Saturday, January 23, 2021

MixedTimes - Frances Martel

China Celebrates Wuhan Lockdown a Year Later — While Fighting Dozens of Outbreaks

China Celebrates Wuhan Lockdown a Year Later — While Fighting Dozens of Outbreaks

The Chinese Communist Party began early celebrations for the anniversary of allegedly successful lockdowns imposed on millions of people in "heroic" Wuhan, the home city of the Chinese coronavirus, on Saturday, amid a resurgence of the virus in some of the country's biggest cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.

Venezuela's Maduro Cheers Trump Departure: 'We Beat Him!'

Venezuela's Maduro Cheers Trump Departure: 'We Beat Him!'

Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro celebrated the departure of outgoing American President Donald Trump during a nationwide broadcast Wednesday, appearing to claim some responsibility for his electoral defeat by declaring, "We beat him!"

Pakistan Threatens to Jail Americans for 10 Years for 'Blasphemy'

Pakistan Threatens to Jail Americans for 10 Years for 'Blasphemy'

The government of Pakistan recently threatened two American Muslims with prison sentences of up to ten years if they did not take down a U.S.-based "blasphemous" website — a threat one of those targeted told Breitbart News on Tuesday represented "an unprecedented and entirely new frontier of digital policing that Pakistan is trying to impose.

'Good Riddance!' China Celebrates Trump Departure

'Good Riddance!' China Celebrates Trump Departure

Chinese government media effusively celebrated the departure of outgoing President Donald Trump on Wednesday, describing the anti-communist leader as "negative and destructive" and exclaiming, "good riddance!"

Brazil: Bolsonaro Ally Poised to Win Leadership of Congress

Brazil: Bolsonaro Ally Poised to Win Leadership of Congress

President Jair Bolsonaro's choice for the presidency of the lower house of Congress of Brazil, lawmaker Arthur Lira, is expected to take over the role next month, multiple reports suggested this week.

Hospitals in Brazil's Amazon Region Capital Run Out of Oxygen

Hospitals in Brazil's Amazon Region Capital Run Out of Oxygen

Hospitals in Manaus, the regional capital of Brazil's Amazonas deep in the eponymous rain forest, began reporting shortages of oxygen Thursday, reportedly forcing doctors to inject dying Chinese coronavirus patients with morphine to ease the pain of asphyxiation.

Report: Afghanistan Lets Go 10 Chinese Caught Building Fake Uyghur Terror Cell

Report: Afghanistan Lets Go 10 Chinese Caught Building Fake Uyghur Terror Cell

The human rights magazineBitter Winter reported on Wednesday that the government of Afghanistan deported ten Chinese nationals last week initially accused of engaging in terrorist activity, but later believed to be attempting to create a fake Uyghur terrorist cell to defame the ethnic group.

China: W.H.O. Should Research Origin of Coronavirus in Other Countries

China: W.H.O. Should Research Origin of Coronavirus in Other Countries

China's National Health Commission, its top public health authority, urged the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) on Wednesday to investigate the origin of the Chinese coronavirus – which first began infecting humans in Wuhan, China – in other countries.

Ayatollah Khamenei: U.S. Wants to Bring Capitol Riot to Iran

Ayatollah Khamenei: U.S. Wants to Bring Capitol Riot to Iran

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the dictator of Iran, claimed in remarks on Friday that the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday is the state of affairs that the United States would like to see in the long-term in Iran "to trigger a civil war.

Iranian Media: Capitol Riot a Product of 'Racist Roots' of America

Iranian Media: Capitol Riot a Product of 'Racist Roots' of America

PressTV, an Iranian state propaganda outlet, made the case in a column published Thursday that a riot at the U.S. Capitol the day before occurred because of the "racist roots of the United States" and, in particular, the racism allegedly inherent in the Electoral College system.

Cuba Compares Capitol Riot to Lincoln Assassination

Cuba Compares Capitol Riot to Lincoln Assassination

Granma, the official newspaper of the Communist Party of Cuba, compared a violent riot at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday by alleged supporters of President Donald Trump to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and the destruction of the White House by the British in 1814.

Report: North Korea, Which Claims Zero Coronavirus Cases, Requests Vaccines

Report: North Korea, Which Claims Zero Coronavirus Cases, Requests Vaccines

TheWall Street Journal claimed Monday, citing one "person familiar with the matter," that the communist regime governing North Korea formally submitted a request to participate in a global plan to distribute Chinese coronavirus vaccines, despite insisting it has not confirmed a single case of coronavirus disease within its borders.

Iran Using Cubans as Guinea Pigs for Coronavirus Vaccine Experiment

Iran Using Cubans as Guinea Pigs for Coronavirus Vaccine Experiment

State media in Cuba revealed that Cubans on the island are currently participating in Phase II clinical trials of a mystery Chinese coronavirus vaccine candidate in development with the Iranian Islamic regime, the Spanish newspaperDiario de Cuba reportedTuesday.

Turkey to Turn Armenian Church into 'Humor Art Center'

Turkey to Turn Armenian Church into 'Humor Art Center'

The local government in south-central Konya, Turkey, announced this week that it would turn a fully renovated 19th-century Armenian church into a "humor art house" after barring worshippers from using the church for years, multiple reports revealed Thursday.

Iran Prepares to Prosecute President Trump on Anniversary of Soleimani Drone Strike

Iran Prepares to Prosecute President Trump on Anniversary of Soleimani Drone Strike

A high-ranking Iranian official announced Wednesday that the nation would soon publish an indictment against the individuals responsible for the drone strike that eliminated Major General Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force, a year ago on Sunday.

Philippines' Duterte Threatens to Expel U.S. Military if Companies Do Not Offer Vaccines

Philippines' Duterte Threatens to Expel U.S. Military if Companies Do Not Offer Vaccines

President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines threatened to cut ties between his nation's military and America's – in existence since the Philippines declared independence from Spain – this weekend if Washington did not ship Manila at least 20 million doses of experimental vaccines for the Chinese coronavirus.

Pandemic Leads to Christmas Boom for Pizza Hut in Japan

Pandemic Leads to Christmas Boom for Pizza Hut in Japan

Pizza Hut Japan has seen reservations for Christmas meals skyrocket in part due to the Chinese coronavirus pandemic, which has kept many from traditional dinners at restaurants, Japan's Kyodo News noted Thursday.

Chinese Media: Coronavirus Fight Doomed by ‘Western Lifestyle’

Chinese Media: Coronavirus Fight Doomed by ‘Western Lifestyle’

China's state-runGlobal Times newspaper warned Europe that purchasing American-made Chinese coronavirus vaccines was "risky" and that, without significantly transforming "the Western system and lifestyle," policies to contain the pandemic would fail.

Kenya's Health Workers Go on Strike as Coronavirus Deaths Pile Up

Kenya's Health Workers Go on Strike as Coronavirus Deaths Pile Up

The Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU) announced a nationwide general strike to begin Monday in the face of mounting Chinese coronavirus infections and deaths, which doctors say are the product of government incompetence in issuing proper protective gear.

China Drafts Law Regulating How Much Guests Can Eat at Weddings

China Drafts Law Regulating How Much Guests Can Eat at Weddings

China's communist rubber-stamp legislature, the National People's Congress (NPC), introduced a bill Tuesday that would mandate a government war against "food waste" that includes ordering guests at weddings and other public events to eat less.

Iran-Linked Militias Attack Liquor Stores in Baghdad

Iran-Linked Militias Attack Liquor Stores in Baghdad

Gang members and militia fighters associated with a coalition linked to Iran have escalated attacks on liquor stories — most owned by Christians and Yazidis — in Baghdad, Iraq, the Kurdish outlet Rudaw reportedSunday.

Cuba Promotes Spy Linked to U.S. Citizen Killings, Freed by Obama

Cuba Promotes Spy Linked to U.S. Citizen Killings, Freed by Obama

The Cuban government appointed Gerardo Hernández Nordelo, the only individual arrested in relation to the murder of four American citizens by the Castro regime in 1996, to the State Council, a national regime entity, on Thursday.

W.H.O. to Send Team to Probe Coronavirus Origins in Wuhan over a Year Later

W.H.O. to Send Team to Probe Coronavirus Origins in Wuhan over a Year Later

The World Health Organization (W.H.O.) confirmed on Wednesday that it would send a team to Wuhan, China, in January to investigate the origins of the Chinese coronavirus pandemic – eight months after the Communist Party of China admitted it had destroyed all the evidence it had collected there.

China to Buy 100 Million Doses of Pfizer Vaccine, Snubbing Domestic Option

China to Buy 100 Million Doses of Pfizer Vaccine, Snubbing Domestic Option

Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical Group, a Chinese pharmaceutical group, announced Wednesday it had inked a deal with German company BioNTech to purchase 100 million doses of the Chinese coronavirus vaccine it had developed with American company Pfizer — the first vaccine approved for use in the United States.

China: U.S. 'Among the Top' Human Rights Violators in 2020

China: U.S. 'Among the Top' Human Rights Violators in 2020

The Chinese state newspaperGlobal Times declared Thursday that America was "among the top" nations that experienced a significant decline in human rights in 2020, claiming that the federal government had not done enough to contain the Chinese coronavirus.

China: Citizens 'Slut-Shame' Coronavirus Patient over Chengdu Outbreak

China: Citizens 'Slut-Shame' Coronavirus Patient over Chengdu Outbreak

A woman identified in reports only as "Zhao" became the target of a mass persecution campaign online this week after the Chinese Communist Party announced that Chengdu, a city of 16 million people, would be going into "wartime mode" due to a Chinese coronavirus outbreak.

Japan to Launch A.I. 'Marriage Hunting' to Stop Birth Rate Collapse

Japan to Launch A.I. 'Marriage Hunting' to Stop Birth Rate Collapse

Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide is planning to invest $19 million in the next fiscal year into "programs to help [Japan's] residents find love," an unnamed Cabinet official told theJapan Times this week, in an attempt to slow the nation's rapidly declining birth rate.

Chinese Media: White Supremacy Having 'Resurgence' in U.S.

Chinese Media: White Supremacy Having 'Resurgence' in U.S.

ThePeople's Daily, the official newspaper of the ruling Chinese Communist Party, declared America in the throes of a racism crisis on Tuesday, asserting, "in recent years, white supremacy in the U.S.

Joe Biden Snubs Latin America: No Calls to Mexico, Brazil, Colombia

Joe Biden Snubs Latin America: No Calls to Mexico, Brazil, Colombia

The Brazilian newspaperO Globo noted on Friday that Joe Biden, who will presumably take the office of the U.S. presidency in January, has not made any calls to the heads of state of Latin America's largest nations, skipping Mexico, Brazil, and Colombia and, instead, reaching out to the socialist leader of Argentina.

Xi Jinping Book: Use 'Charm of Chinese Culture' to Promote Marxism

Xi Jinping Book: Use 'Charm of Chinese Culture' to Promote Marxism

Xi Jinping's most recent book urges Chinese people to use the "charm of Chinese culture" to promote Marxism, the human rights magazineBitter Winter reported on Wednesday, promotingan ideology developed in Western Europe with no significant ties to Chinese culture prior to Mao Zedong's seizure of power.

South Korea Allows K-Pop Bands to Postpone Military Service

South Korea Allows K-Pop Bands to Postpone Military Service

The National Assembly of South Korea passed a law Tuesday that allows pop stars to defer mandatory military service up to age 30 if the nation's culture minister deems them "significant contributors to the elevation of national reputation," according to the news agency Yonhap.

Cuba: Rapper Arrested After Planning Pro-Democracy Sit-In

Cuba: Rapper Arrested After Planning Pro-Democracy Sit-In

Omar Mena, a Cuban rapper known as "El Analista" ("the Analyst"), reportedly disappeared overnight after police raided his home on Monday. Mena was planning a peaceful sit-in against communism for Tuesday.

Taliban: War with America 'Will Resume' if Biden Undoes Trump Peace Deal

Taliban: War with America 'Will Resume' if Biden Undoes Trump Peace Deal

A spokesman for the Taliban told Afghanistan's Khaama Press in an interview published Thursday that the terrorist group's "war against the United States will resume... until they leave Afghanistan" if Joe Biden walks back President Donald Trump's attempts to withdraw U.S.

Report: North Korean Gymnast Escaped Country by Leaping over 10-Foot Fence

Report: North Korean Gymnast Escaped Country by Leaping over 10-Foot Fence

The South Korean newspaperJoongAng Ilbo reported on Tuesday that, according to a government source, the latest man to escape from North Korea was a professional gymnast and only managed to cross the highly guarded Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) by leaping over a ten-foot fence.