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Ukraine: Zelenskyy implores Biden before Congress to be a leader as Russia advances

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In a virtual address before Congress Wednesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on the U.S. to ramp up its aid to Ukraine and implored President Biden to be a leader.

“Right now, the destiny of our country is being decided, the destiny of our people,” said Zelenskyy more than three weeks into his nation’s battle against an invading Russian military.

He received standing ovation from Congress when he began his speech from an undisclosed location in Kyiv, adding, “whether Ukrainians will be free, whether they will be able to save their democracy.”

 

The heroic Ukrainian president referenced the September 11 attacks and Pearl Harbor. He  told members of Congress that his nation and the world must fight back against tyranny..

Then in English at the end of his speech, he delivered a message directly to President Joe Biden directly: “President Biden, you are the leader of your great nation. I wish you to be the leader of the world. Being the leader of the world means to be the leader of peace.”

He added, “I call on you to do more.”

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  1. Lynn

    March 17, 2022 at 9:38 am

    O’Biden is very cognitively impaired so Zelensky is whistling into the wind with such comments.

  2. Lucinda

    March 22, 2022 at 12:07 pm

    Sara, all is not what it seems, what we are being told. Zelensky shutting out political opponents, embracing Nazis into his party, and more. Heard about this recently and last night on Tucker Carlson. Sara, we trust you. Please get to the bottom of this. Thank you!

  3. Валерий Барышев

    April 26, 2022 at 1:33 am

    Президент воюющей за свою свободу и независимость Украины Зеленский не вправе требовать от США “закрыть небо над Украиной”, то есть вступить в боевые отношения с не признающим элементарные человеческие нормы и принципы бандитским режимом Путина. Но абсолютно правильная взвешенная позиция администрации президента США Байдена не должна быть причиной потери времени в предоставлении необходимого Украине тяжёлого вооружения. Иначе осваивать его будет некому.

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REPORT: China has vast network of covert police stations around the world

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China has a vast network of covert police stations abroad, according to a recent report by Safeguard Defenders, an NGO that focuses on human rights violations in China and other Asian countries. These police stations serve consular functions, but are also used by China to crack down on what the CCP deems “illegal” activity of Chinese nationals abroad. The police stations include at least 38 run by the Fuzhou City police, and 22 run by the Qingtian City police. Cities housing these police stations include New York, Toronto (which has three stations), London (two), Paris (three), Buenos Aires, Rio De Janeiro, and Tokyo.

Key findings of the report are below.

“Persuaded to return”

According to China, China has “persuaded to return [to China]” 230,000 Chinese nationals living aboard from April 2021 to July 2022 alone to face charges of fraud and telecommunications fraud. A Yangxia police station set up in Mozambique, for example, persuaded a Chinese national to return to China after being accused of stealing money from his employer. Chinese authorities also put pressure on the accused family to convince the accused to surrender.

Roughly 54,000 Chinese nationals were persuaded to return from northern Myanmar alone, in the first nine months of 2021. In July 2022, the government of Wenchang City warned that its citizens living in northern Myanmar must check in with their local police stations or face multiple penalties including blocking their children from attending urban schools back in China. Similarly, in February 2022, the government of Liayang City stated that Chinese “illegally staying” in northern Myanmar must return or the bank accounts of their immediate family members could be frozen.

The Nine Forbidden Countries

China has claimed that nine countries contain serious levels of fraud and telecom fraud perpetrated by Chinese nationals. Since November 2021, China has declared that Chinese citizens living in these nine countries must return to China immediately unless they have an “emergency reason” or a “strict necessity” to travel or stay in those countries. Those countries are: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, the UAE, and Turkey. However, the report questions whether these countries are truly awash in such fraud, as most of China’s oversees police stations are in the West, and only one of the nine countries (Cambodia) has such a police station. Chinese staying in the nine forbidden countries, as well as threats to family members as stated above, creates a “guilt-by-association” atmosphere intended to repatriate the Chinese nationals.

Conclusion

According to the report, Chinese police stations abroad serve to bypass “bilateral extradition treaties or other mechanisms of judicial cooperation” to cooperate with CCP-linked NGOs which effectively “[sets] up an alternative policing and judicial system within third countries.” Instead of using international judicial cooperation, which establishes due process, the presumption of innocence, and the right to a fair trial, China uses the above “persuade-to-return” methods and transnational police stations to circumvent international law and coerce Chinese nationals to return to China for trials. These policies show the power of China’s long-arm oppression over its own subjects.

You can follow Steve Postal on Twitter @HebraicMosaic

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