Frances Martel

Frances Martel

Articles by Frances Martel

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)

China Honors Dead in India Clash Nearly a Year Later

China organized the first nationwide homages on Sunday to four soldiers killed fighting Indian troops on the nations’ border in June, the first time the Communist Party had allowed such public mourning over the incident in nearly a year.

WUHAN, CHINA - APRIL 03: (CHINA OUT) People sweep tombs during Qingming Festival on April 3, 2021 in Wuhan, Hubei province, China. Wuhan implemented a 76 day lockdown from January 23rd to April 8th.2020.because the local government strictly defends the Covid-19 Wuhan With no recorded cases of community transmissions since …

Brazil’s Top Diplomat Quits Under Pressure from China

Brazil’s Foreign Affairs Minister Ernesto Araújo resigned on Monday, shortly after accusing pro-China lawmakers of pressuring him into supporting granting compromised telecommunications company Huawei Brazil’s lucrative pending contract to build a 5G network.

Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo arrives to give a press conference at Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia on March 2, 2021. - Araujo discussed the possibility that members of the South American Mercosur bloc -Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay- sign individual deals outside the regional trade bloc, among referring to other …

Chinese Media Depict BBC Reporters as Klansmen for Exposing Uyghur Genocide

Two of China’s largest English-language state newspapers, the Global Times and the People’s Daily, published an illustration this weekend and on Monday showing what appeared to be a BBC reporter in Ku Klux Klan garb, interviewing a scarecrow in a field worked by black slaves.

Illustration by Chinese "patriotic" artist Wuheqilin (via Weibo)