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Survivor of Tiananmen Square massacre says world should boycott Beijing Olympics

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A survivor of the massacre that squelched student protest in China in 1988 says the world should boycott the 2022 Olympics that will be held in Beijing, reports Slate.

Fang Zheng was left without legs after his legs were crushed by a tank as he helped another protestor escape the tanks sent to clear the square. He was also dragged 30 feet in the incident. Zheng had been a star track athlete with hopes of sprinting in the Olympics before the incident.

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“There has been a ‘selective forgetting’ of this event,” Fan said to Slate. “Right now the memories of the Chinese people have been influenced by the authorities, which do not allow any open discussion.”

The event happened on June 4, 1989 and the event is now marked by vigils in Hong Kong and other places with large Chinese diaspora populations.


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George Kent destroys right-wing conspiracy theory Ukraine interfered in 2016 election: ‘No factual basis’

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Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent debunked a right-wing conspiracy theory that it was Ukraine -- not Russia -- who intervened in the 2016 election.

Kent was interviewed by former federal prosecutor Daniel Goldman, who is currently serving as a senior advisor and director of investigations for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

"Are you aware this is all part of a larger allegation that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election?" Goldman asked.

"Yes, that is my understanding," Kent replied.

"To your knowledge, is there any factual basis to support the allegation that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election?" Goldman asked.

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‘Devastating testimony’: Experts stunned after Bill Taylor drops an ‘unexpected bombshell’ at impeachment hearing

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Ambassador Bill Taylor on Wednesday dropped a new bombshell during impeachment hearings in the House of Representatives.

During his testimony, Taylor revealed one of his aides had overheard a conversation between President Donald Trump and European Union ambassador Gordon Sondland in which the president pressed the ambassador to get Ukraine on board with "the investigations" into former Vice President Joe Biden.

This conversation occurred on July 26th, or one day after Trump's infamous phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which he repeatedly pressed for the Ukrainian government to launch an investigation of the company that had formerly employed Biden's son.

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Ex-Russian ambassador astonished by Bill Taylor’s revelation about ‘extraordinary’ Trump-Sondland call

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The former U.S. ambassador to Russia called out a new bombshell from Ukraine ambassador Bill Taylor as a national security -- and potential blackmail -- risk.

President Donald Trump's acting ambassador to Ukraine testified Wednesday in a House impeachment inquiry hearing that one of his staffers overheard the president discussing an apparent extortion scheme with his EU ambassador, Gordon Sondland, on July 26 at a restaurant.

"In the presence of my staff at a restaurant, Ambassador Sondland called President Trump and told him of his meetings in Kyiv,” Taylor testified. “The member of my staff could hear President Trump on the phone, asking Ambassador Sondland about ‘the investigations.'”

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