Austin Bay from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/austin-bay Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sat, 06 Jun 2020 13:20:07 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Austin Bay from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/austin-bay-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/austin-bay 6584711b664705631bd377da00919269 U.S. State Department Shackles Target Maduro's Venezuela Kleptocrats for 06/03/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/austin-bay/06/20/us-state-department-shackles-target-maduros-venezuela-kleptocrats Wed, 03 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>That Venezuelan socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro remains in power is a testament to his military's guns, secret police repression, torture of his pro-democracy opposition and the malign charity of four buddy dictatorships, Russia, Iran, Cuba and China.</p> <p>As late as January 2020, the month during which a Maduro ally hired fancy lobbyists to gull Congress into easing sanctions, the prospects for sending him into Cuban exile looked better. Bipartisan applause greeted Maduro's arch Venezuelan enemy, Juan Guaido, when Guaido attended the State of the Union address as a White House guest. <p>Updated: Wed Jun 03, 2020</p> 7131349a130e2ebdefede0527ba67d68 What Tasks Does Xi Have for China's Military? for 05/27/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/austin-bay/05/20/what-tasks-does-xi-have-for-chinas-military Wed, 27 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On May 26, Chinese President Xi Jinping told senior officers the Peoples Liberation Army and Peoples Armed Police Force increase "preparedness for armed combat" as well as other military tasks.</p> <p>It is a chilling thought, but Xi may have several "tasks" in mind, for both the PLA and the PAP. Throttling Hong Kong immediately comes to mind. Beijing's communist government is on the verge of breaking the 1984 Sino-British treaty that guaranteed Hong Kong's autonomy through 2047. <p>Updated: Wed May 27, 2020</p> 014a022b0ad4a8f6c9cad6fd922abaae 2030 Scenario: US Navy Robots, Carriers and Mines Counterattack China for 05/20/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/austin-bay/05/20/2030-scenario-us-navy-robots-carriers-and-mines-counterattack-china Wed, 20 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>For at least two decades, U.S. military strategists and planners have pondered this complex question: how to lower the physical risks to ships and crews a U.S. Navy carrier battle group and other surface forces face as they approach a hostile Chinese coast.</p> <p>In 1996, as Beijing threatened Taiwan with a rain of missiles, a Navy nuclear carrier battle group sailed toward the island &#8212; with impunity.<p>Updated: Wed May 20, 2020</p> 4abb1d340722483881356a36387c7b81 Communist China Continues to Target American Creativity for 05/13/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/austin-bay/05/20/communist-china-continues-to-target-american-creativity Wed, 13 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In mid-April, a senior FBI official warned that cyber spies were attacking U.S. and allied medical research institutions developing coronavirus vaccines. The U.S. Department of Justice later pegged China as the chief witch doctor of medical espionage and suggested a crash American COVID-19/Wuhan virus vaccine project nicknamed Operation Warp Speed is Beijing's major target.</p> <p>During World War II, American leaders feared Nazi Germany sought a nuclear weapons program. So at warp speed, the Manhattan Project split atoms in an experimental reactor and then developed and deployed operational atomic bombs.<p>Updated: Wed May 13, 2020</p> 7455270c007af1d5e4527452ee107119 Why the Wuhan Virus Threatens the Chinese Communist Party's Imperial Dreams for 05/06/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/austin-bay/05/20/why-the-wuhan-virus-threatens-the-chinese-communist-partys-imperial-dreams Wed, 06 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If it acts, the Free World has the opportunity to condemn another communist dictatorship to Karl Marx's dustbin of history and avoid a war with a totalitarian superpower circa 2035. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">The Chinese Communist Party knows the COVID-19/Wuhan virus pandemic has exposed its imperial war to conquer the world, so it is frantically engaged in psychological and political damage control.</span><p>Updated: Wed May 06, 2020</p> fc84c33d1b25e23731f75cd98d402494 Pandemic Reveals Weaknesses in Imperial Beijing's Communist Four Play for 04/29/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/austin-bay/04/20/pandemic-reveals-weaknesses-in-imperial-beijings-communist-four-play Wed, 29 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Deng Xiaoping, the Chinese Communist Party leader who created China's economic revival, rooted his Four Modernizations in Premier Zhou Enlai's 1975 statement that China must modernize. Deng called for comprehensive modernization in four sectors: agriculture, industry, science and technology, and defense. Deng consciously placed the People's Liberation Army last in line, though its time would surely come.</p> <p>By invoking Zhou, Deng slickly connected his modernization drive to Chairman Mao Zedong.<p>Updated: Wed Apr 29, 2020</p> 68754191626ee60d3a1086bed740c14c The COVID-19 Debacle Previews the Chinese Communist Party's Imperial World Order for 04/22/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/austin-bay/04/20/the-covid-19-debacle-previews-the-chinese-communist-partys-imperial-world-order Wed, 22 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Beijing's calculated deceit regarding the COVID-19 pandemic's November 2019 origin in Wuhan, China, to its ongoing 2020 A.D. global massacre provides Planet Earth's residents with a preview of the Chinese Communist Party imperial world order that Chinese President Xi Jinping has promised to buy, slap together when no one with a brain is looking or impose via raw military terror by 2049.</p> <p>A proto-historical footnote: 2049 would mark the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party mainland victory in the mid-20th century Chinese civil war. I emphasize the CCP's mainland victory since the Nationalists retreated to the island of Taiwan. To the CCP's chagrin, Taiwan remains a physical, political, economic and, yes, moral alternative to the communists' Tiananmen Square genocidal police state.<p>Updated: Wed Apr 22, 2020</p> adcf44da872a03184e3a115e85869b17 Beijing Exploits Pandemic to Probe the South China Sea for 04/08/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/austin-bay/04/20/beijing-exploits-pandemic-to-probe-the-south-china-sea Wed, 08 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week the Pentagon acknowledged that the coronavirus pandemic &#8212; which President Donald Trump has correctly called a plague &#8212; has affected U.S. military operations.</p> <p>The disease has definitely reduced the combat effectiveness of the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. The virus threatens the lives of the warship's skilled personnel. Given the training and experience required to successfully operate an aircraft carrier for peacetime demands, much less combat, it would take a decade or more to replace the nuclear-powered behemoth's sailors, pilots and technicians.<p>Updated: Wed Apr 08, 2020</p> 77b8c23ba549269f330314a7febc88d1 China's Huawei Gambit: 5G Viral Spies? for 04/01/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/austin-bay/03/20/chinas-huawei-gambit-5g-viral-spies Wed, 01 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>February was a cruel month for the Chinese corporate giant Huawei Technologies, and rightly so. The "high-risk" telecommunications company with deep ties to Beijing's communist dictatorship deserves an even crueler April and a disastrous 2020 marked by criminal investigation, criminal indictment and billion-dollar lawsuits.</p> <p>For several years Huawei has pursued a strategy to position itself as the world's biggest supplier of telecommunications equipment, with the goal of dominating global and regional communications infrastructure as well as crucial international digital systems.<p>Updated: Wed Apr 01, 2020</p> 8549ded5b82d57a952fb5f94518a7a16 Communist China's Viral Propaganda Campaign for 03/25/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/austin-bay/03/20/communist-chinas-viral-propaganda-campaign Wed, 25 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>According to the World Health Organization March 23 update, 196 countries, territories and areas have confirmed cases of COVID-19, aka the Wuhan virus.</p> <p>Yes, Wuhan. When identifying the virus' nom de guerre, it is geographically and factually correct, as well as medically imprimatur, to include Wuhan, the name of the mainland China city of 11 million (located in the Hubei province) where the globe-threatening novel coronavirus first came to the attention of qualified MDs.</p> <p>Our global pandemic originated in Wuhan, but don't blame the town or its heroic doctors and nurses for the plague's Planet Earth killing spree. Put the blame where it belongs: on the Chinese Communist Party, or the CCP.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 25, 2020</p> f38352b4e29de63a36cdf66901459907 American Micro-Efforts and Macro-Efforts Combat the Epidemic for 03/18/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/austin-bay/03/20/american-micro-efforts-and-macro-efforts-combat-the-epidemic Wed, 18 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>From March 16 through March 31, the United States will conduct a calculated national experiment that leverages its residents' personal responsibility to combat a strategic threat that has transnational dimensions, the COVID-19/Wuhan virus. Local to global is a cliche, but during this 15-day period, Trump administration medical advisers, among them the distinguished epidemiologist Dr. Anthony Fauci, plan to use very local actions to achieve aggregate national effects that will have global impact.</p> <p>On March 13, President Donald Trump invoked the Stafford Act and declared the virus to be a national emergency. The act gives the White House and executive agencies the freedom to immediately provide states with federal funds, logistics assets and other federal government resources.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 18, 2020</p> f00ca3405ed38f42b9596d21b78f48e9 Dutch Court Puts Kremlin Flight MH17 Lies on Trial for 03/11/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/austin-bay/03/20/dutch-court-puts-kremlin-flight-mh17-lies-on-trial Wed, 11 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>BY AUSTIN BAY</p> <p>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</p> <p><p>Updated: Wed Mar 11, 2020</p> 95f85fa53403a0215c8915ff30e6b21a Iran's 'Death to America' Ayatollahs in an Epidemic Bind for 03/04/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/austin-bay/03/20/irans-death-to-america-ayatollahs-in-an-epidemic-bind Wed, 04 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>In a Feb. 28 press statement, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a remarkable offer.</p> <p>America "stands with the people of Iran during the public health crisis caused by the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)," the statement said. The U.S. government "is prepared to assist the Iranian people in their response efforts."</p> <p>The ayatollah regime quickly rejected the offer, calling it "a political-psychological game."<p>Updated: Wed Mar 04, 2020</p> b97f4b3a3e4d0d4f1b47dad062b2cc04 After 400,000 Dead, South Sudan Seeks Peace for 02/26/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/austin-bay/02/20/after-400000-dead-south-sudan-seeks-peace Wed, 26 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>A Feb. 22 ceremony in South Sudan's capital, Juba, brought two enemies face to face. That's one reason the ceremony may prove to be a major political step toward ending the country's terrible six-year-long internal war.</p> <p>Terrible doesn't adequately describe South Sudan's war. The conflict, which still flickers, has killed an estimated 400,000 people, though no one knows precisely. Accurate body counts involving forensic analysis of mass graves require peace. However, 400,000 dead and over 3 million displaced are conscience-shocking numbers. They are big enough to demand attention.<p>Updated: Wed Feb 26, 2020</p> 00d7088addab4df49f188bed1206eb8a Coronavirus Epidemic Tests the World's Economic Vigor for 02/19/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/austin-bay/02/20/coronavirus-epidemic-tests-the-worlds-economic-vigor Wed, 19 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>China's coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) continues to take human lives. The Chinese people have suffered the most in terms of total cases and lives lost. The epidemic began in Wuhan, capital of the Hubei province. As I write this column, Hubei has had 60,000 confirmed cases and almost 1,800 deaths.</p> <p>Covid-19, however, has escaped China's political borders. The World Health Organization's Feb. 18 Covid-19 "Situation Report 29" declared that 25 countries have clinically diagnosed Covid-19 cases, and many are laboratory-confirmed. As of Feb. 17, WHO had sent virus laboratory testing kits to 34 countries. Eventually, 56 countries will receive them.<p>Updated: Wed Feb 19, 2020</p> 14bf1f55b4671560e39f3bb9a0b8c7fa Fix the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, and Punish the Crooks Who Abused It for 02/12/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/austin-bay/02/20/fix-the-foreign-intelligence-surveillance-court-and-punish-the-crooks-who-abused-it Wed, 12 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Two months have passed since Dec. 9, 2019, the day Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz exposed the profound damage done to a judicial institution vital to successfully defending America in a world of complex threats: the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, or FISC.</p> <p>The damage done to American public trust in the court is not incidental. Trust is a source of strength, among friends or in the world's most powerful nation. Trust promotes cooperation, which enhances systemic strength. When trust disappears, expect discord seeding division and weakness.<p>Updated: Wed Feb 12, 2020</p> ebc7834d9455bbe1fe88c916955af3f4 'Chinese Communist Espionage: An Intelligence Primer': A Resource for Understanding the U.S.-China Clash for 02/05/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/austin-bay/02/20/chinese-communist-espionage-an-intelligence-primer-a-resource-for-understanding-the-us-china-clash Wed, 05 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Sometime in December 2019, Dr. Li Wenliang decided he must act. His clinic in the Hubei province capital, Wuhan, had too many patients with viral pneumonia symptoms. In a private online chat, he warned a few other doctors that analysis indicated a "SARS coronavirus." The SARS epidemic erupted in 2002 and still embarrasses Beijing.</p> <p>On Jan. 1, the local Public Security Bureau arrested Li and seven other doctors, alleging they spread vile rumors. Major Chinese media outlets reported the arrests. Media shaming did its job: repressing information that embarrassed Chinese Communist Party officials. It also short-circuited the sharing of medical data, but in China, the CCP reigns supreme.<p>Updated: Wed Feb 05, 2020</p> 492def1e6ed5d0939a3c68d3721567ef Xi's Virus Demon Bedevils His Dictatorship for 01/29/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/austin-bay/01/20/xis-virus-demon-bedevils-his-dictatorship Wed, 29 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>While meeting with a World Health Organization official in Beijing, Chinese President Xi Jinping conceded that the coronavirus epidemic presented "the Chinese people" with a struggle. "The epidemic is a demon, and we cannot let this demon hide," Xi said. Xi added that the Beijing communist government would "release information on the virus in a 'timely' manner."</p> <p>Read "timely" as "judged politically convenient by a Communist Party dictatorship confronting economic contraction and political resistance from Hong Kong and Taiwan that Beijing fears could spread to mainland China."<p>Updated: Wed Jan 29, 2020</p> 899d30ecc97100d89c655fb212cb3015 Vladimir Putin Seeks Power, Confronts Protests for 01/22/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/austin-bay/01/20/vladimir-putin-seeks-power-confronts-protests Wed, 22 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>On May 1, 2019, Russian police in Moscow and St. Petersburg arrested over a hundred demonstrators who had made it clear to all observers they were protesting one man: Russian President and former KGB Col. Vladimir Putin.</p> <p>On Jan. 15, 2020, Putin announced that he would send the Russian parliament legislation that would amend the constitution and alter the current senior leadership structure. Putin called the legislation a necessary "reform" that offers "more power to the people."<p>Updated: Wed Jan 22, 2020</p> 59065199e4243db120644a5bbe1cb648 Iranians Attack Their Real Enemy: The Ayatollah Regime for 01/15/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/austin-bay/01/20/iranians-attack-their-real-enemy-the-ayatollah-regime Wed, 15 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p><span style="background-color: initial;">Since December 2017, deeply aggrieved Iranian citizens have publicly denounced two blatantly linked injustices perpetrated by the corrupt ayatollah regime: the clerical dictatorship's hideous corruption and Iran's acute economic deterioration.</span><br></p> <p>Iran's Islamic revolutionary dictatorship is a case study in repeated failure, incompetence, corruption and mass murder.<p>Updated: Wed Jan 15, 2020</p>