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June 21, 2022

This New Import Law Will Hurt U.S. Consumers

Today the the U.S., suffering from high inflation caused by a lack of supplies, is launching the dumbest sanction regime ever:

A new law, the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, goes into effect in the United States on Tuesday and will bar products that were made in Xinjiang or have ties to the work programs there from entering the country. It requires importers with any ties to Xinjiang to produce documentation showing that their products, and every raw material they are made with, are free of forced labor — a tricky undertaking given the complexity and opacity of Chinese supply chains.
In theory, the new U.S. law should block all goods made with any raw materials that are associated with Xinjiang until they are proven to be free of slavery or coercive labor practices. But it remains to be seen if the U.S. government is willing or able to turn away such an array of foreign goods.

The 12 million Uighurs live predominantly in the south of China's Xinjiang province. The area is arid and there is not enough water for the growing population. Over the years this had led to poverty, social unrest and, with the help of some Saudi educated Wahhabi preachers, to terrorism against non-Wahhabis.

The Chinese government had launched a large scale program to solve the problem once and for all. It subsidized companies to move production facilities to Xinjiang. For geographic reasons these are now mostly in the northern part of Xinjiang. The government also organized large camps for vocational and language training. After people went through those they were offered jobs in the new factories where they work in exchange for normal wages.

The U.S. anti-China propaganda campaign claims that these Uighur people were forced to take up their new jobs and calls that 'forced labor'. It is not.

Working in some industry far from home is normal in China. It is the reason why each year during the Spring Festival season 300 million  people in China travel to reunite with their families.

Real forced labor is what one sees in the U.S. prison industry where prisoner have no choice but to work for a few pennies which the prison will in the end regain due to absurd prices for small necessities prisoners have to pay for.

It is doubtful that the Biden administration will not apply the new law to many more products.

Domestic producers competing with Chinese products can complain to the commerce department which would then have to detain imports at the border, launch an investigation and could eventually seize the products.

Auxin, a small U.S. producer of solar panels, did exactly that in a tariff case causing chaos in the industry:

The investigation will cut expected solar installations by 46 percent for 2022 and 2023 and could cost more than 100,000 solar jobs should the department impose the tariffs, according to an analysis released yesterday by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), which organized the congressional meetings.

The probe is “already having a pretty devastating impact,” SEIA President and CEO Abigail Ross Hopper told The Climate 202.

The new law will replace a Withhold Release Order (WRO) which the U.S. Custom and Border Protection (CBP) issued under the Trump administration in January 2021. The WRO applied to cotton products sourced from Xinjiang and has led to some chaos in the apparels industry.

The new UFLPA law is much wider and will hit many more products. Many commodities like lithium and nickel are produced in Xinjiang and flow into many downstream products:

Xinjiang Nonferrous and its subsidiaries have partnered with the Chinese authorities to take in hundreds of such [Uyghur] workers in recent years, according to articles displayed proudly in Chinese on the company’s social media account. These workers were eventually sent to work in the conglomerate’s mines, a smelter and factories that produce some of the most highly sought minerals on earth, including lithium, nickel, manganese, beryllium, copper and gold.

It is difficult to trace precisely where the metals produced by Xinjiang Nonferrous go. But some have been exported to the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea and India, according to company statements and customs records. And some have gone to large Chinese battery makers, who in turn, directly or indirectly, supply major American entities, including automakers, energy companies and the U.S. military, according to Chinese news reports.

The bureaucratic effort importers in the solar and other industry will have to make to avoid getting punished under the new law is extensive:

CBP released UFLPA guidelines last week that includes a section on polysilicon imports. In order to comply with the UFLPA, CBP said solar companies must:

  • Provide complete supply chain documentation that lists all entities involved in the exported good.
  • Provide a flow chart mapping each step in production and identify the region where each material originated.
  • Provide a list of all entities associated with each step of production, even if the exporting company did not directly work with them.

The CBP guidelines also state that solar companies that source polysilicon both from within Xinjiang and outside the region risk being subject to detention, as it may be more difficult to verify the products did not co-mingle with Xinjiang polysilicon at any point in the manufacturing process.

For small importers it will be impossible to do the above. Only big companies can afford to research and provide all that data and to take the risk of importing products that may get confiscated at the border. They will of course ask their customers to pay for all that.

For the U.S. consumer this does not only mean higher prices but likely less access to products they need or want. The U.S. industry is not in state where it can provide on the scale that China can.

To avoid the scrutiny Chinese producers may eventually move their factories. But they will move to countries in South Asia and not to the United States.

Why the 'green agenda' Biden administration thought that this is a smart move is beyond me.

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Sounds to me more like US is trying to discover China's supply chains via these smaller fish, so that they can effectively disrupt it.

Why else would they need a flowchart?!

Posted by: A | Jun 22 2022 11:54 utc | 101

Canada Working With Germany on Options to Restore Vital Gas Flow

Posted by: Andreas | Jun 22 2022 11:59 utc | 102

If I were an evil, scheming, conniving entity such as the one that has taken on the responsibility of global management (white man's burden and all) then this move by Biden & co would seem like a master stroke. The intention here is to disrupt Chinese global supply chains. Whether these companies move to a different location or not, the big importers in the US will still outmaneuver others to get their supply be it in the new locations or via leveraging. This is an extension of the covid move which was a preemptive attempt at slowing down or canceling altogether BRI. The global elites will continue such surgical disruptions because that's all they have left in their chaos toolkit, the War option is likely to be checkmated as is evident. As for those wondering how the "American" consumer or importer is going to be affected, since when has the USFED or it's governing elites ever given fvcks to the population at large. All you gotta do is observe the state of affairs in the nation to get the idea.

Posted by: Gankanas | Jun 22 2022 12:08 utc | 103

Get your "things" straight my dear citizens of the EMPIRE OF LIES, remember the 'Afghanistan PAPERS' (lie after lie, and Bush jr., Obama, Trump: all guilty of war crimes). Hence inform your "lazy & brainwashed" brains !


The new "Uygur Forced Labour Prevention Act" that's about to be adopted by U.S. lawmakers might just be one of the most cynical pieces of lying U.S. legislation ever, and that's saying something.

First of all it's interesting to study the origins of the allegations of forced labor that the law is supposed to "prevent".

An institution that's been instrumental to spread these false allegations is called the "Better Cotton Initiative" (BCI)...
Read On !!!

Posted by: MD | Jun 22 2022 12:32 utc | 104

Seriously, do you really think Xi is in any mood to meet this warmongering arsehat? I just cannot imagine anyone in Xi's position dignifying such a request with a response.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jun 22 2022 4:58 utc | 87

1. Lapdog Biden reporting back to his Master. Remember those millions paid to his family...

2. Maybe, just maybe, Xi gets a kick out of receiving tribute from the leading Western power. China has waited three centuries for this....

Posted by: Scorpion | Jun 22 2022 12:38 utc | 105

35 Tiananmen Facts

Nury Vattachi

1) In 1988, an office was set up in China by a relatively new organization with an innocent name – the National Endowment for Democracy. At that time, we reporters HAD NO IDEA it was a CIA spin-off, designed to build relationships with anti-government activists overseas for the purpose of spreading disinformation and destabilising communities in the interests of the US.

2) In the following months, CIA agents helped Chinese student activists form an anti-government movement, and even provided typewriters, fax machines and other equipment to help them spread their message—this information came from a US official. The CIA was already active, an official told the Vancouver Sun newspaper

3) A key player was Colonel Robert Helvey, a 30-year Pentagon veteran of destabilization operations in Asia. He “trained, in Hong Kong, the student leaders from Beijing in mass demonstration techniques, which they were to subsequently use in the Tiananmen Square incident of June 1989,” according to a highly detailed academic paper by B. Raman, the former director of India’s foreign intelligence agency.

4) When protests broke out in China in April 1989, demonstrators were not calling for democracy, but purer socialism, free of corruption and inequality, which were endemic at the time. Students carried pictures of Chairman Mao and sang the Chinese national anthem repeatedly. Western hybrid warfare includes two key principles:
Locate and amplify GENUINE local grievances, and
Rebrand them as calls for western liberal democracy and freedom. Students called for corruption-free communism, carrying Mao pictures and singing the national anthem repeatedly. They needed their message to be rebranded.
5) The US State Department withdrew US ambassador Winston Lord, and replaced him with James Lilley, a veteran CIA agent who had run operations smuggling people in and out of China.

6) The Chinese protesters were advised by persons unknown to add the word “democracy” in English to their banners, and say they were calling for “freedom”, rather than their actual goal, a purer form of communism. As Westerners became involved, the messages changed to Western ideals, written in the English language, and in this case displaying a pastiche of a well-known saying “give me liberty or give me death” from a US politician from 1775. Students sculptors made their statue in the style of Vera Mukhina, a famous socialist sculptor.

7) The protesters were advised to create a statue and began work on May 27. But, as good communists, students chose to make it as unlike the Statue of Liberty as possible, basing their statue (replica on the right) on the work of Russian revolutionary communist sculptor Vera Mukhina (above). The students were not at all a homogenous group, but they were socialists.

8) On May 28th, 1989, Gene Sharp, America’s top undercover street protest strategist, flew into Beijing with his assistant Bruce Jenkins to offer help. “The students in the square were operating with great commitment and bravery but they didn’t know what the hell they were doing,” Sharp later wrote. Gene Sharp and his assistant flew in on May 28 and stayed until June 6, 1989.

9) As May turned into June, the energy level dropped and there was need to bring things to a head. Student leader Chai Ling gave her infamous talk, where she warned of a massacre “which would spill blood like a river through Tiananmen Square”. She added that she expected to die shortly – but confusingly also said that she no longer intended to stay in China, but wanted to move to the United States. What did that mean? It was baffling at the time, but it would all make sense later. We now know that student leaders were promised US passports, CIA-run safe passage out of China, and enrollment in top US universities.

10) But there was a problem. Things were not coming to a head. The Chinese government was remaining remarkably restrained, as was the army. Because the main body of the protesters were asking for purer communism, people were politically on the same page – students and soldiers had good relationships, and even shared food and sang together. Since all sides agreed that corruption-free communism was what society needed, relations with soldiers were generally very positive. Violence finally started when a mysterious group of thugs, some from ethnic minorities, triggered a fight in Muxidi, five kilometers away, attacking army buses with petrol bombs and setting them alight, burning the occupants to death. This was unexpected, because gasoline was rationed and hard for ordinary people to obtain. Soldiers who managed to escape the burning buses were beaten to death. The word “massacre” could be used for this atrocity—although that doesn’t fit the western narrative, since it was soldiers who died. Other military men arrived in Muxidi and, infuriated at the sight of their slaughtered colleagues, shot at protesters (mostly unionists rather than students): there were many more tragic deaths, this time of civilians. In Muxidi, about five kilometers west of Tiananmen Square, a violent mob attacked army buses, burning many soldiers alive, and beating to death some who escaped.

Posted by: MD | Jun 22 2022 12:58 utc | 106

Simplified parallel supply and value chains marketing
(producers) UPSTREAM -> DOWNSTREAM (consumers)
1. political control: "third world" -> "first world"
2. P&E: raw (producer) -> intermediate (producer) -> finished (producer)
3. "value added" trade (profit distro): low -> max

OECD library model of commodity marketing is applicable to the journey of any raw good ("natural resource") into forms of "supply chain dependence"), which conspicuously omits advanced economies/developed nations" end-uses.

USDA, Cotton and Products Update Dec 2021

Harvested area in Senegal for MY2021/22 is forecast at 19,000 hectares, or six percent higher than the previous year due to a strong farm gate price which has been maintained at the same price than last year (300 Franc CFA- $0.52- per Kg) and increase availability of agricultural equipment to allow farmers to plant more.
Consumption and Value-Added Cotton
Senegal spinning and textile industry [milling] is still inexistant. Therefore, consumption in MY2021/22 and MY2020/21 remained unchanged at zero bales.
France Exports of [milled] cotton to Senegal, 2011-2020
Note that French industry's intermediate position in [cotton] streams exemplifies horizontal restraint of trade practiced and secured by latter-day, post-imperial governments. Ongoing contest ostensibly to "secure" the world's pharmaceutical supply chain management and sales [ingredients->facilities->finished] is another, slightly more abstruse demonstration of programmatic market power and failure as well as belligerance.

OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2021-2030, "Cotton"
NB. forecast subtext re: crude oil derivative *ester material substitutes

although in 2020 the decline in cotton prices led to a drop in acreage and production, particularly in Mali, a key producing country. Spinning mill consumption remains limited [P&E] throughout Sub-Saharan Africa and many countries export virtually all that they produce. However, the textile and apparel industry is growing in some countries, especially Ethiopia, as the region presents some attractive conditions for FDI, which has been significant in recent years. In the long run, this might change the net export condition of Sub-Saharan Africa.... in the coming decade, with the region's market share remaining at around 15% as in the base period; South and Southeast Asia are the major export destinations.
because the most grossly undervalued commodity trader in the third world--cooperative production, finance, manufacturing networks among ASEAN, BRI, BRICS+ members is already established.

Posted by: sln2002 | Jun 22 2022 13:06 utc | 107

"Better Cotton Initiative" (BCI)...
Posted by: MD | Jun 22 2022 12:32 utc | 103


Ironically making Xinjiang cotton a luxury good.

Posted by: too scents | Jun 22 2022 13:08 utc | 108

Posted by: wagelaborer | Jun 21 2022 18:57 utc | 20

Posted by: sln2002 | Jun 22 2022 13:11 utc | 109

securing the supply chain ahahahaha
AZER NEWS | Investment potential of Uzbekistan presented in the USA, 21 June COTTON

[US] American investors in the agricultural sector of Uzbekistan - CNH Industrial and John Deere, Trade Association National Cotton Council, Global Trade Alliance of America, United States Commercial Service, State Department and Diplomatic Corps, International Finance Corporation and World Bank.
At the beginning of the event, the competitive advantages of the textile industry of Uzbekistan, the features of the development of cluster production in agriculture and the mechanization of the cotton harvest were discussed in detail. Efforts were explained to create modern enterprises within the cluster system of Uzbekistan with the ability to ensure full transparency regarding labor practices and trace all stages of the production cycle - from growing cotton to its deep processing and production of finished products.

The participants also received information about the benefits and preferences provided in Uzbekistan for foreign investors, the existing potential in the field of processing cotton fiber, the production of value-added products, the needs of the internal and external markets of Uzbekistan.

the search for the weakest, "mostly muslim" link continues ....

Posted by: sln2002 | Jun 22 2022 13:42 utc | 110

Ironically making Xinjiang cotton a luxury good.
Posted by: too scents | Jun 22 2022 13:08 utc | 107

like linen, indeed, by comparison to oil-distallate "virgin" and "recycled" *esters milled "fibers" on yer back, butt, head, floor, insulation ... which until very recently secured the petrodollar

Posted by: sln2002 | Jun 22 2022 13:48 utc | 111

Posted by: MD | Jun 22 2022 12:58 utc | 105
Thank you for the link. Very telling piece.
The world is one big lie. How the truth is twisted to fit a narrative.
OT but relevant.
Genghis Khan... The old history writings (Persian) tell of a tall red haired, grey eyed (type of blue) man of the steppes, who would conquered cities sparing the lives of the Artisans and families as their craftmanship was needed to further his conquests. Blue eyes originated from the Caucasus, and predates Scandinavia, As the statues of Buddha show.
Yes.. how the world is one big lie.

Posted by: Heavymetal101 | Jun 22 2022 14:19 utc | 112

Followup to Cyril | Jun 22 2022 0:00 utc | 66:

Isn't that great. A ban on Xinjiang's cotton (for fake reasons) just when tampons are in short supply. I'm sure the women are delighted.

I'm sure the women will be delighted ... and will give their votes to Biden (not).

Posted by: Cyril | Jun 22 2022 0:09 utc | 69

Hmm. Tampons versus abortion rights.
Tampons versus abortion rights.
Most adult women need tampons on a regular basis.
Some women need abortions on an infrequent basis.
Few women have a moral objection to tampons.
A significant minority of women have a moral objection to abortion.
Somehow I don't see this matter playing to the Dims' advantage.

Posted by: malenkov | Jun 22 2022 14:22 utc | 113

It seems that USA achieved considerable success in reducing energy prices in USA, and to a degree, globally.

Last week three important prices changed dramatically:

1. Crude oil: 120+ --> 110-
2. American reference price of natural gas: 9 --> 6.7
3. EU reference price of natural gas: 27 --> 38

Natural gas is measured in a variety of ways, but 2. and 3. seem to be the same, up to the use of Euro or USD which are close enough.

Markets fluctuate, so what role of USG there can be? Without a wide net of intelligence agents poring over human intelligence and open sources, one can guess two things:

Oil: the schemes to reduce Russian export will fail because of strategic ineptitude -- sometimes it is better if your efforts fail.

Natural gas: one of the largest facilities to liquify natural gas was subjected to a fire which damaged one of four liquification lines, that caused a symmetric bumps in American prices (down) and EU (up). But in recognition of announcement that the repairs will take only a couple of weeks, prices returned to "normal" (which in case of both USA and EU is ca. 3 times larger than a year ago). But now it seems that the ENTIRE plan will be out till fall. Historically, when functioning of a critical hydrocarbon facility is highly inconvenient and fully under control, it experiences some damage that requires lengthy repairs, here, keeping lid on prices are needed at least till midterm elections in November.

The winter promises to be cold, outdoor in Russia and Belarus, indoor in the rest of Europe.

On another energy front, EU has coal electric power stations that can be relatively quickly restored to production, German government is particularly energetic in this direction. The Greens in charge of the respective ministry learned that it is wrong to consider everything in white and brown categories, Germany can reactivate mines of BROWN coal, which if you look at it, seems a bit greenish. At least if you put much effort. But this may be insufficient to maintain electricity production. Import is needed too... and luck has it, the largest exporter is friendly Australia.

In friendly Australia the rising coal prices caused electricity prices to go over 30c/kWh (paltry compared with Europe, I guess if these are Australian cents and if it the total price for consumers, i.e. complete with delivery and maintenance charges. To avoid that happening, there will be export controls.

Which brings another reason in the downward jump in oil price: the expectation of a recession. But utilizing recession as a vote getter will be tricky, even if inflation will abate.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Jun 22 2022 14:37 utc | 114

AP History Quiz | Political Protest, Reforms, And Revolution: Which of these best describes the consequences of the Red Turban Rebellion?

The Red Turban Rebellion took place in China in the mid-fourteenth century. It ended in victory for the rebels and the destruction of the Yuan dynasty. The Mongol Yuan were removed from power and the Ming dynasty took control of China for the next few centuries. This was an important moment in Chinese history because it returned control of the country to the ethnic [sic] Han Chinese.
"mandate from heaven": NB. "Han" is merely a name adopted by Liu Bang, following collapse of the Zhou (1046–256 BCE) and Qin (221–207 BCE) dynasties. "Han" signifies one (221–207 BCE) in a series of political--not genealocal--bureaucracies said to eliminate sundry kingdoms during the "Warring States" or "Autumn period" in China's antiquity.

Posted by: sln2002 | Jun 22 2022 14:48 utc | 115

@ juliania

you might find this interesting.. maybe you know it all, already... same author as last time... cheers james

The Great Russian Restoration X: A Purge in the Russian Orthodox Church

Posted by: james | Jun 22 2022 14:55 utc | 116

errata: 206 BCE–220 CE, for Romanizing orientalists

Creators of an Empreror: The Political Group behind the Founding of the Han Empire for everyone else

Posted by: sln2002 | Jun 22 2022 14:57 utc | 117

Runing under the radar thanks to Ukraine is China's very stout defense of its rights in the Taiwan Straits capped by this very strong Global Times editorial, "No way for US to engage in ‘non-innocent passage’ through Taiwan Straits", where it cites UNCLOS verbatim to prove its very solid position proving teh Outlaw US Empire is in violation every time it transits those waters.

After the Chinese Foreign Ministry emphasized the basic international legal fact that the Taiwan Straits are not "international waters," the US reacted fiercely, as if its tail had been trodden. For several days, it spoke out through various channels to distort China's position. A person familiar with the matter recently told Bloomberg that the US government has decided to reject China's "assertion."

Why has the US used disguised replacement of concepts and continued to confuse the international community on this issue? Because the US fears it may lose its excuses for its provocative behaviors in the Taiwan Straits.

It should be reiterated that there are no such concepts as "international waters" or "international watercourses" in international law, but the phrases are used only as military terms in military publications like the US Commander's Handbook on the Law of Naval Operations.

If we go over the 1982 edition of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), we would find there are no relevant rules and legal provisions on "international waters."

It is known to all that the US has never joined the UNCLOS, just to evade its obligations under international law and to dominate the oceans without any shackles.

Obviously, "international waters," "international waterways" as well as the "freedom of navigation" that the US has been talking about are the covers of its "navigational hegemony." China's explicit assertion of its legitimate rights over the Taiwan Straits has pulled off the US' fig leaf, which has kept the US from playing dirty. No wonder the US has been irritated because of the embarrassment.

What China has raised is not a new proposal. The Taiwan Straits range in width from about 70 nautical miles at its narrowest and 220 nautical miles (407 kilometers) at its widest. According to the UNCLOS and Chinese laws, the waters of the Taiwan Straits, extending from both shores toward the middle of the straits, are internal waters, territorial sea, contiguous zone and the exclusive economic zone. China has sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction over the Taiwan Straits. These are the legitimate claims endowed by the UNCLOS to any countries with such straits.

What needs to be emphasized here is that the second half of the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson's sentence was deliberately ignored by the US - the spokesperson says that China "respects the lawful rights of other countries in relevant waters." China has never claimed that ships of other countries should not sail through the Taiwan Straits. The point is the UNCLOS also stipulates that foreign ships and aircraft must respect the rights of coastal countries in their exclusive economic zones, and military intelligence-gathering activities cannot be carried out. When getting close to a country's territorial waters from the high seas, it is even not allowed to broadcast without prior permission. They should show basic respect for the sovereignty of other countries when passing through....

Some foreign media outlets said China's claims over the Taiwan Straits are inconsistent or even contradictory. This is not in line with the facts. China's position has never changed. According to the provisions of "Straits used for International Navigation" of Part III from the UNCLOS, "the regime of passage through straits used for international navigation shall not in other respects affect the legal status of the waters forming such straits or the exercise by the states bordering the straits of their sovereignty or jurisdiction over such waters and their air space, bed and subsoil." For example, the Malacca Strait is used for international navigation, and the waters in which it is located are also the territorial waters under the sovereignty of the states bordering the strait.

China has "sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction" over the Taiwan Straits, which is reasonable and completely follows the principle of legality and regulatory compliance. So it is impossible for China to compromise just because the Americans are not pleased. As the Chinese saying goes, when a friend comes, there is good wine, and when a jackal comes, there is a shotgun to greet it. Here is our advice to those foreign warships which want to make provocations in the Taiwan Straits: Look out!

I don't see how China can make it any clearer to the Outlaw US Empire--obey the fucking law!!! or "Look Out!" I fully expect to see China directly challenge the next USN ship that doesn't follow the law, for that also includes Chinese law as well as UNCLOS; and while the Empire can ignore UNCLOS because it never signed it, it cannot ignore Chinese law because it cannot claim ignorance as it's been told many times now just what it is. China has exhibited more than enough patience in this matter and has delivered what amounts to an ultimatum--behave or stay out; misbehave, and there'll be consequences.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 22 2022 15:42 utc | 118

Preventing the increase of living standards in Xinjiang is the goal of this law in order to continue the plot to disrupt China's stability along with the financing and strategizing with ethnic terrorists in the region by the CIA. China's various development strategies to increase trade with its Western neighbors threatens American global hegemony and is another reason for the American security state's pivot to focus its aggression on China.

Posted by: Wilikins | Jun 22 2022 16:03 utc | 119

A significant minority of women have a [VOCAL] objection to abortion.
Posted by: malenkov | Jun 22 2022 14:22 utc | 112

BUT a majority (US as in Europe) also want abortion to remain "legal" with Restrictions as to Reasons®, becaue they and teh patriarchy they serve never learned to keep their hands to themselves --whence Roe, Casey split decisions said to THREATEN HUMANITY AND the fine print legend of WORLDWIDE reproductive justice compiled by the Center for Reproductive Rights slide "rules-based" order that contradict so-called "authoritarian" states that do not restrict abortion.

FIFTH WAVE is a void.

Posted by: sln2002 | Jun 22 2022 16:16 utc | 120

History has some wonderful echoes...
Posted by: Patroklos | Jun 21 2022 22:10 utc | 55

That's no "echo". That's the applied science of European intellectual history, "values," and "habituality" d/b/a a culture of distinguished citizens civilizing barbarians right into the 21st century. Let's recap.
(a) Rome legio, conscription and settlement (colonus)
(b) Athens' metics and Sparta's helots
The path to citizenship isn't exactly paved with ahh fertility, but treasure and blood.

DOJ, Cold Case Files.: Lysias' rhetorical defense of metics in the Athenian Grain [a/k/a "corn" of "God"] scandal of 386 B.C

While most economic analysis of the effects of market power has focused on monopoly power (a single seller of a good) or cartels among sellers, there has always remained some degree of interest in monopsony power (a single buyer) or buying cartels. This interest has traditionally been confined to three different areas: "Company towns" where a single employer is the sole employer of labor; large retailers, such as A & P in the first half of the 20th century, where the retailer's purchases represent a sufficiently large share of the overall market that it has some power to dictate wholesale prices; and middlemen or wholesalers in agricultural markets, such as grain elevator operators, where geography or transportation costs limit the number of potential customers interested in large-scale commercial levels of output. In recent years, there has also been growing concern about the potential for monopsony power among large scale purchasers of health care services.
promoted in the Escobar news cycle
[Michael] Hudson is now working on a book about the collapse of antiquity*. His research led him to find Cicero, in "In Favor of [Manilius's Resolution]" (Pro Lege Manilia), writing about Pompeus'[Cnaeus Pompey|Pompei|Pompeius] military campaign in Asia [Minor, a/k/a Anatolia] and its effects on the provinces in a passage that perfectly applies* to the "forever war" in Afghanistan:

"Words cannot express, gentlemen, how bitterly hated we are among foreign nations because of the wanton and outrageous conduct of the men whom in recent years we have sent to govern them. For, in those countries, what temple do you suppose had been held sacred by our officers, what state inviolable, what home sufficiently guarded by its closed doors? Why, they look about for rich and flourishing cities that they may find an occasion for a war against them to satisfy their lust for plunder."

Posted by: sln2002 | Jun 22 2022 16:49 utc | 121

@MD | Jun 22 2022 12:58 utc | 105

Excellent report on the American CIA-funded, instigated, and directed Tiananmen protests!

I will add a few more interesting facts:

1. The so-called "Tiananmen Massacre" never happened. There were no killings inside Tiananmen Square. The often-quoted figure of 3,000 Chinese dead is FICTION.

2. Around 300 Chinese were killed OUTSIDE of Tiananmen Square. About half were actually Chinese soldiers (very similar to the attacks on Hong Kong police by their "protestors" recently).

3. This is one of the so-called "student leaders", judge for yourselves if she is either insane or on drugs as she gave this interview which is never played in the West (BTW, she later married an American businessman and is now living in the USA):

Posted by: Sam Smith | Jun 22 2022 16:50 utc | 122

The fact that this forced labor is admitted by the Constitution does not mean that it exists in all North American [sic] states.
Posted by: Leuk | Jun 21 2022 20:16 utc | 41

Excluding its "subcontinental" regions, formerly-known-as Central America har har to some defiant MoA geographers?

Don't know, Don't care, because prison labor is literally permitted in the United States--whose elected and appointed representative run about sanctimoniously sanctioning "human trafficking" and "unfree labor" across the ROW. The adoption of the US Consitution by all states and "overseas territories" is prerequisite condition of rights and privileges enforced by the federal government, including but not limited to swapping inmates and licensing UNICOR products.

Though UNICOR is typically restricted to selling to the Federal Government, the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2012 permitted UNICOR to work with select private companies. Aside from the federal prison industry, state-run prisons generate millions in profits, making prison labor an industry worth over $1 billion.

Posted by: sln2002 | Jun 22 2022 17:20 utc | 123

Sanctioning Xinjiang products?

This sounds like another repeat of Europe "sanctions" Russia to actually sanction themselves.

Most of the products that China ships to America are actually AMERICAN products - products made by American companies for American. The values and benefits of those manufacturing to the Chinese economy is diminishingly insignificant, and China may actually be happy to replace them with local products. Changing iPhone to Xiaomi, Boeing to C919, Qualcomm to Huawei.... Sounds perfectly good to China.

Posted by: d dan | Jun 22 2022 18:25 utc | 124

@Scorpion 36

It is much easier to understand the USA as a class system once you realize that the USA was instantiated by the oligarchs of the day, for the benefits of the oligarchs and has never changed, leaving the USA with an oligarch class who have all the power and all the wealth, and the rest of us who do not.. See my The USA is an Oligarchy as well as the cited Gilens M., Page B.I. (2014). Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens, Perspectives on Politics, Cambridge University Press, Volume 12, Issue 3 September 2014 , pp. 564-581 Retrieved 2018-12-10 Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens, Perspectives on Politics

PS Thanks for your prior kind words

Posted by: Hermit | Jun 23 2022 7:16 utc | 125

MD@105 & @104

Thank you very much for the details debunking the so-called cultish "Tiananmen Massacre", lie of the 20th century! Hope more and more people around the global will wake up to what a bunch of bold-faced liars BBC, CNN, NYT, WaP, der Spiegel & Co are!

Funny enough MSM never says anything the head of BCI is representing the direct competitors of Xinjiang cotton.


Thanks for the links! Do you know British Empire used the exact same excuse "freedom of navigation" to start its Suez Canal war in 1956?

Posted by: lulu | Jun 25 2022 14:50 utc | 126

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