Frances Martel

Frances Martel

China: Muslim Concentration Camps Built to ‘Save the People’

The Chinese Foreign Minister erupted at Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday for daring to condemn the communist empire for building concentration camps to punish its Muslim Uighur population, insisting the camps are necessary to “save the people.”

A Muslim ethnic Uighur woman and her daughter try to cross the road as Chinese paramilitary police drive past near the closed Grand Bazaar in the ethnic Uighur area of Urumqi, in China's farwest Xinjiang region, on July 9, 2009. Riot police and soldiers kept a strong presence in China's …

Cuba: Police Arrests over 100 Dissidents Attempting to Venerate Virgin Mary

Police arrested over 100 pro-democracy dissidents, dozens of which remain missing at press time, in Cuba on Sunday both in anticipation of and to shut down a protest event underway to observe the feast day of the patron saint of Cuba, Our Lady of Charity (La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre).

A replica statue of the 400-year-old "La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre" is on display in the National Shrine of Our Lady of Charity August 6, 2006 in Miami, Florida. Built in 1966, the shrine houses a replica of the 400-year-old statue of Virgin of Charity and is a …

Cuban Dissidents to Honor Virgin Mary with Nationwide Protest on Feast Day

The Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), the largest Cuban dissident group on the island, and the Cuba Decide movement, an organization dedicated to bringing free and fair elections to the island, announced this week a mass protest to honor Cuba’s patron saint, Our Lady of Charity, on her feast day, Sunday.

Followers of the Virgin of Charity of Copper --Patroness of Cuba and Orisha Ochun, for the Yoruba religion-- take part in a procession in Havana during her day celebrations in Cuba, on September 8, 2009. AFP PHOTO/Adalberto Roque (Photo credit should read ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images)

Hong Kong Police Refuse to Condemn Bloody Protester Beating: ‘People See Different Things’

A senior officer in Hong Kong’s police department said that officers used “appropriate force” in a video circulating on social media showing a protester bleeding profusely from the face while being crushed into the ground by multiple officers and emphatically stating he was not resisting arrest, the Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP) reported on Friday.

Police arrest a protester in the Causeway Bay area of Hong Kong on August 31, 2019, as people demonstrate, defying a ban on rallying -- and mounting threats from China -- to take to the streets for a 13th straight weekend. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP) (Photo credit should …

FARC War: Attackers Grenade-Bomb Colombian Mayoral Hopeful’s Home

Two unidentified men hurled a grenade into the home of Betsaida Montejo Pérez, a mayoral candidate in the remote town of San Calixto, North Santander, Colombia, late Tuesday – the second major attack on a woman running for office in the country since the narco-terrorist FARC organization declared war on the country last week.

Betsaida Montejo Pérez, mayoral candidate in San Calixto, Catatumbo, Colombia, whose house was attacked with a grenade on September 3, 2019.

Venezuela’s Maduro Launches War Games to Threaten Colombia

Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro ordered the armed forces to organize the “Sovereignty and Peace Military Exercises” on the nation’s border with Colombia on Tuesday, following disparaging remarks against that country’s government for accurately noting the link between Maduro and Marxist terrorists.

In this photo released to the media by the Miraflores presidential palace press office, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro jogs ahead of soldiers during a visit last month to Carabobo State. (Marcelo Garcia/Miraflores presidential palace press office via AP)

Hong Kong Protesters Go Global, Seeking Support from Taiwan, India, U.S.

Hong Kong pro-democracy activists are urging the world’s governments to support them against communist Chinese aggression. Prominent activist Joshua Wong spoke in Taiwan Tuesday urging Taipei to join their efforts, while others seek support from the United States, the greater West, and countries like India.

HONG KONG, CHINA - AUGUST 31: Protesters take part in an anti-government rally as they march on a street in Central district on August 31, 2019 in Hong Kong, China. Pro-democracy protesters have continued rallies on the streets of Hong Kong against a controversial extradition bill since 9 June as …

Hong Kong Protesters on China Caving: ‘They Have Conceded Nothing’

The several groups organizing pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong condemned Chief Executive Carrie Lam for taking months to announce the full withdrawal of a controversial extradition bill on Wednesday, noting that killing the bill was only one of the movement’s five demands.

Pro-democracy activists Agnes Chow (L) and Joshua Wong (R) show the charges to the press after they were released on bail at the Eastern Magistrates Courts in Hong Kong on August 30, 2019. - Prominent democracy activists including a lawmaker were arrested on August 30 in a dragnet across Hong …

Hong Kong Leader Caves: Orders Full Withdrawal of Extradition Bill

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced Wednesday that the government would fully withdraw the bill that launched the ongoing pro-democracy movement from the legislature, ceding to one of the five demands protesters have been posing to the government for the past three months.

Hong Kong leader hopes peaceful rally presages 'return to calm'

Xi Jinping Breaks Silence on Hong Kong with Vague Call to ‘Be Warriors’

Chinese dictator Xi Jinping, head of the nation’s authoritarian Communist Party, reportedly mentioned the Hong Kong protests in passing during a speech to communist officials-in-training Tuesday. It marks the first known mention of Hong Kong since the current protest began in June.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) speaks to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (not pictured) during their meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse on August 29, 2019 in Beijing, China. (Photo by How Hwee Young - Pool /Getty Images)

U.S. Opens Venezuelan Diplomatic Outpost in Colombia

The U.S. State Department announced on Wednesday the establishment of the Venezuela Affairs Unit (VAU) in neighboring Colombia, intended to serve as a de facto embassy to maintain relations with the legitimate Venezuelan government of President Juan Guaidó.

CARACAS, VENEZUELA - MAY 24: Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, recognized by many members of the international community as the country's rightful interim ruler, looks on during the international Congress to debate Plan Pais government proposals on May 24, 2019 in Caracas, Venezuela. (Photo by Eva Marie Uzcategui/Getty Images)

Venezuela: 22-Year-Old Woman Murdered over $0.05

A 22-year-old woman was reportedly killed with a bottle shard on Monday morning in Caracas, Venezuela, after asking a friend to borrow 1000 bolivars ($0.05) for a bus ticket to renew her identification.

A woman holds new Bolivar-notes in downtown Caracas on August 21, 2018. - Caracas is issuing new banknotes after lopping five zeroes off the crippled bolivar, casting a pall of uncertainty over businesses and consumers across the country. (Photo by Federico PARRA / AFP) (Photo credit should read FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty …