Friday, May 24, 2019

Being in the invisible this order comprising the alchemists of the Spirit requires a union with embodied humanity.

  There are many schools of the Brotherhood.  There are many methods of achieving.  In Our releases through the Summit Lighthouse We seek to assist Our students in expanding their consciousness with facility.  We seek to weld together the body of God upon earth by first creating the understanding of both the beauty and practicality of true alchemy.  We are not interested in forming a society of magicians who will go around producing seeming miracles--albeit We acknowledge that the proficient alchemist teven through this course can do just that.  What We are interested in is the subscribing of Our students to a universal brotherhood and body already existing spiritually as the Great White Brotherhood.  Being in the invisible this order comprising the alchemists of the Spirit requires a union with embodied humanity.   For only through this association can We formulate the most beautiful, sustaining concepts that will enable the entire house of the world to breathe the air of freedom and to be infused with the fires of destiny in its individual and collective aspects.
  Man must see and know that as he is and as he does, so others see and do.      
  -Saint Germain:  Pearls of Wisdom 13:17  
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Precious Flames of My Heart,
  You have heard it said that spring is in the heart.  As you look upon the conditions of the world it may seem a strange contrast that in the millions of years during which the earth itself has undergone recurrent change, the consciousness of the people in their dealings with one another has remained primitive.  
  But how carefully the dark forces of the world, those who hide so skillfully behind their masks as angels of light--even to the point of convincing humanity that they do not exist--have woven their nets of deceit for the unwary. …I urge all to attain self-mastery rather than mastery over the lives of others and to check the widespread practices of control men have one to another.  How determinedly the dark forces have spawned the Machiavellian ideas that men must control other men and their outward destinies.    
                                                 -Archeia Mary:      Pearls of Wisdom 13:18
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  The concept of the Only Begotten of God, full of grace and truth, when properly understood, reveals that God has begotten only good. No duality of good and evil came forth from His hand but only the clearly defined purest light and noblest hope for all creation.
  As it was in the time of Babel so it is today:  men in their psychological and intellectual pursuits ignore the great genius-power by which God framed the worlds, created the flexibility and marvelous tenacity of the mind and spirit of man, and endowed His best servants with illimitable grace.  The world turns to the labyrinth of mental and materialistic probings, and authorities in the various fields of human endeavor, often differing from one another, create the wisdom of the world that is foolishness with God. 

  Is it not true that He who can create the stars and put them in their appointed places, He who can bring forth a living soul, spread abroad the canopy of space and direct the velocity of time is certainly able to offer a better way of life to His creation than that Egyptian fleshpots, the pleasures of table and person and an endless panorama of war, poverty, struggle, loneliness and frustration of humanity?              -Archeia Mary:  Pearls of Wisdom 13:23

Thursday, May 23, 2019

"around 70-80% of the civilians are all gone."


-Aydin Anwar says:

  "Most towns and villages in East Turkestan are almost empty--around 70-80% of the civilians are all gone."    at 2:16 OF THIS VIDEO:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGzsaI1y9eA

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  -Students gather outside the entrance to a high school in the XUAR's Kashgar (in Chinese, Kashi) prefecture, where banners in Mandarin Chinese read 'System Self-Confidence, Cultural Self-Confidence,' Aug. 31, 2018.
   In their attack on Uyghur culture and identity Chinese officials have portrayed the Uyghur language as “incompatible with modernity” and are removing its relevance from the education system and public life, Washington-based Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) said Thursday in a statement accompanying the release of its report “Resisting Chinese Linguistic Imperialism.”  https://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/language-05162019163951.html
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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Uighur resistance

05.09.19
INSIDE CHINA'S MASSIVE SURVEILLANCE OPERATION
Nurjamal Atawula is one of around 34,000 Uyghurs in Turkey…. “Miyesser Mijit”-alias. …Aziz Isa…Amina Abduwayit….Halmurat Harri…Gulbahar Jalilova….


art by SOFIYA VOZNAYA, NATASHA WIGODER
Kalbinur Tursun….Tursungul Yusuf…. Aydin Anwar….Abduweli Ayup

….Gene Bunin… Nurjamal Atawula.  See   https://www.wired.com/story/inside-chinas-massive-surveillance-operation/

study: Yanofsky-Golombek, Hastings 1951-2

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Yanofsky-Golombek, Hastings 1951-2.  1...Kf1 (only move), 2. Qf4+ Ke2 (only move)=;
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Shock headlines at work at NYT

5-22-19      Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!     -Isaiah 5:20       


https://noqreport.com/2019/05/22/shocking-ny-times-headline-calls-evil-good-good-evil/

To All Who Would Guard the Chalice of the Heart

To All Who Would Guard the Chalice of the Heart:
  The hypocrisy of the present era of Earth’s evolution is a pain to many hearts, for it is a clear indication to those who can discern the face of life that man is in no way linked with the crowning chain of cosmic purpose.  His energies go down the drain and are swallowed up as in a giant hole as his attention pursues a senseless series of moving pictures, accelerating the trend of degradation.
  How is it that the wise men of the nations seem unable to discern the effect of eye-pictures upon their children and themselves?   Do they not perceive in the misuse of the sacred fire through crude and unnecessary displays of sex and the infiltration of horror, murder and fear in advertising and entertainment that men are lowering the consciousness of the entire world?   Do they not have eyes to see that some men are making merchandise of them?   Yet these same men who control the theater and motion picture industry could produce uplifting dramas that would exalt noble purpose and define magnificence of character rather than portray doubt, distrust, suspicion, fear and the unwholesome conditions that have ever been apparent since mankind’s departure from the throne of grace.
  As the angels gaze upon the faces of little children who should be taught to pray and commune with the great silent invisible world of the Spirit during those formative years when their tiny minds are budding, as they witness the most awful formulations that will produce so much violence and hatred in their later lives,  They in their beautiful wisdom ask themselves the question:  “Why is it that humanity will not acknowledge that they are sowing the wind and will one day reap the whirlwind?”…
  When I appeared at Fátima I gave stern warning of impending conditions that would threaten the peace of the world and seek to destroy the spiritual Church that is the body of Christ.  Cruel men, dark tyrants in high places have invaded every area of civilization; and yet the attention of the people is so easily dissipated as the quotient of each one’s energy pattern is engaged in fruitless endeavors.  Then how easily criticism becomes a weapon.
  Those whose hearts, heads and hands are offered in service to the spiritual hierarchy are often misunderstood and deliberately attacked by those who should know better.  Whereas the blessed children of men do not know their best friends, either ascended or unascended, those who do are also found among their condemners, denying the Christ ere the cock crows thrice.   It is not easy in this darkening hour for men and women who stand up for Our cause.  Yet light must banish darkness and men must never lose heart or hope.
  And so I say, renew yourself daily in the holy fountain. Turn your backs upon the dark and evil of the past.  Long to see yourselves and others free in the divine plan fulfilled.  So shall the brave light of a cosmic mother’s heart be instilled in many, that the hand that rocks the cradle may be the hand that rules the world through the instilling of love and virtue and the guarding of the mind of the young from those destroyers whose hearts are hardened in self-love, calloused by thousands of inequities and stinging degradations.     Devotedly I remain your cosmic Mother,


(by Ruth Hawkins)
Archeia Mary:  Pearls of Wisdom 13:23 

Monday, May 20, 2019

foreign governments and corporations are content to pretend it isn't happening.

5-6-19    It has been two years since the internment camps first came to light internationally, and a series of reports from Xinjiang have made vivid the scale of the abuses.  Yet foreign governments and corporations are content to pretend it isn't happening.
  "If right now just about any other country in the world was found to be detaining over 1 million Muslims of a certain ethnicity, you can bet we’d be seeing an international outcry," says Sophie Richardson, china director for Human Rights Watch.  https://www.axios.com/uighur-muslim-detention-camps-xinjiang-china-7d682095-4dcc-4b7b-8368-09e73ae7178a.html
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-Ethnic Uyghurs take part in a protest march asking the EU to call upon China to respect human rights in East Turkestan and asking for the closure of "re-education centers." Photo: Emmanuel Dunand, AFP

     There are many pretexts for internment, including any kind of overseas connection, such as a relative living outside of China or a short visit to another country, or even the slightest standing as a public figure sharing the Uyghur cultural or scientific experience.  The Uyghur Human Rights Project recently documented nearly 400 Uyghur intellectuals interned, disappeared or imprisoned.  https://theglobepost.com/2019/05/14/china-uyghurs-ramadan/

Strait of Hormuz; N. Korean females; World Bee Day; biodegradable alternative to plastics

north side of Strait Hormuz is Iran, southeast side is Saudi  Arabia--
part of Persian Gulf region 


5-20-19   "Tehran has a history of targeting civilian vessels transiting the Gulf and threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz, through which approximately one fifth of the world's seaborne oil passes," Foundation for Defense of Democracies stated in a policy briefing issued by veteran military intelligence experts Andrew Gabel and Bradley Bowman.  "During the last two years of the Iran-Iraq War, Iran conducted 143 attacks against shipping in the Gulf.  Last month Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) Commander Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri threatened to close the strait."
Iran has a history of using its terror proxies to conduct attacks in order to shield the regime from responsibility and avoid sparking a large-scale war that would surely end in the Islamic Republic's destruction.   https://freebeacon.com/national-security/u-s-intel-warns-iran-plotting-tactical-surprise-attacks-in-gulf/
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5-21-19    “Victims are prostituted for as little as 30 Chinese yuan [US$4.30], sold as wives for just 1,000 yuan and trafficked into cybersex dens for exploitation by a global online audience,” said Yoon Hee-soon, the report’s author.  “Many are sold more than once and are forced into at least one form of sexual slavery within a year of leaving their homeland.”
  An estimated 60 percent of North Korean girls and women in China are trafficked into the sex trade, according to the report, which was to be released at an event at Britain’s parliament later in the day.  Nearly half are pressed into prostitution, about a third sold into marriage and most others pushed into cybersex, researchers said.Trafficking survivors said prostitutes in Shanghai were branded with tattoos such as lions and butterflies to show ownership and deter abductions by rivals.
 Interviewees told of women dying from sexually transmitted diseases and abuse.Girls and women enslaved in cybersex dens are usually aged between 12 and 29 but sometimes younger, the report said.  They are forced to perform sex acts or sexually assaulted in front of webcams.  A live-stream featuring a young girl can cost US$110, researchers said, adding that many subscribers appeared to be South Korean. http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2019/05/21/2003715531
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1-18-19   Chile-based designer Margarita Talep has created a sustainable, biodegradable alternative to single-use packaging, using raw material extracted from algae.    https://www.dezeen.com/2019/01/18/margarita-talep-algae-bioplastic-packaging-design/
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5-20-19  Turkey, the world's second largest beekeeping country after China, is marking World Bee Day on Monday...."Turkey is one of few self-sufficient countries in beekeeping," Selçuk Solmaz, head of Ankara Beekeepers Association (ABA), said in an interview with Anadolu Agency.  "It's also beneficial for organic and clean agriculture."
  Solmaz said bees are directly related to food safety, sustainable agriculture and biodiversity.  "According to a research carried out by Science And Policy For People And Nature (IPBES) in 2016, food production by means of pollination and insemination costs around $235-$577 billion annually," he noted.  https://www.dailysabah.com/business/2019/05/20/turkey-one-of-worlds-few-self-sufficient-beekeepers-official
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5-20-19   Montes, 56, came to the United States at the age of 13, was educated in California, and served in the U.S. Navy.  He moved back to Nicaragua in 2006 and studied medicine and law, obtaining a Nicaraguan law degree in 2018.
  Activists said Montes brought food, medicine, and other supplies to student protesters. After his arrest and imprisonment, young fellow prisoners began calling him “pastor” and “father” because of his age and his leadership at religious gatherings.   Human rights activists who knew Montes said he claimed to have witnessed a murder by government agents and was prepared to testify against them.
  An attorney who represents Nicaraguan political prisoners said over the weekend there is “proof” Montes was shot in the back by prison guards.  The official story is that he was among several prisoners who rushed the guards and tried to take their guns during a visit to the facility by the International Red Cross.   https://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2019/05/20/u-s-navy-veteran-killed-nicaragua-prison-riot/
  Human rights activists who knew Montes said he claimed to have witnessed a murder by government agents and was prepared to testify against them.An attorney who represents Nicaraguan political prisoners said over the weekend there is “proof” Montes was shot in the back by prison guards.  https://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2019/05/20/u-s-navy-veteran-killed-nicaragua-prison-riot/

Saturday, May 18, 2019

30th anniversary of the Tianamen Incident next week

Taipei, May 18 (CNA)   Pro-democracy advocates and activists marked the 30th anniversary of the Tianamen Incident at an international conference in Taipei Saturday, urging the world not to forget the bloody crackdown and keep on working toward the sustainable growth of democracy around the world.
  Larry Diamond, a professor of sociology and political science at Stanford University and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, said at the conference that China has tried to systematically erase the world's memories of the student-led pro-democracy uprising that took place on Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989.
To serve that end China has been using a united front strategy and penetration schemes to purchase media and lobby politicians as part of efforts to wreck democratic systems around the world, according to Diamond.
 
  "We hope that the world's memories (of the Tiananmen Incident) can be refreshed and rebuilt through this conference.  Many who participated in the protests are still upholding their ideals and moving forward," Wang Dan (shown) (王丹), one of the student leaders in the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests who is now living in exile in the United States, said.   http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201905180013.aspx
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Friday, May 17, 2019

Inexperienced community members have a considerable amount of suspiciousness and conceit

23.  You already know that capital deprived of goal-fitness is only a millstone about the neck.  And as a manifestation of infection forms spiritual and bodily ulcers likewise does a manifestation of the lunacy of covetousness bring harm to the spirit and body.
127.  Inexperienced community members have a considerable amount of suspiciousness and conceit, but a community is regarded by Us as an accepted form of life.  And We can speak about it with all the lucidity of long experience.  We are not frightened by any mental confusion.  We have seen enough cosmic refuse and We are not disposed to be a part of it.
172.  Let consciousness illumine the cellar of thinking, and ludicrous disputes will turn into rational discussions, of advantage and of joy.
270.  It is necessary to strengthen each other….Finely-tuned energy itself, inherent in every man, is in need of hygiene.  One need not assume in this anything supernatural; the new life will cognize substance in all infinitude. Therefore it is necessary to unite, affirming communal life on a world basis with lucidity and serenity.      -M:  Community 1926
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52.  Co-worker, pretend not to luck, for fiery energies are subtle, and crude egotism does not contain the fires.  Thus let us remember about humility when we wish to be truly successful.      -M:  Fiery World 1935
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69.  Prayer has no kinship with violence nor constraint.  The first prayer of the child should not be ridiculed or reproved.  A boy once prayed "O Lord, we are ready to help Thee."  A passer-by was indignant and called the child presumptuous, and in this way the first feeling of unselfishness was defamed.  A little girl prayed about her mother and her cow, and her prayer was ridiculed.       
 -M:  Aum 1936
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392.  It is not fitting for man to doom himself to calamities.  Long-sown wails and groans turn into a ruinous vortex.  The itch of envy changes into leprosy; from malice the tongue grows numb.  A whole hotbed of disasters is built by the man who gives himself over to the illusion of bad luck.  Such poisoners are intolerable in the Brotherhood.  Yet many dream about brotherhood without thinking what a burden they bear!  How strong is the man who realizes the good fortune of being a man!        
(Sergius of Radonezh by Vasnetsov)
                         -Morya:      Brotherhood 1937  
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   Wesak is at 2:11 p.m. PDT on May 18, 2019.  
          




Thursday, May 16, 2019

worldwide surveillance run by Chinese Communist Party oncoming

5-16-19     The 97% drop in refugee numbers escaping Tibet is due to new technology which has allowed China to build a nearly impassable digital and securitized border wall along its southern and western borders. In Tibet, and also in Xinjiang, the homeland of Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims which has become a widely reported technological dystopia, the border is patrolled by drones, cameras and an interconnected system that allows soldiers to rapidly monitor – and apprehend – any Tibetan, Uyghur or Kazakh attempting to flee. The digital wall also prevents the vast majority from even trying….
  Cities like Lhasa now have comprehensive networks of CCTV cameras and numerous checkpoints, allowing authorities to keep track of all those who enter and leave. More recently, police stations and CCTV cameras with facial recognition technology have spread to villages in the countryside, especially along the border.
  “In Lhasa alone there are more than 600 convenience police stations,” said Tsultrim, who said increasing numbers of security staff are being sent to rural areas.  “In recent year, more than 21,000 officials were sent to the countryside around [Tibet].”  This is in addition to at least 12,000 security staff working primarily in urban areas.
  In fact since 2008 the ability of Tibetans to even move across the country has worsened.  Tibetans now need to get permission to visit, for example, Lhasa, and according to sources, numerous checkpoints exist around cities and at borders between neighboring districts and provinces. Surveillance and facial recognition technologies can also identify when Tibetans are outside of their home areas, further impeding their ability to reach the border….
  More challenges await those Tibetans who finally reach the border.  China Daily, a government newspaper, reported on the deployment of a Chinese-made integrated frontier monitoring system with advanced radars, acoustic monitoring devices, and drones.  A spokesperson said that anyone trying to cross the border would be detected by the system, which automatically notifies soldiers.
  China has also deployed GGJ-2 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles that can operate at high altitude for up to 20 hours along both the Tibet and Xinjiang borders, designed to monitor and, if necessary, conduct offensive activities in regions where troops cannot be stationed. …
  In just over a decade Tibet has been cut off from the world, both physically and digitally.  The most visible sign of this digital apartheid is along the heavily controlled border.  In late 2017 the Kerung border crossing between Nepal and Tibet re-opened, after being closed for more than two years due to damage caused by an earthquake in 2015.  While the border remains open, Tibetans rarely cross.  Instead traffic mostly consists of Chinese travelers and business-people entering Nepal.  “Before 2008, there were lots of Tibetans escaping from Tibet to Nepal, but now its Chinese who are flourishing in Nepal,” said Dalha.  On a recent visit to the area, he noted that many signs were in Chinese, and that several Nepali shopkeepers could speak basic Chinese.  A crossing that once connected Tibet with South Asia now connects China with Nepal.  https://codastory.com/authoritarian-tech/china-digital-wall-tibet/
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5-9-19    In early 2016 police began making routine checks on Atawula’s home.  Her husband was regularly called to the police station.  The police informed him they were suspicious of his WeChat activity--
he regularly spoke to friends in Turkey, which they viewed as potentially extremist behaviour.  Atawula’s children began to cower in fear at the sight of a police officer.  The family decided to move to Turkey to escape the oppressive surveillance.  Atawula’s husband, worried for her safety if she was also arrested, decided to send her ahead while he stayed in Xinjiang and waited for the children’s passports.  “The day I left, my husband was arrested,” Atawula said.    https://codastory.com/authoritarian-tech/uyghur-women-fighting-china-surveillance/
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  Moreover, it's worth noting that many of the companies that are deeply complicit in these activities have been quite actively expanding globally, including pursuing partnerships with Western companies and universities in the process.
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8-24-18   The MIT-SenseTime Alliance on Artificial Intelligence, a program within the MIT Quest for Intelligence, has announced funding for 27 projects involving about 50 principal investigators from departments and labs within engineering, science, architecture and planning, management, and the humanities and social sciences.
  SenseTime, a leading artificial intelligence company founded by MIT alumnus Xiao’ou Tang PhD ’96, jointly created the alliance with MIT earlier this year to define the next frontier of human and machine intelligence.    http://news.mit.edu/2018/mit-sensetime-alliance-funds-projects-human-machine-intelligence-0824
( the next frontier after Xinjiang and Tibet, it seems).
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  Xinjiang Tangli Technology Co., Ltd. develops artificial intelligence based security products.  The company was founded in 2017 and is headquartered in Urumqi, China.  Xinjiang Tangli Technology Co., Ltd. operates as a former subsidiary of Shenzhen SenseTime Science Tech Limited.  As of April 15, 2019, Xinjiang Tangli Technology Co., Ltd. operates as a subsidiary of Leon Technology Co., Ltd.  https://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/snapshot.asp?privcapId=607759585
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4-16-19   SenseTime, China’s surveillance giant, has offered up a fig leaf. The company says it has exited a police technology venture in Xinjiang, a western region where government efforts to crush Muslim extremism have put over a million Uighurs in re-education camps. The deal may ease some PR risk before a mooted offshore flotation, but the $6 billion startup still sells facial recognition software to security forces. Monday’s move provides foreign backers like Fidelity International with only thin reputational cover.…
  But SenseTime and its peers still sell tools that enable the some of the worst tendencies of Chinese officialdom.  They will almost certainly export to questionable regimes abroad too.  SenseTime’s investors get to wash Xinjiang off their hands, but there is sure to be plenty of dirt left over. -Pete Sweeny …
  In July last year, SenseTime also shed its 49% stake in SenseNets, a facial recognition firm it had helped found in 2015.  
  Victor Gevers, co-founder of non-profit organisation GDI.Foundation, tweeted in February that an online database belonging to SenseNets containing names, ID card numbers, birth dates and location data was left unprotected for months.  The exposed data also showed about 6.7 million location points linked to people, tagged with descriptions such as “mosque”, “hotel”, “internet cafe” and other places where surveillance cameras were likely to be found.
  Instead of going on the offensive over the Gevers tweet, SenseNets has adopted a different approach and remained silent.  A call to the company’s general phone number listed on its website was answered by a female representative who said the company does not have anyone in charge of media relations and there was no need for an interview.  -South China Morning Post’s Li Tao
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4-18-19    Every year since 2015 China has ranked last in the annual Freedom on the Net Index.8  The CCP has made no secret of its desire to export its concepts of internet and information ‘sovereignty’,9 as well as cyber censorship,10 around the world.11  Consistent with that directive, this research shows that Chinese companies are playing a role in aiding surveillance and providing sophisticated public security technologies and expertise to authoritarian regimes and developing countries that face challenges to their political stability, governance and rule of law….
  Sometimes, the relevance and significance of the CCP’s presence within technology companies is dismissed or trivialised as merely equivalent to the presence of government relations or human resources departments in Western corporations. However, the CCP’s expectations of these committees is clear.22 The CCP’s constitution states that a Party organisation ‘shall be formed in any enterprise … and any other primary-level work unit where there are three or more full party members’.23  Article 32 outlines their responsibilities, which include encouraging everyone in the company to ‘consciously resist unacceptable practices and resolutely fight against all violations of Party discipline or state law’.   Article 33 states that Party committees inside state-owned enterprises are expected to ‘play a leadership role, set the right direction, keep in mind the big picture, ensure the implementation of Party policies and principles, and discuss and decide on major issues of their enterprise in accordance with regulations’.24…
  The CCP recognises the threat posed by an open internet to its grip on power—and, conversely, the opportunities that dominance over global cyberspace could offer by extending that control.33
  In a 2017 article published in one of the most important CCP journals, officials from the Cyber Administration of China (the top Chinese internet regulator) wrote about the need to develop controls so that ‘the Party’s ideas always become the strongest voice in cyberspace.’34  This includes enhancing the ‘global influence of internet companies like Alibaba, Tencent, Baidu [and] Huawei’ and striving ‘to push China’s proposition of internet governance toward becoming an international consensus’….
  Many of the companies covered in this report collaborate with foreign universities on the same kinds of technologies they’re using to support surveillance and human rights abuses in China.  For example, CETC—which has a research partnership with the University of Technology Sydney, the University of Manchester and the Graz Technical University in Austria—and its subsidiary Hikvision are deeply implicated in the crackdown on Uyghurs in Xinjiang.  CETC has been providing police in Xinjiang with a centralised policing system that draws in data from a vast array of sources, such as facial recognition cameras and databases of personal information.  https://www.aspi.org.au/report/mapping-chinas-tech-giants
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who took YOUR data?

6-21-2013   British spy agency GCHQ has secretly tapped more than 200 fiber-optic cables carrying phone and internet traffic and has been sharing data with the U.S. National Security Agency, according to a news report.
  The spy operation, which included placing intercepts at the landing points of transatlantic undersea cables where they surface in the U.K., has allowed the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) to become the top interceptor of phone and internet data in the world, according to the Guardian newspaper, which broke the story based on documents leaked by former NSA systems administrator Edward Snowden.  https://www.wired.com/2013/06/gchq-tapped-200-cables/
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  National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world, according to documents obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and interviews with knowledgeable officials.

  By tapping those links the agency has positioned itself to collect at will from hundreds of millions of user accounts, many of them belonging to Americans.  The NSA does not keep everything it collects, but it keeps a lot.   https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/nsa-infiltrates-links-to-yahoo-google-data-centers-worldwide-snowden-documents-say/2013/10/30/e51d661e-4166-11e3-8b74-d89d714ca4dd_story.html?utm_term=.2dc2dbfc7264    and https://www.washingtonpost.com/apps/g/page/world/the-nsas-three-types-of-cable-interception-programs/553/?noredirect=on#document/p1/a129985
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  NSA documents state that under RAMPART-A, foreign partners “provide access to cables and host U.S. equipment.”  This allows the agency to covertly tap into “congestion points around the world” where it says it can intercept the content of phone calls, faxes, e-mails, internet chats, data from virtual private networks, and calls made using Voice over IP software like Skype.
  The program, which the secret files show cost U.S. taxpayers about $170 million between 2011 and 2013, sweeps up a vast amount of communications at lightning speed.  According to the intelligence community’s classified “Black Budget” for 2013, RAMPART-A enables the NSA to tap into three terabits of data every second as the data flows across the compromised cables – the equivalent of being able to download about 5,400 uncompressed high-definition movies every minute.  https://theintercept.com/2014/06/18/nsa-surveillance-secret-cable-partners-revealed-rampart-a/
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The back of two satellite antennae at GCHQ’s surveillance base in Bude, England. Photo: Education Images/UIG/Getty Images

    The technology was designed by Endace, a little-known New Zealand company.  And the important customer was the British electronic eavesdropping agency, Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ.
  Dozens of internal documents and emails from Endace, obtained by The Intercept and reported in cooperation with Television New Zealand, reveal the firm’s key role helping governments across the world harvest vast amounts of information on people’s private emails, online chats, social media conversations, and internet browsing histories.
  The leaked files, which were provided by a source through SecureDrop, show that Endace listed a Moroccan security agency implicated in torture as one of its customers.  They also indicate that the company sold its surveillance gear to more than half a dozen other government agencies, including in the United States, Israel, Denmark, Australia, Canada, Spain and India.
Some of Endace’s largest sales in recent years, however, were to the United Kingdom’s GCHQ, which purchased a variety of “data acquisition” systems and “probes” that it used to covertly monitor internet traffic….
  ENDACE says it manufactures technology that allows its clients to “monitor, intercept and capture 100% of traffic on networks .” The Auckland-based company’s motto is “power to see all” and its logo is an eye.
  The company’s origins can be traced back to Waikato University in Hamilton, New Zealand.  There in 1994 a team of professors and researchers began developing network monitoring technology using university resources….
  By March 2011 GCHQ’s aim was to tap into 415 of the 10Gs cables, and its longer-term goal was to “grow our internet access to 800 10Gs.”  The agency wanted to build what it described as the largest covert surveillance apparatus in the world.  And in an effort to fulfill that plan, it turned to Endace’s technology.
  Leaked documents and emails from Endace, obtained by The Intercept, lay out a series of deals the company made with GCHQ to help it broaden its mass surveillance capabilities.   A confidential February 2010 Endace statement of work for GCHQ, for instance, outlined a £245,000 ($299,500) deal to upgrade “monitoring solutions” for the British agency that were designed to intercept large amounts of internet traffic and send it into “memory holes” — repositories used to store the data….
  Notably, the Medusa status reports reveal that Endace was using taxpayers’ money to develop the new equipment for GCHQ.  They state that the Medusa system was being built for “FGA” with funding from the Foundation of Research Science and Technology, the body that handed out New Zealand government research grants.
  In 2010 Endace received two grants totaling $11.1 million.   A public announcement for the first grant--issued in July 2010-- said the funding was for “50% of the cost of a series of substantial product developments over the next two years,” but did not say what the products were nor who they were for….
  Endace’s sales lists include finance industry giants such as Morgan Stanley, Reuters and Bank of America.  Endace’s website says it provides financial companies with its monitoring technology to help “high-frequency traders to monitor, measure and analyze critical network environments.”   https://theintercept.com/2016/10/23/endace-mass-surveillance-gchq-governments/
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1-29-19   Indictments are only one part of a larger warning the Justice Department has sounded since Bill Clinton was president--that Huawei and other Chinese telecommunications companies are arms of the Chinese government and that they could plant spyware in communications at the heart of U.S. infrastructure systems like the power grid, the air traffic control network and nuclear plants.  https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/arm-chinese-state-what-s-behind-huawei-indictments-n963776
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  Elsa B. Kania, adjunct senior fellow with the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security:  “It (Huawei)  is a Chinese tech company operating within a system which Xi Jinping has declared the Party leads everything.  And like any other Chinese company, Huawei is expected to have a Party secretary and Party committee who exercise some rather ambiguous position in terms of its leadership and management.”  https://www.thestar.com/vancouver/2019/02/18/beijings-denial-of-huawei-control-bucks-expert-analysis.html

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