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China Cracks Down on Journalists for the First Time in 14 Years

Respected journalist Melissa Chan of Al Jazeera English was forced to board a flight out of Beijing this week after Chinese officials refused to renew her visa. Chai Ling, founder of All Girls Allowed, commended Chan for boldly pursuing leads on stories of human rights abuses. “Melissa Chan is a model for investigative reporting in China,” said Chai. “I hope others will follow her lead in giving a voice to the voiceless and fulfilling the highest calling in journalism.”

In 2010, Chan documented the immediate aftermath of a forced abortion. She interviewed a mother after officials beat her severely, restrained her, and then injected chemicals that aborted her pregnancy at 8 months. During Chan’s interview, the mother was in the hospital waiting to undergo a surgery that would remove the dead infant.

Censorship in China is nothing new, but Beijing has typically refrained from taking the dramatic step of expelling a journalist. The last time this happened was in 1998. “The action speaks for itself,” said Chai. “They do not plan to end the One-Child Policy and other abuses any time soon, so they threaten and remove the journalists who bravely expose these things to the public.”

“Chinese authorities are trying to intimidate the press to extend the reach of their censorship overseas,” said Chai.

It is a tactic that has worked well before, especially with regard to criticism of the One-Child Policy. For fear of losing their visas, other journalists may now be more hesitant to delve into topics that might raise the ire of the Chinese government. Chai Ling is concerned that this will affect coverage of the One-Child Policy and forced abortion, especially following the Chinese government’s embarrassment at the coverage last week of lawyer Chen Guangcheng’s extralegal detention and escape.

Chen was imprisoned because of his advocacy for women who faced forced abortions and sterilizations, but the media coverage of his escape has barely touched upon the stories of these women. Chai Ling said: “I call upon journalists to continue sharing the stories of the women that Chen sought to protect—the same stories that Melissa Chan exposed so boldly. To remain silent on these ongoing abuses is to give a victory to those who impose them. Silence also brings a further defeat to Chinese citizens who are pushing for the reforms that their country desperately needs.”

All Girls Allowed invites journalists who are interested in sharing these women’s stories to contact our office at the address and number below. We welcome your inquiries and look forward to hearing from you.

All Girls Allowed (http://www.allgirlsallowed.org) was founded by Chai Ling in 2010 with a mission to display the love of Jesus by restoring life, value and dignity to girls and mothers in China and to reveal the injustice of the One-Child Policy.

Read more: http://www.allgirlsallowed.org/china-cracks-down-journalists-first-time-14

Back Door Approach To Bail Out Funding

By Daniel Downs

Not long ago, the big news was Obama’s bailout of General Motors. In 2011, US Treasury reported that GM had paid back most of the large loan. However, the Treasury also notified the public that the federal government had become a permanent shareholder. The percent stock holdings amounted to something like 30 percent. Obviously, Uncle Obama and company wanted taxpayer-funded bailout to accumulate a long-term return on the investment.

It appears Obama is getting his way with the wealth. We could call it the back door method of taxing corporate profits.

Another interesting development recently reported by General Motors was the substantial increase of GM autos being sold to China markets. GM reported an 11.7% increase in sales in April and 9.4% for the first quarter in 2012. Total first quarter unit sales was 972,369. That’s nearly one million news vehicles cruising down Chinese pavement. If the trend continues, the federal government should see an increase of about 10-15% in revenues from GM net profits.

That is how our new schools should have always been funded. It would be a win-win for local taxpayers. Funding empire through back door taxation of corporate profits may only benefit the select few, most of whom are like Obama have a million plus portfolio of wealth.

Nevertheless, Chinese consumption is still underwriting a significant portion our government’s imperial spending spree.

2011 Report on Gendercide and China’s One-Child Policy

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The report above is a comprehensive overview of gendercide and the One-Child Policy in China, as well as what All Girls Allowed has been doing since our launch on June 1, 2010, to expose the truth, rescue girls & mothers, and celebrate what God is doing to restore life, value and dignity. If you are not able to view the flash animation above, please go to http://www.allgirlsallowed.org.

Is U.S. Becoming a Low-Cost Country?

As Chinese wages are rising at 17% per year and yuan’s value increases, the U.S. is looking pretty good as a place to locate manufacturing plants, according to a new analysis by The Boston Consulting Group.

“We expect net labor costs for manufacturing in China and the U.S. to converge by around 2015. As a result of the changing economics, you’re going to see a lot more products ‘Made in the USA’ in the next five years, said Harold L. Sirkin, a BCG senior partner.

“Since wage rates account for 20% to 30% of a product’s total cost, manufacturing in China will be only 10% to 15% cheaper than in the U.S. — even before inventory and shipping costs are considered. After those costs are factored in, the total cost advantage will drop to single digits or be erased entirely,” Sirkin said.

Products that require less labor and are churned out in modest volumes, such as household appliances and construction equipment, are most likely to shift to U.S. production, the group says.

Does this mean Americans are less capable of performing intensive manual labor? And, what about the dollar to yuan wage similarity? Does the converging of labor costs mean manufacturing wages in America will be less?

Although those questions remain unaswered, the rest of the article titled Is U.S. Becoming a Low-Cost Country?can be read on Indusry Week’s webiste.

More Clean Energy Jobs Going Overseas

by Dustin Ensinger

The incandescent light bulb was born in American, and according to The Washington Post, it appears as if it will die in America as well, taking plenty of well-paying manufacturing jobs with it.

This month, General Electric is permanently shuttering its last major factory that produces incandescent light bulbs. The closure will cost 200 employees their jobs.

In all likelihood, those jobs will be transferred to China, where the much more energy efficient bulbs known as compact fluorescents, or CFLs, can be produced at a much lower cost.

Despite the fact that CFL’s were invented in America in the 1970’s, virtually none are made in American. Because they require much more hand labor than you typical incandescent bulb, labor costs are also much higher, leading many companies to the massive low-cost pool of labor available in China.

The factory closure is symptomatic of America’s larger economic problems – a declining manufacturing industry and a utter failure to adapt to changing needs in the marketplace to capitalize on emerging industries such as the CFL’s.

When campaigning for the presidency, Barack Obama vowed to restore America’s manufacturing base through clean energy technologies, innovation and less reliance on foreign oil, all with the goal of creating five million so-called “green collar” jobs.

“My presidency will mark a new chapter in America’s leadership on climate change that will strengthen our security and create millions of new jobs in the process” he said.

It appears, however, that America missed that boat. China’s cheap labor, combined with free trade policies that afford companies with international portability, have propelled China to the top of the mountain in terms of clean energy investment.

In 2009, China became the world’s leader in private investment in renewable energy, according to a report by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Even in the midst of the worst recession since the Great Depression, China invested $34.6 billion in green technologies.

America, meanwhile, has leaked clean energy investment and jobs like a sieve. According to the report, the U.S. has invested just over half the amount of China in clean energy technologies. For all of 2009, private investment in the U.S. totaled just $18.6 billion, down 48 percent from 2008.

A report by the Investigative Reporting Workshop and ABC News, found that $8 of every $10 spent on wind energy projects through the stimulus package went to a foreign company. Total recovery funds spent on wind energy projects total nearly $2 billion.

The report estimates stimulus funding for wind projects have created roughly 6,000 manufacturing jobs overseas and just hundreds in America. Thus far, the Recovery Act has paid to create 1,807 wind turbines to fuel American homes, businesses, schools and other buildings. Just 588 of those were manufactured domestically, according to the report.

“The United States’ competitive position is at risk in the emerging clean energy economy,” Phyllis Cuttino, director of the Pew Environment Group’s Global Warming Campaign, said in a statement attached to the group‘s report.

Originally published in Economy in Crisis on September 8, 2010.

Look what Xenia has been missing…

Much of the fluoride added to municipal water supplies across the United States is imported from China, and is contaminated with heavy metals, according to a warning by Bernard Miltenberger, president of the Pure Water Committee of Western Maryland.

In a letter published in the Cumberland Times-News, Miltenberger notes that he first became aware of the issue in an engineering report for the city of Boulder, Colo. The report noted that the fluoridation chemicals used for the city’s water had been evaluated, and were found to contain lead levels of 40 milligrams per bag and arsenic levels of 50 milligrams per bag. The bags were being imported from China under no regulatory monitoring of acid or salt content.

Miltenberger then visited the Frostburg Water Filtration Plant in Maryland and noticed that the fluoride bags were not labeled with any importation information. He contacted the plant’s chemical supplier, Univar USA, and was then referred to Sovay fluorides. Sovay informed him that the fluoride had been manufactured by Shanghai Minthchem Development in China.

“This type of trade from a country with a track record of lead paint on toys to antifreeze in cough syrup medicine is completely unacceptable,” Miltenberger writes.

Heavy metal contamination is only the latest concern to emerge over the practice of water fluoridation, which has been controversial since its inception. Fluoride is a well-known toxic chemical, as Miltenberger notes:

“The material safety data sheets from Solvay fluorides show that a teaspoon amount of five grams of sodium fluoride can be fatal to an average size man of 70kg. … chronic toxicity by oral route may cause skeletal and dental fluorosis, thyroid, testes, kidney, liver, ambiguous carcinogenic and mutagenic effects, fetotoxic and fertility effects.”

Miltenberger also notes that fluoride toothpaste contains a warning that anyone who consumes more than a pea-size amount should contact a poison control center at once. This amount of toothpaste contains as much fluoride as just eight ounces of fluoridated water. A prescription-strength fluoride supplement marketed by Colgate warns that children under the age of six should not consume doses regularly added to municipal water.

This post is just a reminder that city officials have attempt to fluoridate the water supply numerous times and may try it again in the future. The mentality is since every surrounding municipality us is doing it Xenia should save some taxpayer money while while in-toxicating them with the health destroying chemical, fluoride. Heck, it does not even whiten teeth; too fluoride turns them muddle brown. What they do if many taxpayers lost their health and their lives? Raise taxes?

Source: Natural News, August, 15, 2010