Tag: china

The Good, the Bad, and the Embarrassing in America’s COVID-19 Response

The pandemic has been both a bad and an embarrassing time to be an American. Bad in an actuarial sense, because per-capita death rates here have been among the highest in the world. Embarrassing at the level of national identity.…

/ February 25, 2021
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Conservation Experts Fear That a New Amusement Park in Cambodia Could Endanger the Ancient Temple of Angkor Wat

Plans to build a new amusement park and resort near Cambodia’s most famous historic site, the Angkor Archaeological Park, have worried conservation experts. In November, the Cambodian government granted NagaCorp, a Hong Kong-based company that runs the NagaWorld hotel and casino in…

/ February 19, 2021
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What to make of the Biden administration’s first overseas calls

wait a few weeks for a call, Blinken, Austin and Sullivan all held early calls with their Israeli counterparts. If any longtime U.S. partner should be wary of a “snub,” it’s probably the Egyptians.The Biden administration has already raised concerns…

/ February 19, 2021
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America’s extra vaccine doses could be key to global supply

The Biden administration’s purchase of 200 million additional Pfizer and Modern doses means the U.S. could fully vaccinate 300 million people with just those two vaccines — and 355 million more people if four additional vaccines gain FDA approval.Why it…

/ February 13, 2021
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Biden says call with China’s Xi Jinping lasted two hours

President Biden told reporters on Thursday that his call Wednesday evening with China's Xi Jinping lasted two hours.Why it matters: Biden summed up his view on China during the brief remarks from the Oval Office on Wednesday, saying, "If we…

/ February 11, 2021
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New Zealand Sentences Cactus Smuggler Caught With 947 Plants Strapped To Her Body

New Zealand authorities have sentenced a woman who tried in 2019 to smuggle nearly 1,000 cacti and succulents into the country strapped to her body.The woman, Wenqing Li, 38, pleaded guilty to violating biosecurity laws after she was caught twice with…

/ February 5, 2021
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The rise and rise of Aldi: two decades that changed supermarket shopping in Australia

Twenty years ago, on January 25 2001, a virtually unknown German supermarket chain quietly opened its first stores in Australia. The two stores – one in Sydney’s inner-west suburb of Marrickville, the other in the outer south-west, near Bankstown Airport…

/ January 21, 2021
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Biden opts for five-year extension of New START nuclear treaty with Russia

President Biden will seek a five-year extension of the New START nuclear arms control pact with Russia before it expires on Feb. 5, senior officials told the Washington Post.Why it matters: The 2010 treaty is the last remaining constraint on…

/ January 21, 2021
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President Biden, Assange, Trump Impeachment and The Reckoning | Kim Iversen LIVE Show 1-20-21

Please sign up for my email list here: https://mailchi.mp/8df2a4e15a1a/email-sign-up (I will never spam you or sell your info) Table Of Content: 00:05:00 Addressing COVID Videos 00:21:05 Joe Biden Speech 00:43:38 Assange Hope? 00:53:26 A Reckoning 01:10:25 After Show Reading Chat…

/ January 21, 2021
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Janet Yellen’s Confirmation Hearing Provides a Glimpse Into the Biden Era

The Biden era in Washington got under way on Tuesday morning, with a Senate confirmation hearing for Janet Yellen, the President’s pick for Treasury Secretary. The seventy-four-year-old former chair of the Federal Reserve embodies the incoming Administration’s combination of experience…

/ January 20, 2021
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Off the rails: Conspiracy theorists commandeer Trump’s legal operation

Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. This Axios…

/ January 17, 2021
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This Rare Color Tintin Drawing Just Sold for €3.2 Million, Setting a New World Record for an Original Comic Strip

A picture by the Belgian cartoonist Hergé (1907–1983) has set a new record for the most expensive work of comic book art, selling for €3.2 million ($3.8 million) on January 14 at an auction at Artcurial in Paris. The 1936 gouache painting was originally intended…

/ January 14, 2021
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Government funds are not ‘taxpayer money’ — media and politicians should stop confusing the two

Rhetoric plays an important role in tax debate and therefore tax policy. If your side manages to gain traction in the public imagination with labels such as “death tax” or “dementia tax”, you have gone a long way to normalising…

/ January 14, 2021
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Chinese officials dispute Wuhan origin of the coronavirus | DW News

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdkpmYq7edAA team of experts from the World Health Organisation has arrived in China to investigate the origins of the coronavirus. The international team arrived in Wuhan, the city where the first cases of the virus were detected in late 2019.…

/ January 14, 2021