Category Archives: Asia

September 9, 2017

Billionaire Guo Wengui Asks U.S. for Asylum After Accusing Top Chinese Officials of Corruption

Billionaire real estate mogul Guo Wengui is currently visiting the United States on a tourist visa, but he decided he would like to stay a little longer after top officials back in his homeland declared him an enemy of the Communist regime.

Guo applied for asylum in the United States this week, while the Chinese government has filed notices with Interpol seeking his arrest on charges of corruption and rape.

Guo earned the enmity of powerful officials back in his homeland by accusing them of extravagant corruption, including the top official on the Communist Party’s anti-corruption board, Wang Qishan.

50-year-old Guo has been working out of a $78 million penthouse in New York City for the past two years, flooding Twitter and YouTube with his allegations against Chinese officials. He often uses the name “Miles Kwok” on social media. Both his Facebook and Twitter accounts were mysteriously wiped out within a week of each other earlier this year, but eventually restored after he complained, and his followers began muttering about the willingness of social media giants to play ball with Chinese censors.

His videos and tweets include allegations of everything from “top leaders’ secret homes in California to their bank account information and hidden stakes in business empires,” according to the Associated Press. He has also accused the Chinese government of arresting his relatives to use as leverage against him.

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August 26, 2017

Beyond the pale: China’s cheerful racists (Video)

Ideas about racial hierarchies are not outdated ­anathema here but unquestioned belief.

Setting off to spend a year teaching English in Zhejiang province in south-eastern China, I expected plenty of surprises. But what struck me most was something they tend not to tell you about in the guidebooks: the racism.

It started when I went around the classroom, asking pupils which city they were from. When I got to a slightly darker-skinned boy, his classmates thought it was hilarious to shout ‘Africa!’ It’s a theme. A girl with a similar complexion was taunted with monkey sounds; her peers refused to sit next to her, saying she smelt bad. I apparently erred when, teaching the word for wife, I showed my students a picture of Michelle Obama. The image of the then First Lady was greeted with exaggerated sounds of repulsion: ‘So ugly!’ they said. ‘So black!’

Such comments would have been treated harshly in a British classroom a quarter-century ago, let alone today. But my own protestations were met with confused faces — crestfallen that they’d disappointed their teacher, but clueless as to the nature of their mistake. And this stretches far beyond the classroom. To many Chinese, ideas about racial hierarchies are not outdated anathema but unquestioned belief.

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July 15, 2017

Kim Jong Un is shipping tens of thousands of North Koreans to Russia to work in ‘slave-like conditions’ and stealing their pay to fund his regime, human rights group claims

North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un exports tens of thousands of his subjects to Russia. According to a human rights group, they are put to work in slave-like conditions and have most of their wages garnished to fund the Pyongyang government. North Koreans are sent to Russia where they generate $120million ever year for the North Korean government. Despite the harsh conditions, many North Koreans bribe officials to be sent to Russia due to the even worse situation at home.

North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un exports tens of thousands of his subjects to Russia where they are put to work in slave-like conditions and have their wages garnished to fund his government, according to a Korean human rights group.

The Seoul-based Data Base Center for North Korean Human Rights issued a report which estimates that approximately 50,000 laborers are employed in Russia, according to Fox News.

The workers are victims of cruelty and violence at the hands of corrupt officials who eventually seize up to 90 percent of the pay that they earn.

The North Koreans who are put to work in Russia are paid approximately 50,000 rubles a month, which is equivalent to $841.

At least half of that sum is confiscated by a minder from the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea and a construction crew boss will take another 20 percent, according to the report.

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March 28, 2017

#AskYoko | Isn’t Political Correctness A Western Thing? Japan Has It Too? (Video)

Must watch video.

February 21, 2017

Japanese Perspective of Political Correctness (Video)

“I’m Japanese and this is my personal perspective. For the rest of the Japanese, what I can say is they’re fed up with it, too if they’re politically awakened.”

January 4, 2017

Indian Call Centers Become Major Centers for Defrauding Americans

A disturbing trend has emerged in India where call centers have cropped up for the sole purpose of scamming Americans out of money, The New York Times reports.

The scheme is simple: impersonate an Internal Revenue Service employee, threaten Americans with penalties, and demand immediate payment for back taxes.

The United States has been tracking this scheme from India since 2013, a period of time where Americans lost $100 million to scammers, with many of the victims being recent immigrants, according to a New York Times article from October.

Suhel Daud, an F.B.I. agent who serves as assistant legal attaché at the embassy in New Delhi, said India is now seen as a major center for cyberfraud.

Daud said several factors have contributed to this rise in cyberfraud cases: an increase in young, English-speaking job seekers, a call-center culture, super-efficient technology, and ingenuity.

Some of these young, English-speaking job seekers include boys like Pawan Poojary and Jayesh Dubey, both college drop-outs who got jobs at a call center in a suburb outside of Mumbai making about 16,000 rupees ($230), “but the bonuses were double or triple that, based on sales.”

“At that time, in my mind is that I want money,” Poojary, 18, said. “That’s it. I want money. That’s why.”

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November 28, 2016

Justin Trudeau’s Alleged Pay-to-Play with Chinese Millionaire Raises Human Rights Concerns

Canada’s Globe and Mail has revealed that leftist Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended a fundraiser at a Chinese-Canadian millionaire’s mansion shortly before businessman Zhang Bin donated one million Canadian dollars to the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.

Justin Trudeau’s presence at the fundraiser has revived concerns that Trudeau is open to conducting business with nations that serially violate human rights following the Prime Minister’s return from Cuba, where his father’s longtime friendship with dictator Fidel Castro was at the forefront of coverage of the visit.

The Globe and Mail reports that Trudeau attended a Liberal Party fundraiser at the home of Benson Wong “weeks” before Zhang donated to the foundation carrying his father’s name, as well as donating to the University of Montreal Faculty of Law. Zhang also attended the event, entry to which the newspaper reports cost $1,500 a piece. Zhang’s potential involvement with Trudeau is a concern because, the newspaper argues, “Mr. Zhang is a political adviser to the Chinese government in Beijing and a senior apparatchik in the network of Chinese state promotional activities around the world.”

The Globe and Mail describe the fundraiser as a “cash-for-access,” or pay-to-play, event.

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October 6, 2016

Thane, India: 500 call centre employees detained for duping US citizens

The raid was carried out by over 200 police personnel, mostly from the Crime Branch, late Tuesday night.

In a major raid, over 500 employees of some call centres were detained for allegedly threatening the US citizens and siphoning off their money in Mira Road area of Thane, police said on Wednesday.

The raid was carried out by over 200 police personnel, mostly from the Crime Branch, late Tuesday night and continued in the wee hours on Wednesday, they said.

The persons operated from call centres in Mira Road locality, which comes under the jurisdiction of Thane Rural Police, and posed as officials of US Tax Department, which is equivalent to the Income Tax Department in India, police said.

They would call up the US citizens and demand their financial and bank details, failing which they would allegedly threaten them with dire consequences, including legal action.

After obtaining the requisite details from the American citizens, these call centre employees would siphon off money from their accounts, police said, adding daily turnover of such dealings was estimated to be over Rs 1 crore.

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September 30, 2016

Nuke Face Off: Pakistan threatens to DESTROY India with nuclear bomb as atomic enemies edge to the brink of war

Tensions have risen dramatically between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

Pakistan’s Defence Minister has threatened to “destroy” India – after India said on Thursday it had carried out “surgical strikes” on suspected militants preparing to infiltrate from Pakistan-ruled Kashmir.

The strikes, which were a response to shots fired across the de facto border through the disputed Himalayan territory, could lead to a military escalation between the two nuclear-armed neighbours – risking a ceasefire agreed in 2003.

Tensions have been heightened since an attack on an Indian military base in Kashmir earlier this month, which left 18 soldiers dead.

Both countries claim Kashmir in full, but rule separate parts – and have fought three wars over Kashmir since gaining independence from Britain in 1947.

Responding to India’s latest strikes, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said: “We will destroy India if it dares to impose war on us.

“Pakistan army is fully prepared to answer any misadventure of India.

“We have not made atomic device to display in a showcase.

“If a such a situation arises we will use it and eliminate India.”

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September 2, 2016

Long-missing U.S. student reportedly kidnapped in China in ’04, forced to tutor North Korean dictator (Video)

The province where Sneddon disappeared is in the far southwest corner of China, bordering Vietnam, Laos and Burma. When Sneddon’s father and two brothers traveled to China to retrace his footsteps, they encountered a dozen eyewitnesses who saw and interacted with Sneddon before he disappeared more than 70 miles beyond the gorge.

An American college student who disappeared in China 12 years ago and was believed to have died was in fact kidnapped and forced to work as Kim Jong Un’s personal tutor in Pyongyang, where he remains to this day, according to a South Korean activist organization.

David Sneddon, then a 24-year-old Brigham Young University student, disappeared in August 2004 while hiking in China’s Yunnan Province. When Chinese police and the U.S. Embassy could not find him, China said Sneddon likely fell to his death in Tiger Leaping Gorge — a theory his parents did not believe plausible.

Sneddon’s family claims on a website devoted to the search for him that they believe Sneddon was kidnapped by North Korea and is being held hostage there. The claim appears to have stemmed from information gathered over the years and recent comments from Choi Sung-yong, head of South Korea’s Abductees’ Family Union.

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