Stacy Harp at the Persecution blog writes the following:
"I just finished reading the following paragraph and almost fell off my chair" :
The U.S. State Department recently removed China from it's list of the world's worst human-rights violators. No reason was given for the removal, although the State Department said last year that China's overall human-rights record remained poor.
Well let me guess Stacy, could the Beijing Olympics have anything to do with it?
Keeping the Olympics in mind, did U.S. buisnessmen/lobbyists with contacts in the State Dept., act at the behest of their Chinese patrons to lobby for this move? A report, " China Steps Up It's Lobbying Game, reveals the voracity of lobbying on behalf of the Chinese communist government.
In an interview Congressman Frank Wolf referenced the American lobby group Akin Gump Straus Hauer& Feld:
" The Chinese government is prosecuting Christans. They have Catholic bishops and Protestant pastors in jail. In Tibet, they are prosecuting Muslims and Evangelicals. The Chinese government is spying on the U.S. government. Why would you work for a government that is spying on the United States. Greed is driving them."-Wolf.
That last sentence from Wolf spells it out: "Greed is driving them."
See the letter Wolf wrote to this group.
Most money spent on lobbying the U.S. government on behalf of China comes from U.S. corporations: Coca-Cola, Walmart, Ford Motors, Microsoft, and others. Big wheels from those companies sit on the board of the U.S.-China Buisness Council.
Many U.S. Congressmen have called for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics over China's dismal human rights abuses and reluctance to help with Sudan. A Heritage report said a boycott wasn't feasible. But didn't explain why.
Congressman are just the tip of the iceberg of all the folks that have advocated a boycott:
- Boycott Beijing Olympics
- No Beijing Olympics 2008
- Human Rights Advocates in Taiwan Urge Boycott of Olympics
Of course there are many others that have advocated a boycott as well.
The U.S. State Dept. dropping China from the Worst Human-Rights Violators list "conveniently" affords the Communist dictatorship an opportunity to propagandize the move for some "PR". Though we certainly know better.
China Tries To Cope With Foreign Criticism Ahead of Olympics-Claudia Bloome
China Concentration Camps:
Christian Persecution by Chinese Authorities:
China Building Up Military Might: