Friday, October 18, 2019

MixedTimes - Frances Martel

Turkey: Ceasefire with Kurds 'Not a Ceasefire'

Turkey: Ceasefire with Kurds 'Not a Ceasefire'

Turkish Foreign MinisterMevlut Cavusoglu told reporters on Thursday that the ceasefire brokered by the United States between Ankara and Syrian Kurdistan was "not a ceasefire" and that Turkey will only withdraw from Syria when the Kurds evacuate the region.

China: U.S. 'Freedom of Speech Is Fake' Because People Criticized LeBron James

China: U.S. 'Freedom of Speech Is Fake' Because People Criticized LeBron James

The Chinese state propaganda outletGlobal Times declared free speech does not exist in the United States in a column on Wednesday. It cited as evidence the fact basketball player LeBron James has faced criticism for defending his business interests with the communist regime in Beijing.

Fact Check: Tulsi Gabbard Denies Being an 'Assad Apologist'

Fact Check: Tulsi Gabbard Denies Being an 'Assad Apologist'

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) has been under fire for years for her crusading against American involvement against Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian civil war, ongoing since 2011, and has faced particular criticism for her 2017 visit to Damascus where she met Assad personally.

Chinese Media: 'Thug' Ted Cruz 'Glorifying Violence' in Hong Kong

Chinese Media: 'Thug' Ted Cruz 'Glorifying Violence' in Hong Kong

China's state-run propaganda outletGlobal Times condemned Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Monday for traveling to Hong Kong and dressing in black, the color of pro-democracy protesters which, according to the outlet, made him "synonymous with a thug.

ESPN Uses Illegal Communist Map of 'China' in NBA Report

ESPN Uses Illegal Communist Map of 'China' in NBA Report

The Disney-owned sports network ESPN aired the Communist Party's preferred map of China during a broadcast Wednesday morning – a map an international legal tribunal ruled illegal in 2016 that violates the sovereignty of five different countries.

Taiwan President: We Are 'First Line of Defense for Democratic Values'

Taiwan President: We Are 'First Line of Defense for Democratic Values'

President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen asserted that her nation is "the first line of defense for democratic values," standing mere miles from its biggest threat in the world, during a speech observing the Republic of China's National day on Thursday.

Chinese Media on NBA Scandal: 'The Hong Kong Riots Are Just Like 9/11'

Chinese Media on NBA Scandal: 'The Hong Kong Riots Are Just Like 9/11'

China'sGlobal Timesdefended Chinese internet users allegedly acting independently of the government for praising the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks as revenge for an NBA executive expressing support for the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

Russia Expresses Interest in Nuclear Energy Projects in Cuba

Russia Expresses Interest in Nuclear Energy Projects in Cuba

A senior Russian official suggested that Moscow could be a top partner to Cuba should it ever decide to build a nuclear power plant, the island independent outlet Cubanet reported Monday – the latest ploy to expand Rosatom's reach into underdeveloped allied nations.

China Warns Brands to Accept Communism, Freedom of Speech 'Ridiculous'

China Warns Brands to Accept Communism, Freedom of Speech 'Ridiculous'

The Chinese government newspaperGlobal Times warned "global brands" to "make their members speak cautiously" on Chinese political issues Monday in response to an ongoing controversy following an NBA executive lending support to pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

Congress Pushes Ahead with Hong Kong Bill, Angering China

Congress Pushes Ahead with Hong Kong Bill, Angering China

Both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives passed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act through committee on Wednesday, paving the way for a floor vote and triggering an incendiary rant out of the Chinese Foreign Ministry on Thursday.

Allies Condemn U.N. at General Assembly for Leaving Taiwan Behind

Allies Condemn U.N. at General Assembly for Leaving Taiwan Behind

The few countries of the United Nations that recognize Taiwan's sovereignty made a case for their ally's inclusion in the General Assembly on Tuesday and Wednesday, urging the world not to allow China to intimidate it out of accepting reality.

China Dismisses Trump's Criticisms at U.N. as 'Low-Energy'

China Dismisses Trump's Criticisms at U.N. as 'Low-Energy'

ThePeople's Daily, the official newspaper of the Communist Party of China (CPC), mocked President Donald Trump's speech before the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday as "low-energy" and generally accused him of lying.

Venezuela's Top U.S.-Sanctioned Drug Lord Visits North Korea

Venezuela's Top U.S.-Sanctioned Drug Lord Visits North Korea

Diosdado Cabello, the head of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) and U.S.-sanctioned cocaine trafficker, arrived in North Korea on Tuesday seeking to strengthen what North Korean propaganda referred to as the "militant friendship" between the two dictatorships.

China Warns U.N. to Ignore U.S. Condemnation of Muslim Concentration Camps

China Warns U.N. to Ignore U.S. Condemnation of Muslim Concentration Camps

China'sGlobal Times, a government-run publication, published a screed in anticipation of Tuesday's U.N. General Assembly condemning Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as an "arrogant interventionist" for urging the world to pressure China to shut down its concentration camps for Muslims.

U.S. Expels Cuban Diplomats for Threatening National Security

U.S. Expels Cuban Diplomats for Threatening National Security

The U.S. Department of State announced on Thursday it had expelled two diplomats representing Cuba at the United Nations for activities that were harmful to American national security, including "influence operations.

Martel: Five Justin Trudeau Scandals that Don't Involve Blackface

Martel: Five Justin Trudeau Scandals that Don't Involve Blackface

Leftist Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing growing calls to resign after a turbulent 24 hours in which multiple media outlets published images of him in blackface or "brownface," darkening his skin to mock Middle Eastern people.

Expert: North Korea's Nuclear Arsenal May Grow up to 40 Bombs by 2020

Expert: North Korea's Nuclear Arsenal May Grow up to 40 Bombs by 2020

An expert from theStockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), which tracks military development around the world, told South Korean reporters on Monday that the communist regime in North Korea may have as many as 40 nuclear weapons by the end of the year.

China Compares Hong Kong Protesters to Islamic State

China Compares Hong Kong Protesters to Islamic State

China'sGlobal Times state newspaper ran a column Thursday urging a ban on wearing masks at protests, comparing the Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters' preference for wearing black and carrying gas masks to protect from tear gas to the aesthetic of the Islamic State.

Senate Passes Bill to Sanction China for Muslim Concentration Camps

Senate Passes Bill to Sanction China for Muslim Concentration Camps

The U.S. Senate passed a bill Wednesday to condemn China’s human rights atrocities against Uighurs, Kazakhs, and other Muslim ethnic minorities in its western territories, raising national awareness on Beijing’s construction of concentration camps to house millions of its citizens.

Colombia May Brand Cuba a State Sponsor of Terrorism for Aiding Marxists

Colombia May Brand Cuba a State Sponsor of Terrorism for Aiding Marxists

The government of Colombia threatened to campaign for the United Nations to brand Cuba a state sponsor of terrorism if it did not hand over the leaders of the Marxist National Liberation Army (ELN) terrorist group, a letter published by Colombian media revealed on Tuesday.

China's 9/11 Coverage: U.S. 'Selfish, Capricious, and Rude'

China's 9/11 Coverage: U.S. 'Selfish, Capricious, and Rude'

China'sGlobal Times regime newspaper used the 18th anniversary of the jihadist attacks on America on September 11, 2001, to call America a "disgrace" and complain Washington has prevented "greater achievements" in "global governance" since.

Report: Kenyan Orders Mentorship of ‘Incompetent’ Cuban Slave Doctors

Report: Kenyan Orders Mentorship of ‘Incompetent’ Cuban Slave Doctors

Kenyan doctors are decrying a government memorandum ordering them to mentor "incompetent" Cuban slave doctors as they cannot be trusted to work alone, noting that they opposed importing more doctors to the African country when so many native medical professionals are out of a job,Diario de Cubareported on Monday.

China: Muslim Concentration Camps Built to 'Save the People'

China: Muslim Concentration Camps Built to 'Save the People'

The Chinese Foreign Minister erupted at Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday for daring to condemn the communist empire for building concentration camps to punish its Muslim Uighur population, insisting the camps are necessary to "save the people.

Cuba: Police Arrests over 100 Dissidents Attempting to Venerate Virgin Mary

Cuba: Police Arrests over 100 Dissidents Attempting to Venerate Virgin Mary

Police arrested over 100 pro-democracy dissidents, dozens of which remain missing at press time, in Cuba on Sunday both in anticipation of and to shut down a protest event underway to observe the feast day of the patron saint of Cuba, Our Lady of Charity (La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre).

China, Iran, Russia 'Deeply Mourn' Genocidal Dictator Robert Mugabe

China, Iran, Russia 'Deeply Mourn' Genocidal Dictator Robert Mugabe

Some of the world's most authoritarian nations offered condolences to the government of Zimbabwe over the death of leftist mass murderer Robert Mugabe on Friday, who ruled the country for 30 years before being ousted in a coup in 2017.

Hong Kong Police Refuse to Condemn Bloody Protester Beating: 'People See Different Things'

Hong Kong Police Refuse to Condemn Bloody Protester Beating: 'People See Different Things'

A senior officer in Hong Kong's police department said that officers used "appropriate force" in a video circulating on social media showing a protester bleeding profusely from the face while being crushed into the ground by multiple officers and emphatically stating he was not resisting arrest, the Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP) reported on Friday.

FARC War: Attackers Grenade-Bomb Colombian Mayoral Hopeful's Home

FARC War: Attackers Grenade-Bomb Colombian Mayoral Hopeful's Home

Two unidentified men hurled a grenade into the home of Betsaida Montejo Pérez, a mayoral candidate in the remote town of San Calixto, North Santander, Colombia, late Tuesday – the second major attack on a woman running for office in the country since the narco-terrorist FARC organization declared war on the country last week.

Hong Kong Protesters Go Global, Seeking Support from Taiwan, India, U.S.

Hong Kong Protesters Go Global, Seeking Support from Taiwan, India, U.S.

Hong Kong pro-democracy activists are urging the world's governments to support them against communist Chinese aggression. Prominent activist Joshua Wong spoke in Taiwan Tuesday urging Taipei to join their efforts, while others seek support from the United States, the greater West, and countries like India.

Hong Kong Protesters on China Caving: 'They Have Conceded Nothing'

Hong Kong Protesters on China Caving: 'They Have Conceded Nothing'

The several groups organizing pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong condemned Chief Executive Carrie Lam for taking months to announce the full withdrawal of a controversial extradition bill on Wednesday, noting that killing the bill was only one of the movement's five demands.

Hong Kong Leader Caves: Orders Full Withdrawal of Extradition Bill

Hong Kong Leader Caves: Orders Full Withdrawal of Extradition Bill

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced Wednesday that the government would fully withdraw the bill that launched the ongoing pro-democracy movement from the legislature, ceding to one of the five demands protesters have been posing to the government for the past three months.

Xi Jinping Breaks Silence on Hong Kong with Vague Call to 'Be Warriors'

Xi Jinping Breaks Silence on Hong Kong with Vague Call to 'Be Warriors'

Chinese dictator Xi Jinping, head of the nation's authoritarian Communist Party, reportedly mentioned the Hong Kong protests in passing during a speech to communist officials-in-training Tuesday. It marks the first known mention of Hong Kong since the current protest began in June.

Colombia: FARC Terrorists Assassinate Local Politicians After Declaring War

Colombia: FARC Terrorists Assassinate Local Politicians After Declaring War

Police found a mayoral candidate, her mother, and four others dead in western Cauca, Colombia, on Monday, victims of an ambush by Marxist FARC terrorists. The Colombian government is offering 150 million pesos ($43,574.25) for information on the whereabouts of

Hong Kong: Police Assault Railway Passengers 'Indiscriminately,' Ban First Aid

Hong Kong: Police Assault Railway Passengers 'Indiscriminately,' Ban First Aid

Hong Kong police used pepper spray against people using the city's Mass Transit Railway (MTR) and beat them with batons regardless of their participating on protests this weekend, pro-democracy leaders said, citing graphic violence on the part of police forces caught on video.

Masked Thugs Attack Hong Kong Protest Organizer with Baseball Bat

Masked Thugs Attack Hong Kong Protest Organizer with Baseball Bat

A Hong Kong protest organizer accused masked men of attacking him and a friend Thursday with baseball bats shortly after police denied his group, the Civil Human Rights Front, a permit for this weekend's planned protests.

U.S. Opens Venezuelan Diplomatic Outpost in Colombia

U.S. Opens Venezuelan Diplomatic Outpost in Colombia

The U.S. State Department announced on Wednesday the establishment of the Venezuela Affairs Unit (VAU) in neighboring Colombia, intended to serve as a de facto embassy to maintain relations with the legitimate Venezuelan government of President Juan Guaidó.

Venezuela: 22-Year-Old Woman Murdered over $0.05

Venezuela: 22-Year-Old Woman Murdered over $0.05

A 22-year-old woman was reportedly killed with a bottle shard on Monday morning in Caracas, Venezuela, after asking a friend to borrow 1000 bolivars ($0.05) for a bus ticket to renew her identification.

Bolsonaro: Amazon Fires 'Under the Average of the Past Few Years'

Bolsonaro: Amazon Fires 'Under the Average of the Past Few Years'

President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil decried environmentalist panic over fires sprawling over the Amazon Rainforest on Tuesday, noting, "I would like there to be fewer fires, of course, but they are under the average of the past few years.

Amazon Fires: Bolsonaro Demands Macron 'Withdraw Insults' Before Accepting Aid

Amazon Fires: Bolsonaro Demands Macron 'Withdraw Insults' Before Accepting Aid

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro suggested on Tuesday that his nation may still accept a $20 million donation organized by French President Emmanuel Macron for combating fires in the Amazon Rainforest, but only if the French leader "withdraws the insults he has hurled against me.

Student Group Calls for Hong Kong to Build a Wall to Keep China Out

Student Group Calls for Hong Kong to Build a Wall to Keep China Out

ProgressUST, a student group at Hong Kong's University of Science and Technology, triggered the ire of college administrators on Monday who condemned a Facebook post by the group urging the construction of a wall between Hong Kong and China to ensure independence from communism.

Brazil to France on Amazon Fire: 'Colonialist' Macron Couldn't Even Save Notre Dame

Brazil to France on Amazon Fire: 'Colonialist' Macron Couldn't Even Save Notre Dame

The government of Brazil issued a stern rejection on Monday of attempts by French President Emmanuel Macron to involve Europe in the nation's response to sprawling fires in the Amazon rain forest, scolding France to pay its share into the Paris Agreement on climate change and branding Macron a "colonialist.

China Celebrates 'Election' of Only Legal Candidate for Macau Chief Executive

China Celebrates 'Election' of Only Legal Candidate for Macau Chief Executive

China's state media celebrated the "election" Sunday of pro-China politician Ho Iat Seng as the chief executive of Macau, despite Ho being the only candidate legally on the ballot and the voters being a committee of China loyalists tasked with choosing the city's leaders.

Grim Milestone for Hong Kong: Police Fire First Shot at Protesters

Grim Milestone for Hong Kong: Police Fire First Shot at Protesters

A Hong Kong police officer fired at least one gunshot on Sunday night, officials confirmed, amid a chaotic scene in the city's Tsuen Wan district in which pro-democracy protesters had begun attacking mahjong parlors they accused of ties to organized crime.

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