It seems like orders for the next World War might just be issued on Twitter!
Just months after the US killed Gen. Qasem Soleimani, the second most powerful official in Iran, they are on the war path again.
President Trump tweeted that he has given orders for the US Navy to ‘shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats’ that bother our US ships.
According to Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General John Hyten, the US military will ‘apply that clear direction from the commander in chief into lawful orders.’
Maybe this action follows last week’s video that shows Iranian Navy vessels continuously conducting ‘dangerous and harassing approaches’ against US warships in the North Arabian Sea.
According to one report, one Iranian ship was within a few yards of colliding with a US vessel!
While confessing that the altercation took place, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps of Iran called Washington’s version a ‘fake Hollywood tale!’
Do you think the US government is exaggerating matters or the Iranians are up to no good?
WHO Chief Warns of a World of Tough Times Ahead
As we all know, UN bodies are tasked with maintaining global welfare and health but there is absolutely nothing healthy about the recent statement from the World Health Organization.
After the World Food Programme predicted a famine of ‘biblical proportions,’ the WHO has sounded the alarm again.
During the WHOs thrice-weekly presser, the director general warned the world to brace for tough times ahead.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that ‘there is still a long way to go’ in defeating the coronavirus.
According to the health chief, the pandemic was on the decline in Western Europe but advancing in Africa, Eastern Europe, as well as South and Central America.
He warned countries about being complacent, and reiterated that lockdown measures in epicenters so far have significantly contributed to curbing the spread of the virus.
With areas such as Africa so far escaping the worst of the pandemic, do you think the worst is yet to come or have they gotten lucky?
Asian Stocks Opened Mixed as Oil Prices Reversed Losses
Asian stocks experienced muted activity on Thursday as fears about the global economy eclipsed a massive rally on Wall Street.
After two days of turbulence, the markets rallied on Wednesday while oil prices saw a reverse of their massive losses.
In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index rose by 0.2%. And in Japan, the Nikkei 225 index climbed 0.7% higher by midday.
Despite South Korea reporting the worst financial contraction in more than ten years for the 1st Quarter, the Kospi rose 1.1%.
Even despite the 2.3% rise in the S&P 500 index, this wasn’t enough to impress investors.
Since that rise was partially caused by crude oil prices climbing after days of a sharp fall, perhaps market regulars don’t have too much faith in the current situation. But the price of crude oil continued to grow in Asian futures markets on Thursday.
Similarly, in a show of skepticism, prices for US Treasury bonds climbed, showing disinterest in risky investments.
Do you think we have a reason to celebrate, and is the worst is behind us?
China’s COVID-19 Cases Might Have Been Four Times More than Official Numbers
The truth cannot stay hidden for long and China is finding this out the hard way.
Last week, China confessed that the death toll in Wuhan (and the original epicenter of the virus) was actually 50% higher than the initial reports.
Now reports are coming to light that 232,000 people had already been infected in the first wave instead of the official number of 55,000.
According to a report by the School of Public Health at Hong Kong University, the exact number of cases should initially have been higher than the reported 55,000 cases.
That same report states that China issued seven definitions of COVID-19 between 15 January and 3 March.
It is believed that these varying definitions of the illness had a considerable effect on the number of confirmed cases.
Had the fifth definition been applied from the onset by 20 February, the number of confirmed cases should have been 232,000.
Do you think China was in the dark about the real definition of COVID-19 or was it a trick to keep their numbers down?
Missing Wuhan Journalist Who Posted COVID-19 Videos Reappears
Is China finally growing a conscience?
Well, judging from the recent happenings, perhaps the Beijing regime is seeking redemption by correcting its mistakes.
Just days after confessing that it gave wrong figures of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Wuhan, the Chinese police have released a missing journalist.
Li Zehua, who has been missing since 26 February, spontaneously reappeared and had some pretty serious accusations against the authorities.
Zehua had posted videos about the coronavirus from Wuhan before he was detained, which might have put him on the authority’s radar.
According to the journalist, he was arrested by the police and forced into quarantine.
With recent reports that China hasn’t been honest about its coronavirus figures, do you think arresting journalists was part of the plan to conceal the truth?