Somaly Mam: The Holy Saint (and Sinner) of Sex Trafficking

Simon Marks of the Newsweek published a lengthy article about Somaly Mam, one of Time’s 100 most influential people in 2009. It turns out that key pieces of her story were largely fabricated in order to gain support from the public for her cause and foundation.

Mam’s tale raises an important question, is it acceptable to use lie to attract support for a noble cause?

Before answering this question, let’s glimpse back the history:

In 1930s, a German politician promised to solve the economy and political crisis of German after World War I. After his election till his death, more than 50 million people died.

In the end of 1950s, a Chinese leader mobilized the entire country on an economic and social campaign to improve the life of Chinese people. Millions of people died within four years during the campaign.

In 2003, US military force invaded Iraq in order to disarm the latter from weapons of massive destruction (WMD). After eight years, no WMD had been found and millions of Iraq civilian died in the war.

Will we ever learn any lesson from these tragedies?

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http://www.npr.org/2014/04/01/282496855/can-a-television-network-be-a-church-the-irs-says-yes

What is the financial status of churches? NPR’s investigation of television network Daystar opens a door towards the secretive financial world of some self-claimed churches. No wonder churches are so politically powerful  in U.S.

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by | April 2, 2014 · 12:04 am

Talking about legitimacy

Day before Crimea holds a referendum on leaving Ukraine, our “free press” and western governments shout out loudly about its illegitimacy. But Russia, backing the referendum, does not give a sh*t to us. Why? Because we have showed them that legitimacy means nothing. Let’s take a hard look at just a few famous examples in the past:

In 1953, when CIA and M16 backed army general Fazlollah Zahedi forced legally elected Iranian Prime Minister Mohammed Mosaddeq out of office in a coup, we did not call it ‘illegitime’. Instead, we supported Iran’s new autocracy government for decades till it was overthrown by the Iranian Islam Revolution

In 2011, democratically elected Egypt President Mohamed Morsi was ousted by a military coup. Today, we still give the illegal Egypt military government billions of dollars annual aid.

Not long ago, when Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych was forced out of office by none of the three legal means documented in Ukraine Constitution (death, quit, or impeachment), we unconditionally embraced the new illegal Ukraine government without any hesitation. It quickly turned out that we supported the unrest and deliberately backed the massacre to increase the tension at Kiev.

Now we call Crimea’s referendum “illegitimate”. What a joke!

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Leaked Phone Call: Kiev Snipers Hired by US-Backed Opposition

They did it again! It sounds so familiar, right? Not long ago, our “free press” was all over the Syria’s rumored chemical weapon attack. Assad was assumed guilty even before any evidence showed that such attack truly happened. When Assad was about to win the civil war, a true chemical weapon attack was aired. The western governments quickly pointed fingers to Assad even before UN investigators entered Syria to gather evidence.

So is Viktor Yanukovich in Ukraine this time. Shortly after an agreement was established between the US-backed opposition and Yanukovich government, snipers killed protestors in Kiev. This caused a huge outcry from western governments and our “free press”, resulting to political collapse of Yanukovich government. The opposition force was much more successful than Syrian rebels.

The only difference between Ukraine and Syria is that this time, a leak happened, proving western is actually behind the scene. But, such news has little value since it does not reinforce the perception that all we westerners did are good and all they (eastern, russia, syria, etc) did are wrong. Thus, our “free press” will not pay much attention to it.

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Teach Kids to Love, Not to Kill!

This was a speech by Dr. Li on a demonstration protesting ABC News Corporation and Jimmy Kimmel at Boston today.

What a Journey

Chunyan Li, Ph.D.
11/8/2013

Dear all,

How long does it take us to get here today? One hour? Two hours? For me, it is 20 years! 20 years ago I arrived at this land of the free, full of ideals, perhaps from listening too much to radio Voice of America. 20 years later my sons join me to protest against ABC’s spreading of racial hatred and violence. What is wrong with this picture?

I ask my teenage son whether we should just treat “killing Chinese” as a joke. He said this demonstrates what the society and media had been feeding our young kids. My heart sank. Is America moving forward or backward?

Now I ask again: How long does it take us to get here?

I don’t know about you, but the last 20 days seem longer than my 20 years. Those of us who stand here today must have been reading, writing, arguing, and agonizing over confusing pieces of reports and commentaries. And we ask ourselves, are we being unreasonable? Is our English that bad that we don’t know what an apology is?

On 10/28, the night of our first protest, Mr. Kimmel said, “today is a weird day…I am sorry if I offended anyone.” I ask ABC, who is the weird one? Who truly apologizes if he doesn’t even say sorry for what? Sorry to whom? To the Chinese whose sense of tranquility is forever disturbed? To our kids whom we try so hard to shield from pain and harm? To the schools that teach kids the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King? ABC, do you call that an apology?

In a letter to 80-20, ABC still claims it only entertains. Why is joking about killing Chinese so entertaining? Is it because we are always so nice? My friend’s sweet 11-year old wants to write on his poster, “do not take advantage of us.” I first didn’t understand, then found out he meant “don’t take advantage of us because we are nice.” That broke my heart!!! ABC and Mr. Kimmel, we hold you accountable for taking away our children’s precious sense of security. And we hold you accountable for sowing the seeds of hatred in other children’s minds.

On 10/29, Mr. Kimmel even resorted to the ridiculous notion of cultural difference. I ask him, what cultural difference do you mean? A culture of hard work, respect, harmony versus a culture of violence and racial hatred? Then I admit there is an unbridgeable difference between Kimmel and us. We know what’s right, what’s wrong. And we know what humor is too! Yet we have no tolerance of your malicious joke, subsequent insult on air, then the absurd reference to culture. This only proves Mr. Kimmel you are unfit to be a public figure.

ABC, stop blaming cultural differences for your own mistakes! Except for Native Americans, all are immigrants with unique traits. Yet we share the basic value of human dignity. Stop magnifying the differences in skin colors, or accents!

I ask a third time, how long does it take us to get here? Our friends started telling us there is another written apology somewhere. Who in real life is given so many third chances? Yet I ponder, are we asking too much? I discovered to my dismay that in that written letter, Mr. Kimmel is still hiding behind the 6-year old. Come on Mr. Kimmel, you think our anger is on a 6-year old? Our anger is on your malicious question “Should we allow the Chinese to live?” Our anger is on your subsequent arrogant ridicule. Our rage is on ABC for not letting the public know the truth of these so called apologies.

America is the home of the brave. ABC, show our kids you have the courage of admitting wrong doing, show our kids you have the guts to take responsibility by dismissing Mr. Kimmel. Show us you have the resolve to institute procedures to prevent future incidences. ABC, do NOT hide behind a 6-year old! Show us what a major network can do to right its wrong!

Twenty years, twenty days. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Who doesn’t want to be happy? But without life, what is liberty? Without liberty, what is happiness? Let’s join hands in our pursuit of human dignity.

Teach kids to love, not to kill!

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Blame-China-4-Everything and The Road to Holocaust

The following is onetiemyshoe’s comment on Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night talk show on ABC aired on Oct 16, 2013. It explains why the Chinese and Chinese-American community are outrageous on the show. Here is another article giving more detailed analysis on this incident.

Some poster described encountering objection by Jewish Americans on the Holocaust comparison.

The parallel with Holocaust is not only the “kill everyone in China” comment. The parallel started when Jimmy Kimmel while talking about the government shutdown, asked the loaded question: “We owe the Chinese a lot of money, 1.3 trillion dollars.” then he invited the little kids to come up with solutions and led to the notorious line “kill everyone in China”.

This is called “race scapegoating”, or “race baiting”. The US holds 10+ trillion dollar debt and $50 trillion unfunded liabilities, to many countries and to it’s own people. Yet the Chinese debt is cited as cause for special concern, gets the main blame for government shutdown.

Before Holocaust, the Nazis did exactly the same kind of media manipulation, scapegoating Jews for the defeat in WW I, for the war debts demanded by the French, for the Weimar inflation, for everything. This kind of rhetoric paved the way for Kristallnacht then to Holocaust. The road to gas chambers started with a simple “blame-the-Jew” rhetoric device, continued to “kill-every-Jew” jokes that nobody believed in, finally it became Holocaust, a human tragedy.

That is why we make the parallel. First it was “blame-the-Chinese” for everything, then it’s “kill every Chinese” jokes that seems acceptable to a lot of people. This is where we draw the line. Cause and effect and parallels are so indisputable that we must draw the line. We sow hatred we reap violence.

And when we said “never again”, we meant “never again”. Apologize for hurting the Jewish feelings. But the parallel exists and ask their help to revise our language in a way to get the Jewish support.

Because our common goal is “Never again”.

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An Example of Media Bias

Miss Representation is the award-winning documentary film that exposes how mainstream media contributes to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman or girl to feel powerful herself.

http://www.missrepresentation.org/the-film/

Like female politicians or not, it is a real shame for our “free media” to abuse without reservation the women in public office.

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