Author Archives: Alice Green

China Moves to Break Hong Kong

China is moving to tighten the noose on Hong Kong as payback for the months of disruptive protests that began last summer in response to a now-suspended extradition bill. The protest, now suspended by COVID-19, demands democratic reform and an investigation into police brutality. Beijing has described the unrest as “the worst crisis in Hong Kong” since the territory was ...

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China Reports Historic Economic Shrinkage of 6.8%

The Chinese economy shrank by nearly 7% during the first three months of 2020, officials reported this week. To compare: China’s economy grew by 6.4% during the first three months of 2019 even though it was locked in a trade war with the Trump Administration. “A 6.8% drop in GDP is an extraordinary shock to the Chinese economy, and by ...

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Pelosi: ‘We’re already working on CARES 2’

House Democrats are already working on a fourth stimulus package to help Americans deal with the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The package, which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says will top $1 trillion, seeks to build on the $2.2 trillion CARES Act signed on March 28th. The follow-up legislation seeks to provide more money for medical equipment, expand unemployment ...

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COVID-19: How to Social Distance (now a verb)

“Social distancing” is a public health strategy that helps populations slow the transmission of contagious diseases. As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the United States, authorities have urged communities to suspend school and cancel large events. Individuals are urged to stay at least six feet from others when moving through public spaces. Authorities recommend stocking up on food, water, ...

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US, Taliban Reach Historic Deal to End the War in Afghanistan

The United States on Saturday signed a long-awaited peace deal that seeks to end the violence in Afghanistan and bring US soldiers home from America’s longest war. The deal, which follows a weeklong ceasefire by the Taliban, outlines the gradual withdrawal of all US and allied forces over the next 14 months. In exchange, the Taliban has agreed “not to ...

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Trump’s Economic War Is Working. How Much More Will Iranians Take?

Iran’s mullahs and generals may still be threatening all-out war with the U.S. But their economic advisors must be panicking. The Iranian economy — strangled by U.S. sanctions that have killed a staggering 85 percent of the country’s oil exports since May 2018 — is plunging deeper into recession. This is the part of the Trump Administration’s conflict with Iran ...

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House Speaker ‘Reluctantly’ Requests Impeachment Articles

On December 5th, 2019, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi officially asked the chamber to move forward with articles of impeachment. The announcement comes one day after a group of Democrat-invited law professors explained to the Judiciary Committee why Trump should be impeached. “The facts are uncontested,” said Pelosi. “The President abused his power for his own personal political benefit at the ...

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Kamala Harris: Let’s Just Buy the Black Vote

Speaking Saturday at the Essence Festival (an event celebrating black culture), presidential hopeful Kamala Harris promised to invest $100 billion in housing assistance for black families as part of an effort to increase minority homeownership and close the racial wealth gap. “A typical black family has just $10 of wealth for every $100 held by a white family,” said Harris. ...

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Brunei Implements Sharia Law; Gay Sex Punished by Stoning

Starting April 3rd, residents of Brunei who commit the “crimes” of adultery or gay sex can be legally punished with death by stoning. Thieves can be punished with the amputation of a hand or foot. The draconian punishments – which can only be implemented if crimes are “witnessed by a group of Muslims” – are part of a strict Islamic ...

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