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FBI Director Christopher Wray stated that “these are not the actions we would expect from a responsible nation state. Instead, it’s more like something we’d expect from an organized criminal syndicate.”

On October 28, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray shared a sinister message that had been delivered to the home of a New Jersey resident who China considers to be a fugitive of the law.

“If you are willing to go back to the mainland and spend 10 years in prison, your wife and children will be all right. …


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Both Shapiro and Owens have been held up as intellectual faces of young conservatism, but their “regressive” attitude toward both gender roles and fashion became fodder for mockery online, especially by fans of Styles.

Male rock stars have been donning dresses and androgynous styles for decades, going back, at least, to David Bowie on the British album cover of “The Man Who Sold the World” in 1971. …


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The 15 countries forming the new “Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership” (RCEP) represent the world’s largest free-trade bloc and a sign that American influence in the Asia-Pacific region has largely slipped away in the era of “America First.”

15 countries in the Asia-Pacific region recently signed the world’s biggest regional trade deal, which supporters say will spur on increased trade among the signatories and hasten the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Why is this such a big deal? Because the United States isn’t involved.

Having pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) by executive order in 2017, President Donald Trump’s administration has sought to fulfill that now-familiar campaign pledge of “ America First.” …


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A number of serious issues have many believing that a smooth and peaceful transition is essential for ensuring stability in the weeks before Biden is inaugurated.

Despite President Donald Trump’s repeated claims that he won the 2020 election, former Vice President Joe Biden received 306 electoral votes, well over the 270 needed to win the presidency. Trump’s claims have made the transition of presidential power, usually a peaceful process, intensely politicized.

What have presidential transitions in the past looked like and why is the period of transition so important, especially in the midst of a pandemic and other serious international issues? …


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As the new treaty is viewed as a surrender by many in Armenia, this ceasefire may not last either.

After six weeks of military conflict resulting in thousands of deaths and displaced residents, Armenia and Azerbaijan signed a peace treaty on November 9. The peace deal, which officially took effect at midnight on Tuesday, November 10, local time, was celebrated in Azerbaijan. In Armenia, however, the uneasy truce has been met by protests, anger and fear of what comes next.

The fighting involved a region known as Nagorno-Karabakh in Azerbaijan, or Artsakh in Armenia. The region has been a source of conflict between the two nations for decades, but up until this year, there had been an on-and-off ceasefire between the countries. As the new treaty is viewed as a surrender by many in Armenia, this ceasefire may not last either. …


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China has made a point of investing in the EV industry. The world’s largest car market produces more than 50% of the world’s electric vehicles, dwarfing American EV production.

US$12,000 is a lot to pay for a license plate. But if you want to own a car in Shanghai, there are few other choices. Recent years have seen a push to reduce traffic in the Chinese metropolis that is home to more than 20 million. Shanghai isn’t the only city to introduce such strict measures. …


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As a framework for stopping the spread of intentional falsehoods, this action plan may offer an essential guide for dealing with disinformation, not just in Europe but in the US as well.

Though disinformation campaigns are not a new phenomenon, their role in 21 stcentury politics and the ease by which they spread online have made them a major national security concern. It has been a frequent topic of conversation in the media in the United States ever since the 2016 election, yet the concern is hardly limited to the US.

The politicization of the issue in the US, especially as it relates to Russia’s efforts to help President Donald Trump win elections, has at times overshadowed the global impact of disinformation. Combating propaganda and foreign distortions have for years been a chief concern among the US’ allies in the European Union (EU). …


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The sale was structured and timed so that it could not be labeled as “insider trading,” but some were more critical of Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla’s decision to sell, calling it “wholly inappropriate” and “very suspicious.”

The announcement by American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. and German developer BioNTech SE that trials of their coronavirus vaccine displayed a 90% effectiveness rate were met with jubilation around the world.

While the promise of a vaccine that can be distributed worldwide to eradicate the coronavirus remains some way off, the efficacy trial results were welcome news, especially as new coronavirus cases in the United States continue to break records. …


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US-China tensions are expected to go down somewhat under President-elect Joe Biden, who promised a return to Obama-era policies during his presidential campaign.

On November 13, in its first acknowledgment of the United States’ election results, China officially congratulated President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris before hastily condemning the Trump administration for its recent actions against the country.

Wang Wenbin, a spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, told reporters, “We will respect the American people’s choice,” adding, “We congratulate Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.”

In a nod to the many lawsuits filed by the Trump campaign in an effort to reverse the outcome, Wang said, “We understand the results of the election will be determined according to US laws and procedures.” …


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President Donald Trump is easily the most influential person in the Republican Party and he is almost certain to remain one of the most powerful people in the country well after he has left office.

Despite President Donald Trump’s continued refusal to admit he lost the presidential election, he still has many possibilities awaiting him once he leaves office on January 20, 2021. …

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