim to have witnessed the Frontier Airlines staff high fiving each other and saying “we did it.”

The flight was supposed to leave Miami Sunday night at 7:00pm local time for New York’s Laguardia airport. Another Jewish individual defended the couple as they were being escorted off the plane. This led to multiple passengers defending the family, which led to the airline staff ordering everyone off the plane.

“A job well done to those Jews,” can be heard in the background and several witnesses claim it was said by the airline staff. A witness video shows multiple passengers, all separately attesting the fact that Frontier airline staff were celebrating the Jewish couple getting kicked off.

According to Frontier Airline’s website, children under the age of two are exempt from wearing a mask. The couple was reportedly booked on a different carrier.

Update: Frontier Airlines issued a statement following the videos going viral which read, “Members of a large group, including adults, refused to wear masks as flight 2878 was preparing for departure from MIA-LGA. Repeated requests to comply with federal law necessitated their removal from the flight. The issue did not stem from a child under 2.”

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Berkeley Teachers’ Union President caught dropping off daughter at preschool after advocating for schools to remain closed

(thepostmillennial)A video has surfaced showing the president of the Berkeley Teachers’ Union dropping off his two-year-old daughter at an in-person preschool, after saying Berkeley schools should only reopen to in-person learning when faculty are vaccinated, among other stipulations.

Matt Meyer, president of the Berkeley Federation of Teachers, has advocated for what he referred to as the ‘gold standard’ for the teachers in the union which he said included, “Social distancing, mask-wearing, and vaccinations for adults will create the safest environment for in-person education for the end of this year.”

A tentative plan between the Berkeley Unified School District and Berkeley Federation of Teachers would have had preschoolers through second grade returning to class March 29 and other grades coming back to in-person learning throughout April.

However, “The dates are contingent upon district employees getting the first dose of the Moderna vaccine the week of February 22nd. If there is a delay in distribution, reopening will also be delayed. If district employees are able to receive the Pfizer vaccine, which requires fewer days between inoculations, schools will reopen one week sooner,” according to Berkeleyside.

Parents in the district have claimed that the union is not moving fast enough and are citing the Center For Disease Controls and Prevention guidelines which said that schools are safe to reopen without vaccinations for teachers.

The @guerillaMomz group followed Meyer and his daughter to her preschool and were able to video Meyer dropping her off. Meyer told PBS affiliate KQED that his job is to advocate for the teachers in his union, and where he sends his own children is a “personal choice.”

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“Shocking Investigation” Reveals China Buys Western Academics

(zerohedge)A shocking investigation was just published by the French weekly Le Point on how Beijing is buying the favor of Western universities.

An Italian associate professor, for example, Fabio Massimo Parenti, at the Lorenzo de Medici International Institute in Florence, was hosted in Xinjiang, where up to two million Uyghurs are estimated to be locked up in “re-education camps”. In addition, many British schools are now closely under Chinese radar of influence and propaganda. Nigel Farage, the leader of Britain’s Reform UK Party, recently tweeted that “Chinese billionaires with direct links to the CCP are buying up British schools – and flooding the curriculum with their propaganda,” and listed the names of some in the UK “under Chinese control”:

  • Abbots Bromley School
  • Bournemouth Collegiate
  • St Michael’s School
  • Bosworth College
  • Bedstone College
  • Ipswich High School
  • Kingsley School
  • Heathfield Knoll School
  • Thetford Grammar
  • Wisbech Grammar
  • Riddlesworth Hall
  • Myddelton College
  • CATS Colleges

Beginning in September 2019, in Urumqi, the capital of the Uyghur region of Xinjiang in western China, Christian Mestre, honorary dean of the University of Strasbourg faculty of law, participated in an “international seminar on the fight against terrorism, de-radicalization and the protection of human rights”. The seminar was organized by the People’s Republic of China. Mestre’s statements were transcribed by both the state media, the Xinhua news agency, as well as the nationalist newspaper Global Times.

“I hope that France and other European countries can adopt the answers provided by Xinjiang”, professor Mestre said while visiting one of the “vocational education centers”, the name given by Beijing to its re-education camps.

“These people are not in prison,” the professor attested, “but sent to compulsory training”. Nothing to see here, as they say.

That was the beginning of an impressive investigation by the French weekly Le Point on how China has bought the favor of many Western academics. “It is worthy of Aragon’s travels to the Soviet Union or the collaborators in Nazi Germany”, said Marie Bizais-Lillig, a colleague of Mestre. The reference is to Louis Aragon, the French writer who visited Soviet Union under Stalin and came back convinced of the genuineness of the communist system, and then dedicated himself to its defense.

A survivor of China’s re-education camps in Xinjiang recently revealed what happens there. Gulbahar Haitiwaji had lived in France for ten years. Her husband and daughters had political refugee status, but Gulbahar preferred to keep her Chinese passport to visit her elderly mother. In November 2016, she bought a ticket to China, where she was swiftly deported to a re-education camp for her people, the Uyghurs. She was detained for two years before being released under pressure from France. Early this year, she published a chilling account, “Rescapée du goulag chinois”. [“Survivor of a Chinese Gulag”]

Gulbahar is the first Uyghur to have been released and repatriated to France. “Xi Jinping, she sums up, “wants Xinjiang without the Uighurs”.

She was moved from one detention center to another. First the pre-trial detention center, with the rules hanging on the wall: “It is forbidden to speak Uyghur; it is forbidden to pray; it is forbidden to go on a hunger strike…” She had to defecate into a plastic bucket in front of the others.

She was chained to her bed for 20 days in 2017. She was taken to one of those new “vocational training centers”, the name given by the regime to its gulags. The Baijintan Camp — three buildings “as big as small airports” on the edge of the desert — is surrounded by fences topped with razor wire. Prisoners no longer see daylight, only neon. Cameras follow the detainees’ every movement.

“Thanks to our great country. Thanks to our dear President Xi Jinping”, the detainees must repeat from dawn to dusk.

After taking on new names (Gulbahar became “Number 9”), their clothes and hair are removed. Chinese re-education then begins to take hold of their mind. A camp guard shows the group of inmates a wall: “What color is it?”, he asks. “White”, they reply. “No, it is black. It is I who decide what color it is”.

Then come strange “vaccinations”. “Women no longer menstruated. Once I returned to France, I really felt the existence of sterilization…”

In France, during the past 15 years, 18 Confucius Institutes have been opened, ostensibly to teach Chinese and promote Chinese culture. In Europe, in 2019, Belgium expelled the rector of the Confucius Institute of the Free Flemish University of Brussels, after security services accused him of being a spy.

A Tibet expert, Françoise Robin, of the National Institute of Oriental Languages ​​and Civilizations (Inalco), calls these institutes “Propaganda weapons”, In 2016, Inalco invited the Dalai Lama for a conference. “We received official letters from the Chinese embassy asking us not to receive him,” Robin said.

In September 2014, Mestre’s faculty of law at Strasbourg University hosted a series of events on Tibet, with lectures, exhibitions, dances and concerts organized “at the request of the Consulate General of China in Strasbourg”, according to the terms of an email sent by the dean. “The inaugural conference assured [everyone] that Tibet was never annexed, [and] that the Chinese intervention of 1950 had been requested by the Tibetans,” Nicolas Nord, a law professor, recalled.

The Economist recently suggested what the Chinese regime is really doing in Tibet: eradicating the influence of Buddhism from their people’s minds.

That may be why the proposed new head of the CIA, William J. Burns, said that if it were up to him, he would close Confucius Institutes in Western universities. In Britain, they are also apparently worried — justifiably, it seems. According to the Daily Mail, hundreds of independent schools that were left in serious financial difficulty by the Wuhan Virus pandemic have since been targeted by Chinese investors. China is evidently seeking to expand its influence in the British education system, as they are in the United States. Seventeen schools in the UK are already owned by Chinese companies, and that number is destined to rise. In addition, The Times revealed that the University of Cambridge received a “generous gift” from Tencent Holdings, one of the largest technology companies in China involved in state censorship.

One’s mind goes back to the “Cambridge Five”, the British spy network — Anthony Blunt, Donald Maclean, Kim Philby, Guy Burgess and John Cairncross — in the service of the Soviet Union and also based at the famous British university. Kim Philby, who died in exile in the Soviet Union, never regretted his betrayal of the UK : “It was only at the end of my stay in Cambridge that I made the final decision to dedicate my life to communism”.

At the time, many in the West could truthfully have said they did not know how many people had been killed or jailed by the Soviet regime. Today, we know a lot about China’s cruelty, including the mass murder by the Wuhan Virus that the Chinese Communist Party forced upon the world, first by lying that the virus was not transmissible person-to-person, then by stopping domestic flights from Wuhan but letting international flights continue. As a consequence, every country on the planet was infected, resulting in the murder of more than 2.5 million people.

We also know about the number of people locked up in the laogai, the Chinese “administrative prisons” (estimated at 50 million). We know about the number of Chinese girls that the regime prevented from being born when the “one child policy” was in effect (estimated at 30 million). We know about the number of people killed at Tiananmen Square, the last time the regime was openly challenged by its citizens (estimated at 10,000).

“Places inhabited by ethnic minorities, such as Xinjiang and Tibet, have stood out as shining examples of China’s human rights progress”, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said hours before addressing the annual conference of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Probably even the Soviet Union could not have thought that one up.

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Seattle Homeless Shelter Gives “Booty Injection” Kits To Addicts

(zerohedge)America’s most liberal cities have transformed into ground-zero for what has become an all-out drug and homelessness crisis. Cities like Seattle, Washington, and others, are using taxpayer dollars to fund various types of programs such as needle exchanges and safe spaces to do drugs.

A Seattle-backed homeless shelter called the Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) uses taxpayer dollars to get addicts high. DESC employees hand out heroin and crack pipes, syringes, and even “booty bumping” kits.

Local AM radio station KTTH reports DESC plastered flyers at their Navigation Center location on 12th Avenue South, encouraging addicts to come to the non-profit facility to collect “new tools and methods to continue their destructive and deadly addictions.”

For more on this, KTTH Radio Host Jason Rantz recently joined the Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” show to discuss how Democrats are destroying the city of Seattle.

Rantz tweeted a three-minute clip of him and Tucker talking about taxpayer funds used by DESC to purchase heroin pipes, syringes, and “booty bumping kits.”

“The city is now funding a homeless shelter that is passing out heroin pipes and distributing so-called ‘booty bumping kits’ so that junkies can inject drugs rectally,” Rantz told Tucker.

“Well, when you teach addicts, who are already the hardest to get off the street a more efficient way to get high in a way that lasts longer, when you’re doing it with the so-called ‘booty bumping kit,’ all you’re doing is making it that much easier for them to stay addicted,” he continued.

In case you’re wondering, KTTH sheds more light on “booty bumping kits:”

This process has an addict inject drugs rectally, usually meth or cocaine mixed with water, through a needless syringe. A rectum is very efficient at absorption, so the high is described as more intense and longer-lasting. The flyer says this method to get high is a “good choice if your veins are hard to hit,” and that it “doesn’t leave tracks.” -KTTH explains 

 

As ZH readers are undoubtedly aware, when liberal-run cities take part in funding these social experiments – many of them tend to fail.

For example, San Francisco’s needle exchange program resulted in hazardous waste increases across the city. More addicts got high and violent crime surged and drug-fueled vagrants terrorized people on the street.

… and it comes as no surprise that overdose deaths in the Democratic stronghold have killed almost four times more people than COVID-19 this year. These progressive ideas seem great on paper, but in actuality, they tend to disappoint.

If the goal is to help people with addiction – why are progressives aiding in programs that keep people perpetually addicted?

Why Seattle’s DESC believes they have the magic touch to solve an addiction crisis by employing similar failed programs seen in San Francisco is beyond us.

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