Los analistas Victoria Defrancesco Soto y Alfonso Aguilar hablan sobre la intención de Joe Biden de trabajar en una reforma migratoria fragmentada y sus planes para la creación de empleos. Ambos fueron temas claves en su discurso ante el Congreso.
Los analistas Victoria Defrancesco Soto y Alfonso Aguilar hablan sobre la intención de Joe Biden de trabajar en una reforma migratoria fragmentada y sus planes para la creación de empleos. Ambos fueron temas claves en su discurso ante el Congreso.
The South Carolina senator reached new heights in his Trump adulation.
Modi’s government had a choice between saving lives and saving face. It has chosen the latter Workers cremate people who have died of Covid-19 at a crematorium outside Siliguri on Tuesday. Epidemiologists believe the country’s reported death toll is only a fraction of the true figure. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images A few years ago, as Narendra Modi came into power, I worked on an investigative report about India hiding its malaria deaths. In traveling from tribal Odisha to the Indian national health ministry in New Delhi, my colleague and I watched thousands of cases disappear: some malaria deaths, first noted in handwritten local health ledgers, never appeared in central government reports; other malaria deaths were magically transformed into deaths of heart attack or fever. The discrepancy was massive: India reported 561 malaria deaths that year. Experts predicted the actual number was as high as 200,000. Now, with Covid ravaging the country, desperate Indians have taken to Twitter to ask for oxygen cylinders or beg hospitals for an open bed. The crisis has been exacerbated by the government’s concealment of critical information. Between India’s long history of hiding and undercounting illness deaths and its much more recent history of restraining and suppressing the press, Modi’s administration has made it impossible to find accurate information about the virus’s hold in the country. Blocking that information will only hurt millions within the country. It will also stymie global efforts to stop the Covid-19 pandemic, and new variants of the virus, at India’s border. Epidemiologists in India and abroad estimate that the country’s official reported Covid-19 death toll – around 222,000 at time of publication – accounts for only a fraction of the real number. The director of the US-based Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation has estimated that India is only detecting 3-4% of actual cases. Other experts point to total excess deaths in cities such as Mumbai as proof that there could be 60% to 70% more deaths from Covid-19 than the government is admitting to. There are various reasons India could be cooking the books on Covid deaths. For one, the utter failure of the public health system makes it difficult to account for the millions of bodies passing through hospitals, clinics and those dying in their own home. Despite having become one of the largest economies in the world, Indian state and federal governments spend a dismal amount on healthcare, with an investment of less than 1%, one of the lowest rates in the world. But systemic failure is only one part of the puzzle. The reigning party of the Indian government touted its success in curbing the virus very early in the pandemic, and has never let go of that narrative. As bodies burned in funeral pyres across Uttar Pradesh in April, Yogi Adityanath – the state’s chief minister and a key Modi lackey – claimed that everything was under control and repeatedly refused to announce new lockdown measures, even as he himself contracted Covid-19. This denialist rhetoric is occurring at almost every level. Like India’s see-no-evil approach to malaria or tuberculosis, its Covid obfuscation suppresses “bad news” in order to buoy the country’s international image and the government party’s domestic standing. Not all countries with struggling health systems do this. Some actually at times overcount deaths from other viruses in order to get more humanitarian aid. But undercounting disease is, in many ways, far more sinister. Modi’s government had a choice between saving face and saving lives, and has chosen mass death. India's Covid obfuscation suppresses 'bad news' to buoy its image and the government party’s domestic standing While undercounting disease is a longstanding problem in India, the assault on press freedom is far more recent. Since Modi came into power in 2015, the freedom of India’s expansive media culture has dramatically shrunk, according to sources including Reporters Without Borders. In the last few years, the government has sued or prosecuted several news organizations and journalists, citing defamation or other even more dubious rationales. Controversial laws such as the 2000 Information Technology Act allow for what seem like increasingly frequent, and grossly arbitrary and politically motivated, crackdowns on freedom of speech and press. Indian journalists tell me they are often asked to self-censor their reporting on the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as what they say on social media, for fear of inciting the ire of the government. Many were understandably incensed last week when the Indian central government reportedly made Twitter and Facebook remove posts critical of the government’s Covid measures. Meanwhile, India continues to be one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists to work, and more than 165 journalists have allegedly died of Covid-19 while covering the crisis itself. (Last month Kakoli Bhattacharya, an Indian journalist who worked as a news assistant for the Guardian, died of Covid.) In the absence of trustworthy Covid information from their own government, Indians are mostly reliant on social media and foreign reporting for the story of what’s actually happening. The result is a public health nightmare for India – and also, I fear, for the global community, which, just as many countries are breathing a sigh of relief, could face another Covid wave that includes new variants. We can learn from other epidemics what that might look like: India was one of the last countries to eradicate polio, and is one of 15 countries that still have a significant number of people with leprosy. India also has the third largest HIV/Aids epidemic in the world. India’s struggles with diseases that have been eradicated or largely ameliorated elsewhere leaves a backdoor for global public health threats and costs billions of dollars in disease burden. These health crises also harm international travel, trade and other economic indicators, creating new challenges not only for India but for its allies, as well. India likes to tout itself as the world’s largest democracy – and use that moral authority to protect its standing in the global economy and the international diplomatic community. But with a dark curtain separating the reality of the country’s Covid-19 crisis from the rest of the world, India’s standing and authority are at risk. If the country continues to choose political expediency over transparency in the days to come, the people of India, scrambling to protect their families, are the first victims, but far from the last. Ankita Rao is a news editor at the Guardian US This article was amended on 6 May 2021 to clarify that government spending on healthcare in India is less than 1%.
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Fox NewsWhat is the “Big Lie”? Is it a former president and his allies claiming widespread voter fraud and a “stolen” election? Or is it a Republican congresswoman calling those lies the “Big Lie”? Who’s to say, suggests one Fox News anchor, whose ostensible job it is to report the news.During Thursday’s broadcast of America Reports—one of Fox News’ “straight news” programs—anchor John Roberts ended an interview with Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) by deploying a high-grade bothsidesism to ask him about House Republicans’ push to oust Rep. Liz Cheney. The Wyoming lawmaker is at risk of being forced from her leadership position because she insists on calling out former president Donald Trump’s lies about the 2020 presidential election.Noting that Cheney survived an attempt to vote her out earlier this year, Roberts pointed out that Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY)—a staunch Trump ally who supported his push to overturn last year’s election—has the inside track to supplant Cheney.Brady, for his part, attempted to thread the needle and offer up some praise for Cheney, claiming she is a “fierce conservative” who has gained a “great deal of respect” over her “vote of conscience” on impeachment. (Cheney was one of only 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection.)The Fox anchor then decided to frame Trump’s outright lies about widespread voter fraud as merely a “sharp disagreement” with Cheney, suggesting this GOP feud is an unsettled issue that is still up for debate.“Trump says the ‘Big Lie’ was the result of the 2020 election. Liz Cheney says, no, the ‘Big Lie’ was suggesting the 2020 election was stolen. Between the two of them, who is right?” Roberts asked the Texas congressman, who is retiring after this term.“I’ll leave that dispute to them,” Brady said, prompting a chuckle from Roberts.This was not the first time the Fox anchor has framed Trump’s baseless election claims as nothing more than a difference of opinion between the ex-president and the Liz Cheneys of his own party.Earlier this week, during an interview with Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), Roberts brought up Trump’s claim that the “fraudulent” election will now be known as the “Big Lie” before contrasting it with Cheney’s response that the “2020 election was not stolen” and the “Big Lie” was the act of deploying those falsehoods.“Who of the two of them is right?” Roberts wondered aloud.After Barrasso didn’t directly answer the question—instead stating that Biden is in the White House and the election was verified—Roberts again asked: “Was the 2020 election stolen or was it fought fairly?” Fox News viewers may never know.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
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After making headlines for revealing that her tenure at the White House will be short-lived, Press Secretary Jen Psaki gave two very good reasons why.
Ministers have been urged to block a planned Chinese takeover of a British lithium miner as fears mount over Beijing’s grip on materials critical for electric cars. Bacanora Lithium, which is listed in London, said it has received a £190m bid from its largest shareholder, China’s Ganfeng Lithium, which is already one of the world’s largest producers of the material. Ganfeng controls 17.5pc of Bacanora and in February said it planned to raise this stake to almost 30pc. The cash offer for the remaining shares is at 67.5p per share - a premium of almost 50pc - and values Bacanora at more than £250m. Shares in Bacanora spiked almost 30pc to 57.9p on news of offer, which its directors said they planned to recommend to shareholders. But experts warned the potential takeover was “deeply worrying” and called on ministers to intervene immediately. Sir Iain Duncan Smith, the former Conservative party leader said: “The Government should now call this in and block it. “China already has three-quarters of the world’s rare earth minerals and an even larger share of their processing. “Rare earth minerals like lithium are to the 21st century what oil was to the 20th century and deals like this are all about taking control of strategic materials to make the West go to China for them.” Sam Armstrong, of the foreign policy think-tank the Henry Jackson Society, added: "The National Security and Investment Act, which became law just last week, allows ministers to block acquisitions that risk hostile states obtaining a stranglehold over critical resources. “There cannot be a better candidate for the first ministerial call-in under the new legislation than this deeply worrying acquisition that risks handing control over a critical resource of the future to a genocidal state.”
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India has asked state-run banks to withdraw funds from their foreign currency accounts abroad, two government officials and a banker said, as New Delhi fears Cairn Energy may try to seize the cash after an arbitration ruling in a tax dispute. Cairn was awarded damages of more than $1.2 billion plus interest and costs in December in a long drawn-out tussle with the Indian government over its retrospective tax claims. While New Delhi has filed an appeal, the London-listed firm has started identifying Indian assets overseas, including bank accounts, that could be seized in the absence of a settlement, which Cairn says it is still pursuing.
REUTERSYou’ve got to love Washington. Liz Cheney, No. 3 in the House leadership and Republican royalty by way of Wyoming, is about to be sent packing while gung ho Matt Gaetz out of Pensacola, amid credible charges he paid teenagers for sex, merrily rolls along with all his committee assignments intact. This even though Cheney’s no RINO. She won her seat by cutting her gay sister loose and was a more loyal Trumper (voting with him 93 percent of the time) than the skeezy Gaetz (just 85 percent). When Gaetz went to Cheyenne to blast Cheney as a fake cow girl in cahoots with Joe Biden, she told him to take his beauty bag and go back home.Still it’s Cheney, possessed of a more active conscience and stiffer spine than others in her party, who will lose her position in the House leadership for merely saying the obvious: that Trump lost the election and incited a mob to reverse it. She further angered her boss, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, by supporting a 9/11 style bipartisan investigation into just what happened on Jan. 6—which, of course, would also be a probe of the actions of some of her Republican peers Until now, McCarty’s successfully stonewalled on what was said on his call with Trump while his followers were threatening to hang Mike Pence from a noose they’d brought with them. The commission will have subpoena power. The White House records all calls. As revealing as their respective standing is, Gaetz and Cheney are a proxy for a much larger battle: Are the GOP going to let Trump run their party even though he’s reduced to doing a floor show at Mar-a-Lago and writing a blog, still blocked from Facebook and Twitter? Or will they break free of him while they still have the chance?The MAGA Nuts Think Liz Cheney, of All People, Is a RINOThe answer from McCarthy is no. After one post-insurrection shouting match, he backed down and made his choice to go with the guy who lost the Senate, the House, and the White House, and whose dream of being carved on to Mt. Rushmore is in ashes. Trump is more likely to find himself, like Rudy Giuliani, various aides, and members of his family, immersed in so many court battles to stay out of prison he won’t have time to mount challenges to the 10 Republicans who voted to impeach him. What torture this is for McCarthy, who just wants peace in the land and to become Speaker. He’s been trying to have it both ways by appeasing Trump, whom there’s no appeasing, while going kumbaya on Cheney until now. It’s not about one person, he just wants everyone to get along, be on message, and not be "not productive,” his phrase in answer to a question about her calling the Big Lie “poisonous to our democracy” at the party’s retreat in Orlando last week. It was his usual lack of discipline that got him caught on an open mic saying he’s “had it with her.” That fist bump with Biden at his joint session of Congress must have sent him around the bend. He’s now leaving the wet work to his deputy Steve Scalise. McCarthy’s actually not smart enough to keep two competing interests in his mind at the same time, despite advice from respected quarters like the Wall Street Journal editorial board, and his long-time consultant Frank Luntz, who we just learned rents a room to him in his luxury apartment to spare McCarthy’s six-foot frame nights on his office couch. Luntz doesn’t make policy as much as packages it—the Contract with America and death panels are his. He must sniff McCarthy’s jacket when he gets home to see if he’s hanging out with the wrong crowd again, those undisciplined Trump deadenders, openly calling for Cheney’s head in the face of the incontrovertible fact that to return to the majority, the party has to build a bigger tent, spacious enough for her and Jim Jordan. The Journal warned Tuesday that “bowing to all things Trump” will lose the suburban vote when McCarthy “knows Ms. Cheney is right. The election wasn’t stolen.” Grooming Elise Stefanik, who’s more moderate than Cheney, to fill her shoes won’t fool anyone, particularly Moms outside Philly. Does the New York congresswoman know that lying to voters about 2020 is a requirement of the job? McCarthy is so spineless it’s a wonder he walks upright. His party is a step back for political, if not human, evolution.His first mistake was to suss out the path of least resistance and follow it to Mar-a-Lago to beg forgiveness for whispering that the former president bore some responsibility for Jan. 6. That was like waving a red flag in front of a bully and crying “gore me.” He conceded power to the sorest loser in history, power Trump didn’t then have. As Republicans did four years ago, McCarthy stirred the monster into action by appeasing it. And for what? McCarthy doesn't need Trump. He needs to contain the prisoner of Mar-a-Lago, not do a full Lindsey Graham on him. To win back the House, McCarthy has the wind at his back. The party out of power is generally favored in the midterms. (In a Texas special election last week Republicans wiped out Democrats). He's blessed by Democratic retirements and redistricting. You can count on Democrats to overplay their hand and give him more than Dr. Seuss and Mr. Potato Head to work with. With no Orwellian wordmeister like Luntz to do their reframing, the White House has gone way overbroad defining infrastructure, giving Republicans an excuse to scoff at it. They aren't satisfied with the tectonic shift among Americans who now see that Black people have been discriminated against in every way possible, but are holding out for a confession from a majority that they’re racists themselves. Those soft breezes may not be enough for McCarthy to prevail. He likes the last person he talked to who also likes him—and that would be Gaetz and not Cheney, with whom he now avoids eye contact. Late to wear a mask, he took up wearing one to hide his teeth, which he’s grinding when she stands next to him at a press conference. Sadly, he can’t let Cheney, whom he respects, keep her position as long as she’s telling the truth. He’s leading a party that can’t handle the truth. He’ll give other reasons for the coup but won’t be able to hide that he quivers in fear that a man who ran for president on a narcissistic lark, in a fury over Obama trolling him at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, and worried that his 67th-placed reality show was on the chopping block, might say something nasty about him. Some of the time, you gotta hate Washington. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Getty Images/Gary GrimshawBack in 2016, right after Britain voted to leave the European Union, the leader of that campaign, future Prime Minister Boris Johnson, spoke glowingly about how Brexit would begin a new phase in the unwavering friendship between his country and its European allies.But, fast forward five years, British and French warships are standing off against each other over a incredibly petty dispute about fish, and U.K. government officials are ridiculing French President Emmanuel Macron of exposing his “small dick energy” over the throwback conflict.The minor standoff has been met with breathless coverage from some of the British press, with the Daily Mail producing wartime-style tactical maps of where the opposing ships have dropped anchor. It quotes one French fisherman at the scene as saying he was “ready to restage the Battle of Trafalgar,” the climactic Napoleonic battle between England and France.But the reality isn’t quite as thrilling. A few dozen French fishing vessels blocked off a port in Jersey, the British-aligned island in the narrow body of water between Britain and France, the English Channel. The fish folk say their rights are being unfairly held back by new rules that were imposed after Britain left the EU, so they’re staging a peaceful protest.However, two British Royal Navy ships were sent to the island to monitor the situation, and then they were joined by two French patrol vessels, causing a great deal of excitement among military history enthusiasts. It’s extremely unlikely the situation will escalate, but neither side will want to be seen to back down first, so it could go on for some time.A French government source told BBC News that the situation is “currently calm and we hope that this will remain the case,” although France has reportedly threatened to cut off the island’s electricity supply if the situation isn’t soon resolved. Some footage showed men on the French fishing vessels setting off flares and ramming one U.K. boat.The British government’s rhetoric is unlikely to calm tensions. An unnamed government source joked to The Sun tabloid newspaper: “At least when the Germans invaded [Jersey] in World War 2 they kept the lights on.” Another told Politico that Macron is displaying his “small dick energy.”Official remarks are slightly more diplomatic, with a Downing Street spokesperson saying that Johnson has spoken to leaders on the island to reiterate “his unequivocal support for Jersey” and assure them that the Navy ships will remain in place “as a precautionary measure.”According to The Guardian, Jersey’s government has confirmed that two of its ministers have agreed to speak to the protesters to hear out their demands, but the talks will take place on two separate boats with the two sides communicating by shouting at each other across the water.A French member of the European Parliament, Stéphanie Yon-Courtin, attempted to calm the situation by appearing on BBC radio on Thursday. Yon-Courtin, who represents Macron’s En Marche! party, said: “We are not ready for war and that’s why we would like to discuss things.”So, sorry, Napoleon obsessives—but it seems that naval conflict between Britain and France looks very much like it will stay back in the 1800s, no matter how angry either side gets about fish.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) is almost certainly going to be ousted as No. 3 House Republican next week, even though she voted with former President Donald Trump more often (93 percent) than her likely replacement, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) — as Stefanik's conservative critics point out. While Stefanik has morphed from Trump skeptic to enthusiastic booster, Cheney has transformed from one of those "hold-their-noses-and-deal-with-him" establishment Republicans into, finally, Sen. John McCain's political "heir," Susan B. Glasser writes in The New Yorker. After Trump tried to co-opt "the Big Lie" this week to refer to his false claims that he won the 2020 election, Cheney shot back that "the 2020 presidential election was not stolen," and "anyone who claims it was is spreading the big lie." Predictably, House Republicans turned against Cheney and sided with Trump, who "has learned the lesson of previous demagogues: the bigger and more flagrant the untruth, the better to prove the fealty of his party," Glasser writes. "It's all got to do with fealty to Trump and the Big Lie and the fact that Liz is a living reproach to all these cowards," Eric Edelman, a friend of Cheney's, told The New Yorker. Glasser continues: Cheney's rupture with the House Republican Conference has become all but final in recent days, but it has been months in the making. Edelman revealed that Cheney herself secretly orchestrated an unprecedented op-ed in The Washington Post by all 10 living former defense secretaries, including her father, warning against Trump's efforts to politicize the military. The congresswoman not only recruited her father but personally asked others, including Trump's first Defense Secretary, Jim Mattis, to participate. ... The Post op-ed appeared on Jan. 3, just three days before the insurrection at the Capitol. [Susan Glasser, The New Yorker] More quietly, Cheney and her husband circulated a 21-page memo among House Republicans on Jan. 3, debunking Trump's false election fraud claims and warning her colleagues about the "dangerous precedent" of voting to overturn the election, Glasser reports. Not even Cheney allies expect her to win this last stand, but "if Trump does manage to reinvent 'the Big Lie' in service of his own corrupt ends, Cheney will at least have forced members of her party into admitting, on the record, that they are making a choice between truth and Trump's untruth — and choosing the latter." Read the entire article at The New Yorker. More stories from theweek.com5 brutally funny cartoons about the GOP's shunning of Liz CheneyDeadlocked FEC declines to investigate Trump over Stormy Daniels hush paymentConservatives say McConnell is battling the Democrats' voting rights bill with 'Supreme Court fight' fervor
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"I think it's going to be time for somebody else to have this job in a year from now," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.
The Fox News personality is still gaslighting the GOP's "big lie" about the election and the violent consequences.