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Typhoon Forces Millions To Evacuate Shanghai, Eastern China

CHINA METEOROLOGICAL ADMINISTRATION, CHINA DAILY, XINHUA (China)

SHANGHAI – Typhoon Haikui ploughed into China’s eastern coast on Wednesday morning, knocking down buildings, cutting off power, disrupting train and airline services and forcing authorities to relocate millions of people.

The winds were at "severe typhoon" strength when Haikui made landfall in the province of Zhejiang, about 225 kilometers south of Shanghai, according to the China Meteorological Administration. Haikui later weakened into a tropical storm as it moved inland.

It is the third typhoon in a week to hit China’s eastern coast, forcing authorities to evacuate 374,000 people from Shanghai and 250,000 from the Zhejiang area, the China Daily reports.

The official Xinhua news agency estimates that a total 1.5 million people had to be moved from the typhoon’s path.

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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.

Ivan Abreu / ZUMA
Carlos Ruckauf*

-Analysis-

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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