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Breaking News From Pyonyang!

Are you sitting down? Okay.

They torture people!

I kid you not:

After a year of public hearings, the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea will paint a detailed, damning picture of the country.

“For the first time, the magnitude of what’s going on inside North Korea is coming to light,” says Lillian Lee, an officer for the Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights, a nongovernmental organization based in Seoul. Ms. Lee, who testified before the U.N. commission last year, said the report, by laying out details on labor camps, torture and inhuman treatment, will force the world to confront the issue.

“For the first time”? That must be a translation error. Haven’t we known about this for… oh, let me see… decades???

Good for the UN and all (the one and only time I’ll ever write those words), but this news is only slightly fresher than the sinking of the Titanic.

What, pray tell, do they hope to accomplish with this “scoop”?

[W]ill it make much of a difference to North Korea’s regime, or to its people?

On one level, probably not. The report, due for release later Monday in Geneva, will include the commission’s conclusions about human-rights violations and possible crimes against humanity in North Korea. But China, a longtime ally of Pyongyang, holds a veto in the U.N. Security Council—enough to prevent a referral to the International Criminal Court.

“We think that it will not contribute to improving a country’s human-rights situation by resorting to the International Criminal Court to address the human-rights issue,” Chinese foreign-ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Monday. She added that China’s deputy foreign affairs minister, Liu Zhenmin, is in North Korea this week for what she called a routine visit.

On a larger scale, however, government officials and human-rights activists argue, the commission’s findings could prove a breakthrough, increasing international pressure on North Korea’s leadership while laying the groundwork for eventual legal proceedings.

Nonsense. Poppycock. Balderdash. Don’t waste our time. North Korea in court? What are you smoking?

What do you think, honey?

I would ask if the cat had her tongue, but she already skinned and ate the cat (and swallowed her tongue).

PS: As disturbing an image as this young woman makes, I use her as my face of starvation in NK out of kindness to our readers. There are worse.

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Smile and the World Smiles With You

This guy cracks me up:

Iran has gone on an execution binge in the past two weeks, hanging some 40 people, including 19 in one day, according to international human rights groups inside and outside of Iran.

Iran hanged a total of 19 prisoners on Tuesday, including one who was executed publicly, according to the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC), which tracks the Islamic Republic’s flawed judicial system.

Forty executions have taken place since the beginning of January, including 33 in just the past week, according to human rights group Amnesty International.

Iran, which human rights activists say is one of the world’s leaders in the abuse of prisoners, hit an all time execution peak in 2013 when it killed some 529 citizens.

The rate of executions has spiked under the leadership of President Hassan Rouhani despite his claims to be a “moderate” reformer.

More than 300 people were killed in the months after Rouhani assumed office, prompting criticism from human rights activists who criticized him for not living up to his moderate claims.

Did he really claim to be moderate? Isn’t that what others claimed him to be? And haven’t we learned for the gazillionth time that “others” don’t know [bleep]? That they (politicians, media morons) tell us as fact what they merely wish were true from their kindergarten minds?

Hey Israel, he’s smiling at you. Why can’t you smile back?

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Uncivil Liberties

We’ve been saying that Israeli sovereignty over all the territories and communities of Judea and Samaria would bring peace and justice to the Middle East. Not least to the Arab citizens who would overnight enjoy civil liberties unmatched in any other country in the region.

Like we wuz sayin’:

Mudar Zahran, a Palestinian writer and academic from Jordan who has written op-eds for The Jerusalem Post, was indicted in a Jordanian court for incitement and damaging the image of Jordan.

“The court has indicted me for the crime of ‘inciting hatred and attacking Jordan’s image and the image of its one nation,’” Zahran told the Post.

The indictment also mentions that since his arrival in the UK, he started writing in Israeli newspapers.

However, Zahran said, “the only Israeli newspaper I write for is The Jerusalem Post.”

“Zahran’s social networking sites carry articles and phrases offensive to Jordan and his own people,” and he will be tried in absentia, stated an article on Saturday in the Jordanian newspaper Al-Ghad.

If found guilty, he would be sentenced to three years in prison, according to the report.

Three years for being offensive to his country and his people—Chris Matthews would be hanged! (I said would be, not should be.)

You know what happens to Israeli Arabs Israel who write articles and phrases offensive to their country?

Election to the Knesset.

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Mao Your Days Be Merry and Bright

If you’re not exhausted from the 2013th birthday of the little baby you-know-who, perhaps you’d like to raise a glass of, I don’t know, Alka-Seltzer on the dirthday (typo, but I’m keeping it) of another person whose words and deeds affected the lives of billions, however adversely:

Celebrations are being held in China to commemorate the 120th birthday of Mao Zedong, the founder of modern China.

Members of the Politburo Standing Committee including Mr Xi and Mr Li all visited Mao’s mausoleum on Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

However, there was no mention of Mao’s birthday on the front page of the party’s official paper.

Although in a commentary in later pages, the paper praised him as a “great patriot and hero”, it also carried an editorial piece saying the “best commemoration” of Mao would be to keep advancing economic reforms that were launched by his successor.

Correspondents say Chinese politicians have to balance their praise of Mao, to whom they owe their political legitimacy, with an appreciation that some of his policies had disastrous consequences.

Millions died during the Great Leap Forward, when Mao’s attempts to collectivise farms coincided with a massive drought.

And many intellectuals, older people and middle class people were purged or killed during Cultural Revolution.

Please join me in expressing to our Chinese friends… UTTER DISGUST at their celebration of the birth of the greatest genocidal monster in the history of the Solar System (with the possible exception of an asteroid or the Yellowstone caldera). You people are sick [bleeps]. Why didn’t you start your stupid one child policy before he was born? Your country and the world would have been immeasurably better off. Hock—ptui!

Since the start of the reform period in 1978, leaders have paid respect to Mao’s achievements but moved away from most of his policies.

Mao’s “achievements”? His “policies”? What’s the difference if one is shot in the back of the head by a policy or slowly starved to death by an achievement?

I assert (without reference) that Mao was responsible for more civilian (i.e. non-war) deaths than Hitler and Stalin combined. (And I’ll throw in Pol Pot, Idi Amin, Saddam Hussein, William Calley, Jeffrey Dahmer, and Ted Kennedy!) Yet we don’t see state observances of their births. Well, not Hitler’s. Well, not outside of the Palestinian occupation.

I repeat: you people are sick [bleeps] (in a world rather richly populated with sick [bleeps]).

And you’ve got some nerve:

China and South Korea have condemned Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for visiting a shrine that honours war dead including convicted war criminals.

Seoul said it was furious with the “deplorable” act, and Beijing labelled the visit “absolutely unacceptable” and summoned Japan’s ambassador.

You just blew out 120 candles on the birthday (dirthday) cake of a Reaper more Grim than anything the Japanese could muster in their most perverse dreams (and they are indeed a “cruel race”, as termed by Bridget Jones’s mum). Yet you dare to say the honoring of convicted war criminals is “absolutely unacceptable”? They’re Mother-[bleeping]-Teresa compared to your Birthday Boy. I’m going to have to stop here because I need to use the loo. You can bet I’ll be thinking of Mao while I do.

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Smilin’ Hassan Rouhani


Why…so…serious?!?

The new, moderate face Iran is showing the world belies a sinister spike in executions in the country, with hundreds killed for such crimes as “waging war against God,” according to a human rights group.

At least 529 people have been put to death in Iran this year, including more than 300 since President Hassan Rouhani assumed office in August, according to the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center. Other groups estimate the number killed in Iran at more than 600 this year.

The stepped-up pace of public executions comes even as Rouhani basks in a deal with the West to drop sanctions against the Islamic Republic following his well-publicized “charm offensive.”

“Under the shadow of negotiations, however, Iran’s appalling human rights situation has hardly changed,” Iranian activists Payam Akhavan and Shirin Ebadi wrote.

The Iranian government executes more of its citizens per capita than any other government, with hanging the most common method, according to the center. Only China executes more people.

Go on and smile, you won.

The rest of youse…maybe not:

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J’Accuse

Hey, Obama, Stockholm called! They want their Nobel Prize back. (And Arafat’s, and Carter’s, and Tutu’s, and Gore’s… just kidding. That’ll be the day.):

According to Egyptian newspaper El Watan, a group of Egyptian lawyers has submitted a complaint charging U.S. president Barrack Hussein Obama with crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court.

The complaint charges Obama of being an accessory to the Muslim Brotherhood, which incited widespread violence in Egypt both before and after the June 30 Revolution.

Along with Obama, the complaint reproduced by El Watan mentions several Brotherhood members by name, beginning with the leader of the organization Muhammad Badie, and other top ranking leaders such as Mohamed al-Beltagy, Essam al-Erian, and Safwat Hegazi, adding that “Obama cooperated, incited, and assisted the armed elements of the Muslim Brotherhood in the commission of crimes against humanity in the period from 3/7/2013-8/18/2013, in the Arab Republic of Egypt.”

Somehow, MSNBC and the New York Times missed this story. Oversight.

That “[Barack Hussein] “Obama cooperated, incited, and assisted the armed elements of the Muslim Brotherhood” is beyond dispute. Even he would say he did. Whether his involvement rises to the level of war crime is debatable.

As for the Obama administration’s support for the Brotherhood, if most Americans are clueless or indifferent about it, average Egyptians have long known and resented it—hence the many large placards and signs held during the June 30 Revolution calling on Obama to stop supporting terrorism and calling on Americans to wake up.

One need only follow the words and deeds of Anne Patterson, John McCain, Lindsay Graham, Hillary Clinton, et. al. to know that the U.S president is a firm supporter of the crimes-against-humanity-committing Muslim Brotherhood.

[T]he facts are clear: by any definition, the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters have committed numerous crimes against humanity in Egypt, especially in the context of the Christian Copts; and by its ongoing support for the Brotherhood, the Obama administration is complicit. Remember this next time the Obama administration cites concerns about “human rights” violations as reason to involve the U.S. in war—as it recently tried to do in Syria, again, to support more Islamic terrorists who are committing even worse crimes against humanity.

An amicus brief, you might say:

For years various American administrations used Egyptian Christians—Orthodox Copts—to put pressure on Egyptian governments pushing for policies or to get them to refrain from doing something which the U.S. considered against their interests.

With the advent of Obama, everyone knew his administration was supporting radical extremists like the Muslim Brotherhood and fanatic rebels in Syria and Libya. Copts knew that they were only a pawn in the eyes of previous administrations, who didn’t really care about them except to the extent of what may have fit their interests. The Egyptian Christians are certain that Obama himself is one of the main reasons for what is happening to them now; the killings, burning of churches, and displacement from their homes and villages at the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood. Obama offers the Brotherhood both money and protection, using U.S. intelligence agencies with plans to restore them to power.

Dr. Naguib Gabriel, head of the Egyptian Human Rights organization and a senior Egyptian Christian, said that the Egyptian Human Rights will gather signatures from Christian Egyptians and a number of international organizations in the “peaceful coexistence conference” which will be held by Ovid, a French organization, to provide a memorandum to the international Criminal Court, accusing U.S. President Obama of crimes against humanity by helping and indirectly participating in the demolition of 102 Coptic facilities and the burning of ancient churches carrying the heritage of the Christian world, as well as causing the displacement of 150 Coptic families, and the slaughter of dozens of Christians.

Gabriel explained that these accusations are being made because Obama is funding the Muslim Brotherhood with 5 to 8 billion dollars, which the Muslim Brotherhood used to purchase arms and to pay criminals to kill Christians and torch churches…

You want his ass in court, Egypt? Take a number. Whether it’s due his abuse of power with ObamaCare, the IRS, NSA, Benghazi—or all this and more—I think this president will be in the dock for a long time to come.

But has any other Nobel Peace Prize recipient been hauled before the ICC on charges of crimes against humanity? He may be as “special” as his proponents say!

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Egyptian Executioners Say the Darnedest Things!

And leftists think Israel is the problem?

Following are excerpts from an interview with Hajj Abd Al-Nabi, the official executioner of Egypt, which was posted on the Internet on September 8, 2013.

Hajj Abd Al-Nabi: I am the executioner of the Arab Republic of Egypt. I hold the rank of chief warrant officer in the police and the prison authority. I am Egypt’s executioner, responsible for carrying out the death penalty.

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I love people, and people love me, but when I am doing my job, I am carrying out the law of Allah.

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I have placed [the noose] around some 800 heads – tough people, big people, young people… All the despicable crimes – killing, adultery, premeditated murder, and so on… I carry out all the death sentences.

In all honesty, I love my work. I just love it! I never say “no” when they need me at work. This is my work and my livelihood.

[...]

When I was young – about 13 or 14 years old – the dry Ismailiya Canal in Shubra Al-Kheima still had water in it. My hobby was to catch a cat, to place a rope around its neck, to strangle it, and throw it into the water. I would get hold of any animal – even dogs. I would strangle these animals and throw them into the water – even dogs.

Interviewer: That was a long time ago…

Hajj Abd Al-Nabi: Yes, when I was 13 or 14 years old. Strangulation was my hobby. When I applied for the job and did well on the tests – proving that I could take the psychological pressure and so on – they said: “Congratulations. Now, grow a moustache.”

Interviewer: So you were violent as a boy…

Hajj Abd Al-Nabi: I was a little Satan…

Interviewer: Did you strangle many kids you were playing with?

Hajj Abd Al-Nabi: Whenever I would place my hands around a kid’s neck, I would go soft when I remembered that it was a child, not an animal.

Interviewer: So you had a disposition toward this job from a young age…

Hajj Abd Al-Nabi: It’s a gift.

Interviewer: Strangling is a gift?

Hajj Abd Al-Nabi: A great gift. I love my job very much, and I can’t give it up. Even when I retire, I will report for duty in emergencies. I will leave this job only when I am dead.

I wonder if Kathleen Sebelius can lure him away to join the Death Panel? He’s a natural.

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Your United Nations

Ah, the UN. You can’t make this [bleep] up:

Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Chad, Lithuania and Chile all won coveted seats on the U.N. Security Council Thursday, after there were no contested races for the first time in several years.

Philippe Bolopion, United Nations director for Human Rights Watch, denounced the election of Chad, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia.

“The prestige of a seat at the world’s foremost diplomatic table should prompt the new members to get their house in order,” he said, according to the AP.

“Chad should put an end to the recruitment of child soldiers, which earned it a spot on the U.N. list of shame. Saudi Arabia should end its crackdown on human rights activists and grant women their full rights,” Mr. Bolopion said, adding that Nigeria should also “end chronic abuse by security forces and better protect civilians in the north.”

Lithuania, however: good to go. Chile, no problem.

Oh, and speaking of the UN. This came across our screens the other day:

Can the United Nations be held legally accountable for its actions in a U.S. court? That question is the crux of a lawsuit filed this week that wants to hold the world organization accountable for the deaths of thousands of Haitians in the 2010 outbreak of cholera that still smolders today.

IJDH is seeking unspecified damages on behalf of eight Haitians—half of them fatal cholera victims—as the nucleus of a much larger class action against the UN, and also demanding that the world organization pay $2.2 billion to complete a still underfunded program of cholera eradication and recovery in the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere.

[T]he lawsuit could yet prove to be a watershed moment for the world organization, amid a rising tide of human rights and other opinion—some within the UN itself—that it must do something to compensate victims of the cholera disaster, which most medical experts agree was caused by inadequate human sanitation facilities at a UN peacekeeping camp housing Nepalese soldiers who had been exposed to the water-born disease at home.

[T]he UN denied at the time that it had anything to do with the cholera outbreak, according to eyewitnesses made efforts to remove evidence and keep investigators away from its campsite, has continually questioned the scientific validity of any findings that pointed specifically at a UN cause for the disease, wrongly claimed that the soldiers had been tested for cholera before their arrival in Haiti, stonewalled petitioners seeking any form of redress, and, as the IJDH lawsuit points out, taken months and even years to reply to anyone addressing the compensation question.

Maybe they can ask Saudi Arabia to pay off Haiti, now that they’re on the inside.

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Tomorrow is More Than a Day Away

These kids show us that when life gives you garbage, make ashcan art:

The tragic story of this group of youngsters aged between 15 and 23 takes us back a few years when one by one they managed to cross the heavily-guarded border from North Korea into China to search for food. Most of them were orphans, while others had a parent unable or unwilling to look after them.

A South Korean missionary living in China, known only as M.J. to protect his identity, tried to help the youngsters and has broken his silence to CNN.

“This one child used to live with his father,” he explained. “One day his father went into a North Korean military base trying to find food but was caught and beaten to death on the spot. The child witnessed this … his mother then told him not to come home and threw rocks at him to keep him away.”

The youngsters survived by foraging for scraps in trashcans. Fish bones and discarded rice were mixed to make a porridge, while rodents were considered a luxury. When M.J. first met some of them in December 2009, they had frostbite on their hands and toes from living in an old abandoned building where temperatures plummeted to as low as minus 30 degrees Celsius. Some of them had injuries from beatings by security guards and merchants when they were caught stealing food.

One of the nine, a 20-year-old man, told M.J. he wanted to live in China as “even beggars in China do not go hungry.”

“These kids were suffering from malnutrition and disease,” recalled M.J. “They had been living in quarters with bad sanitation … also they all seemed to have suffered in one form or another from tuberculosis. Because they were suffering from malnutrition, their growth was stunted.”

But wait. As another little moppet taught us, the sunwill come out tomorrow:

The nine lived with the couple and several other North Korean defectors in China for almost two years in constant fear of being discovered by the authorities. They could never leave the house during this time. China doesn’t treat North Koreans in its territory as refugees and usually sends them back across the border.

“As we lived with these children, I saw them change,” M.J.’s wife, who also asked not to be identified, said. “They started having hopes, they started dreaming and I know they were happier. I was overjoyed to have done something worthwhile.”

Another blog would leave it there, would leave you with the hope, however false, that the story ended happily. This is not that sort of blog because this is not that sort of world:

On May 27, the Laos authorities told the youngsters to pack as they were being sent to South Korea. M.J. said they were so happy they all shouted for joy. Years in hiding seemed to finally be over. But the bitter truth of the situation soon became clear.

The missionary couple was prevented from following the children and instead locked in a room at the immigration offices for two hours. The United Nations’ refugee agency, UNHCR, said the group had been sent back to North Korea via China.

Human rights groups were shocked. The missionaries were devastated.

“In these children’s minds, they were going to South Korea,” said M.J.’s wife. “They never imagined after crossing the border to Laos they would be sent back to North Korea.”

Doubtless these innocents don’t read BTL—China wields a force of two million Internet cops—else they would have guessed what was up. They would have twigged to the certainty that the problems of nine little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world.

A twisted coda to a twisted story:

The children have since been used for propaganda purposes in Pyongyang, appearing on state-run television in June claiming they had been tricked into leaving North Korea and expressing thanks to leader Kim Jong Un for saving them and bringing them back.

“What I am concerned about is what is going to happen after the propaganda is gone and the rhetoric is over,” said M.J. “If we don’t pay attention, if we don’t keep asking where these children are, then these children will be lost forever and we will never know what happened to them.”

Good luck with that.

You could have gone about your business today without knowing the betrayal of these kids. But you wouldn’t know the betrayal of humanity that this story also lays bare. There are many guilty parties, but I hold China distinctly responsible. (Of course you do, BTL.) Unlike Laos, it would have cost China nothing to save these nine souls.

But that’s not how China (spring) rolls. From the macro (Internet snoops, choking smog, myriad human rights abuses) to the micro (forced late-term abortions), the China state doesn’t “get” the rights of the individual. Like the concept of hope for these hopeless kids, the concept of human liberty is without meaning. I bet there’s not even a character for for the idea.

For some orphans, the sun will never come up again.

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What, No “Shot Across the Bow”?

Thousand of innocents die.

A country held hostage by a madman.

Tyranny, famine, unimaginable brutality.

How could we not heed our president’s call to action?

Sir…? Mr. President…? That’s your cue!

Thousands of North Korean inmates of Camp No 22, one of Kim Jong-un’s most brutal labour camps, have disappeared according to a human rights group.

There are fears that up to 20,000 may have been allowed to die of disease or starvation in the run-up to the closure of the camp at the end of last year.

The suspicion has emerged from a newly-released report by the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) detailing the situation in penal colonies as Kim Jong-un consolidated his power after taking over as leader from his father, Kim Jong-il who died in 2011. Now the group that is demanding an inquiry into their fate.

The Washington-based organisation gleans information from defectors from the North, including former guards and the occasional survivor of a prison camp, as well as examining satellite imagery.

It focused much of its attention on Camp 22, a vast compound that sprawled across more than 770 square miles, making it larger than London.

But not as crowded, thank goodness! Try getting to your West End theatre with only minutes before curtain. No such worries in NorKor.

Anyhow, more proof that our outrage is selective. And politically, not militarily, motivated.

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Can’t Anyone Here Waterboard Right?

You do it right, and no one gets hurt.

This is how you do it wrong:

A Chinese official who died during interrogation was allegedly drowned by Communist Party investigators, a state-run newspaper has reported.

Yu Qiyi, who was the chief engineer of a state-owned company in Wenzhou, died on 9 April.

His head was held in a tub of icy water by six investigators attempting to extract a confession, the Beijing Times reported, citing prosecution documents.

Yu Qiyi, who was a Communist Party member of Wenzhou Industry Investment Group, died during the shuanggui process, an internal disciplinary procedure where officials are asked to confess wrongdoings.

He had been detained for internal investigations into a land deal since early March. His death was initially described as an accident.

“Yu Qiyi was a strong man before the shuanggui process, but he was thin by the time he died,” Mr Yu’s wife, Wu Qian, told the Beijing Times.

“He had many internal and external injuries after the 38 days [in detention]. Apart from the drowning exposed by the prosecution, he must have been tortured in other ways, and more people may have been involved,” she said.

I’m sorry for Yu, and my condolences to Wu, but he was warned:

When party members are caught breaking the rules — or even when they merely displease a superior — they can be dragged into the maw of an opaque Soviet-style disciplinary machine, known as “shuanggui,” that features physical torture and brutal, sleep-deprived interrogations.

Few who have been pulled into the system emerge unscathed, if they emerge at all. Over the last decade, hundreds of officials have committed suicide, according to accounts in the state news media, or died under mysterious circumstances during months of harsh confinement in secret locations. Once interrogators obtain a satisfactory confession, experts say, detainees are often stripped of their party membership and wealth. Select cases are handed over to government prosecutors for summary trials that are closed to the public.

“The word shuanggui alone is enough to make officials shake with fear,” said Ding Xikui, a prominent defense lawyer here.

As Det. Tony Barretta warned us in the 1970s, “Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time. Don’t do it.”

Tell ‘em, Sammy!

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This Land is My Land

It is—and it isn’t—about the four year-old girl:

The death of a four-year-old girl run over by a bulldozer in rural China has triggered outrage on Chinese social media, rekindling anger over the issue of forced evictions.

Pictures of the girl’s mourning family sparked an angry reaction on Chinese social media, where it was perceived as a result of a land grab by local officials.

Chinese village struggle to democracy Chinese village showdown averted
“There are so many people killed or disabled because of land grabs in China, and (the officials) usually resolve these things with little compensation,” wrote somebody using the handle @yongbao_ai on the popular micro-blogging service Sina Weibo.

“This is no big deal, all demolitions in (this area) are forced. It will be fine once people get used to it,” another commenter using the handle @disanjihuasha remarked sarcastically.

Land seizures, driven by soaring prices and Beijing’s push for urban expansion, has been a major source of popular discontent in China, often resulting in violent stand-offs between officials and the public. Farmers have little legal recourse when their land is earmarked for requisition, and compensation is typically slight.

Amnesty International identified land grabs and forced evictions as a major human rights issue facing China’s leadership, saying the increasing volume of lawless forced evictions constitutes a breach of China’s human rights obligations “on an enormous scale.” But some officials have defended the process as a necessary evil of modernization.

What’s the matter with the peasants? They don’t want to be modern?

Modernity has its privileges:

A miner was killed and eight others were trapped in a gas outburst at a state-run coal mine in southwest China today, local officials said.

And:

[R]esearchers from the University of Michigan and the University of Hawaii say emissions from coal fired power stations in China and India are the most likely source of mercury found in certain types of Pacific Ocean fish.

“People can limit their exposure to mercury by limiting their consumption of certain number of types of fish such as swordfish, tuna, shark and tilefish which have the highest levels of mercury,” he said.

“It just so happens that China and India have rapidly increased their use of coal and their share of the global mercury emissions has gone up relative to other countries or other continents that used to be the most important sources such as North America and Europe which have actually reduced mercury emissions,” he said.

And:

Emissions from new coal-fired power stations planned in Guangdong could cause as many as 16,000 deaths in the next 40 years, research by an air-pollution specialist indicates.

All these peasants need is a little (re-)education.

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