MANTON DE MANILA, THE SHAWL THAT SENT HUNDREDS OF SHIPS INTO A GLOBAL SPIN

MANTON DE MANILA, THE SHAWL THAT SENT HUNDREDS OF SHIPS INTO A GLOBAL SPIN »

18 May, 2024
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The exciting adventures of Manton de Manila. From 1565 to the present. Across the worlds most dangerous oceans. With unassailable historicity to back the amazing tale.

A SECOND OPINION: Trump Barred from Ballot in Two US States

A SECOND OPINION: Trump Barred from Ballot in Two US States »

17 Jan, 2024
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Maine joined Colorado in barring Trump from the Primary Ballot in March. Other states are lined up to follow suit. But the former US president still leads in all the polls. . . Joe Biden’s immigration policies have become so unpopular that most question his bid for the Presidency in 2024. Wars are raging under his leadership. . . Still and all, we hope that the people will be able to choose their leader without interference and that wars in the world will cease.

STATESIDE STORIES: Biden and Chinese Leader Meet

STATESIDE STORIES: Biden and Chinese Leader Meet »

19 Nov, 2023
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Last week at the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit held in San Francisco, US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping met to discuss strengthening communication and managing competition. The decaying city was cleaned up especially for the Chinese leader’s visit, with homeless camps swept and garbage collected and hauled away.

DIM SUM!

DIM SUM! »

18 Nov, 2023
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At this late date, one would think that there isn’t much left to say about the dumpy 2500-year-old dim sum. But how about if we tell you that the ubiquitous bite-size Chinese appetizers are worth Michelin stars? That’d probably be news to quite a few!

HOTTEST SUMMER ON RECORD, AND MORE TO COME!

HOTTEST SUMMER ON RECORD, AND MORE TO COME! »

5 Aug, 2023
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Without human-induced climate change, heatwaves would have been extremely rare. In China it would have been a 1-in-250-year event while maximum heat like in July 2023 would have been virtually impossible to occur in the US-Mexico region and Southern Europe, including Algeria, Greece, Italy and Spain, if humans had not warmed the planet by burning fossil fuels.

EUROPE’S SAHARA: HOW SPAIN IS TURNING INTO A DESERT

EUROPE’S SAHARA: HOW SPAIN IS TURNING INTO A DESERT »

1 Jul, 2023
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Heatwaves are but one of climate change’s serious “offenses” responsible for the devastating droughts that go hand in hand with desertification. In the European Union, Spain is the most threatened by desertification. Thirty-one point percent of its land is affected by desertification while 20% is already desertified. One may not put all the blame on climate change, though. Human activity is a major offender. And people in the country are guilty of abusive use of natural resources..

STATESIDE STORIES: News Updates

STATESIDE STORIES: News Updates »

27 Mar, 2023
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U.S. President Biden approval rating -- Bank failures -- Biden-Trudeau bilateral meeting -- Putin-Xi Jinping meeting in Moscow -- China threat -- Trump indictment and new presidential bid

TIKTOK NIXED IN EUROPE AND THE U.S. ON THE GROUNDS OF ESPIONAGE

TIKTOK NIXED IN EUROPE AND THE U.S. ON THE GROUNDS OF ESPIONAGE »

15 Mar, 2023
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The EU, the U.S. and other countries are banning TikTok from devices they have supplied their staffers. The reason: cybersecurity. TikTok user data are believed to be shared with Beijing. TikTok employees are cited as saying that "everything is seen in China."

A SECOND OPINION: A Year to Ponder

A SECOND OPINION: A Year to Ponder »

5 Jan, 2023
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Three Kings • Energy Independence • Migrants • Bail Reform •  Green Agenda • Ukraine • China • US Presidential Election • Blizzard

TOXIC FALLOUT FROM THE WORLD CUP

TOXIC FALLOUT FROM THE WORLD CUP »

27 Dec, 2022
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At the World Cup final, Argentina wrestled the magnificent $20 million, 18-carat solid gold World Cup trophy from France, the defending champion. Enthusiastic sports commentators raved about “the best supermatch of all time.” But when the dust of the desert has settled, there’s nothing left in Doha but the bitter taste of defeat – a defeat brought on by the failure of sportswashing to gloss over the Qatari image and present the Gulf state to the world as a liberal modern state. Among the debris from the Qatar fallout is the tarnished image of the European Parliament, some of whose MEPs, staff and lobbyists are accused of accepting succulent sportswashing bribes from Qatar. Upbraiding the suspects, EP President Roberta Metsola said, “Shame on you for violating the trust of the people of Europe.”