Is western media coverage of the COVID lockdown in Shanghai completely accurate?
The corporate media has been non-stop talking about the “dystopian” lockdown in Shanghai claiming people are starving in mass. The question “at what cost” pops up in articles across the news cycle questioning China’s lockdown policies. The logistical challenges for Shanghai’s local government to manage a lockdown in response to a mass omicron spread have been significant, but is that the full story?
We are joined by Tings Chak Researcher and art director of Tricontinental: Institute of Social Research and member of Dongsheng collective who is currently on lockdown in Shanghai. Tings shares her perspective on what lockdown has been like, and gives us an overview of scope and achievements of China’s zero COVID policy strategy to this point.
To hear more from Tings, we discussed in-depth her report “Serve the People: The Eradication of Extreme Poverty” with Tricontinental in our patrons-only video special. We dive deeper into Xi Jinping’s focus on common prosperity and take an overall look at the gains made by the Chinese socialist project. Become a patron at patreon.com/CovertActionMagazine to get this exclusive!
We also discuss the recent article published by Ars Technica claiming that Google has recently changed it’s policies and have actively given higher resolution images of Russian military bases. While this claim was later corrected—this moment exposes the potential of how private aerial surveillance can be used by U.S. intelligence. We dive deeper into this, and into the long history of the CIA’s relationship with Google and the development of this kind of tech.
Finally, we talk about CNN’s clickbait article highlighting the dissatisfaction that Millennials and Generation Z are expressing with Joe Biden’s administration. While media pundits might be left wondering why young people feel this way, we review how recent history has set up this moment.
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Rachel Hu is a journalist with “BreakThrough News,” a new independent media project, where she hosts the podcast “It’s Not You, It’s Capitalism.”
She is also a host on WBAI 99.5FM in NYC and has been an anti-war and anti-racist activist with the ANSWER Coalition for the last decade.
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Chris Garaffa has been an anti-imperialist and social justice organizer since joining the movement against the Iraq war in 2003.
Chris is a weekly guest on Sputnik Radio’s “By Any Means Necessary,” and co-hosts the podcast “The Reboot,” focusing on the intersection between technology and human rights.
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