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Boston Celtics Player Enes Kanter Receives Praise as He Doubles Down on Criticism of China

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President Joe Biden and his administration have been painfully weak in standing up to the world’s bullies such as China and Middle East aggressors. However, professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics, Enes Kanter, has not; the center is being praised for his willingness to publicly stand against human rights abusers.

Last week Kanter criticized the Chinese government and President Xi Jinping, calling him a “brutal dictator” over the abuses against Uyghurs in Tibet. In a video posted to his personal Twitter account he lamented, “Under the Chinese government’s brutal rule, Tibetan people’s basic rights and freedoms are non-existent. They are not allowed to study and learn their languages and culture freely. They are not allowed to travel freely. They are not allowed to access information freely. The Tibetan people are not even allowed to worship freely.”

As punishment, a Chinese internet giant Tencent suspended the broadcast of Thursday’s game as well as all upcoming Boston Celtics games. National Review reports, “Multinational companies such as Nike, which rely on the Chinese market to sustain their rapid growth, have largely ignored Beijing’s egregious human rights abuses in Tibet, Hong Kong, and Xinjiang, where much of the country’s oppressed Uighur Muslim minorities reside.”

The aggressive move by China did not stop Kanter, it only strengthened him. His latest video doubled down on China and added references to Middle Eastern countries. “Right now as I speak this message, torture, rape, forced abortions, sterilizations, family separations, arbitrary detentions, concentration camps, political reeducation, forced labor … this is all happening right now to more than 1.8 million Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region in northwestern China.”

“The Chinese government has been taking sweeping measures to crackdown on the Uyghur people simply because they embrace their own religion, their own culture, language, history and identity,” he continued.

“The Uyghur region has become an open-air prison and surveillance state where freedoms are non-existent for the Uyghur people. The Chinese government has sent Uyghurs along with Kazaks, Tajiks and other Muslims groups to concentration camps for simply applying for a passport, for texting someone overseas or for believing in anything that does not align with the Chinese Communist Party’s agenda.”

Kanter has received praise from figures such as Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton who tweeted the athlete’s video along with the caption “Enes has courage. And he speaks the truth.” Joe Pompliano tweeted “when you are willing to risk your multi-million-dollar career for the betterment of individuals you don’t even know, that’s courage. Great job @EnesKanter.”

Speaking to leaders in Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Pakistan, UAE, and Iran, Kanter’s video continued, “it’s shameful and sad how you have decided to prioritize money and business with China over human rights…You call yourself Muslims, but you are just using that for show. You simply do not care about people.”

Concluding his message he said, “Heartless dictator of China, Xi Jinping, and the Communist Party of China, I’m calling you out right now in front of the whole world. Close down the slave labor camps and free the Uyghur people. Stop the genocide now.”

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  1. Ed

    October 25, 2021 at 2:07 pm

    Wow finally a basketball player with guts💪👏

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China Ready to Meet With Biden Amid Growing Tensions

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As tensions are on the rise between the United States and China, President Biden could have a virtual meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping as soon as next week to discuss cooperation, though a date has not been scheduled, according to Fox News

As reported by CNBC, “’ Right now, China-U.S. relations are at a critical historical juncture. Both countries will gain from cooperation and lose from confrontation. Cooperation is the only right choice,’ Xi wrote in a letter read aloud by Chinese ambassador Qin Gang at the New York-based National Committee on U.S.-China Relations’ annual gala.’ Xi continued, ‘Following the principles of mutual respect, peaceful coexistence and win-win cooperation, China stands ready to work with the United States to enhance exchanges and cooperation across the board.’”

President Biden spoke with Xi in September as part of his effort to “manage the competition” between the U.S. and China. Biden emphasized the United States’ “enduring interest in peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific and the world and the two leaders discussed the responsibility of both nations to ensure competition does not veer into conflict,” according to a White House report of the conversation. 

This report comes as the relationship between the United States and China remains strained due to tensions with trade, coronavirus, allegations of genocide, and military build-up.

On Monday, CBS News reported images of U.S. ships being used for target practice by the People’s Liberation Army. “Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said at a daily briefing Monday that he had no information about the images, saying ‘I’m not aware of the situation you mentioned.’” 

This month, the Pentagon reported that China has been rapidly increasing its nuclear capabilities that appear “designed to enable Beijing to match or surpass U.S. global power by midcentury.” According to U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley, “We are witnessing one of the largest shifts in global geostrategic power that the world has witnessed.”  

Additionally, China has been reportedly expanding its military flights near Taiwan, “a self-governing island republic claimed by Beijing and which it threatens to annex by force.” Taiwan receives weapons from the U.S. to defend itself against threats. While the U.S. Navy’s presence in the South China Sea remains dominant, China has been increasing the number of vessels in its navy and coast guard in the region. 

Since President Biden’s last meeting with President Xi Jinping, many more pressing issues have been placed on the table that are of serious concern regarding U.S.-China relations.

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Harris Becomes the Court Jester in Paris

The VP was mocked for appearing to use French accent during Paris visit

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Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris took to speaking in a fake French accent while in the company of the French at the Pasteur Institute in Paris on Tuesday. Discussing “ze plan,” Harris received an awkward chuckle from her audience. Maybe Harris thought she was being relatable, or funny, but is donning a phony accent to the people who speak it really appropriate? The Spectator writes, “The vice president of the United States should surely be held to a higher standard.” 

According to The Spectator, “the French were already mystified as to what Harris is doing in Paris. The Washington Examiner’s intrepid Katherine Doyle, who spoke to a taxi driver and a restaurant worker for her story on the reaction to the visit, reports that Paris is perplexed.” Possibly even more so now with her attempt to mock their accent. One must wonder if the “woke” crowd will hold her accountable for what many consider to be cultural appropriation. 

Harris is visiting Paris during a time when relations have reached “a historic low” after France’s plans to sell submarines to the Australian navy were ruined by a submarine deal between the United States and Britain, according to U.S. News. “President Joe Biden told French President Emmanuel Macron the U.S. had been ‘clumsy’ in its handling of the issue,” a word that seems frequently used in the last year regarding the actions of the Biden administration. 

Harris will deliver a speech on Thursday at the annual Paris Peace Forum and take part in the Paris Conference on Libya on Friday. Hopefully, she does not attempt to imitate anyone else’s accent and manage to embarrass the United States even more. 

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