Sunday, August 9, 2020

MixedTimes - Frances Martel

Lebanese Pundit Floats Chinese Reconstruction of Beirut Port

Lebanese Pundit Floats Chinese Reconstruction of Beirut Port

A prominent commentator in Lebanon suggested late Wednesday that a top Chinese construction firm could take up the herculean task of reconstructing the Port of Beirut after a massive explosion destroyed much of the site and surrounding neighborhoods.

Cuban Democracy Groups Join Call to End Uyghur Slavery in China

Cuban Democracy Groups Join Call to End Uyghur Slavery in China

The Assembly of the Cuban Resistance, a Miami-based human rights organization, recently joined the Coalition to End Forced Labour in the Uyghur Region, a group urging companies to stop profiting from the enslavement of Uyghurs in China.

BBC: Leaked Records Show Iran Death Toll Nearly Triple Official Claims

BBC: Leaked Records Show Iran Death Toll Nearly Triple Official Claims

The BBC published an explosive report on Monday citing leaked government figures showing that Iran has documented nearly triple the number of Chinese coronavirus deaths internally as it has publicly and identified nearly half a million cases within its borders.

Hong Kong Police: Sanitary Masks Making It Harder to Arrest Protesters

Hong Kong Police: Sanitary Masks Making It Harder to Arrest Protesters

The Hong Kong Police Department complained in an update on criminal behavior in the city on Wednesday that an ordinance mandating the wearing of sanitary masks in public has made their work more difficult, placing law enforcement at odds with the local government.

U.S. Confirms Dramatic 'Visual Inspection' of Iranian Commercial Flight

U.S. Confirms Dramatic 'Visual Inspection' of Iranian Commercial Flight

The U.S. military confirmed to the Associated Press on Thursday that American fighter jets intercepted an Iranian commercial flight over Syria, calling it a "standard visual inspection," after Tehran complained that the incident amounted to "terrorism.

NBA Terminates Relationship with 'Training Center' in China's Uyghur Capital

NBA Terminates Relationship with 'Training Center' in China's Uyghur Capital

The National Basketball Association (NBA) claimed this week to have cut ties with its training camp in Xinjiang, home to the vast majority of China's Uyghur ethnic minority and over a thousand concentration camps the Communist Party built to enslave them and destroy their culture.

Poll: 80% of Venezuelans Want Trump to Stop Supporting Guaido

Poll: 80% of Venezuelans Want Trump to Stop Supporting Guaido

A poll published Tuesday revealed that nearly 80 percent of Venezuelans believe President Donald Trump should stop supporting Juan Guaidó, the legitimate president of the country, after nearly two years of failing to exercise his power.

Mike Pompeo Breaks the Internet with Photo of His Dog and Winnie the Pooh Chew Toy

Mike Pompeo Breaks the Internet with Photo of His Dog and Winnie the Pooh Chew Toy

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appeared to deny on Wednesday that a post on Twitter showing his dog Mercer enjoying a Winnie the Pooh chew toy was meant to insult Chinese dictator Xi Jinping, who has banned references of the cartoon bear in the country for years after dissidents began comparing their portly builds.

Cubans Endure Two Weeks Without Running Water amid Pandemic

Cubans Endure Two Weeks Without Running Water amid Pandemic

Residents of Havana denounced the Cuban government in a report Tuesday revealing they have often spent as long as two weeks without access to running water in the past three months amid the Chinese coronavirus pandemic.

Amazon Mandates 'Country of Origin' Labels in India to Avoid Fines

Amazon Mandates 'Country of Origin' Labels in India to Avoid Fines

Amazon India will reportedly abide by new government requirements that all its products indicate where they were manufactured, reports indicated on Wednesday, a policy implemented following the surge of a national movement to boycott Chinese products.

Activists Hold Vigil for Victims of 1994 Cuban Mass Drowning, Including Infant

Activists Hold Vigil for Victims of 1994 Cuban Mass Drowning, Including Infant

Members of the Cuban exile community, organized by the Center for a Free Cuba, held a moment of silence to observe the anniversaries of communist murders on Monday, including the drowning of dozens in the July 13, 1994, tugboat massacre, the killing of Christian dissidents Oswaldo Payá and Harold Cepero, and the death of Chinese Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo.

Enes Kanter Condemns Hagia Sophia Mosque Conversion: 'Turkey Has Enough Mosques'

Enes Kanter Condemns Hagia Sophia Mosque Conversion: 'Turkey Has Enough Mosques'

Boston Celtics star Enes Kanter condemned the conversion of the Hagia Sophia, once one of the most important Christian cathedrals in the world, in an interview Sunday, accusing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of converting what was officially a museum in a desperate bid to win votes.

Update: Missing Seoul Mayor Found Dead

Update: Missing Seoul Mayor Found Dead

Police in South Korea confirmed on Thursday that the mayor of the nation's capital, Seoul, had gone missing. Reports indicated that Park Won-soon had made cryptic goodbye statements to his family before vanishing on Thursday morning.

China: Disappeared Interpol President 'Indulged in Lust and Pleasure'

China: Disappeared Interpol President 'Indulged in Lust and Pleasure'

China'sCentral Commission for Discipline Inspection, responsible for imprisoning Communist Party members accused of corruption, published a documentaccusing former Interpol President Meng Hongwei of indulging in "lust" and using state officials as servants, theSouth China Morning Post revealed on Wednesday.

Indonesia Promotes Government Necklace That Can 'Kill the Coronavirus'

Indonesia Promotes Government Necklace That Can 'Kill the Coronavirus'

The Agriculture Ministry of Indonesia announced this weekend the creation of an "antivirus necklace" made of eucalyptus that could allegedly kill the Chinese coronavirus, later walking back its properties, but not before the nation's health minister claimed it could boost the wearer's "psychological mentality.

China Starts Withdrawing from Indian Border After Modi Visit

China Starts Withdrawing from Indian Border After Modi Visit

Indian media reported on Monday that China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) had finally started retreating at the Indian border, weeks after a bloody clash in which Chinese troops attacked their Indian counterparts with, among other weapons, sticks wrapped in barbed wire.

Indian-American Groups Urge Americans to Join 'Boycott China' Movement

Indian-American Groups Urge Americans to Join 'Boycott China' Movement

The head of one of the country's largest Indian-American groups told Breitbart News on Monday that "made in America" should be a pivotal part of a growing movement for independence from the Chinese economy, a movement that Indian and Tibetan activists rallied for in Times Square, New York, this weekend.

China's Hong Kong 'National Security' Law Takes Effect, Ending Free Speech

China's Hong Kong 'National Security' Law Takes Effect, Ending Free Speech

Chinese dictator Xi Jinping signed a decree on Tuesday enacting a "national security" law that allows the Communist Party to antagonize and prosecute dissidents in Hong Kong, triggering global condemnation and widespread concern among participants in the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement.

Airstrike Hits Kurdish Resort as Turkey Continues Invasion of Iraq

Airstrike Hits Kurdish Resort as Turkey Continues Invasion of Iraq

Drone strikes of unconfirmed origin killed at least six people in Sulaimani province, northern Iraq, on Thursday, including multiple children. The strike, reportedly targeting members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), occurred near what the Kurdish outlet Rudaw described as a "village resort" popular with families.

India's Modi Supplants Trump as China’s Toughest Global Adversary

India's Modi Supplants Trump as China’s Toughest Global Adversary

Amid military hostilities with China and leading the world's only concrete plan to decouple from the Communist Party's monopoly on manufacturing, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emerged as the leader of the free world's fight to contain Beijing, assuming a role now mostly vacated by President Donald Trump.

Chinese Media Proposes Beijing Pass 'George Floyd Human Rights Bill'

Chinese Media Proposes Beijing Pass 'George Floyd Human Rights Bill'

China'sGlobal Times state propaganda newspaper angrily condemned President Donald Trump's signing of the Uyghur Human Rights Act in a column Thursday by urging China's rubber-stamp legislature to pass a law condemning "the deplorable U.S.

Hong Kong Makes Public Broadcaster Air Propaganda 'Embracing' China Takeover

Hong Kong Makes Public Broadcaster Air Propaganda 'Embracing' China Takeover

Hong Kong's public broadcaster, RTHK, will soon air a 20-episode news show on China's decision to pass a law that allows Communist Party agents to arrest those who threaten Beijing, the network revealed on Thursday, after a "government-appointed board of advisers" urged the network to "embrace" the legislation.

Hong Kong Media Mogul Jimmy Lai: China Can't Attract Talent Because No One Trusts It

Hong Kong Media Mogul Jimmy Lai: China Can't Attract Talent Because No One Trusts It

Jimmy Lai, owner of Hong Kong'sApple Daily and longtime pro-democracy activist, told Radio Free Asia (RFA) in an interview published Wednesday that he believed China's communist takeover of the city would collapse its economy because its main selling point of being free of communist corruption had now disappeared.

Iranian Dissidents Say over 50,000 Have Died of Coronavirus

Iranian Dissidents Say over 50,000 Have Died of Coronavirus

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), Iran's largest dissident organization, revealed that, by its tally, over 50,000 people have died in the country as a result of the Chinese coronavirus as of Sunday.

Jihadist Iranian President Lectures Donald Trump About Bible

Jihadist Iranian President Lectures Donald Trump About Bible

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who helps preside over a regime that funds jihadist terrorist groups such as Hezbollah and routinely threatens the destruction of Israel, attempted to lecture President Donald Trump on Thursday about bringing a Bible to St.

Observers: Same Forces Behind U.S. Riots Fueled 2019 Latin America Violence

Observers: Same Forces Behind U.S. Riots Fueled 2019 Latin America Violence

Protests and violent riots throughout the United States, nominally expressing outrage over the death of Minnesota man George Floyd, attracted Latin American leftist iconography this week – not a coincidence given months of violent riots throughout South America, observers told Breitbart News.

Artists: China Faked Celebrity Signatures on Anti-Hong Kong Petition

Artists: China Faked Celebrity Signatures on Anti-Hong Kong Petition

A petition circulating in Hong Kong claiming to include signatures by famous artists and celebrities supporting the Communist Party's "national security" law expanding Beijing's power in the city featured names of people no one ever asked to sign anything, the celebrities in question said this weekend.

State Media: The Chinese Are 'Cheering' U.S. Riots

State Media: The Chinese Are 'Cheering' U.S. Riots

China's state-run propaganda newspaperGlobal Times repeatedly gloated this weekend over the widespread destruction by radical leftists in the United States, claiming on Monday that "Chinese netizens are cheering" looting and vandalism.

Brazil's Biggest City Moves to Ease Coronavirus Lockdown

Brazil's Biggest City Moves to Ease Coronavirus Lockdown

The governor of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Joao Doria, announced on Wednesday that the state and its eponymous city would officially extend Chinese coronavirus measures through June 15 – but restrictions on some economic activity will ease as early as June 1.

China Blocks U.N. Security Council from Reviewing Its Hong Kong Takeover

China Blocks U.N. Security Council from Reviewing Its Hong Kong Takeover

America's mission to the United Nations revealed on Wednesday that it had requested a Security Council meeting to discuss China's unlawful takeover of "national security" in Hong Kong, but as China is one of the most powerful members on the council, it blocked the meeting.