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Professors, students say ‘no’ to Florida as new law targets Chinese
  • Spying from within public educational institutions feels rather counterintuitive. Chinese students weren't getting security clearance anyway, so the only goal of their research is to be published in publicly viewable journals or conferences. This is a witch hunt.

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    China trying to gain space through force, US admiral says
  • I thought that the Philippines were explicitly denied the Spratly Islands in their treaty for independence with the US because the Philippines did not hold sovereignty over the Spratlys when they were a Spanish colony? I can understand China and Vietnam's conflicting claims, but the Philippines sounds like they're ignoring the first rule of UNCLOS: UNCLOS does not resolve issues of sovereignty and does not supercede existing sovereignty claims.

    The Filipino claim on the Spratlys is completely nonsensical. By the same argument, Kinmen should also be Chinese. It's stupid, insane, and just an opportunity to deflect from the very real territorial dispute between China/Taiwan and Vietnam.

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    Global glut turns solar panels into garden fencing option
  • Holy shit we might actually have a chance of beating back climate change. I never expected the sheer scale of Chinese photovoltaic expansion.

    Regardless of what you think about the impacts of this on the economy, it's undoubtedly good for the environment to have cheap electricity available to supplant expensive fossil fuels.

  • Amazon Abandons Grocery Stores Where You Just Walk Out With Stuff After It Turns Out Its "AI" Was Powered by 1,000 Human Contractors

    Amazon is giving up with its unusual "Just Walk Out" technology, which allowed customers to simply walk out with their stuff.

    9 NATO Proposes $100 Billion, Five-Year Fund to Support Ukraine

    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is proposing to establish a fund of allied contributions worth $100 billion over five years for Ukraine as part of a package for alliance leaders to sign off when they gather in Washington in July.

    272 Germany fans banned from buying number 44 kits over Nazi symbolism

    Media said the number 44 on the shirts resembled the symbol used by WW2-era Nazi SS units.

    China’s new rules for finance pull the brakes on gravy train, bringing ‘greed is good’ era to a halt
  • Have you ever been to Xinjiang? Claiming that Uyghur culture and history is being eradicated sounds like some sort of joke.

    Did you watch Chunwan? Chunwan is the most watched televised program in the world and the pride and joy of CCTV. Every year, every single year there is a display of traditional Uyghur dance, dress, and music. This year, a part of it was filmed in Kashgar, Xinjiang.

    Dilraba Dilmurat, of Uyghur descent, is recognized by many as the most popular celebrity in China and commonly performs in traditional dress with traditional music:

    Do you consider it genocide when Western fashion swept through the world, unseating traditional forms of dress? Do you consider it genocide when communities in North America default to English, losing their mother tongues? Do you consider it genocide when French people learn English to participate in the British economy? When Quebec forces Canadians to learn French?

    No, you don't. You regard culture as a static element rather than a dynamic, constantly evolving entity. You regard language in the same way. You consider indigenous people as though they are some hapless treehugger or casino operator rather than what they really are: people.

    You're the type of people who will write on and on about the rights of First Nations people but, when the Squamish decide to build a 10000-unit apartment complex on their land, you'll be the first to protest it. Cultures evolve. People evolve.

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    Backdoor in utility commonly used by Linux distros risks SSH compromise
  • Way too big of a target for a black hat group imo. It was only sloppy because they got caught.

    The length of this project points to external funding.

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    Backdoor in utility commonly used by Linux distros risks SSH compromise
  • This is either a state actor operating under a fake name or it deserves to be one.

    The perpetrator, "Jia Tan," let's assume has last name 陈. In Mandarin, this is pronounced as Chen, in Hong Kong as Chan, while in Minnan this is pronounced as Tan. Minnan is prevalent in Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and other southeast Asian countries as well as in parts of Fujian, China (where it originated).

    A common feature of early Chinese expat communities was that they were overwhelmingly from Guangdong (think Gold Rush era). However, more recently, there's been a massive wave of Taiwan and Hong Kong emigration... The relevant takeaway here is that Tan is much more common of a pronunciation in expat communities than it is in China.

    Of course, they could also have the last name 谭, but that's a good bit rarer. 陈 is the most common Chinese surname overseas and the 5th most common in China, while 谭 is something like 54th most common in China. Odds are high that, if this was a persona constructed by a state actor, it did not come from China but from an overseas actor for which Tan is a more common romanization.

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    China’s new rules for finance pull the brakes on gravy train, bringing ‘greed is good’ era to a halt
  • Overlegislation of the financial sector will lead to financial collapse. An upper crust of obscenely wealthy bankers is essential for the proper function of the financial system and thus the economy.

    Edit: /s fuck y'all are ruthless

  • With new regulations and mandates, is the party over for China’s finance sector?

    China’s finance sector was once freewheeling, but new regulations and mandates from officials suggest banks’ new role looks beyond simple profit-seeking.

    25 'If anything happens, it's not suicide': Boeing whistleblower's prediction before death

    A close family friend of John Barnett said he predicted he might wind up dead and that a story could surface that he killed himself.

    18 Dutch government tries to stop ASML from moving out

    The Netherlands is increasingly tightening its anti-migrant position. That could push out its largest company, ASML, because of its high dependence on foreign talent.

    UN team says rape, gang rape likely occurred during Hamas attack on Israel
  • Please recall that Patten was the same person who went from:

    Russian soldiers are supplied with Viagra to rape Ukrainian women and 'dehumanize' them, claims UN official

    Russia using rape as 'military strategy' in Ukraine: UN envoy


    No solid evidence of rape accusations against Russia, admits UN official

    Patten has a history of misrepresenting reality to spread a political agenda. With that context in mind, I'll be taking a closer look at the "evidence" Patten uses to make her claims. Are her sources reliable? Are her sources unbiased? Is there forensic data?

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    The New York Times should not be considered a reliable source of journalism.
  • You're saying... A member of BRICS is an unreliable source of news for news about BRICS membership?

    Edit: That Venezuela and Iran, two nations who are undoubtedly friendly with each other, make inaccurate statements about what each others' leaders are saying? This is Iran reporting on a statement by Maduro about joining BRICS. That is the news.

  • The New York Times is one of the newspapers of record for the United States. However, it's history of running stories with poor sourcing, insufficient evidence, and finding journalists with conflicts of interest undermines it's credibility when reporting on international issues and matters of foreign policy.

    Late last year, the NYT ran a story titled 'Screams Without Words': How Hamas Weaponized Sexual Violence on Oct. 7. Recently, outlets like The Intercept, Jacobin, Democracy Now! , Mondoweiss, and others have revealed the implicit and explicit bias against Palestine that's apparent both in the aforementioned NYT story and in the NYT's reporting at large. By obfuscating poor sources, running stories without evidence, and using an ex-IDF officer with no journalism experience as the author, the NYT demonstrates their disregard for common journalistic practice. This has led to inaccurate and demonstrably false reporting on critical issues in today's world, which has been used to justify the lack of American pressure against Israel to the American public.

    This journalistic malpractice is not unusual from the NYT. One of the keystone stories since the turn of the century was the NYT's reporting on Iraq's pursuit of WMDs: U.S. SAYS HUSSEIN INTENSIFIES QUEST FOR A-BOMB PARTS, Defectors Bolster U.S. Case Against Iraq, Officials Say, Illicit Arms Kept Till Eve of War, An Iraqi Scientist Is Said to Assert. These reports were later revealed to be false, and the NYT later apologized, but not before the reporting was used as justification to launch the War on Iraq, directly leading to the deaths of hundreds of thousands and indirectly causing millions of death while also destabilizing the region for decades.

    These landmark stories have had a massive influence on US foreign policy, but they're founded on lies. While stories published in the NYT do accurately reflect foreign policy aims of the US government, they are not founded in fact. The NYT uses lies to drum up public support for otherwise unpopular foreign policy decisions. In most places, we call that "government propaganda."

    I think reading and understanding propaganda is an important element of media literacy, and so I'm not calling for the ban of NYT articles in this community. However, I am calling for an honest discussion on media literacy and it's relation to the New York Times.

    74 Excluding China from 6G standard development risks fragmentation

    As the latest 5G standard, Release 18 (R18), is set to be officially frozen by the global mobile communication standards organization 3GPP in March 2024, it can be expected that 5G-Advanced will enter commercial use. Although 3GPP has repeatedly emphasized that the current focus is still on realizin

    25 What video and eyewitness accounts tell us about Gazans killed at aid drop

    BBC Verify analyses footage and Israeli statements to trace what happened when more than 100 Gazans were killed.

    8 More than a billion people obese worldwide, research suggests

    Researchers say there is an urgent need to change how the condition is tackled as it rises worldwide.

    6 British nuke sub missile launch FAILS as Trident misfires and 'plops' into sea

    A TRIDENT missile dramatically misfired and crashed into the ocean yards from the British nuclear submarine that launched it, The Sun can reveal. The second failed launch in a row – after a misfire…

    46 Ukrainian military says it sank a Russian landing ship in the Black Sea

    The Caesar Kunikov amphibious ship sank near Alupka, a city on the southern edge of the Crimean Peninsula, Ukrainian military reports.