Frances Martel

Frances Martel

China’s ‘Belt and Road’ Connects Africa to Deadly Virus

China’s years-long expansion into Africa – and the corresponding flood of Chinese workers establishing themselves there – has left the continent particularly vulnerable to the spread of a new iteration of coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China.

Congolese refugees look on during the distribution of biscuits in Sebagoro, Uganda, on February 15, 2018. More than 28000 refugees from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have arrived across Lake Albert using fishing boats and canoes to Uganda, fleeing violent attacks across the Kivu regions by reportedly Mai Mai militias …

China ‘Handles’ Eight People for Posting About Wuhan Virus on Social Media

Local police in Wuhan, China, revealed they had “handled” the cases of eight individuals accused of publishing statements not approved by the Communist Party on social media regarding the deadly respiratory disease that recently originated in that city, Radio Free Asia (RFA) revealed on Tuesday.

Police patrol a neighborhood on January 22, 2020 in Wuhan, China. The cause of the person's illness is as of yet unknown. A new infectious coronavirus known as "2019-nCoV" was discovered in Wuhan as the number of cases rose to over 400 in mainland China. Health officials stepped up efforts …

Iran Finally Admits It Needs U.S. Help to Crack Downed Plane’s Black Boxes

The Civil Aviation Organization of Iran published a report on Tuesday on its government shooting down a Ukrainian passenger jet this month admitting that Tehran does not have the technology to retrieve information on the plane’s black boxes and that it requested help from the United States.

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Brazilian Prosecutors Charge Glenn Greenwald with Cybercrimes

Brazilian prosecutors charged The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald on Tuesday with cybercrimes for allegedly publishing what were deemed as “hacked” text messages of Jair Bolsonaro administration officials, according to the New York Times. 

US journalist Glenn Greenwald, founder and editor of The Intercept website gestures during a hearing at the Lower House's Human Rights Commission in Brasilia, Brazil, on June 25, 2019. - The Intercept has been publishing alleged conversations between Justice Minister and former judge Sergio Moro and prosecutors of Operation Lava …

Death Toll from China Mystery Virus Doubles Overnight

Chinese officials confirmed the death toll of a mystery coronavirus spreading from central China doubled to six people from Monday into Tuesday, insisting that Beijing is prepared to screen potential carriers as Asia prepares for Lunar New Year, one of the continent’s biggest travel days.

A mask-clad commuter rides a bus in Beijing on January 21, 2020. - The number of people in China infected by a new SARS-like virus jumped to 291 on January 21, according to authorities. (Photo by WANG Zhao / AFP) (Photo by WANG ZHAO/AFP via Getty Images)

Washington Post Gives Platform to Maduro to Ask for ‘Dialogue’ with Trump

Venezuelan socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro told the Washington Post in an interview this weekend that he could see a future of “dialogue” with President Donald Trump, over a year since he ceased being the legal head of state of his country and after months of increasingly harsh sanctions on his violent regime.

TOPSHOT - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro salutes after a press conference in Caracas on September 30, 2019. - Virtually all countries sent diplomats to the United Nations for the General Assembly last week, but Venezuela was a special case -- it had two delegations, each dueling for recognition. (Photo by …

China Says ‘No Need to Panic’ as Deadly Virus Goes International

Chinese officials and state media insisted on Monday that the emergence of a previously unknown respiratory virus affecting hundreds and believed to have killed three people so far presented “no need to panic” and that the virus was not spreading significantly within China.

WUHAN, CHINA - JANUARY 17: (CHINA OUT) Medical staff transfer patients to Jin Yintan hospital on January 17, 2020 in Wuhan, Hubei, China. Local authorities have confirmed that a second person in the city has died of a pneumonia-like virus since the outbreak started in December. (Photo by Getty Images)

Hong Kong Protest Attracts 150,000 Before Police Violently Crack Down

Local media reported that 150,000 people in Hong Kong attended a protest Sunday demanding the world impose sanctions on the Communist Party of China that ended abruptly with police brutality and the arrest of its organizer despite the group receiving a legal permit for assembly.

TOPSHOT - Police detain an injured man after police dispersed a crowd gathered for the 'universal siege on communists' rally at Chater Garden in Hong Kong on January 19, 2020. - Violence returned to Hong Kong's streets on January 19 with police firing tear gas to disperse crowds after a …

Havana Applauds Cubans Living Abroad ‘in Defense of the Revolution’

Cuba’s Foreign Relations Ministry (MINREX) applauded Cubans living abroad “in defense of the Revolution,” the Spain-based Diario de Cuba reported on Thursday, suggesting Cubans who migrate are agents of the Communist state and disregarding the existence of political refugees.

MIAMI, FLORIDA - AUGUST 16: Carlos Colome (C), originally from Cuba, joins with other people during a ceremony to become American citizens at a U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services naturalization ceremony in a Miami Field Office on August 16, 2019 in Miami, Florida. The ceremony included 150 citizenship candidates from …

Iran Claims It Arrested Source of Damning Ukrainian Plane Video

Iranian official claimed on Wednesday that they had arrested a person believed to have taken video footage of the final moments of Ukrainian International Airlines (UIA) Flight 752, which appeared to show it aflame before crashing.

Debris is seen from an Ukrainian plane which crashed as authorities work at the scene in Shahedshahr, southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran, Jan. 8, 2020.Debris is seen from an Ukrainian plane which crashed as authorities work at the scene in Shahedshahr, southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran, Jan. 8, …

Fact Check: Joe Biden Falsely Claims Trump Softened North Korea Sanctions

Former Vice President Joe Biden claimed that President Donald Trump “weakened the sanctions” on North Korea during Tuesday night’s Democrat debate, an allegation contradicted by the fact that North Korea is currently under unprecedented sanctions and the Trump administration has refused to soften them.

DES MOINES, IOWA - JANUARY 14: Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the Democratic presidential primary debate at Drake University on January 14, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. Six candidates out of the field qualified for the first Democratic presidential primary debate of 2020, hosted by CNN and the …

Philippines’ Duterte: ‘I’ll Pee on That Damned Volcano’

President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines told reporters on Monday that he planned to disregard doctors’ warnings to stay away from the volcano Taal, currently erupting near Manila, and “pee” on the “damned volcano.”

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he delivers his state of the nation address at Congress in Manila on July 24, 2017. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte vowed July 24 to press on with his controversial drug war that has claimed thousands of lives, as he outlined his vision of an …

Iranian Media Claim China Still a Friend After Chilly Response to Soleimani Affair

Media based in or run by the Iranian authoritarian regime spent much of Monday and Tuesday publishing articles touting friendly relations with China in their English-language outlets. This follows a week in which China has largely remained silent about Iran losing its top terrorist mastermind and Chinese media blasted Iran’s military as “incompetent.”

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) shakes hands with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during their meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guest House in Beijing on December 31, 2019. (Photo by Noel CELIS / POOL / AFP) (Photo by NOEL CELIS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)