Saturday, September 21, 2019

MixedTimes - Frances Martel

‘He Saved Socialism’: Communists Line Up to Praise Xi Jinping’s China Doctrine

‘He Saved Socialism’: Communists Line Up to Praise Xi Jinping’s China Doctrine

Communist Party officials and Chinese state media have organized to heap effusive praise onto President Xi Jinping over his three-hour speech to open the Chinese Communist Party (CPC) Congress on Wednesday, calling the diatribe an "online sensation" and crediting Xi with saving "socialism" worldwide.

China: Communists, Not Western ‘Crusaders,’ Value Human Rights

China: Communists, Not Western ‘Crusaders,’ Value Human Rights

The Chinese state media outlet Xinhua published a blistering condemnation of Western "crusader" human rights ideals on Thursday, arguing for the superiority of Chinese "human rights," defined as "roof over the head" and "food in the belly.

Xi Jinping Rallies Communists in Three-Hour Speech: ‘Time for Us to Take Center Stage’

Xi Jinping Rallies Communists in Three-Hour Speech: ‘Time for Us to Take Center Stage’

China's Communist Party opened its once-every-five-years Congress on Wednesday with an extensive speech from President Xi Jinping, who debuted plans for the nation extending into 2050 that include extensive military buildup, economic hegemony, and "sweeping victory" against "corruption," often interpreted as any dissenting thought within the party.

Trump on Diplomat Attacks: ‘I Do Believe Cuba Is Responsible’

Trump on Diplomat Attacks: ‘I Do Believe Cuba Is Responsible’

President Donald Trump asserted on Monday that the communist Castro regime in Cuba was responsible for a series of unexplained attacks on American diplomats, the first issuance of blame in the matter by an American official.

One Day After Shiite Militias Attack Kurds, Islamic State Resurfaces Near Kirkuk

One Day After Shiite Militias Attack Kurds, Islamic State Resurfaces Near Kirkuk

Terrorists affiliated with the Islamic State have resurfaced in the Kirkuk region of Iraq, reportedly attacking two villages north of Kirkuk city mere hours after the Iraqi military and its Iran-backed militia allies began an invasion against the Kurdish government controlling the city.

Venezuela: Four Unfree, Unfair Elections in Just Five Years

Venezuela: Four Unfree, Unfair Elections in Just Five Years

Hot off the heels of the "largest electoral fraud in the history of Latin America," Venezuela's socialist dictatorship has done it again. Defying every major exit poll prior to Sunday, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) secured 17 of the nation's 23 governorships, with its losses in states like Táchira, governed by socialists who dared to criticize the regime.

NYT: Xi Orders Infusion of Communist Propaganda in Chinese Elementary School Curricula

NYT: Xi Orders Infusion of Communist Propaganda in Chinese Elementary School Curricula

The Chinese government has significantly increased the quantity of communist propaganda in schools under president Xi Jinping, modifying curricula to include more content promoting "Chinese characteristics" and concerning some parents who feel their children would be better served by a greater emphasis on science and math, according to the New York Times.

LISTEN: High-Pitched Noise Heard in Cuba Attacks Released

LISTEN: High-Pitched Noise Heard in Cuba Attacks Released

The Associated Press has published what it claims to be the sound that American diplomats and their families heard in Cuba before suffering a variety of health symptoms reportedly including nausea, hearing loss, and brain damage.

Erdogan on U.S. Visa Freeze: ‘We Do Not Need You’

Erdogan on U.S. Visa Freeze: ‘We Do Not Need You’

American and Turkish diplomats scramble to restore non-immigrant visa services in both nations, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken an aggressive approach. He asserted Thursday that Turkey is "not a tribal state" and told the United States, "We do not need you.

Duterte Sees 18-Point Popularity Plunge as Islamic State War Rages

Duterte Sees 18-Point Popularity Plunge as Islamic State War Rages

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has experienced a dizzying plunge in popularity, with the polling company Social Weather Stations (SWS) issuing him a +48 approval rating in September, down 18 points from his rating in June.

Venezuela’s Maduro: Trump Criticism ‘Means I’m Doing Something Right’

Venezuela’s Maduro: Trump Criticism ‘Means I’m Doing Something Right’

During the latest episode of his television series Sundays with Maduro, Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro accused U.S. President Donald Trump of having a "fatal obsession with me" and bragged that growing American sanctions on his country "mean I'm doing something right.

North Korea White Paper: Trump Is ‘Old Rabid Dog’ to Be Eliminated

North Korea White Paper: Trump Is ‘Old Rabid Dog’ to Be Eliminated

North Korea's state newspaper Rodong Sinmun has published the results of an alleged white paper by a government agency that found that President Donald Trump was "hell-bent on inflicting a nuclear holocaust" and claiming that he is referred to in America as "Hitler in the 21st century.

China Puts on Its Happy Face: Xi Expects ‘Wonderful’ Trump Visit in November

China Puts on Its Happy Face: Xi Expects ‘Wonderful’ Trump Visit in November

Chinese President Xi Jinping told reporters while meeting Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Beijing last week that he expects President Donald Trump's visit to the country to be "special" and "wonderful," an outpouring of positive sentiment at odds with the consistent criticism of the United States in communist state media.

‘Around 150’ Cuban Slave Doctors Have Filed Suits in Brazil Seeking Freedom

‘Around 150’ Cuban Slave Doctors Have Filed Suits in Brazil Seeking Freedom

Brazil's Health Minister told reporters last week that his nation's judiciary has seen "around 150" lawsuits by Cuban doctors forced to work for negligible salaries in Brazil, the pawn's in an elaborate for-profit enterprise that nets the communist Castro regime millions of dollars a year.

Tillerson Orders Withdrawal of U.S. Personnel from Cuba Following Sonic Attacks

Tillerson Orders Withdrawal of U.S. Personnel from Cuba Following Sonic Attacks

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced Friday that America would withdraw all "non-emergency personnel" from the U.S. embassy in Cuba and all family members following months of unexplained attacks on American diplomats that have left some with hearing loss and, reportedly, brain damage.

North Korea: ‘Old Lunatic’ Trump Lying About Torture of ‘Criminal’ Otto Warmbier

North Korea: ‘Old Lunatic’ Trump Lying About Torture of ‘Criminal’ Otto Warmbier

North Korea, through its media outlet the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), denied on Thursday that it tortured late American Otto Warmbier during his time in prison, dismissing Warmbier as a "criminal" and American President Donald Trump as an "old lunatic" for accusing Pyongyang of torturing and killing him.

South Korea: North Korea Planning ICBM Launch This Weekend

South Korea: North Korea Planning ICBM Launch This Weekend

South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon has warned that North Korea may be planning to test an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Saturday, the latest in a series of increasingly belligerent military actions that culminated in the nation's sixth and most powerful nuclear test last weekend.

Brazil: Prosecutors Find ‘Olympic Corruption’ in Rio 2016 Game Planning

Brazil: Prosecutors Find ‘Olympic Corruption’ in Rio 2016 Game Planning

Brazilian prosecutors have uncovered a sprawling corruption scheme following a raid on the home of Brazilian Olympic Committee President Carlos Nuzman, presenting mounting evidence that Brazil bought its way through the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) voters to secure the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games.

Venezuelans Eating Dogs, Zoo Animals as Economy Collapses

Venezuelans Eating Dogs, Zoo Animals as Economy Collapses

Venezuela's opposition published photos this weekend of men butchering a dead dog on the streets of Caracas, preparing the meat for cooking in a nation that has been forced to take increasingly extreme measures to avoid a famine.

China Imposes 15-Day Jail Sentences for ‘Disrespecting’ National Anthem

China Imposes 15-Day Jail Sentences for ‘Disrespecting’ National Anthem

China's federal legislature passed a law Friday banning "disrespect" for its national anthem, the "March of the Volunteers." Lawmakers have defined "disrespect" variously as parodies of the anthem, use of the tune as background music, or playing the song during commercials.

North Korea Issues Postage Stamps to Commemorate ICBM Launch

North Korea Issues Postage Stamps to Commemorate ICBM Launch

North Korea's state media announced Friday that the country has issued a new set of stamps to commemorate the testing of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in July, yet another sign the nation's communist regime remains unapologetic about its belligerent threats to its neighbors and the United States.

Mike Pence Asks Latin American Leaders to Cut Ties with North Korea

Mike Pence Asks Latin American Leaders to Cut Ties with North Korea

Vice President Mike Pence urged Chile, Peru, Mexico, and other Latin American nations to consider cutting all diplomatic ties to North Korea during his visit to Chile on Wednesday, suggesting only a full diplomatic freeze could pressure the rogue communist state to cease its constant threats of nuclear attack.

State Department Report Highlights Repression of Christians in Cuba

State Department Report Highlights Repression of Christians in Cuba

The U.S. State Department has revealed persistent persecution of Christians in Cuba in its 2016 religious freedom report released Tuesday, highlighting actions to suppress Christian dissident group the Ladies in White in particular and the use of state bureaucracy to prevent the spread of the faith.

North Korea Fills Pyongyang Square for Anti-America Rally

North Korea Fills Pyongyang Square for Anti-America Rally

The communist government of North Korea touted an apparently thousands-strong rally in the heart of Pyongyang – Kim Il-sung Square – Wednesday in response to President Donald Trump's warning that any attack on U.S.

Human Rights NGO: Cuba’s ‘Massive Intervention’ Fueling Venezuela Violence

Human Rights NGO: Cuba’s ‘Massive Intervention’ Fueling Venezuela Violence

The Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba published a report this week detailing the alarming extent to which the communist Cuban regime has entrenched itself in Venezuela, controlling every government function, from the nation's failing health care system to dictator Nicolás Maduro's private security.

Maduro Responds to U.S. Sanctions: ‘Ku Klux Klan Governs the White House’

Maduro Responds to U.S. Sanctions: ‘Ku Klux Klan Governs the White House’

Venezuela's dictator Nicolás Maduro has responded to U.S. sanctions banning him from the country Monday with an outrageous tirade in which he claimed the White House was in the hands of the Ku Klux Klan and calling the sanctions a sign of America's "impotence, desperation, and hate.

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