Wednesday, July 17, 2019

MixedTimes - Frances Martel

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.

Cuba Arrests U.S. Flag Protester for Trying to Help Tornado Victims

Cuba Arrests U.S. Flag Protester for Trying to Help Tornado Victims

Police arrested Daniel Llorente, a Cuban dissident who spent over a year imprisoned in a psychiatric facility for waving a U.S. flag at the 2017 communist May Day parade, on Sunday after he appeared in the devastated Havana neighborhood of Regla and attempted to provide aid to those affected by this month's tornado.

Democrats Fail to Mention Venezuela Crisis in State of the Union Response

Democrats Fail to Mention Venezuela Crisis in State of the Union Response

California Attorney GeneralXavier Becerra referenced gun control, environmental regulation, and the FBI probe into Russian election meddling during the Spanish-language Democratic response to the State of the Union response on Tuesday, but he failed to mention the single biggest crisis currently affecting Latin Americans: the collapse of socialist Venezuela.

President Guaido Unveils Giant Government Program to Fix Venezuela

President Guaido Unveils Giant Government Program to Fix Venezuela

Interim President Juan Guaidó of Venezuela unveiled what he called the "Plan País," or "Nation Plan," on Thursday, his policy prescription for ending the humanitarian crisis in the country created by two decades of socialist policies.

Canada Recalls Diplomats After Another Brain Injury in Cuba

Canada Recalls Diplomats After Another Brain Injury in Cuba

The government of Canada announced on Wednesday that it would cut its diplomatic presence in Cuba in half after documenting a new case of unexplained brain trauma in an embassy worker, a move that the communist regime responded to with hostility.

State Department Accepts Venezuela's Opposition Diplomats

State Department Accepts Venezuela's Opposition Diplomats

The U.S. State Department confirmed on Sunday that it has recognizedCarlos Alfredo Vecchio, appointed by newly-inaugurated President Juan Guaidó this weekend, as Venezuela'sChargé d’Affaires to the United States.

Islamist World Unites Behind Venezuelan Dictator Maduro

Islamist World Unites Behind Venezuelan Dictator Maduro

The world's most high-profile Islamist nations and terrorist organizations – from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the Hamas and Hezbollah groups – set aside Sunni and Shiite differences this week to unite behind Nicolás Maduro, ejected from the presidency through the invocation of a Venezuelan constitutional mandate to remove dictators.

Venezuelan President Guaido Floats Amnesty for Maduro, Top Socialist Officials

Venezuelan President Guaido Floats Amnesty for Maduro, Top Socialist Officials

Interim Venezuelan President Juan Guaidó suggested on Thursday that the nation's opposition is open to discussing granting prosecutorial amnesty to dictator Nicolás Maduro and top officials, such as drug traffickers Diosdado Cabello and Tareck El Aissami, despite their flagrant record of years of human rights abuses.

Turkey's Erdogan: ‘Maduro Brother, Stand Tall’ in Venezuela

Turkey's Erdogan: ‘Maduro Brother, Stand Tall’ in Venezuela

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a serial human rights violator believed to be the world's most prolific jailer of journalists, expressed “shock” at the United States declaring Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro illegitimate and offered words of support to the socialist leader Thursday.

State Department Rejects Maduro's Demand to Remove Diplomats from Venezuela

State Department Rejects Maduro's Demand to Remove Diplomats from Venezuela

The U.S. State Department announced late Wednesday that it would maintain a diplomatic presence in Venezuela despite dictator Nicolás Maduro's demand that they leave, stating that, as Venezuela swore in a new president who does not wish to break diplomatic ties, Maduro has no power to expel the Americans.

Vin Diesel Sends Venezuela Message of Support: 'Move Forward with Faith'

Vin Diesel Sends Venezuela Message of Support: 'Move Forward with Faith'

Action star Vin Diesel posted an Instagram video in Spanish on Thursday alongsideFast and Furious series costar Michelle Rodríguez expressing support for anti-socialist protests in Venezuela and urging those fighting for their freedom to "move forward with faith.

Venezuela Swears In Opposition Leader as President

Venezuela Swears In Opposition Leader as President

JuanGuaidó, the presidentof the National Assemblyof Venezuela, took anoathofofficeon Wednesday and was sworn in as the legitimate interim presidentof the country, replacing dictator Nicolás Maduro.

Report: Kim Jong-Un Gives South Korean Luxury Cosmetics to Favorite Party Officials

Report: Kim Jong-Un Gives South Korean Luxury Cosmetics to Favorite Party Officials

Trusted high-ranking officials in North Korea's communist Workers' Party received gifts this month of luxury cosmetics from South Korea, a sign of gratitude from dictator Kim Jong-un that defies government propaganda's incessant demands that North Korean civilians eschew the comforts of capitalism, a report revealed Wednesday.

Zimbabwe: Police Block Survivors of Mugabe Genocide from Bringing Murders to Court

Zimbabwe: Police Block Survivors of Mugabe Genocide from Bringing Murders to Court

Police in Zimbabwe blocked activists representing the estimated 20,000Ndebele tribe people killed in a 1980s genocide known as "Gukurahundi" from bringing a case to court against the current government for its role in the event on Tuesday, claiming their attempt to request a permit for their assembly was illegal.

Report: Erdogan Urges Trump in Phone Call to Let Turkey Control Kurdish Syria

Report: Erdogan Urges Trump in Phone Call to Let Turkey Control Kurdish Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan once again attempted to convince American counterpart President Donald Trump to allow Turkey to control Manbij, a region in northern Syria under the auspicesof the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG/YPJ), in a phone call Sunday.

China Invites Islamic Country Envoys to Visit Muslim Internment Camps

China Invites Islamic Country Envoys to Visit Muslim Internment Camps

The Chinese government invited representatives from 12 neighboring, mostly Muslim-majority countries this week to tour someof the internment camps built in western Xinjiang province to indoctrinate, torture, and exploit the laborof Chinese Muslims.

Report: Second Trump-Kim Summit to Take Place March or April in Vietnam

Report: Second Trump-Kim Summit to Take Place March or April in Vietnam

South Korean news outlets, citing a report from theWashington Post, claimed on Thursday that North Korea and the United Statesagreed to a second summit between American President Donald Trump and dictator Kim Jong-un, likely to occur in Vietnam in March or April.

Zimbabwe: President Claims Protests 'Fizzling Out' as Death Toll Climbs

Zimbabwe: President Claims Protests 'Fizzling Out' as Death Toll Climbs

Reports suggest that at least eight people have died in protests against skyrocketing gasoline prices in Zimbabwe as of this Wednesday, which continued into the day despite President Emmerson Mnangagwa reportedly claiming the demonstrations were "fizzling out.

General Warns U.S.: China Will Recolonize Taiwan 'at All Costs'

General Warns U.S.: China Will Recolonize Taiwan 'at All Costs'

GeneralLi Zuocheng of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) echoed the sentiments of Communist Party leader Xi Jinping in remarks Tuesday urging America not to retain ties to Taiwan and that any attempt to protect it from Chinese invasion would be met with military force.

Report: Turkey Has 80,000 Soldiers on Hand for Syrian Invasion

Report: Turkey Has 80,000 Soldiers on Hand for Syrian Invasion

The ardently pro-Turkish government newspaperYeni Safak reported Monday that Ankara has prepared 80,000 troops to invade the Kurdish region of northern Syria in anticipation of the United States' withdrawal from the area.

China: U.S. Company 'Pathetic' for Refusing to Buy Goods Made by Muslim Slaves

China: U.S. Company 'Pathetic' for Refusing to Buy Goods Made by Muslim Slaves

The Chinese Foreign Ministry condemned the American companyBadger Sportswear for announcing it would no longer purchase clothing from a company based in Xinjiang, where the communist government has built dozens of internment camps to house, enslave, and torture Muslim minorities.

Erdogan Offers to Build Syrian Government in New York Times Op-Ed

Erdogan Offers to Build Syrian Government in New York Times Op-Ed

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan penned aNew York Times opinion column published Monday in which he offered Turkey's guidance in rebuilding the government of northern Syria without the presence of the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG/YPJ), America's closest battlefield ally in the country.

Erdogan Refuses to Meet with John Bolton for Syria Talks

Erdogan Refuses to Meet with John Bolton for Syria Talks

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan refused to meet with U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton before he departed Ankara on Tuesday, claiming a scheduling conflict but assailing Bolton's defense of Syrian Kurdish militias in remarks the same day.

John Bolton: No Withdrawal from Syria Without Security Guarantees for Kurds

John Bolton: No Withdrawal from Syria Without Security Guarantees for Kurds

U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton said in remarks during his trip to Israel Sunday that President Donald Trump does not intend to withdraw troops from Syria until he is satisfied with security guarantees for the Syrian Kurdish militias fighting there, which have played a key role in the defeat of the Islamic State.

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