Revealed: The Billionaires Funding the Coup’s Brain Trust

Conservative mega-donors including the DeVoses and Bradleys are pumping big money into the Claremont Institute think tank that fueled Trump’s election-fraud fantasies The Claremont Institute, once a little-known think tank often confused with the liberal-arts college of the same name, has emerged as a driving force in the conservative movement’s crusade to use bogus fraudContinue reading “Revealed: The Billionaires Funding the Coup’s Brain Trust”

Let’s talk about Tucker, the lost and found, and the way it is – Beau of the Fifth Column

‘Code red’: Melbourne businesses say Omicron wave more damaging than lockdown

Staff shortages and drop in consumer confidence leave Australian businesses asking for urgent government support Hash Tayeh has been back behind the counter at the burger chain he founded, Burgertory, for the first time in three years as he struggles to keep the business going in the face of the Omicron wave. He has beenContinue reading “‘Code red’: Melbourne businesses say Omicron wave more damaging than lockdown”

Democracy, Authoritarian Capitalism, and China: Crash Course World History 230

In which John Green teaches you about the end of World History, and the end of the world as we know it, kind of. For the last hundred years or so, it seemed that one important ingredient for running an economically successful country was a western-style democratic government. All evidence pointed to the idea thatContinue reading “Democracy, Authoritarian Capitalism, and China: Crash Course World History 230”

Why Kazakhstan matters in China’s Belt and Road Initiative – DW News

The last two weeks have seen the worst violence in Kazakhstan since it gained independence from the Soviet Union 30 years ago. The country’s importance in terms of raw materials and trade has made the unrest of particular interest to Europe and neighboring Russia. And its massive neighbor to the east, China, is also watchingContinue reading “Why Kazakhstan matters in China’s Belt and Road Initiative – DW News”

‘They want to remove us and take the rock’, say Zimbabweans living near Chinese-owned mines

As companies extract wealth, villagers say they see little benefit and are instead exploited in quarries, live in homes damaged by blasts and are unable to farm polluted land A convoy of trucks laden with huge black granite rocks trundles along the dusty pathway as a group of villagers look on grimly. Every day moreContinue reading “‘They want to remove us and take the rock’, say Zimbabweans living near Chinese-owned mines”

Youngkin to nominate former Trump EPA administrator Wheeler to Virginia Cabinet

Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin (R) will name former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler as Virginia’s secretary of natural resources, a staffer with Youngkin’s transition team confirmed to The Hill Wednesday. Wheeler, a former energy industry lobbyist, served as EPA chief during the Trump administration from 2019 to 2021. Since leaving the position, he has worked as a visitingContinue reading “Youngkin to nominate former Trump EPA administrator Wheeler to Virginia Cabinet”

Kazakh president sacks cabinet, declares emergency amid unrest – Al Jazeera

Kazakhstan’s president has accepted the government’s resignation after protests erupted over high fuel prices. The unrest continued on Wednesday, with reports of gunfire heard near the mayor’s office of the nation’s biggest city, Almaty. More than 200 people were arrested and nearly 100 officers injured amid the unrest. A two-week state of emergency has beenContinue reading “Kazakh president sacks cabinet, declares emergency amid unrest – Al Jazeera”

Parents selling children shows desperation of Afghanistan

In a sprawling settlement of mud brick huts in western Afghanistan housing people displaced by drought and war, a woman is fighting to save her daughter. Aziz Gul’s husband sold the 10-year-old girl into marriage without telling his wife, taking a down-payment so he could feed his family of five children. Without that money, heContinue reading “Parents selling children shows desperation of Afghanistan”

Gravitas: Tiny Lithuania takes on China – WION

Lithuania is doing what many so-called superpowers have failed to do. They invited Taiwan to open a de-facto embassy in Vilnius and is asking their citizens to dump Chinese phones. Palki Sharma tells you why this Baltic minnow is taking on Beijing.

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