Frances Martel

Frances Martel

Articles by Frances Martel

Brazil’s Biggest Cities Shut Down as Vaccines Begin to Open World Up

The two largest cities in Brazil, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, are implementing curfews and business lockdowns in the face of consecutive record-high death rates in the past several days, peaking with 1,840 deaths tied to the Chinese coronavirus on Wednesday.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - MARCH 01: An aerial view of the statue of Christ the Redeemer during the opening ceremony of the festivities in honor of the 90th anniversary of the statue on March 1, 2021 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The monument was inaugurated in 1931, and the …

China Using ‘Emotion Recognition Technology’ to Arrest People

China’s state-run Global Times boasted in an article on Thursday that Chinese people are increasingly becoming accustomed to the use of “emotion recognition technology,” artificial intelligence that allows the government to track human feelings, as part of everyday life.

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Tibetan Buddhists Ask India to Vaccinate Dalai Lama

Members of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), the government of Tibet in exile, requested that the Indian government aid in vaccinating the Dalai Lama, the top authority in Tibetan Buddhism, against the Chinese coronavirus.

LONDONDERRY, NORTHERN IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 11: His Holiness The Dalai Lama addresses the gathered media at a Children in Crossfire press conference on September 11, 2017 in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The Dalai Lama is the patron of the Children in Crossfire charity which was founded by local man Richard Moore. …

Chinese Official Proposes Government ‘Training’ Prior to Marriage

A Chinese lawmaker is preparing to introduce a bill at the opening of this week’s “Two Sessions,” where the Communist Party meets to draft and pass laws, requiring couples to take government-run marriage “training” classes before their weddings.

TOPSHOT - Couples pose for wedding pictures near the Forbidden City in Beijing on October 21, 2020. (Photo by WANG Zhao / AFP) (Photo by WANG ZHAO/AFP via Getty Images)

China Defends Its Low-Effectiveness Vaccine After Hong Kong Man Dies

Chinese health authorities and state media aggressively defended “Coronavac,” a Chinese coronavirus vaccine candidate by the Chinese firm Sinovac, on Wednesday after a 63-year-old Hong Kong man died this week following the administration of his first dose.

A medic holds a vial of China's Sinovac COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine as she prepares to give a vaccination at the Community Vaccination Centre in Hong Kong on February 22, 2021. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP) (Photo by ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP via Getty Images)

China Asks Biden to Lift Travel Ban, But Only to Vaccinated People

A top official China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged President Joe Biden to open America’s borders to China, but only after “recognizing” China’s faulty coronavirus vaccine candidates and making it illegal to travel without being vaccinated.

Passenger wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk out from the Beijing railway station as they arrive in Beijing, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. China is now dealing with coronavirus outbreaks across its frigid northeast, prompting additional lockdowns and travel bans. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Chinese Military to Hold Month-Long Drill in Occupied South China Sea

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will begin military exercises in the South China Sea — which China illegally claims is entirely within its territory — on Monday, in a move Chinese social media framed as a message to the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden.

Sailors stand on the deck of the new type 055 guide missile destroyer Nanchang of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy as it participates in a naval parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of China's PLA Navy in the sea near Qingdao, in eastern China's Shandong …

Argentina: Thousands Protest Socialists Secretly Vaccinating Government ‘VIPs’

Thousands of protesters took the streets of multiple cities in Argentina this weekend to protest what is increasingly being referred to as the “VIP vaccination” scandal, in which the government of socialist President Alberto Fernández reportedly vaccinated dozens of ineligible people with friends in the administration.

A man protests against the government of President Alberto Fernandez, following a scandal over coronavirus vaccine queue-jumping that forced his health minister to resign, in front of the Casa Rosada presidencial palace in Buenos Aires, on February 27, 2021. - Argentina's President Alberto Fernandez said Tuesday that no crime had …

Poll: More Russians Reject Putin than in Nearly a Decade

A poll by the Levada Center in Russia found on Friday that more Russian citizens hope to see an end to the regime of President Vladimir Putin today than in years, at least since a 2013 poll immediately before the annexation of Crimea, Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on the transport system development via video conference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, May 7, 2020. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

China Mocks Biden Syria Bombing: ‘America Is Back’

China’s state-run Global Times newspaper mocked President Joe Biden on Friday, quoting his declaration, “America is back,” in a headline about his decision to bomb Syria on Thursday evening.

In this handout released by the U.S. Navy, the guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) fires a Tomahawk land attack missile at Syria as part of an allied strike April 14, 2018. Monterey is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of maritime security operations to …

Taliban Issues Decree Banning Foreigners from Joining

The Taliban issued an official statement on Tuesday warning leaders in the terrorist group they will face internal punishment if they allow non-Afghan citizens into the group or otherwise “harbor” them.

Afghan security forces escort suspected Taliban fighters as they are being presented in front of the media after an operation at the National Directorate of Security (NDS) headquarters in Herat on February 2, 2021. (Photo by HOSHANG HASHIMI / AFP) (Photo by HOSHANG HASHIMI/AFP via Getty Images)

Iraq’s Christians Struggling to Reclaim Stolen Homes Years After ISIS Defeat

Members of Iraq’s persecuted Christian community attempting to return home over three years after the Islamic State’s “caliphate” fell are struggling to resettle, multiple reports highlighted Sunday, as Muslim militias and fraudsters have stolen many of their homes, while others lie in ruin.

This picture taken on February 10, 2020 amidst a heavy snow storm shows a view of the Roman Catholic Dominican Church of Our Lady of the Hour in the war-ravaged old town of Iraq's northern city of Mosul. (Photo by Zaid AL-OBEIDI / AFP) (Photo by ZAID AL-OBEIDI/AFP via Getty …