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.”
Ted Cruz: Ukraine Aid Is In America’s Best Interests
Last week, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) gave a speech in favor of a bill sending another $40 billion in aid to Ukraine to help the country defend itself against the Russian invasion, arguing that the bill was in the United States’ best interests.
“I emphatically agree that President Biden and congressional Democrats have failed on the issues here at home that Texans and Americans rightly care about and we should fix,” Cruz began. “Right now we have a raging border crisis that President Biden won’t do a thing about, with skyrocketing inflation, with gas prices at record highs. We have a baby formula shortage that has left parents all over the country scrambling to try to feed their babies.”
“These are real problems that the Democrats caused and now refuse to even try to fix, and in multiple instances such as gas prices, these are problems that Democrats have deliberately made worse, inflicting pain on millions of Americans,” Cruz continued. “All of that can be true at home, and it doesn’t mean the world has suddenly become safe and that our enemies do not mean us harm.”
“At the same time we need to secure our border and address the domestic crises, we also need to confront the very real threat posed by Russia and by China,” he added. “We can’t let the fact that Biden and the Democrats have created massive domestic and economic failures cause us to ignore threats to U.S. national security posed directly by Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.”
Cruz concluded by saying the “reason we should support our Ukrainian allies is because it protects American national security, it keeps America safer, and it prevents our enemies from getting stronger, from threatening the safety and security of Americans, and from driving up the cost, the economic damage, to Americans.”
A press release from Cruz’s office summarized his argument, saying, “The bill includes almost $9 billion to replenish U.S. stockpiles, which have become dangerously depleted, directly endangering the national security of the United States and our allies.”
“Putin is trying to seize control of energy. If he’s successful, it will be felt by Americans filling up their cars with gas or trying to heat their homes in the winter,” the press release adds. “If Putin wins in Ukraine, it will confirm for Xi that he can confidently invade Taiwan, seizing control of the global supply of semiconductors. The results would be catastrophic for U.S. supply chains and the price of each and every product Americans purchase.”
The press release additionally notes that if “China were to conquer Taiwan, it would give the Chinese Communist Party a stranglehold on the global supply of semiconductors. It is simply impossible to overstate the utter catastrophe that would impose on Americans. Overnight, it would be impossible to acquire or repair everything we rely on in modern life.”
Biden Admin Announces Eased Restrictions On Cuba
On Monday, the Biden administration announced that it is easing restrictions on Cuba in order to help support the Cuban people.
“The Cuban people are confronting an unprecedented humanitarian crisis — and our policy will continue to focus on empowering the Cuban people to help them create a future free from repression and economic suffering,” the State Department said.
The Biden administration’s changes include reduced restrictions on travel, along with removing “the current limit on family remittances of $1,000 per quarter per sender-receiver pair and will authorize donative (i.e., non-family) remittances, which will support independent Cuban entrepreneurs.”
The move received backlash as many argued that reduced restrictions on Cuba will only benefit the Cuban dictatorship. According to Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, the decision marks another policy failure by President Biden.
“Biden’s plan to prop up the Cuban dictatorship represents yet another failure when it comes to standing for freedom in our hemisphere,” DeSantis wrote on Twitter.
“Money from ‘tourism’ will go into the pockets of the Cuban regime – and will help fortify the government against those seeking freedom in Cuba,” he added.
Biden's plan to prop up the Cuban dictatorship represents yet another failure when it comes to standing for freedom in our hemisphere.
Money from "tourism" will go into the pockets of the Cuban regime – and will help fortify the government against those seeking freedom in Cuba.
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) May 17, 2022
The news comes a week after DeSantis announced that November 7 will now be Victims of Communism Day in Florida.
“Today, I established November 7th as Victims of Communism Day to honor those who have suffered under communism and remind people of the destruction communism has caused worldwide, including a death toll exceeding 100 million,” DeSantis wrote on Twitter. “In Florida, we will tell the truth about communism.”
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