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PI Newsletter #145

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

1.  Biden urges G7 leaders to create unified front to counter China

G7 attendees

Leaders of the world’s largest economies unveiled an infrastructure plan Saturday for the developing world to compete with China’s global initiatives, but there was no immediate consensus on how forcefully to call out Beijing over human rights abuses.

Citing China for its forced labor practices is part of President Joe Biden’s campaign to persuade fellow democratic leaders to present a more unified front to compete economically with Beijing. But while they agreed to work toward competing against China, there was less unity on how adversarial a public position the group should take.

Canada, the United Kingdom and France largely endorsed Biden’s position, while Germany, Italy and the European Union showed more hesitancy during Saturday’s first session of the Group of Seven summit, according to a senior Biden administration official. The official who briefed reporters was not authorized to publicly discuss the private meeting and spoke on condition of anonymity.

https://www.france24.com/en/europe/20210612-g7-summit-leaders-set-to-announce-global-pandemic-prevention-plan

2. NATO Leaders to Discuss Russian Disinformation, China: Merkel

Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) – Leaders of NATO countries will discuss topics including the challenges posed by Russia and China at their Brussels summit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday, highlighting the need to respond to Moscow’s disinformation campaigns.

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2021-06-14/nato-leaders-to-discuss-russian-disinformation-china-merkel

AMERICAN SOCIETY

3.  Peer Reviewed Healthcare Journal Publishes Article Claiming Whiteness Is “Malignant, Parasitic-like Condition” Requiring Unspecified Treatment

An article published by a man named Donald Moss in the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, a bi-monthly peer-reviewed scholarly publication, advances the racist – and according to critics, potentially genocidal  – notion that “whiteness” is a “malignant” health ailment that can only be treated through “psychic and social-historical interventions.”

“Whiteness is a condition one first acquires and then one has—a malignant, parasitic-like condition to which ‘white’ people have a particular susceptibility,” Moss writes in the abstract of the paper, titled “On Having Whiteness.” Moss adds, “The condition is foundational, generating characteristic ways of being in one’s body, in one’s mind, and in one’s world.”

Peer Reviewed Healthcare Journal Publishes Article Claiming Whiteness Is ‘Malignant, Parasitic-like Condition’ Requiring Unspecified ‘Treatment’

4.  ‘Even North Korea is not this nuts’: Defector slams ‘woke’ US schools

Yeonmi Park

“I expected that I was paying this fortune, all this time and energy, to learn how to think. But they are forcing you to think the way they want you to think,” Park ​told​ Fox News. “I realized, wow, this is insane. I thought America was different but I saw so many similarities to what I saw in North Korea that I started worrying.”

[…]Her classes were filled with anti-American sentiment, she said, that reminded her of life ​in North Korea.​

https://nypost.com/2021/06/14/north-korean-defector-slams-woke-us-schools/?utm_medium=browser_notifications&utm_source=pushly&utm_campaign=1090462

THREATS TO THE WESTERN WORLD

5.  Defense Reset

We cannot survive without the defense of our sovereignty and independence

Of 56 categories in the last seven Gallup Polls, national security is ranked by less than half a percent of respondents as the most important problem facing the U.S., and yet its effect on whether we stand or fall is equal to that of all other problems combined, even should we descend into nightmarish shambles as in the Civil War, with the defense of our sovereignty and independence, just as then, we can survive. Without it, we cannot.

Essential to survival is, and always has been, a clear and profound understanding of the correlation of military forces among nations, something rare for politicians, journalists, academics, or the public, encumbered as are most by ideology, ignorance of the facts, and wishful thinking, all of which act synergistically one upon the other. Thus the illusion that now and in the future our position is and will be secure.

As Shakespeare would phrase it, “in the gross and scope” of things, America’s global prospects aren’t encouraging.

[…]

European militaries recently were many times more powerful than now and held together in NATO by gravitating around forward-deployed U.S. forces an order of magnitude stronger than at present. Russia, too, is less powerful, but its unified command, expanding and illicit nuclear arsenal, lax nuclear doctrine, and popular support for defense make it more of a martial threat than in the heyday of the Warsaw Pact. In purely military terms, it can overrun Poland and Germany. In military/political terms, little prevents it from reconquering the Baltic Republics in a day. Russian and Chinese encroachment upon Europe—military, pipelines, ports, economic warfare, and political subversion—subtracts from Europe the residual power it might have contributed in the Indo-Pacific.

The full article, with a subscription, can be accessed here:

https://claremontreviewofbooks.com/defense-rests/

6.  Self-Criticism. A Conversation with Göran Adamson

  • In 2017, three out of four people suspected of murder in Sweden were migrants — a figure that seems frightfully high. The funny thing is that the Swedish Social Democrats, and others you might call multiculturalists — the “politically correct” — they have not been interested in investigating this, even though these are issues that Swedish people are talking about.
  • In Sweden, however, what people talk about are “socioeconomic factors” — which they claim are the causes behind everything: crime, rape, marginalization, exclusion, unemployment and financial issues. The multiculturalists link these issues to our country and say they are something we are to blame for. Those are completely different from culture, which is something that people bring with them when they come to Sweden.
  • “Culture,” they repeat over and over again, “has nothing to do with it!” So we ask them, “Then how do you explain that migrants from, say, Vietnam or Thailand, have a far lesser propensity for crime than migrants from other parts of the world?”
  • Orwell said something like, “I know enough about the working class not to idealize it.” You can apply the same concept to… fantasies about other cultures: the fact that we know very little about them because if we knew enough… we would not idealize these countries the way many academics in Sweden, Paris, or London are doing: we would know too much.
  • Another aspect here relates to when migrants come to Sweden. They are greeted by those who know very little about their own culture, who care very little about it and who are happy to compare it unfavorably to other cultures. Almost like a pastime. “Oh, you know, the way we treat homosexuals or women or migrants or structural racism in Sweden…” It is simply not true. We all have these dinners and just sit around and harass our own country, and everyone else does the same and we love it.
  • If people come to Sweden, how are they supposed to respect Swedish culture if we do not respect it ourselves? But in Sweden, we are not allowed to do that. In basically every other country, every other culture, people have a certain respect — even in dictatorships, they love their country, the tradition, and so on. In dictatorships, of course, if they do not love their country, they are not allowed to say so. If Sweden is such a bad place, why is everyone coming here?… No one is escaping from Sweden to Yemen.
  • It is as if we simply cannot accept the fact that we are fortunate and privileged because it goes against our own self-deception…. This whole self-critical, self-harassing attitude is a perfect way to avoid the kind of shame of being privileged. This self-critical attitude among scores of Western elites can only occur in wealthy societies. It is an odd fruit among those who are troubled by the fact that they are privileged and fortunate. But why on earth be troubled by it? Why be ashamed by all those before us who made our country so successful? This is just head-spinningly grotesque.
  • So, this is a one-sided tolerance: self-criticism, even if sometimes possibly justified, is replaced by self-annihilation. An idea fostered from above by political elites whereby Western cultures, Western traditions, Western ideas are being dismissed for the benefit of some kind of multicultural veneration and idealization of anything exotic — the more exotic, the better.
  • You could say that this whole focus on…. sexual identities and so forth sounds not only like sidetracking, but also an attempt to… engage people in… relatively unimportant battles while there are much more important battles to be fought. Most prominently, the battle against globalization, neo-liberalism, the dismantling of national borders, and the intensifying aggression of predatory nations. Those are the most important.

Göran Adamson, an associate professor of sociology with a PhD from the London School of economics, is engaged in public debate in Sweden focusing on issues of free speech and diversity; and an outspoken critic of “multiculturalism.” His most recent book — Masochist Nationalism: Multicultural Self-hatred and the Infatuation with the Exotic — was published by Routledge in March 2021.

https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/17411/goran-adamson

COVID, PANDEMIC

7.  ‘Breaking the News’: How Pro-China Corporate Media and Left-Wing Activists Gutted Reporting on the Wuhan Coronavirus

As has become clear in recent weeks, the establishment media and Silicon Valley Masters of the Universe were never particularly interested in doing accurate reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic.

As I document in my new bestselling book, Breaking the News: Exposing the Establishment Media’s Hidden Deals and Secret Corruption, the press sought to turn the virus into “God’s gift to the left” (that’s Jane Fonda’s terminology, not mine), pushing a narrative that we are all victims of the Trump Virus and the former president’s supposed incompetence. The only solution, we were told, was a massive expansion of government and more corporate control over our lives

[…] Perhaps more interesting, though, is that many of the newsrooms and tech platforms that control the vast majority of the flow of information on the pandemic have deep financial ties to China – or would like to have them one day.

https://www.breitbart.com/the-media/2021/06/06/breaking-the-news-how-pro-china-corporate-media-and-left-wing-activists-gutted-reporting-on-the-wuhan-coronavirus/

8.  2018 Video Shows Wuhan Lab Partner Scheming on How to Make Money from a Pandemic

WATCH: 2018 Video Shows Wuhan Lab Partner Scheming on How to Make Money from a Pandemic.

 

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