Frances Martel

Frances Martel

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Armenia: Azerbaijan Beheaded Soldier, Posted Photo Online

The government of Armenia accused the Azeri military on Monday of beheading an Armenian soldier in Nagorno-Karabakh, taking photos with his severed head, posting them on social media, then using the dead soldier’s mobile phone to call his brother and mock him with “hate speech.”

TOPSHOT - A view shows aftermath of recent shelling during the ongoing fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, in the disputed region's main city of Stepanakert on October 4, 2020. (Photo by Davit Ghahramanyan / NKR Infocenter / AFP) (Photo by DAVIT GHAHRAMANYAN/NKR Infocenter/AFP via Getty …

Bolivia: Evo Morales’ Socialist Party Doesn’t Want Him Back Home Yet

Bolivia’s far-left Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) party, expected to win this weekend’s presidential election when the nation’s election commission announces the official results on Tuesday, appears hesitant to embrace its former leader Evo Morales and openly warned him to stay out of the country.

Former president of Bolivia Evo Morales gestures during a press conference in Buenos Aires, on February 21, 2020. - Bolivia's supreme electoral court on Thursday disqualified exiled former president Evo Morales from running for a Senate seat in May's general election, saying he did not meet residency requirements. (Photo by …

State Media: ‘Chinese Netizens’ Call Greta Thunberg a ‘Clown’ for Hong Kong Support

China’s government media arms launched an attack on Swedish climate celebrity Greta Thunberg this week after the nation’s Foreign Ministry scolded her not to opine on Chinese issues, the Asian outlet Coconuts reported on Tuesday — Thunberg recently expressed support for 12 Hongkongers imprisoned after attempting to escape to Taiwan.

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg poses for media as she arrives for a news conference in Davos, Switzerland, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. The 50th annual meeting of the forum is taking place in Davos from Jan. 21 until Jan. 24, 2020 (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Chinese Media Tie Daryl Morey’s ‘Bad Luck’ to Kobe Bryant Death

China’s state-run Global Times publication celebrated the resignation of Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey, who publicly supported Hong Kong’s anti-communist movement last year, on Friday, speculating that Morey is cursed and his “bad luck” may have resulted in the death of Kobe Bryant.

HOUSTON, TX - JULY 19: Daryl Morey, general manager of the Houston Rockets speaks during a press conference announcing the signing of Jeremy Lin at Toyota Center on July 19, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Russian Foreign Minister: Turkey Was Never Our Ally

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov categorically dismissed the classification of Turkey as an “ally” of Russia in an interview Wednesday after the two nations found themselves on opposing sides of yet another proxy war, this time in the Caucasus.


World’s Worst Human Rights Abuser China Wins Seat on U.N. Human Rights Council

The Communist Party of China won a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council Tuesday, a development widely decried as a global outrage given Beijing’s ongoing ethnic cleansing campaigns; widespread torture, disappearing, and killing of dissidents; and attempts to expand its repression beyond its borders.

Pro-democracy protesters take turns to speak as they stand behind a huge banner in Hong Kong on May 31, 2015, before a rally to commemorate the 1989 crackdown at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, prior to the incident's 26th anniversary on June 4.

China Declares War on K-Pop Superstars BTS over Pro-U.S. Remarks

Samsung removed products referring to the world’s most famous South Korean pop (K-pop) band Bangtan Sonyeondan (BTS), Chinese communist propaganda newspaper Global Times claimed on Sunday, after communists expressed outrage that the band applauded the relationship between South Korea and America.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 21: K-pop boy band BTS visit the SiriusXM Studios on February 21, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

‘I Am Really Sorry,’ Crying Kim Jong-un Tells North Korea

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un told the audience at his address celebrating the 75th anniversary of the communist Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) this weekend that he was “really sorry” for not living up to the expectations of the North Korean public.

In this image made from video broadcasted by North Korea's KRT, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivers a speech during a ceremony to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the country’s ruling party in Pyongyang Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. Kim warned Saturday that his country would “fully mobilize” its nuclear …

Report: Kim Kardashian Urging Trump to Act in Defense of Armenia

Public advocacy on behalf of the Armenian media indicates that reality television star Kim Kardashian West may be using her relationship with President Donald Trump to urge the United States to support the country in its ongoing conflict with neighboring Azerbaijan, the Hill reported on Thursday.

Kim Kardashian speaks as US President Donald Trump holds an event on second chance hiring and criminal justice reform in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, June 13, 2019. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Uyghurs Launch Campaign to Keep China Off of U.N. Human Rights Council

A coalition of 70 Uyghur organizations called on the United Nations on Wednesday not to vote in favor of China’s membership to the U.N. Human Rights Council, given its extensive record of human rights atrocities in general and its maintenance of over 1,000 concentration camps for Uyghur people in particular.

Uighurs living in Turkey stage a demonstration to commemorate the anniversary of the deadly ethnic unrests of 1997 in Gulja, China's far-western Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, in Ankara on February 5, 2020. (Photo by Adem ALTAN / AFP) (Photo by ADEM ALTAN/AFP via Getty Images)