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Formerly Edourdoo. Love good stories. Trying to understand the world as it is. Mainly tweet about China's history and geopolitical interests.
20 Jul
» Modi accused of treason by opposition over India spyware disclosures | India | The Guardian theguardian.com/news/2021/jul/…
The stories, published in the Guardian and in partner media outlets around the world on Sunday and Monday, revealed details of hundreds of verified Indian phone numbers that appear in leaked records of numbers.
In a statement, the opposition Congress party accused the Modi government of being the “deployer and executor” of a “spying racket”.
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19 Jul
Tensions remain high as hopes dashed for breakthrough in China and India stalemate - The Guardian theguardian.com/world/2021/jul…
The clash did not result in all-out declarations of war, but pledges of de-escalation and multiple rounds of failed military talks have instead been overshadowed by a year of troop, artillery and infrastructure buildup.
While Indian army officers say they cannot match the high-tech Chinese infrastructure, they at times admitted to copying their way of living.
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19 Jul
The chapters are:
1. Seize Power (Hitler),
2. Crush Your Rivals (Saddam),
3. Reign through Terror (Idi Amin),
4. Control the Truth (Stalin),
5. Create a New Society (Gaddafi),
6. Rule Forever (Kim Il-sung and family).
Idi Amin was nicknamed “Big Daddy” or “the gentle giant”, before he revealed his true nature, which resulted in the disappearances of about 300,000 Ugandans.
Colonel Gaddafi came to power on a wave of popularity and a platform of genuine reform. He would remain in charge for 42 years, growing steadily more quixotic and brutal, until he literally died in a ditch.
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19 Jul
Related thesis,
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19 Jul
In France and Germany, those who reject vaccines find doors increasingly shut - The Washington Post washingtonpost.com/world/europe/v…
In contrast with the U.S. states that have explicitly banned vaccination mandates or passports, the European Union is using digital covid certificates, with scannable QR codes that quickly show if someone has been vaccinated, tested negative or recovered from covid-19.
As in Greece and Italy, vaccination would become mandatory for health workers in France by fall. Most everyone else here would still be in a position to decline vaccines.
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19 Jul
Both England and Wales recorded the hottest day of the year on Sunday, beating records set on Saturday, and forecasters predict it could be even warmer throughout the week up to Thursday.
Life goes on and people are having fun.
The UK records over 50,000 cases a day.
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17 Jul
Booster shot debate takes center stage as global Covid cases rise - Financial Times ft.com/content/ec0cf6…
The World Health Organization has challenged the ethics of administering third shots, while billions of people in lower-income countries are still waiting for their first.
Last week, Pfizer said it planned to apply for emergency use authorisation in August from the US Food and Drug Administration to give people a third dose.
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17 Jul
The greatest threat to Britain is not China or Russia – it is Boris Johnson - The Independent independent.co.uk/voices/culture…
China's every action is portrayed as part of a bid for world domination. Shady authoritarian allies like Modi’s India are promoted as allies of the west in “the struggle for democratic values”.
The greatest threats in a post-Brexit Britain stem from the country being a weaker power than it was five years ago, but pretending to be a stronger one.
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24 Jun
From 2018,

”The 1990s were the glory days of the Russian gangsters, and since then, under Putin, gangsterism on the streets has given way to kleptocracy in the state.“
In the 1990s, everything was up for grabs, and the new vory reached out with both hands.

State assets were privatized, businesses forced to pay for protection, and as the iron curtain fell, Russian gangsters crashed out into the rest of the world. Image
The thieves emerged in tsarist times, but it was the Soviet camps that forged their subculture – Galeotti wittily refers to it as a “gangster archipelago” – as mafiosi from around the country got to know each other, exchanging methods and contacts. Image
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11 Jun
U.K. infections of Covid-19 continue to rise, posing a dilemma for Boris Johnson ahead of a crunch decision on whether to proceed with the final stage of reopening the economy trib.al/q9L2xeF
The month-long rising trend has been fueled by the faster-spreading delta variant of the virus first identified in India, which now accounts for more than 90% of infections in the U.K.
“It’s really important that we try and open up our economy again, because the economic damage is immense,” Former Prime Minister Tony Blair told Bloomberg TV on Friday.
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11 Jun
No chance to be children: life in Canada's residential schools - Reuters reuters.com/world/americas…
The system, which operated between 1831 and 1996, removed about 150,000 indigenous children from their families and brought them to Christian residential schools run on behalf of the federal government.
Indigenous children had their long hair, which often had spiritual significance for them, cut upon arrival and were forbidden from speaking their native languages. Students were given European names and, often, numbers and uniforms.
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11 Jun
British colonialism in Hong Kong,

Census data showed that only 2.8% to 4.3% of HKers used English as their lingua franca,
Back in the 1980s, HKU's admission rate was just 2.4%.
Until the end of 1995, English served as the only de facto official language of Hong Kong for court proceedings.
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11 Jun
China's glamorous rich have been known to be ostentatious, showing off their luxury cars and handbags online - often to the envy of their followers.

But increasingly, any kind of wealth flaunting is being met with hostility and disdain.
While the country's average annual income is 32,189 yuan ($5,030; £3,560), or around 2,682 yuan per month, Beijing has also become home to more billionaires than any other city in the world.
For the rich to blatantly show off their assets is thus instantly seen as tone deaf. While this is common for most nations with an income inequality problem, China is in a uniquely awkward position, experts say.
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10 Jun
» Can Japan and Toyota win the solid-state battery race? asia.nikkei.com/Business/Busin…
The intensifying global race is a challenge for Japan. China and South Korea rapidly eroded the country's dominance of the market for lithium-ion batteries. Determined to avoid a repeat, Japan's government is spearheading the commercialization of the latest battery technology.
Techno System Research says China and South Korea accounted for more than 70% of total shipments of automotive batteries in 2020. China's Contemporary Amperex Technology, or CATL, held a 26% share, and LG Chem controlled 23%.
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10 Jun
Los Angeles magazine alleges a pattern of behavior in which Ali got close to these influential figures, became an integral part of their inner circle, and, in one case, moved into their home before overstaying his welcome. thedailybeast.com/twitter-supers…
Though he has insinuated that he’s the scion of a wealthy Iranian family, public records show that he’s encountered a slew of financial hardships. He’s been evicted from multiple residences, defaulted on several loans, and has racked up tens of thousands of dollars in tax liens.
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10 Jun
» What is 996, the gruelling work culture polarising China’s Silicon Valley? | South China Morning Post scmp.com/tech/tech-tren…
Tech workers have been complaining about it for years, but many fear the situation has become worse, not better, due to pressure from the coronavirus pandemic, which has created an even tighter job market.
Writing on WeChat in early 2019, Zhu Ning, founder and chief executive of e-commerce firm Youzan said, “If you feel no pressure working at a company, you should leave because your employer is dying.”
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10 Jun
Indonesia inching closer to Beijing, if South China Sea doesn’t ‘blow up’ - South China Morning Post scmp.com/week-asia/poli…
Ple Priatna, a former Indonesian diplomat who served in Beijing and Brussels, said that the dialogue could speed up Chinese investment in the country and that President Joko Widodo’s top envoy, Luhut, would play a coordinating role for the various Indonesian ministries.
Last year China was the second biggest foreign investor (after Singapore) in Indonesia, with US$4.8 billion in realised investments in over 3,000 projects, according to Indonesia’s investment ministry.
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10 Jun
Uproar after Argentina president says ‘Brazilians came from the jungle’ - The Guardian theguardian.com/world/2021/jun…
“The Mexicans came from the Indians, the Brazilians came from the jungle, but we Argentines came from the ships. And they were ships that came from Europe,” Fernández said, referring to the many European migrants who arrived in the country.
Eduardo Bolsonaro, a congressman and the Brazilian president’s son, slammed the comments as “racist” and shot a retort back at Argentina over its troubled economy, in recession since 2018.
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10 Jun
Harry and Meghan did not ask Queen to use Lilibet name - Palace source - BBC News bbc.com/news/uk-574081…
Earlier this year, while the couple were expecting their daughter, they aired criticisms of the Royal Family and made an allegation of racism in an explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The name "Lilibet" is heavy with personal history for the Queen.
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9 Jun
With South Africa's police force lacking capacity to manage in a country of over 59 million and where crime and violence is rife, the private security industry is booming. However, experts warn some security firms operate in a grey area of lawfulness (AFP)
The private security sector in South Africa is growing rapidly, providing jobs to over two million people in the African nation that sees unemployment at over 32%.
More than two decades after the country democratized, a sense of insecurity persists in daily life in South Africa, and access to the public good of security has remained astonishingly unequal.
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9 Jun
» Second wave of Covid turns Indian consumers pessimistic - Times of India timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india…
India’s annual GDP growth tumbled from 8.3% in 2016 to 4.2% in 2019. It contracted by 7.3% in 2020–2021 and the 2021 GDP forecast has been downgraded by around 17% — the worst among the G20 countries.
The continuing legal fight with Vodafone over retrospective tax claims has eroded investor confidence. The GST suffered from design flaws and was badly implemented. The voodoo economics of demonetization was a disaster.
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