Frances Martel

Frances Martel

ESPN Uses Illegal Communist Map of ‘China’ in NBA Report

The Disney-owned sports network ESPN aired the Communist Party’s preferred map of China during a broadcast Wednesday morning – a map an international legal tribunal ruled illegal in 2016 that violates the sovereignty of five different countries.

ESPN uses China's illegal "nine-dash line" in South China Sea on Sportscenter October 9, 2019

Russia Expresses Interest in Nuclear Energy Projects in Cuba

A senior Russian official suggested that Moscow could be a top partner to Cuba should it ever decide to build a nuclear power plant, the island independent outlet Cubanet reported Monday – the latest ploy to expand Rosatom’s reach into underdeveloped allied nations.

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Ukraine Launches Probe on Abduction, Deportation of Anti-Corruption Governor

The administration of President Volodymyr Zelensky will open an investigation into Ukraine stripping former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili of his Ukrainian citizenship, rendering him a stateless person, and deporting him to Poland last year, authorities announced on Monday.

Former Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili (C) is greeted by his supporters after his arriving in Kiev's Boryspil airport on May 29, 2019. - Ukraine's new President Volodymyr Zelensky on May 28, 2019 restored the Ukrainian citizenship of Saakashvili, less than two years after he was stripped of it and expelled. …

China Warns Brands to Accept Communism, Freedom of Speech ‘Ridiculous’

The Chinese government newspaper Global Times warned “global brands” to “make their members speak cautiously” on Chinese political issues Monday in response to an ongoing controversy following an NBA executive lending support to pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

A Chinese paramilitary soldier stands guards in front of a new giant portrait of former Chinese leader Mao Zedong on display at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, 13 May 2007. Police 12 May detained an unemployed man who tried to set fire to the famed giant portrait of Chinese revolutionary leader …

Ecuador: Protester Dies After Riots Block Ambulance

An eruption of protests in Ecuador against socially conservative economic measures resulted in the death of an injured young protester Sunday after fellow participants in the outrage blocked his ambulance.

Demonstrators confront riot police in Quito, on October 3, 2019, after Ecuadoran President Lenin Moreno declared a "state of emergency" following protests against rising fuel prices due to the government scrapping subsidies. - The demonstrations -- the largest in a decade -- came in response to increases of up to …

Hong Kong Bans all Masks and Face Coverings

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s first move since returning from a trip to Beijing was to ban individuals from wearing face coverings on Friday, including both masks and face paint.

HONG KONG, CHINA - OCTOBER 4: A woman offers masks during a protest against a government ban on face masks in Central on October 4, 2019 in Hong Kong, China. Hong Kong's government invoked emergency powers on Friday to introduce an anti-mask law which bans people from wearing masks at …

Ukraine’s Zelensky Facing Protests After Agreeing to Russia Election Deal

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s decision to accept, at least in theory, an agreement that would bring elections to Russian-occupied Donbas, triggered protests in the heart of Kiev on Wednesday night from those who feel an agreement with Moscow would jeopardize Ukraine’s sovereignty.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks to the media on October 1, 2019 in Kiev, Ukraine. Ukraine has been at the core of a political storm in U.S. politics since the release of a whistleblower's complaint suggesting U.S. President Donald Trump, at the expense of U.S. foreign policy, pressured Ukraine to …