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We live in an era of resurgent nationalism. From Scotland to Sri Lanka, from China to Brazil, governments rely on nationalism as a source of communal identity and a vehicle for common action.

In countries where religious identity appears to dominate, as with Islam in Turkey and Hinduism in India, religion has bonded with nationalism. In nominally communist countries like China and Vietnam, it is likewise nationalism that adds to governments’ legitimacy and political muscle.

This nationalist upsurge the world over is bad news for ethnic and sectarian minorities. Everywhere they are facing greater oppression and less autonomy from national governments maximising their power. At best they face marginalisation and at worst elimination. This is true for the Uighur in Xinjiang province in China, the Muslim population of India-controlled Kashmir, the Shia majority in Sunni-ruled Bahrain and the long-persecuted Kurdish minority in Turkey, to name but four.

All these communities are coming under crushing pressure to surrender to the political and cultural control of the national state. The same brutal methods are used everywhere: mass incarceration; disappearances; torture; the elimination of political parties and independent media representing the persecuted community. Any opposition, however peaceful, is conflated with “terrorism” and suppressed with draconian punishments.

The degree of mistreatment of these embattled communities varies with the balance of power between them and the central government. There is little the Bahrain Shia, though a majority of the population, can do to defend themselves, but the 182 million Muslims in India cannot be dealt with so summarily.

Even so, they are in danger of progressively losing their civil rights and residency through the Citizenship Amendment Act and the proposed National Register of Citizens. The Turkish Kurds are well organised but their political leaders are in jail and Turkey leads the world in the number of journalists, many of them Kurds, it has imprisoned.

What makes these countries different is partly the political strength of the persecuted communites, but above all the degrees of international support they can attract. This in turn depends less on the cruelties they endure than on their ability to plug into the self-interested rivalries of the great powers. Related to this is the ability to attract the sustained attention and sympathy of the (usually western) international media.

The Uighur deserve all the sympathy and attention they can get, but it would be naive to imagine that the sudden interest of the west in their fate over the last year has much to do with the undoubted justice of their cause. President Xi Jinping has been chosen as the new demon king in the eyes of the US and its allies, his every action fresh evidence of the fiendish evil of the Chinese state.

There is no reason to suppose that any of the films of Uighur prisoners manacled hand and foot are untrue or that a million Uighurs are not the targets of brainwashing in giant concentration camps. But the manipulation of public opinion has always relied less on mendacity, the manufacturing of false facts, and more on selectivity; on broadcasting the crimes of one’s opponents and keeping very quiet about similar acts of oppression by oneself and one’s allies.

What is striking over the last year is the disparity between the international attention given to the fate of the 11 million Uighurs in the Autonomous Uighur Region in Xingjian and the 13 million people in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.

The situations in Kashmir and Xinjiang are comparable in some ways. On 5 August last year, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s government stripped Kashmir – India’s only Muslim-majority state – of its special rights and split it into two federally administered territories. He claimed that the aim was the economic regeneration of Kashmir, but the prolonged curfews enforced by a heavily reinforced Indian military presence has ruined local economic life.

These lockdowns and the almost complete shutdown of the internet are far more severe than anything resulting from the coronavirus epidemic, and have reduced Kashmiris to colonial servitude. “This has been compounded,” says Amnesty International, “by a censored media, continuing detention of political leaders, arbitrary restrictions due to the pandemic with little to no redress.”

The anniversary of the end to Kashmir’s autonomy was marked this month by even tighter restrictions. Local political leaders were jailed or were forbidden to leave their houses. “One year later the authorities are still too afraid to allow us to meet, much less carry out any normal political activity,” said the former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah, on Twitter. But worse things than jail and house arrest happen at the hands of the Indian authorities. Since 1990 between 8,000 and 10,000 Kashmiris have disappeared according to the Association of the Parents of the Disappeared, a movement modelled on that of the Argentinian mothers whose children had vanished, mostly tortured to death or executed by the military dictatorship.

Kashmir is only the apogee of the mounting persecution of almost 200 million Indian Muslims under Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government. The willingness of the government to double-down on humiliating the Muslims was exemplified this week when Modi laid the foundation stone for a Hindu temple to replace the sixteenth century mosque that was destroyed by right-wing Hindu mobs in 1992. Some 2,000 people were killed in the rioting that followed the mosque’s destruction.

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Powerful governments tend to underestimate the amount of trouble that small minorities can cause them, despite an immense disparity in the balance of power between the central state and the minority in question. Look at the trouble a small ethnicity like the Uighurs have caused Beijing. Foreign powers may be exploiting their grievances for their own purposes, but those grievances are real. Look at the trouble a century ago that the Irish and the Boers caused the British Empire at the height of its power. Then as now, the very puniness of the opposition of small communities tempted seemingly all-powerful regimes to reject conciliation in the belief that they have no need to compromise. They do not understand why their overwhelming political and military power does not make them the easy winner.

Kashmir is a classic example of this syndrome. By ending the state’s autonomy, Modi said he would bring an end to the “Kashmir problem”. In fact, he predictably made it worse and it is not going away.

The west has been prepared to back Modi unconditionally because it hopes India will be a counterbalance to China. They are the only states in the world with populations over a billion. But the states backing the BJP Hindu nationalist government have not taken on board what an extraordinarily dangerous game they and Modi are playing: seeking total victory over Kashmir though it is backed by neighbouring nuclear-armed Pakistan.

Attempting to marginalise Indian Muslims so numerous that, if they formed a separate country, it would be the eighth largest in the world is not possible without extreme violence.

The riots in Delhi in February were a taste of this. Ignoring this potential for disaster is like officials in Beirut who were blind to the danger of storing thousands of tons of explosives in the heart of the city.

(Republished from The Independent by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Rational says:

    WHITES ARE THE MOST OPPRESSED MINORITY IN THE WORLD.

    Whites are the most persecuted and terrorized minority on the planet. Yes, whites are minorities:

    https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/08/21/u-s-counties-majority-nonwhite/

    The Judaists are flooding white nations with dark aliens, who rape and murder white women (eg. UK, Germany) and stealing white lands.

    But the most powerful minorities in the world are the Judaists, who hold white nations by their neck.

    90% or more of the problems this country is suffering from, such as the alien invasion, pornography, etc. are all caused by the Judaists. The Judaists are a sick evil people. Read all the articles on the website below and decide for yourself, if Chrysostum was right.

    http://www.islam-radio.net/islam/english/index_judaism.htm

    But they rule over us. See the book online “when victims rule”.

    This is the first thing you must say, Cockburn, instead of trying to blame “nationalism” which is the most virtuous and honorable thing for civilized people to do.

  2. This nationalist upsurge the world over is bad news for ethnic and sectarian minorities. Everywhere they are facing greater oppression and less autonomy from national governments maximising their power. At best they face marginalisation and at worst elimination. This is true for the Uighur in Xinjiang province in China

    I don’t know about the author’s other claims, but this one just re-states one of Mike Pompeo’s innumerable lies and which our media turned into a full-blown campaign to like their Iraq WMD effort.

    There’s no more evidence of Uyghur mistreatment than there was of WMDs. None. The current campaign is being waged precisely because America’s 70-year campaign of terrorist sponsorship there failed to elicit the hoped-for ‘brutal crackdown,’ and there hasn’t been a terrorist incident there in years. All that money down the drain!

    Here’s US Ambassador Chas. H. Freeman, Director for Chinese Affairs at the U.S. Department of State from 1979-1981:

    The CIA programs in Tibet, which were very effective in destabilizing it, did not succeed in Xinjiang. There were similar efforts made with the Uyghurs during the Cold War that never really got off the ground. In both cases you had religion waved as a banner in support of a desire for independence or autonomy which is, of course, is anathema to any state. I do believe that people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones applies here. I am part American Indian and those people are not here (in the US) in the numbers they once were because of severe genocidal policies on the part of the European majority.

    8/31/18
    https://supchina.com/podcast/legendary-diplomat-chas-w-freeman-jr-on-u-s-china-strategy-and-history-part-3/

    • Agree: d dan
    • Troll: EldnahYm
    • Replies: @Rosie
  3. Colonial settler homo erotic fantasies. According to Sigmund “We bring the Plague” Freud.

  4. @Rational

    There’s no such thing as Islam media period. Try Global Chameleon and Hegemony.

    • Replies: @Svigor
  5. Tor597 says:

    Before Patrick Cockburn wants to talk about oppressed minorities of other nations, he should look at how minorities are treated in the west.

    America is on the verge of a civil war where blacks are tired of being killed by cops. Asian Americans have seen an 800% increase in hate crimes against them and hispanics are seen as foreigners in their own country.

    Look at how America treated Japanese Americans during WW2 or how America slaughtered the Native Americans.

    I don’t see the media talking about Canada’s treatment of native populations from forced sterilization, mass rape, and all of the missing ie murdered natives. Same for Australia.

    But let’s keep talking about the Uighers so we can start to bring up the wests crimes.

    • Replies: @Wyatt
  6. Nationalism is on the rise, and will continue to grow, because people don’t want globalism. Multiculturalism and the politics of victimhood in the service of international finance and free trade are an unmitigated disaster. We’re tired of being crushed down to the lowest possible denominator in the name of “equity.” We are done.

  7. Jake says:

    The rise of Globalism has meant increased repression of all non-Elite whites, including in the richest ‘white’ countries.

    Perhaps if the non-whites go home and from the vantage of nationalism demand an end to Globalism, both white and non-whites who are not Elite will benefit.

  8. @Rational

    WHITES ARE THE MOST OPPRESSED MINORITY IN THE WORLD.

    It doesn’t fit Paddy Cockburn’s woke and warped worldview.

    The Boers of South Africa he has mentioned are even listed on the Genocide Watch website because of threats from a black government.

    Below is a video of Steve Hofmeyr, who is of Boer descent, talking about BLM, farm murders etc.

    https://www.genocidewatch.com/south-africa

  9. Wyatt says:
    @Tor597

    Blacks get killed by the cops because blacks try to fight the cops and are horribly more likely to commit crimes (especially violent ones) compared to everyone else.

    Asians are seeing an increase in hate crimes against them…by who? Because the most recent anti-asian sentiments I’ve heard of generally come from blacks in New York and Chicago. Considering how blatant blacks can be in their racism towards non-whites, I’m gonna venture a guess that they’re responsible for a disproportionate amount of it.

    There’s a good chance that any hispanic you encounter in America IS a foreigner. Illegal immigration will do that.

    The Japs got compensated for the internment and then went on to vote for the party that interned them. I’m not inclined to feel sympathy.

    I’ll give you the injuns, however. At the very least, the ones that got their treaties voided and shit on by the Federal gov’t. But then again, most of the problems for minorities seem to stem from the Feds.

    And in regards to the west’s crimes, I give fuck none about this contention. Whites have done significantly more to alleviate human suffering than any other group in history. Norman Borlaug, father of the Green Revolution, is credited with saving a billion lives with his painstaking crossbreeding of plants. No yellow, brown and certainly no black can be credited with that much compassion and success. We can also tally the development of useful technologies: refrigeration, modern vaccination, combustion engines, advanced metallurgy, transplantation and transfusion technology, industrial farming techniques. All of these were inordinately useful in improving the lives of darkies all over the world and make their struggle to survive far less arduous.

    Now what exactly is the point in condescending to a race that has overcompensated for any suffering it has caused? What motivates you to be such a little shit about this one race? If you would so kindly oblige, I would appreciate it if you could identity your racial and/or ethnic makeup. I would like to prepare a list of insulting epithets by which to mock you.

    • Agree: Jane
    • Replies: @Mr. Grey
  10. eggplant says:

    “a Hindu temple to replace the sixteenth century mosque that was destroyed by right-wing Hindu mobs in 1992. ”

    No mention of the mosque being built on the ruins of a Hindu temple which was placed on the birthplace of the Hindu god Rama.

    Cockburn is beneath contempt.

    • Replies: @sarz
  11. Stogumber says:

    Cockburn is perhaps not “beyond contempt”, but definitely narrow-minded.
    I stopped at his phrasing ” Look at the trouble a century ago that the Irish and the Boers caused the British Empire at the height of its power”? Wouldn’t one rather think that it was the British Empire that caused trouble to the Irish and the Boers?
    Cockburn is an eager defendant of globalism which means that he has a soft spot for Empires and disdains national states and movements, making “nationalism” the scapegoat for all and everything.

  12. Mr. Grey says:
    @Wyatt

    It’s easy for whiners to take our constitution, rule of law and western civilization for granted. They only see problems and think that the infrastructure that educated and sustains them just kind of fell into place, and if only bad westerners would leave places like Somalia or the Congo alone they would build Wakanda.

  13. Minorities are being oppressed where? Certainly not in the Western World where they are bitching about being oppressed while terrorising the majority, burning their cities, and destroying vestiges of majority history and development. If the ethnic cleansing we are experiencing in the West is oppression of minorities, I look forward to the seeing real deal.

    • Agree: Jane
  14. Jane says:

    No twat, it’s called populism. What has gone up your nose sideways is that the citizenry, the owners of of government refuse to allow your neocon Trotskyite and Leninist lefties to OPPRESS us. Funny how you fascists believe rights belong to foreign nationals but not the citizens. Citizens exercising their civil rights and demanding criminals be held accountable, that our immigration laws not be violated, that twats like you not be allowed to ILLEGALLY force citizens to subsidize your foreign labor isn’t “oppression”.

    • Thanks: Rosie
  15. Rosie says:
    @Godfree Roberts

    I don’t understand Mr. Freeman’s logic…

    In both cases you had religion waved as a banner in support of a desire for independence or autonomy which is, of course, is anathema to any state.

    Wouldn’t it just be easier to let them have their autonomy and secure their loyalty and goodwill that way?

    I do believe that people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones applies here. I am part American Indian and those people are not here (in the US) in the numbers they once were because of severe genocidal policies on the part of the European majority.

    The old tu quoque fallacy.

    • Replies: @Godfree Roberts
  16. poopchute says:

    Boo hoo….
    Sorry not sorry

  17. Tell the invaders to go home.

  18. @Rosie

    You missed something:

    The CIA programs in Tibet, which were very effective in destabilizing it, did not succeed in Xinjiang. There were similar efforts made with the Uyghurs during the Cold War

    That those ‘similar efforts’ have continued to this day is well documented.

    For the Uyghurs, who arrived in Xinjiang long after the Han, the notion of independence was popular but ridiculous. But for illiterate, unemployed young men infected with Wahhabism by US agents, ridiculousness was not a problem.

    The only ‘independence’ America has ever cared about is its independent capacity to inflict suffering on lesser states that cling to it.

    As to tu quoque, you miss another point. Freeman is revealing hypocrisy.

    We’re not in a court of law – we’re talking about an information war in which accusations are crafted to sway public opinion. We are in the court of public opinion and here it is relevant that the US accuses China of doing things without admitting that they do much worse.

    In this court it is relevant to point out when the accusing dirty pot is calling the accused kettle black. Not doing so is a diversion from actual relevant facts by changing the subject and pretending that the only subject is their crimes, not ours.

    It often happens that events we view as isolated occurrences are connected as integral parts of a much larger picture, often as part of a wide-ranging plan, and frequently with important social, economic, and/or political implications which become evident only when seen in total.

    The context to all major social, commercial, and geo-political events of recent decades, which may help us in connecting dots. For this, it is extremely important to realise and understand that in these matters there are no accidents, that ‘crises’ (other than things like volcanic eruptions) do not just happen, and that the final result of any crisis, however it may appear, was the result intended.

    • Replies: @Rosie
  19. d dan says:

    “There is no reason to suppose that any of the films of Uighur prisoners manacled hand and foot are untrue or that a million Uighurs are not the targets of brainwashing in giant concentration camps. “

    There are over 100 millions visitors to Xinjiang for each year of the last few years. There are about 12 millions Uighur people. Sounds like it would be extremely hard to hide those 1 (or 3) millions prisoners, no?

    The following is just a few samples of the sources of all these lies about the “concentration camp” and torture:

    — A video of Indonesian police beating up a thief was posted as “Chinese beating up a Muslim for reading the Quran.” And that stupid video got millions of views.

    — In another case, a photo from a sex/BDSM club in Taiwan was used to claim that Uyghurs were being tortured in China.

    — A viral video in 2020 claimed to show handcuffed and blindfolded Uyghurs being led by the police. It was actually an old video from another province (Guizhou) where some non-Uyghur (Han) people got caught in a massive financial fraud (pyramid scheme).

    — Forbes wanted to write an article about “forced labor” in Xinjiang. When they couldn’t find any real photo, they just went to Getty image and bought an old picture — from ten years ago — of a shoe factory in Chile and used it instead! No journalistic ethics.

    source: https://worldaffairs.blog/2019/07/05/xinjiang-and-uyghurs-what-youre-not-being-told/

    Western journalists never reports how prosperous Xinjiang is, and how well most of the Uighurs integrate with the Han: (Sorry. All info below are in Chinese.)

    Series of short videos about life in Xinjiang from a Uighur girl’s perspective (in Chinese):

    Look at this short video for a quick summary of famous Uighur actresses in Chinese movies/TV:
    https://www.bilibili.com/video/BV1Wa4y1i7SS?from=search&seid=88171435084919964

    All the Muslim countries support China in the Uighur issue. Americans and whites who know ZERO thing about this issue should, at the minimum, stop spreading these lies. At least this would avoid making further enemy out of the Chinese people. Who know you may even get sympathy or supports from them for your own racial plights and problems.

    • Agree: showmethereal
  20. Who or what is controlling the oppression? Government!

    It takes an organized gang to steal from the people wholesale (taxes) and to rename murder (war). The same gang decides who they like and don’t like internal to their territory, so it should come as no surprise that some people are more equal than others under the ‘law’ that the gang controls.

    The way to get rid of corruption in high places is to get rid of high places.
    Frank Chodorov

  21. Rahan says:

    Troublesome Muslim minorities being told firmly to behave or else?
    Oh the inhumanity!!!1111
    I seem to recall that even in Burma once the “liberal lady” came into government, she also quickly started the firm behavior conditioning of their local Muslims and instantly got memoryholed by the formerly adoring west.
    It’s like there’s only one type of civilization, that has its nervous system taken over by one type of chosen people, that takes crap from Muslims and says “thank you, may I have some more please?”
    Whereas everyone else knows that you can’t blink with these chaps and the choice with them is either they leave, or they behave really really well.
    Reminds me in fact of certain other people in the US whose lives apparently matter a lot lately.

  22. Rosie says:
    @Godfree Roberts

    For the Uyghurs, who arrived in Xinjiang long after the Han, the notion of independence was popular but ridiculous. But for illiterate, unemployed young men infected with Wahhabism by US agents, ridiculousness was not a problem.

    If China allowed them to be autonomous, the US couldn’t use them against China, now could they? That was precisely my point. Why would a state want a minority that can easily be turned into a fifth column by a foreign rival?

    As to tu quoque, you miss another point. Freeman is revealing hypocrisy.

    That is precisely the problem with tu quoque. First of all, I’m not sure it’s hypocritical to urge someone not to repeat our mistakes. Second, even if it, our hypocrisy is irrelevant to the question of whether the Uyghurs should be independent. (I don’t know if they should or shouldn’t, by the way. I was criticizing Freeman’s reasoning, not his ultimate conclusion.

    • Replies: @d dan
  23. Ko says:

    There is a lot of clarity in this article regarding the simmering religious tensions across the world caused by globalization’s negative impact on increased population, migration, and competition for dwindling resources. Third world countries, including China, are unprepared for inbound global population shifts, or increased minority populations, but contribute heavily to outbound migration into developed regions. In the case of European countries that welcome the barbarian hordes to suck up their property and national treasures, and rape their women and children, and destroy their cultures, they are responsible for their own demise – goddamn idiots.

    The most vulnerable region after South Asia, especially India and Kashmir, is the mainland ASEAN region where Buddhism is under direct assault from violence driven Muslims from the South, East, and West. During the genocide in Cambodia decades ago, the Khmer Rouge dutifully killed as many Muslims as they could find, and even today, it’s not common to notice Muslims anywhere in Kampuchea, I mean Cambodia, where the corrupt communists ruling the country are directly connected to the Khmer Rouge. So, yeah, the Khmer rouge won.

    In Myanmar, Muslims are plentiful and live in peace with Buddhists, Christians, and Hindus. In fact, Myanmar is one of the very few non-Muslim countries that observe Muslim holidays as national holidays. Schoolchildren learn to tolerate all faiths, and it’s very unusual, despite what the international NGO’s propagate, to find disharmony between religions. Of course, the dominant Buddhists have small factions of ultra-conservatives who are less tolerant than the majority. The Muslims in the western state of Rakhine, who identify as Rohingya, though there is no evidence to such a group, are mostly from Bangladesh’s millions of destitute Muslims who migrate back and forth from Bangladesh and Myanmar in the Rakhine state region that is actually quite isolated from anywhere. The Rohingya, whether indigenous to Myanmar of of of the millions of Bengali Muslims from Bangladesh, were infiltrated by extremist Muslims from Saudi Arabia and finally, the Myanmar military showed the world how to deal with radical Muslims whose purpose in life is to spread the disease of violent Salafist Islam over the world.

    Thailand has the Malay Muslims to contend with. At some point, there will be a flash and when that
    disaster occurs the South, and the South East Asian world will be blood washed land that will make a contribution to thinning out the region’s population that would make Bill Gates happy.

    • Replies: @Malla
  24. Svigor says:
    @Sya Beerens

    Ah, word salad. Enjoy your drugs.

  25. d dan says:
    @Rosie

    If China allowed them to be autonomous, the US couldn’t use them against China, now could they? That was precisely my point.

    Firstly, Xinjiang is the “Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region”. See the right word there you are looking for? Do you even understand how Xinjiang is being governed today? Secondly, if you think being “autonomous” would prevent US from trying to stir troubles, you are really too naive to be in this conversation. As an example, Hong Kong is “autonomous”, whether you want to believe it or not, and even with the recently passed “security law” (e.g. Hong Kong passes its own laws, which may or may not be identical to mainland. Hong Kong government collects taxes, where ZERO dollar goes to Beijing, … and I can go on for 20 pages to prove why Hong Kong is autonomous). But do you see US (or UK, or other western media) stop interfering in Hong Kong, causing enormous troubles? Another even more clear example is Taiwan, even more “autonomous” – US would even sell billions of arms to them, many even encourage and support Taiwan’s independence. So what makes you think that “US couldn’t use them against China?” with regards to Xinjiang? The evidences overwhelmingly prove the reverse – the more autonomous a region is, the more troubles US can cause – and that is not just in China, but throughout the world.

    Why would a state want a minority that can easily be turned into a fifth column by a foreign rival?

    Of course, China wouldn’t. The reason you ask this question is because you are ignorant of the entire situation.

    • Agree: Realist
    • Replies: @Rosie
  26. Rosie says:
    @d dan

    Do you even understand how Xinjiang is being governed today?

    No. As I already stated very clearly, my objection was to Freeman’s bad logic.

    Of course, China wouldn’t.

    Then why did Freeman say that minority independence is “anathema to any state”?

    • Disagree: d dan
  27. Tusk says:

    Writes the ADL:

    Furthermore, bi-nationalism is unworkable given current realities and historic animosities. With historically high birth rates among the Palestinians, and a possible influx of Palestinian refugees and their descendants now living around the world, Jews would quickly be a minority within a bi-national state, thus likely ending any semblance of equal representation and protections. In this situation, the Jewish population would be increasingly politically – and potentially physically – vulnerable.

    It is unrealistic and unacceptable to expect the State of Israel to voluntarily subvert its own sovereign existence and nationalist identity and become a vulnerable minority within what was once its own territory.

    And yet these people are behind supporting BLM and fervant immigration to America. Pat sides with non-Whites and Jews.

  28. I’m beginning to think the only reason Unz publishes Cockburn is so we have somebody to point our fingers at and laugh, like Nelson from the Simpsons.

  29. antibeast says:

    Red herring.

    This article claims that the rise of “nationalism” in Xi’s China has led to increased oppression of minorities such as the Uyghurs. But there are lots of other minorities in China such as the Huis. How come there are no such reports of alleged oppression of the Huis who are also Muslims just like the Uyghurs?

    The author seems oblivious to the fact that the US Deep State is involved in supporting so-called “Islamic Terrorists” such as the Al Qaeda and ISIS which are inspired by Saudi-financed Wahhabism. China had to take counter-terrorist measures to prevent Uyghurs from being recruited by these so-called “Islamic Terrorists”. This move was driven by the need of the Chinese State to protect its National Security and not due to the rise of Chinese “nationalism” which is political not ethnic in nature.

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
    , @d dan
  30. @antibeast

    The author seems oblivious to the fact that the US Deep State is involved in supporting so-called “Islamic Terrorists”

    No. He’s not oblivious.

    He’s a bought and paid for tool.

  31. d dan says:
    @antibeast

    This article claims that the rise of “nationalism” in Xi’s China has led to increased oppression of minorities such as the Uyghurs. But there are lots of other minorities in China such as the Huis. How come there are no such reports of alleged oppression of the Huis who are also Muslims just like the Uyghurs?

    Agree. The author and his bunch are also very confused by “nationalism”, “Han nationalism” or “Chinese nationalism”, etc. Those are too complicated and subtle concepts for them.

    • Replies: @antibeast
  32. artichoke says:

    Pakistan was created as a place for the Muslims in India to go to. If they don’t like it in India, they should join their co-religionists there.

    They shouldn’t expect to be welcomed in India. Non-Muslims certainly aren’t welcomed in Pakistan. The purpose of the national division was to separate the people so they didn’t fight anymore, and each could be free of the other.

    I am so tired of “rights of minorities” usually being about Muslims, when they’ve insinuated themselves into someone else’s country then claim minority rights. There are plenty of Muslim countries, both Shia and Sunni flavor, they should go to those countries and practice their religion.

    • Replies: @Malla
    , @showmethereal
  33. antibeast says:
    @d dan

    Agree. The author and his bunch are also very confused by “nationalism”, “Han nationalism” or “Chinese nationalism”, etc. Those are too complicated and subtle concepts for them.

    Anybody familiar with China knows that the Han majority lives in harmony with its 55 ethnic-cultural minorities. Xi’s “nationalism” is thus political not ethnic-cultural in nature which implies the Chinese State pursuing its national interests at home and abroad as exemplified by its BRI projects. This form of “political nationalism” should not be confused with “ethnic-nationalism” of the White European kind nor with the “racialist-nationalism” of the White American kind. The whole thrust of this article attempts to link the counter-terrorist moves made by the Chinese State to the rise of Xi’s brand of political nationalism which deflects from the real origin of so-called “Islamic Terrorism”: Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabism. The US Deep State knows that because it actively supported Al Qaeda and ISIS, both of which are products of Wahhabist-inspired “Islamic Terrorism” which has reached Xinjiang’s Uyghur population. So China’s reaction is to protect its National Security by isolating Xinjiang’s Uyghur population from the infiltration of Wahhabism which has nothing to do with Xi’s brand of political nationalism.

  34. Malla says:

    Mr. Cockburn

    There is no reason to suppose that any of the films of Uighur prisoners manacled hand and foot are untrue or that a million Uighurs are not the targets of brainwashing in giant concentration camps. But the manipulation of public opinion has always relied less on mendacity, the manufacturing of false facts, and more on selectivity; on broadcasting the crimes of one’s opponents and keeping very quiet about similar acts of oppression by oneself and one’s allies.

    If China would not have been Communist, maybe you would be singing a different tune.

    What is striking over the last year is the disparity between the international attention given to the fate of the 11 million Uighurs in the Autonomous Uighur Region in Xingjian and the 13 million people in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.

    The situations in Kashmir and Xinjiang are comparable in some ways.

    Very true. And do not forget the Indian North East states including the Kingdom of Sikkim who never wanted to be part of India but forced into the Union. Do not forget the Chittagong Hill Tract Buddhists facing Bangladeshi Imperialism from Dhaka. Or Balochistan facing Pakistani Imperialism from Islamabad. Or Aceh and Irian Jaya, facing Indonesian Imperialism from Jakarta. Or what Biafra faced from Nigerian State. Or the Anglophones of neighbouring Cameroon who want independence from the Francophone rulers of that country. The Kurds of Turkey are one more such example. Or Western Sahara treated like a colony by Morocco just like the Kingdom of Bhutan by the Republic of India, the giant champion of anti-colonization. LOL
    And do not forget the slow genocide of Afrikaners in South Africa. All of these oppressed people need help.

    • Agree: showmethereal
  35. Malla says:
    @artichoke

    This is especially true of the foreign immigrant Muslims in Europe. They should return to their own lands or to the Middle East/North Africa/ South Asia. Actually Muslims are not even allowed to migrate to Khafir Lands by their own religion except for education and dawah (preaching of the religion). Muslims are not allowed according to Islam to go to a kaffir lands for a better standard of life.
    Only native European Muslims of Europe like the Albanians, Bosnians, Dagestanis and Chechens etc… can stay.

  36. Malla says:
    @Ko

    In Myanmar, Muslims are plentiful and live in peace with Buddhists, Christians, and Hindus.

    No they do not.

    https://hlaoo1980.blogspot.com/2018/10/the-dark-side-of-rohingya-muslims.html
    The Dark Side Of The Rohingya Muslims (Bengali Ilegals): Hla Oo’s Blog
    Genocide of native Burmese Buddhists in Myanmar ignored by the “international Community’

    https://hlaoo1980.blogspot.com/2017/10/who-really-is-doing-ethnic-cleansing-in.html
    Who Really Is Doing Ethnic Cleansing In Maungdaw?:Hla Oo’s Blog

    https://hlaoo1980.blogspot.com/2017/09/massacre-of-maungdaw-hindus-by-arsa.html
    Massacre Of Maungdaw Hindus By ARSA Rohingyas:Hla Oo’s Blog
    Hindu refugees blame ‘Rohingya militants’ for attacking them in Myanmar.

    https://hlaoo1980.blogspot.com/2016/12/1942-genocide-of-buddhists-in-maungdaw.html
    1942 Genocide of Buddhists in Maungdaw District
    (Translation of An Eyewitness Account of the 1942 Bengali Riots from the MEG.)
    Back in 1942!!!

    https://hlaoo1980.blogspot.com/2019/12/dictator-zia-created-rohingya-problem.html
    Dictator Zia Created Rohingya Problem
    The late military ruler Ziaur Rahman of Bangladesh created this Rohingya problem.

    Besides,
    Bangladesh (the ancestral home of the Rohingyas) are not treatin them Rohingya returnees well

    Bangladesh Bans Rohingya From Marrying Bangladeshis To prevent granting Rohingyas citizenship.
    LOL. I thot only evul “insecure” Whiteys do evul things like this. Darkies neva do this. Darkies are sons of the soil soul people unlike evul White peoples. Dat iz wot Hollywood and Western media and Western academicians told me so. LOL

    https://hlaoo1980.blogspot.com/2017/12/rapid-breeding-rohingyas-are-sterilized.html

    Rapid-breeding Rohingyas Are Sterilized By Bangladesh

    Ov vey, darkie brown Nazis? Do dey wanna spread blue eyed blond Aryan debils over the world? LOL.

    https://hlaoo1980.blogspot.com/2017/03/islamic-canada-deporting-buddhists-back.html
    Islamic Canada Deporting Buddhists Back To Burma
    Since the Immigration departement of islamic State of Canada has been taken over Muslims, they are taking revenge by deporting Buddhist Burmese asylum seekers at record speed.
    “Somali-born Ahmed Hussen has recently declared his intention to rapidly deport Burmese-Buddhists (about 200) whose political asylum/refugee applications were summarily rejected by his now Muslim-controlled Immigration ministry just recently. ”

    When will the dumb Whitey libtard buffoons realise that as their countries become more non White, more injustices of this sort will take place?

  37. sarz says:
    @eggplant

    No mention of the mosque being built on the ruins of a Hindu temple which was placed on the birthplace of the Hindu god Rama.

    Nonsense. Hindutvus don’t have the brains to do a proper fake. Their attempt to plant material in an official dig was clearly exposed by two historians who happen to be Hindu keeping tabs on behalf of a Muslim complainant.

    There were indeed remains of a prior structure below. It had the exact orientation to Mecca as would a mosque. Hindutvus are definitely of sub-average intelligence. The eggplant, while sub-par for Unz Review, is actually a stellar Hindutvu outlier as evidenced by his stringing together a few more or less grammatical sentences.

    A query to eggplant. If you cannot demonstrate that the character Ram was historic, is not talk about his birthplace moot? Hindutvuism has got hold of the idea that the site of the Babri Masjid is the exact spot Ram popped out even if he was imaginary. Funny that no one was saying this about the site of Babri Masjid before the Brits took over, with their divide et impera in mid-nineteenth century. There are seven sites in Ayodhya that claimed that honor.

  38. @artichoke

    Yes but Kashmir is a disputed region in the UN… India unilaterally declared it as theirs – including the part controlled by Pakistan. That’s the point. The people in Kashmir would prefer to be Pakistan or their own country… India broke UN protocol. But because they are the magic word: democratic… The western media pretty much ignores it.

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