Frances Martel

Frances Martel

Articles by Frances Martel

Cubans Protest for Freedom of Hong Kong Political Prisoners

A coalition of Latin American anti-communist activists, including Cuban dissidents who suffer regular repression on the island, organized a multi-continental set of peaceful assemblies Thursday calling for the freedom of 47 pro-democracy activists arrested in Hong Kong for allegedly violating an illegal “national security” law.

Berta Soler of the Ladies in White and former political prisoner Angel Moya conduct a home vigil in Cuba for 47 Hong Kong political prisoners, April 15, 2021

Taliban Warns It Will Continue Jihad if Biden Breaks Trump Afghanistan Deadline

A statement from the Afghan jihadist organization the Taliban condemned President Joe Biden on Thursday for delaying the withdrawal of American troops from the country, noting the administration of President Donald Trump agreed to leave the country by May 1, but Biden would keep troops there for another four months.


NATO to Begin Leaving Afghanistan by Trump Deal Deadline May 1

The head of NATO, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, confirmed Thursday that the coalition would begin withdrawing from Afghanistan on May 1, the original deadline set in a deal brokered by the administration of President Donald Trump, but extended this week under successor Joe Biden.

Afghanistan NATO Forces

Ukraine: Zelensky Ropes Turkey into Russia Standoff

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky added NATO member Turkey to his travel itinerary this weekend, urging Islamist President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to support Kyiv as tensions, fueled by a large military buildup by Russia, escalate in the east of the country.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks to media on October 10, 2019

Russia Hints that Coronavirus Is U.S. Bioweapon

The secretary of Russia’s Security Council, Nikolai Patrushev, said in an interview Thursday that American “military biology research” may account for the eruption of the Chinese coronavirus pandemic in Wuhan, central China.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin puts on a white laboratory coat at a hospital during a visit to the capital of Georgia's breakaway Abkhazia region, Sukhumi on August 12, 2009. Putin pledged Russia's military backing for Abkhazia in any new conflict with Georgia, as he visited the rebel Georgian region …

Ukraine’s Zelensky Visits Russian Border as Moscow Arms Up

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky traveled to his nation’s embattled Donbass region, where Russia-backed separatists have waged a years-long war to break from Kyiv, on Thursday following the death of a 23-year-old Ukrainian soldier.

In this Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, file photo, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks to media during his press conference in Kyiv, Ukraine. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP, File)

China Admits to Major Coronavirus Outbreak in South, Fires Local Leadership

A week after news reports began surfacing of a growing Chinese coronavirus outbreak in southern Yunnan province, Chinese state media confirmed Thursday that the Communist Party chief in Ruili, the city where the outbreak began, lost his job for “serious negligence in epidemic control.”

People wearing face masks as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus watch a walrus show at Haichang Ocean Park in Wuhan on November 23, 2020. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)