Twitter censors Shakespeare quote tweeted by university professor

U.S. 04/23/22, 18:21

A new record of censorship on Twitter made headlines on April 22 when a tweet from a professor at the University of Nottingham, in the English Midlands, quoting a famous line from Shakespeare's Henry VI of Bard, Part 2, suddenly disappeared. Peter Kirwan was warned on Twitter for "abuse" for quoting ...

Beijing unlikely to join global COVID-19 Summit: Experts

News 04/22/22, 23:41

The White House announced that the U.S., along with Germany, Indonesia, Belize, and Senegal, will co-host the second COVID-19 Global Summit on May 12. The event aims to end the pandemic and prepare for future health threats. So far, China hasn't confirmed its attendance. The White House said, "the emergence and ...

U.S. Pentagon chief speaks via phone with his Chinese counterpart

China 04/22/22, 02:38

On April 20, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin had a phone conversation with General Wei Fenghe, Minister of National Defense of the People's Republic of China (PRC), in the context that Beijing might provide military support to Russia following its invasion of Ukraine. In a brief statement after the call, the ...

Disney without privileges: Florida removes its self-governance

U.S. 04/21/22, 17:52

Florida lawmakers handed Governor DeSantis a symbolic victory in his dispute with Disney over his opposition to the new parental rights in education law by approving a bill Thursday to dissolve the Walt Disney Company's private governance. If Gov. DeSantis enacts the bill, as expected, the Reedy Creek special district, as ...

California: Concerning rise in homelessness continues with no long-term solutions

California 04/21/22, 08:48

The homelessness crisis is growing in California. Despite some policies and budgets implemented, many more people are living on the streets with no long-term solutions.  According to federal statistics from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 28% (161,548 people) of California's population is homeless. However, homelessness is not only related ...

More young people saying NO to ‘toxic’ and ‘obsessive’ social networks

U.S. 04/21/22, 04:33

According to surveys, many young people reject apps like Instagram and TikTok, calling them "toxic" and "obsessive." As reported by the New York Post, new research reveals a growing anti-app trend among 20-somethings, who say they prefer to take control of their lives.  Gabriella Steinerman is a 20-year-old student who evidenced a ...

California sets new clean energy record, but still far from climate change goals

California 04/20/22, 13:11

California keeps moving toward the zero-carbon power system goals of the 2045 plan to combat climate change. It has successfully achieved over 97% carbon-free operation of its main power grid this month, but its sustained implementation and backup power still need development. On April 14, the California Independent System Operator (ISO) announced that ...

U.S. House Leader: Provide the weapons to Taiwan to defend themselves

China 04/20/22, 00:29

On April 17, U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said that the Ukraine incursion was a "lesson" for Washington to deal with cross-strait tensions. The U.S. should not delay giving Taiwan weapons as it did to Ukraine. In an interview on Fox News Sunday, he said, “Ukraine was craving the ability ...

U.S. Embassy extends services to help American citizens in China

China 04/19/22, 23:43

The U.S. Embassy in Beijing will take charge to assist U.S. citizens in the Shanghai consular district after some of its employees have departed Shanghai. According to the statement on Monday, April 18, the U.S. Mission in China has adjusted operations to ensure urgent services for U.S. citizens. The Embassy said, "We ...

Washington must solve ‘Pro-Beijing problem’ of big US firms: Think tank head

Opinion 04/19/22, 23:32

Last week, the U.S.–China Economic and Security Review Commission, an agency set up to monitor and investigate national security, trade, and economic issues between the two countries, held a hearing to discuss China's unfair trade practices. Clyde Prestowitz, founder and president of the Economic Strategy Institute, a Washington-based think tank, said ...