Category Archives: World News

From Grapevine to Ukraine: Five Glimpses into War Relief Efforts

Donations are taken by hand from Grapevine to Ukraine/Nataliya Krasovska-Cabe

Most people are aware of the war that is ongoing between Russia and Ukraine. Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022. According to the United Nations, this war has killed almost 3,000 civilians, and over 7 million people have lost their homes. Another 5 million Ukrainian citizens have had to seek refuge in neighboring countries, most popularly Poland, which is part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Refugees can seek help in any NATO country, and Poland is the closest.

Locally, several individuals, groups, and organizations that are actively participating in the relief effort for Ukraine will have tables at the 38th Annual Main Street Festival that will be held on May 20 – 22.

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Son Begs Chinese Government For Proof Of Life After Dad Placed In Concentration Camp

Every day Arfat Elkin lives the same nightmare: The Chinese Government has detained his father and he has no idea if his father is dead or alive.

“In 2017 I lost contact with my parents,” Arfat said. “In 2018, a year later, I learned my mom was in a concentration camp, and my father disappeared in March 2018. I’ve contacted the Chinese government, sent letters to the Chinese embassy, the United Nations, every place I could contact. More than two years later I still don’t have information.”

Arfat came to the United States in 2015 as an international student to fulfill a dream to study economics.  He is from the northwestern region of Xinjiang, a mostly Muslim Turkic-speaking ethnic group.

Hid dad, Erkin Tursum, is a TV Producer and Journalist at Yili TV.  Arfat said his dad was detained by the government because he allowed his son to study abroad.

Arfat’s family is among the tens of thousands of families swept up in President Xi Jinping’s campaign to suppress the Uighur Muslim minority in Xinjiang, China.

The NY Post reports: 

It turns out the Chinese Communist Party is bent on permanently locking up much of the Uighur Muslim population of the far-west region of Xinjiang: Satellite images show that Beijing has secretly built 260 high-security concentration camps to hold them.

Many, perhaps all, include a factory in the camp so the prisoners can be forced to labor for the state, as well.

“People are living in horror in these ­places,” said Zhenishan Berdibek, 49, who was held in a camp for much of 2018. “Some of the younger people were not as tolerant as us — they cried and screamed and shouted. I lost my hope,” Berdibek told BuzzFeed. “I wanted to die inside the camp.”

Beijing has claimed that the Uighurs represent an Islamic terrorist threat, but the ugly reality is the CCP under President Xi Jinping is bent on crushing any possible resistance or dissent, religious or secular — and laughs at the idea of human rights

Since 2017, the Chinese Community Party has detained between 1 million to 3 million Uighurs and other minority groups in mass concentration camps where they are forced to abandon their religion, study communist propaganda, and are accused of torturing Uighurs, including sexual abuse, forced labor, water boarding and forced sterilizations. Those not in the camps are believed to be under strict government surveillance.

President Donald Trump signed the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020 that condemns China for its human rights abuses and mandates sanctions against those responsible for the abuse of China’s Muslim minority.

To read more about the Uighur Muslim population and President Xi Xinjiang, click HERE.

For Big Mac’s 50th anniversary, McDonald’s is giving away free burgers

By Jonathan Raymond

(RNN) – Believe it or not, MacCoin is not a cryptocurrency.

Screen Shot 2018-07-31 at 3.39.14 PMThe Big Mac turns 50 this year, and McDonald’s is celebrating by creating what it calls a “global currency” that will come with, and then later redeem, Big Mac burgers.

McDonald’s is minting more than 6.2 million of the coins across 50 countries. There will be five different designs, in seven different languages, for the five decades of the Big Mac.

Beginning Aug. 2 and running through the end of the year, customers can get a MacCoin with a Big Mac, and starting the next day they will be able to use the coin for another, free Big Mac.

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Female McDonald’s worker body-slams woman customer over free soda

By Chris Pleasance

This is the shocking moment a McDonald’s worker brutally beating a customer after she allegedly tried to fill a water cup with free soda.

The brawl was posted to Facebook and Instagram by Nevada resident Marie Dayag, who said, “The lady asked for a water cup and the supervisor shut down the soda machine because she wasn’t letting her get free soda.”

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Fukishima Radiation: Japan declares state of emergency, reactor leaks into the ocean

A record high amount of radiation levels has been recorded at Fukushima resulting in a state of emergency at the Japan Power plant. Scientists say that the record amount of radiation comes from the hole caused my melted nuclear fuel which is now on the verge of leaking into the ocean.

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Fukushima Radiation Japan Declares State Of Emergency, Reactor Leaks Into Ocean