Just before Mulan's American release, director Judd Apatow (who was not involved in the film) called out Hollywood for their complicity: "Maybe Disney and Apple should SPEAK UP & try to help a million people who were abducted and put in CONCENTRATION CAMPS." For a while it seemed that Disney had found a cash cow in China, but the pressures to conform to the state narratives might prove too much for Disney -- and other Hollywood studios -- to balance in the future.
But the presentation of Mulan as Han defending her nation from an invading horde of faceless nomads only serves to both reinforce Hollywood tropes about "the other" and play into toxic rhetoric in China that peoples living on the peripheries of the Chinese state are barbarians who need to be civilized and Sinicized.
The subpoenas approved on a party-line vote Wednesday were separate from the panel's investigation into a Ukrainian energy firm and former Vice President Joe Biden, which Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson has said he plans to release soon.
Johnson has said he soon plans to release the findings from the GOP-led investigation into Ukrainian energy firm Burisma, Biden and his son Hunter Biden, who was on Burisma's board.
He voted in favor of the subpoenas on Wednesday, but made a point to note the differences between the investigation into the FBI's Russia probe that's looking into the opening of the investigation and "unmasking" requests made in the Obama administration, and the Ukraine investigation that's targeting Biden.
The committee was planning to issue a subpoena to an Obama-era State Department official, Bridget Brink, who is now US Ambassador to Slovakia, but Johnson said on Tuesday that interview was scheduled voluntarily.
Commissioned by the UN Human Rights Council, it includes 48 in-depth case studies and expands on the extrajudicial executions, politically motivated detentions and torture, as well as protest-related violence.
The report singles out two Venezuelan security forces as being responsible for nearly two-thirds of all extrajudicial killings -- the Scientific, Criminal and Criminological Investigator Corps (CICPC) and the Special Action Forces (FAES) of the National Bolivarian Police (PNB).
In addition to extrajudicial killings, the UN mission also investigated politically motivated repression and torture allegedly by Venezuelan intelligence agencies, namely the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN) and the General Directorate of Military Counter-Intelligence (DGCIM).
The UN mission found that while SEBIN targeted political dissidents, human rights activists, and others perceived to be against the government, the DGCIM targeted military personnel and associated civilians allegedly involved in rebellions or coup attempts.