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What is the Indo-Pacific framework, who’s in it, why it matters
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What is the Indo-Pacific framework, who’s in it, why it matters

US President Joe Biden formally introduced the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, or IPEF, this week during his first Asia tour, revealing Washington's long-awaited Asia-Pacific economic strategy. It comes five years after the US unilaterally withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal signed by 12 countries in Asia-Pacific, North America and South America.With the US withdrawal, the remaining countries went on to launch the CPTPP, or Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership — one of the world's biggest multilateral trade deals, and one that China requested to join.Since then, the US has been largely absent in the region, made worse by its trade war with China. But the IPEF has broken the ice.Still, analysts and observers say the deal lacks "teeth" and is mor...
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The rise of ‘bai lan’: why China’s frustrated youth are ready to ‘let it rot’ | China

ANDEarly this month China's president Xi Jinping encouraged the country's youth to establish “great ideals” and incorporate their personal goals into the “bigger picture” of the Chinese nation and people. “'China's hope lies in youth,” he said in a major speech.But on China's internet, some young people say their “ideals” simply cannot be achieved and many of them have given up on trying. Frustrated by the mounting uncertainties and lack of economic opportunities, they are resorting to a new buzzword – bai lan (摆烂, or let it broken in English) – to capture their attitude towards life.The phrase, bai lan, which has its origin in NBA games, means a voluntary retreat from pursuing certain goals because one realizes they are simply too difficult to achieve. In American basketball, it oft...
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Deal proposed by China would dramatically expand security influence in Pacific | pacific islands

China is pursuing a sweeping regional economic security deal with Pacific nations that would dramatically expand its influence and reach into those countries, in a pact that has western countries and some Pacific leaders deeply worried.The wide-ranging deal lays out China's vision for a much closer relationship with the Pacific, especially on security matters, with China proposing it would be involved in police training, cybersecurity, sensitive marine mapping and gaining greater access to natural resources.A draft of the deal, written in a similar style to the controversial bilateral security deal signed by Solomon Islands and China last month, and a five-year action plan, both of which have been obtained by the Guardian, cover a huge range of issues , including trade, financing and in...
The new Prgamo bookseller, a Mexican writer who was a novillero: “I did my doctorate at the Complutense recommended by El Pimpi y Montoli”
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The new Prgamo bookseller, a Mexican writer who was a novillero: “I did my doctorate at the Complutense recommended by El Pimpi y Montoli”

Madrid Updated Thursday, May 26, 2022 - 01:36Jorge F. Hernández was the cultural attaché of Mexico in Spain. AMLO expelled him for responding in an article to an official who considers the pleasure of reading a capitalist. "Stalin already died, gey"Jorge F. Hernndez, in the Prgamo bookstore.ANTONIO HEREDIAJorge F. Hernández, the Mexican writer and columnist, smokes inside the Prgamo bookstore. A Guatemalan operator works on the reform of the premises. The wooden shelves will remain. The books have disappeared. There is a brand new printer. Jorge holds the cigarette between two fingers of his right hand and smoking is again the habit that best combines with paper and ink and the smoke conquers the light from the window.-I'm going to translate the biography of sidney franklinthe ...
Massacre after massacre |  International
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Massacre after massacre | International

GINA MONTANER Updated Thursday, May 26, 2022 - 01:34A police officer lays flowers at the memorial offering for the victims of the Uvalde shooting.EFEIt was the last day of school at Robb Elementary School in the town of Uvalde, in Texas. A small and humble town whose population is mostly Hispanic. Before the armed attacker burst in, the parents had gone to a cCeremony to celebrate your children's school achievements. It would be the last time some of them would hug their little ones.Now Uvalde is part of the list of places in the United States marked by the tragedy of a school massacre. Overnight it ranks second in number of deaths after the Sandy Hook school massacre in Connecticut, where, a decade ago, 20 children and 6 adults were killed by an assailant carrying an AK-15.Then-P...
The Texas school massacre rifle, an extremely deadly weapon
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The Texas school massacre rifle, an extremely deadly weapon

Updated Thursday, May 26, 2022 - 00:56It is a civilian variant of an extremely lethal military assault rifle designed to take out large numbers of victims in record time.Salvador Ramos shared several photographs of weapons on his Instagram account.MSThe horrific toll of a Texas elementary school massacre is closely related to the fact that the killer, Salvador Ramos, was equipped with a civilian variant of a military assault rifle designed to kill as many victims as possible in record time.Known in the United States as "AR-15", It is a semi-automatic rifle that has multiple versions. Its military design is "M16", which can be unloaded in automatic mode.On Tuesday in Uvalde, Ramos managed to kill 19 students and two teachers, despite the fact that the police were on the scene.But even b...
Biden to sign police reform executive order on George Floyd anniversary |  US policing
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Biden to sign police reform executive order on George Floyd anniversary | US policing

Joe Biden signed an executive order he promised he would usher in the “most significant police reform in decades” on Wednesday, the second anniversary of the murder of George Floyd.With Congress deadlocked, Biden said he was using the powers of the presidency to advance his campaign promises and deliver police accountability and reform “that is real and lasting.”Biden was joined at the White House for a signing ceremony by Floyd's family as well as relatives of Breonna Taylor, who was killed when police executed a no-knock warrant at her apartment in 2020. In remarks preceding the signing, Biden praised them for their to push for change even as they struggle.“It's not about their death but what we do in their memory that matters,” he said.The executive order signed on Wednesday directs ...
After Texas school shooting, leaders must listen to teachers like me
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After Texas school shooting, leaders must listen to teachers like me

i watched Gov. Greg Abbott speak about the elementary school massacre in Uvalde as I sat in my own classroom in Houston. Just like every other Texan teacher, I wondered whether such a horrific event could happen at my school.I realized the sad answer: Of course it could. However, it was not until after talking to administrators and teachers, scrolling on Twitter and watching various media outlets (largely the ones that are watched by constituents of our Republican governor and legislature) that I realized a terrifying situation.Since Sandy Hook mass shooting a decade agoInstead of passing sensible gun reforms, Abbott and Texas lawmakers would prefer to further militarize our schools. Since the school shooting in Connecticut in 2012, Republicans – including the ones who secure funding...
Twitter settles after feds claim it used 2FA info to target ads
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Twitter settles after feds claim it used 2FA info to target ads

Musk would have been appointed to Twitter's board on Saturday, but the world's richest man informed the company on the day that he would not, in fact, be taking the board seat.Andrew Burton | Getty ImagesNews | Getty ImagesTwitter reached a $150 million settlement with the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission over alleged misrepresentations of its data privacy practices, the agencies announced on Wednesday.The settlement, which still needs to be approved by a federal judge, would resolve claims from the government that Twitter did not adequately inform its users about how their contact information would be used to target ads rather than just secure their accounts, in violation of the FTC Act and a 2011 settlement it reached with the agency.In a lawsuit accompanying the s...
Colin Kaepernick works out with Raiders after 5 years out of NFL
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Colin Kaepernick works out with Raiders after 5 years out of NFL

More than five years after he last appeared in an NFL game, free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick has landed a workout with the Las Vegas Raiders, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports.Kaepernick's workout took place in Las Vegas on Wednesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.ESPN first reported that Kaepernick, 34, was scheduled to work out with the team.The workout is Kaepernick's first with an NFL team since his time out of the league began following the 2016 season. That year, he started kneeling during the national anthem before games as a way of protesting police brutality and racial inequality. I have later filed a collusion grievance against the NFL, alleging that its owners were conspiring to ke...