Sunday, January 26, 2020

MixedTimes - Frances Martel

Missile Attack Hits U.S. Embassy in Baghdad

Missile Attack Hits U.S. Embassy in Baghdad

A barrage of rocket fire targeted Baghdad's fortified Green Zone on Sunday, hitting part of the U.S. embassy complex in that country. Saudi Arabia's al-Arabiya news agency noted that the American compound "has been regularly hit by rockets in recent months.

Colombian Man in Wuhan: We've Known of Deadly Virus for a Month

Colombian Man in Wuhan: We've Known of Deadly Virus for a Month

A Wuhan resident from Bogotá told Colombian newspaperEl Tiempo on Thursday that residents of the Chinese metropolis were aware of a flu-like illness spreading "before 2019 ended," weeks before the Communist Party publicly revealed an outbreak of a newly documented deadly coronavirus.

China's 'Belt and Road' Connects Africa to Deadly Virus

China's 'Belt and Road' Connects Africa to Deadly Virus

China's years-long expansion into Africa – and the corresponding flood of Chinese workers establishing themselves there – has left the continent particularly vulnerable to the spread of a new iteration of coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China.

Report: China Ignores Signs of Wuhan Virus in Environmentalist's Pneumonia Death

Report: China Ignores Signs of Wuhan Virus in Environmentalist's Pneumonia Death

The founder of China's oldest environmental organization and his wife died of "severe lung disease" amid the spread of a novel virus that causes pneumonia, but tested neither of them for the virus and failed to isolate any potential contacts, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on Wednesday.

China 'Handles' Eight People for Posting About Wuhan Virus on Social Media

China 'Handles' Eight People for Posting About Wuhan Virus on Social Media

Local police in Wuhan, China, revealed they had "handled" the cases of eight individuals accused of publishing statements not approved by the Communist Party on social media regarding the deadly respiratory disease that recently originated in that city, Radio Free Asia (RFA) revealed on Tuesday.

Hong Kong Confirms First Wuhan Virus Case, Endangering Protests

Hong Kong Confirms First Wuhan Virus Case, Endangering Protests

Hong Kong confirmed its first case of a mystery coronavirus originating in Wuhan, China, on Wednesday after weeks of expanding its power to isolate potential patients and amid warning the virus could evolve to be deadlier.

Death Toll from China Mystery Virus Doubles Overnight

Death Toll from China Mystery Virus Doubles Overnight

Chinese officials confirmed the death toll of a mystery coronavirus spreading from central China doubled to six people from Monday into Tuesday, insisting that Beijing is prepared to screen potential carriers as Asia prepares for Lunar New Year, one of the continent's biggest travel days.

Washington Post Gives Platform to Maduro to Ask for 'Dialogue' with Trump

Washington Post Gives Platform to Maduro to Ask for 'Dialogue' with Trump

Venezuelan socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro told theWashington Post in an interview this weekend that he could see a future of "dialogue" with President Donald Trump, over a year since he ceased being the legal head of state of his country and after months of increasingly harsh sanctions on his violent regime.

Controversy in South Korea: U.S. Ambassador's Mustache Deemed 'Too Japanese'

Controversy in South Korea: U.S. Ambassador's Mustache Deemed 'Too Japanese'

The U.S. State Department issued an assertive vote of confidence for American Ambassador to South Korea Harry Harris on Monday after he urged Seoul to pause before allowing tourism to North Korea, a remark that rekindled personal attacks on Harris' mustache for being "too Japanese.

China Says 'No Need to Panic' as Deadly Virus Goes International

China Says 'No Need to Panic' as Deadly Virus Goes International

Chinese officials and state media insisted on Monday that the emergence of a previously unknown respiratory virus affecting hundreds and believed to have killed three people so far presented "no need to panic" and that the virus was not spreading significantly within China.

Hong Kong Protest Attracts 150,000 Before Police Violently Crack Down

Hong Kong Protest Attracts 150,000 Before Police Violently Crack Down

Local media reported that 150,000 people in Hong Kong attended a protest Sunday demanding the world impose sanctions on the Communist Party of China that ended abruptly with police brutality and the arrest of its organizer despite the group receiving a legal permit for assembly.

Iran Claims It Arrested Source of Damning Ukrainian Plane Video

Iran Claims It Arrested Source of Damning Ukrainian Plane Video

Iranian official claimed on Wednesday that they had arrested a person believed to have taken video footage of the final moments of Ukrainian International Airlines (UIA) Flight 752, which appeared to show it aflame before crashing.

Iranian Officials Speculate U.S. 'Enemy Sabotage' Took Down Ukrainian Plane

Iranian Officials Speculate U.S. 'Enemy Sabotage' Took Down Ukrainian Plane

Senior Iranian officials suggested on Wednesday that U.S. "cyberattacks" and "enemy sabotage" may have taken down Ukrainian International Airlines (UIA) Flight 752, less than a week after Tehran admitted that its soldiers shot the civilian plane out of the sky.

Fact Check: Joe Biden Falsely Claims Trump Softened North Korea Sanctions

Fact Check: Joe Biden Falsely Claims Trump Softened North Korea Sanctions

Former Vice President Joe Biden claimed that President Donald Trump "weakened the sanctions" on North Korea during Tuesday night's Democrat debate, an allegation contradicted by the fact that North Korea is currently under unprecedented sanctions and the Trump administration has refused to soften them.

Philippines' Duterte: 'I'll Pee on That Damned Volcano'

Philippines' Duterte: 'I'll Pee on That Damned Volcano'

President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines told reporters on Monday that he planned to disregard doctors' warnings to stay away from the volcano Taal, currently erupting near Manila, and "pee" on the "damned volcano.

Chinese Media: 'No Excuse' for Iran to Shoot Down Ukrainian Plane

Chinese Media: 'No Excuse' for Iran to Shoot Down Ukrainian Plane

China'sGlobal Times state propaganda newspaper took a hard line Monday against the Iranian Islamic regime, asserting there was "no excuse" for Iran's military to shoot down a commercial airliner and that the incident underscored the "incompetent personnel" running Iran's armed forces.

Iran: Video Shows Woman Protester Shot, Bleeding on Street

Iran: Video Shows Woman Protester Shot, Bleeding on Street

Iran rejected the authenticity of a video circulating on Monday, and confirmed to be real by the Associated Press, of anti-regime protesters helping a woman bleeding profusely after reportedly being shot by Iranian police.

Iran May Send Ukraine Flight Black Boxes to Russia

Iran May Send Ukraine Flight Black Boxes to Russia

The head of plane crash investigations in Iran told reporters Friday that the black boxes the nation retrieved from Ukrainian International Airlines (UIA) Flight 752, which burst into flames and crashed early Wednesday in Iran, may end up in Russia.

'Viva Soleimani!': Venezuelan Socialists Pay Respects to Iranian Terrorist

'Viva Soleimani!': Venezuelan Socialists Pay Respects to Iranian Terrorist

HispanTV, a Spanish-language propaganda outlet owned by the government of Iran, published a report Wednesday touting a visit by senior members of Nicolás Maduro's socialist regime in Venezuela to the Iranian embassy with the purpose of mourning General Qasem Soleimani.

Iran Claims Black Box Memory on Ukrainian Plane 'Damaged'

Iran Claims Black Box Memory on Ukrainian Plane 'Damaged'

Investigators in Iran claimed on Thursday that the black boxes ofa Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) flight out of Tehran that crashed as Iran shot over a dozen missiles at Iraqi military bases housing U.S.

China: Trump Struck Soleimani to 'Divert Domestic Attention' from Impeachment

China: Trump Struck Soleimani to 'Divert Domestic Attention' from Impeachment

The Chinese government newspaperGlobal Times published a column Tuesday repeating a conspiracy theory growing popular among Democrat circles in Washington: that President Donald Trump ordered an airstrike against Iranian terror chief Qasem Soleimani to distract from impeachment proceedings.

Iran Brands U.S. Military a Terrorist Organization (Again)

Iran Brands U.S. Military a Terrorist Organization (Again)

Iran's rubber-stamp parliament voted to expand an April 2019 bill declaring U.S. Central Command a terrorist organization to all of the Pentagon following the elimination of Iranian terror chief Qasem Soleimani.

One Million People Attend Hong Kong New Year's Day Protest

One Million People Attend Hong Kong New Year's Day Protest

Protesters in Hong Kong sent a message on Wednesday that they did not intend for their pro-democracy movement to die down in 2020, starting the year attracting one million to an assembly that concluded with police violently cracking down, arresting hundreds, and pepper-spraying a lawmaker in the face.

Seven People Poised to Shape History in 2020

Seven People Poised to Shape History in 2020

As the sun sets on another year, those who left their mark on 2019 prepare for a new decade – one that will likely face unprecedented political, economic, and moral challenges to the free world.

PHOTOS: The Images That Defined the World in 2019

PHOTOS: The Images That Defined the World in 2019

The end of the decade brought with it a tumultuous 2019 -- a year defined by global protests, shock election results, surprise heroes, unthinkable tragedies, and new rays of hope.

Fate of Rogue Chinese Scientist's Gene-Edited Babies a Mystery

Fate of Rogue Chinese Scientist's Gene-Edited Babies a Mystery

The Chinese communist regime confirmed on Monday that He Jiankui, a biophysicist who claimed to produce the world's first genetically modified babies, had been convicted of several crimes and would serve three years in prison.

Hong Kong Police Repress Protest Against Uyghur Concentration Camps

Hong Kong Police Repress Protest Against Uyghur Concentration Camps

Hong Kong police violently repressed a protest attracting an estimated thousand people Sunday against the use of concentration camps to eliminate the ethnic Uyghur minority of western China, beating protesters with batons and threatening to shoot them.

Chinese Foreign Ministry: Shanghai Slave Labor Evidence a 'Farce'

Chinese Foreign Ministry: Shanghai Slave Labor Evidence a 'Farce'

The Chinese Foreign Ministry called reports a British child found a note from a Chinese slave in a Christmas card a "farce" on Monday, accusing British reporter Peter Humphrey, who endured Chinese forced prison labor, of fabricating a "drama.

Putin Trashes Lenin for Giving 'Russian' Territories to Ukraine

Putin Trashes Lenin for Giving 'Russian' Territories to Ukraine

Russian leader Vladimir Putin lamented during his annual end-of-year press conference Thursday that communist mass murderer Vladimir Lenin had made the "strange" decision in the establishment of the Soviet Union to place "Russian" territories within the Ukrainian socialist republic.

Chinese Media: Impeachment Proves U.S. Lying About Uyghur Concentration Camps

Chinese Media: Impeachment Proves U.S. Lying About Uyghur Concentration Camps

An infuriatedGlobal Times, the flagship English-language propaganda outlet of the government of China, claimed in a column Thursday that the House of Representatives voting to impeach President Donald Trump should cast doubt over all criticism of China's human rights atrocities.

Trump Extends Support to Bolivia's President After Police Charge Evo Morales

Trump Extends Support to Bolivia's President After Police Charge Evo Morales

President Donald Trump issued a statement of support Tuesday for his Bolivian counterpart, President Jeanine Áñez, on Twitter, suggesting that Washington has evidence that backs her administration's claims that foreign entities are instigating violence against conservatives in that country.

China, Russia Lead Failed U.N. Push to Remove North Korea Sanctions

China, Russia Lead Failed U.N. Push to Remove North Korea Sanctions

Representatives from China and Russia urged the United Nations Security Council on Monday to lift sanctions on North Korea imposed in the aftermath of its last nuclear weapons test in 2017, failing to convince their American counterpart to support the move.

Xi Jinping Applauds Hong Kong Chief Carrie Lam's 'Courage' Through 'Grimmest' Year

Xi Jinping Applauds Hong Kong Chief Carrie Lam's 'Courage' Through 'Grimmest' Year

Chinese dictator Xi Jinping applauded Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam during her visit to Beijing Monday for her "courage" in leading a violent crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, describing the past year as the "grimmest" since China seized the capitalist city from British control.

Chile: Military Plane Flying to Antarctica Vanishes

Chile: Military Plane Flying to Antarctica Vanishes

President Sebastián Piñera of Chile confirmed reports early Tuesday of the disappearance of a Hercules C-130 military aircraft en route to Antarctica, describing the incident as an "accident.

Evo Morales Claims ‘Zionist’ Conspiracy Between Bolivia's Conservatives, Israel

Evo Morales Claims ‘Zionist’ Conspiracy Between Bolivia's Conservatives, Israel

Socialist ex-President Evo Morales accused the current interim government of Bolivia – in power because Morales chose to resign – on Sunday of "not respect[ing] liberty, dignity, and identity" for establishing friendly relations with and asking help from the "Zionist" government of Israel.

China: Concentration Camp Victims 'Graduated' from 'Vocational' Programs

China: Concentration Camp Victims 'Graduated' from 'Vocational' Programs

TheGlobal Times, a Chinese government propaganda newspaper, declared on Monday that "all" the victims of China's Muslim concentration camps had "graduated" from the camps' "vocational programs," furthering Beijing's claim that the concentration camps exist to help Muslims get better jobs.

Kim Jong-un Climbs Mountain Summit as North Korea Calls Trump a 'Dotard'

Kim Jong-un Climbs Mountain Summit as North Korea Calls Trump a 'Dotard'

The North Korean state newspaperRodong Sinmun published an extensive library of photos of Kim Jong-un on Thursday scaling Mount Paektu, the highest peak on the Korean peninsula and a key historical and spiritual site for both North and South Koreans.

Chinese Government Propaganda Urges Supporters to Burn Down White House

Chinese Government Propaganda Urges Supporters to Burn Down White House

ThePeople's Daily, the official newspaper of the Communist Party of China, and the government's CCTV broadcaster published images this week depicting Chinese people ransacking an inaccurate rendition of the White House, a call to violence in response to Washington supporting pro-democracy Hong Kong protesters.

China: Robust Competition for Presidency in U.S. 'Pathetic'

China: Robust Competition for Presidency in U.S. 'Pathetic'

The Chinese government propaganda newspaperGlobal Times encouraged the world once again to turn away from healthy democratic norms and embrace the "harmony" of authoritarianism in a column Thursday, deriding the normal competition for the U.S.

El Salvador's Millennial President Touts Million-Dollar Freebies from China

El Salvador's Millennial President Touts Million-Dollar Freebies from China

El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele announced a windfall of alleged "donations" from the Chinese government during a visit to Beijing Tuesday, a marked digression from Bukele hinting he may cut ties with China entirely upon assuming the presidency in February.

Communists Burn 'Devil Crazy Man' Trump Effigy in Hong Kong

Communists Burn 'Devil Crazy Man' Trump Effigy in Hong Kong

A small group of communists denounced the United States outside of its consulate in Hong Kong Tuesday, burning an effigy of President Donald Trump in a devil costume and trampling the American flag.

Report: Maduro Arming Thousands of Socialists with Military Weapons

Report: Maduro Arming Thousands of Socialists with Military Weapons

Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro claimed to have over 3 million armed socialist militia members at his disposal and ordered his defense minister to give out 13,000 military-grade firearms to "workers" in anticipation of an alleged attack by Colombia, the Spanish newspaperABCreported on Monday.