The official Beijing Daily newspaper said people failing to obey government orders to quarantine themselves on return from the holidays would be punished. But it was not immediately clear how that would be enforced, or whether the restrictions would apply to non-residents or foreigners arriving from abroad. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Beijing orders two-week quarantine for returnees as death toll passes 1,500
That someone of Bukele’s profile and limited political experience could gain control of a capital city is a sign of how impatient Salvadorans are with the status quo. Though El Salvador is about the size of Wales and comprises less than 14% of the population of Central America, it accounts for more than 35% of the region’s homicides, nearly all of which go unpunished. Disenchantment with the country’s two major parties runs deep. Bukele’s party, the leftist Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN), began as a group of guerrilla revolutionaries during the country’s civil war, which lasted from 1980 to 1992, but its leaders have lost their populist edge and the party is now widely seen as having sold out. Meanwhile, the conservative Nationalist Republican Alliance (Arena), which controlled the government of wartime El Salvador, is seen as the corrupt guardian of the elites’ wealth. … [Read more...] about Can a millennial mayor save one of the world’s most violent cities?
It was The Observer which sounded the clearest dissenting note. On Sunday 4 November, with troops poised to land in Egypt, the editor David Astor defied the government and ran an unprecedented editorial, largely written by the former Liberal MP Dingle Foot. Five weeks before, the paper had confidently predicted that Britain would never defy world opinion and launch an invasion. Now, with heartfelt and savage bitterness, Foot offered an apology. 'The events of last week,' he wrote, 'have proved us completely wrong; if we misled anyone, at home or abroad, we apologise unreservedly. We had not realised that our government was capable of such folly and such crookedness... Never since 1783 has Great Britain made herself so universally disliked.' Eden, he concluded, must go: 'Nations are said to have the governments they deserve. Let us show that we deserve better.' … [Read more...] about 1956: The year that changed the world
“We’re not going to cover the entire ski station in snow, but without it we would have had to close a huge part of the ski domain, and it’s during the holidays that we have the most activity for beginners and the ski schools,” Pounau said. … [Read more...] about French ski resort moves snow with helicopter in order to stay open
Wang Yi, the Chinese foreign minister, complained that Esper and Pompeo say the same thing about China wherever they go and dismissed their remarks as lies: “The root cause of all these problems and issues is that the US does not want to see the rapid development and rejuvenation of China, and still less would they want to accept the success of a socialist country.” … [Read more...] about ‘Westlessness’: is the west really in a state of peril?