Covid anger grows in China
As China’s strict Covid rules stretch well into its third year, there are growing signs of discontent across the country. The resistance is a test of Xi Jinping’s leadership.
Thousands of workers clashed with riot police at Foxconn’s iPhone factory in Zhengzhou. Workers bemoaned a delay in paying bonuses, as well as the company’s failure to properly isolate new workers from those who tested positive. The hiring was halted after thousands of workers fled the Foxconn plant last month over a Covid outbreak.
Elsewhere, unrest is spreading. In Guangzhou, migrant workers broke out of locked buildings to confront health workers and loot food supplies. Many raged online after a 4-month-old child died. Her father said restrictions delayed access to treatment.
Political Consequences: Xi has used severe censorship and punishment to silence critics, making the public expression of grievances particularly conspicuous. Many Chinese have questioned the need for lockdowns in the first place. The unrest underscores the pressing question of how Xi can lead China out of the Covid era.
record cases: Covid outbreaks across the country have pushed cases to a record high. As of Wednesday, the country reported 31,444 cases, beating a record set in April, Reuters reported. Cases are up 314 percent from the average two weeks ago.
Anwar is now Prime Minister of Malaysia
Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysia’s longtime opposition leader, was sworn in as prime minister yesterday. He faces a divided country: some voters see themselves as modern and multicultural; another is driven by a conservative Muslim base.
Anwar’s rise to the top post came after days of political chaos: Saturday’s election resulted in the first ever parliament to be hung. (No faction won a majority, although his faction had the most seats.) Anwar said he had a “convincing majority” to lead his multi-ethnic coalition.
A stunning comeback: Anwar, 75, was a deputy prime minister and twice a political prisoner. Urban and charismatic, he often speaks about the importance of democracy, quoting both Gandhi and the Koran.
Challenges: Anwar will have to contend with a more religiously conservative block of voters who think he is too liberal. He vowed to continue to uphold constitutional guarantees related to the Malay language, Islam and the special rights of the “sons of the soil,” which refers to the Malays and indigenous peoples.
3 mass shootings, 14 dead
As families gathered across the US to celebrate Thanksgiving, some of them found themselves facing an empty chair after the recent spate of mass shootings. Fourteen people were killed in three rampages within two weeks.
They include a janitor working his shift at a Walmart in Virginia, a 40-year-old woman returning to Colorado for the vacation, a young man watching a drag show, and three college football players.
White and black, gay and straight, old and young, the newly departed accurately portray the ideals — inclusivity, putting aside differences — that America prides itself on on Thanksgiving, writes our reporter Michael Wilson.
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In 2009, UNESCO declared Manx, a Celtic language native to the Isle of Man, extinct. This angered the residents, who redoubled their efforts to preserve the ancient language. It is now experiencing a revival thanks to a local school. “It was kind of on the brink, but we brought it back to life,” the principal said.
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“Thank you for not breeding”
Les Knight has spent decades spreading a message: “Long live and may we die out.”
Knight is the founder of the Voluntary Human Extinction movement, which believes the best thing humans can do to help the earth is to stop having children. (Another of his catchphrases: “Thank you for not breeding.”)
“Look what we’ve done to this planet,” Knight told the Times. “We are not a good species.”
His beliefs are rooted in deep ecology, a theory that sees other species as equally important, and he sees humans as the most destructive invasive species. and research has shown that having a baby less may be the single most important way to reduce your carbon footprint.)
But not all scientists agree that overpopulation is a major factor behind the climate crisis. India, for example, is densely populated but contributes relatively little to per capita greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, some experts say this focus could divert attention from the need to abandon fossil fuels and conserve the planet for the creatures that are already here.