Former President Donald Trump was heavily criticized for calling COVID-19 the “China Virus” and other similar terms, but geographic identifiers are commonly used to refer to COVID-19 variants. Some have suggested that Trump referring to coronavirus as “China Virus” and “Wuhan Flu” lead to a rise in hate crimes against Asian-Americans. Is this distinction between the “China Virus” and, for example, the “South African variant” a double-standard or a legitimate difference? Several medical experts and scientists told the Daily Caller the difference lies in helping the public understand what’s happening. So there’s an “Indian,” “Brazilian,” “South African,” and “British” variant? But it’s beyond the pale to name Covid as the “Wuhan,” or “China” virus. Personally, I always preferred “CCP-19,” to remind the world who was responsible for the mendacity at the heart of the crisis. https://t.co/e3tXTL7Wll — Mark Dubowitz (@mdubowitz) April 4, 2021 The variants of the virus … [Read more...] about Why Is It Okay To Say ‘South African Variant’ But Not ‘China Virus’?
President Biden Joe Biden Four members of Sikh community among victims in Indianapolis shooting Overnight Health: NIH reverses Trump's ban on fetal tissue research | Biden investing .7B to fight virus variants | CDC panel to meet again Friday on J&J On The Money: Moderates' 0B infrastructure bill is a tough sell with Democrats | Justice Dept. sues Trump ally Roger Stone for unpaid taxes MORE ’s decision to pull all U.S. troops out of Afghanistan by September would be a historic achievement closing a 20-year chapter of U.S. history that saw more than 2,300 troops killed and cost upward of $1 trillion. But big questions remain about what Afghanistan will look like when U.S. troops are gone, as well as how the United States will ensure its interests in the region are met and continue to support the Afghan government non-militarily. Here are five questions about Biden’s Afghanistan withdrawal. ADVERTISEMENT Will the Taliban take over? This has been … [Read more...] about Five questions about Biden withdrawal from Afghanistan
HONG KONG - Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai was jailed for 12 months on Friday along with four other veteran democracy activists for helping to lead one of the city's biggest-ever protests. Organizers say 1.7 million people -- almost one quarter of Hong Kong's population -- turned out for a huge rally that formed the backbone of demonstrations that wracked the city throughout 2019. Lai was among nine of Hong Kong's most prominent democracy campaigners found guilty of organizing and participating in the rally. Many of them have spent decades advocating non-violence in their ultimately fruitless campaign for universal suffrage. The United States on Friday condemned the sentencing of the democracy activists, again accusing Beijing of denying Hong Kongers freedoms they were promised. Secretary of State Antony Blinken called the charges against the activists "politically motivated" and demanded the release of "those detained or imprisoned for exercising their fundamental … [Read more...] about Jimmy Lai Among 5 Hong Kong Democracy Activists Jailed
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is expected visit India and the Philippines in late April, in a move to strengthen regional ties after meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden. Suga’s travels will include meeting India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, according to Kyodo News , citing Japanese government sources. According to analysts, Japan wants to strengthen ties in Asia to counter Beijing's growing clout in the region. That echoes the agenda for his White House meeting, which was seen as emphasizing the strength of the U.S.-Japan alliance before their shared rival, China. Japanese PM Faces Tough Balancing Act Between US, China Japanese PM will be the first foreign leader to meet Biden at White House Analysts told VOA Mandarin that Suga’s expected visit is aimed at boosting cooperation with India and the Philippines based on a shared vision of a "free and open Indo-Pacific region." They said there is an … [Read more...] about Report: Japan’s PM to Visit India, Philippines to Strengthen Regional Ties
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki defended U.N. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Friday, telling reporters that “most people recognize the history of systemic racism in our country.” On Wednesday, Thomas-Greenfield told Al Sharpton’s National Action Network (NAN) that “the original sin of slavery weaved white supremacy into our founding documents and principles.” A reporter asked Psaki about those comments, and whether President Joe Biden would keep her in her position ( transcript via White House, emphasis added): Q Thanks, Jen. The U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Linda Thomas-Greenfield, talking to her group on Wednesday, said that white — essentially said that white supremacy is woven into our founding documents and principles. Now, this statement is getting widely criticized as essentially parroting Chinese Communist Party talking points. So is the President going to remove her from her position as the representative before that body to promote United States … [Read more...] about WATCH — White House Defends UN Ambassador: ‘Most People Recognize History of Systemic Racism’ in America