Sunday, September 22, 2019

MixedTimes - John Hayward

China Commands Congress to Drop Bill It Doesn't Like

China Commands Congress to Drop Bill It Doesn't Like

The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Thursday commanded the U.S. Congress to withdraw the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019, denouncing the bill as interfering in China’s internal sovereign affairs.

Chinese Media Cites Lincoln Assassination to Call for U.S. Gun Ban

Chinese Media Cites Lincoln Assassination to Call for U.S. Gun Ban

Chinese media tends to be very astute at picking up and exacerbating hot-button American political issues, doing everything it can to highlight controversies even when China’s authoritarian brutality makes the criticism absurd.

China Arrests Dissident for Sharing Hong Kong Video

China Arrests Dissident for Sharing Hong Kong Video

Chinese democracy activists are demanding the release of Lai Rifu, a dissident living in Guangzhou who was snatched off the street on Monday in a bizarre arrest and incarcerated for “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” by posting a video that used the unofficial anthem of the Hong Kong protest movement, “Glory to Hong Kong.

China Lashes out at George Soros for Criticism of Huawei

China Lashes out at George Soros for Criticism of Huawei

China’s state-run Global Times gave a big thumbs-down on Tuesday to the September 9 Wall Street Journal editorial penned by left-wing billionaire political activist George Soros, in which Soros praised President Donald Trump for adopting the right trade strategy toward China and urged Trump to stay the course against Chinese telecom giant Huawei.

Hundreds Swarm Hong Kong Court to Support Protesters Accused of Rioting

Hundreds Swarm Hong Kong Court to Support Protesters Accused of Rioting

A Hong Kong courtroom on Tuesday was packed with hundreds of supporters of three young protesters accused of rioting and assaulting police officers. The crowd outside the courtroom chanted “Fight for freedom” and “Stand with Hong Kong, while many seated in the public gallery wore the type of face masks favored by protesters.

Philippines: Duterte Confesses Hit on Political Opponent; Spokesman Claims Translation Error

Philippines: Duterte Confesses Hit on Political Opponent; Spokesman Claims Translation Error

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was venting his frustrations about corruption and drugs before a group of government officials on Tuesday when he blurted out that he ordered an assassination attempt against the former Daanbantayan mayor Vincente Loot in 2018 and was severely disappointed the “son of a bitch” survived.

Chinese Media: American Democracy Is an ‘Outdated Fantasy’

Chinese Media: American Democracy Is an ‘Outdated Fantasy’

China’s state-run Global Times on Monday took the occasion of the International Day of Democracy to scoff at the image of the United States as a “beacon of democracy” and argue the American concept of democracy is an “outdated fantasy” idolized only by misguided souls such as the “rioters” in Hong Kong.

Saudis Back up U.S. Assessment of Iranian Weapons Used in Oil Field Attack

Saudis Back up U.S. Assessment of Iranian Weapons Used in Oil Field Attack

The military coalition assembled by Saudi Arabia to intervene in Yemen’s civil war said on Monday that the weekend attack on Saudi oil facilities was conducted with Iranian weapons, and those weapons were not launched from Yemen, despite claims to the contrary by the Iran-backed Houthi insurgency.

International Response to Attack on Saudi Oil Urges Caution

International Response to Attack on Saudi Oil Urges Caution

The international response to an apparent Iranian attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil fields urged caution and a careful investigation before assigning blame for the strike or taking retaliatory action.

Chinese Media: U.S. Sanctions Are ‘Human Rights Violations’

Chinese Media: U.S. Sanctions Are ‘Human Rights Violations’

An op-ed at China’s state-run China Daily on Thursday denounced American sanctions against nations like Iran and North Korea as “human rights violations” on the grounds that they cause ordinary civilians to suffer much more than the leadership of rogue regimes.

China Wants State-Owned Firms to Take More Control over Hong Kong

China Wants State-Owned Firms to Take More Control over Hong Kong

Chinese business executives revealed to Reuters on Thursday they were summoned earlier in the week to a meeting in Shenzhen, the city closest to Hong Kong, and urged to invest more heavily in Hong Kong so they could help the Chinese Communist Party exert more control over the city.

Student Leader Flees Hong Kong After Bus Station Attack

Student Leader Flees Hong Kong After Bus Station Attack

University of Hong Kong student union leader Davin Kenneth Wong resigned from his position on Thursday and left the city after he reported being attacked by a man wearing a white T-shirt.

Yazidi Former Sex Slave to Face German Islamic State Jihadi in Court

Yazidi Former Sex Slave to Face German Islamic State Jihadi in Court

A 28-year-old Yazidi former sex slave named Shatha Salim Bashar is scheduled to testify in German court next month against one of the fourteen Islamic State jihadis who allegedly enslaved and raped her, used her as a human shield, and forced her to watch her best friend die.

Report: Chinese Communists Fear Xi Jinping Preparing Mao-Style Purge

Report: Chinese Communists Fear Xi Jinping Preparing Mao-Style Purge

Chinese Communist Party chief Xi Jinping has long faced dissent from Communists who think he is insufficiently loyal to Marxist dogma, but he is increasingly provoking unease among Chinese Communist Party (CCP) elders who fear he might be a little too Communist in his outlook – or, more specifically, Maoist.

Hong Kong Police Ban Weekend Protests

Hong Kong Police Ban Weekend Protests

Hong Kong police on Thursday announced that a protest scheduled for Sunday will be banned on the grounds that it might endanger “public safety.”

Hong Kong Activists Halt Protests to Remember 9/11

Hong Kong Activists Halt Protests to Remember 9/11

Hong Kong activists announced on Wednesday that protests would be suspended to observe the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States. Meanwhile, China’s state-run media accused the protesters of planning 9/11-style terrorist attacks themselves, complete with photos of the planes hitting the World Trade Center in 2001.

Rocket Falls Near U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan on 9/11 Anniversary

Rocket Falls Near U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan on 9/11 Anniversary

A rocket attack was launched in central Kabul near the U.S. embassy in Afghanistan on Wednesday, the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attack. It was the first major terrorist attack in Kabul since President Donald Trump announced that negotiations with the Taliban are “dead.

Chinese 'Scholars': English Language Is a 'Dialect' of Mandarin

Chinese 'Scholars': English Language Is a 'Dialect' of Mandarin

A group of Chinese scholars has suggested that many contemporary Western languages, including English, were derived from Mandarin Chinese. According to their research, the French, German, and Russian languages were also strongly influenced by Chinese culture.

China Bullies Spanish Retailer Zara Because Hong Kong Stores Didn’t Open Fast Enough on Strike Day

China Bullies Spanish Retailer Zara Because Hong Kong Stores Didn’t Open Fast Enough on Strike Day

Chinese “netizens” are staging another one of those boycotts and social media swarms that just happen to coincide with the political objectives of the Chinese Communist Party, this time targeting Spanish fashion retailer Zara because it allegedly supported the Hong Kong protest movement by keeping its stores closed on Monday when the protesters called for a strike.

China: ‘U.S. Has Its Own Culture to Blame’ for Fentanyl Crisis

China: ‘U.S. Has Its Own Culture to Blame’ for Fentanyl Crisis

A senior Chinese official on Tuesday accused the U.S. government of falsely blaming China for the deadly fentanyl crisis and suggested America’s own “culture, policies, and companies” are to blame for thousands of deaths caused by powerful drugs imported from China.

China Claims Trade War Hinders Efforts to Control Carbon Emissions

China Claims Trade War Hinders Efforts to Control Carbon Emissions

The Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment claimed on Friday that the trade war between the U.S. and China is making it difficult for the latter to hit carbon emissions targets, even though Chinese researchers claimed just two weeks ago they were well ahead of schedule on meeting their emissions goals.

Hong Kong Protesters Plan ‘Airport Traffic Stress Test'

Hong Kong Protesters Plan ‘Airport Traffic Stress Test'

Hong Kong protest organizers on Thursday sarcastically invited supporters to schedule a “weekend getaway” at the international airport and give the facility a “stress test” on Sunday and Monday by blocking off the roads and overloading the railway system.

Hong Kong Protesters Hold #MeToo Rally Against Police Sexual Abuse

Hong Kong Protesters Hold #MeToo Rally Against Police Sexual Abuse

The Hong Kong protest movement held a rally on Wednesday dedicated to protesting alleged sexual assaults on pro-democracy demonstrators by police officers. Organizers modeled the event after the #MeToo movement, while participants came up with their own hashtag, #ProtestToo, and began writing it on their arms with lipstick.

Push for Martial Law in Hong Kong Could Save, or Destroy, the Economy

Push for Martial Law in Hong Kong Could Save, or Destroy, the Economy

After Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam made remarks on Tuesday that indicated she might invoke a law that would give her broad emergency powers to deal with the protest movement, arguments about whether such a move would save, or destroy, Hong Kong’s economy have boiled across the island and among international observers.

Xi Calls for ‘Improved Planning’ as China’s Economic Anxieties Deepen

Xi Calls for ‘Improved Planning’ as China’s Economic Anxieties Deepen

Chinese Communist Party head Xi Jinping, who has been keeping a relatively low profile since the protest movement in Hong Kong erupted, addressed a meeting of China’s central planning committee on Monday and called for some “improvements” that belie deep economic anxieties in Beijing.

Chinese State Media: G7’s $20M Firefighting Aid Offer to Brazil Is ‘Chump Change’

Chinese State Media: G7’s $20M Firefighting Aid Offer to Brazil Is ‘Chump Change’

An editorial in China’s state-run China Daily on Wednesday dismissed the G7’s offer of $20 million in firefighting aid to Brazil as “chump change” given the scale of the Amazon crisis and inadvertently revealed one of the reasons China is interested in the outcome: Brazil is a major source of soybeans, a crop central to the trade war between the United States and China.

Rubio: Americans Threatened by Huawei's Surveillance Technology

Rubio: Americans Threatened by Huawei's Surveillance Technology

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Tuesday warned that Chinese surveillance technology, particularly facial recognition systems, is appearing in cities around the world and poses a serious threat to Americans traveling abroad.

Henry Olsen: ‘It’s Time for the American Economy to Disengage from China’

Henry Olsen: ‘It’s Time for the American Economy to Disengage from China’

Ethics and Public Policy Center Senior Fellow Henry Olsen, a Washington Post columnist and author of the book The Working Class Republican: Ronald Reagan and the Return of Blue-Collar Conservatism, joined SiriusXM host Alex Marlow on Tuesday’s Breitbart News Daily to discuss the trade war with China and the vital objective of separating American interests from the Chinese economy.

Carrie Lam Threatens to Pass Laws to Silence Hong Kong Protests

Carrie Lam Threatens to Pass Laws to Silence Hong Kong Protests

Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam on Tuesday insisted the police have responded appropriately to violent behavior by protesters and vowed to “stamp out that violence through law enforcement actions,” although she added she was willing to talk with peaceable protest leaders.

Hong Kong Protesters Form 28-Mile Human Chain

Hong Kong Protesters Form 28-Mile Human Chain

Hong Kong protesters joined hands on Friday and formed a 28-mile-long human chain linking 39 railroad stations, with an American flag raised at the center.

Bangladesh Offers Repatriation to Rohingya Muslims, None Accept

Bangladesh Offers Repatriation to Rohingya Muslims, None Accept

The government of Bangladesh on Thursday cleared 3,450 Rohingya Muslim refugees to return to their homes in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, but not a single one of the 295 families approached by Bangladeshi and United Nations officials was willing to go.

Japan Protests as South Korea Cancels Intelligence-Sharing Agreement

Japan Protests as South Korea Cancels Intelligence-Sharing Agreement

After a modestly hopeful week with a few encouraging signs of diplomatic engagement, the rift between South Korea and Japan took another turn for the worse on Thursday with South Korea’s announcement that it will cancel an intelligence-sharing agreement with Japan.

U.S. Treasury Cracks Down on Chinese Fentanyl Traffickers

U.S. Treasury Cracks Down on Chinese Fentanyl Traffickers

The U.S. Treasury Department on Wednesday announced a crackdown on the “Chinese drug kingpins fueling America’s deadly opioid crisis.” The individuals and organizations designated for Treasury action deal in powerful synthetic opioids like fentanyl and carfentanil, which are often mixed into other street drugs without the knowledge of customers, resulting in countless deaths by overdose.

Iran Sends Another Oil Tanker to Syria in Defiance of Sanctions

Iran Sends Another Oil Tanker to Syria in Defiance of Sanctions

Western intelligence sources told Fox News on Tuesday that Iran has dispatched another oil tanker to Syria in defiance of U.S. sanctions. Meanwhile, the first sanctions-busting ship was leased to the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in another apparent gesture of defiance to the United States.

Hong Kong Exec Carrie Lam Promises ‘Platform for Dialogue’ with Protesters

Hong Kong Exec Carrie Lam Promises ‘Platform for Dialogue’ with Protesters

Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing chief executive Carrie Lam spun this weekend’s titanic peaceful protest as a victory for her administration on Monday, claiming the lack of violence was a sign the city is “returning to peace” and vaguely offering a “platform for dialogue with people from all walks of life” to find “a way out” of the crisis.

British Consulate Official Detained by China on Hong Kong Border

British Consulate Official Detained by China on Hong Kong Border

The British Foreign Office on Tuesday said it was “extremely concerned” by reports that trade and investment officer Simon Cheng Man-kit of the Hong Kong office has been detained by Communist China while traveling to the mainland for a business event.

Pro-Democracy Movement Slowly Spreads from Hong Kong to Macau

Pro-Democracy Movement Slowly Spreads from Hong Kong to Macau

China’s nightmare scenario is that Hong Kong’s huge protest movement could spread to other cities – especially Macau, which is only an hour away and also has semi-autonomous “Special Administrative Region” status.

China, Russia Look to Each Other for Support as Protest Movements Rock Their Economies

China, Russia Look to Each Other for Support as Protest Movements Rock Their Economies

Similarities between the protest movements in Hong Kong and Moscow have not gone unnoticed by the authoritarian rulers of China and Russia. Russia’s state-run Tass news service on Wednesday quoted the new Chinese ambassador calling for the two countries to “cultivate our relations at a higher level” and “open a new page” in their friendship.

Huawei Founder Wants ‘Invincible Iron Army’ to Fight American Sanctions

Huawei Founder Wants ‘Invincible Iron Army’ to Fight American Sanctions

Chinese billionaire Ren Zhengfei, founder of telecommunications titan Huawei, wrote an internal memo this week laying out plans to overhaul the company over the next three to five years and create an “invincible iron army” to fight against regulatory pressure and competition from the United States.

China Bullies Starbucks over Hong Kong Barista’s Pro-Democracy Coffee Cup

China Bullies Starbucks over Hong Kong Barista’s Pro-Democracy Coffee Cup

Fresh from a successful campaign to force several foreign fashion designers to pull shirts off the market, Chinese Internet users trained their sights on Starbucks this week, demanding the American coffee company fire a Hong Kong barista accused of writing pro-democracy messages on cups.

Convoy of Armored Chinese Police Vehicles Masses near Hong Kong

Convoy of Armored Chinese Police Vehicles Masses near Hong Kong

Residents of Hong Kong have been nervously watching Chinese military and police movements near their borders, fearing each new report of personnel or vehicles arriving near the border city of Shenzhen could be the prelude to a Tiananmen Square-style crackdown.

Chinese Media: Epstein Death Proves U.S. Treats Rich Criminals Too Well

Chinese Media: Epstein Death Proves U.S. Treats Rich Criminals Too Well

China’s state-run Global Times on Sunday argued the death of Jeffrey Epstein is evidence the entire American system is fundamentally corrupt, rich criminals are treated far too well, and change is impossible because Americans only get to choose between two parties when they vote.

Hong Kong Brings Back Police Commander Who Quashed 2014 Protests

Hong Kong Brings Back Police Commander Who Quashed 2014 Protests

Hong Kong police officials on Friday announced that former Deputy Commissioner Alan Lau is coming out of retirement to accept a temporary position as second-in-command of the force, with a focus on controlling the enormous anti-government protests that have rocked the island.

South Koreans Consider Replacing National Anthem to Spite Japan

South Koreans Consider Replacing National Anthem to Spite Japan

South Korea’s National Assembly held a hearing on Thursday to discuss the possibility of replacing the national anthem, “Aegukga,” on the grounds that it was written by a composer who supported Japan during its occupation of Korea in the first half of the 20th Century.

Chinese Media Salutes Violent Communists in Australia for ‘Using Creative Methods to Protect National Sovereignty’

Chinese Media Salutes Violent Communists in Australia for ‘Using Creative Methods to Protect National Sovereignty’

On the same day New Zealand summoned China’s diplomatic team to formally rebuke Beijing for encouraging violence against supporters of the Hong Kong protest movement at the University of Auckland, the Chinese Communist Global Times was praising violent pro-China students in New Zealand and Australia for using “creative methods to protect national sovereignty and dispel misrepresentation of pro-independence forces.

Report: Spanish Biologist Working on 'Human-Monkey Hybrids' in China

Report: Spanish Biologist Working on 'Human-Monkey Hybrids' in China

If there is one thing science fiction has taught us, it is that nothing bad can possibly come from making monkeys more like human beings. The controversy surrounding a Chinese laboratory creating human-monkey hybrids with the help of a Spanish biologist based in California is therefore puzzling.

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