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Anasticia Sholik

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The unprecedented rise of TikTok

Trump in India

Donald Trump says $3 billion worth of military deals will be inked with India. Speaking at the “Namaste Trump” event in Ahmedabad’s newly-built Motera cricket stadium today, the US president said America looks forward to selling the “best and most feared” equipment to India.Quartz

Trump hopes to ink a US-India trade deal despite “tough negotiator” Modi

Good that leaders visit other countries. But the country shouldn't try to shield the reality from view. What is, is. You can't hide your slums, you can't hire people to attend the event. The bare truth will still be obvious. Instead try to highlight the significant strengths of the country and benefits

Good that leaders visit other countries. But the country shouldn't try to shield the reality from view. What is, is. You can't hide your slums, you can't hire people to attend the event. The bare truth will still be obvious. Instead try to highlight the significant strengths of the country and benefits that can be availed being cordial and supportive of each other. After all we all live on one planet: Mother Earth.

Coronavirus is shaking the global order

...and the World Health Organization says containment is still possible. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told the global press corps that it's too early to label COVID-19 a pandemic, and that "this virus can be contained."Reuters

Virus can still be beaten, too early to declare pandemic: WHO

WHO Director General saying that Covid-19 can still be contained. To me it feels like the wall is breaking. We are well overdue a pandemic, even the WHO was expecting one this decade. Health official want us to take basic precautions but they also always want to avoid panic. Korea saw a 25 fold increase

WHO Director General saying that Covid-19 can still be contained. To me it feels like the wall is breaking. We are well overdue a pandemic, even the WHO was expecting one this decade. Health official want us to take basic precautions but they also always want to avoid panic. Korea saw a 25 fold increase in cases in one week and my familys city of Daegu is on shutdown. Outbreaks in Iran and Italy alsi serious. Is US data low just because they are not testing? This has messed uo my travel planning. I wont be driven by fear but i do want to be pre emptive and not take stupid risk.

Not with Japan infected. Japan has a habit of ignoring or hiding problems until they are too big too hide, by which time damage is done and it’s too big to contain. Hospitals are refusing to check infected people. They’re trying to hide it here

I have to agree with Emma Jun's assessment. There are big holes in the map of recorded cases. The largest holes are in Africa and South America. Is there a magic immunity or more likely in the absence of medical care and the presence of poverty cases of Covid simply are overlooked.

Another concern

I have to agree with Emma Jun's assessment. There are big holes in the map of recorded cases. The largest holes are in Africa and South America. Is there a magic immunity or more likely in the absence of medical care and the presence of poverty cases of Covid simply are overlooked.

Another concern are all the cargo ships traveling the globe and stopping at multiple ports. We have to wait .

Hysteria over coronavirus in Italy is reminiscent of the black death. During the plague in Italy, individuals were accused of purposefully spreading the disease. Now with seven confirmed deaths in the country, it's happening all over again.Quartz

Hysteria over coronavirus in Italy is reminiscent of the black death

Annalisa Merelli delivers a powerful message about the way that history often repeats itself: unfortunately, the way that the world has handled mass epidemics has often resulted in the spread of racism and classism, and the effects last well beyond the concern about the virus itself.

An influx of nonviolent weapons in the US immigration system

ICE expands use of pepper spray at a detention center accused of abuse. Until now, the guards—employed by the private company that administers the detention center—were prohibited from using pepper spray.Quartz

ICE expands use of pepper spray at privately-run immigration detention center accused of abuse

Civil imprisonment, private companies running prisons , add military cotractors aka private armies. The world is getting a very dystopian view of the United States. If there are controls on private companies that are allowed to use violence the public has a need to know what they are.

If it trees the court

The US Supreme Court goes on a hike and gets metaphysical. The US Forest Service defended its right to allow a pipeline under the world’s longest hiking path by saying “the trail is not land.” Monday’s debate offered a preview of the heady philosophy we can expect from an eventual court decision.Quartz

The US Supreme Court gets metaphysical in Appalachian Trail pipeline fight

Today's SCOTUS hearing about a license for a pipeline under the Appalachian Trail showed there's no agreeing on what constitutes common sense. The justices were all stunned by one thing or another. But they didn't seem to agree on whether the government has a right to grant the license environmentalists

Today's SCOTUS hearing about a license for a pipeline under the Appalachian Trail showed there's no agreeing on what constitutes common sense. The justices were all stunned by one thing or another. But they didn't seem to agree on whether the government has a right to grant the license environmentalists have been fighting.

Personally, I was pleased to see Elena Kagan call out the wacky briefs I highlighted in a story last week. What the court's majority will decide remains a mystery though.

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China's crackdown in Hong Kong

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