What does Hans von Storch’s “most effective climate policy” look like?
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Breaking China’s One-Child Law
In an unprecedented crackdown, Chinese officials set out to sterilize 10,000 women — by jailing their relatives until the women submitted.
A dozen Chinese officials had beaten down the man’s door and dragged him away. “What has he done wrong?” Wei asked in alarm. “Nothing,” her husband replied. “He has been jailed because he is related to us.”
Wei, a bird-thin woman with bobbed hair, let lunch burn on the stove as she heard more. “My husband said we had broken the law by having two children. The authorities were imprisoning his brother until we were punished,” she says. “As soon as I learned it was about birth control, I began to cry and shake.” Family-planning officials in the southern county of Puning, in Guangdong province, were going to shocking new extremes to catch and punish violators of the country’s infamous one-child policy: They were seizing family members of women who had given birth illegally and were holding them hostage. The aim? To coerce the women into submitting to sterilization. Says Wei, “The officials said there was only one way to get my brother-in-law released: I had to undergo forced sterilization.”
As Wei panicked in her kitchen, the same scene was playing out in households all over Puning, a region of 2.2 million people, about six hours by bus from the provincial capital of Guangzhou. In early April, the local Family Planning Bureau, which oversees population control, launched what it termed an “Iron Fist Campaign,” targeting 10,000 women who had more than one child…continue reading…
I’m stunned that von Storch actually published that comment. I can’t believe it. Surely he was being cynical. The world is on its head today.