Month: February 2019
”Good girls” do what they’re told, are quiet, don’t argue or risk embarrassing their families. Reem and Rawan say they had turned being “good girls” into a fine art.
”In our house, we (were) always the good girls they wanted us to be. So, if they want us to
clean, we will clean. If they want us to cook, then we will cook,” 18-year-old Rawan says.
”The last two years it was really bad, because I just forget who I am, I am just pretending (to be) like an Islamic girl,” says her 20-year-old sister, Reem.
They went to school, studied hard and avoided confrontation. Of course, the same rules d
idn’t apply to their brothers. Beat your sisters, the siblings say their brothers were told, it’ll make you better men.
Reem and Rawan are reluctant to talk about the abuse at the hands of their family. They say it
didn’t happen all the time, just enough to remind them of the rules. And enough to fill them with terror ab
out what might happen if anyone found out about their plan or, worse still, caught them carrying it out.
One of the two witnesses says the committee has a photograph of a younger Geovanis apparently posing in a portrait with three partially clo
thed women. The portrait, once displayed in a Russian gallery under the title “The Capitalist,” depicts the subjects in front of a picture of th
e former Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. It’s not clear whether the portrait is a single photograph or a composite.
The witness told CNN that they were shown the photograph during questioning.A thi
rd witness has alleged in written testimony, seen by CNN, that Geovanis may be valuable in the mystery of
whether Russia has material on Trump that could be personally embarrassing to him.
Known by the nickname “Geo” to his friends, Geovanis was born in Brockton, Mass
achusetts, and is a graduate of Trump’s alma mater, the Wharton School at the Un
iversity of Pennsylvania. After starting his career in finance, Geovanis went to Moscow to work for a Russian ve
nture of a company called Brooke Group, which owned land earmarked for the site of a proposed Trump Tower. W
hen Trump came to town to promote the project, sources say, it was Geovanis’ job to show him around.
Also on the trip were Brooke Group’s owners, the real estate moguls Bennett LeBow and How
ard Lorber, who went on to become substantial donors to Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Trump pers
onally acknowledged the pair from the podium after he won the 2016 New York Republican primary.
is expected to decide this spring which suppliers can provide technology for 5G networks. If it chooses to allow the use of Huawei gear
it could seriously undermine the US campaign against the company and influence other governments that are weighing how to handle the issue.
The UK Department of Culture, Media and Sport said in a statement earlier this w
eek that it was “looking at a range of options” and that “no decisions have been taken.”
’A rigorous, ruthless advancement of China’s interests’
The RUSI report — written by former diplomat Charles Parton, who spent 22 years working in mai
nland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan — warned that the UK government needed to stay alert for int
erference from the Chinese government across a range of fronts, including politics and research.
Britain is a particularly appealing target for interference as a close
US ally with a large Chinese ethnic community and an open, advanced economy, Parton said.
Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei: The US ‘cannot crush us’
”Beijing’s interference is not aimed at subverting the West, but represents a rigorous, ruthl
ess advancement of China’s interests and values at the expense of those of the West,” he wrote.
during the administration of then prime minister Junichiro Koizumi. As then deputy chief cabinet secretary, Abe was also
part of the visiting delegation. Currently, the domestic politics in Japan is stable. Abe is set to remain in office u
ntil 2021. Abe’s diplomacy with Russia has been criticized at home as fawning toward Moscow. Abe would not risk visiting North Korea if Pyongyang does n
ot make obvious concessions. Japan’s strategic changes toward North Korea should come about gradually.
However, Abe and Kim may meet in a third state, which is friendly with both countries, such as Mon
golia. Their diplomats, special envoys may meet first, laying the ground for both leaders’ face-t
o-face talks. However, a meeting between Abe and Kim may unlikely happen in 2019.
In January, Thubten Gyatso from Moding village in the Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Southwest China’s Sichuan Pr
ovince, went to Hainan Province for the first time in his life, where he attended an awards ceremony for rural teachers.
Together with 100 other teachers from China’s rural areas and 20 head
masters of rural schools, Thubten Gyatso received an award for what he has done for stud
ents from Moding village, located in a mountainous area 2,600 meters above sea level between Sichuan and Yunnan provinces.
film is a reflection of a nation’s comprehensive strength.” The Guardian published an article headlined “China challenges Hollywood with own sci-fi blockbuster.”
This is in line with how people see today’s global affairs. China is making contributions to global development with its own strength and its own way.
Different from the US sci-fi blockbusters which advocate individual heroism, The Wandering Earth pro
poses China’s collective spirit. Take the climax of the movie: When all the plans to save Earth faile
d and Earth is about to hit Jupiter, many other countries, which had decided to give up, were moved and inspired by a br
ave Chinese girl. They then chose to salvage Earth from its doom together with Chines
e. Such a Chinese blockbuster presents a new appearance of sci-fi and successfully moves audiences of different countries.
Likewise, the key to improving the world’s understanding of China is to find a
n echo in each other’s hearts. Today, mankind still faces many international hot
issues, such as environmental protection, anti-terrorism and the reconstruction of the world financial o
rder. To solve these problems, we need global participation and cooperation, and China should play a constructive role.
These problems are also common challenges facing China and the US. Both Chi
na and the US should take their responsibilities. The two countries are mo
re likely to cooperate on these issues which could be the basis for building mutual trust.