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WaPo Columnists receive backlash for comparing ‘Trump’s democracy denial’ to ‘Holocaust denial’



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Deborah E. Lipstadt, a Holocaust historian, and Norman Eisen, a child of a Holocaust survivor, wrote a joint op-ed in the Washington Post last Wednesday equating President Donald Trump’s claims that the 2020 election “was stolen” to Holocaust denial.

The two columnists wrote that “As students of history, we do not make this comparison lightly: No lie could be as bad as denying the reality of a genocide. But democracy denial is bad enough.”

The President’s “democracy denial,” they added, has “an unmistakable racial tinge” because his claims focus on “particular cities with large Black populations — Philadelphia, Detroit, Milwaukee, Atlanta.”

Nathan Lewin, a criminal defense attorney who has taught at Georgetown, Harvard, University of Chicago, George Washington University and Columbia law, criticized Lipstadt and Eisen’s piece in Israel’s Arutz Sheva Tuesday as both “reprehensible and revolting.”

In his op-ed, Lewin, who is Jewish and is open about his admiration for Trump for his continued success in creating Middle East peace, but is also “appalled by his extravagant narcissism and capriciousness,” writes that Lipstadt is renowned for standing up to Holocaust deniers, pointing to when she was sued in England 20-years ago and won her case against a Holocaust denier.

Eisen, Lewin also recognizes, for his expertise in legal ethics and his background as the son of an Auschwitz survivor. Lewin also points to the fact that Eisen was former President Barack Obama’s classmate in law school and later served in his administration as U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic.

“Touting their Jewish credentials and Holocaust expertise and experience, Lipstadt and Eisen opine that contesting the results of the presidential election parallels Holocaust denial,” Lewin writes.

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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.


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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