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  • Australia to suspend Hong Kong extradition treaty, extends visas for Hong Kongers; China Denounces Decision as Meddling in Internal Affairs

    07/09/2020 9:13:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 07/09/2020 | by Zachary Halaschak
    Australia’s prime minister said the country will halt its extradition agreement with Hong Kong over the passage of a new Beijing-backed "national security" law and will extend temporary visas from Hong Kongers in Australia. Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Thursday that the visa extension will allow those from Hong Kong with temporary visas to stay for five additional years and will open a path to permanent Australian residency, according to the New York Times. Morrison also encouraged businesses to move to his country. “We are a great immigration nation,” the prime minister said. The move comes in response to a...
  • Australia offers safe haven to Hong Kongers, sparking China fury

    07/09/2020 5:32:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    France24 ^ | July 9, 2020
    Sydney (AFP) -- Australia offered pathways to permanent residency for thousands of people from Hong Kong on Thursday in response to China's crackdown on dissent, drawing a furious reply from Beijing. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his government was suspending its extradition agreement with the city and, in addition to extending the visas of 10,000 Hong Kongers already in the country, threw open the door to thousands more wanting to start a new life Down Under. Morrison said the decisions were taken in response to China's imposition last week of a tough new security law in Hong Kong, which he...
  • India set to pose growing challenge to China at sea; New Delhi is developing its strategic partnership with the US, Australia and Japan as part of efforts to counter China’s growing influence in the Indian Ocean

    07/05/2020 11:08:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 07/05/2020 | Liu Zhen
    India is likely to pose an increased challenge to China at sea following their recent confrontation on land, analysts said. Last week, the Indian Navy and Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force held a joint exercise in the Indian Ocean, as part of the nascent “Quad” that also involves the United States and Australia. India has already held regular bilateral exercises with the other three armed forces and has said it might invite Australia to join the “Malabar” war games it holds with Japan and the US. Lin Minwang, deputy director of Fudan University’s Centre for South Asian Studies, said the country’s...
  • Nexrush Unplugged: Weekend Version DC 19 An "Independence Day"

    07/04/2020 7:47:23 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 4 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 7/4/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    Hello, it is the Fourth of July 2020. "Independence Day" or "Another Day In The Dictatorship Of Covid-19" There was a bicentennial in 1976 and Bob Hope entertained us for that occasion along with lots of stars..... No Meaningful Republican Party Opposition To DC 19, Instead Distraction With Cultural Warfare.... Burning The Muzzles (Masks) In Boise No tea to throw in the harbor this time around like 200 years ago but how about a mask burning to protest the chains we are in. The protest yesterday Friday over the mask order of the mayor in Boise Idaho...... Newsdump Update: Two...
  • Testing the DNA of cave art

    07/02/2020 10:40:39 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    Bradshaw Foundation ^ | Friday, June 19, 2020 | Bridgette Watson (CBC News)
    The University of Victoria paleoanthropologist Genevieve von Petzinger explains that a DNA test, which would reveal genetic mutations due to evolution, could help pinpoint the time period a painting was made and may help determine if the art was actually the handiwork of humans or Neanderthals — who lived about 130,000 to 40,000 years ago. "It would just be so fascinating to see the identity. The million dollar question is, did Neanderthals paint?" There is already some indication, according to von Petzinger, that this extinct species was, in fact, artistic. Von Petzinger said that a few years ago, some of...
  • Facing China? Don't Forget Indonesia.

    07/01/2020 7:39:29 AM PDT · by Ozguy1945 · 9 replies
    https://tujuhbelasan.com/ ^ | July 2nd 2020 | Ozguy1945
    The Republic Of Indonesia is a profoundly religious country frequently underestimated and maligned in the West. It is a multiparty democracy with a strong commitment to freedom. This commitment is best symbolised by the way the country stops every 17th August to remember its birth in 1945 when Japanese power collapsed at the end of World War Two. My dad was there then in the field ambulance of the Australian 2nd 14th Battalion implementing Douglas MacArthur’s operation Oboe. Dad saw his friends die under Japanese fire on the beach of Balikpapan. He never forgot it and dedicated the rest of...
  • EU agrees to reopen borders to 14 countries, extends travel ban for US tourists

    06/30/2020 8:09:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 06.30.2020 | ls/rs (dpa, AP, AFP)
    The European Union on Tuesday extended a ban on travelers from the United States and most other countries beyond July 1, citing epidemiological factors for the decision. Over the past month, the US has seen its number of cases steadily rise after most states eased lockdown measures. A lack of interstate coordination and an uneven response from the federal government has contributed to several new outbreaks across the country. Other countries whose travel restrictions were extended include Brazil, Russia and India, which have seen their number of positive cases surge in recent weeks. The US, Brazil, Russia and India are...
  • A Rhodes-style China scholarship - ($300 Million)

    04/21/2013 8:00:05 PM PDT · by haffast · 4 replies
    The Hindu ^ | April 22, 2013 | Keith Bradsher
    The private-equity tycoon Stephen A. Schwarzman, backed by an array of mostly western blue-chip companies with interests in China, is creating a $300 million scholarship for study in China that he hopes will rival the Rhodes scholarship in prestige and influence. The programme, whose endowment represents one of the largest single gifts to education in the world and one of the largest philanthropic gifts ever in China, was announced by Mr. Schwarzman in Beijing on Sunday. The Schwarzman Scholars programme will pay all expenses for 200 students each year from around the world for a one-year master’s programme at Tsinghua...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Friday 6/26/2020 Newsdump Friday

    06/26/2020 9:30:38 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 3 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 6/26/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott signing an executive order today shutting down bars in Texas and limiting restaurant capacity...... A federal judge ruling to block restrictions on religious gatherings in New York...... The White House coronavirus task force held it first briefing in weeks today..... Facebook moving to label "potentially harmful posts" following a massive boycott campaign by big business giants..... A gunfight in Mexico City this morning during an assassination attempt on the city's security chief..... "I will never forget how we Pakistanis were embarrassed when the Americans came into Abbottabad and killed Osama Bin Laden, martyred him" Those...
  • Bizarre moment journalist for Chinese state-owned media sparks a scuffle at Australian Prime Minister's press conference before mysteriously disappearing

    06/26/2020 5:28:04 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 19 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 27th June 2020 | Levi Parsons
    A bizarre row broke out between a senior Chinese state media journalist and an Australian cameraman covering Scott Morrison's media conference. Tensions flared in the prime minister's courtyard when Bai Xu, the chief of Xinhua New's Canberra bureau, became angry that a SBS cameraman was filming her. The Australian cameraman turned the lens on the Chinese reporter after witnesses claimed a photographer Ms Xu was with was taking photos of other journalists on Friday. The unusual scene became even more heated when Ms Xu put her hand over But as the incident drew the eye of other Australian journalists and...
  • Top chess personalities slam ABC for questioning if chess is 'racist' [i.e. Australian Broadcasting Corporation]

    06/26/2020 9:09:11 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | June 24, 2020 12:19 | Zachary Keyser
    After an Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Sydney radio station posed the question if chess is racist because it’s customary for the white pieces to move first, Russian chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov and former Australian chess representative John Adams took to Twitter to slam the notion, calling it “bull—” and a waste of taxpayer dollars. Adams noted that ABC contacted him to make a comment on the segment, which is intended to run Wednesday. “They called me up and asked whether I was the John Adams involved in chess,” Adams told the Daily Telegraph. “Then they said with everything going on,...
  • John Adams slams ABC Sydney radio show for discussion over whether chess is ‘racist’

    06/24/2020 9:20:20 AM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 65 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 06/24/20 | Nic Savage
    Former Australian chess representative John Adams has slammed the ABC for organising a radio segment discussing whether the popular board game is racist. Professional economist Adams received a call from a Sydney-based ABC producer on Tuesday asking whether the game was racist because white always moves first. “I just received a phone call from an ABC Sydney based producer seeking a comment about the game of chess,” Adams posted to Twitter. “The ABC have taken the view that chess is RACIST given that white always go first! “They are seeking comment from a chess official as to whether the rules...
  • American tourists could be barred from Europe when borders reopen

    06/24/2020 8:36:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 23 June 2020 22:28 CEST+02:00
    American travelers look set to be denied entry to the EU when the bloc reopens its borders on July 1st, according to reports, while those from Australia and New Zealand will likely to be allowed to return. Europe will reopen its external borders on July 1st but American tourists may not be allowed to travel because the US is still considered a risk due to the high number of COVID-19 cases.Hard-hit countries such as Brazil, Mexico, Russia and India are also facing a continued travel ban. EU officials are reportedly frantically drawing up a list of countries whose nationals will...
  • Nestlé to change 'out of step' Red Skins and Chicos brands

    06/23/2020 9:05:58 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | June 23, 2020 | Rob Picheta
    Nestlé is rebranding its Red Skins and Chicos sweets, saying that their controversial names — which feature offensive racial overtones — are "out of step" with the company's values. The products, which are sold in Australia, have prompted complaints for several years. Allen's, the Nestlé (NSRGF) brand which produces the sweets, said in a statement posted to Facebook on Tuesday that the decision to rename the products was made to avoid marginalizing its friends, neighbors and colleagues. Redskin is a slur used to describe Native Americans, while chico can be a stereotypical term for Latin Americans.
  • Australian PM Warns Nation’s Institutions Under Attack From ‘Sophisticated State-Based Cyber Actor’

    06/19/2020 2:33:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 06/19/2020 | Daniel Teng
    Prime Minister Scott Morrison has warned that the Australian government as well as private organisations have been subject to sustained cyber-attacks from a “sophisticated state-based cyber actor” on Friday morning during a news conference.The announcement comes just days after Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne called out online disinformation campaigns from China and Russia.Scott Morrison read a prepared statement to reporters in Canberra saying that the activity was targeting “Australian organisations across a range of sectors, including all levels of government, industry, political organisations, education, health, essential service providers, and operators of other critical infrastructure.”“We know it is a sophisticated...
  • WHY ARE THEY HIDING THIS VIOLENT ATTACK FROM YOU? (Australia)

    06/19/2020 2:12:13 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 29 replies
    tr.news ^ | June 18, 2020 | Avi Yemini
    To think this gang was so proud of the cowardice behaviour that they shared it on Snapchat makes me sick to my stomach. The scary thing is it happened in the middle of the day, in front of bystanders who did nothing to help the defenceless child. How could you witness such a thing happening to a little girl and refuse to intervene? I’ve spoken to the victim’s mother, and she says the worst part of it wasn’t even shared, moments later they dragged her daughter off the bench and stomped on her. They hospitalised their victim who sustained numerous...
  • Australia is hit by a 'sophisticated' state-sponsored cyber attack: Scott Morrison confirms the nation's parliament and businesses have targeted by an enemy government

    06/18/2020 4:31:56 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 35 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 19th June 2020 | Charlie Moore
    A foreign government has launched a series of cyber attacks aimed at the Australian government and Aussie companies. The Prime Minister said a 'sophisticated state-based' actor was behind ongoing attacks on political parties, universities and the private sector. He did not say which government he suspected - but said there are 'not a large number' of countries who can carry out such large-scale attacks. Last year Australian intelligence determined China was responsible for a cyber-attack on its national parliament and three largest political parties before the general election in May.
  • Australia Responds To Beijing’s Bullying: We Don’t Trade Our Values, Mate!

    06/18/2020 9:28:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    The Federalist ^ | June 18, 2020 | Helen Raleigh
    While it may be too costly for Beijing to attack the United States directly, Beijing is getting its message out at relatively minimal cost through attacking U.S. allies like Australia. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison gave his strongest response to Communist China this week after enduring months of bullying from Beijing. He let Beijing know loud and clear that Australia is “an open trading nation, but I’m never going to trade our values in response to coercion.”It all began back in April, when Australia led a draft resolution, which demanded the World Health Organization (WHO) conduct an “impartial, independent and...
  • Hiding COVID-19's Origins: China Continues to Threaten Any Country That Calls For a Formal Inquiry Into the Pandemic's Origins

    06/17/2020 7:55:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Townhall ^ | 06/17/2020 | Betsy McCaughey
    China is determined to block investigations of where COVID-19 came from. But worse, influential American scientists are going along with censoring any inquiry. They're declaring their "solidarity with the scientists and health professionals of China." That's a deadly problem. Conquering this virus and devising a vaccine will require unbiased research, no matter where it leads. The best weapon to fight this virus is the truth. The biggest mistake is to limit scientific inquiry and pander to China. We need scientists to be scientists, not political censors. When Australia called for a formal inquiry into the pandemic's origins, China explicitly threatened...
  • Mysterious Green Fireball Spotted Above Remote Australian Outback

    06/15/2020 7:53:58 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    newsweek ^ | On 6/15/20 at 6:41 AM EDT | Aristos Georgiou
    Miners working in the Pilbara region spotted the strange object—which illuminated the clouds as it flew past—around 1 a.m. local time, with the glow lasting for so long that many were able to capture the event on their phones. Experts say that the object was probably not a piece of spacecraft debris falling to Earth, but rather a "fireball," which is a very bright meteor. "What we tend to see—when objects like space debris, or if it's a satellite burning up—what we tend to see is sort of like crackles and sparks. This is due to the fact that there...