Here’s why protesters say they’re gathering in Portland

“We wanted to symbolize that both parties are the oppressor,” said a 25-year-old protester who wished not to be identified, fearing government reprisal. “We’ve all experienced firsthand that police violence is police violence regardless (of which political party holds power). … It doesn’t make a difference to the person being beaten.” “For White people, maybe […]

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‘A coup conducted by the West’: Russian parents association boss asks government to ban TikTok over calls for children to protest

The head of Russia’s Association of Parents’ Committees and Communities has called on the government to ban TikTok, the Chinese video-sharing platform. Olga Letkova claims the app is being used to incite children to riot. Her comments came after Russian state regulator Roskomnadzor demanded that the company stop distributing videos that encourage minors to participate […]

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Dallas County scraps effort to focus vaccine rollout on ‘vulnerable’ black & Latino communities under pressure from Texas govt

Dallas County, Texas has jettisoned a plan to prioritize its most “vulnerable” neighborhoods in its Covid-19 vaccination drive after the state health department fought the idea, threatening to cut back its supply of the jab. Though county officials voted earlier this week to focus the vaccine rollout on 11 of the most at-risk ZIP codes […]

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Biden Proposes New START Extension, Navalny Investigation – The Moscow Times

New U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday proposed a five-year extension with Russia of New START, the last remaining nuclear reduction treaty between the powers, but vowed to pressure Moscow on other fronts. The treaty, which has limited the United States and Russia to 1,550 nuclear warheads each, expires on February 5 after negotiations stagnated […]

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Colombia: Criminal elements use violence and intimidation to ‘stamp out’ leaders’ voices

“They cannot be allowed to succeed”, Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Special Representative and Head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia said via videolink, urging authorities to “remain firm” in developing robust institutions.   He maintained that consolidating institutional practices; strengthening local protection and conflict resolution mechanisms; and providing decent economic opportunities for vulnerable populations are “the […]

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Intellasia East Asia News – Vaccines become latest frontline in China’s campaign to win hearts of Taiwanese

Beijing is touting a state programme that gives Taiwanese in China priority for COVID-19 vaccines, prompting concern within Taiwan’s government which sees it as the latest Chinese tool to win over the island’s population. China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory, is making the free-of-charge offer at a time when the democratic island has […]

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Iraqis Flout Virus Precautions Amid Belief in Immunity: ‘I Live the Lifestyle of 2019’

BAGHDAD — In the upscale shisha lounge of one of Baghdad’s new restaurants, customers puffing on fragrant fruit-scented tobacco sit at gold-rimmed tables flanked by a giant video screen and views of the Tigris River. It’s a weekday night but the Dawa restaurant’s Sky Lounge is crowded with people partying like it’s 2019: no masks, […]

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Amanda Gorman, a 22-year-old poet, asks ‘Where can we find light?’ in Inauguration Day recitation.

When Amanda Gorman was writing her inaugural poem, she faced a challenge unlike any of her predecessors. Gorman set out to craft a poem that was both hopeful and realistic, one that reflected the political divisions that have fractured the country, but also the promise of greater unity. She finished writing the poem just after […]

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Leaking official secret of military ops is treason: AK Antony | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Leaking of official secret of military operations is treason and those involved must be punished and the prime minister must come clean, Congress leader A K Antony said Wednesday referring to the purported WhatsApp chats of Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami doing the rounds of social media. Addressing a joint press conference with […]

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China triumphant one year after Wuhan lockdown – Times of India

WUHAN: “People Supremacy, Life Supremacy” reads the sign at a Wuhan exhibition, where visitors are greeted by a paean to China’s triumph over the pandemic and the agility of its communist leadership in a crisis. Saturday marks one year since the start of a 76-day lockdown of Wuhan, the central Chinese city where the coronavirus […]

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