human rights

China

Biden-Xi summit: What Biden wants, what Xi wants – Associated Press

There won’t be concessions from the U.S. side. No real deliverables, which is government-speak for specific achievements. Don’t expect a cheery joint statement, either. During President Joe Biden’s highly anticipated meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday, the leaders will be circling each other to game out how to manage a relationship that the

Military

Mexico president to bypass congress to keep army in streets – Associated Press

Photo: Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, flanked by Defense Secretary Gen. Luis Crescencio Sandoval, left, and Marine Secretary Jose Rafael Ojeda, surveys National Guard troops as the new force is presented at a ceremony, in Mexico City Mexico’s president has begun exploring plans to sidestep congress to hand formal control of the National Guard

Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s Taliban order women to cover up head to toe

Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers on Saturday ordered all Afghan women to wear head-to-toe clothing in public — a sharp, hard-line pivot that confirmed the worst fears of rights activists and was bound to further complicate Taliban dealings with an already distrustful international community. The decree says that women should leave the home only when necessary, and

John Stossel

Opinion: Groveling to China – John Stossel

Companies tell us they support justice. “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything,” says former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in a Nike ad. “Speak for the people who may not be able to be heard,” says the NBA. “Corporate PR hogwash,” says journalist Melissa Chen in my new video. “Hogwash,” she says, because

X gender passport

United States issues its 1st passport with ‘X’ gender marker

The United States has issued its first passport with an “X” gender designation, marking a milestone in the recognition of the rights of people who do not identify as male or female, and expects to be able to offer the option more broadly next year, the State Department said Wednesday. The department did not identify

International

G-7 leaders agree on vaccines, China and taxing corporations

Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations staked their claim Sunday to leading the world out of the coronavirus pandemic and crisis, pledging more than 1 billion coronavirus vaccine doses to poorer nations, vowing to help developing countries grow while fighting climate change and backing a minimum tax on multinational firms. At the group’s

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