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Asa Winstanley on ‘Fabricated’ ‘Disinformation’ Claiming Chinese State Persecution of Uighurs.

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Can you trust a Word this Man Says?


Asa Winstanley is a journalist, a self-styled ‘investigative journalist to boot.

You can read his material on his Blog:  my latest articles here. “Most of my work is published at The Electronic Intifada.”

He has become known for this story,

Asa Winstanley is an investigative journalist and associate editor at the Electronic Intifada. On Tuesday 19 January, he broke a story about Keir Starmer’s Labour Party hiring an ex-spy.

The ‘Canary’. 

He’s a favourite with other ‘alt’ news sites.

This gives a flavour of his investigations:

The views Ash Winstanley expressed on the Chinese state persecution of the Uighurs are deeply offensive.

This is what the left is saying:


How the Left Can Oppose the Uyghur Genocide

Rebecca Ruth Gould


How the International Left Can Support the Uyghur People


There is much that activists concerned with human rights violations can do to compel their states to take action. First, by lobbying our elected officials, we can pressure the states of which we are citizens to implement Magnitsky-style sanctions that target specific individuals—for example, Communist Party leaders in Xinjiang and administrators of the detention camps—implicated in the Uyghur cultural genocide.

The suffering of China’s Muslims may seem distant to many activists in North America and Europe. This assumption of distance is grounded in an illusion, however. Every time we turn our computer on, buy a new shirt from the Gap, or add tomato paste to our pasta sauce, we are potentially complicit in the detention, torture, and rape of Uyghurs and the slow extermination of their culture. The fact that our governments prefer to look the other way as China seeks to eradicate and coercively assimilate their largest Muslim population does not absolve us of our duty to resist. If the erasure of a minority community were taking place in our neighbourhoods and communities, what would we do? This is happening to the Uyghurs of China every day, and it is an atrocity we cannot afford to ignore.

When it comes to the oppression of minority populations, geographic distances have a way of shrinking much faster than we expect. The surveillance apparatus that China has developed for monitoring and persecuting its Uyghur population involves technologies such as facial recognition that have captured the interest of U.S. corporations as well. Ironically, this surveillance apparatus has been built with the help of U.S. behemoths such as IBM and Google. State surveillance is big business, after all. As journalist Ross Andersen has suggested, “Once Xi perfects this system in Xinjiang… [H]e could also export it beyond the country’s borders, entrenching the power of a whole generation of autocrats.” The recent $400 billion deal between China and the authoritarian Islamic Republic of Iran, which commits the two countries to close strategic and economic cooperation for the next 25 years, should be viewed in this light.


No democrat or internationalist should touch Ash Winstanley with a barge-pole.





Written by Andrew Coates

January 22, 2021 at 6:28 pm

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  1. Asa W is bang on. In the great scheme of things, the employment of a former Israeli national in the dark recesses of Labour’s ICT section far outweighs the triviality that was the US 2020 presidential contest and its outome. History will judge accordingly.

    david walsh

    January 22, 2021 at 7:03 pm

    • Yes, he spent his period of military service doing that job and stayed on for some extra years.

      I don’t think you can win against Asa on this he also “Kaplan was also involved in the latest General Election in Israel, working for Israeli Labor as deputy head of campaigns.”

      I suppose the moral is that Labour should work with people who worked the agencies of repressive states, like Andrew Murray, from “1986 to 1987, he worked for the Soviet Novosti news agency” Or who were involved in anti-Labour groups, “Murray served on the Communist Party of Britain’s executive committee from 2000 to 2004, and was an advocate of the party supporting the Respect Coalition in the European and municipal elections that year.”

      Andrew Coates

      January 22, 2021 at 7:17 pm

      • Andrew Coates

        January 22, 2021 at 8:01 pm

      • I just tend to think the thing is too overblown. Bear in mind miitary service in Israel is compulsory. And from my experience with Labour’s IT network, if he did have bad intentions, anything he did ferret out would just get lost when he tried to transfer or download it……

        david walsh

        January 22, 2021 at 8:49 pm

        • Yes, there’s a good analogy with the fact that, horrific though Britain’s late-imperial actions in Cyprus and Kenya were, people can’t be condemned simply for having taken part on any level in the way they arguably can for some post-imperial British military actions, because Cyprus & Kenya were in a time of conscription (which ended around the time we thankfully retreated from those places, post-Suez) and many effectively had no choice.


          January 22, 2021 at 10:39 pm

  2. Naturally, this twerp has been uncritically supported throughout by the denialists of “Jewish Voice For Labour”.

    Jim Denham

    January 23, 2021 at 12:09 am

    • Andrew Coates

      January 23, 2021 at 11:05 am

  3. Andrew Coates

    January 24, 2021 at 4:42 pm

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