Frances Martel

Frances Martel

U.S. Expels Cuban Diplomats for Threatening National Security

The U.S. Department of State announced on Thursday it had expelled two diplomats representing Cuba at the United Nations for activities that were harmful to American national security, including “influence operations.”

Two members of Cuba's UN mission ordered to leave US

Martel: Five Justin Trudeau Scandals that Don’t Involve Blackface

Leftist Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing growing calls to resign after a turbulent 24 hours in which multiple media outlets published images of him in blackface or “brownface,” darkening his skin to mock Middle Eastern people.

PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND - JUNE 05: Canada's prime minister, Justin Trudeau attends the D-day 75 Commemorations on June 05, 2019 in Portsmouth, England. The political heads of 16 countries involved in World War II joined Her Majesty, The Queen is on the UK south coast for a service to commemorate the …

Venezuela: Juan Guaidó’s #2 Freed After Being Towed into Prison

The socialist dictatorship ruling Venezuela released Edgar Zambrano, first vice president of the National Assembly, from political prison late Tuesday, following talks between dictator Nicolás Maduro and various Marxist minority factions in the country.

Venezuelan opposition figure Edgar Zambrano speaks with the press after being released from jail, on September 17, 2019 in Caracas. - Zambrano, the vice president of the National Assembly, was arrested by President Nicolas Maduro's intelligence service in May 2019 for supporting a failed April 30 uprising organized by opposition …

‘Hong Kong Is a Police State’: Protest Movement Comes to Congress

Prominent members of the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement, including Demosisto movement leader Joshua Wong and prominent music artist Denise Ho, testified before Congress Tuesday on the persecution they are facing at home for speaking up against the Chinese Communist regime.

HK activists take cause to US Congress, urge pressure on Beijing

Expert: North Korea’s Nuclear Arsenal May Grow up to 40 Bombs by 2020

An expert from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), which tracks military development around the world, told South Korean reporters on Monday that the communist regime in North Korea may have as many as 40 nuclear weapons by the end of the year.

Photo released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows launching of the Hwasong-15 missile, capable of reaching all parts of the U.S.

Cuban-Americans Launch Campaign to Strip Pro-Castro Pop Stars of Green Cards

Cubans and Cuban-Americans on social media are pressuring American politicians to rescind, or at least launch an investigation into, the immigration status of superstar dance-pop group Gente de Zona, whose members perform freely in Cuba and have openly praised dictator Fidel Castro.

Alexander Delgado and Randy Malcom Martinez of Gente de Zona speak on stage during the ASCAP 2018 Latin Awards at Marriott Marquis Hotel on March 6, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/Getty Images)

China Compares Hong Kong Protesters to Islamic State

China’s Global Times state newspaper ran a column Thursday urging a ban on wearing masks at protests, comparing the Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters’ preference for wearing black and carrying gas masks to protect from tear gas to the aesthetic of the Islamic State.

Protesters stand on improvised barricades after a march against a controversial extradition bill in Hong Kong on July 21, 2019. - Masked protesters threw eggs at China's office in Hong Kong on July 21 following another massive rally, focusing anger towards the embodiment of Beijing's rule with no end in …

Senate Passes Bill to Sanction China for Muslim Concentration Camps

The U.S. Senate passed a bill Wednesday to condemn China’s human rights atrocities against Uighurs, Kazakhs, and other Muslim ethnic minorities in its western territories, raising national awareness on Beijing’s construction of concentration camps to house millions of its citizens.

A Muslim ethnic Uighur woman begs with her baby on a street in Urumqi, capital of China's Xinjiang region on July 2, 2010 ahead of the first anniversary of bloody violence that erupted between the region's Uighurs and members of China's majority Han ethnicity. The government says nearly 200 people …

Venezuela’s Maduro: Amazon Fires ‘Make You Want to Cry’

Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro blamed ongoing fires in the Amazon Rainforest on conservative Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday, claiming the fires “make [him] want to cry” and that Bolsonaro is “destroying humanity.”

The move comes as President Nicolás Maduro (pictured) has clamped down on political opposition and consolidated power in his government’s hands. | Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images.

Colombia May Brand Cuba a State Sponsor of Terrorism for Aiding Marxists

The government of Colombia threatened to campaign for the United Nations to brand Cuba a state sponsor of terrorism if it did not hand over the leaders of the Marxist National Liberation Army (ELN) terrorist group, a letter published by Colombian media revealed on Tuesday.

This TV grab taken from youtube and released on August 29, 2019 shows former senior commander Ivan Marquez(C) and fugitive rebel colleague, Jesus Santrich(wearing sunglass), of the dissolved FARC rebel army group in Colombia, on an undisclosed location of Colombia announcing that they are taking up arms again along with …

China’s 9/11 Coverage: U.S. ‘Selfish, Capricious, and Rude’

China’s Global Times regime newspaper used the 18th anniversary of the jihadist attacks on America on September 11, 2001, to call America a “disgrace” and complain Washington has prevented “greater achievements” in “global governance” since.

Chinese President Xi Jinping walks past a soldier after laying a wreath at the Monument to the People's Heroes during a ceremony in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, on the eve of National Day on September 30, 2018. - China marks its National Day, the 69th anniversary of the founding of the …

Zimbabweans Plan to Protest Robert Mugabe Funeral

Members of Zimbabwe’s opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party are planning to protest late dictator Robert Mugabe’s funeral on Thursday in honor of the tens of thousands Mugabe killed, local media reported on Tuesday.

A man buys a daily newspaper at a stand on the streets of Nairobi, on September 7, 2019, following the death of former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe, guerrilla hero turned despot who ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years. - Mugabe, 95, passed away on September 6, 2019 in Singapore, where he …

Report: Kenyan Orders Mentorship of ‘Incompetent’ Cuban Slave Doctors

Kenyan doctors are decrying a government memorandum ordering them to mentor “incompetent” Cuban slave doctors as they cannot be trusted to work alone, noting that they opposed importing more doctors to the African country when so many native medical professionals are out of a job, Diario de Cuba reported on Monday.

Some 100 Cuban doctors follow proceedings during their induction programme at the Kenya School of Government, on June 11, 2018 in Nairobi. - The doctors will be posted to various hospitals in Kenya's 47 counties. Each county is expected to get at least two doctors. (Photo by SIMON MAINA / …