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Russia Extends Edward Snowden’s Asylum

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18th Jan 2017

A day after President Obama commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning, the Russian government clarified on Wednesday the fate of Edward J. Snowden, the other main source of secrets about United States surveillance in recent years.

Mr. Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor who was granted asylum in Russia in 2013, will be allowed to remain in the country for “a couple more years,” Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry, said on Facebook.

Mr. Snowden and his supporters have been campaigning for a pardon from President Obama, but the chances of clemency appear to be vanishingly small given that his name did not appear on a list of pardons on Tuesday.

Ms. Zakharova described her Facebook post as a rejection of an idea presented in a recent article in The Cipher Brief by a former acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Michael J. Morell. He suggested that Russia should extradite Mr. Snowden to the United States as a signal of good will to the incoming Trump administration.

Ms. Zakharova said that Mr. Morell’s suggestion of turning over Mr. Snowden would amount to “a gift” for the new American leader. That is apparently a gesture that Russia is not prepared to make, however, even though President-elect Donald J. Trump has spoken admiringly of Russia and its president, Vladimir V. Putin.

“The funniest thing is that the former deputy director of the C.I.A. !!! does not know that Snowden’s residence permit in Russia was just extended for a couple more years,” Ms. Zakharova wrote.

“And seriously, the essence of what the C.I.A. agent is suggesting is an ideology of betrayal,” she wrote. “You spoke, Mr. Morrell, and now it’s clear to everybody that in your office, it’s normal to bring gifts in the form of people, and to hand over those who seek defense.”

In an interview with The Guardian in September, Mr. Snowden argued that his revelations about government surveillance were not only morally right but that they also led to an overhaul of secrecy laws that benefited Americans.

“I think when people look at the calculations of benefit, it is clear that in the wake of 2013, the laws of our nation changed,” Mr. Snowden said. “Congress, the courts and the president all changed their policies as a result of these disclosures.”

Mr. Snowden is accused of violating the Espionage Act in the United States and would face at least 30 years in prison if convicted.

Some privacy advocates have lionized Mr. Snowden as a whistle-blower, while his opponents and government officials have cast him as a defector, particularly in light of his flight to Russia.

Mr. Snowden has taken pains to portray his exile as comfortable. He spends time with his girlfriend, Lindsay Mills, according to posts on social media, and he recently took a break from posting on Twitter for what he described as a vacation, presumably in Russia.

source:https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/18/world/europe/edward-snowden-asylum-russia.html

THE REAL LIFE HUNGER GAMES

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17th DEC 2016

A BRUTAL Russian reality show allowing “fighting, murder and rape” will see contestants armed with knives and dumped in the Siberian wilderness to battle bears, wolves and freezing temperatures.

The Hunger Games-style contest will see 30 participants – half of them women – ditched in the wild for a nine-month survival test in temperatures sinking to minus 40C or lower.

Contestants from different countries seeking a £1.3 million prize will be issued with knives but not guns and expected to hunt and fish for food to stay alive.

The shocking rules say: “Everything is allowed. Fighting, alcohol, murder, rape, smoking, anything.”

Russian millionaire Yevgeny Pyatkovsky, 35, is the brains behind the extreme contest – but says the show won’t take responsibility for what happens to the contestants.

He said: “We will refuse any claim of participants even if they were to be killed or raped.

“We will have nothing to do with this. This will be spelt out in a document to be signed by the participant before the start of the show.”

But while the show’s own rules are that absolutely anything goes, Russian criminal laws will still apply if contestants do end up turning savage.

Contestants are told if there is proof of criminality “the police will come and take you away”.

But critics claim the rules will lead to “savage and bestial behaviour” among contestants as they are forced to live like wild animals.

“It’s as if they’re trying to encourage rape or murder. There may be cameras around but they won’t see everything,” said one online commentator.

Called “Game2: Winter”, the participants – who must be over 18 and “mentally sane” – are expected to fork out £132,000 to take part, although some will be selected in an online poll and enter for free.

“There will be no film crew – the whole area will be dotted with cameras and each participant will be carrying a portable camera with seven-hour life rechargeable battery,” said Mr Pyatkovsky.

The survival contest will be screened online 24/7 using footage from 2,000 fixed cameras on a 2,225 acre slice of taiga, with translations into English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese and Arabic.

“Probably all of you have watched the Lost TV series, but surviving in a tropical climate is quite different from trying to stay alive in the Siberian taiga – boreal forest – at minus 40 degrees Celsius,” said the television executive.

He believes the show, which starts in July, will attract “rich and risky” people craving a new and ultimate challenge.

They will be given survival training from Russia’s elite former GRU Spetznaz operatives, but after that they will be on their own – coping with temperatures ranging from 35C in high summer to minus 40C or lower in the depths of the Siberian winter.

While the snow doesn’t melt, the area’s summers are balmy enough for bikini-clad snowboarders to take to the slopes every year.

He warned: “You should also keep in mind that this will be a real forest, with dangerous wildlife and harmful insects

“Of course, there will be some safety precautions in place, but it would still take about half an hour to reach the area where the show will take place by helicopter.”

“Those taking part will be urged to forage and store food before winter in order to survive the cold months,” reported The Siberian Times.

“In winter, contestants will need to catch fish through ice holes to feed themselves.”

So far the filmmakers have had interest from “professional rescuers, people without special training, professional travellers, entrepreneurs, photographers, jewellers and psychologists”.

Producer Nikolay Ginzburg said: “It sounds strange, but on this project it will be easier to survive not for a professional rescuer but for a simple person.

“It will be necessary to act intuitively, rather than following instructions.”

Each participant will have a panic button linked to a satellite. If they use it, they will be evacuated from the Siberian taiga, but not allowed to return.

All who survive nine months will share the prize.

“The show will absolutely extreme,” said Mr Pyatkovsky.

“There will be no doctors with the participants. If someone gets sick, wounded and realise that he/she can not pass the test, the helicopter will take him/her away to the doctors. Then the participant will quit the game forever.”

Contestants could take on board a few tips from our guide to surviving in the wild based on what we learnt from The Revenant, which sees Leonardo DiCaprio’s character mauled by a bear and left for dead.

Tips include not being a fussy eater, learning basic medical skills and how to improvise with what nature has given you.

The IT millionaire claims that as well as being screened on a dedicated web TV channel, there is interest from mainstream broadcasters in at least five countries to screen the survival show.

Mr Pyatkovsky previously hit the headlines for creating a controversial app which blocks calls from debt collectors.

 

 

source:https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2404086/russian-reality-tv-show/

The Communist Party of China plans to launch a bizarre ‘social credit’ system for its citizens

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25th Oct 2016

PICTURE a world where every single action you make is monitored by the federal government.

Accidentally running a stop sign on a deserted street at 3am? That’s on your record.

Subtly scanning those slightly-fancier $6.99/kilo apples as the ordinary $4.99/kilo ones? That’s on the record too, thief.

Posted a harmless narcissistic selfie to your social feed? The government is ogling you as we speak.

All your social media activity, job movement, leisure activities and online purchases are ranked and perpetually monitored.

Oh — and did we mention this whole thing is both public and mandatory?

It sounds like a creepy George Orwell knock-off, but China’s government is actually developing a “social credit system” in which it monitors each individual citizen and collates information about their day-to-day lives.

The Communist Party of China hopes the ambitious plan will create a culture of “sincerity”, where citizens will be kept in line.

The whole thing is designed to assess each individual person’s trustworthiness in the eyes of the government, and your actions have the power to dramatically alter the rest of your life.

Each person is given a numerical “score” that could determine whether they qualify for financial loans down to getting a nicer room in a hotel or a better table at a restaurant.

It can even affect how many dates you pull, because the information is publicly available, and your social circle can influence your number.

In other words, if you want to live the high life, you and everyone you associate with had better comply.

The Chinese government is hoping that every one of its 1.3 billion citizens will soon be enrolled in a national database that includes all these little details.

The idea has been in development since 2003, but China hopes it will be fully achieved by 2020. It could spark a dramatic shift in how citizens interact with each other and the outside world.

For example, posting pro-government statuses to social media, recycling and showing evidence of fiscal responsibility in your purchases will increase your score.

Wasteful spending, posting political opinions without permission and posting information the Chinese government deems controversial — such as about the Tiananmen Square massacre or Tibet — will decrease your score.

Last month, the Chinese government released a revised plan detailing how the elaborate system would work.

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A translation recently published by Oxford University China researcher Rogier Creemers points out that a person’s “score” would be publicly available and integral to their place in society.

It states: “Eliminate credit information obstacles between all localities, all departments as well as state organs and people’s organisations, social organisations, enterprises and undertaking work units, and move forward credit information interconnection, exchange and sharing according to the law.”

It also warns that any person or company who is deemed “untrustworthy” could see sanctions imposed on them: “All localities and all departments must carry out their proper functions, mutually co-ordinate, shape joint forces, and build credit supervision, warning and punishment systems where if trust is broken in one place, restrictions are imposed everywhere.”

What your friends say and do can also influence your public score — a feature that will create social pressure among citizens.

It stresses the importance of this being a communal system, saying “all levels’ governments must play a leading role” in helping to “stimulate the common participation and joint governance of the entire society, and realise the effective convergence of government leadership and joint social action.”

The country’s state news agency Xinhua reported on the social credit system two years ago, saying it would focus on four key areas: administrative affairs, commercial activities, social behaviour, and the judicial system.

The system would be accompanied by a related reward and punishment mechanism, with individual identity card numbers or organisation numbers to allow for the sharing of information.

While China’s government has sought to keep tabs on its citizens for decades, this would be the first of its kind of include technologies such as big data, cloud computing and the mobile internet.

The scoring system is public, and your friends’ rankings can affect your own. This creates social pressure to conform.Source:Bloomberg

Last year, China’s central bank gave eight private firms permission to provide personal credit reference services.

Alibaba’s Sesame Credit Management was permitted to score people based on their hobbies, interaction with friends, spending and lifestyle.

China Daily reported the rating method consisted of a numerical score scale between 350 and 950 points, with a higher score making it easier to borrow money.

For example, people with 600 points or more were permitted to take out a loan of less than 5,000 yuan ($A972) when shopping on Alibaba’s online marketplace.

Those with more than 666 points could take out a cash loan of up to 50,000 yuan ($A9719).

Creemers told Fast Company this is nothing new.

“They’ve been working on the credit system for the financial industry for a while now,” he said. “But, in recent years, the idea started growing that if you’re going to assess people’s financial status, you should equally be able to do that with other modes of trustworthiness.”

He points out that — while it comes with certain efficiencies — it’s ultimately just another means by which the government can directly control its people.

“On the one hand, this credit system is the institution of commonsensical rules for market behaviour. On the other hand, it’s a control tool.

“The Party sets out a way of behaving, then it makes that way of behaviour rational. You take away the ability for people to decide on what they think is good and you take away their choice of living a different lifestyle.”

In other words, the system could improve how workers and citizens function in their day-to-day lives.

But this comes at the expense of personal freedom. Is that really worth it?

 

 

source:http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/wtf/the-communist-party-of-china-plans-to-launch-a-bizarre-social-credit-system-for-its-citizens/

Bill Gates’ Philanthropy: 30,000 Indian girls used as guinea pigs to test cancer vaccine

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21st Sept 2016

What philanthropy has to do with vaccines, we would wonder, especially if the philanthropist is Bill Gates. The world’s richest man decided to give away the massive wealth he had amassed by selling computers. It was a philanthropy that the world had not witnessed earlier. Mr. Gates, with his wife Bellinda, built up the foundation that would dispense wealth to the poor: Africa, India and a host of other countries in need of ‘healthcare.’

Why was Bill Gates funding India’s poor health sector? A partial but negative answer began to emerge in 2014, when the country’s Supreme Court raised questions about the operations of the foundation in some rural parts of India.

In 2009, tribal children from the Khammam district in Andhra Pradesh were administered with a Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine meant for cervical cancer. Around 16,000 girls between the age of 9-15 years were given three shots of vaccine, (manufactured by Merck) by the state health department. The girls were told that they were being given “well-being” shots. The incident started getting attention when some months later, several girls’ health deteriorated and the following year, five of them died. Two such similar cases of deaths were reported from Vadodara, Gujarat, where 14,000 tribal children were also vaccinated with the HPV vaccine Cervarix, made by Glaxo SmithKline.

Around the same time when these incidents were reported, young girls were hospitalised in northern Colombia with similar symptoms. Coincidentally, these girls had been given doses of vaccine too.

Skeletons started tumbling out when an NGO visited Andhra Pradesh. Health activists from the NGO Sama visited Khammam in March 2010 and found out that more than 100 girls were having epileptic seizures, stomach aches, headaches and mood swings. The girls also complained about early menstruation, heavy bleeding and menstrual cramps. Sama raised the issue that these students were made guinea pigs on the pretext of providing healthcare. The illiterate parents were kept in the dark about the real vaccine, and most of them gave their consent in the form of thumb prints.

The American NGO, Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH) had carried out the studies. They were testing how the cervical cancer vaccine would react on young females. And this unethical test of Path was being funded by none other than the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Ironically, the study was considered a success by the foundation. The Bill Gates Foundation also aided PATH in the study of Rotavirus vaccine and pneumococcal vaccine in Africa and Asia.

A few days after the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared in 2009 that two HPV types cause 70% of cervical cancers, PATH started its five-year project across various parts of the world: Peru, Vietnam, Uganda, and India.

The lives of the poor have no value, especially if they are from the third world countries. The dark decisions of human testing are carried on without much fuss, and authorities prefer to look the other way when there are billions of dollars involved.

 

source: http://wearechange.org/bill-gatesphilanthropy-30000-indian-girls-used-guinea-pigs-test-cancer-vaccine/

Russian public doesn’t trust monitors to make elections fair

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17th Sept 2016
Less than half of all Russians think that the presence of monitors can make elections more honest and transparent, with a third of respondents holding that external monitoring has no effect at all.

According to the latest research made by the All-Russian Public Opinion Center (VTSIOM) only 43 percent of Russians think that the presence of observers at elections make them fairer, down from 49 percent in 2011. Thirty-four percent of those polled said that monitors’ participation in elections process had no effect whatsoever on its fairness, also down from 36 percent five years ago.

The share of those who said that in their opinion monitors were actually making elections less fair increased from 5 percent in 2011 to 8 percent. Some 15 percent of respondents said they could not give a direct answer to the question, also up from 10 percent five years back.

When researchers asked Russians what, in their opinion, the main motivation was of those who work as elections monitors, 30 percent said it was just a way to earn money, but 19 percent said they were driven by their pursuit of justice and fairness. Six percent answered that this was a way to exercise ‘an active civil position’, 3 percent hold that people who perform these functions are forced to do so, while a further 3 percent referred to unidentified “own interests.” One percent of poll participants said that observers were just killing their spare time, another 1 percent named various “other reasons”. A sizable 41 percent answered that they had no idea why people were working as elections monitors.

Of those polled, 6 percent said that they had previously worked as elections monitors and 94 percent have never performed such a function. At the same time, 18 percent said they were ready to become monitors in some polls in the future, 8 percent also agreed to participate, but only on condition that their work was supported by the state and the community. Some 70 percent answered that they would turn down such proposal.

Russia is holding parliamentary elections on Sunday, as well as a set of regional polls in which citizens would elect several regional and municipal heads and legislatures.

The head of Russia’s Central Elections Commission (CEC), Ella Pamfilova, has previously urged all political parties to send their representatives to monitor the polls in order to prevent any violations. In the same statement she warned civil servants about criminal responsibility for meddling with the voting process.

In July, representatives of the CEC told reporters that they had signed bilateral agreements with 27 nations, allowing their representatives to conduct monitoring at the forthcoming polls. They also said that albeit the United States was not among these countries, but invitations could be extended to US citizens on a personal basis.

Separate invitations have been extended to representatives of several major international blocs, such as the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).

At the same time, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has been denied access to the State Duma elections because of the ongoing infringement of the rights of the Russian delegation in this group.

 

source: https://www.rt.com/politics/359191-public-in-russia-does-not/

Battle of the elites: Chinese secret society issues deck of cards for the heads Western globalists

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18th July 2016

During the Iraq war in 2003, the U.S. issued a deck of cards with the faces and values of high level targets.  Saddam Hussein of course was the Ace of Spades. and members of his cabinet, military, and intelligence services made up the other 51 cards.

And from this motif of using playing cards to designate the value of individuals, allegedly a new deck has come to light and it contains the faces and values of Western globalists who are striving to enslave the earth in a new world order.  But unlike many of the former Iraqis who were in some cases given a cash reward value paid in U.S. dollars, the deck being distributed by the Chinese White Dragon society is offering tons of gold to anyone who annihilates elites pictured on their cards.

In an effort to bring about world peace and justice, the White Dragon Society is presenting a gold bounty for the capture of the persons listed below. The gold can be obtained in Hong Kong or other parts of Asia upon the capture of these felons. These criminals collectively are already actively trying to kill 90% of the world’s population and enslave the survivors. Sufficient evidence of their crimes has already been given to various law enforcement and other agencies around the world. Since the persons below are highly dangerous you are permitted to utilize any necessary force if they resist arrest. Their names are shown in the same format as the deck of cards they released for Iraqi leaders subsequent their illegal invasion of that country.

Ace of Spades
George Bush Senior
Wanted for mass murder and embezzlement
Bounty: One ton of gold

Ace of Diamonds
David Rockefeller
Wanted for mass murder and embezzlement
Bounty: One ton of gold

Ace of Hearts
Etienne D’Avignon
Wanted for illegally engineering the destruction of United States
Bounty: One ton of gold

Ace of Clubs
David de Rothschild
Wanted for fraud
Bounty: One ton of gold

King of Spades
George Bush Junior
Wanted for mass murder and embezzlement
Bounty: One ton of gold

King of Diamonds
Donald Rumsfeld
Wanted for mass murder and embezzlement
Bounty: One ton of gold

King of Hearts
Bill Clinton
Wanted for mass murder and embezzlement
Bounty: One ton of gold

King of Clubs
Benyamin Netanyahu
Wanted for mass murder and money laundering
Bounty: One ton of gold

Queen of Spades
Barbara Bush
Wanted for mass murder and embezzlement
Bounty: One ton of gold

Queen of Diamonds
Janet Yellen
Wanted for fraud
Bounty: One ton of gold

Queen Hearts
Hillary Clinton
Wanted for mass murder and embezzlement
Bounty: One ton of gold

Queen of Clubs
Victoria Nuland
Wanted for mass murder and embezzlement
Bounty: One ton of gold

Joker of Spades
Nicholas Sarkozi
Wanted for mass murder, fraud and drug smuggling
Bounty: One ton of gold

Joker of Diamonds
Mario Draghi
Wanted for embezzlement and fraud
Bounty: One ton of gold

Joker of Hearts
Haruhiko Kuroda
Wanted for theft of Japanese savings
Bounty: One ton of gold

Joker of Clubs
Barack Obama
Wanted for mass murder and embezzlement
Bounty: One ton of gold – Fusionlacedillusions

Known as the Deck of Khazarian Mafia, these supposed new cards are dedicated towards the families and individuals who have facilitated the Bauer/Rothschild dream of economic and political globalism going back to the 17th century.

While most people in the world are programmed to discount elitist organizations like the CFR, Bilderberg, White Dragon Society, etc…, the truth of the matter is that not every elitist cabal is in lock-step with each other, and this can be seen by Russia and China’s newfound coalitions following the 2008 global financial collapse, and their moves publicly to end the dollar, restrict U.S. and Nato power, and bring about their own form of a new world order based on nationalism, free trade, and using economics over firearms to resolve foreign disputes.

 

source: http://tothedeathmedia.com/battle-of-the-elites-chinese-secret-society-issues-deck-of-cards-for-the-heads-western-globalists/

Fingerprints to be tested as ‘currency’

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10th April 2016

The Yomiuri ShimbunStarting this summer, the government will test a system in which foreign tourists will be able to verify their identities and buy things at stores using only their fingerprints.

The government hopes to increase the number of foreign tourists by using the system to prevent crime and relieve users from the necessity of carrying cash or credit cards. It aims to realize the system by the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The experiment will have inbound tourists register their fingerprints and other data, such as credit card information, at airports and elsewhere.

Tourists would then be able to conduct tax exemption procedures and make purchases after verifying their identities by placing two fingers on special devices installed at stores.

The Inns and Hotels Law requires foreign tourists to show their passports when they check into ryokan inns or hotels.

The government plans to substitute fingerprint authentication for that requirement.

A total of 300 souvenir shops, restaurants, hotels and other establishments will participate in the experiment. They are located in areas that are popular among foreign tourists such as Hakone, Kamakura, Yugawara in Kanagawa Prefecture, and Atami in Shizuoka Prefecture.

The government plans to gradually expand the experiment by next spring, to cover areas including tourist sites in the Tohoku region and urban districts in Nagoya.

It hopes to realize the system throughout the country, including Tokyo, by 2020.

Introducing the system is part of the government’s efforts to increase the annual number of foreign tourists to 40 million by 2020.

It is also aiming to demonstrate the country’s advanced technology by having tourists use the system when they visit Japan for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

Data concerning how and where foreign tourists use the system will be managed by a consultative body led by the government, after the data is converted to anonymous big data.

After analyzing tourists’ movements and their spending habits, the data is expected to be utilized to devise policies on tourism and management strategies for the tourism industry.

However, there are concerns that tourists will be uneasy about providing personal information such as fingerprints.

The experiment will examine issues including how to protect one’s privacy and information management.

Attempts to put similar systems into practical use are under way at a bank and a theme park in Japan.

In October last year, the Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, introduced on a trial basis a similar system in which visitors can make payments with just their fingerprints at about 30 stores and restaurants.

An official from the theme park said, “The system has been well received by customers, including those with children, since it saves them the trouble of taking their wallets out.”

By the end of this month at the earliest, Tokyo-based Aeon Bank will become the first bank in Japan to test a system in which customers will be able to withdraw cash from automatic teller machines using only fingerprints for identification and omitting the use of cash cards.

“The system is also superior in the area of security, such as preventing people from impersonating our customers,” an official from the bank said.Speech

 

 

source: http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002859676

Chinese fertility doctors have tried to make HIV-proof human embryos

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9th April 2016

Chinese fertility doctors have tried to make HIV-proof human embryos, but the experiments ended in a bust. The new report is the second time researchers in China revealed that they had a go at making genetically modified human embryos.

The controversial experiments are, in effect, feasibility studies of whether it’s possible to make super-people engineered to avoid genetic disorders or resist disease.

“It is foreseeable that a genetically modified human could be generated,” according to Yong Fan, a researcher at Guangzhou Medical University, who published the report.

His team collected more than 200 one-cell embryos and attempted to alter their DNA to install a gene that protects against HIV infection. The study, published two days ago in an obscure reproductive journal, was first spotted by reporters at Nature.

The scientists cautioned that they believe making actual genetically modified babies should be “strictly prohibited”—but perhaps only until the technology is perfected. “We believe that is necessary to keep developing and improving the technologies for precise genetic modification in humans,” Fan’s team said, since gene modification could “provide solutions for genetic diseases” and improve human health.

The Chinese scientists tried to make human embryos resistant to HIV by editing a gene called CCR5. It’s known that some people possess versions of this gene which makes them immune to the virus, which causes AIDS. The reason is they no longer make a protein that HIV needs to enter and hijack immune cells.

Doctors in Berlin demonstrated the effect after they gave a man sick from HIV a bone marrow transplant from a person with the protective gene mutation. The man—known since as the “Berlin patient”—was cured of HIV, too.

Using the gene-editing method called CRISPR, Fan and his team tried to change the DNA in the embryos over to the protective version of the CCR5 gene in order to show, in principle, that they could make HIV-proof people.

Almost exactly a year ago, in a world first, a separate group in Guangzhou said that it had altered embryos in an effort to repair the genetic defect that causes a blood disease beta thalassemia.

That set off an ethical debate, and last December the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, along with British and some Chinese scientific leaders, said any attempt to make a gene-edited baby would be “irresponsible,” a message that in many ways seemed directed at IVF doctors in China.

In February, U.S. officials went further, calling gene-editing a “weapon of mass destruction” and making a point of singling out the earlier Chinese research.

One day endowing people with protective genes could become a real possibility. It would be like a vaccine, except one that is installed in a person’s genome from birth. And there’s a long list of genes people might demand for their children in addition to HIV resistance. One DNA change, for instance, seems to completely prevent Alzheimer’s. Another generates people with twice the muscle mass.

But that’s a ways off, and Fan’s team said its experiments essentially flopped. They only managed to successfully edit a handful of embryos, and even these ended up as “mosaics,” or a mix of cells, some of which had the new gene, and some that didn’t.

 

source: https://www.technologyreview.com/s/601235/chinese-researchers-experiment-with-making-hiv-proof-embryos/

China reverts to ‘grid management’ to monitor citizens’ lives

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4th April 2016

China is rolling out a nationwide system of social control known as “grid management” in a revival of state presence in residential life that had receded as society liberalised during recent decades.

From smog-blanketed towns on the North China Plain to the politically sensitive Tibetan capital of Lhasa, small police booths and networks of citizens have been set up block by block to reduce neighbourhood disputes, enforce sanitation, reduce crime — and keep an eye on anyone deemed a troublemaker.

The rollout coincides with a broader tightening of state control over civil society and crackdown on dissent under President Xi Jinping.

“The grid management system is an attempt by the authorities to re-establish its control over individuals,” said Li Dun, an expert in public management at Tsinghua University in Beijing. “The aim is to reinstate the idea of upholding the party’s leadership.”

An earlier system of neighbourhood committees, which monitored every urban citizen, has declined since the mid-1990s as private housing became more common and social controls faded. “Grid management” also harks back to the baojia system of the ancient Chinese dynasties, when groups of neighbours were responsible for mutually enforcing proper behaviour.

During a recent journalists’ tour of Lhasa, officials credited grid management for the calm and order in the city. The mass troop deployment that followed a 2008 riot was no longer visible, although local residents said the heavy security presence was reinstated during Tibetan holidays or sensitive anniversaries.

As well as small police booths that stud residential blocks in Lhasa, there are police booths at the entrance to villages around the city, as well as much larger checkpoints set up like tollbooths on the roads leading into larger towns.

“The masses manage themselves and serve themselves, this is a Chinese characteristic,” said Qi Zhala, Lhasa’s party secretary.

The system is being introduced relatively late in Guangzhou, in the traditionally more freewheeling south. The city plans to hire 12,000 grid administrators so each can be responsible for 200 families. Like many government plans in China, the numbers appear to be based on the population of registered residents, not the migrants who swell into big cities.

“If a grid administrator is responsible for 200 families, he can roughly remember who is in his grid in one month’s time and grasp the basic information of each family in about three months’ time. In six months’ time, he can count every member of those families,” Guangzhou’s mayor, Chen Jianghua, was quoted as saying by Oriental Outlook, a magazine run by Xinhua.

Several people linked to open letter reported as missing

“He will even have a clear idea of the numbers of migrant workers living in his grid and how much they are paying for their rent,” Mr Chen said.

Many of the armband-sporting neighbourhood watchers in Lhasa are beneficiaries of a national jobs programme. Mr Qi said their deployment had helped Lhasa eliminate “zero employment families”.

“If you can’t find a job for them in one block, you can move them to the next,” he said.

Deng Xiaogang, the second most senior Communist party official in the Tibet Autonomous Region, said grid management was not being used to keep migrants out of Lhasa but did acknowledge that “we might ask to see your ID”.

Rural migrants from other Tibetan areas are instantly recognisable by their different hairstyles and traditional, long-sleeved coats, and were blamed for the arson and violence of the 2008 riots.

One teenage boy from a rural area to the north of Lhasa said he was often stopped by police when he visited the city. “They check our ID and sometimes they curse at us,” he said. “It’s OK. I can accept being cursed at.”

 

source;http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/bf6a67c6-940e-11e5-bd82-c1fb87bef7af.html