China is watching

Featured image: Outline of China on my WordPress stats.

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By Marielena Montesino de Stuart

As a former candidate for the U.S. Senate (on the Ballot – Republican 2012), and one unafraid to speak the truth, I have earned a strong national and international following.

My international readership includes some very oppressed parts of the world– but nothing compares to China, which is legendary for blocking and censoring internet access.  This includes constant and vigorous censorship of WordPress websites– because they serve as one of the strongest means for alternative media, where audacious writers are able to express what the mainstream media often refuses to mention. As such, I am aware that Chinese citizens have to go through alternative stealth means to read my commentaries.

In the past, I have written extensively about China, and became aware of their territorial presence on my website statistics. Now I am noticing that the flag of Communist China is appearing again on my website stats.  These are Communist Chinese government officials, given the strict censorship described above. And no, it is not Hong Kong– whose flag also appears on my stats, as per the images below.

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On WordPress Stats
FLAG OF HONG KONG on my WordPress Stats - Copyright © Marielena Montesino de Stuart. All rights reserved.Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 12.06.07 PM
On WordPress Stats

 

 

 

I am sure that the Communist thugs in Beijing do not like what I say about their abusive and corrupt practices.

China is watching… a reminder that I need to pound on them again.

Someone has to say the truth…

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Censored in China

By Marielena Montesino de Stuart

you_doodle_2016-02-29t01_43_11z-2He had grown accustomed to the perks that come with being a powerful property tycoon who plays according to the Communist Party rules– that is until his fingers got too happy on the keyboard. 

Ren Zhiqiang had over 30 million followers on his microblogging account. But everything came to a screeching halt when he criticized Xi Jinping, the President of Communist China. Mr. Ren asked for state media to serve the people of China- who, after all, are the ones who pay for access to media. Beijing’s government immediately took action to censor and shut down his account and issued statements accusing Mr. Ren of subversive activities against the government.

The BBC reports:

The Cyberspace Administration of China accused Mr. Ren of publishing “illegal messages that had a bad impact.”

As a Communist dictatorship, China maintains very strict Internet regulations– which include blocking major websites and censorship of posts by audacious bloggers. China’s censorship program is massive– given the fact that China represents the largest online population in the world.

China has issued new rules, which will take effect on March 10, banning foreign media and foreign joint ventures from posting content online without the blessing of Communist Party officials. The BBC’s English language website has been blocked in the past across China. On October 15, 2014, BBC Global News director, Peter Horrocks said it appeared to be “deliberate censorship,” on a BBC article titled “BBC’s website is being blocked across China.”

With this scenario in mind, I am not surprised that BBC’s China Editor, Carrie Gracie, is currently taking “long service leave” from China until the summer, and has returned to the U.K.

Here’s an excerpt from an article that appeared in The Guardian (28 February, 2016, titled: BBC’s Carrie Gracie: ‘China is difficult– a giant piece of history rising’):

China’s political situation worries her greatly. “The level of oppression, Orwellian security is very serious,” she says. “I feel perhaps I need to ratchet up the coverage over some of the sombre truths.

Last summer, some Hong Kong booksellers disappeared– and journalists are under constant threat. Lawyers are being imprisoned (but I must admit that the idea of trying to practice “law” under a Communist dictatorship is baffling!).

Xi Jinping is turning out to be Mao in a suit and tie. His reign of terror is driving underground just about anyone who opposes him. Or they leave China, before it’s too late.

Someone has to say the truth…
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