Sinophobia, and revenge porn monetised

4 May

Just another tale from the archives of US democracy in action. Craig Brittain, who last year ran for Arizona Senator as a Republican, was former owner of a website – IsAnyoneDown dot com – which posted nude pictures of women without their consent, then charged them hundreds of dollars to have them taken down. He has form on racism and misogyny.

The BBC isn’t running for Senate, does have a reputation to uphold, and yesterday ran a piece on why African states (beneficiaries of Belt & Road and an Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank which, unlike the IMF, loans billions to the global south without making them conditional on key sectors being privatised for Wall Street gain) aren’t buying the West’s relentless campaign on ‘Uighur genocide’.

Those who truly get how corporate media serve power, even while putting up a show of feisty opposition,1 will be unsurprised by the Beeb’s muted concession that the global south has seen only too well how the lofty banner of ‘human rights’ aids empire aggression. Unsurprised too to read that less pliant African states are as one with Beijing on the principle of non interference – and just waiting for the Beeb to get us back on message with a reassurance that:

Younger Africans may not be so impressed [with China] – they have an overwhelmingly positive view of the US and its development model.

Nevertheless, it warns:

the older generation and government leaders feel differently – and their decision to turn to China for infrastructure funding … has transformed the continent’s landscape with expansive roads, bridges, railways, ports and an internet infrastructure that has ensured the continent is not a pariah in the digital economy.

The wall-to-wall demonising of China by Western politicians and corporate media, though of a piece with decades of brazen hypocrisy on human rights, is now at levels which make it the gravest and most pressing threat confronting humanity. I recently posted three ‘China reads’, with introductions on why they matter. You could say I’ve gotten mighty interested in all things China. Only yesterday, in a reply to a reader, I followed my reasons (practical not ethical) for opposing violent opposition to state power, and my having no faith in either a parliamentary or revolutionary road out of barbarity, with this:

This won’t be popular with many – of right, left or liberal stripe – but my greatest hope now lies with the rise of China, with the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank challenge to the IMF and petrodollar hegemony, and with One Belt One Road’s to the willingness of five successive Washington administrations to bomb and/or impose lethal sanctions on any state looking to break free of the US orbit.

And as one interested in language and reason, frequently misused put-downs on social media get my attention. Conspiracy theory, fake news and – as a stock response by useful idiots to those who point out ‘our’ double standards – whataboutery are all cases in point. As is that equally misused latinate, ad hominem.

And as it happens, these two interests (though in the case of China that’s too small a word) joined up with the lesser theme of the delightful Craig Brittain in an FB exchange initiated by that BBC article.

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Same day update. The debate continues. Please excuse poor formatting of screen grabs, dismembered for ease of capture and poorly reassembled.

Update, May 10. Six days on, Craig Barlow, if that is his name, has not answered my question or made any further comment. Others on this thread, for brevity’s sake not reproduced here, have hinted that the shared initials may be telling. When I went to his page, as on occasion I do to check where an interlocutor is coming from, I find no posts. Is his a zombie profile? Could ‘Chris Barlow’ and Craig Brittain be one and the same man?

Other clues are a supercilious tone – “yawn” … “too thick” … “you are not doing well I’m afraid” – forensic linguists might find similar to the style of a man who, as the second source  linked from my opening paragraph says:

continues to have a generally disgusting way of talking to women, sometimes calling them unflattering c-words online, or flat-out telling them their “womanlives” are worth nothing. Because how else can you run a revenge porn site unless you think women are subhuman?

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  1. Chomsky: “The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum.”

5 Replies to “Sinophobia, and revenge porn monetised

  1. Corporate, and increasingly some self professed “alternative”, media promoting less than accurate information?

    Say it ain’t so!

    They’ll be telling us the Zinoviev letter was genuine next!

  2. Dear Phillip,

    Having read your post I then went on to read another excellent article, this time by Greyzone – Max Blumenthal. It really is another good read on the devastating way HRW, NED’s, anti communist propaganda outlets and other sinophobic institutions are operating against the interests of uyghur’s in China’s semi autonomous region of Xiangang province. Needless to say, much of what Max reports resonates so much with what you are conveying with regard African states.

    Well done, as usual. Here’s a link which may or may not work:

    Xinjiang shakedown: US anti-China lobby cashed in on ‘forced labor’ campaign that cost Uyghur workers their jobs – By Max Blumenthal

    Best wishes,
    🙂 Susan

    • Hi Susan and thanks for that Blumenthal link. I’ve read it and am pondering another ‘China reads’ post. I’d also include a very recent offering from Greanville Post on how US backing of unrest in Myanmar – under the fig leaf, of course, of democracy – is aimed at thwarting oil dependent China in its project of building a pipeline which (while benefiting Myanmar) would make her less vulnerable, as relations worsen, to US naval blockade – of Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Shanghai and that whole eastern seaboard – at choke points, most obviously the Malacca Strait, in the South China Sea.

      Or it might inform a generic piece, using Syria, Xinjiang and Myanmar as case studies, on how the echo chambers of a few US backed agencies – White Helmets, Bellingcat and explicitly anti-communist entities like Adrian Zeng and Human Rights Watch – are tapped by Western Media (often via useful idiot journalists, though the Luke Harding school can’t be ruled out) to give the impression of a vast range of impeccable sources unanimous that horrendous abuses are being perpetrated by states which, by pure coincidence, challenge America’s economic supremacy. Typically such agencies are funded through the National Endowment for Democracy and/or George Soros. When things get really dirty, of course, they are funded by mechanisms which don’t so much bamboozle Congressional oversight as bypass it altogether – as in deep state within the deep state CIA gun running and narcotics.

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