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Tesla to Provide Three Months Pay for Ukrainians Called Home to Fight in War

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On Monday, Tesla sent an email to its employees in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region saying their salaries would be paid if they were asked to go back to Ukraine and defend their country.

The email was sent from Tesla’s director of Northern Europe on behalf of the company’s HR director and senior director of the EMEA region. Tesla employees asked to return to their native home will receive pay for at least three months, according to the email.

It wasn’t clear if the opportunity was extended to employees beyond that region. Tesla will reassess the situation of the Russia-Ukraine war after paying its employees for three months. Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky called reservists to come fight for Ukraine in February, just before the invasion began.

The same email also praised Tesla employees for helping SpaceX which is also led by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, to bring the Starlink satellite internet service into Ukraine. “Tesla employees used inverters and charging cables that were donated by Tesla’s certified installers in the area to assemble the Starlink-and-Powerwall systems” reported CNBC.

Additionally, “they also fashioned AC cables from scrap at Tesla’s new factory being built outside of Berlin to help power Starlink equipment.”

 

 

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  1. Joyce Nall

    March 11, 2022 at 9:26 am

    All Nato countries and all countries with a backbone should help the tiny country of Ukraine. No one should idly stand by and let a big bully beat up and destroy another! This is so absurd that there isn’t much help than can STOP this brutal man from doing this! Every one let Putin KNOW there IS a bounty on his head. No human should allow a bully to kill innocent women, men and children. It isn’t justified in any way, sake or form. One should understand, he will come after YOU next, because you have no backbone to say THIS is wrong. It’s not the right thing to allow it to happen.

  2. Joyce Tabor

    March 13, 2022 at 9:21 am

    Why doesn’t he provide for American veterans and their families too??? Maybe help us all with these horrendous gas prices – he has plenty of money.

  3. Robert "Bob" Beck

    March 13, 2022 at 5:22 pm

    Bless you Elon!!!! What a great thing to think of and do! You are role model demonstrating that you can be successful and become wealthy AND be compassionate! God Bless You!!!

  4. Edith

    March 13, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    Good since he didn’t pay any taxes

  5. Stephane

    March 14, 2022 at 5:05 am

    As usual, Musk demonstrate his heart.
    And shows the DEMON RATS their heartlessness!

  6. Frances Dotton

    March 14, 2022 at 4:57 pm

    Now that is an action that is not only helpful, but caring and will always be remembered by grateful employees. It also helps the war effort. Tesla has made a dent in unity.

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REPORT: China uses psychiatric institutions to suppress dissent

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China has a vast network of psychiatric institutions that it uses to suppress dissent, according to a recent report by Safeguard Defenders, an NGO that focuses on human rights violations in China and other Asian countries. The report compiled data found on 99 victims involved in 144 instances on involuntary hospitalizations in 109 institutions from 2015 through 2021. Of the 99 victims in the report, 80 were petitioners [i.e., those who file complaints against officials] and 14 were activists.

But this is hardly a new phenomenon. “China’s regime has been torturing, maiming, and killing dissidents and others in psychiatric facilities for seven decades,” said Gordon G. Chang, author of The Coming Collapse of China and The Great U.S.-China Tech War. “The only way to end the horrific abuse is to end the rule of the Communist Party.”

The report detailed especially harsh treatments, which include: forced medication (in 77 percent of cases), physical restraints on the bed (60 percent), beatings by staff or other patients (25 percent) and electroshock therapy (14 percent). Otherwise normally healthy people were given anti-psychotic and psychotropic medications, causing severe side effects like memory loss, insomnia and tremors. Electroshock therapy was often administered to the victims as they were fully conscious, rather than under anesthesia in small doses as would be clinically appropriate for certain patients.  According to the report, “[Electroshock therapy] without anesthesia is not only unimaginably painful and frightening for the patient but carries serious side effects, including the risk of bone fractures, joint dislocation, muscle tears, disruption of the heart beat and lung damage.”

Family and friends are often used as weapons against the victims. They were not permitted to call or visit the victims in 76 percent of cases, which essentially makes these cases “enforced disappearances.” 11 percent of cases were committed with the assistance of family (either voluntarily or coerced by authorities). Family and friends who petition for the victim’s release are often faced with persecution, and involuntarily commitment themselves.

The peak of psychiatric detentions occurred from 2015 through 2016, which was around the same time as China’s “709 Crackdown” where the government persecuted hundreds of human rights lawyers.

Some of the detentions are rather draconian. As a petitioner who called for local authorities to investigate a robbery in his house, Zeng Jiping was detained for almost two years. For “live tweeting herself splashing paint over a portrait of Xi Jinping,” Dong Yaoqiong received 1 year, 4 months detention. Twenty-nine out of the 99 victims in the report were hospitalized more than once. In two-thirds of cases where data was known, the authorities did not perform a psychiatric evaluation, in direct violation of China’s Mental Health Law.

The report also gives the example of Andy Li, a member of the “Hong Kong 12” pro-democracy protestors, as falling victim to involuntary detention in Hong Kong’ Siu Lam Psychiatric Center in 2021. The report noted that, as Li’s family didn’t know about his detention, “Li’s cases appears to be a worrying sign that the political abuse of psychiatry practiced on the mainland is now being exported into Hong Kong…”

Those who are finally released from their involuntary committals face lasting physical and phycological pain, and stigma within their communities. People seeking damages for their treatment are often faced with doctors and attorneys who do not want to assist them for fear of retaliation from the government.

Conclusion

According to the report, China is using “peace and health asylums” and other healthcare institutions to “punish and remove activists and petitioners from society without the trouble of going through a trial.” While the report details various Chinese laws that are supposed to protect citizens from such involuntary hospitalizations, in reality Chinese authorities do not abide by these laws and the citizens are not protected. The policy of involuntary hospitalizations show the extent to which the Chinese Communist Party will go to suppress dissent.

You can follow Steve Postal on Twitter @HebraicMosaic

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