Saturday, July 25, 2015

China’s NGO Law: Countering Western Soft Power and Subversion

July 25, 2015 (Eric Draitser - NEO) - China has recently taken an important step in more tightly regulating foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) inside the country. Despite condemnation from so called human rights groups in the West, China’s move should be understood as a critical decision to assert sovereignty over its own political space. Naturally, the shrill cries of “repression” and “hostility toward civil society” from western NGOs have done little to shake the resolve of Beijing as the government has recognized the critical importance of cutting off all avenues for political and social destabilization.

The predictable argument, once again being made against China’sOverseas NGO Management Law, is that it is a restriction on freedom of association and expression, and a means of stifling the burgeoning civil society sector in China. The NGO advocates portray this proposed legislation as another example of the violation of human rights in China, and further evidence of Beijing’s lack of commitment to them. They posit that China is moving to further entrench an authoritarian government by closing off the democratic space which has emerged in recent years.

However, amid all the hand-wringing about human rights and democracy, what is conveniently left out of the narrative is the simple fact that foreign NGOs, and domestic ones funded by foreign money, are, to a large extent, agents of foreign interests, and are quite used as soft power weapons for destabilization. And this is no mere conspiracy theory as the documented record of the role of NGOs in recent political unrest in China is voluminous. It would not be a stretch to say that Beijing has finally recognized, just as Russia has before it, that in order to maintain political stability and true sovereignty, it must be able to control the civil society space otherwise manipulated by the US and its allies.

‘Soft Power’ and the Destabilization of China

Joseph Nye famously defined ‘soft power’ as the ability of a country to persuade others and/or manipulate events without force or coercion in order to achieve politically desirable outcomes. And one of the main tools of modern soft power is civil society and the NGOs that dominate it. With financial backing from some of the most powerful individuals and institutions in the world, these NGOs use the cover of “democracy promotion” and human rights to further the agenda of their patrons. And China has been particularly victimized by precisely this sort of strategy.

Human Rights Watch, and the NGO complex at large, has condemned China’s Overseas NGO Management Law because they quite rightly believe that it will severely hamper their efforts to act independently of Beijing. However, contrary to the irreproachable expression of innocence that such organizations masquerade behind, the reality is that they act as a de facto arm of western intelligence agencies and governments, and they have played a central role in the destabilization of China in recent years.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Thai Consulate Attacked in Turkey Latest Blow in US-China Proxy War

July 9, 2015 (Tony Cartalucci - ATN) - Mobs brandishing the blue and white flag of the fictional state of "East Turkistan" located in present-day Xinjiang, China, attacked and destroyed the Thai honorary consulate-general in Turkey's capital of Istanbul. The attack came after Thailand's decision to deport Chinese Uighurs being trafficked through Thailand back to Turkey or China depending on their citizenship.

Images; Allegedly "Turkish people" stormed Thailand's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, yet the mob was clearly carrying the blue and white flag of the non-existent state of "East Turkistan" - a region the US hopes to carve out of what is currently China's Xinjiang region. 

The Bangkok Post would report in its article, "Thai consulate attacked in Turkey," that:
It was reported the group gathered in front of the consulate to make a press statement around 11pm local time (about 3am Thai time). Then the protest turned violent and the crowd broke into the consulate building, smashed the windows and lowered the Thai flag. Security authorities later dispersed the group, it reported. There were no injuries reported. 
Security forces apparently held off until after the attack was carried out to disperse the well-prepared mobs. To understand why Turkish security forces would allow an attack to be carried out on Thailand's consulate requires a deeper understanding of the role Uighurs, Turkey, and the US State Department itself has played in undermining peace and stability in China and the changing dynamics Thailand's new government has introduced into the game.

Geopolitical analyst Eric Draitser in his article, "Turkey, Terrorism, and the Global Proxy War," lays out in detail  the role of Turkey in what is a larger global network of state-sponsored terrorism used by the United States to project power across the globe. Uighurs in particular are linked to Turkish-run networks stretching from China, throughout Southeast Asia, and all the way to the Middle East, moving Uighur fighters to and from various theaters of operation, including into Syria where Uighurs are literally fighting alongside "Islamic State" terrorists.

Images: (Top) A screenshot from NED's website refers to the non-existent state of "East Turkistan" in what is an overt sign of support for violent separatists attempting to carve off Chinese territory in a campaign of bloody terrorism. (Bottom-left) The flag for the fictional state of "East Turkistan" is blue with a white crescent moon and star often carried by (bottom-right) mobs organized around the world by NED-funded organizations to support terrorism in China's Xinjiang region. 

He also points out the immense US funding and political backing provided to separatists in China's Xinjiang region via the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) who uses the term "East Turkistan" - the fictional state separatists refer to China's Xinjiang region as. The flag for the non-existent nation of "East Turkistan" includes a blue background with a white star and crescent moon, such as was carried by the mobs attacking the Thai consulate.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Thailand: Ousted Dictator Rallies Supporters

Attempts to hijack narrative with students' cheap public stunt.

July 6, 2015 (Tony Cartalucci - ATN) - Thailand's agricultural industry currently faces both economic and climatic challenges. After years of mismanagement under the regime of Thaksin Shinawatra and his political proxies, rice markets in particular have been all but destroyed. Coupled with that, mismanagement and neglect over the past 10 years of Thailand's water management infrastructure and a recent drought have put Thailand's rural poor who make their living farming, in a precarious position.

Image: Thailand's current problem is not a lack of "democracy," it is a lack of water. But listening to the chorus of US-funded agitators, one would suspect that the fate of 14 pro-Shinawatra students is more important than millions of farmers facing widespread drought. This is yet another example of how the self-serving agenda of so-called "activists" not only contributes nothing to the nation, but actually steals attention and resources away from real problems.

One would imagine those who truly cared about the rural poor, the majority, and the welfare of the state, would be focused on this issue and resolving it through both social and technical programs.

Instead, the remnants of Thaksin Shinawatra's political party, who built its reputation and public image both at home and abroad by claiming it stood for "the people," has mobilized their supporters to protest the ruling government in an attempt to further add to social, political, and if they can manage, economic instability.

Fourteen students were recently arrested for protesting the government. No particular demands beyond "elections" were made, with the students apparently seeking to simply disrupt the peace and stability the vast majority of Thailand's population have been trying to enjoy since the 2014 military coup ousted Shinawatra's political party and ended years of bloodshed it has been at the center of.

While the students attempt to portray themselves as simply "pro-democracy activists," in reality they and their lecturers form the core of Thaksin Shinawatra's "academia" cadre. Most of these lecturers and student groups are directly funded by Shinawatra's foreign sponsors, including the US State Department via the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and USAID. Additionally, many of these so-called "academics" are working in tandem with many of Shinawatra's paid lobbyists. In fact, many of these lobbyists and the US State Department's fronts across North America and Europe have been attempting to create a "buzz" in the media regarding the arrested students.

Image: US State Department-funded faux-academics at Thammasat University put on what was essentially a poorly disguised pro-Thaksin Shinawatra red shirt rally held indoors. Sitting in the front row would literally be Thaksin Shinawatra's paid lobbyist, Robert Amsterdam (pictured top/left). These same faux-academics are leading current protests against the Thai government, not for "democracy" but in spite of it and in support of the ousted regime of Thaksin Shinawatra and the foreign interests that would like to see him back in power. 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Thailand: Ousted Regime's Police Chief Caught With Gun in Japanese Airport

Yet more evidence the regime ousted in the 2014 military coup was riddled with criminals unfit to hold power. 

June 27, 2015
(Tony Cartalucci - ATN) - Former Thai police chief Kamronwit Thoopkrachang who served under the regime of ousted prime minister, convicted criminal, and mass murderer Thaksin Shinawatra, was recently arrested at Tokyo's Narita International Airport for possession of a pistol and ammunition, Bangkok Post would report

The humiliating incident highlights the craven criminality and sense of entitlement that saturated the ranks of Shinawatra's regime - a regime that was carrying out terrorist attacks on opposition protesters and assassinating political rivals as Kamronwit Thoopkrachang sat as police chief. 

Considering the immense support Wall Street and Washington have provided the Shinawatra regime and their continued efforts to reinstall it into power, it is quite clear why little news of this incident has made it into the Western media. 

One could only imagine if this was a senior figure in the current Thai government  which the West has attempted consistently to undermine since it took power in 2014. TIME Magazine would have an article. The Economist would have an article. Surely Jonathan Head of the BBC would have an article - all centered on how a "backwards military junta" was out of touch with the modern world and forgot it wasn't as "above the law" abroad as it thought it was at home.

For the Western media to give extensive coverage to this most recent incident would require an admission that the regime ousted in the 2014 military coup may just have been unfit to hold power.

Kamronwit Thoopkrachang's criminal act is par for the course for a regime that saw itself above the law both at home and with tremendous US-European special interests backing them abroad. Thaksin Shinawatra himself, after all, is a convicted criminal and a mass murderer, yet has been afforded special visas to both Japan and even the United States.

For the disingenuous US-backed "pro-democracy activists" in Thailand who endlessly wring their hands over "double standards," it is an episode of acute irony that yet another senior member of the political camp they support will likely go free, not only legally, but also in the eyes of the Western media, specifically because of very real double standards, elitism, and immense inequality not arrayed against them, but emanating from them.