Will Barbados Prime Minister Thompson Tour Any Chinese Slave Labour Camps?

A Barbados Prime Minister Would Never Have Visited Apartheid South Africa – But These Are Chinese Slaves, Not Black, So This Visit Is OK!

Barbados Prime Minister David Thompson is off to Communist China next month for his first state visit to a country that has an active slave labour camp system.

Paving the way for him right now are, according to the Barbados Advocate, “a delegation of Barbadian journalists who are on a familiarisation tour in China ahead of an official visit of the Prime Minister, David Thompson next month…”

Leading the delegation of journalists, again according to the Barbados Advocate, is “Principal Political Advisor to the Prime Minister, Hartley Henry…”

Any thoughts on who is picking up the tab for the Barbadian journalists?

As a guess, I’d have to say that there is NO WAY the Barbados Advocate, the Nation News or the CBC are paying for their journalists to spend three weeks in China. So is the Barbados government paying for the journalists and Mr. Henry?

Guess again, folks.

When all those positive stories about our Chinese Communist friends start to appear in the Barbados media, do you think they will be accompanied by a disclaimer that says “Oh, bye the way, our editor accepted an all expenses paid trip from the Chinese government that we are praising in this article” ?

And… what do you think the chances will be that the Barbados media will be running a story about the Tiananmen Square massacre on the upcoming June 4th anniversary?

“Should we be taking gifts from a Chinese Communist government that relies upon slavery as a vital part of the economy?”

Slave Labour “Vital part of the Chinese economy”

China has a vast ‘laogai’ network of some 1100 ‘reform through labour’ prison camps. They were set up in the 1950s by Chairman Mao with Russian assistance, following the Russian gulag model. Mao had been executing intellectuals and dissidents by the hundreds of thousands until he realised condemning them to slave labour would be just as effective and certainly more productive. That continues to this day and forms a vital part of the Chinese economy.

Chinese Pastor Made A Slave For Handing Out Bibles

China Aid Association has learned that jailed Beijing Pastor Cai Zhuohua, a Protestant pastor who was given a three-year sentence for distributing Bibles (see RLP 353), has been forced to work more than 10 hours a day producing commercial ‘Made in China’ handbags since his transfer to Tianhe Prison in January 2006.

…from Christian Monitor News (link here)

Further Reading…

The Barbados Advocate celebrates our country’s relationship with nation that holds slaves (link here)

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40 responses to “Will Barbados Prime Minister Thompson Tour Any Chinese Slave Labour Camps?

  1. So Long

    Plse criticise the US before you get to China yea…
    And contrary to what you are hearing it is the US and her companies and military that is causing the world strife with exorbitant energy costs, not China. You are shooting at the wrong target.

  2. Prince

    We should have a mutually beneficial relationships with countries from all continents! We can’t push ourselves to the next level if we ignore the growing powers of China and India!

    *****************

    BFP Says,

    Many said the same thing about the Botha government in South Africa. But seeing as these slaves are only Chinese and not black, we have no problem dealing with a slave-holding nation on a governmental level.

    In short, we ignore the slave issue only so we can receive gifts of money – because their is little real “trade” between our nations.

  3. peltdownman

    So long, So Long. You are implying, I think, that the war in Iraq is the reason for the high price of oil. Why then, would the Saudis say that they will not increase production, because there is no shortage of supply? The reason for the high price of oil is the markets using oil as a hedge against the weakening US dollar, together with other “safe haven” commodities like gold.

    Prince, give us a break! The last thing any kind of relationship with communist China will be is “beneficial”, except perhaps for them. They will suck us in and spit us out as bubbles.

  4. Straight talk

    Peltdown Man:

    You still believing that Saudi can act as a swing producer?

    Recheck the stats. Saudi is producing flat out and could not increase supply even if it wanted to, in spite of the pleadings of its protectors, Bush and Brown.

  5. Prisoner Slave

    There goes BFP again sounding as hysterical, silly and demented as ever.

    Your headline shrieks “CHINESE SLAVE LABOUR CAMPS” but the simple fact is, your very own details only talk about prison labour.

    There is a big difference between a slave and a prisoner.

    And then you wonder why most people in Barbados don’t take you seriously.

    BIG YAWNNNN!

    I’m off to get the REAL NEWS from the reliable, tried and proven Barbados media houses.

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    BFP says,

    Really? No slave labour in China? Whew! We can all rest easy then.

    Meanwhile, you might want to carefully reconsider your definition of “slave labour”…

    Chinese Army Harvesting Body Parts

    China Aid: Chinese Christian Leader Released After Three-Year Imprisonment

    Laogai Slave Labour Camps

    China’s “reforming” Work Programme

  6. So Long

    You can bet that prison slave labour is rampant in the PRIVATELY owned prisons in the US. BFP will not touch the US or any other member of the great White West.

    And yea peltdownman, its “speculation”… taking place on the floors of the two or three commodities exchanges (NYMEX, IPE etc) owned by American banks that are almost solely responsible for the crisis that is taking place today.

    Not one of your better efforts BFP

    ***************

    BFP says,

    You really argue that China has no vast system of slave labour camps? That people aren’t confined to these camps for offenses such as possessing a bible, praying or writing anti-government words and that they have to work or die?

    You deny that these political and religious prisoners are not killed for their body parts?

    You deny that?

    You don’t call that slavery?

  7. Hants

    BFP while you could be right, do you really think that tiny little Barbados can change the world.

    Just do a little research and find out how entrenched the Chinese are in North American Business.

    Small example.

    Apple juice in a can marked product of Canada can actually come from apple juice imported from China.

    Any fish in a package saying product of Canada is likely to be processed in china and packaged in Canada.

    Your cause is noble but China is a powerhouse in the new world order and the western world doesn’t really care about Human rights.

    Just a lotta long talk.

  8. So Long

    BFP,
    I deny nothing. I have been to China and the people are fantabulous. I have been to the States, many times and see the same thing. It is what I do not see that seems to be the focus of all detractors.
    I am saying that it is nonsense to compile derogatory information on any country without first exposing the ills of the World’s greatest international criminal and our biggest trading partner. The country that I refer too has most of its brand name manufacturers utilise the same child and slave labour to do its bidding, whether that labour comes from China, Pakistan, or the same US. And we condone it by buying these brands.
    My objection is not on the issue of slave labour, it is on the Elephant that is in the room that you have and will continue to ignore.

    **************

    BFP says,

    Really? The United States of America imprisons people for possessing a bible, and maintains camps where body organs are harvested from prisoners and sold on the world market? Just like China does?

  9. So Long

    As for “offenses such as possessing a bible” we could use some of that here dawg.

  10. Tony Hall

    BFP,
    There you go again. You are making statements without doing your research. What is wrong with the Gov’t doing business with China? Do you criticise the USA, Great Britain, Canada and other European countries who are deeply involved in doing business with the same China? What is wrong with the Gov’t footing the bill, if so, for the journalists’ familiarisation trip? Your are always trying to look at things from a negative standpoint. As I told you before if you continue like this you are going to systematically lose credibility.

    **************

    BFP says,

    While our criticism is directed at Barbados because, after all it is our country, yes we also deplore the same conduct by other countries including Canada, the USA, Britain and Israel. As to the journalism issue, one article coming right up!

  11. justice

    Put a sock in it, BFP. Barbados is seemingly not bothered about anything immoral once there is gain in it for us. That’s the way geopolitics work; interests, not friends or enemies. We who would hope for some principles in foreign relations are anomalies in this world.

    **************

    BFP says,

    Then why did we once boycott South Africa, justice?

    Do you now see that boycott to have been wrong on the part of Barbados and the other countries who took part?

  12. So Long

    South Africa was boycotted by Barbados because the US and the UK finally got around to doing something about the farcical “separate but equal campaign” that was taking place there. We as always followed their lead. In any event the moral issue with SA is that of a small minority dominating absolutely not slavery or clamping down on Adventists.

  13. no name

    justice says,

    “Barbados is seemingly not bothered about anything immoral once there is gain in it for us”.

    This is a Worldwide attitude which only causes more suffering. Those who are moved to speak out against this have a duty to do so.

    Watch what happens in the oil saga. The rich get richer, the others (we) suffer the consequences.

  14. no name

    Wasn’t Barbados willingly used in the arms dealing with South Africa before anyone even noticed?

  15. John

    … one of the legacies of The Right Excellent Errol Barrow, national hero whose contribution to Barbados will be recognised in a few days.

    Politicians are a mass of contradictions because he also permitted Cuban soldiers passage through Barbados to fight in Angola although many may have been killed by the same weapons.

    This raises an interesting question re the special plane needed to fly to Africa.

    How come back in the 70’s there were regular Cubana flights to Africa to transport Cuban soldiers to fight and die and today we need a special plane?

    Wonder how many of the Cubans were black, …. or white and why no Barbadian blood was shed in the cause?

    We should have names to add to the Cenotaph come National Heroes Day of Barbadians who fell in the struggle …. but we don’t.

    The closest we have is Sydney Burnet Alleyne, …….. exiled and persona non grata!!

    Does anyone know how many Cubans fought and died in Africa, and how they are remembered in their country?

    Barbados did not outdo itself in this passage of history.

  16. Asking

    Dear BFP,

    If I wanted to send you a photograph or copy of a letter, to be put on your Blog, how do I do it?
    Would be grateful if you can inform what I would have to use and how do I go about doing it.

    Thanks
    *******************

    Hello Asking,

    Just scan or photograph them and email the files to us at barbadosfreepress@yahoo.com

    🙂

  17. So Long

    no name

    correct and that’s no Bull.

    But Barbados was also willingly used in the fight against Southern African governments as a transit point for ‘internationalists’ out of Cuba before Uncle Sam noticed and virtually shut the airport down.

  18. So Long

    BFP
    I got photo’s of Guantanamo Bay detention camp too

  19. Asking

    BFP,

    I know you’re busy, but please let me know how I can go about sending a photo to you.

    Thanks.

  20. So Long

    Man BFP my comment about Cuba was posted before John’s and it get rearranged and placed at the bottom. Not fair. But John said basically the same thing, hell of a lot more eloquently of course.

    Dear John,
    Barbados almost lost its airport that should say something, but the same airport was later used as a transit point for the movement of soldiers to illegally invade Grenada. Uncle Tom did mek mah shame. No heroes here.

    **************

    BFP says,

    Hi SL,

    The latest comments appear at the bottom in the order that they are received. It is an automatic function and not something that we have control over.

  21. Asking - Thanks.

    Dear BFP,

    Thank you kindly –

  22. WildyCoyte.

    On his next trip to Amerikkka ask him to check this place out,and ask them what is the reason for it.

    http://www.google.com/patents?id=R-kkAAAAEBAJ&dq=5425163

  23. So Long

    Hoo Ha Hoo Ha,
    That’s the sound of the men workin’ on the chain
    Yeah ee Yeah.
    That’s the sound of the men workin’ on the chain
    Yeah

    Slave labour peoples

  24. reality check

    Its very difficult to have your travelling costs partly or completely paid for and then be at liberty to speak your mind freely and fairly on human rights.

    Honest concerns and comments need to be across the board for whatever country is violating fundamental human rights including the US.

    The problem is that Barbados needs to get its own house in order before challenging others.

    This is a cap in hand public relations media event for the Chinese government.

    Barbados is nothing more or less than a vote on the United Nations and an ally for keeping the US in line.

    We will sell ourselves to the highest bidder whomever that might be.

    BFP —as the largest internet provider of news for Barbados were you invited to go on the trip LOL

    **************

    BFP says,

    Ahhhh, let me see here… ahhh… oh darn, here’s the invitation right here! I must have missed opening it on time. 😉

    But while the “real” journalists are over there ignoring the latest Christian bookseller to be imprisoned for “unlawfully” being in possession of bibles, we at Barbados Free Press as the largest online news outlet have a surprise coming tomorrow for the oldstream media.

    (Hey… do you like the word “oldstream” rather than “mainstream”. I think I just coined the term. Let me see if I can find it on the net anywhere else.)

  25. BFP

    Reality Check said “BFP —as the largest internet provider of news for Barbados were you invited to go on the trip LOL”

    BFP says,

    Ahhhh, let me see here… ahhh… oh darn, here’s the invitation right here! I must have missed opening it on time. 😉

    But while the “real” journalists are over there ignoring the latest Christian bookseller to be imprisoned for “unlawfully” being in possession of bibles, we at Barbados Free Press as the largest online news outlet have a surprise coming tomorrow for the oldstream media.

    (Hey… do you like the word “oldstream” rather than “mainstream”. I think I just coined the term. Let me see if I can find it on the net anywhere else.)

    UPDATE: “oldstream media” is all over the place. Awwwww poop. I thought I had coined a good one. Proof again that the bible is right when it says there is nothing new under the sun.

  26. So Long

    My on;y prob with u BFP is that you come across as sooooooo Christian. Man that can be fair.

    ****************

    BFP says,

    I take it you don’t like Christians, then?

    Which one of us are you referring to? Not all of us are Christian.

    I, Robert, am a nominal Christian because that’s what my parents were. I probably wouldn’t be called a Christian by many folks.

    I would call Cliverton a “real” Christian except when he drinks too much then he is a “fallen” Christian. Shona and Marcus are churchgoers and I will let them describe what they would call themselves. Auntie Moses is a big time religious person.

    George? Well… George is another story!

  27. So Long

    I think I like George

  28. Jerome Hinds

    BFP,

    It is quite clear that some of your story lines are irritating some of your…….especially those that unfairly criticise the DLP gov’t.

    It is your right to call it as you see…..just try and maintain your balance pre January 2008 .

    In this regard……I am recommending again that you guys go on a sabbatical until 2013….I am positive on your return by that time you will return RE-ENERGISED !

    How about going to CHINA !

    The tickets & incidentals on me !

    ***************

    BFP says,

    So what specifically did we say that was unfair to the new DLP government?

    Is it “unfair” to remind voters that David Thompson promised he would adopt a Ministerial Code “immediately upon forming a government” and then bring in ITAL in 100 days?

    Is it “unfair” to remind voters that the DLP promised transparency and integrity, yet they have failed to set rules or reveal the details of Thompson’s use of private jets?

    Just what exactly was “unfair” ?

  29. So Long

    BFP tek the tickets nah! Iwill give you my number and we could work something out…

  30. Paradox

    BFP:

    I can see where you are coming from when you posted the above article. I’ve also read some of the comments posted.

    We are all different and at times, depending on circustances, this difference is more noticable.

    BFP you are doing a fantastic job.Some times you make statements which are not pleasing to some,including myself but the Bajan public learns much from such blogs. Your posting educates, encourages dialogue and also shows another point of view. This in my view can makes Barbados and hopefully other countries a better place for all; this is not a bad thing.

    On the topic of China!

    I can see what you are trying to point out; the double standards of media and the political elite. In USA, EU, Canada and many other countries now doing business with China, will be sending their best athletes to compete in the olympics there.

    The war in the middle East is fuelled by Chinese money. Some of the countries mentioned above have been critical of China’s Human Rights toward its citizens, but still believe it necessary to do business with.

    We must not forget the war in Darfur is being fuelled by China; The present Zimbebwe government is being supported by China. There are human rights violation in Tibet.China chooses not to be critical of any country, in the hope that others would not be critical of them.

    Despite its horrendous nature, China is still able to go into Africa, and rape the country of its resources and no one seems to care.What China is thinking: ‘The industrialised countries have done exactly what we are doing to improve ‘their lot’, why should we be any different’.

    China’s interest in Barbados is to provide another avenue to sell it cheap products. IT is willing to bribe,if legal means cannot be achieved. China knows ‘MAN’ is weak when it comes to money.

    Despite the labour camps and the death penalty imposed on its own citizen for taking bribes, they themselves would bribe others to gain a ‘foothold’ in another man’s country.

    Some people have got this belief; “It is not happening to ‘ME’, so why should I bother!”

    PARADOX: A statement that seems self-contradictory but may be true.

  31. Jerome Hinds

    BFP says,

    So what specifically did we say that was unfair to the new DLP government?

    Is it “unfair” to remind voters that David Thompson promised he would adopt a Ministerial Code “immediately upon forming a government” and then bring in ITAL in 100 days?

    Is it “unfair” to remind voters that the DLP promised transparency and integrity, yet they have failed to set rules or reveal the details of Thompson’s use of private jets?

    Just what exactly was “unfair” ?

    ________________________________

    Hello BFP……..seems as though you guys are in a bad mood tonight .

    Relax and think about it !

    The sabbatical may provide with some relief for your stress !

    I can drop off the tickets for you at any time or venue you choose !

  32. 110

    “China’s interest in Barbados is to provide another avenue to sell it cheap products. IT is willing to bribe,if legal means cannot be achived.”

    That should read “cheap products and Brand Name products of North American manufacturers.”

    Please do some research for clarity.
    North American Corporations set the price and standards for products manufactured by their plants in China.

    On another note look what our competition doing to our Tourist Industry. Americans and Canadians are going to be pleased.
    “The Jamaica government has announced the introduction of casino gambling to the island saying it was necessary for the further development of the tourism industry.”

  33. So Long

    Paradox

    I build my product in China… Booo!

  34. cheesecutter

    BFP,

    About that Chinese christian though,it appears that he broke the law.He printed books unauthorized by Chinese authorities. well,who tell he do that? do the crime,do the time.

    Christians must obey the law of the land.Not do what they feel like. I’m sure if it was a muslim doing the same thing,it wouldn’t see the light of day on this blog.Of course, unless it was a muslim woman in a muslim country.

    Finally,this is the way the chinese live their life.If their policy is that when go to jail you do hard labour,i dont see anything wrong with that.We in the west think we are the best,the most civilized. but we are not.

    **************

    BFP says,

    Yes it is true that he broke the law, as many broke the communist laws that outlawed freedom of religion. That was true under Mao where tens millions were murdered for breaking the communist laws against freedom of religion, freedom of association, property ownership etc. The same for those who broke Stalin and Lenin’s laws against Christianity. They were murdered and their families, children too.

    In Apartheid South Africa many also went to jail for breaking the law against loving someone of another skin colour, or of talking politics in a group of more than three persons without a permit.

    So yes, you are correct that the pastor broke the law.

    For you that ends it.

    You would make a fine guard at one of the labour camps. I’m sure that Mao would be proud of your position.

  35. So Long

    In the US you just have to look like an Arab and you can be held indefinitely, or worst, deported to Saudi Arabia.

  36. Rumplestilskin

    110: Re “The Jamaica government has announced the introduction of casino gambling to the island saying it was necessary for the further development of the tourism industry.”

    Yes, but we do not want casinos here, no downright evil things.

    But…wait, we have many places where there are rows and rows of slot machines…do not tell me…no …the are ‘public places of gambling’ as defines casinos?!

    We have casinos? But do not advertise as such.

    No, our casinos are merely to take money from locals and the few tourists that come and find such.

    BUT, now here is the critical thing…only a select few can own casinos in Barbados and THAT is the real issue, never mind the ‘smoke and mirrors’ that are created every time the issue comes up for discussion.

    The ‘status quo’ have us just where we are wanted.

    Difference is that the Jamaica Government will give licenses to those who come to build hotels, while we allow a select few to dictate what we do in Barbados.

    Smoke and mirrors, the media publishes the ‘objections’, what a joke and the Barbados public fall for it.

    ******************

    BFP says,

    So true, Rump! We’ve been trying to communicate that message for years. Here’s a few of our old articles…

    Barbados Government Licenses Yet Another Gambling Casino – Nation News Treads Oh So Delicately

    Trinidad and Tobago Outlaws Slot Machines – While Barbados Imports Thousands More

    Owen Arthur Government Targets Bajan Wallets With 2,500 New Video Lottery Terminals – “A Tax On Stupid People”

    How Many Barbados Slot Machines – And Where?

    Barbados and CARICOM Pledge Support For U.S. Online Gambling Legislation

  37. Hopi

    This article has an awful stench to it. Seems like the CIA is working overtime just like they are now fomenting chaos with the olympic torch. How much was the author of this article paid to contaminate the bajan audience with hatred towards the Chinese. Let us never forget that as people of African descent we have and are still suffering at the hands of these european reptilian devils. If you really want to talk about slavery just look at the “land of the brave and the home of the free.” Now that the Dragon is getting ready to sink the Empire the tentacles are coming from everywhere corner of the earth. However, the Chinese are a patient and a wise people. By the way all humankind are enslvaved by this reptilian system under which we live. He that has ears let him hear.

    ****************

    BFP says

    So now we’re the CIA? Hey, I love it! When does the paycheque start.

    So Hopi… what exactly that we said is untrue?

    Not that you care about that…

  38. Hopi

    BFP, Where in my article did you hear indifference? Since you seem to be somewhere down on the totem pole I don’t think you would be getting a cheque any time soon. (Not that you won’t get it). However, I see that your source for this article is the CSM. Very re LIE able. To be an objective journalist/blogger you have a beaucoup de homework to do, like weighing the evidence and the source. Can you tell me the last time that the CSM did a thorough story on the US torture. In CSM’s 2nd to last paragraph, these incidences seem to ring a very loud bell in my ears, and that pealing is coming from the shrieking sounds of torture from the victims at Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib.

  39. cheesecutter

    well said Hopi,but then you must be new here.Bcos that the way operates about here.Expect the “if u dont like it create your own blog ” ranting soon from now,or, better yet,being called a moron.

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