Frances Martel

Frances Martel

Articles by Frances Martel

UAE President Visits Qatar, Mending Fences Broken by Years-Long Blockade

United Arab Emirates (UAE) President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan visited Qatar on Monday, meeting with the nation’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and congratulating the country on hosting the FIFA World Cup, the world’s most prestigious soccer tournament.

United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan attends a working session on energy and food security during the G20 Summit in Nusa Dua on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on November 15, 2022. (Photo by BAY ISMOYO / POOL / AFP) (Photo by BAY ISMOYO/POOL/AFP via Getty …

Qatar Silent as FIFA Suggests Rainbows, Anti-Iran Banners Allowed at World Cup

The international soccer organization FIFA claimed in a statement on Wednesday that it had intervened to prevent officials in Qatar from seizing “permitted items” from fans entering stadiums, a message interpreted to mean that fans will now be allowed to bring LGBT messages and anti-Iran banners into the games.

A supporter of USA, wearing a rainbow armband, is escorted out ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group B football match between Iran and USA at the Al-Thumama Stadium in Doha on November 29, 2022. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

China’s Lockdown Enforcer Announces ‘New Phase’ in Coronavirus Abuses

Chinese Vice Premier Sun Chunlan, the woman dictator Xi Jinping tasked with enforcing his brutal Chinese coronavirus lockdowns, issued public remarks on Wednesday claiming Beijing would soon “optimize” its coronavirus response with “new tasks in epidemic prevention and control.”

Vice Premier Sun Chunlan attends a press conference after the closing session of China's National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang appealed to Washington on Tuesday to "act rationally" and avoid disrupting trade over steel, technology …

Qatar Admits Up to 500 Died While Building World Cup Facilities

The head of a top Qatari government agency admitted this week to “between 400 and 500” worker deaths during the construction of facilities for the FIFA World Cup — a much larger figure than the 40 the Islamist regime had admitted to in the past.

Workers walk to the Lusail Stadium, one of the 2022 World Cup stadiums, in Lusail, Qatar, Friday, Dec. 20, 2019. Construction is underway to complete Lusail's 80,000-seat venue for the opening game and final in a city that didn't exist when Qatar won the FIFA vote in 2010. (AP Photo/Hassan …

China Sticks to Brutal Coronavirus Lockdowns as Protests Erupt Nationwide

The Chinese Communist Party, through its state propaganda arms, insisted on Monday that it would “rectify,” but not eliminate, its years-old Chinese coronavirus lockdown policies – which prompted a wave of protests over the weekend in the country’s largest cities.

Demonstrators hold blank signs and chant slogans during a protest in Beijing, China, on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022. Protests against Covid restrictions spread across China on Sunday as citizens took to the streets and university campuses, venting their anger and frustrations on local officials and the Communist Party. Source: Bloomberg

‘Zero-Covid’ Has Made Protests and Riots a ‘Daily’ Occurrence in China

China’s repressive “zero-Covid” policy – which imposes brutal lockdowns, stays in dirty quarantine camps, police brutality, starvation, and lack of access to health care on citizens to allegedly protect them from Chinese coronavirus infections – has made protests and riots part of a new, post-pandemic new normal in the country.

Members of the People's Armed Police on foreign embassy duty wear masks to protect them against the spread of COVID-19 as they march by a nucleic acid testing booth in a shopping district on November 23, 2022 in Beijing, China. In an effort to try to bring rising cases under …