Russia sanctions 29 more Americans for the ‘Russophobic agenda’

U.S. 04/26/22, 01:06

Russia issued a statement, on April 21, with a list of sanctioned Americans who will not be allowed to enter the Eastern European country. According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, they are held responsible for the "Russophobic agenda" of disinformation. The ban extends to 29, including the CEO of arms ...

U.S., EU condemn China’s disinformation over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

China 04/25/22, 01:06

The United States and the European Union have criticized China for promoting false information relating to Russia's attack on Ukraine. According to South China Morning Post, Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said, “[Chinese] state media has parroted the Kremlin’s lies, and conspiracy theories, including absurd claims that Ukraine and Nato ...

US reaffirms support for Lithuania against China’s economic coercion

China 04/25/22, 00:51

The United States said that it is standing with Lithuania as the EU nation faces economic coercion from China. In a readout released on April 22, the U.S. Treasury Department said its Deputy Secretary of Treasury, Wally Adeyemo met with Lithuanian Finance Minister Gintare Skaiste this week to confirm its support. According ...

U.S.-Europe opposes China’s pressure on cross-Taiwan Strait

China 04/24/22, 01:57

In a joint statement on April 22, the U.S. and E.U. opposed China's over-economic coercion act, the cross-Taiwan Strait, and Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The statement was made public following meetings in Brussels between U.S. Deputy Secretary of State - Wendy Sherman and European External Action Service Secretary-General Stefano Sannino. The E.U. ...

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 ...