Iran Claims ‘Only’ 300 Protesters Killed During Two Months Of Protests

By Peter Lawrence, The Chicago Times

November 28, 2022

TEHRAN –  Iranian officials claim that 300 people have been killed in the protests spreading across Iran over the last two months.

An Iranian general claimed that 300 hundred people have been killed during the past two months of protesting, which is lower than that reported by Human Rights Activists in Iran, US based group monitoring the protests that began after the death of a young woman taken prisoner by Iran’s morality police.

Iranian Security Forces overlook protestors. Photo: AP.

According to HRAI, it is believed that 451 protesters and 60 security forces have been killed along with some 18,000 people detained since protesting began in September. The protests erupted after the suspicious death of Mahsa Amini, 22, who was arrested for violating the Islamic Republic’s strict dress code. 

General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the aerospace division of the paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, was caught saying on a Guard website that 300 people have been killed, including security forces.  Hajizadeh believes the protests have been fomented by Iran’s enemies and not by the suspicious death of a 22-year-old woman in the custody of police for a dress code violation.  Protestors have declared that they have had it with decades of social and political repression and deny any foreign influence.

Feature Photo: General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, Commander of the IRGC Air Force.

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.

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.

King Of Malaysia To Name Prime Minister To End Stalemate 

By S. E. Flynn, The Chicago Times

November 22, 2022

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s king announced on Tuesday he will choose the country’s next prime minister, after the leading two candidates failed to secure a majority in last week’s election.

Last weekend’s election ended in an unprecedented hung parliament with neither front runner, opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim nor former prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin capturing a majority to form a government.

To end the deadlock, King Al-Sultan Abdullah had suggested the candidates work together to form a ‘unity government’, but Muhyiddin bluntly refused to work with Anwar.  Muhyiddin leads the Malay Muslim conservation alliance that is in opposition to Anwar’s multi-ethnic coalition party.

King Abdullah had given both political parties until 2 pm on Tuesday to form a government.  After failing to form a coalition government, the King is now obligated, under Malaysia’s constitution, to appoint a prime minister he believes can form a majority government.  Both Anwar and Muhyiddin were summoned Wednesday to meet with the King, along with other lawmakers in hopes of reaching an informed decision.

At a press conference, Anwar said the King desired to form a strong government that was inclusive and focused on economic matters.  Anwar’s coalition won 82 seats, but an Islamist party, that is aligned with Muhyiddin’s coalition, which supports sharia law won 73 seats.  The incumbent Barisan party only won 30 seats.  112 seats are needed to form a simple majority government.

New North Korean Missile Could Hit United States

By Douglas F. Roberts, The Chicago Times

November 18, 2022

TOKYO – A Japanese official said North Korea test fired a missile on Friday that could potentially reach the continental US.

Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada announced that a suspected North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile flew 620 miles at a maximum altitude of about 3,600.  Hamada added that depending on the weight of a missile warhead it could threaten at a range of 9,320 miles, which could put the US at risk from a North Korean nuclear strike.  According to Hamada, the suspected missile was a Hwasong-17 which can hold multiple nuclear warheads to counter anti-missile defense systems.  

“North Korea has been repeatedly launching missiles this year at an unprecedented rate and is significantly escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula,” Hamada said at a press conference.