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    (CNN)Roberta Metsola had double reason last Tuesday to celebrate -- marking both her 43rd birthday and becoming the youngest ever president of the European Union's Parliament. She is also the first woman in 20 years to have the job.But at the first news conference following her victory, Metsola immediately faced questions around her stance on abortion rights.Claire PiersonMetsola is a member of the center-right European People's party and is anti-abortion. She comes from Malta, which has the strictest abortion laws in Europe, criminalizing abortion under any circumstances. Malta is also the only EU member with a total ban. Indeed, Metsola voted against the 2021 EU Parliament Matic Resolution which declared abortion to be a human right, on the basis that Malta should have the right to legislate for itself on abortion.And in 2020, she voted against an EU resolution on Covid-19 which describes denial of abortion as a form of violence against women. In 2015 Metsola also signed a statement with other Maltese MEP's that stated they were "categorically against abortion."That said, Metsola was clear during her first news conference...
    OSLO, Norway (AP) — A Taliban delegation led by acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi on Sunday started three days of talks with Western government officials and Afghan civil society representatives in Oslo amid a deteriorating humanitarian situation in Afghanistan. The closed-door meetings are taking place at a hotel in the snow-capped mountains above the Norwegian capital, Oslo, and the first day will see Taliban representatives meeting with women’s rights activists and human rights defenders from Afghanistan and from the Afghan diaspora. Before the talks, the Taliban’s deputy minister of culture and information tweeted a voice message he said was from Muttaqi, expressing hope for “a good trip full of achievements” and thanking Norway, a country he said he hopes will become “a gateway for a positive relationship with Europe.” The trip is the first time since the Taliban took over the country in August that their representatives have held official meetings in Europe. Earlier, they traveled to Russia, Iran, Qatar, Pakistan, China and Turkmenistan. During the talks, Muttaqi is certain to press the Taliban’s demand that nearly $10...
    Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.Once the International Olympic Committee awarded the 2022 Winter Olympics to Beijing more than six years ago, Mandie McKeown and her colleagues at the nonprofit International Tibet Network got right to work. McKeown had already gone through one pre-Olympics cycle of protesting China’s human rights abuses, back when Beijing hosted the 2008 Summer Games. Now, as the ITN’s executive director, she set out to get a meeting with the IOC and the Olympics’ corporate sponsors.  Instead, McKeown told me, her group was met with radio silence from “basically” every sponsor. As for the big, United States-based brands like Coca-Cola, Airbnb, and Procter & Gamble? “No response whatsoever,” she said. “They’ve entirely ghosted us.” Other activists and human rights researchers also have not been able to make much headway. Yaqiu Wang, a senior researcher on China at Human Rights Watch, said the companies will often deflect from specific issues and speak generally about their support for human rights—if they respond...
    Several Republican congressmembers joined House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) at a press conference Thursday to mark President Joe Biden’s first year in office, issuing scathing remarks on a slate of crises they said were a “direct result” of his presidency. The opening speaker, House GOP Conference chair Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), summarized that with Democrats in control in the White House and both chambers of Congress, “America has faced a year of unprecedented crisis.” “The American people are facing an economic crisis, an energy crisis, a border crisis, an education crisis, a crime crisis, a worsening COVID-19 crisis, and a national security crisis,” Stefanik said. “These crises are a direct result of the failed leadership and the far-left socialist agenda of Joe Biden and congressional Democrats.” Rep. Elise Stefanik speaks during a news conference with fellow House Republicans at the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Consumer prices for common goods like food, furniture, clothing, and cars are up, as Breitbart News’s John Carney has reported extensively, while overall consumer prices in 2021 saw a...
    Podcaster and former ESPN host Dan Le Batard won’t be watching the Beijing Olympics, and he excoriated the American sports networks for being willing to conceal human rights violations in China, choosing to celebrate the Olympics instead. “We’re just gonna go on with the Olympics in China and we’re just going to not try and apply any of our freedoms of protest, of speech?” Le Batard asked on his podcast this week. “They’re being warned right now about ‘be careful of what you say freely in that country,’” Le Batard said of Olympic athletes going to Beijing. “I’m tired of America, with its business interests, bowing to things that don’t represent basic human right freedoms that we all agree upon!” Le Batard amended the part that “we all agree,” to exclude Golden State Warriors part-owner Chamath Palihapitiya, who recently claimed “nobody cares about what’s happening to the Uyghurs.” Palihapitiya’s shocking statement has been largely ignored by American sports networks, which often prioritize league partnerships over China’s human rights violations. Palihapitiya later tweeted “[s]ome clarifying comments” about the issue on Twitter...
    NBC vows to provide "geopolitical context" in its coverage of the Winter Olympics next month, which are being held in Beijing, China.  Last week, a group of lawmakers sent a letter to NBC's top brass urging them to put a spotlight on human rights protests as China is expected to propagandize the Olympic Games.  NBC Olympics Production president and executive producer Molly Solomon is now insisting the Peacock network will include appropriate coverage of China's role in the world and the abuses taking place under its oppressive government. LAWMAKERS SEND LETTER TO NBC URGING NETWORK TO COVER HUMAN RIGHTS PROTESTS DURING WINTER OLYMPICS IN CHINA "We are going to be focusing on telling the stories of Team USA and covering the competition," Solomon said Wednesday. "We understand that there are some difficult issues regarding the host nation, so our coverage will provide perspective on China's place in the world and the geopolitical context in which these Games are being held. But the athletes do remain the centerpiece of our coverage." Protesters hold protest posters during a protest against Beijing...
    Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr on Tuesday attempted to distance himself from the harsh remarks made by team minority owner Chamath Palihapitiya during a podcast interview. Palihapitiya said on the "All-In Podcast" on Saturday that "nobody cares" about the plight and human rights abuses Uyghur Muslims are facing in China. The comments set off a firestorm and warranted a comment from Kerr, who is never one to shy away from hot-button issues. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Chamath Palihapitiya, co-founder and chief executive officer of Social+Capital Partnership LLC, speaks during a Bloomberg Technology television interview at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit in San Francisco, California, on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images) "He doesn't speak for our organization. All of us within the organization feel very strongly about our values," Kerr told reporters, via the San Francisco Chronicle. Palihapitiya, the Warriors’ part-owner and founder and CEO of Social Capital, attempted to clarify his scathing remarks about the human rights abuses faced by Uyghur Muslims in China on Monday. He made his...
    (CNN)NBA player Enes Kanter Freedom says he would accept a visit to China -- as long as he gets to see "the real China," rather than "propaganda."On Monday, at a press conference in Beijing, former NBA player Yao Ming had been asked about Freedom's recent activism. Yao, now president of the state-affiliated Chinese Basketball Association, responded: "If there is an opportunity, I would like to invite him to visit China ...Then he may have a more comprehensive understanding of us."Freedom -- the Boston Celtics center who officially changed his last name in November -- is outspoken about human rights and has used his social media presence to criticize China's treatment of the Uyghur community, among a number of other social issues.The US State Department estimates as many as two million Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities have been detained in internment camps in Xinjiang province since 2017, although China has repeatedly denied accusations of human rights abuses."I want to say thank you to Mr. Yao Ming ... I actually do want to go to China and see everything with my own...
    Olympic athletes could face penalties if they act in a way that is against the spirit of the Olympic Games, according to Chinese officials. These breaches could include speaking out on the human rights violations occurring in China. Chinese officials made the comments after nonprofit organization Human Rights Watch recommended athletes "stay silent" while competing in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. "Any expression that is in line with the Olympic spirit I'm sure will be protected and anything and any behavior or speeches that are against the Olympic spirit, especially against Chinese laws and regulations, are also subject to certain punishment," said Yang Shu, deputy director-general of Beijing 2022's International Relations Department, in a statement. WHO IS BOYCOTTING THE BEIJING OLYMPICS? Punishments could include the cancellation of an athlete's accreditation, prematurely ending the player's ability to compete, according to Yang. When asked for a response, the International Olympic Committee referred to its guidelines protecting the neutrality of sport and the Games. "The Games are governed by the IOC Rules, they will be applied...
    Human Rights Watch (HRW), a human rights organization known for its anti-Israel bias, hosted a seminar Tuesday in which athletes traveling to China for the Winter Olympics were advised to stay quiet about human rights issues while in the country. Reuters reported: Jan 18 (Reuters) – Athletes travelling to next month’s Beijing Olympics were warned on Tuesday about speaking up on human rights issues while in China for their own safety by speakers at a seminar hosted by Human Rights Watch. … “There’s really not much protection that we believe is going to be afforded to athletes,” Rob Koehler, the director general of the Global Athlete group, said in the seminar. “Silence is complicity and that’s why we have concerns. “So we’re advising athletes not to speak up. We want them to compete and use their voice when they get home.” … “Chinese laws are very vague on the crimes that can be used to prosecute people’s free speech,” Human Rights Watch researcher Yaqiu Wang said. “People can be charged with picking quarrels or provoking trouble. There are all kinds...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Women seeking to participate in shaping and building peace and defending human rights face a “vastly worse” situation now than they did before the COVID-19 pandemic, the United Nations human rights chief said Tuesday. Michelle Bachelet told the U.N. Security Council that in 2020 her office verified 35 killings of women human rights defenders, journalists and trade union members in seven conflict-affected countries where data is available. “This number, which is certainly an undercount, surpassed the confirmed number of killings in 2018 and 2019,” she said in a virtual briefing. Bachelet said her Geneva-based office also documented patterns of attacks against women working on gender equality, sexual and reproductive health and rights, corruption, labor rights and environmental and land issues. “In every region,” she said, “we have seen women subjected to arrests and detention; intimidation; sexual violence, and harassment via smear campaigns” as well as intimidation and reprisals by government and non-government “actors” against people who cooperate with the United Nations. Despite the Security Council’s adoption in 2000 of a resolution demanding equal participation for women...
    Steve Dykes/Getty Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.There are few things the NBA enjoys less than finding itself in the crosshairs of a culture war squabble, but that is exactly what it got over the weekend when Chamath Palihapitiya, a minority owner of the Golden State Warriors, took to his podcast to say, “Nobody cares about what’s happening to the Uyghurs.”   Palihapitiya, a billionaire entrepreneur and former Facebook executive, said he cares about climate change, the economic implications of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan, and other issues that more directly affect Americans. But as for the forced imprisonment and torture of Uyghur Muslims in China, “it is below my line,” he said.  If anyones interested in an extended version of whats been trending@chamath @Jason @DavidSacks @friedberg #UyghurGenocide #chamath pic.twitter.com/qiw5vVKpkZ — tomhaverford (@tomhaverford24) January 18, 2022 It did not take long for his comments to ricochet around the NBA, which has long adopted a cautious tone toward the Chinese government. On Monday, the Warriors released a one-sentence...
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Golden State Warriors minority owner who said “nobody cares” about the Uyghurs in China is under fire and the team is distancing itself from him. On the latest edition of his All-In Podcast, billionaire Chamath Palihapitiya dismissed the situation in China, which is accused by the U.S. of genocide and crimes against humanity because of the treatment of the Uyghurs Muslim minority population in the Xinjiang region in northwest China. “Nobody cares about what’s happening to the Uyghurs, OK?” Palihapitiya said at the nearly 15-minute mark of the show from Saturday. “… I’m telling you a very hard, ugly truth, OK, of all the things that I care about, yes it is below my line.” Golden State swiftly reacted Monday by saying Palihapitiya’s views aren’t reflective of those of the team. “As a limited investor who has no day-to-day operating functions with the Warriors, Mr. Palihapitiya does not speak on behalf of our franchise, and his views certainly don’t reflect those of our organization,” the Warriors said in a statement. Palihapitiya, who was...
    The Golden State Warriors tried to quickly distance themselves from tech billionaire’s Chamath Palihapitiya’s callous remarks about the Uyghur genocide, but the team has been slammed for a “weak” response that critics see as showing fear about upsetting the Chinese government. Palihapitiya, a Palo Alto-based venture capitalist who reportedly holds a 10-percent stake in the Warriors, said in a podcast Saturday: “Let’s be honest, nobody cares about what’s happening to the Uyghurs, OK?” He also criticized people’s concern about their oppression as “deplorable” virtue signaling and even questioned whether reports of human rights abuses had been exaggerated. In response, the Warriors’ press office issued a brief statement that only said that Palihapitiya “has no day-to-day operating functions” with the team. The Warriors said he therefore “does not speak on behalf of our franchise, and his views certainly don’t reflect those of our organization.” But the organization was called out by not delivering a more forceful statement, condemning Palihapitiya’s remarks. The U.S. government has declared that the Chinese government has committed genocide against the Uyghurs, a mostly Muslim minority...
    Athletes competing at the Winter Olympics in Beijing next month have been issued a stark warning that they will be under ‘Orwellian’ levels of surveillance by the Chinese state. The assessment was made on Tuesday by a Human Rights Watch panel, which has repeatedly criticised the forthcoming Games as a ‘sportswashing’ exercise designed to conceal China’s ‘abysmal human rights record’. In urging caution among competitors at the Games, Dr Sophie Richardson, the China director for Human Rights Watch, said: ‘One of the features of the 2008 Olympic Games (in Beijing) was the authorities’ use of what was then considered high technology. Athletes competing at the Winter Olympics in Beijing next month have been issued a stark warning that they will be under ‘Orwellian’ levels of surveillance by the Chinese state  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Winter Olympics tickets will NOT be sold to the general... Team GB will support ANY athlete who chooses to oppose the... Curling - All you need to know for the Winter Olympics 2018... Greg Rutherford makes international bobsleigh...
    "Fox & Friends Weekend" co-host Will Cain called out the Golden State Warriors co-owner for dismissing concerns about the human rights abuses against the Muslim-minority Uyghurs in China’s Xinjiang Province. On "Fox & Friends" Tuesday, Cain said the Silicon Valley billionaire profits from business relationships with Beijing, yet refuses to speak out against human rights violations. CHAMATH PALIHAPITIYA, WARRIORS PART-OWNER AND VENTURE CAPITALIST, DISMISSES UYGHUR MUSLIMS’ RIGHTS ABUSES WILL CAIN: Let’s talk about lived experience. He talks about he’s a refugee so he has a particular ability to empathize here even though he didn’t reveal it in that answer. Let’s talk about lived experience. So, I’m coming back to this idea that I said to Brian. It’s hard for human beings to care about every single issue across the world. It’s hard for us to prioritize on the same level things that are far away versus things that are home. That is an ugly truth. I had Enes Kanter, who stood up for human rights on the Will Cain Podcast, and put this to him and I challenged Enes. I...
    By Ben Morse | CNN The Golden State Warriors have distanced themselves from comments made by Chamath Palihapitiya, a part owner who said that “nobody cares about what’s happening to the Uyghurs.” Palihapitiya made the comment on the “All-in Podcast” on Saturday, after co-host Jason Calacanis brought up US President Joe Biden’s “very strong” stance on the alleged human rights abuses faced by the Uyghur minority in China. “Nobody cares about what’s happening to the Uyghurs, okay? You bring it up because you really care, and I think it’s nice that you care, the rest of us don’t care,” Palihapitiya said, while Calacanis reacted in surprise. “I’m just telling you…a very hard, ugly truth. Of all the things I care about, yes, it is below my line.” Co-host David Sacks said the average person would care when the topic is presented to them, but Palihapitiya continued: “I care about the fact that our economy could turn on a dime if China invades Taiwan … I care about climate change … I care about America’s crippling and...
    (CNN)The Golden State Warriors have distanced themselves from comments made by Chamath Palihapitiya, a part owner who said that "nobody cares about what's happening to the Uyghurs." Palihapitiya made the comment on the "All-in Podcast" on Saturday, after co-host Jason Calacanis brought up US President Joe Biden's "very strong" stance on the alleged human rights abuses faced by the Uyghur minority in China. "Nobody cares about what's happening to the Uyghurs, okay? You bring it up because you really care, and I think it's nice that you care, the rest of us don't care," Palihapitiya said, while Calacanis reacted in surprise."I'm just telling you...a very hard, ugly truth. Of all the things I care about, yes, it is below my line." Co-host David Sacks said the average person would care when the topic is presented to them, but Palihapitiya continued: "I care about the fact that our economy could turn on a dime if China invades Taiwan ... I care about climate change ... I care about America's crippling and decrepit health care infrastructure.Read More"But if you're asking me: 'Do...
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s leader on Tuesday promised human rights reforms and “justice” for missing persons from the country’s civil war, after years of resisting calls for such measures. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was speaking before a new session of Parliament as the Sri Lankan government looks for international support in dealing with a heavy fiscal and debt crisis. “We reject racism. What this government wants is to equally protect the honor and rights of all citizens,” Rajapaksa said. “Therefore I urge politicians who still incite people against each other for political gains to refrain from doing so.” The Sri Lankan leader added he was willing to take suggestions from the international community on human rights issues. Since being elected president in 2019, Rajapaksa has sidestepped calls to investigate missing persons from the civil war. Families of victims allege that many of the missing were taken by the military for being involved with separatist rebels toward the end of the conflict. Government forces crushed the Tamil Tiger fighters in 2009 ending the movement for an independent state...
    Venture investor Chamath Palihapitiya is coming under fire for stating bluntly how he does not care about the human rights abuses of China's Uyghur Muslims - and for a subsequent apology which critics deemed mealy-mouthed. Palihapitiya, 45, who owns a minority stake of NBA's Golden State Warriors made the comments while speaking on an episode of his technology podcast, All-In. 'Nobody cares about it, nobody cares about what's happening to the Uyghurs,' the Silicon Valley billionaire said.  When challenged by his co-hosts about his statement, Palihapitiya dug in further.  Silicon Valley billionaire Chamath Palihapitiya has said he doesn't care about China's human rights abuses of Uyghur Muslims in the country Chamath Palihapitiya (center) attends a Golden State Warriors game with wife Brigette Lau and friends in April 2016. He is said to own around 10 percent of the team 'Nobody cares about it, nobody cares about what's happening to the Uyghurs,' he insisted. 'Of all the things I care about it is below my line.'  'You bring it up because you really care, and I think that's nice that you care, the rest...
    In her "Ingraham Angle" commentary on Monday, host Laura Ingraham explained Americans should ignore coverage of the upcoming Beijing Olympics due to continued human rights abuses by the Chinese Communist Party against Uyghurs, Hong Kong residents, and the Xi regime's refusal to be fully transparent about the origins of COVID-19. "Not one minute," Ingraham said. "It was only two years ago that China was furiously working to cover up the truth about the virus that would ravage the globe and change American society in profound ways. They had this show and even President Trump praising their efforts. But the disturbing truth eventually came out about China." ENES KANTER FREEDOM BLASTS GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS' CO-OWNER'S ‘DISGUSTING’ DIG AT UYGHUR CRISIS FILE - Chinese President Xi Jinping stands in front of national flags of China and Republic of Congo during a meeting with visting Congolese dignitaries at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. China on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, urged its citizens to leave three provinces in eastern Congo as violence intensifies in the...
    Getty Golden State Warriors minority owner and Social Capital CEO Chamath Palihapitiya speaks onstage during "The State of the Valley: Where’s the Juice?" in 2016. Chamath Palihapitiya may not be a name that’s immediately recognizable to your average NBA fan, but it’s a big one for the Golden State Warriors. In 2010, the venture capitalist chipped in $25 million to become one of the franchise’s co-owners with Joe Lacob, Peter Guber and others. Palihapitiya continues to hold a minority stake in the Warriors to this very day. So, when he made a series of insensitive remarks about human rights abuses against the Uyghurs, an ethnic minority in Northwest China, it set off alarm bells in the Bay Area, around the hoops blogosphere and beyond. This is what Palihapitiya had to say to co-host Jason Calacanis about the situation in China during an episode of their podcast, All-In with Chamath, Jason, Sacks & Friedberg: “Let’s be honest, nobody cares about what’s happening to the Uyghurs. You bring it up because you really care, and I think that’s nice that...
    Boston Celtics center and newly-sworn United States citizen Enes Kanter Freedom responded to a left-wing Silicon Valley billionaire who is a part owner of the Golden State Warriors, after he dismissed the ongoing human rights abuses by the Chinese Communist Party against the Muslim-minority Uyghurs in China's Xinjiang Province. Kanter called the treatment of Uyghurs, who are reportedly housed in dire conditions in concentration-type camps and endure forced labor and other abuses, as a "genocide" – which select Western leaders have brought attention to ahead of the Beijing Olympiad next month. Earlier Monday, Chamath Palihapitiya, a former America OnLine (AOL) executive and founder of Social Capital, said on his podcast that "nobody cares about what's happening to the Uyghurs, OK?" "You bring it up because you really care and I think… The rest of us don't care… I'm telling you a very hard, ugly truth, OK? Of all the things that I care about. Yes, it is below my line," said Palihapitiya, 45, amid crosstalk from his stunned guest. WARRIORS PART-OWNER AND VENTURE CAPITALIST ATTEMPTS TO CLARIFY SCATHING REMARKS ON...
    Silicon Valley billionaire Chamath Palihapitiya stepped in it during a recent episode of his podcast, All-In when he flatly stated he doesn’t care about China’s human rights abuses of Uyghur Muslims in the country. He said that “nobody cares about it, nobody cares about what’s happening to the Uyghurs” and also questioned whether China is a dictatorship. After receiving pushback from cohosts, Palihapitiya said it’s “a hard truth” that registers “below my line” of what is relevant to him. “Until we actually clean up our own house, the idea that we step outside of our borders with, you know, with us sort of like morally virtue signaling about somebody else’s human rights track record is deplorable,” he said. Palihapitiya is a minority owner of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors. In response to the predictable backlash, the team issued a brief statement reading, “As a limited investor who has no day-to-day operating functions with the Warriors, Mr. Palihapitiya does not speak on behalf of our franchise, and his views certainly don’t reflect those of our organization.” On Monday night, Palihapitiya...
    The Golden State Warriors have distanced themselves from minority owner Chamath Palihapitiya over his statements about China’s genocide against Uyghur Muslims. “As a limited investor who has no day-to-day operating functions with the Warriors, Mr. Palihapitiya does not speak on behalf of our franchise, and his views certainly don’t reflect those of our organization,” said the Warriors in a statement. Warriors statement re: Chamath Palihapitiya: pic.twitter.com/zUl6i9sOve — Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) January 17, 2022 In his podcast, Palihapitiya said “interestingly nobody cares about it, nobody cares about what’s happening to the Uyghurs, okay, you bring it up because you really care.” “Until we actually clean up our own house, the idea that we step outside of our borders with, you know, with us sort of like morally virtue signaling about somebody else’s human rights track record is deplorable,” he added. The NBA has come under fire for doing business with China despite its atrocious human rights record. The league has also come under fire for staying silent when it comes to that record or even just the genocide in...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican journalist who criticized local authorities has died, press groups and local media said Monday, several days after he was found badly wounded. José Luis Gamboa was the director of the online news site Inforegio, in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz. He had reportedly suffered stab wounds in what may have been a robbery. He died at a hospital in the state capital on Jan. 10, but his relatives were not informed until Jan. 14. Gamboa was the first journalist killed this year, but 48 journalists have been slain in Mexico since December 2018. The press group Reporters Without Borders wrote that “Gamboa had denounced and strongly criticized the relations between local authorities and organized crime.” In December, a senior government human rights official said Thursday that 90% of crimes against activists and journalists go unpunished in Mexico. Alejandro Encinas, Mexico’s assistant interior secretary in charge of human rights, said that in cases where the culprits have been identified, almost half are local officials. Local officials in Mexico are...
    Human rights activists are condemning a venture capitalist and Golden State Warriors investor who announced he doesn’t care about Chinese Communist repression of Uyghur Muslims. “The brazenness is remarkable,” Yaqiu Wang, senior China researcher with Human Rights Watch, wrote Monday on Twitter. “How can this person who has everything just say this about people who are suffering unfathomable pain?” Social Capital founder and CEO Chamath Palihapitiya made the remark in a Jan. 15 debate with his All-In podcast co-host Jason Calacanis, who had complimented President Joe Biden for condemning the atrocities but lamented it had not fortified Biden’s flagging poll numbers. Palihapitiya interjected that “nobody cares about what’s happening to the Uyghurs” and defended that disinterest himself. “If you’re asking me, do I care about a segment of a class of people in another country — not until we can take care ourselves will I prioritize them over us,” Palihapitiya said. “Every time I say that I care about the Uyghurs, I’m really just lying, if I don’t really care. And so I’d rather not lie to you, and tell...
    "But if you're asking me do I care about a segment of a class of people in another country? Not until we can take care of ourselves will I prioritize them over us," Palihapitiya explained, adding that "every time I say that I care about the Uyghurs, I'm really just lying if I don't really care. And so I'd rather not lie to you and tell you the truth. It's not a priority for me." When Calacanis argued it's a "sad state of affairs" when human rights as a global concept "falls beneath tactical and strategic issues," Palihapitiya replied that such a stance is a "luxury belief." The Warriors' exec and part owner added that "we don't do enough domestically to actually express that view in real, tangible ways. So until we actually clean up our own house, the idea that we step outside of our borders ... with us sort of like morally virtual signaling about somebody else's human rights track record is deplorable." E63: Insurrection indictments, human rights in the...
    Chamath Palihapitiya offered a very stark assessment of China’s treatment of its ethnic-Muslim Uyghur population, saying “nobody cares what’s happening to the Uyghurs” on a recent episode of his All-in Podcast. Palihapitiya’s comments come after many human rights groups have accused China of genocide for detaining up to a million people in “re-education” camps. The comments also highlight the controversy surrounding the NBA and China – a topic that has dogged the league in recent months. Palihapitiya made the comments in a discussion about the Biden administration, when one of his co-hosts said Biden’s “strong” statement on the Uyghurs was a recent bright spot for the beleaguered administration. Palihapitiya, who is a minority owner of the Golden State Warriors, shot back, saying, “interestingly nobody cares about it nobody cares about what’s happening to the Uyghurs, okay, you bring it up because you really care.” When pressed on his comment by his cohosts, Palihapitiya doubled down, saying its “a hard truth” and that it registers as an issue “below my line.” “Until we actually clean up our own house the...
    Chamath Palihapitiya offered a very stark assessment of China’s treatment of its ethnic-Muslim Uyghur population, saying “nobody cares what’s happening to the Uyghurs” on a recent episode of his All-in Podcast. Palihapitiya’s comments come after many human rights groups have accused China of genocide for detaining up to a million people in “re-education” camps. The comments also highlight the controversy surrounding the NBA and China – a topic that has dogged the league in recent months. Palihapitiya made the comments in a discussion about the Biden administration, when one of his co-hosts said Biden’s “strong” statement on the Uyghurs was a recent bright spot for the beleaguered administration. Palihapitiya, who is a minority owner of the Golden State Warriors, shot back, saying, “interestingly nobody cares about it nobody cares about what’s happening to the Uyghurs, okay, you bring it up because you really care.” When pressed on his comment by his cohost Jason Calcanis, Palihapitiya doubled down, saying it’s “a hard truth” and that it registers as an issue “below my line.” “Until we actually clean up our own...
    In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, Congressional Pro-Life Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) condemned as a “human rights abuse” New Jersey’s new abortion expansion law that allows abortion even up until the moment of birth. Smith said Friday in a phone interview that Gov. Phil Murphy (D-NJ) is now “the abortion governor.” Regardless of whether or not the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, New Jersey’s position in supporting the right to reproductive choice will remain clear and unchanged.https://t.co/WChMjALnV6 pic.twitter.com/zAPl5br7WR — Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) January 13, 2022 Today, I signed historic legislation to protect reproductive freedom in New Jersey – codifying the right to choose into state law and expanding contraception coverage. In New Jersey, we trust each individual person to make their reproductive choices for themselves. pic.twitter.com/5fOb6azXIa — Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) January 13, 2022 “During the height of the pandemic, he ordered that all the abortion clinics get to stay open,” Smith noted about Murphy. “But necessary surgeries, including for cancer and other work were delayed or put off limits during the worst of the COVID...
    A group of over two dozen lawmakers is urging NBC to put a spotlight on human rights protests as the network airs the 2022 Winter Olympics in China.  Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Mo. spearheaded a letter co-signed by 29 of her colleagues sent to NBC CEO Jeff Shell and NBC Olympics President Gary Zenkel over its coverage of the upcoming Olympic Games being hosted next month in Beijing and the likely efforts of the People's Republic of China (PRC) to silence dissidents as the world tunes in to the network.  OLYMPIC CORPORATE PARTNER ‘PROUD’ OF SPONSORSHIP DESPITE CHINA'S TREATMENT OF UYGHURS "We remain gravely concerned that the PRC will use the event as a platform to disseminate propaganda and distract from its egregious human rights abuses, including its ongoing genocide against Uyghur Muslims," the lawmakers wrote. "While we still believe that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) should revoke the PRC's hosting privileges, in the event that the Olympics proceed as planned, honest and transparent coverage will help the international community defend persecuted groups like Uyghurs, Tibetans, Hong Kong residents, Falun Gong...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden was not making a "human" comparison between opponents of pending voting rights bills and historical racists and segregationists in his address in Atlanta this week, the White House says.In his speech calling for new voter protections, Biden asked whether lawmakers wanted "to be the side of Dr. King or George Wallace," "John Lewis or Bull Connor" or "Abraham Lincoln or Jefferson Davis."The comparison generated some blowback afterward, but press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden was not drawing a personal link between current lawmakers and notorious southern segregationists and the president of the Confederacy."I think everybody listening to that speech who's speaking on the level, as my mother would say, would note that he was not comparing them as humans, he was comparing the choice to those figures in history and where they're going to position themselves as they determine whether they're going to support the fundamental right to vote or not," she said Friday.Pressed about the comparisons on Wednesday, Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin acknowledged the language pushed the envelope.Read More"Perhaps the President went a little too...
    BEIJING (AP) — China said Friday it gained support on issues including the treatment of Uyghur Muslims from a number of Persian Gulf states following talks between their foreign ministers at which they agreed to upgrade relations. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said the ministers and Gulf Cooperation Council Secretary-General Nayef Falah Al-Hajraf expressed firm support for China’s “legitimate positions on issues related to Taiwan, Xinjiang and human rights.” He said they “expressed opposition to interference in China’s internal affairs and politicization of human rights issues.” They also rejected the “politicization of sports and reaffirmed their support” for China’s hosting of the Beijing Winter Olympics that open on Feb. 4, he said. China is accused of detaining more than a million Turkic Muslim Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region as part of a campaign to wipe out their traditional culture, language and beliefs. It claims Taiwan as a wayward province to be brought under its control by force if necessary. China and the GCC, meanwhile, agreed to establish a strategic partnership, complete negotiations on a free...
    A bipartisan trio of lawmakers are asking the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for “assurances” that uniforms for the 2022 Games in Beijing are not linked to forced labor, after reports surfaced that the IOC entered into contracts with two groups that use cotton produced in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). The lawmakers, all of whom are members of the Congressional Executive Commission on China, penned a letter to IOC President Thomas Bach expressing their concern about contracts the group has with Anta Sports and Hengyuanxiang Group (HYX Group) because of their business dealings in the XUAR, where China's government has been accused of human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims. According to a March 2021 report in the South China Morning Post cited in the letter, Anita is the "official sportswear uniform supplier” of the IOC until the end of this year, and will provide apparel, shoes and accessories for the Games. The company has reportedly left the social compliance group Better Cotton Initiative and “further voiced its support for continued use of cotton produced in the XUAR,” according to the letter, while the HYX...
    SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Bulgaria’s legislation on secret surveillance breaches the European human rights convention. The Strasbourg-based court was asked to evaluate Bulgaria’s 1997 surveillance law as well as several articles in the country’s criminal code. The court said in a statement Tuesday that the “legislation governing secret surveillance did not meet the quality-of-law requirement” in the European Convention on Human Rights, and the Bulgarian government “was unable to keep surveillance to only that which was necessary.” According to the court’s decision, laws in Bulgaria that regulate wiretapping and surveillance are of poor quality and cannot guarantee that the interference in the privacy of citizens meets the criteria of a democratic society. The case was brought by two Bulgarian lawyers, Mihail Ekemdzhiev and Alexander Kashamov, and two human rights groups in 2012, but has been updated with new evidence about secret surveillance in the last decade. Last year, a special parliamentary commission revealed one of the biggest wire-tapping schemes in Bulgaria’s history. It found that the...
    American figure skater Timothy LeDuc condemned China’s “horrifying human rights abuses” in remarks shortly after qualifying to participate in the 2022 Beijing Olympics this weekend, admitting to feeling “powerless” about the situation amid calls to boycott the prestigious event. LeDuc qualified on Sunday to participate in the figure skating pairs competition with partner Ashley Cain-Gribble, winning their contest at the U.S. Figure Skating Competition and cementing a place on the Olympic team. LeDuc is the first openly gay athlete to win the American pairs title and the first Olympian to identify as “non-binary,” requesting the use of the pronoun “they” when addressed. Human rights activists and members of communities oppressed by the Chinese Communist Party have urged the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for over a year to reconsider granting hosting honors to China. Among the complaints against China are the ongoing genocide of Uyghurs in East Turkistan, the cultural genocides in Tibet and Southern Mongolia, the repression of people of faith who attempt to worship at home, the crackdown on pro-democracy voices in Hong Kong, and generalized violence against anyone suspected...
    Tibetan, Uyghur, and Hong Kong activists are meeting with Olympic athletes at the final qualifying events for the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics to talk about China’s human rights abuses, Students for a Free Tibet said Saturday. One of the athletes who took time to speak with the activists was snowboard champion Shaun White. Students for a Free Tibet is among the groups campaigning for a boycott of the Winter Olympics, which it and other human rights campaigners are calling the “Genocide Games” to condemn China’s persecution of the Uyghur Muslims.  The group posted an open letter to American athletes last week, asking them to consider that the Chinese Communist Party is “responsible for some of the worst human rights atrocities of our generation,” including “the genocide of Uyghurs, the coerced separation of an estimated one million Tibetan children from their parents through 21st-century residential schools, and the severe crackdown on democracy and press freedom in Hong Kong.” The letter asked athletes to join a “completely private and closed-door discussion” about human rights abuses in China. “We, the undersigned, believe that every...
    NOVAK Djokovic's dad has called on the QUEEN to intervene in his son's visa drama and "protect the human rights" of the tennis star after he was allegedly arrested. The World Number One's father, Srdjan Djokovic, slammed Australia as a "fake democracy" and claimed his son was being treated as a "political prisoner". 3The tennis star's father, Srdjan Djokovic, during a press conference in Belgrade, SerbiaCredit: Reuters 3Novak Djokovic shared a picture of him training at Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena after he was releasedCredit: Twitter 3Srdjan Djokovic has called on the Queen to intervene in the tennis star's visa dramaCredit: EPA Djokovic, 34, was held up for six hours at Melbourne Airport then ordered to isolate at a grim immigration hotel last week after attempting to enter the country using a “medical exemption”. Officials told him his exemption from strict Covid clamps Down Under was flawed. But a judge overturned the decision on Monday, ordering the player’s immediate release from the quarantine hotel and telling the government to pay his legal costs. Djokovic’s father Srdjan then sparked hysteria by claiming...
    (CNN)US President Joe Biden spoke with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Monday, raising concerns over air strikes in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region and urging the leader of Africa's second most populous country to negotiate a ceasefire after 14 months of war.The call comes just nine days after the US formally terminated Ethiopia from its trade program with sub-Saharan African countries over human rights violations.Ethiopia is at war with itself. Heres what you need to know about the conflictBiden "expressed concern that the ongoing hostilities, including recent air strikes, continue to cause civilian casualties and suffering," according to a readout of the call from the White House.An air strike that hit a camp for the internally displaced in the town of Dedebit in the northwest of Tigray on Saturday killed 56 people and wounded at least 30, two aid workers told Reuters, citing local authorities and eyewitness accounts. Before that strike, at least 146 people had been killed and 213 injured in air strikes in Tigray since October 18, according to a document prepared by aid agencies and shared with...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden expressed concerns on Monday in a phone call with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed about detentions and civilian killings in the conflict in the Tigray region, while commending Abiy for the recent release of several political prisoners. The White House said that Biden raised to Abiy recent airstrikes that continue to cause civilian casualties and suffering in Africa’s second most populous nation. The statement added that the leaders “discussed ways to accelerate dialogue toward a negotiated ceasefire, the urgency of improving humanitarian access across Ethiopia, and the need to address the human rights concerns of all affected Ethiopians, including concerns about detentions of Ethiopians under the state of emergency.” The leaders’ call comes days after Ethiopia’s government announced an amnesty for some of the country’s most high-profile political detainees, including opposition figure Jawar Mohammed and senior Tigray party officials. The more than yearlong war has created a devastating humanitarian crisis. The conflict entered a new phase in late December when when Tigray forces retreated into their region amid a Tigray military offensive and...
    CAIRO (AP) — One of Egypt’s last independent human rights organizations has closed down, a statement by the group said Monday, citing government persecution. Egypt’s government has engaged in a widespread crackdown on dissent for years that has stifled many of the country’s civil society groups and jailed thousands. The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, an Egyptian organization, was founded in 2004 by a team of lawyers and activists. It documented violations against citizens, journalists and political prisoners in Egypt and the region. It also followed the increasing government intimidation and targeting of human rights workers and others. But laws that made many of ANHRI’s operations illegal have forced the organization to shut down, Executive Director Gamal Eid said in the statement. He said the group’s workers had been arrested, intimidated and physically assaulted by security forces. “We continue to be lawyers who have a conscience, and as individual, independent human rights defenders will work side by side with the few remaining independent human rights organizations, independent human rights defenders and the entire movement calling for democracy,”...
    China is using the 2022 Winter Olympics to "legitimize its human rights abuses," a human rights researcher told Fox News, adding that "the rest of the world should stay away." Bejing is set to host the Olympics starting in early February. The U.S. government and advocacy groups have accused China of persecuting Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims and using them for forced labor in the Chinese region of Xinjiang.  "It's not just a sports event. The Chinese government is using the event to showcase the country to legitimize the standing of the country, to legitimize its policies, including the many human rights abuses," Yaqiu Wang, a senior China researcher with Human Rights Watch, told Fox News.  "To be part of that is to be used as a tool by the Chinese Communist Party to legitimize its abuses. Including the situation in Xinjiang," Wang said. "That is why the rest of the world should stay away from the Olympic Games." WATCH NOW:  VideoBIDEN ADMINISTRATION WILL NOT SEND ANY OFFICIAL REPRESENTATION TO 2022 WINTER OLYMPICS IN BEIJING, PSAKI SAYS With the...
    Outspoken NBA player Enes Kanter Freedom, who has frequently criticized LeBron James for refusing to speak out against the human rights violations in China, claims a teammate of the Lakers superstar encouraged him to keep it up.  "One of the teammates that LeBron had came up to me and said, ‘Dude, keep doing what you’re doing. What you’re doing is right. Don’t give up,’" Kanter Freedom said on "The Will Cain Podcast" on Fox News Radio. "I was very shocked. I thought he was gonna be like, ‘Dude stop talking,’" Kanter Freedom added. "He’s going to try to defend LeBron, right? He’s like, ‘Dude, do not stop.’" NBA player Enes Kanter Freedom, who has frequently criticized LeBron James or refusing to speak out against the human rights violations in China, claims a teammate of the Lakers superstar encouraged him to keep it up.  (Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports) GREGG POPOVICH PRAISES ENES KANTER FOR SPEAKING OUT ON CHINA WITHOUT MENTIONING CHINA Kanter Freedom, who has been the most outspoken NBA player on geopolitical issues concerning China’s human rights abuses as...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki warned companies that 'fail to address forced labor' in their supply chains face serious 'legal and reputational risks.'  Psaki was asked about Tesla's decision to open a showroom in the Xinjiang region.  'As a general matter, we believe the private sector should oppose the PRC's human rights abuses and genocide in Xinjiang,' the press secretary said.  'The international community, including the public and private sectors, cannot look the other way when it comes to what is taking place in Xinjiang. As we've said before, companies that fail to address forced labor in the supply chains and other human rights abuses face serious legal and reputational risks.'  The US has accused China of committing genocide against its Uighur Muslim minority in the Xinjiang region. Just last week, President Biden signed a bill that banned products from that region from entering the U.S. unless manufacturers can prove forced labor was not used in the supply chain.  Psaki was asked about Tesla's decision to open a showroom in the Xinjiang region. 'As a general matter, we believe...
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Officials in Ethiopia have arbitrarily detained and forcibly disappeared thousands of ethnic Tigrayans who recently were deported from Saudi Arabia, a new Human Rights Watch report says as the country’s deadly Tigray conflict continues. This is the latest report citing witnesses who have described mass arrests of ethnic Tigrayans. Ethiopia’s government says it is targeting people suspected of supporting the Tigray forces who have fought the government since November 2020 but pulled back into their region weeks ago. “Tigrayan migrants who have experienced horrific abuse in Saudi custody are being locked up in detention facilities upon returning to Ethiopia,” said Nadia Hardman, refugee and migrant rights researcher at Human Rights Watch. “Saudi Arabia should offer protection to Tigrayans at risk, while Ethiopia should release all arbitrarily detained Tigrayan deportees.” The report released Wednesday called on Saudi officials to “stop holding ethnic Tigrayans in in abhorrent conditions and deporting them to Ethiopia, and instead help the United Nations high commissioner for refugees to provide them with international protection.” Thousands of Ethiopians, mostly from the Tigray and Amhara...
    The Prince of Wales has called on the world to remember those 'standing up for freedom and human rights' in places like Syria and Afghanistan. In a New Year message released on the first day of 2022, Charles also paid tribute to the 'brave individuals, local communities and international organisations' who are 'responding to great needs by providing vital assistance'. The heir to the throne recently visited Jordan and learnt first hand how the Middle East country has for decades been a haven for people fleeing conflict in the region including Syria. The prince said in his message: 'As we start a New Year, we might take a moment to remember the many people around the world who are standing up for freedom and human rights. The Prince of Wales has called on the world to remember those 'standing up for freedom and human rights' in places like Syria and Afghanistan 'In places such as Afghanistan, Syria and Myanmar, among others, the threats and reality of political and religious persecution and insecurity are coupled with an increasingly dire humanitarian situation....
    In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, Rep. Mike Waltz (R-FL) blasted the Biden administration, claiming the world now “sees weakness in the White House,” while calling Biden the “worst president for human rights in modern American history” and warning “trend lines” suggest the U.S. may cede its superpower status to China. Speaking with Breitbart News on Thursday, Republican Rep. Mike Waltz, a Florida native who represents the Sunshine State’s 6th congressional district, weighed in on current issues, offering his unique perspective. A colonel in the National Guard as well as a former White House and Pentagon policy adviser, Rep. Waltz was the first Green Beret to be elected to Congress.  Biden Administration Waltz began by blasting the current administration, highlighting human rights abuses taking place on its watch despite the president having promised when taking office to make the issue a centerpiece of his policy. “I think Biden has been the worst president for human rights in modern American history, and I don’t think that’s an overstatement,” he said.  “If you look at the amount of girls coming over...