Monday, August 3, 2020

MixedTimes - John Hayward

Libyan Officials Say Turkey Blackmailed Them Into Accepting Jihadi Troops

Libyan Officials Say Turkey Blackmailed Them Into Accepting Jihadi Troops

Several Libyan officials told the Associated Press (AP) on Thursday that Turkey pressured Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) into accepting military assistance from Syrian extremist militias and repaying Turkey with lucrative offshore energy deals.

Chinese State Media Celebrate Communist Ambush of CNN Reporter

Chinese State Media Celebrate Communist Ambush of CNN Reporter

China’s state-run Global Times on Thursday applauded a crowd outside the shuttered U.S. consulate in Chengdu for drowning out a CNN report by loudly singing nationalist songs, and generally congratulated China for having a great sense of humor about the diplomatic crossfire of embassy closings.

Chinese Mystery Seeds Arrive in Taiwan After Hitting U.S.

Chinese Mystery Seeds Arrive in Taiwan After Hitting U.S.

Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture (COA) published a warning on Tuesday about mysterious packages of soil or seeds arriving from an unknown sender in China, similar to a warning issued by the U.S.

China Claims Nationwide Coronavirus Surge

China Claims Nationwide Coronavirus Surge

China’s state-run Global Times on Wednesday reported a rise in confirmed coronavirus infections across the country for the fifth straight day. Tuesday was said to be “the first time that daily new cases exceeded 100 since March 6.

Chinese Factory Manager: ‘There Are No Human Rights in Xinjiang’

Chinese Factory Manager: ‘There Are No Human Rights in Xinjiang’

Human-rights watchdogBitter Winter published an interview Sunday with a garment factory manager in China’s Xinjiang province who said the thousand or so Uyghur Muslims who work for his operation are used as slave laborers, despite the regime's assurances that work programs in the province are a benefit to local participants.

China Threatens to Close U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong

China Threatens to Close U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong

China’s retaliation for the shuttering of its consulate in Houston, Texas, ended up being a tit-for-tat order to close the U.S. consulate in Chengdu, but the communist state may also close the American consulate general in Hong Kong.

China Threatens ‘Real Pain’ for U.S. over Consulate Closing

China Threatens ‘Real Pain’ for U.S. over Consulate Closing

China’s state-run Global Times on Wednesday condemned the United States for its “reckless and dangerous” shuttering of the Chinese consulate in Houston, Texas, and promised Beijing’s retaliation would bring “real pain” to America.

Ukraine: President Calms Hostage-Taker by Promoting Joaquin Phoenix Movie

Ukraine: President Calms Hostage-Taker by Promoting Joaquin Phoenix Movie

A bizarre hostage standoff in Ukraine ended after 11 hours on Tuesday night when the “unstable” and heavily-armed suspect surrendered, in part because one of his demands was met: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky agreed to post a video message recommending viewers watch a 2005 movie about animal rights narrated by Joker star Joaquin Phoenix.

Egyptian Parliament Approves Military Intervention in Libya

Egyptian Parliament Approves Military Intervention in Libya

The Egyptian parliament on Monday authorized President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to deploy troops in Libya to halt the advance of Turkish-backed militia allied with the internationally-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA).

China's Greatest Dam 'Leaked, Distorted' as Floods Force More Evacuations

China's Greatest Dam 'Leaked, Distorted' as Floods Force More Evacuations

Chinese officials ordered more evacuations on Monday and Tuesday as heavy rains continued to flood tributaries of the Yangtze River, dangerously elevating the water level and raising new concerns about the safety of the region’s many dams, including the massive Three Gorges hydroelectric plant.

Report: Uyghur Slave Labor Produces Cheap ‘Made in China’ Masks

Report: Uyghur Slave Labor Produces Cheap ‘Made in China’ Masks

A report published by the New York Times (NYT) on Sunday revealed that forced labor from the Uyghur concentration camps of Xinjiang province is part of the production chain for at least 17 Chinese companies that produce medical masks and other protective equipment.

Xi Jinping Begs Global CEOs to Stay in China

Xi Jinping Begs Global CEOs to Stay in China

Chinese dictator Xi Jinping sent a letter to members of the Global CEO Council on Wednesday presented by his state media as a triumphant boast of China’s economic strength.

Donald Trump Ends Special Trade Status for Hong Kong

Donald Trump Ends Special Trade Status for Hong Kong

President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday he will end the special trade preferences granted to Hong Kong because the island is no longer truly “autonomous” after Communist China imposed an oppressive security law at the beginning of July.

China Bullies Germany into Removing Taiwanese Flag from Foreign Ministry Website

China Bullies Germany into Removing Taiwanese Flag from Foreign Ministry Website

The German Foreign Ministry has quietly replaced the flag of Taiwan depicted on its website with a blank white square – which, as one German reporter pointed out in a contentious exchange with a ministry spokesman on Friday, looks quite a bit like Germany is waving the white flag of surrender to Communist China.

China: 600,000 People in Hong Kong May Have Violated Security Law by Voting

China: 600,000 People in Hong Kong May Have Violated Security Law by Voting

Hong Kong’s Beijing-controlled chief executive Carrie Lam said on Monday that the hugely successful primary held over the weekend for pro-democracy legislative candidates might have violated the “national security” law China imposed on Hong Kong at the beginning of July.

India: Coronavirus Pandemic Hits Some of Bollywood's Biggest Stars

India: Coronavirus Pandemic Hits Some of Bollywood's Biggest Stars

Some of the most popular actors in India’s thriving movie industry, affectionately known as “Bollywood” by aficionados, have reported testing positive for the coronavirus. Hopes for a speedy recovery are being sent by millions of fans and high-ranking Indian politicians.

‘Red November’ and the March of the Crybullies

‘Red November’ and the March of the Crybullies

Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Joel Pollak’s new book Red November: Will the Country Vote Red for Trump or Red for Socialism? provides a fascinating and disturbing account of the Democrat Party’s lurch to the hard Left during its 2020 primary.

China Demands W.H.O. Probe Coronavirus ‘Origins’ in United States

China Demands W.H.O. Probe Coronavirus ‘Origins’ in United States

The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Friday abruptly switched from welcoming the impending visit of World Health Organization (W.H.O.) investigators to demanding they send a team to the United States to investigate the “origin” of the Wuhan coronavirus there.

Netflix Refuses to ‘Proactively’ Censor Film on Hong Kong Activist Joshua Wong

Netflix Refuses to ‘Proactively’ Censor Film on Hong Kong Activist Joshua Wong

The Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP) reported on Friday that streaming giant Netflix has decided not to “proactively” censor a documentary about Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong, despite concerns it might be ruled “subversive” under the totalitarian security law Beijing has imposed on the island.

Hong Kong Forced to Delete Movies, TV Shows, Books That ‘Threaten’ China

Hong Kong Forced to Delete Movies, TV Shows, Books That ‘Threaten’ China

China’s state-run Global Times reported approvingly on Thursday that Hong Kong has been forced to suppress countless movies, television shows, books, and online posts that could violate the new security law imposed by Beijing because the material could be judged to “threaten” Communist China, and those who display or sell the “threatening” material could be held legally liable.

Report: Fake Op-Ed Columnists Spread Anti-Qatar Propaganda

Report: Fake Op-Ed Columnists Spread Anti-Qatar Propaganda

The Daily Beastpublished a report Monday documenting “at least 19 fake personas” that managed to “place more than 90 opinion pieces in 46 different publications” over the past year praising the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) while criticizing its adversaries Qatar, Turkey, and Iran.

Chinese State Media Undermines TikTok PR with Nationalist Pride for ‘Entertainment App’

Chinese State Media Undermines TikTok PR with Nationalist Pride for ‘Entertainment App’

The TikTok messaging platform has been frantically trying to convince the rest of the world - including boycott-minded Indians and possibly ban-minded American officials - that it’s not a Chinese Communist Party (CCP) company, but rather a fully private and independent company that just happens to be headquartered in Beijing until it can find somewhere else to live.

China Celebrates Upcoming W.H.O. Visit Guided by Communist Party

China Celebrates Upcoming W.H.O. Visit Guided by Communist Party

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) expressed great excitement through its state media on Wednesday about the impending visit of a World Health Organization (W.H.O.) team that will supposedly work with the Chinese government on tracing the origins of the Wuhan coronavirus.

Report: China Resumes Censoring, Silencing Coronavirus Doctors and Patients

Report: China Resumes Censoring, Silencing Coronavirus Doctors and Patients

Journalist Tracy Wen Liu, who did some on-the-ground reporting from Wuhan during the worst days of the coronavirus outbreak, warned in a Foreign Policy article on Tuesday that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is once again censoring doctors and patients to keep them from discussing the truth of the pandemic and China’s response.

Iran: Mysterious Fire at Nuclear Facility Was Not ‘Intentional Sabotage’

Iran: Mysterious Fire at Nuclear Facility Was Not ‘Intentional Sabotage’

Iranian officials insisted on Thursday that a mysterious fire at the Natanz nuclear facility was not an act of “intentional sabotage,” although they also stated the “incident” was still under investigation, and felt it necessary to throw in a belligerent warning to “hostile countries” that Tehran will retaliate if anyone crosses its “red lines in any way.

Modi Tries to Calm India: China Received ‘Befitting Reply’ to Invasion

Modi Tries to Calm India: China Received ‘Befitting Reply’ to Invasion

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said during a radio interview on Sunday that a “befitting reply” has been given to invaders who “covet our territories,” referring to the hand-to-hand battle on June 15 along the contested Indian-Chinese border in which at least 20 Indian soldiers and an unknown number of Chinese troops were killed.

Russian Official Claims Terrorists Are Trying to Spread Coronavirus on Purpose

Russian Official Claims Terrorists Are Trying to Spread Coronavirus on Purpose

Andrei Novikov, head of Russia’s Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Anti-Terrorism Center, said in an interview with the state-run Tass news service on Monday that international terrorist organizations are deliberately attempting to spread the Wuhan coronavirus in public areas around the world.

Egypt Threatens Invasion of Libya to Stop Turkey

Egypt Threatens Invasion of Libya to Stop Turkey

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi said this week that his government desires peace and stability in neighboring Libya, but might be prepared to intervene with military force to protect Egypt’s western border and thwart the ambitions of Turkey and its militia allies.

Report: China Admits to First Casualties in Border Clash with India

Report: China Admits to First Casualties in Border Clash with India

A week after a fierce hand-to-hand battle erupted between Indian and Chinese soldiers along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, the Chinese government admitted to its first casualty on Monday, a commanding officer of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

Report: China Launches Sustained Cyberattack Against India

Report: China Launches Sustained Cyberattack Against India

A report at the Hindustan Times on Thursday claimed China is conducting a sustained cyberattack against India as part of the showdown between the two nations that left dozens of soldiers dead in a bloody hand-to-hand battle along the disputed border in Ladakh earlier this week.

The Complex Funding and Ideology of Black Lives Matter

The Complex Funding and Ideology of Black Lives Matter

Political and corporate support for Black Lives Matter has become ubiquitous over the past week. Everyone’s email inbox is bulging with messages of support from corporate sponsors, every website is covered with Black Lives Matter logos, and the group has benefited from numerous fundraisers and charity sales.

China Media Pressure U.S. to Close Wuhan Consulate

China Media Pressure U.S. to Close Wuhan Consulate

The U.S. State Department made tentative plans to reopen its consulate in the Chinese city of Wuhan on Wednesday, while Chinese state media brusquely told them not to bother, since the U.S.

Harvard Study Suggests Wuhan Coronavirus Outbreak Began in August

Harvard Study Suggests Wuhan Coronavirus Outbreak Began in August

A study published Monday by Harvard Medical School analyzed both vehicle and data traffic around hospitals in Wuhan last summer and concluded the coronavirus may have begun spreading as early as August, months before the first official report of a virus to the international community.

Hayward: Democrats Embrace the ‘Four Stages of Ideological Subversion’

Hayward: Democrats Embrace the ‘Four Stages of Ideological Subversion’

“Progressive” ideology always rests on a conviction that the current “regressive” system is comprehensively unjust and must be destroyed by exploiting its weaknesses. The most famous proponent of such tactics in recent years has been the late Saul Alinksy, the intellectual godfather of the modern Democrat Party, but former Soviet journalist and KGB informant Yuri Bezmenov laid out an even more concise strategy for subversion in a 1984 interview.

Washington Post Op-Ed Demands Ban on TV Shows and Movies About Police

Washington Post Op-Ed Demands Ban on TV Shows and Movies About Police

A bizarre op-ed at the Washington Post on Thursday commanded Hollywood to cease making movies and television shows about the police, because such entertainment is somehow empowering cops like the one accused of killing George Floyd and preventing Americans from understanding just how awful the police really are.

Taiwan Commemorates ‘Forgotten Day’ of the Tiananmen Massacre

Taiwan Commemorates ‘Forgotten Day’ of the Tiananmen Massacre

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen wrote a Facebook post on Thursday commemorating the 31st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. She described June 4 as a day the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) thinks it can erase from the calendar.

Iranian Parliament Declares Support for U.S. Riots Against 'Terrorist' Trump

Iranian Parliament Declares Support for U.S. Riots Against 'Terrorist' Trump

The Iranian parliament jumped on the bandwagon of oppressive authoritarian regimes using the riots in American cities to score political points against the United States, and issued a statement declaring black Americans “have been unable to breathe for decades under the pressure of racial terrorism by the U.S.