Man Fatally Shot Inside Auburn Gresham Home

By The Chicago Times Staff

November 26, 2022

CHICAGO – A man was shot to death Saturday morning during an argument inside a home in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood.  Chicago police said a male victim, 60, was shot multiple times while arguing with a man he knew inside a home in the 7800 block of South Honore Street around 3:45 am.  The victim was taken to an area hospital with gunshot wounds to the chest, stomach, and right thigh.  The victim was later pronounced dead. 

According to police, the suspect dropped the handgun and fled the house but was later arrested by officers near the scene of the crime.

Communist China: Angry Protests Erupt In Xinjiang After Deadly Fire

By Douglas F. Roberts, The Chicago Times

November 26, 2022

URUMQI – Angry protests over Communist China’s widening COVID-19 lockdowns have erupted across China’s far western Xinjiang region.

Angry crowds took to the streets on Friday night in Xinjiang’s capital of Urumqi shouting “End the lockdown!” while pumping their fists in unison after being angered by a deadly apartment block fire that, according to some, could have been avoided if the lock down mandate was not in place.

Videos have been posted showing crowds in a plaza protesting the brutal lockdowns imposed by the communist government, which maintains a zero COVID policy.  In the city of Urumqi the lockdowns have required 4 million residents to remain in their homes for nearly 100 days with no end in sight.

Public anger over the lockdowns erupted after a large apartment block fire in Urumqi killed 10 people Thursday night.  It has been reported that the lockdown policy imposed by the iron-fisted communist government prevented residents from escaping the deadly fire.

Urumqi officials claim the lockdowns did not prevent people from escaping, but many across the nation tired of propaganda are continuing to question the “official” narrative.

Xinjiang is home to 10 million Uyghurs.  Over the last few years, Communist China has been under investigation by human rights groups for abuses against the Muslim ethnic minority, including forced labour in internment camps.

Chinese Communist leader, Xi Jinping, defended the zero-COVID policy as life-saving and necessary to prevent overwhelming the healthcare system, and has vowed to continue the oppressive policy despite growing push back.  Communist China is known for brutally crushing protests as witnessed in the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre in which some 350 freedom protestors were shot by the People’s Liberation Army and police.

COVID cases are on the rise in Communist China with 35,000 daily cases recorded, which is still low by global standards.

The Chinese Communist Party declined to comment on the situation.

Woman Killed, Teen Wounded In South Side Shooting

By The Chicago Times Staff

November 26, 2022

CHICAGO –  A woman was killed and a teenage boy was injured Friday night in a drive-by shooting on the South Side. 

Chicago police say around 8:30 pm, a 42-year-old woman was walking with a teenager in the 2300 block of East 100th Street when someone opened fire on them from a black SUV. 

The female victim was shot in the hip and taken to an area hospital where she was later pronounced dead. 

The male victim was wounded in the shoulder and taken to an area hospital where he is listed in good condition.

No suspects are in custody.

Malaysia: Anwar Ibrahim Sworn In As Prime Minister

By S. E. Flynn, The Chicago Times

November 24, 2022

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysian statesman Anwar Ibrahim has been sworn in as the country’s tenth prime minister, after the Malaysian King was forced to appoint the opposition leader on Thursday to break an election stalemate.

Anwar was sworn in around 5:00 pm, Malaysian time, after a meeting with state leaders and in accordance with the Malaysian constitution which obligated King Al-Sultan Abdullah to appoint a prime minister he believes can form a majority government when an election ends in a stalemate.

The King requested that newly elected members of parliament serve the nation well and extended his thanks to state rulers for their assistance as well as insights toward the resolution of the crisis.

Anwar served as deputy to former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad during the 1990s before being jailed for corruption and unusual sexual behavior.

Malaysia’s general election last week resulted in the nation’s first hung parliament, which obligated the King to ask leading coalitions to present their alliances on Tuesday in order to form a government and nominate their preferred prime minister.  However, that meeting ended without a consensus forcing the King to make the decision on his own.

Last week’s election saw Anwar’s Pakatan Harapan coalition gain 82 seats in parliament and incumbent coalition Perikatan Nasional with 73 seats.  Neither party met the 112 seat threshold to form a simple majority government.

United Nations: Russia And Ukraine Torture POWs

By Roger K. Mason, The Chicago Times

November 24, 2022

NEW YORK – The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights announced that it has documented patterns of Russian torture and abuse of POWs in Ukraine as well as violations by Ukraine in caring for POWs.

OHCHR said it has identified “gross violations” of international human rights law committed by Russian forces and Russian linked mercenaries.  One such violation includes the brutal execution of a POW during an interrogation session with Russian forces.

“For example, several Russian servicemen forced two wounded Ukrainian servicemen with broken legs to crawl about 500 meters to the closest Russian position, filmed them and posted the videos online,” the United Nations OHCHR released in a statement. “The most widespread forms of torture or ill-treatment were beatings by hand, batons or wooden hammers, and kicks to various parts of the body, but usually avoiding the head and other vital areas. Electric shocks were also used, both with tasers and the TAPik field military telephone TA-57.”

OHCHR said it also documented cases of torture or ill-treatment by Ukrainian forces against captured Russian POWs.  OHCHR revealed that Ukrainian forces used physical violence towards Russian POWs, including punching, kicking, stabbings, and electrical shock.

OHCHR officials said they have interviewed 159 POWs held by the Russians and 175 POWs held by Ukraine.  Both belligerents have signed the Third Geneva Convention which obligates belligerents to treat all POWs in a human manner.

President Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

Washington, D.C.

October 3, 1863

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.

In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.

Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore.

Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things.

They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People.

I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.

And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

William H. Seward,

Secretary of State