Friday, August 23, 2019

MixedTimes - Frances Martel

China's Rappers Endorse Police Brutality in Hong Kong

China's Rappers Endorse Police Brutality in Hong Kong

Some of communist China's most prominent rappers, many who faced threats of censorship from the regime for their individualistic music, shared a pro-Hong Kong police meme this week created by Beijing.

Lawyers: Police Abusing Detained Hong Kong Protesters

Lawyers: Police Abusing Detained Hong Kong Protesters

Attorneys for some of the dozens of Hong Kong residents arrested for participating in pro-democracy protests in the last three months said on Wednesday that police officers have abused their clients, forcing them to drink what they believe was toilet water.

Ex-Colombian President Says Fidel Castro Invited Jeffrey Epstein to Cuba

Ex-Colombian President Says Fidel Castro Invited Jeffrey Epstein to Cuba

Former Colombian President Andrés Pastrana issued a statement Wednesday explaining why his name appeared on the flight records of accused rapist and sex trafficker of minors Jeffrey Epstein, claiming Cuban dictator Fidel Castro invited the two to Havana.

Where Is Xi Jinping? China's Top Communist MIA in Hong Kong Struggle

Where Is Xi Jinping? China's Top Communist MIA in Hong Kong Struggle

President Donald Trump floated a potential "personal meeting" with chairman of the Chinese Communist Party Xi Jinping on Wednesday to discuss ongoing protests in Hong Kong. The president highlighted Xi's public absence in the struggle as China's only capitalist city pushes Beijing away.

China Blocks U.S. Navy Ships from Visiting Hong Kong

China Blocks U.S. Navy Ships from Visiting Hong Kong

The U.S. Pacific Fleet confirmed on Wednesday that China had blocked a previously scheduled visit for two U.S. Navy ships to Hong Kong, adding that it hopes Beijing will soon reconsider and continue allowing the American military to have ties to the capitalist port city.

Hong Kong Protesters 'Heartbroken' over Airport Chaos

Hong Kong Protesters 'Heartbroken' over Airport Chaos

Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters circulated several letters and messages Wednesday apologizing to travelers stranded in the city's airport the last two days, grounded by protesters blocking departure gates to bring attention to China's attempts to impose communist law on the region.

Congress Leads U.S. Efforts to Protect Hong Kong Protesters

Congress Leads U.S. Efforts to Protect Hong Kong Protesters

Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) announced Tuesday he will seek to pass a law suspending U.S. sales of anti-riot gear to Hong Kong police, citing its excessive use against peaceful pro-democracy protesters.

Protests Force Hong Kong Airport to Cancel All Flights for a Second Day

Protests Force Hong Kong Airport to Cancel All Flights for a Second Day

Hong Kong International Airport canceled all its flights Tuesday – over 200 scheduled departures and arrivals – in response to a flood of hundreds, if not thousands, of protesters blocking passengers from gates and demanding the government listen to their demands for freedom.

State Media: Hong Kong Protests Are U.S. 'Warfare' Tactic Against China

State Media: Hong Kong Protests Are U.S. 'Warfare' Tactic Against China

Pro-democracy protests are a "form of warfare employed by the West to destabilize certain countries" and the peaceful Hong Kong protest movement is an American fabricated attempt to weaken China from within, the Communist Party'sPeople's Daily suggested on Monday.

Photos: Protesters Force Hong Kong Airport to Cancel All Flights

Photos: Protesters Force Hong Kong Airport to Cancel All Flights

Hong Kong International Airport cancelled all flights Monday in response to a flood of thousands of protesters staging a sit-in at the facility, demanding justice for pro-democracy activists and bystanders subjected to violence by police and pro-China mobs throughout the city.

Thousands Protest Militia Attacks in DR Congo's Ground Zero for Ebola

Thousands Protest Militia Attacks in DR Congo's Ground Zero for Ebola

Locals in Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), estimate that 5,000 people participated in a protest Thursday against mass killings by local militias seeking to cement control over natural resources in attacks significantly hindering international aid groups' efforts to combat the Ebola virus.

Study: Hong Kong Police Used So Much Tear Gas Journalists Coughed Blood

Study: Hong Kong Police Used So Much Tear Gas Journalists Coughed Blood

Researchers surveying the journalists covering the ongoing Hong Kong protest movement found that upwards of 90 percent of journalists covering the July 28 protest suffered health effects such as difficulty breathing and coughing blood when police fired liberal amounts of tear gas at the crowds, the Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP) reported Friday.

50,000 Attend Nuclear Bomb Anniversary Memorial in Hiroshima

50,000 Attend Nuclear Bomb Anniversary Memorial in Hiroshima

A crowd of 50,000 people gathered in Hiroshima, Japan, on Tuesday to observe the 74th anniversary of the American bombing of the city with a nuclear weapon, the first use of an atomic bomb during war in history.

China Runs 12,000-Officer Anti-Riot Police Drill amid Hong Kong Protests

China Runs 12,000-Officer Anti-Riot Police Drill amid Hong Kong Protests

Chinese communist regime authorities staged a 12,000-strong police officer anti-riot drill on Tuesday in Shenzhen to prepare officers to protect "social stability," a move immediately following a turbulent weekend of anti-communist protests just south of Shenzhen's border in Hong Kong.

Argentina Designates Hezbollah a Terror Group on Anniversary of Buenos Aires Bombing

Argentina Designates Hezbollah a Terror Group on Anniversary of Buenos Aires Bombing

Argentina designated the Iranian proxy organization Hezbollah an "Entity Tied to Acts of Terrorism" this week in anticipation of the anniversary of the 1994 bombing of the Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA) headquarters Thursday, at its time the deadliest terrorist attack in the modern history of the Western Hemisphere.

Bolsonaro Channels Trump to South American Trade Bloc: 'I Want Brazil to Be Great'

Bolsonaro Channels Trump to South American Trade Bloc: 'I Want Brazil to Be Great'

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro cited President Donald Trump's "make America great again" slogan during a speech to the South American trading bloc Mercosur on Wednesday, defending regional sovereignty and insisting that he wanted Brazil and the other members of the bloc to be "great" individually, as well.

Starved Cuban Regime Takes Out Tourism Ads in Major Chinese Cities

Starved Cuban Regime Takes Out Tourism Ads in Major Chinese Cities

Cuba's Ministry of Tourism has bought ads plastered across buses in Shanghai, Beijing, and Ghangzhou encouraging Chinese tourists to visit the communist island,the Spain-basedDiario de Cuba reported Friday, in an attempt to replace the millions lost in tourism revenue following President Donald Trump's decision to ban cruise ship voyages from America to Cuba.

China: 'Uighurs Are Not Turks,' Muslim Concentration Camps Do Not Exist

China: 'Uighurs Are Not Turks,' Muslim Concentration Camps Do Not Exist

Chinese state media launched a media blitz Friday in anticipation of the ten-year anniversary of a string ofpolice-led massacres in Urumqi, the capital of westernmost Xinjiangprovince, triggered bypeaceful Uighurprotests against the communist regime.

Manny Pacquiao Files Senate Bill to Restore Death Penalty in the Philippines

Manny Pacquiao Files Senate Bill to Restore Death Penalty in the Philippines

Philippine Senator Manny Pacquiao, more commonly knownoutsideof the Philippines asoneof the most successful boxing champions in modern history, introduced a bill in his nation's legislature Wednesday to return capital punishment to the country for major drug trafficking convictions.

Reports: North Korea May Accept Talks with Pompeo After Demanding His Firing

Reports: North Korea May Accept Talks with Pompeo After Demanding His Firing

South Korean newsoutlets reported Wednesday that North Korea's foreign minister and Secretaryof State Mike Pompeo may hold an informal meetingon the sidelinesof a conference in Thailand next month, a potential humiliation for Pyongyang after declaring it would cease negotiations with the United States if Pompeo kept his diplomatic post.

Chinese Army Prepares 'Emergency Response Exercises' in Hong Kong

Chinese Army Prepares 'Emergency Response Exercises' in Hong Kong

China's state-runGlobal Times newspaper reported on Tuesday that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) conducted "emergency response exercises" last week, revealing that the military is preparing for an emergency situation near the autonomous city the morning after protesters destroyed the Beijing-controlled legislature.

Trump, Bolsonaro Discuss China's Threat to the Americas in G20 Meeting

Trump, Bolsonaro Discuss China's Threat to the Americas in G20 Meeting

American President Donald Trump met his Brazilian counterpart, conservative President Jair Bolsonaro, on Friday at the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, where Bolsonaro promised to show the world that, following his election, "politics in Brazil has indeed changed.

Hong Kong Protesters Visit G20 Consulates, Thank Trump for Support

Hong Kong Protesters Visit G20 Consulates, Thank Trump for Support

An estimated 1,500 people set off on a "marathon" to petition the consulates of the G20 nations to bring up the cause of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters on Wednesday, making their first stop America's outpost in the port city.

China: 'Cheerleader of Hatred' Mike Pompeo 'Threatens World Peace'

China: 'Cheerleader of Hatred' Mike Pompeo 'Threatens World Peace'

China's state-run newspaperGlobal Timesaccused Secretary of State Mike Pompeoon Tuesday of being an "extreme hardliner" who has "jinxed the very notion of 21st-century peace" by repeatedly condemning China, Iran, and other rogue states for incessant human rights violations against their people.

How The West Enabled China Organ Harvesting Expansion

How The West Enabled China Organ Harvesting Expansion

The "collapse of Western values," a "massive caseof denial" in the free world, and "religious bigotry" towards the Falun Gong spiritual movementhave allowed China to potentially expand its industrial-scale harvesting of live organs to Uighur Muslims imprisoned in concentration camps, Ethan Gutmann, authorof several seminal reportson the topic, told Breitbart News.

China Demands More Regulation to Stop 'Chaos' on Mount Everest

China Demands More Regulation to Stop 'Chaos' on Mount Everest

The communist regime ofChina, which controls the north faceof Mount Everest, used its Xinhua news arm to call for more regulationon Nepal's sideof the mountain on Tuesday, citing the "chaos" triggered by Kathmanduoffering too many permits to climb for a higher death toll and growing litter problemon the world's tallest mountain.

Spokesman on Philippines' Duterte Coming Out as Ex-Gay: LGBT People 'Should Be Happy'

Spokesman on Philippines' Duterte Coming Out as Ex-Gay: LGBT People 'Should Be Happy'

President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman Salvador Panelo defended on Tuesday the Philippine head of state's proclamation that he was once gay and chose to change his sexuality, stating that Duterte is "always conscious on not offending" marginalized groups and saying of the LGBT community, "they should be happy.

U.S. Ends 'People-to-People' Educational Travel to Cuba

U.S. Ends 'People-to-People' Educational Travel to Cuba

The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced Tuesday it would eliminate "people-to-people" educational travel to Cuba, an exception to the embargo expanded under President Barack Obama widely abused for tourism.

Report: Kim Jong-un Executed, Imprisoned Team Planning Trump Vietnam Summit

Report: Kim Jong-un Executed, Imprisoned Team Planning Trump Vietnam Summit

The conservative South Korean newspaperChosun Ilbo reported Friday that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un executed senior diplomatKim Hyok-chol and sentenced two others to prison camps over President Donald Trump's abrupt withdrawal from a summit with Kim Jong-un in February.

Korean Star Latest to Attempt Suicide in High-Pressure K-Pop World

Korean Star Latest to Attempt Suicide in High-Pressure K-Pop World

South Korean pop star Goo Ha-ra reportedly survived a suicide attempt Sunday amid an increasingly messy legal dispute with an ex-boyfriend, who she has accused of physical assault and attempted use of revenge porn to silence her.

Venezuela: Maduro Announces 'Immediate Investment' in 'Chinese Brothers' Huawei

Venezuela: Maduro Announces 'Immediate Investment' in 'Chinese Brothers' Huawei

Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro announced on Thursday his regime would invest "immediately" into Chinese telecommunications giants Huawei and ZTE to bring a 4G wireless network to the country, which is suffering chronic shortages of food, medicine, electricity, and gasoline under his rule.

‘I Can't Take It Anymore’: Venezuelan Envoy to Rome Quits Because He Has No Money

‘I Can't Take It Anymore’: Venezuelan Envoy to Rome Quits Because He Has No Money

Isaías Rodríguez, a longtime prominent figure in Venezuela's socialist regime, quit his post as dictator Nicolás Maduro's “ambassador” to Rome, publishing anopen letter to the dictator circulating in Spanish-language mediaon Tuesday that claimed his wife was forced to “sell jewelry her ex-husband gave her” to survive.

Report: Venezuelan Oil Tanker Captain Refused to Ship Gasoline to Cuba

Report: Venezuelan Oil Tanker Captain Refused to Ship Gasoline to Cuba

The captainof theManuela Saenz, a Venezuelanoil tanker, fought back againstorders to send a shipmentof unleaded and diesel gasoline to Cuba last week, prompting dictator Nicolás Maduro's political police forces to stop the ship and replace him, accordingto a report in Argentine newsoutlet Infobaeon Tuesday.

Venezuela: One Dead, over 100 Injured Since Military Turned on Maduro

Venezuela: One Dead, over 100 Injured Since Military Turned on Maduro

Human rights groups and reporterson the ground confirmed on Wednesday the deathofone person and over one hundred injured in protests against socialism in Venezuela, following an announcement by President Juan Guaidó on Tuesday that the nation's troops had finally stopped answering to dictator Nicolás Maduro.

'Nerves of Steel!': Maduro Claims Control of Military as Venezuela Moves to Oust Him

'Nerves of Steel!': Maduro Claims Control of Military as Venezuela Moves to Oust Him

Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro, who refused to leave power after the nation's legislature constitutionally replaced him with current President Juan Guaidó, claimed on Tuesday that the nation's military still supported him after Guaidó appeared alongside soldiers urging citizens to take to the streets.

Zimbabwe Schedules Exhumation of Mugabe Genocide Victims for 'Healing' Project

Zimbabwe Schedules Exhumation of Mugabe Genocide Victims for 'Healing' Project

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa agreed on a timeline, the government announced Thursday, to exhume some of the 20,000 people believed to have been killed in Operation Gukurahundi, a 1980s attempt under former dictator Robert Mugabe to wipe out the nation's Ndebele ethnic group.

Kim Jong-un: A Thousand Summits with Trump 'Will Not Be Able to Move Us One Iota'

Kim Jong-un: A Thousand Summits with Trump 'Will Not Be Able to Move Us One Iota'

Kim Jong-un told the leaders of the communist Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) last week that one thousand summits with President Donald Trump "will not be able to move us one iota," then made a surprise visit Tuesday to North Korean air force troops, the first military appearance since November.

Report: Kim Jong-un May Meet Russia's Putin as Soon as Next Week

Report: Kim Jong-un May Meet Russia's Putin as Soon as Next Week

The South Korean newswire service Yonhap reports that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un may meet Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time next week as the latter travels east to China, the latest in months of reports that the two men have sought to schedule a summit.

Raul Castro Warns Cubans: 'Prepare for the Worst Case' Economy

Raul Castro Warns Cubans: 'Prepare for the Worst Case' Economy

Cuban dictator Raúl Castro issued a warning to his country, already facing significant food and goods shortages, on Wednesday to prepare for the "worst case" economy in light of a campaign by the Trump administration to undermine the communist regime.

Cuba Hosts Americans for Elite ‘White Dinner’ Feast amid Food Shortages

Cuba Hosts Americans for Elite ‘White Dinner’ Feast amid Food Shortages

Havana's National Hotel hosted 500 people — with an estimated 80 percent being American citizens — for a lavish feast known as "Le Dîner en Blanc," or "The Dinner in White," on Saturday amid a growing food shortage problem that has Cubans recalling the post-Soviet "special period" poverty of the early 1990s.

Richard Branson Announces Latin Star-Studded 'Venezuela Aid Live' Concert

Richard Branson Announces Latin Star-Studded 'Venezuela Aid Live' Concert

Virgin Group billionaire Richard Branson announced on Friday the launch of an effort to raise $100 million in 60 days for the people of Venezuela centered around "Venezuela Aid Live," a concert featuring some of the biggest names in the Latin American music industry.

Guaido Envoy: Nicolas Maduro Can Run in Free Venezuelan Elections

Guaido Envoy: Nicolas Maduro Can Run in Free Venezuelan Elections

Venezuelan interim President Juan Guaidó's envoy to Rome,Francisco Sucre, said in an interview this week that when the nation's opposition organizes a free and fair election, dictator Nicolás Maduro will have the option of putting his name on the ballot.

Nearly Two Dozen Cuban Dissidents on Hunger Strike After Violent Crackdown

The head of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), a Cuban pro-democracy organization, announced Wednesday that 23 members of the group are on hunger strike after violent raids resulted in a mass arrest of fellow members in anticipation of the communist regime staging a fraudulent "constitutional referendum" this month.

Japan: Gay Couples Seek Same-Sex Marriage Rights in Valentine's Day Lawsuit

Japan: Gay Couples Seek Same-Sex Marriage Rights in Valentine's Day Lawsuit

A group of 13 same-sex couples in Japan plans to file a lawsuit Thursday challenging their legal inability to marry, depriving them of the ability to inherit property from their partners, make meaningful medical decisions in cases of emergency, and other rights.

'God Is Not Neutral': Hispanic Celebrities Criticize Pope over Venezuela Stance

'God Is Not Neutral': Hispanic Celebrities Criticize Pope over Venezuela Stance

Some of the Latin American music industry's biggest names criticized the Vatican this week for its lukewarm stance on the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, urging Pope Francis, himself South American, to support the majority of the country against dictator Nicolás Maduro's violent socialist regime.

North Korea Demands Rewards for 'Denuclearization,' Doesn't Acknowledge Summit

North Korea Demands Rewards for 'Denuclearization,' Doesn't Acknowledge Summit

North Korea's government-run media published a story demanding the United States respond to the communist autocracy's alleged "active and preemptive efforts" to denuclearize with "corresponding practical action" in a column Monday, implying lifting of international sanctions.

Spanish White House Video Compares Venezuela's Maduro to Stalin, Mussolini

Spanish White House Video Compares Venezuela's Maduro to Stalin, Mussolini

The White House published a Spanish-language video message to the Venezuelan people on Thursday comparing socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro to Josef Stalin, Muammar Qaddafi, Benito Mussolini, and other tyrants who usurped power in their home countries, expressing solidarity with the opposition.

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