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This is truly what matters. In the 1980s I lived in Yugoslavia and experienced extensive travel behind the "Iron Curtain" as a child when my family smuggled Bibles into communist countries. Today, people, especially young people, due to indoctrination, can be dismissive of free speech as a small thing because they don't understand what it means for it to be gone. I will never forget the tears of joy on people's faces when they received the Bibles. In the 1990s I started a creative writing program for incarcerated youth in Los Angeles to give a voice to the voiceless, most of whom were facing life sentences. My own voice in turn was silenced and I was told due to my white privilege I had no right to create such a program since I was only doing it just to assuage my white guilt, and in the process was causing more harm than good. The cancel.sulture came for me with a vengeance. And on and on it goes. Every voice that stands up against oppression is important and when they are silenced another light goes out. I recently started writing on Substack to tell these stories without censorship and am glad I found this writing home.

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You are criticized for creating a program due to your "white guilt" and now you will be criticized for not doing enough due to your "white privilege". These people are sick: very, very sick.

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Yep. The program InsideOUT Writers, in Los Angeles, has helped thousands of young people to this day. One example of cancel culture: one of my former my former students, Silvia Sanchez spent almost twenty-five years in prison and we remained friends all those years . She was released the day Trump became president. That night I celebrated her release with her family. When I approached the Washington Post about writing an article about our inspiring friendship I was told I should give them all my contacts and they'd find an appropriate writer of color to tell her story since I was white. I was trying to steal her story for myself. I gave up ever trying to write in those.corcles again. So I am here https://khmezek.substack.com/

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It’s important that we direct our anger squarely @ the CCP and not the Chines People. The CCP is perhaps the most dangerous threat on Planet Earth. Socialism has never worked and there are many failed states to prove this. But Socialism with Chines Characteristics is much different. Because of the economic might that the CCP has amassed, it is far more dangerous than any of the socialist states of the past. It’s use of economic espionage is perverse and dangerous. For example, the Belt & Road initiative had China funding a port in Sri Lanka, so when the port could not pay its debt, China took over control of the port. This is repeated all over the globe. In a academia - the CCP has created Confucius Institutes which fund research that is hidden from stakeholders and limits academic freedom. Rinse / repeat. Thanks for highlighting this subject Bari. Because it is very profitable for the corporate media empire to remain silent about the CCP, this topic is off the grid.

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Exactly. The uniqueness of China is their quasi capitalist system that has made their economy much stronger and sustaining than Soviet Union ever was or could have been. It took us 50 years to wear them down to the point of collapse. Imagine what it will take to outlast China. And that would have to be with us all seeing them as the enemy, united against a common foe. China has bought off our political, business, media and sports elites. Honestly I see the U.S. in real danger here, we are 2-3 touchdowns behind in the fourth quarter. And instead of Tom Brady we have a third string QB in cognitive decline.

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Correct, the first task is to acknowledge the problem. Sadly, the current Administration cannot see it, or won’t do anything about it. So the CCP grows in strength. Very dangerous indeed.

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The current admin is simply a mask worn by the same global capitalists that are having a great time in the hot tube with the CCP.

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Unfortunately I am not going to have a positive comment. The concept of Elite Capture has led to Elite Merger. Our elite class desperately WANT the CCP model. Take a look at Shanghai all these months after this story first was published. I am not hearing much overt criticism from our current regime. We are in HUGE trouble.

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I agree. I think the voters who voted for Trump in 2016 understood that. There is not much difference to them between Democrats and Republicans. They are both part of the permanent power structure.

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The CCP and it's programs will eventually collapse, but they will create great damage until that happens and leave behind immeasurable carnage after it happens.

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Yes and yes. For anyone too worried about the CCP I recommend Beckley's "Unrivaled". He demonstrates clearly that China is not a long term threat. But there will be so much destruction of humanity in the meantime.

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Thanks, I give this suggestion a read.

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Bari you need to check out Vivek Ramaswamy. A successful capitalist with “FU money” who is willing to speak up. To expend some of his reputation capital. He has a book coming out in August that explains the marriage of convenience between the Woke left and corporate America. It’s all a three card Monty game of distraction. Big corps get a pass on their genuine issues from Enviromental, to social (slave labor in the third world Apppe, Nike) as long as they are making statements about diversity, donating $ to BLM. He describes Wokeism as the new Catholic Church with the head of the world bank as it’s Pope, and the CEO of Black Rock and Al Gore are its archbishops. You will love this guy’s personal story.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/can-vivek-ramaswamy-put-wokeism-out-of-business-11624649588?st=1a18iu7m28av5ly&reflink=article_copyURL_share

Great write up on him in WSJ.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/can-vivek-ramaswamy-put-wokeism-out-of-business-11624649588?st=1a18iu7m28av5ly&reflink=article_copyURL_share

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I just read that WSJ article. Never heard of Vivek Ramaswamy - thanks so much for that link. Definitely going to read his book when it comes out. (I'll bet Bari has him on her podcast.)

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I agree he is an interesting character. Also I recommend checking out the related Quillette articles on "MIssion Protocol".

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Bari could definitely interview him next.

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Very interesting. Looking forward to his book in August. Makes a lot of sense.

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He's exactly right on every point.

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Thank you Bari for publishing this! Many of us are only vaguely aware of the Apple Daily saga, although we may be more aware of the CCP acts in HK. We in the U.S. might be well-advised to learn about the CCP and its tactics. An excerpt in your piece jumped out at me: "the national security law passed last year, which effectively criminalized criticism of the Chinese Communist Party." How many parallels might there be to the domestic terrorism law being considered by the Biden administration. The descriptions of who is a domestic terrorist (in these proposed laws) looks like a broad brush that includes groups/individuals that are critical of the status quo government (I.e., criticism is permitted only within certain established parameters) . Perhaps I am voicing an extreme concern here, but I think the concern is justified. I know Glenn Greenwald has also been writing about similar concerns....and he is mostly (and sadly) laughed at. We take way too much for granted in the U.S.

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Your concern is not the least bit extreme. It is by design to allow persecution of political opponents under cover of law. And if they claim "safeguards", just say "FISA" in response.

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Well said

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"It was China that lied to the world about the nature of Covid-19." While the USA lied to the world about hydrochloroquine, the origination, and the efficacy of masks.

"It was China that disappeared scientists who tried to blow the whistle early on." While Facebook, Google, and the networks disappeared American scientists that would not follow faulty or plain wrong science.

We were told, once upon a time, that opening up trade with China would result in China adopting Western values. Instead, the opposite happened. We have an American superstar son of slaves making millions of dollars merchandising products of slave labor. Our media, before China rapprochement, investigated corruption. Now, they often work to cancel corruption. No talk about the meth-head son of the Big Guy and his business deals. Our scientists fund bio-weapons work in Wuhan and then work with Big Tech to censor anybody on to them.

I'll give the Apple Daily this. They outlasted Rosanne Barr by three years.

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What was the lie about hydrochloroquine?

And what was the lie about masks? That they don't work, or that they work?

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The New England Journal of Medicine published a hit piece on hydroxychloroquine that was based on completely fabricated data. https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa2019014. Contemporaneously, Fauci dismissed it, the press played along, and they inflated hope in an expensive alternative, remdesivir, manufactured by Gilead. As I recall, a number of NIH execs had financial states in Gilead. (https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/coronavirus-drug-remdesivir-shows-promise-large-trial-n1195171).

Many doctors had anecdotally believed hydroxychloroquine was their best therapeutic. Henry Ford in the summer of 2020 published results of a clinical trial that showed significant efficacy. They later wrote an open letter that is interesting. The letter blames politics. I think they could just as easily blamed media misfeasance. (https://www.henryford.com/news/2020/08/hydroxychloroquine-an-open-letter)

I believe a recent study confirms the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine.

I'm not an investigative journalist nor an authority, but just as an observer, I wonder if in time we will find that tens of thousands of lives might have been saved by honest journalism checking bureaucrats, although at this time, that is just speculation. However, we do know that the scientists and the media lied time after time on the topic.

As for masks, the misinformation is pretty well documented now.

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Has the NEJM article been withdrawn? How do you know it was based on "fabricated data"?

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It was withdrawn.

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No, it wasn't! Your own link leads to it! Read it! I did.

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Type NEJM retracts hydroxychloroquine article into your favorite Search engine. The link above was the original phony study. It associates to the grimace on my face when I walk past another Science is Real sign.

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MarkS - another self proclaimed genius who probably also claimed that Warp Speed was a hoax because a vaccine would take five years.

And, sorry, Dr. MarkS, but hydroxychloroquine has been proven somewhat effective if taken early in the infection. And in the early days of the pandemic, we had nothing else except doctors killing patients with ventilators. Oh and Cuomo murdering the elderly.

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https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/lancet-retracts-surgispheres-study-on-hydroxychloroquine-67613

"Two controversial studies of COVID-19 patients have been retracted after the authors failed to demonstrate that the data were reliable. The first study to be retracted, published last month (May 22) in The Lancet, had found harmful effects associated with the antimalarial drug, hydroxychloroquine, but quickly drew fire after scientists raised questions about the massive database supposedly underpinning it, and about that database’s owner, Surgisphere Corporation."

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"Shortly after The Lancet’s retraction, NEJM issued its own retraction. The authors’ statement reads: “Because all the authors were not granted access to the raw data and the raw data could not be made available to a third-party auditor, we are unable to validate the primary data sources underlying our article. . . . We therefore request that the article be retracted. We apologize to the editors and to readers of the Journal for the difficulties that this has caused.”

"Hundreds of scientists have raised questions about the provenance of Surgisphere’s dataset. The Scientist reached out to some of the largest health systems in the states hit hardest by COVID-19, but could not find any that contributed data to Surgisphere, and the company has declined to name any participants, citing privacy agreements."

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Early in the pandemic when the search for options was desperate, Trump got word that a malaria drug (hydroxychloroqine, or “hxc” here) might help some people. Drs in Michigan and Texas reported some successes.

As opposed to sitting around until a new drug was developed, tested, and authorized for use with COVID, Trump noted that the initial step of drug testing, Safety had already been done by its 60 yr history of widespread use. So it was safe, and very available. He kept getting inputs that it had some efficacy, including from studies in France. So he would often say “Talk to your Dr and if Dr prescribes it for you, it might help”. What a crime!! Please re-read: “Talk to your Dr”. Trump didn’t say to take it, he said to talk to Dr.

In the fog of war when Generals will in fact understandably make mistakes, I just can’t file this as any such thing. Nothing like NY nursing homes.

But Fauci wouldn’t have it. THAT would be off-label (using a drug made for one condition for another illness -something Drs do daily). Fauci also repeatedly insisted that “hxc” hadn’t gotten double blind controlled testing and so couldn’t be used. (Many Drs did anyway, one noting “I go to war with the weapons I have”). So the MSM repeated and squawked about Trump acting like a Dr ad nauseam, omitting that Trump always said to consult your Dr and take “hxc” IF he prescribed it. THAT’s the media lie.

Fauci, CDC, WHO & others acted like they were doing standby lab studies, when they needed to take off their lab coats and put on flak jackets. We were (are) in a WAR.

I have lots of criticism for Trump, but “hxc” isn’t one.

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'conceal' corruption.

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Thank you for this, Bari. This was especially good to read after your interview with the reprehensible Mark Cuban, that groveling, blood money-hoarding, garbage human being.

China is an enemy unlike any we’ve faced in the past, because unlike Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia, our own free markets and government have deep ties to the CCP, providing legitimacy to the atrocities they commit.

They are deeply imbedded into our technology and economy, making most of what we use, and in turn they use our social media platforms like Twitter and our academic institutions to make sure we as a people are continually distracted by things that don’t matter. This gives them cover as they continue to murder and violate human rights with the express permission of the Mark Cubans and Zuckerbergs and Harvard’s and New York Times of the world, not to mention our political parties and presidential administrations.

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Correct, the US should never have let China into the WTO - with the hope of learning how our democracy works while turning a blind eye to their terrible human rights violations record.

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I don’t know how to answer this question without sounding like a sarcastic a-hole, so I’ll just say, “Of course.”

The problem with this strategy is that we haven’t made China more like us, instead, our industry bends over backwards to placate their authoritarianism and turns a blind eye to their truly evil doings.

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Jimmy Lai is a hero to the free world! Human beings want freedom, but so few fight for it until it turns into war. As I sit here this morning reading the news from many different outlets and preparing to attend church, I must reflect and give thanks for my freedom to do so and the freedoms my children and grandchildren enjoy. We must never reach the point of having to fight for our freedoms physically. Instead, at least to some degree, we must emulate Jimmy Lai and stop our current path toward totalitarianism. Thank you, Bari, for leading us in that direction!

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Sure, everyone "wants" freedom but too few are willing to accept the responsibility and accountability that come with it. I think most people confuse "freedom" with "free beer". They want "free beer", not "freedom".

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Some of us just want the freedom to enjoy our free beer.

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Be very aware of the forces behind tyranny. It isn't only the mafia that rules China. Biden threatens to use nukes and F-15s against people such as you who believe that our Constitution is worth fighting and dying for.

If the Pretender President were more well read, intelligent and clear thinking, he'd understand that such weapons are no match for an armed and vengeful populace who are willing to die for liberty.

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Simultaneously, The senile husk says that to take over the government you need F15s and nukes while decrying the unarmed “insurrectionists” as a threat to the government. Which is it because it can’t be both.

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And Google/Youtube censors Bret Weinstein, PhD, for talking science about covid

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The problem is that progressives truly believe that the Chi Com management model is swell. Progressives do not believe in liberty or free speech. They believe in a large, coercive government that muzzles free speech and silences its proponents. Let's stop beating around the bush. China is an implacable enemy of American liberty. Progressives are in league with China. And worms such as James and Cena are simply cowards who sold their souls for 30 pieces of silver. If you don't understand the nature of the enemy you will just be another victim. Time is short.

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I'm turning 83 in August, and what I fear is I will outlive democracy. Great column Bari.

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The ChiComs—

Forced Abortions

Harvesting organs from political prisoners

Persecuting Christians

I’ll stop now—The US democrat socialists get aroused.

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I travelled the world for my career.

I am also an amateur student of history. Both traveling in time and around the world bring you close to culture that is very different from home. Both are expansive experiences.

There is a strange mental jujitsu move in the western enlightenment philosophy. The philosophy holds 2 core beliefs. 1) All people are equal. The blank slate. 2) Our civilization and culture is superior because we believe in equality. The conclusion of these 2 beliefs is a confidence that if we taught other people our culture, if they knew what we knew, they would see the world like us.

This was central to our approach to China for decades. Once they learned about democracy and free market economics they will become like us. But......we were wrong.

The error is these 2 core beliefs are not universally true. Other cultures have different core beliefs. And these cultures tend to think theirs is a superior culture too.

It is much more prudent to have our eyes open and not be self deceptive. Thanks for brining light into this darkness.

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I was thinking that a big driver in this Hong Kong situation was that loss of the people’s freedoms from being a British Colony to what was supposed to be a settled arrangement with China “one country, two systems” - this agreement being abrogated by China’s policies. Yeah, we see the issues through our own lenses but there is a culpability when the settled provisions are violated.

And besides, I took the podcast as giving us a clue about how precious a Free Press is, and the pain of it being snuffed out - no matter what our culture chooses as ‘the right way to go’.

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This is a horrifying assault on the free press. Unfortunately it's not just the CCP eradicating democracy, the U.S. is well on its way.

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Thanks, Bari, for bringing needed attention to the sad fate of Apple Daily. I'm a lifelong non-party independent, but I've often wondered why progressives who espouse human rights and decry police abuses give China a complete pass on the treatment of its Uyghers. Then I wonder why progressives who value indigenous cultures, languages and traditional ways of life looked the other way as China ran roughshod over Tibet over the last several decades. Today progressives decry the "disenfranchisement" of voters (horrors - you might need an ID to vote, like in Europe) but merely shrug when asked about the totalitarian coup in Hong Kong, with the forced closure of Apple Daily being a major chapter. My parting question is for those who are concerned about climate change, which is a lot of people: Since China is far and away the world's biggest polluter, where is the outrage? Global warming is, ah, global, and tinkering with bike lanes while China opens 45 coal plants in a year makes a mockery of my pious climate activist friends' sincerity. China is, by all measures, the anti-ESG, but I don't remember seeing protestors outside the Chinese embassy in Washington. I don't see "Don't Buy China" campaigns. Can someone explain how progressives reconcile this to me?

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Very sad indeed. Hopefully we can keep our press relatively free here in the US. I suppose a reading of this article begs the question as to whether China is influencing our (US) current decisions to self-censor due to woke reasons?

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We shouldn’t and cannot settle for “relatively” free. We need to push back, and we need to accept that we will each have to make individual, personal sacrifices to do so. What made any of us think that we would be the generation to get off so easy, that we wouldn’t have to sacrifice? Like every single generation before us, for these freedoms? I’m talking about jobs, friends, even family members, for these principles. And god forbid, like every generation before us, possibly our lives? I would respect my mother or father far more for walking away from a job, or being fired, for a principle that matters far more, than one measly job, in the context of the history of the world’s most successful democracy. Maybe a family, and a child specifically, has a better shot in life, and to be a contributor to society, observing a parent, who is willing to make sacrifices for their principles, pulling together as a family to fight through the hard times that may come as a result, and what THIS gives to that child, for a lifetime, as well as the kind of adult this creates, for society, is of far more value, than the nonsense people spew about “feeding their families” as some justification for remaining silent. It’s cowardly. And so very inconvenient, I know, as we weren’t planning for this; and we don’t like the intrusion. We are idiots if we accept this from ourselves. Sorry, time to drop everything, get off our truly privileged butts, and fight back..

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I suspect China is doing far more than merely influencing Americans to self censor. I suspect China is orchestrating the whole damned CRT woke program.

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N2001, In China 'wokeness' is denounced as Baizou. From Wikipedia, Baizou is described as "a sarcastic reference to those whose political opinions are perceived as being guided by emotions or a hypocritical show of selflessness and empathy". Given the deep Chinese hostility towards "wokeness" I rather doubt that they are responsible for 'wokeness' in the West. This is a self-inflicted wound.

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