Frances Martel

Frances Martel

Cuban Political Prisoner Blinded by Police Beatings in Jail

Cuban political dissident Silverio Portal Contreras, serving a four-year prison sentence for “disrespect” to the communist regime, has lost sight in one of his eyes after a particularly vicious police beating, his wife denounced this week.

Cuban political dissident Silverio Portal Contreras, serving a four-year prison sentence for "disrespect" to the communist regime, has lost sight in one of his eyes after a particularly vicious police beating, his wife denounced this week.

Brazil’s Biggest City Moves to Ease Coronavirus Lockdown

The governor of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Joao Doria, announced on Wednesday that the state and its eponymous city would officially extend Chinese coronavirus measures through June 15 – but restrictions on some economic activity will ease as early as June 1.

This May 22, 2019 photo shows brick and block brick houses of the sprawling slum neighborhood of Paraisopolis stacked next to the posh Morumbi neighborhood, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. A study released this month by the Getulio Vargas Foundation found that the key measure of income inequality has reached its …

China Blocks U.N. Security Council from Reviewing Its Hong Kong Takeover

America’s mission to the United Nations revealed on Wednesday that it had requested a Security Council meeting to discuss China’s unlawful takeover of “national security” in Hong Kong, but as China is one of the most powerful members on the council, it blocked the meeting.

Protestors gathering to support Pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong face Counter-protesters waving Chinese flags in the Place Saint Michel, central Paris, on August 17, 2019. - Ten weeks of protests in Hong-Kong have plunged the city into crisis and prompted mainland China to take a more hardline tone. (Photo by …

China Passes National Security Law, ‘Suffocating’ Hong Kong

China’s National People’s Congress (NPC), its rubber-stamp legislature, passed a draft law on Thursday eliminating Hong Kong’s autonomy, allowing the Communist Party to punish anyone in the nominally autonomous city for crimes such as “secession” and “acts against national security.”

Delegates applaud as Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives for the closing session of China's National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing, Thursday, May 28, 2020. China's ceremonial legislature has endorsed a national security law for Hong Kong that has strained relations with the United States and Britain. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Hong Kong Police Arrest 300 in Anti-China Protests

Thousands of fully armed riot police took the streets of Hong Kong on Wednesday to crack down on multiple peaceful protests organized against legislation that pro-democracy activists say would criminalize dissent against the Chinese Communist Party, arresting around 300 people, including many minors.

Riot police officers wearing face masks stand guard as residents protest against plans for an empty local housing estate to become a temporary quarantine camp for patients and frontline medical staff of a SARS-like virus outbreak which began in the Chinese city of Wuhan, in the Fanling district in Hong …

Chinese ‘Netizens’ Claim Americans Are Eating Coronavirus Dead

A page on WeChat, a Chinese social media site, claimed that American officials have been “processing dead bodies” of Chinese coronavirus victims into burgers and feeding them to the masses, the South China Morning Post revealed on Tuesday, claiming Beijing had shut the page down.

Top government leaders told NPR that federal agencies are years behind where they could have been if Chinese cybertheft had been openly addressed earlier. Bill Hinton Photography/Getty Images

Chief Executive: Hong Kong Is a Free Society ‘for the Time Being’

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam told reporters at a press briefing Tuesday that alarm over a proposed “national security” bill in Beijing, intended to silence the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement, was overblown, and that the city continues to be a free society, “for the time being.”

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam attends a press conference in Hong Kong on October 16, 2019, after she tried twice to begin her annual policy address inside the city's legislature. - Hong Kong's embattled leader abandoned a State of the Union-style speech on October 16 after she was heckled …

Exclusive – A Year Later, Cuban Dissident Exiled to Guyana Running Out of Options

Daniel Llorente Miranda marked one year this month away from his native Cuba after Communist Party agents forced him on a one-way flight to Guyana. Trapped in a foreign land with no travel documentation, few income options, and an increasingly cold shoulder from the United Nations, Llorente told Breitbart News this week he is running out of options for survival.

Daniel Llorente Miranda, Cuban dissident stuck in Guyana

Hong Kong Extends Coronavirus Restrictions to Ban Tiananmen Square Observance

The government of Hong Kong announced on Tuesday a 14-day extension of bans on large public gatherings in the city, resulting in the prevention of any mass public events until June 5. June 4 is the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, an event Hong Kong typically marks with a candlelight vigil.

People attend a candlelight vigil at Victoria Park in Hong Kong on June 4, 2019, to mark the 30th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown in Beijing. - Large crowds turned out for a mass candlelight vigil in Hong Kong on June 4 evening marking 30 years since China's bloody …

China’s ‘Free’ Coronavirus Vaccine Offer Follows Years of Scandals

Chinese dictator Xi Jinping promised the world free Chinese coronavirus vaccines, paid for by Beijing, during Monday’s World Health Assembly session. Xi made this vow after years of scandals at home fueled by the corrupt and incompetent manufacturing of much simpler vaccines for diseases such as polio.

Chinese President Xi Jinping meets with South Korea's national security director Chung Eui-yong at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Monday, March 12, 2018. (Etienne Oliveau/Pool Photo via AP)

Poll: Nearly 90% of Venezuelans Deem President Juan Guaidó Incompetent

A national poll published this week by the firm Meganálisis found that nearly 90 percent of Venezuelans do not believe that President Juan Guaidó is capable of governing the country about a year and a half into his presidency. Another 80% said they do not believe his movement has any credibility.

CARACAS, VENEZUELA - MAY 09: Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, recognized by many members of the international community as the country's rightful interim ruler talks to media during a press conference at Centro Plaza on May 9, 2019 in Caracas, Venezuela. Guaidó called for a press conference after recent attempts …