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Myanmar families publicly disown their dissident children in newspaper notices due to Junta fear

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  • Burmese families are posting notices in local papers to announce they are cutting ties with their relatives who are against the ruling military junta.
  • The military junta took control of the country after successfully unseating former State Counsellor of Myanmar and Minister of Foreign Affairs Aung San Suu Kyi last year.
  • Since seizing power, the army has allegedly killed over 1,500 people and arrested almost 9,000, according to the nonprofit Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP).
  • The army announced in November that it will seize the properties of what it deems opponents and arrest citizens who shelter protesters.
  • Since then, an average of six or seven notices disowning family members have started showing up in state-owned newspapers on a daily basis.

Hundreds of families in Myanmar are posting newspaper notices disowning their relatives who oppose the military junta, including their own children.

Burmese families have been posting an average of six or seven notices daily since November when the ruling junta announced that it would take over properties of enemies and arrest those who shelter dissidents, reports Reuters.

Canada is Chinese citizens’ least favorite country, according to state media survey

  • Canada fell at the bottom of Chinese people’s list of favorite countries, a recent state poll reveals.
  • A majority of Canadians feel the same way about China, according to another survey.
  • The polls reflect ongoing tensions between Ottawa and Beijing, which escalated with the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in 2018.

Canada, once a hot travel destination among Chinese people, has become China’s least favorite country, according to a recent survey from state-run Global Times.

The poll, conducted by the Global Times Research Center with market survey firm DATA100, gathered 2,148 responses across 16 Chinese cities from Dec. 10-15, 2021.

MI6 chief thanks China for ‘free publicity’ from bizarre ‘James Pond’ spoof aimed at Western intelligence

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  • After the head of U.K. intelligence agency MI6 stated that China is the “single greatest priority” for the organization, Chinese state media released a video spoofing MI6’s famous fictional spy, James Bond.
  • The parody video, posted to Twitter by China Xinhua News, features “James Pond” in a short called “No Time to Die Laughing” that mocks both British and U.S. intelligence.
  • In response, MI6’s head Richard Moore, tweeted “Thank you for your interest (and the unexpected free publicity).”

Chinese state media released a four-minute “James Pond” parody video mocking the CIA and MI6 after the head of the U.K. intelligence agency called China its “single greatest priority.” 

The parody, which was posted to Twitter by Chinese state media agency China Xinhua News following M16 Chief Richard Moore’s announcement, features “James Pond” in lieu of famous fictional MI6 spy James Bond. The short video’s title, “No Time to Die Laughing,” references the most recent film in the franchise, “No Time to Die,” which was released in the U.S. in October 2021.