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The “Mulan” Furor (Fuehrer?): Spooks, Fascists, Nazis and “The New York Times”

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COMMENT: A New York Times arti­cle that tout­ed calls to boy­cott the Dis­ney film “Mulan” failed to note how the Uyghur “inde­pen­dence” move­ment is inex­tri­ca­bly linked with ele­ments of U.S. intel­li­gence, as well as a pot­pour­ri of fas­cists of var­i­ous stripes.

(We detailed these links in FTR #‘s 11431144, and 1145. These pro­grams fea­tured two arti­cles from The Gray­zone.)

Key Points of Dis­cus­sion In Those Pro­grams:

  1. The Uyghur move­ment is inex­tri­ca­bly linked with U.S. regime change intel­li­gence fronts.
  2. The Uyghur move­ment is inex­tri­ca­bly linked with the Pan-Turk­ist move­ment.
  3. The Uyghur move­ment is inex­tri­ca­bly linked with a con­stel­la­tion of fas­cist orga­ni­za­tions, past and present, includ­ing the nar­co-fas­cist regime of Chi­ang Kai-Shek, the Grey Wolves (ter­ror­ist wing of the Alparslan Turkes’s Nation­al Action Par­ty), Islam­ic ter­ror­ist off­shoots of the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood (Al-Qae­da and ISIS) and the milieu of the Anti-Bol­she­vik Bloc of Nations (a branch of the for­mer World Anti-Com­mu­nist League, orig­i­nal­ly formed by Adolf Hitler in 1943.)
  4. The Net­work of Chi­nese Human Rights Defend­ers receives financ­ing from the Nation­al Endow­ment for Democ­ra­cy. The Jamestown Foundation–another ele­ment in “Team Uighur” also has its gen­e­sis with William Casey and the Rea­gan admin­is­tra­tion. The wide­ly repeat­ed “study” gen­er­at­ed by the NCHRD is based on inter­views of eight individuals–this in an are with a pop­u­la­tion of 20 mil­lion. ” . . . . In a 2018 report sub­mit­ted to the UN Com­mit­tee on the Elim­i­na­tion of Racial Dis­crim­i­na­tion – often mis­rep­re­sent­ed in West­ern media as a UN-authored report – CHRD ‘estimate[d] that rough­ly one mil­lion mem­bers of eth­nic Uyghurs have been sent to ‘re-edu­ca­tion’ deten­tion camps and rough­ly two mil­lion have been forced to attend ‘re-edu­ca­tion’ pro­grams in Xin­jiang.’ Accord­ing to CHRD, this fig­ure was ‘[b]ased on inter­views and lim­it­ed data.’ While CHRD states that it inter­viewed dozens of eth­nic Uyghurs in the course of its study, their enor­mous esti­mate was ulti­mate­ly based on inter­views with exact­ly eight Uyghur indi­vid­u­als. . . .”

Com­men­tary in the Times arti­cle came from, among oth­ers, Adri­an Zenz, a Ger­man-born End Times Chris­t­ian and doc­tri­naire anti-fem­i­nist, anti-gay ide­o­logue.

Zen­z’s promi­nence as an “expert” on the Uyghurs comes by virtue of his posi­tion with the Vic­tims of Com­mu­nism Memo­r­i­al Foun­da­tion, ” . . . . an out­growth of the Nation­al Cap­tive Nations Com­mit­tee, a group found­ed by Ukrain­ian nation­al­ist Lev Dobri­an­sky to lob­by against any effort for detente with the Sovi­et Union. Its co-chair­man, Yaroslav Stet­sko, was a top leader of the fas­cist OUN‑B mili­tia that fought along­side Nazi Ger­many dur­ing its occu­pa­tion of Ukraine in World War Two. . . .”

Zenz has also gen­er­at­ed his fig­ures from high­ly ques­tion­able sources. Just as the Net­work of Chi­nese Human Rights Defend­ers based their report on inter­views with eight indi­vid­u­als out of a pop­u­la­tion of 20 mil­lion, Zenz based his esti­mate on a sin­gle report by a TV sta­tion that broad­casts mate­r­i­al from Al-Qae­da and ISIS-linked ele­ments and indi­vid­u­als: ” . . . . Zenz arrived at his esti­mate ‘over 1 mil­lion’ in a dubi­ous man­ner. He based it on a sin­gle report by Istiqlal TV, a Uyghur exile media orga­ni­za­tion based in Turkey . . . . Far from an impar­tial jour­nal­is­tic orga­ni­za­tion, Istiqlal TV advances the sep­a­ratist cause while play­ing host to an assort­ment of extrem­ist fig­ures. One such char­ac­ter who often appears on Istiqlal TV is Abdulka­dir Yapuquan, a report­ed leader of the East Turkestan Islam­ic Move­ment (ETIM), a sep­a­ratist group that aims to estab­lish an inde­pen­dent home­land in Xin­jiang called East Turkestan. . . . ETIM has been des­ig­nat­ed as a ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion with ties to al-Qae­da by the USEuro­pean Union, and UN Secu­ri­ty Council’s Al-Qai­da Sanc­tions Com­mit­teeThe Asso­ci­at­ed Press has report­ed that since ‘2013, thou­sands of Uighurs… have trav­eled to Syr­ia to train with the Uighur mil­i­tant group Turk­istan Islam­ic Par­ty and fight along­side al-Qai­da,’ with ‘sev­er­al hun­dred join[ing] the Islam­ic State.’ . . .”

The Times arti­cle also quotes Joshua Wong. Financed by the Nation­al Endow­ment for Democ­ra­cy, a U.S. intel­li­gence cut-out. Wong has helped to boost the pro­file of the OUN/B‑connected ele­ments that have decamped from Ukraine to Hong Kong, influ­enc­ing the course of the so-called pro-democ­ra­cy move­ment.

Hong Kong activists have adopt­ed the OUN/B slo­gan, now the offi­cial salute of the Ukrain­ian police and mil­i­tary. ” . . . . The inter­est has been mutu­al, with Hong Kong’s ‘democ­rats’ draw­ing inspi­ra­tion from Ukraine’s pro-West­ern Euro­maid­an ‘rev­o­lu­tion’ that has empow­ered far-right, fascis­tic forces. Hong Kong pro­test­ers have embraced the slo­gan ‘Glo­ry to Hong Kong’, adapt­ed from ‘Sla­va Ukrayi­ni’ or ‘Glo­ry to Ukraine’, a slo­gan invent­ed by Ukrain­ian fas­cists and used by Nazi col­lab­o­ra­tors dur­ing WWII that was re-pop­u­lar­ized by the Euro­maid­an move­ment. . . . ”

Joshua Wong–“boy won­der” and dar­ling of the Amer­i­can MSM–has dou­bled down on affin­i­ty with Ukraine: ” . . . . ‘No mat­ter the dif­fer­ences between Ukraine and Hong Kong, our fights for free­dom and democ­ra­cy are the same,’ Joshua Wong told The Kyiv Post in 2019. ‘[W]e have to learn from Ukraini­ans… and show sol­i­dar­i­ty. Ukraine con­front­ed the force of Rus­sia — we are fac­ing the force of Bei­jing.’ . . . .”

“Calls Grow to Boy­cott ‘Mulan’ Over Chi­na’s Treat­ment of Uighur Mus­lims” by Amy Qin and Edward Wong; The New York Times; 9/9/2020; p. A10 [West­ern Edi­tion].

. . . . The area sur­round­ing Tur­pan, known for its rugged land­scapes, is the site of a num­ber of deten­tion camps. That includes the ear­li­est doc­u­ment­ed case of what Chi­na has called “trans­for­ma­tion through edu­ca­tion” tar­get­ing Mus­lims from August 2013, said Adri­an Zenz a researcher at the Vic­tims of Com­mu­nism Memo­r­i­al Foun­da­tion in Wash­ing­ton, who has stud­ied Chi­nese poli­cies toward the Uighurs. . . .

. . . . On Mon­day, calls to boy­cott “Mulan” began grow­ing on social media. Among the crit­ics was Joshua Wong, a promi­nent Hong Kong pro-democ­ra­cy activist, who accused Dis­ney of bow­ing to pres­sure from Bei­jing. . . .


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