BioEdge |Sunday, May 28, 2017 | BioEdge |
Are Chinese police collecting DNA for all Muslims in Xinjiang province?
by Michael Cook | 28 May 2017 |
Xinjiang borders on several Muslim-majority countries, including Afghanistan, and there is simmering discontent amongst the Uighurs. Some have joined ISIS and Al-Qaeda. There have been a number of lethal knife attacks and bombings by separatists. The central government has responded by encouraging migration by Han Chinese and by greatly increased surveillance and repression. According to AP, these include “Those have included mandatory satellite tracking systems for vehicles in some areas, rewards for terror-related tips and prohibitions against women wearing veils and men growing beards.”
“Xinjiang is already an oppressive region with a high level of surveillance,” said Human Rights Watch researcher Maya Wang. “To collect even more information on a mass scale unrelated to criminal investigation opens the door for an even greater level of surveillance and control.”
Sunday, May 28, 2017
I can't say that I agree with Nietzsche on everything, but he was onto something when he wrote, "what does not kill a database makes it stronger".
We were hit by a bug over the weekend and this mini-Götterdämmerung has delayed the newsletter. But soon, touch wood, it will be stronger than ever. Thanks, Friedrich.
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