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The City of Prague Stands up to Red China

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After the city of Prague, Czech Republic decided to withdraw from its sister-city partnership with Beijing, Chinese political leadership  was infuriated.

This conflict emerged when the Pirate Party won the Prague mayor’s office and voiced its displeasure with Beijing’s “one China” policy, which sees Taiwan and Tibet as part of  China.

This sister-city agreement was signed in 2016, but was rescinded on October 7, 2019. Mayor Zdenek Hrib claimed that China refused to take down any mention of this policy. Hrib asserted that the declaration was not suitable for an agreement between the two cities, given that it’s a question of national policy.

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China’s embassy was not happy, which then went on Facebook urging Prague’s leadership to change its position as soon as possible or “it will be their own interests that will be hurt.”

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This cancellation must still receive the city assembly’s approval. After sending a “serious protest” to the city’s political leadership, the Chinese embassy declared that this rupture of ties is “a breach of trust” which hurts relations between China and the Czech Republic.

Prague’s policies towards China conflict with Czech national leadership. President Milos Zeman is a strong supporter of Chinese investment in Europe. The Czech Foreign Ministry, which acknowledges the one China policy, said the Czech government would stay out of this matter.

This dispute’s origins can be traced to last year when China banned several orchestras with “Prague” in their names from performing in the country after Hrib did not bother to kick out a Taiwanese diplomat from a meeting he held.

Prague has been a hub of support for Tibet, with the former President Vaclav Havel and other elected officials hosting the exiled spiritual leader Dalai Lama in the past — much to Beijing’s consternation.

Under Hrib’s leadership, the practice of displaying the Tibetan flag at Prague city hall — a practice dating back to Havel’s presidential administration — was restored. However, the national government has taken a different approach by having police suppress peaceful protests during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit in 2016  where people also had their  Tibetan flags removed from their homes.

China’s ascent as a world power has been controversial to say the least.

From a genocidal communist experience to market liberalization in the 1980s, China has undergone a significant transformation in the last 50 years that has taken it to considerable heights on the world stage.

However, these reforms have not changed its authoritarian political structure and questionable trade policies with other nations.

The election of Donald Trump in 2016 has made people realize that China has adverse interests to most Western countries.

For that reason, Prague’s municipal government is correct in calling out China’s authoritarian practices and at least challenging the narrative that China is a benign actor.

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Merrick Garland Suggests that Getting Rid of Lawsuit Protections is Not a Second Amendment Violation

Garland as AG will be a disaster for the right to bear arms.

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If Merrick Garland is nominated as Attorney General, the Second Amendment is in big trouble.

Based on his comments at a Senate hearing on February 22, 2021, Garland made a suggestion that the repeal of lawsuit protections for gun manufacturers is not unconstitutional. 

AWR Hawkins of Breitbart News reminded his readers that President Joe Biden campaigned on a platform of repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), which shielded lawful gun manufacturers from lawsuits.

In a previous Breitbart News report, Biden spoke at an MSNBC forum in 2019 alongside gun control organizations such as March for Our Lives where he expressed his support for gun manufacturers to be subject to lawsuits.

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At the speech, Biden suggested that the PLCC be repealed. He declared, “No other outfit in history has gotten this kind of protection” and asserted that the legal actions would bring about “change overnight.”

In a subsequent occasion on February 7, 2020, Breitbart News covered Biden’s remarks to a New Hampshire crowd, in which he stated that it was a “mistake” to shield firearms manufacturers from lawsuits. He continued, “The first thing I’m going to do as president is work to get rid of that.” 

Later that month, Breitbart News recalled how Biden called out gun manufacturers at a South Carolina rally and boasted, “I’m going to take you down.”

According to a report by The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah Senator Mike Lee asked Garland about his views on removing protections for gun manufacturers. Garland responded, “I have not thought myself deeply about this. I don’t think it raises a Second Amendment issue.”

When he was questioned if he is in favor of Biden’s plans to ban so-called “assault weapons”, Garland responded, “Where there is room under the law for the president’s policies to be pursued, then I think the president is entitled to pursue them.”

Biden’s track record as a gun control proponent is well-documented. From his support of gun-free zones at schools to the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, Biden is Gun Control Inc.’s guy. With Democrats in control of the House and the Senate, there will most certainly be attempts to ram gun control down our throats. If they can’t beat us legislatively, they will most certainly use the courts to undermine the Second Amendment. Pro-gun organizations should be ready to lawyer up and use whatever means possible to keep courts from destroying our rights.

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