Maybe you have heard the story, related in the press as Gospel truth, that the PRC is executing members of a religious cult known as the Falun Gong and harvesting their organs. The source of these stories in the press is a group calling itself the China Tribunal, which serves as a newsfeed service. The stories are invariably about how China mistreats its minorities, notably the Falun Gong, to which the group is linked.
The cult was founded by Li Hongzhi, who fancies himself the saviour of all mankind. An article in Pitt News quotes Li’s book as follows:
“Master [Li] has spread Dafa for ten years. Even in the human world, predestinations have changed. The comet catastrophe predestined in history is no more, the third world war has been averted, and the peril in 1999 from the cycle of formation-stasis-degeneration-destruction of Heaven and Earth will never recur … How wonderful. Wonderful. Truly Wonderful!”
In an interview with Time, Li claims he can levitate himself just like David Copperfield but will not do it, and that he can heal the sick but also will not do that. But read the interview in Time. It is instructional and entertaining.
Now, here is the question: why would news agencies all over the West believe a single word this obviously deranged fanatic says?
Oh, that’s right, it’s hate China season, as declared by Donald Trump, who wants to be re-elected in November no matter what it takes.
With all that in mind, let’s take a look at a document from a Chinese embassy site that quotes from a US State Department letter of April 14, 2006, in the Bush era. Be careful not to get confused because this is a repost from Oct 24, 2012 but the official letter is from 2006. The letter contains notes [in brackets] from Vince Dhimos. Note that a photocopy of this State Department letter is posted by Scribd here: https://es.scribd.com/document/111072539/United-States-Department-of-State-refutes-rumor-of-Falun-Gong-organ-harvesting
Also note that Scribd is in this for the money, although they give you a preview with which you might be able to copy their photocopy by hand. Or you may pay the $8 plus fee for a one-month membership and download your own copy.
United States Department of State refutes rumor of Falun Gong "organ harvesting"
Kaiwind.com, Oct. 24, 2012 - On April 14, 2006, United States Department of State spokesman Sean McCormack claimed that, through field investigation, the United States has found no evidence to support the allegations of Falun Gong's "organ harvesting".
The article U.S. Finds No Evidence of Alleged Concentration Camp in China published on April 16, 2006 on Usinfo.state.gov, the website of US International Information Programs (IIP), said: "U.S. representatives have found no evidence to support allegations that a site in northeast China has been used as a concentration camp to jail Falun Gong practitioners and harvest their organs, according to the U.S. Department of State. Officers and staff from the U.S. embassy in Beijing and the U.S. consulate in Shenyang have visited the area and the specific site on two separate occasions. In these visits the officers were allowed to tour the entire facility and grounds and found no evidence that the site is being used for any function other than as a normal public hospital." [Now, ask yourself, given the description of Falun Gong founder Li Hongzhi, should I not take things that he reports – including the alleged organ harvesting by the PRC—with a whole salt shaker full of salt? China’s economic results during the pandemic are surprisingly good, with GDP results in the positive range compared to the US’s deeply negative figures. The country also has increased its exports to its Asian partners in contrast to the US’s awful export data this this period. China will only lose perhaps 11% of its export sales if decoupled from the US. Trump apparently thinks the US is more important economically to China than it actually is and that the US can come out “winning” the economic war with a country that produces tens of times more than the US. In other words, the big time loser in the economic wars probably won’t be China. Decoupling will predictably hurt the US much more because China has the option to substitute energy and food products elsewhere. Australia, which is not much more than a sock puppet of Washington, tried getting tough with China to please the US and now faces a half-billion dollar loss of its barley exports. A similar fate awaits the US but re-election comes first I guess.]
Why did the United States Department of State send such a statement?
On March 9, 2006, Falun Gong website Epochtimes.com [rabidly anti-PRC] published the article titled Shenyang Concentration Camp Sets Cremator for Selling Falun Gong Practitioners' Organs, claiming that there was a secret camp in Sujiatun District, Shenyang City, the capital of Northeast China's Liaoning Province, over 6,000 Falun Gong members were arrested there and were cremated after "organ harvesting". After that, Falun Gong has been spreading rumors around "Sujiatun Concentration Camp", lobbying some politicians from certain countries, and holding some so-called protesting activities.
Since the rumor is too outrageous, it has drawn countless questions from the beginning.
Falun Gong changed tone immediately, and fabricated the so-called "concentration camp" to Liaoning Thrombus Treatment Center of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine (commonly known as Sujiatun Thrombus Hospital). Besides, Falun Gong also published the hospital's photos and the so-called cremator online.
The Falun Gong disinformation has been repeatedly rejected by Chinese authorities.
On March 31, 2006, the direct rumor victim Liaoning Thrombus Treatment Center of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine clarified the fact on Thrombusres-cn.net, the website of "Network of China Thrombus Disease Research". Locating in downtown, the hospital is classified as second-level first-class, with no ability of "removing human organs" in the aspects of medical instruments, equipment level, physicians permission etc. Moreover, the hospital cannot keep 6,000 people at all with only 300 beds, and the so-called cremator is just the general boiler of the hospital.
On April 4, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman refuted the rumors of Falun Gong in response to the reporter of AP.
On April 12, Sujiatun district government and Liaoning Thrombus Treatment Center of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine held a news conference held in the State Council, and condemned the despicable act of Falun Gong.
After the rumors appeared, many media in and out of China went to Sujiatun for on-the-spot interview. For example, China News Agency on March 24, Japan's NHK, Hongkong's Phoenix TV and Ta Kung Pao on March 31 visited Sujiatun and the Hospital respectively. Phoenix TV pointed out clearly in the report that the secret "concentration camp" of Falun Gong didn't exist at all.
On April 12, in the press conference held by Chinese State Council Information Office, CNN, Washington Post, Reuters, AP, Singapore United Morning Post, Phoenix TV of Hongkong and Japan's Asahi Shimbun, totally 11 domestic and foreign media conducted live interviews. They all reported that Sujiatun government and Liaoning Thrombus Treatment Center of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine refuted Falun Gong rumor with facts. The caption of Reuters was China Condemned Falun Gong of "Concentration Camp".
The United States embassy consulate officials visited Sujiatun twice. On March 22, a Shenyang-based official from the United States Consulate conducted a comprehensive visit on the Hospital. He favored the hospital's environment and medical conditions, and agreed to introduce the hospital to his friends.
Subsequently, the Associated Press interviewed the United States Embassy of Beijing. According to the report, a spokeswoman from the United States Embassy of Beijing said: "According to all the information we have been able to obtain thus far, the site is functioning only as a hospital."
On April 14, Consul General David Kombluth of US Consulate General in Shenyang and other two officials from US Embassy paid a thorough three-and-a-half-hour visit to the Hospital, including its lab of pharmacology, surgery room, canteen storage, garage, trash house, boiler room, chimney, archives as well as its neighborhood. On the same day, US Department of State released its report on the two investigations.
Photocopy of State Department letter mentioned above: https://es.scribd.com/document/111072539/United-States-Department-of-State-refutes-rumor-of-Falun-Gong-organ-harvesting
Egyptian Army kills 21 militants in 2 simultaneous attacks
By News Desk
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:40 P.M.) – On Saturday, the Egyptian Ministry of Interior announced that 21 militants were killed in two simultaneous attacks in the northern region of the Sinai Peninsula.
The ministry said in a statement on Saturday that “information was available to the National Security Sector about the presence of a group of terrorist elements on a farm in North Sinai, which served as a headquarters for accommodation and training and planning for the implementation of hostilities and for them to pay a number of their elements to focus on a house in the Bir al-Abd area to carry out terrorist operations in conjunction with Eid al-Fitr.”
They added, “The two groups were targeted simultaneously and exchanges of fire with those elements resulted in the killing of 14 terrorists on a farm in the Bir al-Abd area, which the terrorists took for the purpose of accommodation, training and planning, in addition to killing 7 members of a house simultaneously, along with two officers wounded while dealing with terrorist elements.”
The North Sinai Governorate is witnessing a major military campaign launched by the Egyptian forces against terrorist groups in this region.
Most of these groups are factions under the Islamic State’s (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorist wing, who continue to wreak havoc in areas across the North Sinai Governorate.
Source: Sputnik Arabic
Libyan special forces capture key city south of Tripoli
By News Desk
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 P.M.) – The special forces of the Libyan National Army, led by their commander Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, announced that they have tightened control over the city of Mazda in the western mountain region, south of the capital, Tripoli.
A spokesman for the special forces, also known as Al-Sa’iqah (Arabic for “thunderbolt”), in the the LNA, Miloud Zoui said on Friday that the 23rd Company of the 1st Battalion, after entering Mazda, is working to secure the eastern and western gates of the city after expelling the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) forces from it.
The Libyan National Army, supported by a local militia from the city of Zintan, began to deploy in Mazda and along the highway to the cities of Gharyan and Al-Asaba.
It is important to note that the Government of National Accord forces captured Al-Asaba on Friday after launching a heavy attack on the Libyan National Army’s positions.
Since capturing Al-Asaba, the Government of National Accord forces have shifted their attention to the strategic city of Tarhouna, which is where the Libyan National Army is preparing to make a big stand against these Turkish-backed troops.
On Monday, the GNA announced that they had captured the strategic Al-Watiyah Airbase after more than a month of intense clashes with the Libyan National Army.