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Feb 2 7 tweets 4 min read
SCOOP: Olympic athletes are getting ready to boycott the opening ceremony in Beijing… by me @PostOpinions #Beijing2022 #BoycottBeijing2022 #BoycottBeijingOlympics
"Activists told me that athletes from at least two Western teams confirmed they will not be attending the Opening Ceremonies as their personal form of protest."…
.@Dotseten of @SFTHQ: “The simple gesture of skipping out on the Opening Ceremonies can be a tremendous opportunity for athletes to show solidarity and compassion... Athletes, you have a voice, your gesture of solidarity can make a difference.”…
Several athletes expressed fear of being arrested by Chinese authorities if they protested. Some might explain why they skipped the Opening Ceremonies only after the games ended, remaining silent while in China to avoid punishment.…
Athletes might be used for propaganda by the CCP. A briefing document for athletes warns they should not take pictures with Chinese officials who might be connected to human rights abuses and avoid posing in front of slogans they can’t read.…
In 2022, the Olympics is being held in a country perpetrating a genocide. Any athletes protesting those abuses, even by boycotting the Opening Ceremonies, are standing up for human rights everywhere. They deserve our admiration, protection and support.…
cc: CCP propaganda mouthpiece @LiuXininBeijing, who I'm sure will say I made the whole thing up, and then when it happens, pivot to saying I'm wagging the dog of U.S. foreign policy (neither of which is true). #WhereIsPengShuai…

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More from @joshrogin

Feb 4
.@NBCNews both-sides approach to the Uyghur genocide:

“Western governments... allege... a systematic repression of Muslim Uyghurs"

“It has to be said that the Chinese government emphatically denies all of this. They say that accusations of genocide are the lie of the century.”
@NBCNews As China parades out minority groups it is oppressing, @nbc continues presenting it (misleadingly) as just a US concern:

“The Biden administration cited ongoing human rights abuses by the Chinese government against the Uyghurs… as the reason for the diplomatic boycott.”
@NBCNews @nbc I counted about 75 total Canadian athletes in their Opening Ceremony delegation, which would be less than half of Team Canada's #Beijing2022 roster.
Read 7 tweets
Jan 26
New: Biden has given NATO a veto over new U.S. troop deployments to Europe… by me @PostOpinions
The 8,500 troops Biden has ordered to prepare to go to Eastern Europe if Russia invades Ukraine can only be deployed by a consensus vote of all 30 NATO member countries. That could result in a bureaucratic disaster in the middle of the crisis...…
... and effectively give a veto over the deployments to countries such as Germany, Hungary or Turkey — a situation Russian President Vladimir Putin is sure to exploit.…
Read 7 tweets
Jan 19
Biden says he still has leverage against Putin in the form of the threat of sanctions:

“He’s never seen sanctions like the ones I’ve promised will be imposed if he moved.”
Biden says the European countries will stand with a tough punishment for the Russian economy if Putin invades:

“The idea NATO is not going to be united, I don’t buy.”
Biden says if Russia invades, they will be cut off from international financial transactions:

“Their banks are not going to be able to deal in dollars.”

Recent reports suggest Germany not on board with that threat.…
Read 10 tweets
Jan 19
New: House Republicans aim sanctions at Putin, his family and his mistress… by me @washingtonpost
@washingtonpost .@RepublicanStudy National Security Task Force Chairman @RepJoeWilson:

“The time to deter conflict is before it happens. We need to go after Putin directly and his network of kleptocrats and oligarchs. Weakness is provocative..."…
.@BHL warns @AtlanticCouncil that after Putin invades, it will be too late to respond:

“It would have a huge domino effect... The whole world would be disorganized by that. And America, behind its trenches, its fortress, would be isolated.”… @ACEurasia
Read 5 tweets
Jan 5
NEW: The office of @SpeakerPelosi has issued a statement on the Chinese government's sanctioning of several @USCIRF officials:

“The U.S. Congress strongly condemns the Chinese Communist Party’s retaliatory actions against religious freedom leaders..."

@SpeakerPelosi @USCIRF 2/?

"...which directly follow our passage and President Biden’s enactment of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act. The Chinese government’s abuse against the Uyghur people and other Muslim minorities is genocide,..."
@SpeakerPelosi @USCIRF 3/?

"..and its intimidation tactics will not deter the United States from taking strong action to address this horror. On a bipartisan and bicameral basis, Congress is committed to standing with these human rights champions..."
Read 4 tweets
Dec 3, 2021
Exclusive: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman personally told Senator Jeff Merkley the administration wants to slow down and water down the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act.… @washingtonpost
The State Dept insists that it is not lobbying against the bill, but at the same time one of their top officials is communicating concerns on behalf of the administration privately to the Dem senator co-sponsor, which is not exactly supporting the bill, is it. That's the nuance.
Meanwhile, Pelosi is claiming to be a strong supporter of the bill, but even after she brings the House to the floor next week, there's no plan to get it reconciled with the Senate. And Pelosi's office told it still might get wrapped into a larger China bill package. Clear as mud
Read 6 tweets

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