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China Faces Catastrophic Floods, Braces For Typhoon

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Dongfang Zaobao (Oriental Morning Post) — July 7, 2016

This Thursday edition of Shanghai-based Dongfang Zaobao features emergency forces at work in the Yangtze River basin, with the headline "Flood emergency! President Xi deploys Disaster Relief Forces." At least 120 people are dead or missing, and an estimated 16 million people have been affected by the disaster in central and eastern China.

After weeks of torrential rain, 26 Chinese provinces are now facing flooding risks. About 50,000 houses collapsed and more than 1.6 million people have been relocated since the end of June. Prime Minister Li Keqiang went to the flood line to assess conditions and relief efforts.

This is the worst disaster of its kind in China since 1998, when flooding killed 3,000 and affected 220 million others across 24 provinces.

The country is now bracing for super typhoon Nepartak, heading towards Taiwan with winds up to 174 mph (280 kph).

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The Trumpian Virus Undermining Democracy Is Now Spreading Through South America

Taking inspiration from events in the United States over the past four years, rejection of election results and established state institutions is on the rise in Latin America.

Two supporters of far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro dressed in Brazilian flags during a demonstration in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Bolsonaro supporters dressed in national colours with flags in a demonstration in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on November 4, 2022.

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BUENOS AIRES — South Africa's Nelson Mandela used to say it was "so easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build."

Intolerance toward those who think differently, even inside the same political space, is corroding the bases of representative democracy, which is the only system we know that allows us to live and grow in freedom, in spite of its flaws.

Recent events in South America and elsewhere are precisely alerting us to that danger. The most explosive example was in Brazil, where a crowd of thousands managed to storm key institutional premises like the presidential palace, parliament and the Supreme Court.

In Peru, the country's Marxist (now former) president, Pedro Castillo, sought to use the armed and security forces to shut down parliament and halt the Supreme Court and state prosecutors from investigating corruption allegations against him.

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