Geopolitics and Spying on Friends (Satellites?)

Submitted by Kammie Holder

David, does our Defence Force still get computers from the Chinese and other foreign governments?

I remember in either 2016 or 2017 laptops were donated to our parliamentarians. Unfortunately, they were lapped up by our grateful  representatives with the most excitement like kids getting a candy treat.

My concern was expressed and I was assured by the IT person in parliament the laptops would be wiped, which was laughable. Thus, the question begs how secure is our IT infrastructure and what is the protocol on receiving computers from foreign governments by state agencies and government employees?

Something as simple as accessing the Accounts Department of a state enterprise can be a treasure trove. The person with lowest net pay if not of high moral persuasion can be an ideal target for bribery. Just another stupid weird silly concern. The below shows how naive some countries can be and how those who are compromised can destroy any semblance of an orderly society by their stupidity. #TrustAllSuspectAll

  • China denies claim its hacking African Union Headquarters (2018)https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-42861276 
  • African Union like sheep renew Huawei contract(2019)https://www.voanews.com/africa/after-allegations-spying-african-union-renews-huawei-alliance
  • China and AU denies hacking  of African Union Headquarters http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-11/15/c_138558494.htm
  • Independent investigations reveal African Union board room and cameras are buggedhttps://www.theverge.com/2018/1/29/16946802/china-african-union-spying-hq-cybersecurity-computers-backdoors-espionage

Fast forward to 2020. Some African leaders are compromised into sheep or risk exposure of their dirty dealings. The greatest treat to humanity, are humans who corrupted and compromised. Future of generations are destroyed and the present becomes chaotic and meagre https://www.reuters.com/article/ethiopia-african-union-cyber/exclusive-suspected-chinese-hackers-stole-camera-footage-from-african-union-memo-idUKL1N2GS2BM

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  • Agreed. But this problem is much more pervasive.

    We also note that there is a focus on China, the West’s whipping boy.

    But they themselves, the West and the USA in particular, are the main culprits in this global technological warfarism.

    We have never been persuaded that people even see this as war, by other means.

    Recently, an Iranian general was murdered through the deployment of technology and the absence of assassins.

    A few years back the Americans and Zionists deployed cyber capabilities to explode Iranian centrifuges.

    Russia has new generations of missiles capable of reaching and circumnavigating the globe before delivering its payload, in minutes from launching

    Donald Trump was marked by specious allegations of election help from Russia.

    We are in a new place. Unfortunately most of us still want to pretend that the world of yesterday could be transported into the morrow, if there is one.

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  • In case you didn’t know US shitstems were just hacked

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  • @ Kammie

    You are not wrong on so many numbers, but incomplete, others are just too simple. First , the Chinese do not have to bug us, we will volunteer any information they want.
    Second, the Chinese know it is cheaper and easier to change minds, than to imprison people, that is why the Confucian Societies are so successful. When governments offer scholarships etc it is soft diplomacy, espionage by another name.
    Remember when the president foolishly said the we will all be speaking Mandarin by 2030; why bug parliament when the autocrat, by intent or accident, is a tool of the Chinese.
    Third, China is not the only nation fighting for hearts and minds in little Barbados. I have said numerous times on BU that senior police, BDF and civil servants should be barred from attending parties or courses sponsored by the Canadians, Americans or Brits. It is elementary.
    In those cases, the espionage is in the content of the course, ie the military and policing values taught are not Barbadian, but American or Canadian or British.
    So, the measure of a good soldier or police has nothing to do with being a Barbadian, but with how well they have learned about these foreign values.
    At social gatherings, they often use the old pincher movement to get information, which quite often the best of our military and police would not know they are doing.
    Someone comes up and talks to you about X; he goes away and someone else comes up and talks about B; they both look innocuous, but when they put their notes together, a they do, after the party they have a better picture of what is going on.
    Then there is the honey trap which the Chinese use with abandon: beautiful young Chinese girl (or boy) comes up and tells you how special you are and, bang.
    Just imagine a middle-aged Bajan man confronted with a beautiful Chinese woman. @ Kammie, a vote in international fora is worth any number of young Chinese girls (or boys).
    Remember the Biblical story of Samson?

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  • Muhammad Ali — ‘I Ain’t Got No Quarrel With The VietCong…No VietCong Ever Called Me Niggxr.’
    Black Tokyo AUX 88 feat. Akiko Murakata aka Ice Truck / K-1

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  • Sheep to the slaughter..

    Pacha…don’t even waste your energy warning them anymore, it’s their destiny that they carved out themselves, we get to watch and laugh where applicable.

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  • Good post by Kammie.
    Pacha and Hal added significant details to the discussion.

    Despite our own problems, we must never forget that we are part players on a larger stage. At times our interests and those of other players may coincide but we should always bear it in that larger countries pursue their own agenda.

    Their words, actions and gifts fit their agendA.

    Good post Kammie.

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  • The point is as Pacha alluded, China, US, K – same difference. We make China the easy target because they look different?

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  • US+UK spies work backwards starting from a false premise of extreme prejudice and invent false evidence to fit their war propaganda narrative

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  • China’s genocidal repression of the Uighurs continued this year, with new information emerging on sterilization plans, the mass use of forced labor, and an ever-growing carceral system. The campaign is the grimmest part of Xi’s push toward a new ethnonationalism in China, exulting a Han triumphalism that looks to assimilate or exterminate China’s many minority cultures.

    This shift has involved new crackdowns in Tibet, as well as an assault on Mongolian culture that prompted mass protest and resulting repression. The CCP once denigrated the so-called big Han ideology of the Kuomintang and engaged in real efforts to protect minority cultures and languages. Party leaders now see that agenda as failed and dangerous.

    That fierce new nationalism is also visible on the diplomatic stage, where wolf warrior diplomats, led by foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, have switched from denial to outright attacks on anyone who dares criticize China’s actions. Officials have openly threatened Australia, deployed crude insults against foreign diplomats and politicians, and issued wild denials that the coronavirus started in China.

    Paradoxically, these diplomats depended on access to the outside world—including VPNs banned in China—to bolster their own careers through domestic nationalism…..(Quote)

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  • Privacy
    69 on my mind
    Classic Detroit Electro Tech goes like this

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  • Who Am I?
    The electro hip hop tech house musical genre from the 313 (phone area code for detroit) is also called Juke, Footwork
    Explanatory Power / Another Redundant Question

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  • All of the big players are the same. We are only a means to an end.

    Who doan know dat?

    Every skin teet en a laugh!

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  • Xmas Greetings BU community. That includes peanut head, my buddy😂

    hina boosts Caribbean investment
    Cuban sugar cane worker
    China is increasing its focus on Caribbean raw materials
    China is to provide 4bn yuan ($530m; £261m) of cheap loans to Chinese firms investing in the Caribbean, says the state-run China Daily newspaper.
    As China continues its economic boom, the Caribbean is a growing source for its imports of raw materials such as aluminium oxide, nickel and sugar.

    In the opposite direction, Caribbean nations are buying increasing amounts of Chinese clothing and other goods (SY Adam @ Sons)

    China has been steadily increasing its global investments in recent years.

    Analysts say this is both to help quench its ever increasing thirst for oil and other raw materials, and also increase its global influence as its political power rises in tandem with its growing economic might.

    The China Daily article quoted vice premier Wu Yi, who is currently hosting the second China-Caribbean Economic and Trade Cooperation Forum in the south eastern city of Xiamen.

    The event is being attended by delegates from 13 Caribbean countries including Grenada, Jamaica, Haiti and St Lucia.

    “China will provide assistance without attaching any political strings, including providing 4bn yuan in low-interest loans and training for 2,000 technical personnel,” said Ms Wu.

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  • Caribbean Islands becoming hot spots for Chinese investment

    Dominance pie. Americas back yard. Tangible influence.

    A foothold. A step forward.

    The Caribbean — sometimes described by experts as “too democratic and not poor enough” to merit sustained U.S. government attention — has been an afterthought for consecutive U.S. administrations, which have focused their attentions variously on security crises in the Middle East, East Asia and Europe.

    Meanwhile, China, largely unnoticed, has increased its economic, diplomatic, cultural, and security presence in the region.
    On March 22 at his Mar-a-Lago Florida resort, President Donald Trump held a rare meeting with the leaders of five Caribbean nations — Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and St. Lucia — to discuss trade, energy investment and security issues. It remains to be seen whether the high-profile summit will mark a period of sustained regional engagement or be a one-off for the administration.
    Ahead of the meeting the White House said one of its aims was to “counter China’s predatory economic practices.”
    “They discussed the importance of supporting a peaceful democratic transition in Venezuela, disaster resilience, opportunities for investment, and ongoing security cooperation,” said a White House spokesman, Hogan Gidley, after the meeting concluded, adding that a high-level delegation would be sent to the region in the next three months.

    Beijing’s direct foreign investment, government-backed loans and grants for infrastructure projects in the region are mostly benign. Still, there’s a worry among some Caribbean politicians and U.S. analysts that China is getting preferential access. And in a worst case scenario of confrontation with the United States, there is also fear of China taking possession of the regional infrastructure it has financed to pose a threat in America’s own backyard ???

    While the White House is focused on a trade war, Beijing has hardly skipped a beat with its global ambitions. Its investments and leadership in the Caribbean bring the Chinese presence to the U.S. doorstep in what could be another turf war in the growing rivalry between Beijing and Washington.
    Florida Republican Sen.
    Marco Rubio
    , a well-known China hawk who also leads the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, says he is “very concerned” about China’s efforts to extend its influence into Latin American and the Caribbean, particularly as it concerns gaining access to strategic assets such as ports. The United States must do more to warn off its regional partners from doing business with Beijing, he says.

    “We keep an eye on it all the time,” Rubio tells CQ of China’s Caribbean port presence. “It’s a big problem. We’re focused on it.”

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  • The UK dumped the colonies.

    The USA looked elsewhere with Cuba as the focus of Caribbean foreign policy and of recent Venezuela.

    All the while China has been quietly supporting the region to pad its global influence. Since the days of China Construction and the building of the gymnasium, Queens College to name two in Barbados, the Chinese have not looked back. What did Barrow say? We should be friends of all and …

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  • @ Tony

    Have you noticed the pages of news about China carried in the Advocate?

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  • David
    This is why the BU Gang is so laughable. China ain’t now come along bout in Bim and as Donna said the US, UK and others are no different. But some have to twist and turn it to suit there narrative but run from a whole microphone.

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  • David
    The Chinese tale has been uneven to put it mildly.

    In Belize tens of thousand of passports were issued to Chinese citizens. With them they entered Canada immediately. Belize being a Commonwealth country with hithertofore non visa entrance into Canada.

    For the Canadians this criminal action of Belize represented a national security threat. But for the Belizean politicians millions were earned for the tens of thousands of passports sold.

    Tell us again the tale about a trojan horse.

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  • @Pacha
    Belize is not alone. It keeps the real estate markets in at least 3 Canadian urban areas, increasing by 10%+ per annum. And BTW, the Iranians also carry Belize passports.

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  • @Enuff
    Warm greetings,
    I think the message here has been that we have to beware of the different nations bearing gifts.
    Some (including Donna) have bent over backwards to point out that we need to look at all countries.
    Take care

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  • @Pacha

    Each hegemonist will bring their respective challenge which as stated above has to be managed.

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  • NO
    We are not surprised. Anytime genuine national passports are known to be available like this they will attract the attentions of those in the intelligence agencies as a means of plotting intrigues. The Iranians are some of the most cleaver operators. And Canada has cold relations with them, already.

    The physiognomies of both Iranians and Chinese are not dissimilar to many Belizeans.

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  • David

    On reflection, we think the Chinese were running some intelligence projects through Barbados as well, during the 80s and 90s.

    You would see all of the Chinese restaurants springing up, apparently doing little business. We came to know that their government was supporting all of these activities.

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  • Hal Austin’s ignorance and prejudice know no bounds.
    USA UK Israel killed millions of muslims in ME wars since they invented drones while China has been developing the developing world setting up infrastructure in about 100 countries.

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  • China/Trinidad & Tobago🇹🇹

    Official reports additionally quoted the Chinese Premier, Li Keqiang, as saying that China is willing to enhance co-operation in infrastructure construction, energy, finance and agriculture in Trinidad and was willing to encourage Chinese companies to invest.
    What these developments and the gradual deepening of China’s relations with the Bahamas, Cuba, Jamaica, Guyana, Barbados, Suriname, and some of the islands of the Eastern Caribbean suggest, is that China is now poised to rapidly broaden and consolidate its regional economic and political role. Only Belize, St Lucia, St Kitts, Haiti and St Vincent largely continue to fall outside of its development reach as they continue to recognise Taiwan.

    This is all happening despite heavy-handed warnings in public and private from Washington.

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  • @ Hal Austin December 24, 2020 4:18 PM

    The answer to your question is no.

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  • Anti Jobbie Friend

    Let me say China is not the only guilty one. Unfortunately, we have become a nation where many behave like mindless sheep and worship politicians, as having all the commonsense. No wonder they do jobbie and their stooges deceitfully defend poor governance.

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  • @Hal Austin, our aid de memoires are constructed with modus operandi of China, US, UK, Americans
    Canada,* Israelis who have done a lot of espionage consultancy for many Caribbean governments military. Its amazing when you attend diplomatic functions escpecially overseas and drinks start to flow its amazingwhat flows from the in gear brain that frees the lips.

    It does not matter how much in the past or now my communications are illegally intercepted I will always speak out against the ugly.

    Grapevines either covert or overt are always neccessary in this treacherous and deceitful world

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  • To some the pressure of greed becomes paramount.

    Jamaica 🇯🇲 natural resources are natural gas and bauxite-alumina. Industry shifted Jamaica’s economy from sugar and bananas. They are recipients of Chinese Generosity.

    Trinidad & Tobago 🇹🇹 economy is highly dependent on its rich natural resources, including
    petroleum, natural gas
    and asphalt. The main resources are medium grade crude oil-and natural gas, which together account for 40% of GDP and 80% of exports. Covetousness qualifies them for Chinese welfare.

    Barbados has no natural resources..Definitely qualify as a recipient for Chinese generosity and good will ???

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  • Trump wanna war against Iran
    USA told UK to diss China

    People need to use their own mind and not listen to the devil

    Music is the Weapon

    High on Percussion

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  • Boom One
    International Dubsters United
    Gaza To Guinea
    I.T. International Thief
    Extended Dub

    When Blacks youths were stolen from Mama Afrika they were traded for beads, shells, manillas, trinkets, guns tobacco, alcohol in order to record transfer of ownership and become branded as property of the devil so all their children for next 20 generations could work as beasts of burden in the burning sun from dawn to dusk or they get whipped for not being productive
    Wicked Babylon / Ketch Vampire

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  • Do you really wanna know
    about Hard Times
    the have all have all
    and the have none have none

    Them a Vampire
    Them a Bloodsucker
    Them a Massacre
    Afrika

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  • 7 Time for Brandy Knock Yu Body, Ba Bat a Ba Bat, Ba Bat a Ba Bat (Dub Version)

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  • Merry Xmas to the BU crew

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  • Merry Christmas to all.

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  • Also merry Christmas to all, especially our Supreme Leader and her ministers Lord Marshal Dale und General Bostic.

    What a splendid year of governance! The world is turning into a mortuary, but Barbados remains untouched thanks to the visions of our most honourable government. Barbados is a paradise and will remain so forever thanks to Mia Mottley. Our island is a beacon of freedom, security and harmony.

    Let us look forward to more great deeds from our government in the coming year. In any case, I wish our government the very best and the blessings of our ancient Goddess Bim.

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  • In international relations there’s no friendship ……….. only interests.

    All decisions are so made, based on interests, never friendship.

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  • Merry Christmas

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  • Yup! Interests not friendship. Everybody ought to know.

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  • “Sunset 303 (If You Believe)”

    So here we are
    People floating on a sphere
    An ever-changing world waking up to solace and fear
    But it’s hope that gets us out of our bed and into the day
    We suffer through eternal chatter but still make our way down that
    Never-ending road that promise of tomorrow
    As we cry for the loss of souls
    We celebrate every passing minute
    Whose value has increased tenfold
    Cherishing the little things that once went unnoticed
    Like a child playing or a dog barking
    Or a smile from a stranger

    Someday someday someday
    We will breathe again with full breaths
    Press lips to lips and chest to chest
    And the words “I love you” will mean so much more than before because
    It comes with a second chance

    So here we are under the same moon
    Dreaming of a time we can dance once again
    Under the glitter of the stars
    Making room for new love and new hopes and new dreams
    Time is our universal pill
    And we all must take our dose in order to heal
    In order to reconnect and redefine who we are and who we are willing to be

    No despair in the world is stronger than the desire to live
    So I say to you today, dream and dream big
    Do not give up, do not walk silent into the distant night
    Follow the voices of hope and breathe, breathe, breathe
    Deeper than you’ve ever breathed before
    Because the future needs you and all your gifts
    And know that once we emerge from this temporary slumber
    Waiting for you will be the trees that give birth this life
    Waiting for you will be the flowers, eager to show off tissue of the seasons
    And all that was before shall be once again, if you believe
    If you believe
    If you believe
    If you believe
    “Sunset 303 (If You Believe)”

    So here we are
    People floating on a sphere
    An ever-changing world waking up to solace and fear
    But it’s hope that gets us out of our bed and into the day
    We suffer through eternal chatter but still make our way down that
    Never-ending road that promise of tomorrow
    As we cry for the loss of souls
    We celebrate every passing minute
    Whose value has increased tenfold
    Cherishing the little things that once went unnoticed
    Like a child playing or a dog barking
    Or a smile from a stranger

    Someday someday someday
    We will breathe again with full breaths
    Press lips to lips and chest to chest
    And the words “I love you” will mean so much more than before because
    It comes with a second chance

    So here we are under the same moon
    Dreaming of a time we can dance once again
    Under the glitter of the stars
    Making room for new love and new hopes and new dreams
    Time is our universal pill
    And we all must take our dose in order to heal
    In order to reconnect and redefine who we are and who we are willing to be

    No despair in the world is stronger than the desire to live
    So I say to you today, dream and dream big
    Do not give up, do not walk silent into the distant night
    Follow the voices of hope and breathe, breathe, breathe
    Deeper than you’ve ever breathed before
    Because the future needs you and all your gifts
    And know that once we emerge from this temporary slumber
    Waiting for you will be the trees that give birth this life
    Waiting for you will be the flowers, eager to show off tissue of the seasons
    And all that was before shall be once again, if you believe
    If you believe
    If you believe
    If you believe

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  • Deepfake Queen: 2020 Alternative Christmas Message

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  • Cousin Elizabeth is a real badass, make no mistake.

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  • Money TALKS, Anyone’s Money … India which invests in the UK and it and none of the other rich countries offer anything to the Caribbean like China does. The vacuum is there and China steps in when no one else is willing.

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  • They stepped in and their end game is the same as all the hegemonists who preceded.

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  • US Treasury grants Venezuela approval
    WASHINGTON – The US Treasury Department yesterday issued a new licence allowing certain transactions with Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido despite US sanctions on the country, reaffirming Washington’s support for the politician as Venezuela’s legitimate leader.
    The licence, which replaces a similar previous one, also allows for certain transactions with Venezuela’s National Assembly and some others, effectively recognising the extension of the opposition-controlled National Assembly’s term by a year.
    The term was extended after the mainstream opposition boycotted a parliamentary election on December 6 handily won by President Nicolas Maduro’s ruling socialists that the opposition and most Western democracies said was neither free nor fair.
    Venezuela’s Supreme Court last week ruled that the move by the opposition-controlled National Assembly to extend its term an additional year was invalid, paving the way for allies of Maduro to take over the body this month.
    Washington in January 2019 recognised Venezuelan politician Guaido as the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) nation’s rightful leader and has ratcheted up sanctions and diplomatic pressure in the aftermath of Maduro’s 2018 re-election, widely described as fraudulent.
    (Reuters)

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