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Biden’s Plan to Cooperate With Europe on Tech
China, Human Rights, Politics

Biden’s Plan to Cooperate With Europe on Tech

Today, the tech race has again become a key dimension of power and ideological competition, with artificial intelligence, chips, digital platforms, data flows, 5/6G, cloud and edge computing, the Internet of Things, blockchain, biotech, and quantum technologies at the forefront. This week, as U.S. President Joe Biden made his first trip to Europe for the G-7, NATO, and U.S.-European Union summits, his administration must find a way to work with the EU—despite their differences—to recast how the world’s two most important democratic tech powers approach digital governance. In the 1960s, mainframe computers, aeronautics, space, nuclear research, and semiconductors occupied the front lines of geopolitics. Powers in Europe were wracked by the thought of suffering a “technological gap” with th...
Ujjain: Medical team attacked for encouraging villagers to take Covid vaccine
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Ujjain: Medical team attacked for encouraging villagers to take Covid vaccine

Despite the proven efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, vaccine hesitancy has been a growing problem leading to many incidents of misconduct against doctors and healthcare workers. In another such case, a medical team that was sent to Malikhedi village under Unhel tehsil of the Ujjain district in Madhya Pradesh to create awareness about COVID-19 vaccination was attacked on May 24 (Monday). MP: A medical team that was in Malikhedi village of Ujjain to create awareness about #COVID19 vaccination, was attacked. One person injured after being hit on head. Police say, “Some villagers verbally abused them & hit the husband of Asst Secy on head. FIR registered against 4” pic.twitter.com/k1K2bIAnh1 — ANI (@ANI) May 24, 2021 Following the incident, the Ujjain police registered an FIR against 4 peopl...
New Species Of Extinct Lizard First Misidentified As A Dinosaur Discovered
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New Species Of Extinct Lizard First Misidentified As A Dinosaur Discovered

A new species of lizard, previously misidentified as a bird was discovered in a recent study by an international research team. According to the findings published in Current Biology, the species named 'Oculudentavis Naga' has been confirmed to be a lizard. Previously, the species was listed as the smallest-known bird after researchers identified it as a 'hummingbird-sized dinosaur.' In an institutional press release, Arnau Bolet of Barcelona's Institut Catala de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont who led the team of researchers to the new find said, "The specimen puzzled all of us at first because if it was a lizard, it was a highly unusual one." The specimen is in the same genus as Oculudentavis khaungraae and has been named Oculudentavis naga in honor of the Naga people of Myanmar and Ind...
Is Europe Any Good at Soft Power?
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Is Europe Any Good at Soft Power?

It’s time for the European Union to follow this example. It should set up an ambitious, generous program for foreign students to study at European universities and use it as a soft power tool. This program should start immediately, and right at Europe’s doorstep, as a direct European response to President Alexander Lukashenko’s hijack of a Ryanair flight in May to abduct opposition leader Roman Protasevich: Europe should invite thousands of Belarusians to come and study and do research at universities all over Europe. Just after the First World War, the United States started a massive, new operation: academic fellowships for foreign students to come and study in the United States. America had just won the war. It was a proud new superpower, eager to put itself on the global map for the fi...
The Sneaky Conservatism of China’s Feminist Dramas
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The Sneaky Conservatism of China’s Feminist Dramas

One of the most important scenes in the Chinese TV drama The Rational Life depicts the protagonist, a 33-year-old single woman called Shen Ruo Xin (played by popular actress Qin Lan), calmly rejecting a persistent suitor. She is gracious but firm, thanking him for his generosity while adroitly turning down his attempts to win her heart with expensive gifts. “It’s only a necklace,” he cajoles her. “You’re overthinking it.” She replies that she doesn’t “have a lifestyle worthy of a necklace like this” and continues: “I know you stand on higher ground than me and have a better view [of the world] than I do. But I really hope that it’s through my own hard work that I stand where I deserve to be, and am rewarded with the sights that are meant for me. I don’t want to be tugged along by someone ...
Israel Is Bluffing About Ever Invading Gaza
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Israel Is Bluffing About Ever Invading Gaza

The midnight tweet, however, was not a bureaucratic misunderstanding but rather a ruse to cause panic among Hamas’s cadres, to draw them out of their dens and kill a large number in one go. It worked, the Israeli press reported. Hamas’s anti-tank crew was lured to the massive underground network of tunnels, referred to as “the Metro,” where Hamas buried its stockpiles. They were preparing for the supposed ground incursion and for their own counterattack, but as soon as they were in the tunnels they were bombarded by 450 missiles within minutes. “We struck 150 targets and damaged many kilometers of the Hamas ‘Metro’ network,” the IDF boasted at 9 a.m. that morning. At half-past midnight on May 14, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) tweeted that its air and “ground troops” were attacking Gaza,...
Biden’s Mission to Defeat Digital Sovereignty
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Biden’s Mission to Defeat Digital Sovereignty

Today, the tech race has again become a key dimension of power and ideological competition, with artificial intelligence, chips, digital platforms, data flows, 5/6G, cloud and edge computing, the Internet of Things, blockchain, biotech, and quantum technologies at the forefront. This week, as U.S. President Joe Biden made his first trip to Europe for the G-7, NATO, and U.S.-European Union summits, his administration must find a way to work with the EU—despite their differences—to recast how the world’s two most important democratic tech powers approach digital governance. In the 1960s, mainframe computers, aeronautics, space, nuclear research, and semiconductors occupied the front lines of geopolitics. Powers in Europe were wracked by the thought of suffering a “technological gap” with th...
The Frightening COVID Origin Charge Against China’s Shi Zhengli, Wuhan’s Bat Virologist
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The Frightening COVID Origin Charge Against China’s Shi Zhengli, Wuhan’s Bat Virologist

It was at 7 pm on December 30, 2019, that Shi Zhengli, the Director of the Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), says she received her first intimation about what would later turn out to be SARS-CoV-2, better known around the world now as the virus behind COVID-19. The institute’s Director had allegedly called her to tell her that samples had come in from a hospital of patients who were suffering from an atypical pneumonia thought to be from a coronavirus. She was told to drop everything she was doing, return to WIV, and begin studying it. She returned to Wuhan, over 800 km away, by train. What had happened in the 16 years before that and what transpired in the 1 year and 5 months after, may hold the key to answering perhaps the biggest prevailin...
Spain Takes a Leap to the Populist Right
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Spain Takes a Leap to the Populist Right

Ceuta, a 7-square-mile patch of territory with a population of only 85,000, was quickly overwhelmed by the arrivals. After border police lost control of the situation, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez sent the Army to detain the immigrants and eventually send them back to Morocco. On Wednesday, the crisis seemed to have abated after Morocco reinstated controls on its side of the border. In less than 24 hours at the start of this week, at least 6,000 migrants, including 1,500 minors, crossed the border from Morocco to Ceuta, a Spanish enclave on the North African coast. To elude the border fences at this outpost of the European Union, most of the migrants swam to a beach in Ceuta. Some crossed on rafts, and at least one person drowned. The border is normally quiet and strictly controll...
Japan Vs Kyrgyzstan Prediction, Team News And Live Stream Details
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Japan Vs Kyrgyzstan Prediction, Team News And Live Stream Details

Japan will next face Kyrgyzstan in their upcoming World Cup Qualifier game at the Suita City Football Stadium. The game is scheduled to commence live at 7:25 PM local time on Tuesday, June 15 (3:55 PM IST). Here is a look at the Japan vs Kyrgyzstan team news, our prediction and details of how to watch the World Cup Qualifiers live. Japan vs Kyrgyzstan prediction and preview Japan arrive into this game on the back of jaw-dropping form as Hajime Moriyasu's side have won all seven of their World Cup Qualifiers so far in unbelievable fashion. In the seven games Japan have played so far, they have scored a staggering 41 goals and have conceded just one goal. As a result of this terrific form, Japan have already secured qualification to the third round of the World Cup Qualifiers as Group F wi...