EU Migrant Summit, RIP Nancy Reagan, Long Live Bosses

EU Migrant Summit, RIP Nancy Reagan, Long Live Bosses


North Korea has threatened to launch “indiscriminate” nuclear strikes against South Korea and the U.S. as the latter kicks off its annual military drill in the Korean Peninsula today.

“If we push the buttons to annihilate the enemies right now, all bases of provocations will be reduced to a sea of flames and ashes in a moment,” the North Korean National Defence Commission said in a statement. The joint U.S.-South Korean exercise â€" the largest to date, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency â€" comes amid escalating tensions just days after the UN authorized new sanctions punishing North Korea for its recent nuclear test and missile launch.


As 13,000 refugees and counting are stranded on Greece’s border with Macedonia, European Union leaders are gathering today for an emergency summit in Brussels to try and reach a common approach to what the BBC characterizes as “Europe’s worst refugee crisis since World War II.” EU officials will discuss, among other things, closing the route north through Balkan states like Macedonia and how to support Greece, where the humanitarian crisis unfolding at the border is worsening amid concern that children at the encampment are becoming ill, the BBC reports. Also key to the discussions will be Turkey, which EU officials want to take back economic migrants who don’t qualify for asylum, in exchange for $3 billion in funding. Meanwhile, yet another boat sank off the Turkish coast yesterday, killing 25 refugees.


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British sky watchers were able to enjoy stunning aurora borealis, or northern lights, over the northeast coast at Seahouses, Northumberland.


Sunday night’s Democratic debate in Michigan got testy following weekend primary and caucus results showing that the battle isn’t yet over between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Sanders, a Vermont senator, still trails the former secretary of state and first lady in the delegate count, but he picked up wins in three states on so-called Super Saturday. Meanwhile, on the Republican side, billionaire businessman Donald Trump continues to lead, though wins in the states of Maine and Kansas on Saturday by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz may set up a head-to-head showdown in the coming weeks. The northern industrial state of Michigan holds its primary tomorrow. Read more from CNN.


Nancy Reagan, whom President Barack Obama said “had defined the role” of first lady, died at her home yesterday of congestive heart failure. Her death at age 94 comes 12 years after her husband, former President Ronald Reagan, passed away after having lived the last decade of his life with Alzheimer’s disease. Read more from The New York Times.


Remember “We Are the World”? And learn when Sunday became our collective day of rest in today’s 57-second shot of history.


Tunisian forces killed 21 Islamist militants early today in Ben Guerdane near the Libyan border, after they attacked police and army posts, sparking fighting in which four civilians and three security personnel also died, AFP reports.


Peyton Manning, the Denver Broncos quarterback who led the team to its Super Bowl 50 victory last month, is expected to announce his retirement from the NFL today. Read more here.


An estimated 1,250 fighters of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) have been killed in Turkey’s southeast since last July, Hürriyet reports, citing data from security sources. The report comes a day after renewed PKK violence in Idil that left a Turkish soldier dead. Meanwhile, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has called the Turkish regime’s recent decision to seize control of opposition daily Zaman, one of the country's largest-circulation newspapers, “unacceptable.”



Restaurant, cell phone and clothes: People usually buy what others appear to want, so companies use the illusion of low supply to create new demand. But there are paradoxes to human instincts and desires, German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung reports. “Staged demand is not limited to the USA. In Germany, the fashion label Abercrombie & Fitch, for instance, lets in only a few people when opening new stores. The shops are almost empty, but there are dozens of teenagers waiting outside. And Apple, too, has been repeatedly accused of reducing the supply artificially when launching new products to boost demand. The lines in front of Apple stores, fashion boutiques and cinemas have one message: We have something that everybody wants.”

Read the full article, Marketer’s Ruse: How To Foment Popularity.


A new study in France has found that bosses live an average of six years longer than their employees. Though the numbers aren’t necessarily surprising, it’s as good a Monday reason as any to grumble. Read more from our Le Blog.

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Welcome to Wednesday, where Brazil's senate backs "crimes against humanity" charges against Jair Bolsonaro, the UN has a grim new climate report and Dune gets a sequel. Meanwhile, German daily Die Welt explores "Xi Jinping Thought," which is now being made part of Chinese schools' curriculum.



• Senators back Bolsonaro criminal charges: A Brazilian Senate panel has backed a report that supports charging President Jair Bolsonaro with crimes against humanity, for his alleged responsibility in the country's 600,000-plus COVID-19 deaths.

• Gas crisis in Moldova following Russian retaliation: Moldova, one of Europe's poorest countries, has for the first time challenged Russia's Gazprom following a price increase and failed contract negotiations, purchasing instead from Poland. In response, Russia has threatened to halt sales to the Eastern European country, which has previously acquired all of its gas from Gazprom.

• New UN climate report finds planned emission cuts fall short: The Emissions Gap Report 2021 concludes that country pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions aren't large enough to keep the global temperature rise below 1.5 °C degrees this century. The UN Environment Program predicts a 2.7 °C increase, with significant environmental impacts, but there is still hope that longer term net-zero goals will curtail some temperature rise.

• COVID update: As part of its long-awaited reopening, Australia will officially allow its citizens to travel abroad without a government waiver for the first time in more than 18 months. Bulgaria, meanwhile, hits record daily high COVID-19 cases as the Eastern European's hotel and restaurant association is planning protests over the implementation of the vaccination "green pass." In the U.S., a panel of government medical advisors backed the use of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for five to 11-year-olds.

• U.S. appeals decision to block Julian Assange extradition: The United States said it was "extremely disappointed" in a UK judge's ruling that Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, would be a suicide risk of he traveled across the Atlantic. In the U.S., he faces 18 charges related to the 2010 release of 500,000 secret files related to U.S. military activity.

• Deposed Sudan prime minister released: Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has been released from custody, though remains under heavy guard after Sudan's military coup. Protests against the coup have continued in the capital Khartoum, as Hamdok has called for the release of other detained governmental officials.

Dune Part 2 confirmed: The world will get to see Timothée Chalamet ride a sandworm: The second installment of the sci-fi epic and global box office hit has officially been greenlit, set to hit the screens in 2023.


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Canadian daily National Post reports on the nomination of Steven Guilbeault, a former Greenpeace activist, as the country's new Environment minister. He had been arrested in 2001 for scaling Toronto's CN Tower to unfurl a banner for Greenpeace, which he left in 2008.


Chinese students now required to learn to think like Xi Jinping

"Xi Jinping Thought" ideas on socialism have been spreading across the country since 2017. But now, Beijing is going one step further by making them part of the curriculum, from the elementary level all the way up to university, reports Maximilian Kalkhof in German daily Die Welt.

🇨🇳 It's important to strengthen the "determination to listen to and follow the party." Also, teaching materials should "cultivate patriotic feelings." So say the new guidelines issued by the Chinese Ministry of Education. The goal is to help Chinese students develop more "Marxist beliefs," and for that, the government wants its national curriculum to include "Xi Jinping Thought," the ideas, namely, of China's current leader. Behind this word jam is a plan to consolidate the power of the nation, the party and Xi himself.

📚 Starting in September, the country's 300 million students have had to study the doctrine, from elementary school into university. And in some cities, even that doesn't seem to be enough. Shanghai announced that its students from third to fifth grade would only take final exams in mathematics and Chinese, de facto deleting English as an examination subject. Beijing, in the meantime, announced that it would ban the use of unauthorized foreign textbooks in elementary and middle schools.

⚠️ But how does a country that enchants its youth with socialist ideology and personality cults rise to become a world power? Isn't giving up English as a global language the quickest way into isolation? The educational reform comes at a time when Beijing is brutally disciplining many areas of public life, from tech giants to the entertainment industry. It has made it difficult for Chinese technology companies to go public abroad, and some media have reported that a blanket ban on IPOs in the United States is on the cards in the next few years.

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"I'm a footballer and I'm gay."

— Australian soccer player Josh Cavallo said in a video accompanying a tweet in which he revealed his homosexuality, becoming the first top-flight male professional player in the world to do so. The 21-year-old said he was tired of living "this double life" and hoped his decision to come out would help other "players living in silence."


Why this Sudan coup d'état is different

Three days since the military coup was set in motion in Sudan, the situation on the ground continues to be fluid. Reuters reports this morning that workers at the state petroleum company Sudapet are joining a nationwide civil disobedience movement called by trade unions in response to the generals' overthrow of the government. Doctors have also announced a strike.

Generals in suits At the same time, the military appears firmly in control, with deposed Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok allowed to return home today after being held by the coup leaders. How did we get here? That's the question that David E. Kiwuwa, a professor of international relations at the University of Nottingham, takes on in The Conversation:

"Since the revolution that deposed Omar el-Bashir in 2019, the military have fancied themselves as generals in suits. They have continued to wield enough power to almost run a parallel government in tension with the prime minister. This was evident when the military continued to have the say on security and foreign affairs.

Economy as alibi For their part, civilian officials concentrated on rejuvenating the economy and mobilizing international support for the transitional council. This didn't stop the military from accusing the civilian leadership of failing to resuscitate the country's ailing economy.

True, the economy has continued to struggle from high inflation, low industrial output and dwindling foreign direct investment. As in all economies, conditions have been exacerbated by the effects of COVID-19. Sudan's weakened economy is, however, not sufficient reason for the military intervention. Clearly this is merely an excuse."

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471 million euros

Rome's Casino di Villa Boncompagni Ludovisi, better known as Villa Aurora, will be put up for auction in January for 471 million euros ($547 million). The over-the-top price tag is thanks to the villa having the only known ceiling painting by Renaissance master Caravaggio.

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