$65 million to fund Uyghur genocide denial
the New lines the magazine’s investigation simply refuses to go away. Shooting the messenger would not solve China’s problem.
by Massimo Introvigné
January 18, a shocking statement by New lines magazine revealed that a huge amount of money is funneled to CCP sympathizers in the West who deny the Uighur genocide and claim that Uighurs and other Muslims in Xinjiang enjoy religious freedom and lead happy lives.
Let me start by saying that I am aware of Beijing’s response to everything that has been posted by New lines. They would say that the founder and president of its parent organization Newlines Institute for Strategy and Policy, Dr. Ahmed Alwani, is an Islamic fundamentalist with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Attacks published on the websites of Chinese embassies add that New lines reports rely on notorious anti-China sources such as the BBC, the New York Timesthe the wall street journaland bitter winter (at least we’re in good company).
My response to this is that I have no idea what Dr. Alwani’s political or religious affiliations may be. I have never met him. All I can say is looking New lines The website and its coverage of Middle East issues do not support the claim of the CCP’s English-language propaganda daily world times that’s all “sponsoring terrorism”. What I mean, though, is that shooting the messenger doesn’t get the message across. As Marxists, CCP propagandists are likely familiar with a well-known quote from Italy’s chief communist ideologue Antonio Gramsci, who said “breaking the barometer won’t eliminate bad weather.”
New lines The January 18 exhibition must be answered on the merits. As far as I know, so far this is not the case. We provide a link to the article itselfwhich is long and full of details, so we can limit ourselves here to a brief summary.
Neville Roy Singham is a secretive American billionaire of mixed Sri Lankan and Cuban descent, who rose from a young activist in American Maoist groups to a well-paid consulting job for Huawei in the 2000s. Around this time, he had previously founded Thoughtworks, which has established itself as one of the world’s leading software development and consulting companies. In 2017, Singham sold Thoughtworks to UK private equity fund Apax for an undisclosed amount, likely below the current Nasdaq valuation of $9 billion, but still in the hundreds of millions at least.
Singham and his partner, or possibly wife, Codie Evans (it is unclear if they are legally married, although Evans has publicly referred to Singham as a “husband”), co-founder of the feminist organization Code Pink, are remained active in funding a variety of left-wing causes and organizations, which have in common support for China and a variety of other undemocratic regimes, including Maduro’s Venezuela.
New lines discloses a very complicated system of Chinese boxes through which Singham channels huge sums of money directly or indirectly (including using the Goldman Sachs Philanthropy Fund, which allows donor names to remain anonymous) to organizations in the United States. States and Europe whose main activity is to deny the Uyghur genocide in Xinjiang. Two of Singham’s associates, Vijay Prashad, a former professor at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and British scholar John Ross, are now affiliated with the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, a think tank affiliated with Renmin University in Beijing.
Ross has publicly stated that the allegation that there was a Uyghur genocide was “outlandish” and “a total lie”. Organizations linked to Singham’s network also support the Assad regime in Syria and distribute propaganda from Russian state media in the West.
Tracking the links from one organization to another within the Chinese box system operated by Singham and his associates is a useful exercise. This could lead, among other things, to pro-China media attacking the famous Xinjiang scholar Adrian Zenz as well as Bitter winter.
A question New lines raises but doesn’t fully answer is where the $65 million he claims to have spent over the past five years really came from to support individuals and the media who deny the Uyghur genocide. “Comrade Singham,” as he continues to be called, is surely a billionaire and may be ideologically motivated to spend his own money. However, Singham’s money also came and came from undisclosed consultancy fees he previously received from Huawei and continues to receive from other Chinese companies. It is surely true that Singham is a respected software consultant, but one wonders if the fees paid by Chinese companies weren’t also intended to fund propaganda in the West through Singham’s pro-CCP foundations.
I may be forgiven for one last comment. It shows that those who deny the Uyghur genocide and other CCP atrocities got $65 million in five years through the Singham network alone, and probably more through the United Front and other sources. Judging from our point of view at bitter winter, this creates a huge imbalance, as those who lie for the CCP have enormous resources while China’s critics struggle to make ends meet. Our readers may be able to ponder this point. As we tell those who receive our daily newsletter, “Some spend billions on their lies: would you give a few dollars for the truth?” »