World View: China Implements 'Skynet' Surveillance Program to Control Protests
- China implements 'Skynet' surveillance program to control protests
- United States and Israel lose their votes in UNESCO
- Foreign ministers rush to Geneva to complete Iran nuclear deal
China implements 'Skynet' surveillance program to control protests
Uighur terrorist act at Tiananmen Square on Oct 29
The recent successful terrorist attack by ethnic Uighurs in the heart
of Beijing's most securely guarded and well-protected offices ( "30-Oct-13 World View -- China scrambles to suppress Tiananmen Square terror attack reports")
illuminates the increasing discontent of the ethnic Uighur population
in Xinjiang province in northwest China.
To provide better and more thorough control over the population, and
to try to prevent everything from protests to terror attacks, China's
government has installed as many as 130 million security cameras
around the country, with 800,000 in Beijing alone. Facial recognition
software is being installed so that the movements of any citizen can
be tracked automatically by computer systems. China is calling this
the "Skynet" program; Skynet was the name of the computer system
in Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator movies that became self-aware
and decided to protect itself by killing all the humans.
However, in Xinjiang province itself, tens of thousands of security
cameras, two million internet monitors, and large internal paramilitary
forces have not only not pacified the Uighur population but have
fueled protests, and violence appears to be worsening significantly.
Uighur insurgents cannot obtain guns domestically, but Xinjiang lies
next door to Central Asian states where guns are plentiful. The real
danger for China is that Uighur terrorists will target China's energy
infrastructure, bombing Xinjiang's rail network and a growing number
of oil and gas pipelines that are vital to supplying energy to the
rest of China.
The Uighurs are not the only rebellious group in China. China has
tens of thousands of "mass protests" every year, and the Chinese
Communist Party's great fear is that these individual protests will
coalesce into a major regional protest. I've been writing for several
years that China is overdue for a new national civil war. (See
"China approaches Civil War" from 2005.) China's history is full of massive civil war
rebellions, such as the White Lotus Rebellion (1796-1805) and the
Taiping Rebellion (1852-1869), killing millions or tens of millions of
people. These occur at regular intervals, with each new one occurring
at about the time that the survivors of the preceding one die off.
The last of these rebellions was Mao's Communist Revolution (1934-49),
and now it's time for the next one. The Diplomat
United States and Israel lose their votes in UNESCO
Both the United States and Israel will no longer be permitted to vote
in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization (UNESCO), although they both will remain non-voting
members. The U.S. stopped paying dues to UNESCO in 2011 when the
state of Palestine was made a member of UNESCO, in accordance with
U.S. law, and Israel followed suit. UNESCO cancels the ability to
vote for any country that hasn't paid its dues in two years. UNESCO
supports girls' and women's education and the protection and
preservation of cultural heritage sites. U.S. State Dept. and Global Post
Foreign ministers rush to Geneva to complete Iran nuclear deal
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry joined foreign ministers from
Russia, Britain, China, EU, France, and Germany and rushed to Geneva on
Friday, leading journalists to conclude that a deal with Iran had been
reached and that all was needed was the signatures. That turned out
not be true, but officials are saying that a deal is close and should
be reached this weekend.
The details of the proposed agreement are not known, but
the general outline is as follows:
- Iran will promise to limit its uranium enrichment program
to below the level needed to build nuclear weapons and will
promise not to build nuclear weapons.
- Iran will agree to U.N. inspections.
- The West will reduce some sanctions that target Iran.
Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu was stinging in
his criticism of the proposed deal:
The deal that is being discussed in Geneva right now
is a bad deal, it's a very bad deal. Iran gets everything that it
wanted at this stage and it pays nothing.
President Barack Obama called Netanyahu to reassure him and
said in an interview:
We don't have to trust them. What we have to do is to
make sure that there is a good deal in place from the perspective
of us verifying what they're doing. And that they're actually
moving in the right direction.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said:
We’ve got to be creative, we’ve got to be innovative
and deal with situations as - on the basis of realities, not on
the basis of illusions. I believe, at the end of the day,
everybody will be happy with a deal that can be achieved ...
Iran demands respect and equal footing [that is] only done when
you are prepared to accommodate the other side without trying to
impose your views.
It is not clear whether the U.S. Senate will approve any deal that's
signed. Also, it's not clear whether Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards
Corps (IRGC) will go along with any deal. VOA and Tehran Times
KEYS: Generational Dynamics, China, Skynet, Uighurs, Xinjiang,
Tiananmen Square, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terminator,
White Lotus Rebellion, Taiping Rebellion, Communist Revolution,
Israel, UNESCO, Palestine, Iran, John Kerry,
Benjamin Netanyahu, Mohammad Javad Zarif,
Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, IRGC
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