Saturday, December 7, 2019

MixedTimes - Ben Kew

Hong Kong Official Insists BBQ Smoke More Dangerous than Tear Gas

Hong Kong Official Insists BBQ Smoke More Dangerous than Tear Gas

A senior government official in the Hong Kong's Beijing-backed government claimed on Wednesday that smoke emanating from barbeques is more toxic than tear gas used by security forces against the city's pro-democracy demonstrators.

Starved Zimbabwe Spends Tens of Thousands on iPads for Politicians

Starved Zimbabwe Spends Tens of Thousands on iPads for Politicians

The City Council of Harare, Zimbabwe,blew tens of thousands of dollars on iPads for councilors and selected managers, local media noted Tuesday, days after a United Nations report found the nation on the brink of "man-made starvation.

Zimbabwe to Criminalize Machetes in Gold Rich Areas

Zimbabwe to Criminalize Machetes in Gold Rich Areas

Emmerson Mnangagwa's leftist regime in Zimbabwe introduced legislation this week to ban the ownership of machetes in areas rich in gold following a spate of violent robberies by knife-wielding artisan miners.

China: Only Communist Courts Can Interpret Hong Kong Law

China: Only Communist Courts Can Interpret Hong Kong Law

Chinese authoritiesberatedthe High Court of Hong Kong on Monday for ruling that banning face coverings in public is "unconstitutional," claiming that only Beijing's communist lawmakers have the right to rule on such matters.

Violent Armed Gangs Hinder Efforts to Eradicate Ebola in Congo

Violent Armed Gangs Hinder Efforts to Eradicate Ebola in Congo

The World Health Organization (WHO) warned this week that the danger and instability posed by armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are stifling efforts to eradicate the Ebola virus across the country.

Report: North Korea Angling for Another Trump-Kim Summit

Report: North Korea Angling for Another Trump-Kim Summit

A North Korean propaganda outlet claimed Wednesday that Pyongyang officials bare seeking yet another summit between President Donald Trump and communist dictator Kim Jong-un before the end of the year.

China Gifts Starving Venezuelans a 'Symbolic Cube'

China Gifts Starving Venezuelans a 'Symbolic Cube'

A Chinese delegation delivered a "symbolic cube" on Thursday as a gift to the people of Venezuela, many of whom are starving as a result of the country's ongoing economic and humanitarian crisis.

China Sentences Fentanyl Smuggler to Death

China Sentences Fentanyl Smuggler to Death

China sentenced a man to death for producing and selling fentanyl and issued life sentences to his two accomplices, state propaganda outletGlobal Timesreported Thursday.

China Holds Contest to Build Flying ‘Iron Man’ Military Suit

China Holds Contest to Build Flying ‘Iron Man’ Military Suit

China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) could one day get an "iron man" suit that will provide soldiers with "heavy firepower, special armor, and flying capability,"according to a report by the state propaganda outletGlobal Timeson Wednesday.

Stephen Colbert Cheerleads Trump Impeachment: ‘Schiff Just Got Real’

Stephen Colbert Cheerleads Trump Impeachment: ‘Schiff Just Got Real’

CBS "Late Show"host Stephen Colbert gloated on Monday that the pressure on President Donald Trump is about to be turned up a notch, as Democrats press ahead with their impeachment inquiry into his supposedly "illegal"conversationUkrain President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

Jamie Lee Curtis Rips Trump, Pities al-Baghdadi, Praises Dogs in Bizarre Rant

Jamie Lee Curtis Rips Trump, Pities al-Baghdadi, Praises Dogs in Bizarre Rant

Actress and left-wing activist Jamie Lee Curtis unloaded on President Donald Trump following the death of Islamic State leaderAbu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ripping him for his lack of military service while seemingly showing pity for the suffering that al-Baghdadi reportedly went through.

Uyghur Academic Jailed in China Wins E.U. Human Rights Award

Uyghur Academic Jailed in China Wins E.U. Human Rights Award

The European Parliament on Thursday awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to Uyghur academic Ilham Tohti, currently serving a life sentence in China on charges of promoting "separatism" in the northern region of Xinjiang.