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Twitter Under Elon Musk Must Be Stopped! Otherwise, Americans May See What The Left Has Done To Our Society | The Hodge Brothers

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See How It Works? They Use ‘Woke’ Actions To Get You To Take Your Eye Off The Ball | They Fire Kanye For ‘Anti-Semitic’ Remarks While All The While Using Slave Labor | “From Apple to Adidas: Brands Use Ethnic Minority Slave Labor in China” | Medium

Between 2017 and 2019, more than 80,000 Uyghurs were transferred to work in 27 manufacturing facilities that supply 83 global brands.

Since 2017, China has drawn the attention of international human rights activists about the massive and forced transfer of Uyghurs to so-called “re-education” camps. Uyghurs are a Turkic speaking Muslim minority who mainly live in Central Asia, in the Xinjiang region, a province in northwestern China home to several ethnic minorities. After “graduating” from the camps, they are sent to work in factories in different regions of the country in slavery-like conditions. Away from their families, with controlled mobility and without the right to practice their religion, the policy reinforces state control in the region and guarantees Chinese factories access to cheap labor.

From 2017 to 2019, the Australian Institute of Strategic Policies (ASPI) exposed the forced transfer of more than 80,000 Uyghurs to 27 manufacturing facilities that supply 83 global brands, including Adidas, Apple, Amazon, Gap, H&M, Microsoft, Nike, Sony, Victoria’s Secret and Zara. The institute’s report gathers information from the past three years collected from Chinese State media, official government notifications, analysis of satellite images, and academic research. It points to clear pieces of evidence of slave-like labor in such factories. The practices stipulated by the “re-education camps” violate international human rights, the Chinese constitution — which prohibits discrimination based on ethnicity and religious belief — and are called a “government-led cultural genocide” by experts.

The forced Uyghur migration has been taking place in China for at least twenty years. But the country only recognized the existence of such a system, and the camps, in 2018, as a response to international pressure. Still, the tone used by Chinese spokesmen to address the issue is positive. In essence, officials deny the use of Xinjiang’s workforce, and the Chinese media declares that participation in the programs is voluntary. However, Uyghurs who manage to escape this system report scenes of constant vigilance, fear, political indoctrination, torture, and privation.

From Apple to Adidas: Brands Use Ethnic Minority Slave Labor in China | Medium

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Oh My, How The ‘Woke’ Are Just Tools Of The Corporate Behemoths | “Shareholders challenging Apple on unions & alleged slave labor” | Apple Insider

Well in advance of the annual shareholders’ meeting, Apple investors have filed challenges that the board must address, such as the company’s stance on unions and human rights in China.

Trillium Asset Management filed a union proposal, asking Apple’s board to improve its oversight of how the company’s management has handled recent unionizing. Trillium also mentioned how employees had allegedly accused Apple of intimidation tactics to deter employees from organizing.

Advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services also plans to consider recommending against board members at companies that fail to act on shareholder proposals that have won majority support.

Another proposal, by activist group SumOfUs, calls for Apple to create a “phaseout transition plan” to stop the company’s supply chain from using labor from Uyghur forced labor programs. Apple had also been challenged on that topic in 2021.

Apple faces two other proposals that call on the board of directors to examine the company’s remote work policies on employee retention and competitiveness, according to the Financial Times.

In August, the UN published a report that accused China of “serious human rights violations” regarding Uyghurs and other Muslim ethnic minorities in Xinjiang. Apple told the SEC that there was “no evidence that any of its suppliers were located” in the Xinjiang region, home to the Uyghurs.

Apple isn’t fighting the union proposal but does plan to challenge the others because they involve internal business decisions that don’t pertain to outsiders.

Shareholders challenging Apple on unions & alleged slave labor | Apple Insider

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NTD News Today (Nov. 29, 2022): Protests Escalate in China’s Guangzhou; Former CCP Leader Jiang Zemin Dies at 96 | NTD

Riot police deployed in China’s Guangzhou as protests escalated while Western leaders urged Beijing to change its approach to COVID-19 and the protests.

Former Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leader Jiang Zemin died at age 96. Jiang is responsible for single-handedly starting the persecution of Falun Gong in China.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has warned Apple against removing Twitter from its App Store. He said that it would be a raw exercise of monopolistic power and such a move could merit a response from Congress. He also called out the tech giant for aiding the CCP.

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Bannon’s War Room | Episode 2339 | Morning Edition Hour 2 | Recorded November 29, 2022 | Video: 48 Minutes 58 Seconds

Episode 2339: The Greatest Threat For The CCP Are Christians; Brazil’s Streets Are Still Flooded With Patriots.

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Bannon’s War Room | Episode 2338 | Morning Edition Hour 1 | Recorded November 29, 2022 | Video: 48 Minutes 58 Seconds

Episode 2338: Breaking Down Voter Fraud; The Threats In Mohave County.

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Nightly News Rebroadcast | November 29, 2022 | Video: 26 Minutes 58 Seconds | NTD

A jury on Nov. 29 convicted Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes of seditious conspiracy in connection with the Jan. 6 Capitol breach. Communist China is engaged in a whole-of-nation approach to expand its military and topple the United States as leader of the international order, according to a new report released by the Pentagon.

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Bannon’s War Room | Episode 2337 | Evening Edition | Recorded November 29, 2022 | Video: 48 Minutes 58 Seconds

Episode 2337: The False Certification In Arizona; Is The US Government In Business With The Cartels.

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Bannon’s War Room | Episode 2336 | Morning Edition Hour 2 | Recorded November 29, 2022 | Video: 50 Minutes

Episode 2336: The US economy And The Dangers Of China.

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The Woke Decry American Slavery That Ended Over 150 Years Ago While Enjoying The Benefits Of Slave Labor In Place Today | “In China, Human Costs Are Built Into an iPad” | The New York Times

An explosion last May at a Foxconn factory in Chengdu, China, killed four people and injured 18. It built iPads.

An explosion last May at a Foxconn factory in Chengdu, China, killed four people and injured 18. It built iPads.

The explosion ripped through Building A5 on a Friday evening last May, an eruption of fire and noise that twisted metal pipes as if they were discarded straws.

When workers in the cafeteria ran outside, they saw black smoke pouring from shattered windows. It came from the area where employees polished thousands of iPad cases a day.

Two people were killed immediately, and over a dozen others hurt. As the injured were rushed into ambulances, one in particular stood out. His features had been smeared by the blast, scrubbed by heat and violence until a mat of red and black had replaced his mouth and nose.

“Are you Lai Xiaodong’s father?” a caller asked when the phone rang at Mr. Lai’s childhood home. Six months earlier, the 22-year-old had moved to Chengdu, in southwest China, to become one of the millions of human cogs powering the largest, fastest and most sophisticated manufacturing system on earth. That system has made it possible for Apple and hundreds of other companies to build devices almost as quickly as they can be dreamed up.

“He’s in trouble,” the caller told Mr. Lai’s father. “Get to the hospital as soon as possible.”

In the last decade, Apple has become one of the mightiest, richest and most successful companies in the world, in part by mastering global manufacturing. Apple and its high-technology peers — as well as dozens of other American industries — have achieved a pace of innovation nearly unmatched in modern history.

However, the workers assembling iPhones, iPads and other devices often labor in harsh conditions, according to employees inside those plants, worker advocates and documents published by companies themselves. Problems are as varied as onerous work environments and serious — sometimes deadly — safety problems.

Employees work excessive overtime, in some cases seven days a week, and live in crowded dorms. Some say they stand so long that their legs swell until they can hardly walk. Under-age workers have helped build Apple’s products, and the company’s suppliers have improperly disposed of hazardous waste and falsified records, according to company reports and advocacy groups that, within China, are often considered reliable, independent monitors.

More troubling, the groups say, is some suppliers’ disregard for workers’ health. Two years ago, 137 workers at an Apple supplier in eastern China were injured after they were ordered to use a poisonous chemical to clean iPhone screens. Within seven months last year, two explosions at iPad factories, including in Chengdu, killed four people and injured 77. Before those blasts, Apple had been alerted to hazardous conditions inside the Chengdu plant, according to a Chinese group that published that warning.

“If Apple was warned, and didn’t act, that’s reprehensible,” said Nicholas Ashford, a former chairman of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health, a group that advises the United States Labor Department. “But what’s morally repugnant in one country is accepted business practices in another, and companies take advantage of that.” . . .

“We’ve known about labor abuses in some factories for four years, and they’re still going on,” said one former Apple executive who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity because of confidentiality agreements. “Why? Because the system works for us. Suppliers would change everything tomorrow if Apple told them they didn’t have another choice.”

“If half of iPhones were malfunctioning, do you think Apple would let it go on for four years?” the executive asked. . . .

 In China, Human Costs Are Built Into an iPad | The New York Times

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