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Uighurs: U.S. DNA expertise helps China crackdown

AXIOS FUTURE Steve Levine
An Uighur woman holding the Chinese flag. Photo: Guillaume Payen/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesFrom Mike Allen's indispensable Axios AM newsletter (sign up here) ..."Chinese authorities turned to a Massachusetts company and a prominent Yale researcher as they built an enormous system of surveillance and control," the N.Y. Times Sui-Lee Wee reports.Details, per NYT:"China wants to make the country’s Uighurs, a predominantly Muslim ethnic group, more subservient to the Communist Party.""Collecting genetic material is a key part of China’s campaign ... [A] DNA database could be used to chase down any Uighurs who resist conforming.""[S]cientists affiliated with China’s police used equipment made by [Massachusetts-based] Thermo Fisher [and] relied on genetic material from people around the world that was provided by [Yale geneticist] Kenneth Kidd."Go deeper:US company Thermo Fisher to stop selling China equipmen…

Ban not fully enforced

* Operators at banned FIF ‘outlets’ express their feelings that the government and security apparatus are on their side* Daily Times Investigation team visits the newly renamed kiosks, offices and fund collection centres of banned outfits, operating with impunity
FEBRUARY 24, 2019Despite the ban imposed on Hafiz Saeed’s Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) by the government, the same are operating throughout Pakistan using new names. These two organisations have recently been banned again, as a part of the government’s other initiatives to accelerate anti-terrorism operations and re-establish the writ of the state. JuD and FIF have existed in Pakistan with other names before, most prominently Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). Even today, they continue to operate merely by changing names.Very few, publically visible offices of the FIF, which are mostly built as encroachments on footpaths and other public places, have actually been shut. At most locations, these ‘outlets’ have…