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Biden’s new Cold War with China will result in climate collapse, progressives warn

As a new Cold War takes shape between the U.S. and China, progressives fear the result will be a dramatically warming planet.

Over 40 progressive groups sent a letter to President Joe Biden and lawmakers on Wednesday urging them to prioritize cooperation with China on climate change and curb its confrontational approach over issues like Beijing’s crackdown on Hong Kong and forced detention of Uyghur Muslims.

It’s the latest salvo in the months-long drama between progressive Democrats who say cooperation on climate change should take precedence over competition with China, and moderates who think the administration can do both things at once. As the Biden administration solidifies its China strategy, and as anti-China legislation moves through Congress, this intra-Democratic tussle could define the U.S.-China relationship for years to come.

The progressive organizations, including the Sunrise Movement and the Union of Concerned Scientists, “call on the Biden administration and all members of Congress to eschew the dominant antagonistic approach to U.S.-China relations and instead prioritize multilateralism, diplomacy, and cooperation with China to address the existential threat that is the climate crisis,” their letter reads. “Nothing less than the future of our planet depends on ending the new Cold War between the United States and China.”

“To combat the climate crisis and build a global economy that works for everyday working people — in the U.S. and China alike — we must shift from competition to cooperation,” the groups continued.

Challenging China’s regional human rights abuses and aggressions is central to Biden’s foreign policy, while the struggle between American-style democracy and Chinese-style authoritarianism serves as his presidency’s animating idea. “It is clear, absolutely clear … that this is a battle between the utility of democracies in the 21st century and autocracies,” Biden told reporters in April.

The standoff has led to frosty relations between the world’s most powerful countries with no signs of thawing any time soon.

Progressives say Biden must quickly reverse the trend or risk failing on another of his priorities: ending climate change. “His entire climate change agenda could be at risk if his anti-China campaign continues and grows,” said Erik Sperling, the executive director of Just Foreign Policy, one of the groups that signed on to the letter.

It’s not the first time progressives railed against the administration’s China approach. In May, prominent left-leaning lawmakers and 60 activist groups called on the president not to turn China into the 21st century’s Soviet Union. “We need to distinguish between justified criticisms of the Chinese government’s human rights record and a Cold War mentality that uses China as a scapegoat for our own domestic problems and demonizes Chinese Americans,” Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) said at the time.

And last week, nearly 30 organizations pushed Speaker Nancy Pelosi to back a less confrontational version of anti-China legislation working its way through Congress.

The pressure isn’t letting up. “We need a strategic approach to China that prioritizes our national security and economic competitiveness while creating spaces for cooperation on climate change and other global issues. I would have an approach of competitive cooperation. It’s early to say on how the administration approach will develop,” said Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), a prominent Congressional progressive.

That puts Khanna and others at odds with moderate Democrats, such as Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), who argue the Chinese government’s actions must face stiff resistance from the United States. “There should be little doubt that China and the Communist Party under Xi Jinping’s brand of hyper-nationalism is unlike any challenge America has ever faced,” he said in April.

But this newest letter is another progressive shot across the bow, and they want to let the president know his China approach is dooming the world. “It’s a colossal blunder,” said Basav Sen, the climate justice policy director at the Institute for Policy Studies.

The Biden administration has long claimed it could silo its climate cooperation and geopolitical competition with China. “Obviously we have serious differences with China,” John Kerry, the president’s special envoy for climate change, told reporters in January. “Those issues will never be traded for anything that has to do with climate. That’s not going to happen.” As evidence, they point to China’s participation during the US-led climate summit in April where Beijing vowed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce coal consumption.

Progressives aren’t convinced, as they already see the broader U.S.-China spat bleeding into the climate-change effort. In June, for example, the US banned the import of solar panel material from a Chinese company over forced labor allegations.

“Cooperation with China on climate doesn’t absolve China or the U.S.on human rights,” said Karen Orenstein, director of the climate and energy program at Friends of the Earth U.S. But those issues shouldn’t impact how strongly Washington tackles the global climate change problem in tandem with Beijing, she said. “The climate emergency requires cooperation.”

Author: Alexander Ward
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Don't need EU! Brits fume at Eurovision result as Brexit takes centre stage

Online critics point the finger at Brexit as one of the key factors in why the UK underperformed amid a year of political battles over vaccines and trade deals. Social media users raged against the eurocentric political show with some calling for the UK to boycott the competition next year.
One angry user tweeted: “SHAME on the nasty Euro-v countries…Jealous of our INDEPENDENCE BREXIT

“Sad little Euro people!!!”

Another said: “Let’s face it. Brexit had sod all to do with UK independence. It was a middle finger to #Eurovision”

A third user said: “Not seen #Eurovision tonight, but from what I’ve heard, it’s time for the #UK to pull out & boycott it next year.

“#Brexit clearly is the cause of this. The song #Embers was amazing & one of the best in years, so to get 0 points is a joke.”

Another user added: “WHAT A POLITICAL FARCE. UK WASN’T GOOD ENOUGH BUT NIL POINTS DEFINITELY NASTY BACKLASH OVER BREXIT.

“EITHER THAT OR ALL ON DRUGS TO PUT EVEN GERMANY ENTRY ABOVE US. MAKES ME GLAD WE LEFT NOW!”

One more quipped: “I thought the whole point of Brexit was that we wouldn’t have to be in nor watch the #Eurovision contest…

READ MORE: Eurovision 2021 LIVE: Italy WIN as James Newman finishes LAST

Måneskin, who represented Italy, broke down in tears on stage upon their victory announcement.

The band said: “We just want to say to the whole of Europe and the whole world, rock and roll never dies.”

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Grand National Festival 2021 results in full: Every race result from Ladies Day at Aintree

The second of three days of the Grand National Festival took place on Friday with Ladies Day commencing despite the death of Prince Philip. Usually, thousands of fans would have packed out the Aintree racecourse in their most stylish of outfits, but sadly the coronavirus pandemic means the 2021 Grand National is being held behind closed doors. 
The 2020 Grand National was held virtually with Potters Corner winning the simulated race, but it’s back to real life this year with the main event at 5.15pm on Saturday.

Thursday’s races saw Manchester United legend enjoy a Liverpool hat-trick as a co-owner of Protektorat, Monmiral and Clan Des Obeaux.

The second of three days of the Festival on Friday however was overshadowed by the death of the Duke of Edinburgh a few hours before the first race at 1.45pm.

Races took place as planned with tributes paid to the Duke in the form of a two-minute silence, messages on the course’s big screen and black armbands worn by the jockeys.

It has been confirmed Saturday’s Grand National will also still commence despite the death of Prince Philip.

Express Sport meanwhile provides the race results in full from day two of the Grand National Festival below.

Grand National Festival results – Day Two

13:45 – The Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle

1) Tronador

2) Dans Le Vent

3) Edwardstone

14:20 – The Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle

1) Belfast Banter

2) Do Your Job

3) Dusart

14:50 – The Betway Mildmay Novices’ Steeple Chase

1) Chantry House 

2) Shan Blue

3) Fiddlerontheroof 

15:25 – The Marsh Steeple Chase (Melling Chase)

1) Fakir D’Oudairies

2) Nuts Well 

3) Itchy Feet 

16:05 – The Randox Health Topham Steeple Chase

1) Livelovelaugh

2) Pink Eyed Pedro

3) Senior Citizen

16:40 – The Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle

1) Ahoy Senor

2) Bravemansgame

3) Oscar Elite

17:15 – The Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle

1) Rowland Ward

2) Camprond

3) Bold Enough

Eva Mendes Lets Daughters Esmeralda, 6, & Amada, 4, Give Her A ‘Head-To-Toe’ Makeover & The Result Is Epic

Eva Mendes let her daughters use her face as a ‘canvas’ for (another!) beauty makeover — and it’s the best thing you’ll see all day!

Eva Mendes[1] met with her two makeup artists, daughters Esmeralda, 6, and Amada Gosling, 4, for a glam session on March 30. The Hitch[2] star, 47, showed off her finished look in a new Instagram selfie, writing, “My kids did this to me. Again. From head to toe. I guess, when in doubt, be their canvas.”

The actress proudly modeled a red lip, blue chin and rosy cheeks — courtesy of her daughters’, whom she shares with husband Ryan Gosling[3]. She donned a tall headpiece that in the photo, which included light pink, purple, and blue designs. Additionally, Eva accessorized with thin silver hoops and wore a black and white striped tank top.

This isn’t the first time the fairly private actress[4] acted as a makeup canvas for her little ones. Back in May of 2020, Eva showed off two drastic glam makeovers[5] in separate closeup selfies. The first snap, posted on May 16, displayed her bright blue eyeshadow, purple lips, and multi-colored scribbles all over her forehead.

“They’ve won,” Eva captioned the glam shot, adding a red heart emoji. The proud mom, who wore her hair back in a half-up, half-down ponytail, gave a slight smirk to the camera — evidently aware of her bold look.

Just a few weeks prior, on May 6, the actress[6] shared another selfie that showed off another post-glam session from her daughters. That time, Eva’s makeup included bright pink cheeks and a purple forehead and nose.

“I’ve lost any control I once had,” she joked in her caption, which shed a spotlight on Dine 11 Los Angeles — a non-profit is helping provide meals to people in need amid the COVID-19 pandemic[7].

More recently, Eva took to Instagram to get candid about parenting during the pandemic[8]. “Full on Mom mode,” she wrote in a lengthy caption alongside a closeup selfie, admitting, “I’ve graduated from my man’s sweats to a robe. All day. File under: stopped caring for now. (And anyone else out there go horse-like on selfie mode?)”

She continued, “These days my kids are getting my full on attention. It’s challenging for sure but they need me now more than ever. If you find yourself in a similar situation, here’s a list of parenting pages that are getting me through so thought I’d share…”

Eva began dating Ryan in 2011, after they shared the screen together in The Place Beyond the Pines.

References

  1. ^ Eva Mendes (hollywoodlife.com)
  2. ^ Hitch (hollywoodlife.com)
  3. ^ Ryan Gosling (hollywoodlife.com)
  4. ^ fairly private actress (hollywoodlife.com)
  5. ^ makeovers (hollywoodlife.com)
  6. ^ the actress (hollywoodlife.com)
  7. ^ COVID-19 pandemic (hollywoodlife.com)
  8. ^ parenting during the pandemic (hollywoodlife.com)

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The devil’s in the details: Dana White boasts UFC 261 is SOLD OUT – but fans in the US are warned attendance could result in DEATH

Dana White has gleefully announced that next month’s UFC 261 will be the first event they have hosted in front of a sold out crowd in more than a year – but fans are being warned that they risk DEATH by attending the show.

Throughout much of the Covid-19 pandemic, White had proclaimed that he would be the first major sporting figure to hold events in a full arena, jumping at the opportunity to hold a showpiece in Jacksonville, Florida amid the state’s relaxation of Coronavirus restrictions. 

The fight card – which will be topped by the welterweight world title bout between Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal – also features two other world title fights and is expected to be one of the promotion’s bumper events for this calendar year.

Given the significant risks of mass public gatherings, the UFC’s legal team has prepared some unique ‘small print’ at the point of sale to ensure that fight fans are aware of the potential risks of attending – while also safeguarding the fight league from any potential legal action which may follow.

Thank you, UFC fans,” White announced on Twitter. “Sold out in minutes. One of the fastest sellouts in UFC history. Arena record for highest gross. 15,000 attendance. I will see you in Jacksonville.”

Hidden in the ticket-buying process, though, was a lengthy list of potential risks to attendees for which the UFC are keen to say that they accept no liability whatsoever.

They include an emphasis that travel to and from the arena and attendance could lead to the exposure and contraction of the virus, and that it could result in “severe and permanent damage to the health” of buyers and others, listed under an ‘Assumption of Risk’ category in the event’s terms and conditions.

That damage is not limited to death, fever, weight loss, irreversible pulmonary, respiratory and/or neurological system damage, loss of taste or smell, mental or emotional distress, temporary or permanent disability, loss of income, loss of employment, loss of financial or other opportunities and medical expenses.”

The minutiae also exempt the UFC from responsibility around issues such as self-quarantine, insurance, expenses and loss of earnings.

Reaction to the announcement has been varied, with some fans questioning the safety of holding next month’s event in front of a capacity crowd while the US continues to ramp up its vaccination drive. 

Are you really a fight fan if you don’t risk bringing a highly infectious virus back to your community?” wrote one fan online, while another hit out at White for potentially subjecting fans to the type of risk he has spent much of the past year trying to minimalize for his fighters.

Florida, though, has been noted for its vigor in peeling back the layers of restrictions which have affected the state for much of the past year – with throngs of youngsters making headlines during the past week for repeated instances of anti-social behavior during Spring Break. 
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That said, holding a fight card in front of a sold-out crowd will be one of the first signs of a true return to normalcy after a 12-month period in which the global sporting landscape was hugely disrupted.

White and the UFC will be hoping that the event goes off without a hitch, and that the UFC’s team of crack lawyers won’t be forced to rely on the legal jargon to neuter lawsuits from anyone who falls ill after attending the show.

In addition to the Usman vs. Masvidal championship fight, Zhang Weili defends her women’s strawweight title against Rose Namajunas while Valentina Shevchenko does the same for her flyweight strap against Jessica Andrade.
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