Why do you think China can afford to bail out the American people?

New York Times (8 Mar 09):

(BEIJING) – They are often tucked away in the rough-and-tumble sections of the city’s south side, hidden beneath dingy hotels and guarded by men in dark coats. Known as “black houses,” they are unofficial jails for the pesky hordes of petitioners who flock to the capital seeking justice.

This month, Wang Shixiang, a 48-year-old businessman from Heilongjong Province, came to Beijing to agitate for the prosecution of corrupt policemen. Instead, he was seized and confined to a dank room underneath the Juyuan Hotel with 40 other abducted petitioners.

During his two days in captivity, Mr. Wang said, he was beaten and deprived of food, and then bundled onto an overnight train. Guards who were paid with government money, he said, made sure he arrived at his front door….

According to the state media, 10 million petitions have been filed in the last five years on complaints as diverse as illegal land seizures and unpaid wages. The numbers would be far higher but for the black houses, also called black jails, the newest weapon local officials use to prevent these aggrieved citizens from embarrassing them in front of central government superiors. Officially, these jails do not exist.

According to the state media, 10 million petitions have been filed in the last five years on complaints as diverse as illegal land seizures and unpaid wages. The numbers would be far higher but for the black houses, also called black jails, the newest weapon local officials use to prevent these aggrieved citizens from embarrassing them in front of central government superiors. Officially, these jails do not exist.

Chinese Human Rights Defenders, an organization in Hong Kong that recently interviewed more than 3,000 petitioners, has documented what it says is the lucrative business of abduction and repatriation. “When you’re taken to a black jail, no one knows where you are and you are totally vulnerable,” said Wang Songlian, a researcher.

Read the full article and it tells more about the petition system in China, but this is on top of China violating an arms embargo to supply indicted Sudanese president al-Bashir’s genocide in Darfur and will to suspend (filibuster) his arrest:

China has called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to suspend its case against Omar al-Bashir, the Sudanese president, “for the time being”.

China buys the majority of Sudan’s oil and is one of the African nation’s most important trading partners.

Let’s not forget the Tibet protests a year ago that killed 219 peaceful protestors, imprisoned over 5,000, and resulted in over 1,000 people “missing”.

Let’s not forget the 310 Chinese ‘re-education through labor’ camps that imprison 300,000 to 2 million people off-book on top of the 1.6 million in prison on-book when you’re appalled by the US prison population of over 2.3 million. 10,000 people, last year alone, were “arrested for their belief in being truthful, compassionate, and tolerant” in conducting the meditation practices of Falun Gong.

Do you really think that China would be in the position to buy US debt around the world so the US can have a ‘stimulus’ without these atrocities to empower the State that is: China?

Don’t forget as you scream for national health care that it’s at the expense of a Chinese petitioner in a “black house”. Don’t forget that your $500 stimulus check is at the expense of arms for cheap oil to commit genocide on hundreds of thousands in Sudan; when you re-structure a sweet new mortgage deal that it’s at the expense of displacing millions who have no home anymore.

When Rachel Maddow gets her precious ‘infrastructure’, I wonder if she knows that those new roads are paved with the torn flesh of the millions tortured on a daily basis who’ll never have rights to defend in a courtroom.

The US State Dept.’s annual report last week reported worsening human rights conditions in China last year. Secy. of St. Hillary Clinton said these issues “can’t interfere with the global economic crisis”.

I guess her, the president, and Congress have clear consciences.

From this moment on, don’t forget the blood on your hands if you continue to grant consent for this so-called stimulus. Nothing is free. The US is broke. The only way for the US to make an omelet in this system is for eggs to break somewhere — and it won’t be in the US.

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