Daily Archives: July 10, 2020

Coronavirus gene mutation: How scared should we be? | Covid-19 Special

DW News

Jul 10, 2020

The coronavirus is not the same as the one that came out of China at the beginning of the year. Like other viruses, it has mutated. A recent study suggests the globally predominant strain is more infectious than the original. What might gene mutations of the coronavirus mean? Could they make COVID-19 more deadly?

Why America Acts the Way It Does: The Special Character of Nationalism (2004)

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America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism is a 2012 book by the British author and academic Anatol Lieven. A separate, earlier version was published in 2004.

The book investigates the far-right in American politics, the radicalisation of the Republican Party and the Tea Party movement. The book also discusses the concept of American exceptionalism.

In Foreign Affairs the book was described as ‘intelligent and often provocative’ whilst in The Guardian the book was praised by Martin Woollacott who wrote ‘We should have seen it coming. All the signs were there in the 1990s – the mania about resisting outside influences, the narrow religious beliefs, the harking back to a golden age, the sense of being under threat from modernity, the readiness to use violent means. The roots of it went back centuries. But it took the attacks of 9/11 for us to realise how powerful was this burgeoning extremism….We are not, of course, talking here about Islam or about al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden, but about America. It is Anatol Lieven’s contention in this illuminating book that Bin Laden’s assault on the United States stripped away many of the remaining restraints on the intolerant, irrational, and self-destructive side of American nationalism. Whether this nationalism is a greater problem than that represented by Islamic extremism is a moot point, but it is clear that the combination of the two could bring disaster on us all’.[2] In the London Review of Books the work was praised as ‘fascinating and incisive…a compelling argument’.

Spectacular scene in Xin’anjiang as floodwaters are discharged

CGTN

Jul 9, 2020

On July 8, for the first time since 1961, when it was built, the Xin’anjiang Reservoir opened all nine floodgates to discharge water into Qiandao Lake in Zhejiang Province. Water flow rates are estimated to rise to 8,000 cubic meters per second. Authorities claimed the main reason for the discharge was heavy rains and floods which caused Qiandao Lake to rise rapidly and exceed the flood limit.

Oxford expert: COVID-19 may not have originated in China

CGTN

Jul 10, 2020

Tom Jefferson, the senior fellow at the Center for Evidence-Based Medicine at Oxford University, said the origin of the novel coronavirus is still unknown. Being identified as a new disease in Wuhan, and originating from Wuhan are two different things, and there may not necessarily be a causality. The virus may have come from anywhere. And the Barcelona findings would suggest that the virus had been around in the world much longer than we thought. He also called for an investigation into outbreaks in meatpacking and food plants to study the transmission route of the virus.

How covid-19 could change the financial world order | The Economist

The Economist

May 12, 2020

America has dominated global finance for decades. But could covid-19 tip the balance of financial power in China’s favour?

Covid-19: why travel will never be the same | The Economist

The Economist

Jul 10, 2020

Covid-19 has devastated global travel and—as the industry recovers from the effects of the pandemic—tourism will be increasingly localised and complicated. This won’t just affect foreign holidays; it could disrupt the workings of the globalised world. Read more here: https://econ.st/3gJ0O8f Further reading: Find The Economist’s most recent coverage of covid-19 here: https://econ.st/2VVNiWW

Supreme Court Deals Trump Another Loss As He Hits Fauci For ‘Mistakes’ | The 11th Hour | MSNBC

MSNBC

Jul 10, 2020

The Supreme Court ruled that the president is not immune from New York prosecutors’ attempts to get his tax returns. This comes as the president hits COVID-19 task force member Dr. Fauci for his ‘mistakes.’ Aired on 7/09/2020.

UN warns of more pandemics if humans continue to exploit natural world


CBC News: The National

Published on Jul 10, 2020

The United Nations investigates how diseases spread from animals and humans, with wildlife advocates saying protecting the health of nature will help protect people

Erdogan reopens Hagia Sophia for Muslim worship, angering Christian leaders


FRANCE 24 English

Published on Jul 10, 2020

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Friday that the Hagia Sophia, one of the architectural wonders of the world, would be reopened for Muslim worship, sparking fury among Christian leaders and in neighbouring Greece

Erdogan reopens Hagia Sophia for Muslim worship, angering Christian leaders


FRANCE 24 English

Published on Jul 10, 2020

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Friday that the Hagia Sophia, one of the architectural wonders of the world, would be reopened for Muslim worship, sparking fury among Christian leaders and in neighbouring Greece.