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September 19 2019


How China Uses High-Tech Surveillance to Subdue Minorities - The New York Times

China’s high-tech apartheid in Xinjiang.


«How China Turned a City Into a Prison

Developed and sold by the China Electronics Technology Corporation, a state-run defense manufacturer, the system in Kashgar is on the cutting edge of what has become a flourishing new market for technology that the government can use to monitor and subdue millions of Uighurs and members of other Muslim ethnic groups in Xinjiang.

Treating a city like a battlefield, the platform was designed to “apply the ideas of military cyber systems to civilian public security,” Wang Pengda, a C.E.T.C. engineer, said in an official blog post. “Looking back, it truly was an idea ahead of its time.”

The system taps into networks of neighborhood informants; tracks individuals and analyzes their behavior; tries to anticipate potential crime, protest or violence; and then recommends which security forces to deploy, the company said.

On the screen during the demonstration was a slogan: “If someone exists, there will be traces, and if there are connections, there will be information.”

A New York Times investigation drawing on government and company records as well as interviews with industry insiders found that China is in effect hard-wiring Xinjiang for segregated surveillance, using an army of security personnel to compel ethnic minorities to submit to monitoring and data collection while generally ignoring the majority Han Chinese, who make up 36 percent of Xinjiang’s population.

It is a virtual cage that complements the indoctrination camps in Xinjiang where the authorities have detained a million or more Uighurs and other Muslims in a push to transform them into secular citizens who will never challenge the ruling Communist Party. The program helps identify people to be sent to the camps or investigated, and keeps tabs on them when they are released.

The Trump administration is considering whether to blacklist one of the Chinese companies at the center of the Xinjiang effort, Hikvision, and bar it from buying American technology. Hikvision is a major manufacturer of video surveillance equipment, with customers around the world and across Xinjiang, where its cameras have been installed at mosques and detention camps. C.E.T.C. owns about 42 percent of the company through subsidiaries.

“Xinjiang is maybe a kind of more extreme, more intrusive example of China’s mass surveillance systems,” said Maya Wang, a China researcher for Human Rights Watch who has studied the technology in the region. “These systems are designed for a very explicit purpose — to target Muslims.”»

October 12 2017

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June 28 2015


thepalestineyoudontknow: Palestinians trying to climb the apartheid wall which separates Jerusalem from west bank after they were banned from crossing the checkpoints to pray at AlAqsa mosque. Women from all ages and only men above the age of 40 were allowed by israeli occupation to enter Jerusalem.

March 15 2015


March 05 2015


Israel’s restrictions on Palestinians’ freedom of movement in the West Bank are enforced by a system of fixed checkpoints, surprise flying checkpoints, physical obstructions, roads on which Palestinians are forbidden to travel, and gates along the Separation Barrier. The restrictions enable Israel to control Palestinian movement throughout the West Bank as suits its interests, in a sweeping breach of Palestinians’ rights.

Prolonged checks and searches at some of the checkpoints, humiliating treatment by soldiers, and long lines deter Palestinian drivers from using some of the roads still open to their use. As a result, Palestinian movement on some of the main roads in the West Bank has decreased, and these roads are used almost exclusively by settlers.”

momo33me (Aug. 30 2014)

February 28 2015


February 23 2015


Lack of ability for abstract thinking.

  • eretzyisrael: I oppose IAW [Israeli Apartheid Week] because, unlike former South Africa, Israel doesn’t have separate water fountains, benches and football stadiums depending on the colour of your skin.

  • frompalestinewithlove: But they do have separate roads for illegal settlers, separate ID’s, and separate laws, all depending on whether you’re Jewish/Israeli or not!

February 13 2015


Surprising. In her newspaper column on foreign workers in Japan, right-wing writer Ayako Sono (曽野綾子) advocates racial segregation with regard to living areas, saying “it is too difficult to share living area, in order to understand foreigners.” More surprisingly, she refers to an example of an apartment house in Johannesburg, South Africa, as if the abolition of apartheid were wrong. Doesn’t she - as well as right-wing newspaper Sankei, the publisher - know that apartheid is a crime under today’s international law? Criminally ignorant.

February 06 2015

It’s time. Long past time. The best strategy to end the increasingly bloody occupation is for Israel to become the target of the kind of global movement that put an end to apartheid in South Africa.
— Naomi Klein, in her 2009 article endorsing BDS against Israel’s regime of occupation and oppression (via BDSmovement.net)

January 25 2015


@Pray4Pal: 2014: on buses in Portland & Denver.

November 13 2014


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October 15 2014


@Pray4Pal: Even if they recognize the state of Palestine it will look like this

September 06 2014


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August 18 2014

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