China’s protests against zero-Covid show the cracks in the country’s narrative

China’s protests against zero-Covid show the cracks in the country’s narrative

In June, President Xi Jinping defended China’s “zero-Covid” strategy as “correct and effective.” To do nothing — or “lying flat,” as Xi called it — would have meant devastation. Now, protests are challenging China’s strict Covid lockdown policies, and through that, the story the Chinese government told about its correct and effective control of the … Read more

A non-avian dinosaur with a streamlined body exhibits potential adaptations for swimming

A non-avian dinosaur with a streamlined body exhibits potential adaptations for swimming

Dinosauria Owen, 1842 Theropoda Marsh, 1881 Dromaeosauridae Matthew and Brown, 1922 Halszkaraptorinae Cau et al., 2017 Revised diagnosis Small dromaeosaurids that possess dorsoventrally flattened premaxillae, premaxillary bodies perforated by many neurovascular foramina, enlarged and closely packed premaxillary teeth that utilized delayed replacement patterns, reduced anterior maxillary teeth, dorsolateral placement of retracted external nares, greatly elongated … Read more

Macron warns bluntly that Biden’s agenda could “fragment the West”

Macron warns bluntly that Biden’s agenda could “fragment the West”

Comment on this story Comment President Biden said Thursday he is prepared to speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin about ending the war in Ukraine, although he stressed that such a discussion is not imminent because Putin has not shown a willingness to seek a peaceful resolution and has employed horrific tactics against Ukrainian civilians. … Read more

Left-Wing Activists Banned From Twitter After False-Report Campaign

Left-Wing Activists Banned From Twitter After False-Report Campaign

Prominent left-wing Twitter accounts have been banned after false reports. Far-right activists have launched a campaign to report left-wing accounts for false violations. Elon Musk reinstated banned right wing accounts like Donald Trump and Kanye West earlier this month. Loading Something is loading. Thanks for signing up! Access your favorite topics in a personalized feed … Read more

The Kashmir Files row: Behind Israel backing, empathy over Valley problem, strong India ties

The Kashmir Files row: Behind Israel backing, empathy over Valley problem, strong India ties

When listing the commonalities between Israel and India, most Israelis bring up Kashmir. Be it people on the street, academics or politicians, they point to Kashmir to underline how the countries face similar issues of insurgency. On a recent trip to Israel, an official at the Kerem Shalom crossing between Gaza Strip and Israel said, … Read more

Ships linked to Russia’s biggest grain exporter moved stolen Ukrainian cargo

Rebekah Koffler, who fled the Soviet Union 30 years ago, weighs in on the Russia-Ukraine conflict on “Varney & Co.” Vessels linked to Russia’s largest grain trader shipped thousands of tons of stolen Ukrainian grain to global buyers, using a sophisticated system of feeder vessels and floating cranes, according to an investigation by The Wall … Read more

Chinese users play cat-and-mouse with censors amid protests

HONG KONG (AP) — Videos of hundreds protesting in Shanghai began to appear on WeChat on Saturday night. Showing chants about removing COVID-19 restrictions and demanding freedomthey would stay up only a few minutes before being censored. Elliot Wang, a 26-year-old in Beijing, was amazed. “I started refreshing constantly, and saving videos, and taking screenshots … Read more

Netanyahu gives Smotrich broad powers over settlements, Palestinian construction

Prime minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu granted far-right leader Bezalel Smotrich extensive powers over Israeli settlements and Palestinian construction in the West Bank as part of a coalition deal signed on Wednesday between Smotrich’s Religious Zionism party and Netanyahu’s Likud. Under the agreement, authority over the settlement and open lands divisions in the powerful Civil Administration and … Read more

Suspicion swirls over Russia’s plans for Belarus after the minister’s death

Comment on this story Comment RIGA, Latvia – Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko met with his security ministers on Thursday, days after the sudden death of the country’s long-time foreign minister, and he warned of attacks from external enemies: NATO, Ukraine and even exiled Belarusians fighting in Ukraine against Russia. Lukashenko said those fighters-in-exile could try … Read more