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GOP: China Has Infiltrated US Higher Education To Impede Coronavirus Research

Congressional Republicans claim China is spreading communist propaganda through US universities.

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Congressional Republicans are accusing China of attempting to hinder US coronavirus research by infiltrating US universities and spreading communist propaganda.

Reuters reports that ranking GOP members across seven House committees have delivered a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos that warns Beijing is indoctrinating American students.

The letter was signed by Congressman Jim Jordan, the ranking Republican on the House Oversight committee, as well as by members on the Homeland Security, Science, Armed Services, Education and Intelligence and Foreign Affairs committees.

The letter requests that DeVos provide more information pertaining to the allegations against China, including all documents related to schools that have accepted funds from China, as well as details of any investigations into colleges and education officials who may have accepted “gifts” from the communist state.

“We write to seek a better understanding of the Department’s efforts to address unreported foreign direct investment into the U.S. higher education system,” the letter reads.

“We have been concerned about the potential for the Chinese government to use its strategic investments to turn American college campuses into indoctrination platforms for American students,” the congressmen further write.

“China has strategically invested in U.S. academia to attempt to steal confidential information and technology from U.S. companies, and even the U.S. government,” the lawmakers state in the letter, pointing to a 2018 report from the Hoover Institution identifying upwards of 110 Confucius Institutes operating on American colleges to facilitate China’s espionage and theft of intellectual property.

They add that “Besides China peddling money for influence in U.S. institutions of higher education (IHE), China is restricting any research regarding the origins of COVID-19 that does not comport with CCP propaganda.”

These actions “bring into question whether U.S. [institutes of higher education] receiving federal taxpayer dollars should be allowed to accept funds from China, the CCP, or other affiliated organizations,” the letter concludes.

Commenting on the letter, Rep. Jim Jordan said “We cannot allow a dangerous communist regime to buy access to our institutions of higher education, plain and simple.”

“The Chinese Communist Party’s cover-up of the early outbreak of the coronavirus immeasurably worsened this disease’s impact on the United States and the world.” Jordan urged, adding that “We owe it to the American people to hold China accountable and to prevent them from doing further harm to our country.”

The suspicions of Chinese infiltration of US higher education pre-dates the coronavirus crisis, with the Department of Education instigating an investigation into several universities last year to determine if they had failed to disclose foreign funding.

In February, the department announced it has uncovered $6.5 billion so far in undisclosed foreign funding from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, China and Russia. The investigation has since been expanded to include Harvard and Yale.

The FBI has previously issued warnings regarding China investing in American higher education to steal sensitive information, primarily via access through federal grants.

In January, the Department of Justice also arrested a professor at Harvard, as well as two Chinese nationals for reportedly acting as foreign agents.

Last year President Donald Trump signed the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act which proposed an ultimatum to universities receiving financial assistance from the Pentagon: close the Chinese propaganda center on campus or lose funding. Since that time, at least 49 schools have closed their Confucius Institute, according to Human Rights Watch.

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China Uses Presidential Debate To Attack America, Promote Global Authoritarianism

“America has no choice but to come to some kind of way to live peacefully with China”

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Chinese state media once again attacked diversity of opinion in the US to promote the Communist state’s brand of global authoritarianism, this time reviewing the Presidential debate between Trump and Biden, and noting that Americans must be “disappointed.”

Suddenly appearing to become television critics, China’s Global Times on Wednesday described the debate as “full of personal attacks and disruptions which jeopardized the audience’s viewing experience”.

The State run outlet described the debate as “epitome of U.S. chaos,” and a “representation of the sharp division within U.S. society.”

The piece also covered “racial issues”, suggesting that they “are triggered by the fundamental divergences over US values and where the US heads within its society.”

“Such divergences are implacable. What is worse, the US leadership is intensifying the divergences, making conflicts between different races more difficult to resolve,” the article proclaimed.

Given the communist Chinese government’s fondness of internment camps for Uyghur Muslims, using them as forced slave labor based on their ethnicity, which was even mentioned in the article, it is hardly in a position to lecture America about “racial issues”.

Another state publication, The People’s Daily, got in on the act, lamenting on how bad it feels for Americans because their politicians won’t make nice with communist China.

“The US can neither achieve lasting unity by “making” foreign enemies at the expense of America’s own interests nor deceive the public for a long time by playing a dangerous game of misleading the world about its relationship with China, as truth will come to light sooner or later,” the article proclaimed.

“It should be noted that the extreme words and deeds of the US for grabbing attention and gaining private profits will harm the country’s future,” the piece also threatened.

It also claimed that America’s “political shows to deflect attention and shift the blame to other countries are not conducive to solving the increasingly serious systemic crises inside the US,” adding that “Instead, such practices have caused damage to international relations that should not be overlooked.”

The piece concluded that “short-sighted political calculations are doomed to do more harm that good to the U.S.,” further claiming that “America has no choice but to come to some kind of way to live peacefully with China.”

Commentator Gordon G. Chang noted that diversity of opinion and heated debate is actually the cornerstone of a free country, something that the Chinese government knows all too well, and therefore has almost completely eradicated:

Others joined in analysing the ridiculous claim that America’s political system is inferior to China’s:

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Videos: Madrid Explodes As Police Violently Crackdown On Anti-Lockdown Protesters

Over a million residents of Spanish capital are now living under curfew

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Anti-lockdown protesters in Madrid were met with violence at the hands of police this past weekend, after the local government enacted restrictions in more areas of the capital city.

Restrictions on movement, gatherings of more than six people, and 10pm curfews have been mandated, mostly targeting poorer neighbourhoods where, it is argued, sanitary conditions are worse.

In affected areas, residents are allowed to leave their homes only for work, medical or educational purposes and must carry papers proving that they have been granted permission to do so by the government.

Over a million residents of Madrid are now living under such lockdown conditions, with police having support from the Spanish army in scores of districts.

The political situation in Madrid is somewhat complex.

Many protesters in the locked down low income areas are angry with the conservative regional government, with those more on the left (some extremely leftist) adamant that the localized government lockdown represents class-based discrimination.

Meanwhile other centrist and conservative protesters are just generally against the stripping away of basic freedoms by the central Spanish government, no matter where it is focused.

Footage revealed the chaos after police stormed protesters this past weekend:

Health advisors from the leftist central government are pushing the local conservative government in Madrid to impose the restrictions on the entire inner city, which would restrict close to 3.5 million people.

So far, however, the conservative regional leader Isabel Diaz Ayuso has resisted a second total lockdown, saying that the economic impact would be too devastating.

“We’re destroying ourselves … I don’t know how many companies continue to lose jobs and opportunities every single day,” Ayuso told reporters Sunday.

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Psychiatrist: Julian Assange Is ‘Preparing To Kill Himself In Prison’

Professor of neuropsychiatry testifies that Wikileaks founder is suffering from deep depression and auditory hallucinations

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A disturbing testimony from a psychiatrist outlines that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is in such a bad state in prison that he should be considered at ‘high risk’ of suicide.

The Daily Mail reports that Professor Michael Kopelman testified during an extradition hearing in London that Assange has “begun making preparations to end his own life including confessing to a Catholic priest, drafting farewell letters to his family and drafting a will.”

Kopelman, emeritus professor of neuropsychiatry at King’s College London, also said that Assange told him he experienced hearing voices in his head saying “we’re coming to get you.”

“He reported auditory hallucinations, which were voices either inside or outside his head, somatic hallucinations, funny bodily experiences, these have now disappeared,” Kopelman said.

“He also has a long history of musical hallucinations, which is maybe a separate phenomenon, that got worse when he was in prison,” the psychiatrist added.

“The voices are things like, “you are dust, you are dead, we are coming to get you”. They are derogatory and persecutory,” he continued, adding “They seem to have diminished. Subsequently the musical hallucinations have also reduced, and the somatic hallucinations have disappeared.”

Kopelman even noted that Assange “reported a near-death experience and wondered if the CIA would find a way to get him or mess with his head” noting that this “may or may not” be paranoia.

Kopelman warned that “The risk of suicide arises out of clinical factors…but it is the imminence of extradition and or an actual extradition that would trigger the attempt, in my opinion.”

Assange is languishing in Belmarsh, a notoriously horrid maximum security prison housing murderers and terrorists. For much of the time since being arrested on leaving the Ecuadorian embassy, Assange has been kept in solitary confinement. He is also heavily medicated.

The wikileaks founder faces extradition to the US, where he would be charged with an 18-count indictment related to hacking computers and conspiracy to obtain and disclose national defence information.

Professor Kopelman also noted during the hearing that Assange has been depressed “certainly throughout the time I’ve been seeing him.”

“It’s fluctuated a bit, his appetite has fluctuated, he’s had persistent problems with sleep and his mood state is worst in the early hours of the morning and that’s stayed consistent,” Kopelman added.

“Mr Assange was very reluctant to talk about his suicidal ideas and plans because he feared he would be put on constant watch or isolation,” the psychiatrist further explained.

The report notes that the QC for the US government argued that Assange is ‘exaggerating’ his psychiatric symptoms and ‘self reporting’ suicidal ideas, and that Kopelman is an ‘advocate’.

“I’m a psychiatrist, you’re a lawyer. I make my diagnoses on my criteria,” the professor is said to have replied.

Assange’s QC reportedly read out a list of multiple times, at least ten, that Assange had requested the Samaritans suicide prevention helpline number between August and November 2019.

Assange has been in the prison since April of last year:

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