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— Karl Marx

U.S. Purging Scientists because of Their Origin

Jun 24, 2019

The FBI and the National Institutes for Health (NIH) are going after scientists of Chinese origin, who are researching to cure cancer, according to Bloomberg News. The FBI and the NIH do not care whether these scientists are naturalized U.S. citizens, have been born in the U.S., or have U.S. ancestry going back for many generations.

One example of the government target is the cancer researcher Xifeng Wu, who has been working at the research institution MD Anderson (Houston, Texas) for more than 27 years. She has been investigating the causes of cancer related to human behavior and the environment, like smoking, eating habits, environmental pollution, stress, etc. The mission of such research is to reduce risk and save lives by discovering what triggers the cancer. As such, these discoveries are not patentable, sellable, or stealable.

Such discoveries are usually published in the scientific journals and available to any person in the world who has access to these journals and fundamental training to understand what the published articles explain. That is, the discoveries of the scientists like Wu are freely available to every human being on this earth. We need such collaborative research in which scientists of the whole world participate so that we can find an effective treatment for very deadly and difficult diseases like cancer.

Both the FBI and the NIH admit that this is basic scientific research and not classified. But, this does not prevent the FBI and the NIH from branding scientists like Wu as scientific double agents, although they have not been charged with stealing anyone’s ideas. Now, more than 5 million Chinese U.S. citizens, and the 130,000 Chinese graduate students and researchers who work, study, and do science in the U.S. every year, are targeted by the U.S. government for just being scientists.

One of these scientists says that the FBI agents visited his home and wanted to know, in effect, are you now or have you ever been more committed to curing cancer in China than in the U.S.? Such questioning is crazy because if a cure for a Chinese person can be developed, it can easily be applied to another human, including an American person. But, all of this is part of the bullying the U.S. government is carrying out against other countries, in particular against China.

The U.S. government wants to rule over China, economically, socially, technologically and scientifically; and is waging a war to achieve it. This war can be in the form of trade war, or can have another form, like in the case of the scientist Xifeng Wu, outright racial discrimination. It can be a war of weapons in the future. These are the wars of the rich people. We are working people. We are the ones who can cure this cancer.