Crude in Every Way

I’ve been aware of the Xinjiang situation ever since Chinese President Hu Jintao left the G-8 summit to deal with it. The situation is what we like to call a riot in this part of the globe. It was a bloody one.

The facts are that the  Uighur people of the region rebelled against the Chinese government. The region is a Uighur majority, but the government has been encouraging ethnic majority Han Chinese to settle in the region.

Some see this as a clear attempt to push the Muslim population out by reducing their dominion over their own land. A 34% increase in Han population has been noted since 1949–source below.

The assault has (as is often the case with China) even targeted their Turkic language.

They did not take it lying down. Point of fact, they made a bloody, bloody mess of things.

Now, everybody has a side and pointing fingers is without purpose. It’s the Chinese government’s fault one way or the other, because regardless of who instituted the riot, they rule the region. When something this big blows up largely because of their own initiatives, they bear responsibility.

Then again. Totalitarian states are easily recognized: they’re the ones who always blame outsiders whenever there’s a problem like this.

But what are they securing? In a run-on sentence regarding a victim of the riots, a Mr. Lu, we find the answer.

“Mr. Lu and his parents are typical of the many Han migrants who, at the encouragement of the Chinese government, have settled among the Muslim Uighurs, a Turkic-speaking race that is the largest ethnic group in oil-rich region of Xinjiang. The influx of Han, the dominant ethnic group in China, has transformed Xinjiang: the percentage of Han in the population was 40 percent in 2000, up from 6 percent in 1949.”


So essentially, while the rest of the world is dutifully pretending to care about carbon emissions and the impending heat-death of our planet, China is solidifying control of a region mainly populated by people who hate them, do not share their religion or language, and are sitting on top of the very thing (we claim) we’re trying to stop using.

Yes, we owe China an utterly abhorrent amount of money. With this they buy a seat at the big table.

Abysmal poverty, military jackboot law enforcement, gestapo-level information control, and this. These are the people we have to pretend to be negotiating with.

This is what the G-20 is inviting to Pittsburgh.

In fairness, various sources did cover the victims of the mob quite well. A reminder on what politics really is about. link, link



To further the point, a comment from a Reuters article elaborating on the value of the Xinjiang region:

“Xinjiang has long been a tightly controlled hotbed of ethnic tensions, fostered by an economic gap between many Uighurs and Han Chinese, government controls on religion and culture and an influx of Han migrants who now are the majority in most key cities, including Urumqi.

Beijing cannot afford to lose its grip on a vast territory that borders Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, has abundant oil reserves and is China’s largest natural gas-producing region.”


Well, that tells us about all we need to know about the initiative to repopulate the region with Han Chinese, as well as the lengths they’re willing to go to in protecting that investment.

One thought on “Crude in Every Way

  1. cool to meet you, Michael. we spoke last week outside of Bluestockings books. I wanted to follow-up on that.

    I think that art without an audience is anomism. Artists are expressing but also trying to communicate – in a language that is necessarily intersubjective – with someone. Otherwise it’s just a squawk. Or intentional obfuscation meant to befuddle and distance us from a specific reader. That’s different from peculiar forms of communication which obscure in a certain and particularly way.

    so why not try to take on the “enviros” that sell-out the environment:

    I think that someone with your skills of keen observation would be able to communicate with and strengthen the good goals of protesters who raise serious concerns (not necessarily to replace the bankers with themselves). It’s easy to dismiss less polished and less moneyed movements competing for limited public attention and corporate media attention. But you don’t seem to be someone inclined to do what is easy above what is moral or necessary. The world is f*kt and i hope you will take time to engage with our movements to repair humans’ destructive behaviors and challenge government, corporate, and sell-out ‘enviro’ policies with your rhetorical skills and intellect. Don’t retreat to self-satisfied and smug posturing. WE NEED YOU!

    I won’t be checking your blog but feel free to contact me via email.

    here are five succinct and i think well thought out critiques which speak to the fatal deficiencies in the climate bill as it now stands. Environmentalists should be wary of the support the bill has gotten from BINGOs (big international environmental non-profit organizations) which may be seduced by the prospect of profit$ they might gain from the failed system of cap-and-trade at its heart. The Sierra Club and the NRDC actually support cap-and-trade which saw the value of pollution permits plummet in Europe while emissions rose (except for during the current recession/depression).

    But there are other serious problems with the bill which would – even without the cap-and-trade system – make this bill, in the words of top climate scientist and Goddard Center director, Dr. James Hansen, better for the environment if it failed than if it passed.

    Friends of the Earth

    Carbon Tax Center (more good information on their site and on their blog too):

    Center for Biological Diversity

    Clean Power Now

    Greenpeace (although they mounted a luke warm campaign against the climate bill in its early damaging incarnation)

    Three statements on cap-and-trade from coalitions of environmental justice activists:

    Durban Declaration

    EJ Matters

    Alaska Declaration of Indigenous Peoples:

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