Tuesday, November 24, 2020

MixedTimes - John Hayward

China Claims It Has Eliminated Poverty Nationwide

China Claims It Has Eliminated Poverty Nationwide

China claimed on Monday that it has completely eliminated “extreme poverty” from the entire country, formally removing nine rural counties from the list of 832 impoverished counties that was created in 2014.

Russia to Catalogue Foreigners in Police Biometric Database

Russia to Catalogue Foreigners in Police Biometric Database

The Russian Interior Ministry told state media on Saturday that it plans to create a national biometric database over the next three years that can identify both Russian citizens and foreign nationals using facial recognition, fingerprints, and genetic data.

Australia Finds Evidence Its Soldiers Committed War Crimes in Afghanistan

Australia Finds Evidence Its Soldiers Committed War Crimes in Afghanistan

The Australian Defense Force (ADF) released a report on Thursday detailing the results of a four-year investigation into alleged abuses by Australian troops in Afghanistan. The report found 39 unlawful killings were committed between 2005 and 2016 by Australian special forces soldiers, 19 of whom will now face criminal investigation and the potential loss of military honors.

Ethiopia Accuses ‘Criminal’ W.H.O. Director Tedros of Backing Violent Rebels

Ethiopia Accuses ‘Criminal’ W.H.O. Director Tedros of Backing Violent Rebels

Ethiopian Army Chief of Staff Berhanu Jula gave a televised address on Wednesday in which he denounced Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, a longtime member of the Ethiopian government but currently head of the World Health Organization (WHO), as a “criminal” for supporting the Tigray separatists who are fighting against the government in Addis Ababa.

Xi Jinping Seeks to Rebuild, and Dominate, Frayed BRICS Coalition

Xi Jinping Seeks to Rebuild, and Dominate, Frayed BRICS Coalition

Chinese dictator Xi Jinping gave a lengthy teleconferenced address to the BRICS group of emerging economies on Tuesday, making a bid to restore and dominate what Chinese state media described as a tottering coalition riven by unreasonable animosity toward China from two of the other members, India and Brazil.

China Laments American Voters Will Prevent Joe Biden from Embracing Multilateralism

China Laments American Voters Will Prevent Joe Biden from Embracing Multilateralism

China’s state-run Global Times on Tuesday expected the prospective Biden administration to have more of an appetite for “multilateralism” than President Donald Trump, but lamented a skeptical American electorate and divided Congress will keep Biden from seeing things completely Beijing’s way.

FBI Chief: Agency Opens Probe Tied to China 'Nearly Every Ten Hours'

FBI Chief: Agency Opens Probe Tied to China 'Nearly Every Ten Hours'

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday published a year-end review of the “China Initiative,” a program launched in 2018 to detect and counter “national security threats posed by the policies and practices of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) government.

India-China Tension, Vaccine Publicity Muddles BRICS Trade Bloc Summit

India-China Tension, Vaccine Publicity Muddles BRICS Trade Bloc Summit

Leaders from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa — collectively known as BRICS, a coalition of the world’s major emerging economies — held their 12th annual meeting on Tuesday in a teleconference hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Chinese Media: China-Led Trade Bloc Will ‘End U.S. Hegemony’

Chinese Media: China-Led Trade Bloc Will ‘End U.S. Hegemony’

Chinese state media spent the weekend celebrating the announcement of a massive trade deal with 14 other Asia-Pacific nations — including key U.S. allies like Japan, South Korea, and Australia, but not the United States itself — as the “end of U.S.

ISIS Returns: Jihadis Claim Credit for Saudi WWI Memorial Bombing

ISIS Returns: Jihadis Claim Credit for Saudi WWI Memorial Bombing

The Islamic State on Thursday claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s bombing at a World War One cemetery in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah. Two people were injured in what the Saudi government denounced as a “failed and cowardly attack.

Chinese Media: Republicans Working with Democrats to ‘Kick Trump Out’

Chinese Media: Republicans Working with Democrats to ‘Kick Trump Out’

China’s state-run Global Times reported on Thursday that “pro-establishment elites from both the Democrats and the Republicans are working together to kick Trump out of the White House” while President Donald Trump is still pursuing legal challenges against ballot counting in several close states.

Chinese Media: Pompeo ‘Tampering with the DNA of Human Diplomacy’

Chinese Media: Pompeo ‘Tampering with the DNA of Human Diplomacy’

Communist China is evidently delighted by the prospect of dealing with someone other than Mike Pompeo as U.S. Secretary of State. On Wednesday the state-run Global Times published a hostile farewell from chief editor Hu Xijin in which he portrayed Pompeo as a mad scientist who has been “tampering with the DNA of human diplomacy.

Iran Arrests Paralympian for Questioning Coronavirus Response

Iran Arrests Paralympian for Questioning Coronavirus Response

The Iranian regime arrested Paralympian athlete Reza Tabrizi on Tuesday because he dared to question the government’s response to the Wuhan coronavirus, specifically the decision to keep religious shrines open while shutting down fitness facilities.

Iraq Reacts to Joe Biden: ‘We Don't Want Obama's Policies'

Iraq Reacts to Joe Biden: ‘We Don't Want Obama's Policies'

AFP on Sunday found Iraq divided over the U.S. presidential election. Pro-Iran factions, including terrorist groups like the one that killed an American civilian contractor near Kirkuk in December 2019, were pleased to hear that American media outlets had proclaimed President Donald Trump lost the election to challenger Joe Biden.

Chinese Media Call Out Republicans for ‘Abandoning’ Trump

Chinese Media Call Out Republicans for ‘Abandoning’ Trump

China’s state-run Global Times on Friday said President Donald Trump’s party is “abandoning” him as election counts swing toward challenger Joe Biden, while Trump’s supporters grow more “irrational” in their protests against voting irregularities.

Chinese Media Defends Trump Voters: ‘Not Just Rednecks and Racists’

Chinese Media Defends Trump Voters: ‘Not Just Rednecks and Racists’

China’s state-run Global Times examined the incredibly close U.S. presidential election on Wednesday and concluded American media analysts were clearly wrong about the nature of the electorate, particularly supporters of the Republican Party and President Donald Trump.

Chinese Media Jokes: ‘Beijing Is For-Biden City’

Chinese Media Jokes: ‘Beijing Is For-Biden City’

China’s state-run Global Times said on Thursday that Chinese “netizens” are greatly enjoying the chaotic aftermath of Tuesday’s U.S. election, trading numerous jokes and puns at the expense of both President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.

Zimbabwe Police Arrest Gadfly Journalist Hopewell Chin’ono Again

Zimbabwe Police Arrest Gadfly Journalist Hopewell Chin’ono Again

Zimbabwe police arrested journalist Hopewell Chin’ono, a staunch critic of the government, for the second time on Tuesday. He was charged with contempt of court for posting on Twitter in defiance of the agreement that saw him released on bail in September.

Iran: Joe Biden ‘More Promising’ for Us than Donald Trump

Iran: Joe Biden ‘More Promising’ for Us than Donald Trump

Iranian officials and analysts agreed this week that former Vice President Joe Biden would be a better U.S. president for Iran’s interests, although they hastened to add that Iran is fully independent of American influence and would remain invulnerable to pressure from President Donald Trump if he wins re-election.

Nigerians March for Trump, Give Him 56% Approval Rating

Nigerians March for Trump, Give Him 56% Approval Rating

The city of Onitsha in eastern Nigeria held an impressive rally for U.S. President Donald Trump last week, complete with Republican campaign signs, red hats, and a mixture of American and Nigerian flags.

Pakistan’s University of Health Sciences Boycotts France over Mohammed Cartoons

Pakistan’s University of Health Sciences Boycotts France over Mohammed Cartoons

Pakistan’s University of Health Sciences (UHS) in Lahore, one of the most important medical research universities in the country, announced on Thursday that it will boycott French research and academic institutions due to comments made by French President Emmanuel Macron after a Muslim immigrant beheaded a French teacher on October 16.

China Lobbies for the West to Pay Africa’s Debts (to China)

China Lobbies for the West to Pay Africa’s Debts (to China)

Chinese state media on Thursday called on the Western world to help African nations pay their enormous debts, many of which just happen to be owed to Chinese banks thanks to China’s debt-trap Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

Philippines to Expel 2,800 Chinese Nationals for Overstaying Visas

Philippines to Expel 2,800 Chinese Nationals for Overstaying Visas

Philippine Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said on Tuesday that roughly 2,800 Chinese nationals granted “visas upon arrival” under a program to encourage Chinese tourism have overstayed their visas and will now be expelled from the country.

Hayward: Trump’s 2016 Campaign Promise Scorecard on China

Hayward: Trump’s 2016 Campaign Promise Scorecard on China

President Donald Trump talked about China a great deal during his 2016 campaign. His first term featured some very high-profile economic, security, and diplomatic conflicts with Communist China, culminating in the biggest event of 2020, the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic.

China Sanctions Lockheed Martin, Boeing over Arms Sales to Taiwan

China Sanctions Lockheed Martin, Boeing over Arms Sales to Taiwan

The Chinese Foreign Ministry announced on Monday that China will impose unspecified sanctions against Lockheed Martin, Boeing Defense, Raytheon, and other “individuals and companies who behaved badly in the process of arms sales” to Taiwan.

Taiwanese Official Lays Out China’s Plan to ‘Terminate Taiwan as It Is’

Taiwanese Official Lays Out China’s Plan to ‘Terminate Taiwan as It Is’

Gen. Vincent Wen-fan Chen, deputy director of Taiwan’s National Security Bureau, warned in the current issue of the Indo-Pacific Defense Forum magazine that Communist China is moving forward on a long-established plan to solve its Taiwanese “problem” by “terminating Taiwan as it is.

U.S. Customs: China Using Forced Labor in Inner Mongolia

U.S. Customs: China Using Forced Labor in Inner Mongolia

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice on Tuesday that accused a Chinese company of using “convict, forced, or indentured labor” to manufacture products that could be exported to the United States.

Chinese State TV Pans Away from Xi Jinping’s Violent Coughing Fits

Chinese State TV Pans Away from Xi Jinping’s Violent Coughing Fits

Both foreign and domestic observers questioned the health of Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday when a televised speech was interrupted by violent coughing fits and he canceled the remainder of an important tour of southern China.

Hayward: Biden Repeats ‘Russian Bounties’ Lie, Outrages Eastern Europe in Town Hall

Hayward: Biden Repeats ‘Russian Bounties’ Lie, Outrages Eastern Europe in Town Hall

Former Vice President Joe Biden was asked about foreign policy during his ABC News town hall on Thursday night. His response included trivializing the historic Middle Eastern peace deals brokered by President Donald Trump and repeating a debunked New York Times article that claimed Trump ignored Russia paying bounties for dead American soldiers.

Philippines Communist Leader Urges Guerrilla Attacks on Chinese Companies

Philippines Communist Leader Urges Guerrilla Attacks on Chinese Companies

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), a banned political party and militant insurgency now in its fifth decade of attempting to overthrow the government, on Wednesday ordered guerrilla attacks against Chinese companies involved in local infrastructure projects.

Canadian City Uses Artificial Intelligence to Predict Homelessness

Canadian City Uses Artificial Intelligence to Predict Homelessness

The Canadian city of London, Ontario, is using artificial intelligence (AI) software to predict which residents are most vulnerable to becoming homeless so it can rush emergency financial assistance to them— The city government sees homelessness as a growing problem because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Report: Internet Freedom Withers in ‘The Pandemic’s Digital Shadow’

Report: Internet Freedom Withers in ‘The Pandemic’s Digital Shadow’

Freedom House published the 2020 edition of its annual “Freedom on the Net” reporton Wednesday. The report grimly concluded that Internet freedom around the world has diminished in the “digital shadow” of the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic, accelerating the steady erosion of online freedom Freedom House has chronicled over the past ten years.

Report: Chinese Currency Soars on Hopes of Joe Biden Victory

Report: Chinese Currency Soars on Hopes of Joe Biden Victory

The Financial Times (FT) reported on Friday that China’s currency, the renminbi, had its biggest rally in 15 years, driven by increased foreign demand and “rising expectations that a Joe Biden victory in next month’s U.S.

Pakistan Bans TikTok over ‘Immoral and Indecent’ Content

Pakistan Bans TikTok over ‘Immoral and Indecent’ Content

The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) on Friday blocked the controversial Chinese video streaming app TikTok because it allegedly failed to filter “immoral and indecent” content— Prime Minister Imran Khan was reportedly involved in the decision.

Chinese State Media Trash Nobel Committee for ‘Anti-China’ Nominees

Chinese State Media Trash Nobel Committee for ‘Anti-China’ Nominees

China’s state-run Global Times expressed disappointment with this year’s crop of “anti-China" Nobel Prize nominees in a Friday editorial, although it grudgingly allowed that the World Food Program (WFP) was a “safe choice” for Nobel Peace Prize winner because it would not offend anyone.

Turkish Media Celebrate Azerbaijan ‘Purging its Cities, Villages, Mountains’ of Armenians

Turkish Media Celebrate Azerbaijan ‘Purging its Cities, Villages, Mountains’ of Armenians

Turkish media aligned with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan enthusiastically supported Azerbaijan in its conflict with Armenia over control of the Nagorno-Karabakh region on Thursday, using language about “purges” that would be deeply disturbing to Armenians who fear Turkey might continue the genocide waged against their people by the Ottoman Empire a century ago.

Two Islamic State ‘Beatles’ Charged in U.S. for Killing Americans

Two Islamic State ‘Beatles’ Charged in U.S. for Killing Americans

Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, two of the Islamic State “Beatles” who starred in many of the terrorist group’s brutal execution videos, were flown to the United States from Iraq on Wednesday and charged in federal court for the murders of James Foley and other American hostages.

Singapore Offers 'Baby Bonus' to Boost Economy After Coronavirus

Singapore Offers 'Baby Bonus' to Boost Economy After Coronavirus

The government of Singapore announced a special one-time “baby bonus” this week, in addition to an existing $10,000 package of benefits for new parents, to encourage more families to have children in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

China’s Holiday Shopping Well Below 2019 Levels

China’s Holiday Shopping Well Below 2019 Levels

The first week of October is referred to as the “Golden Week” in China, a week-long national holiday to commemorate the founding of the Communist government that normally produces a huge surge in tourist activity.

Houthi Court in Yemen Sentences Trump to Death

Houthi Court in Yemen Sentences Trump to Death

A court in the northern Yemeni province of Sa’ada issued death sentences on Thursday for ten prominent individuals, including U.S. President Donald Trump, for their supposedly criminal involvement with a 2018 air raid that reportedly killed 43 people, including 29 children.

Chinese Media: Trump Has ‘Paid the Price for His Gamble to Play Down' Coronavirus

Chinese Media: Trump Has ‘Paid the Price for His Gamble to Play Down' Coronavirus

The editor of China’s state-run Global Times said on Friday that President Donald Trump has “paid the price for his gamble to play down [Chinese coronavirus]” following the positive diagnosis of he and first lady Melania Trump and speculated that his diagnosis might “negatively affect his re-election.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Tests Negative for Coronavirus

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Tests Negative for Coronavirus

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Friday he and his wife are free of the Wuhan coronavirus. President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, and presidential adviser Hope Hicks tested positive for the same late Thursday.