Day: September 11, 2020

3 Reasons The U.S. Should Prioritize Human Rights With China

The U.S.-China relationship is under duress as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) continues its campaign against universal values and human rights. From the internment of an estimated 1.8 million Uighurs in political reeducation camps to the undermining of freedom in Hong Kong, the CCP is on a mission to consolidate its power and advance its own interests to the detriment of the Chinese people.

The CCP’s actions merit a strong response, which is why the U.S. should press into its longstanding role in promoting human rights and values in Asia.

There are, at least, three critical reasons why the U.S. should promote values as a part of its foreign policy strategy toward China:

1)  Promoting human rights in China advances the U.S. free and open Indo-Pacific strategy. The U.S. cannot forsake values at a time when they are so clearly under threat. Instead, the

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Korean doctors call off strike, reach agreement with government

SEOUL, Sept. 4 (UPI) — Thousands of striking South Korean doctors are ready to return to work as the Korean Medical Association and the ruling Democratic Party came to an agreement Friday that put a halt to the government’s medical reform plans.

South Korean interns and residents have been on strike since Aug. 21 in response to governments plans introduced in July that would have increased medical school admission quotas by 4,000 over the next decade.

The five-point agreement signed Friday morning by the KMA and DP said discussions would start from scratch after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, with special commissions to be formed that include doctors, politicians and health officials.

Later in the day, KMA President Choi Dae-zip signed another agreement with Health Minister Park Neung-hoo to end the strike and call on trainee doctors to return to work.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in reacted with relief on Friday,

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Cape Elizabeth Historical Preservation Society releases booklet

The Cape Historical Preservation Society has produced a booklet about the former trolley line that ran from the old Cape Casino to Portland. Courtesy photo of Ellen Van Fleet

CAPE ELIZABETH — A new booklet that highlights the old trolley line that ran from Cape Casino to Portland is now available.

Created as a fundraiser, the booklet was researched and produced by Cape Elizabeth Historical Preservation Society’s Ellen Van Fleet and Diane Brakeley, said Dan Davidson of Cape Elizabeth.

The booklet is $10 and is available at  Jordan’s Farm Market, Pond Cove IGA, Portland Head Light Museum, Drillen’s Hardware and Fiddlehead Florist, he said.

Readers can use the booklet as a tour guide as it takes them along the old trolley line along Shore Road.

“The booklet is filled with interesting, little-known facts about the line and features amazing old photos to help readers find still-existing remnants of the line

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how Jacinda Ardern became New Zealand’s most successful political influencer

“Kia ora, everyone. I’m standing against a blank wall in my house – because it’s the only view in my house that is not messy.”

So begins a 2020 campaign message posted by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. She speaks directly into her phone at day’s end, in a comfortable sweatshirt and with tousled hair, inviting Instagram viewers into her home as she lays out plans for the week ahead.

Voters and fans view her message from their own phones and smart devices: just over 22% of her 1.4 million Instagram followers watched the two-minute video. She is candid, approachable, tired and funny.

Facing a resurgence of COVID-19 just days later, the tone changes to one of concern. But the approach is the same in a 13-minute Facebook livestream, during which 34% of her 1.3 million followers tune in.

In the run-up to the October 17 election, Ardern’s Facebook

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Charles Manson’s defense lawyer, Irving Kanarek, dead at 100

The defense attorney who represented Charles Manson in the 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders and continued to maintain Manson’s innocence after his conviction reportedly died last week at age 100.

Irving Kanarek was known as loud and combative in the courtroom – by the third day of testimony in the Manson murder trial he had already objected to questions 300 times, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Manson Prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi said in his book, “Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders,” that reporters focused too much on Kanarek’s “bombast and missed his effectiveness,” though Bugliosi was largely critical of the lawyer.

Kanarek, born in Seattle in 1920, worked in the aerospace industry before becoming an attorney in California in 1957.

Of Manson, Kanarek said he was “personable” and continued to claim his client had “nothing” to do with the murders of actress Sharon Tate, supermarket executive Leno LaBianca and

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