Good morning. It covers Covid-19’s protests in Thailand, Japan’s political changes, and the end of Jimmy Lai’s media company in Hong Kong.
Thais protest Covid’s failure
Demonstrations against the government’s stalled response to the pandemic have become commonplace and crackdowns are becoming more and more aggressive.
In August, at least 10 demonstrations were forcibly disbanded. One demonstrator lost sight of his eyes. Police refused to fire live ammunition, but a 15-year-old boy was shot dead and is currently in the intensive care unit. Hundreds of people were arrested for sedition.
Anger is intense. Last year there were less than 100 people, but this year more than 12,000 died in Covid-19. The economy is devastated, tourism is almost non-existent, and manufacturing is slowing.
Parliamentary opposition lawmakers also tried to pass a distrust resolution to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-Ocha, although the effort failed on Saturday.
vaccination: The already delayed deployment of the vaccine this summer was further hampered by production delays. Only about 15% of the population is fully vaccinated, and due to social inequality, young wealthy people are ahead of older poor people.
environment: Not long ago, Thailand was considered a wonder containing viruses. Now it is yet another example of how authoritarian arrogance and lack of government accountability fueled the pandemic.
Can be quoted: Nipapon Somnoi, the mother of a 15-year-old boy, said:
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Suga’s sudden decision came after days of spending days trying to save a historically unpopular administration, overwhelmed by Japan’s struggle with the coronavirus. The country took months to strengthen its vaccination program, leaving the population tired with ongoing economic restrictions and a Kan approval rate of less than 30 percent.
Now, Suga’s decision has thrown Japan into deep political uncertainty. He announced his decision just two weeks before the party leader’s competition was set to begin on September 17. And it will probably decide the next prime minister.
heritage: 72-year-old Suga was a behind-the-scenes operator of the Liberal Democratic Party, which has dominated Japanese politics for decades. A very uncharismatic leader, he struggled to connect with the public and often looked uncomfortable in public.
environment: His resignation raises the prospect of returning to the leadership of revolving door personnel, which once characterized the top offices of the world’s third-largest economy.
Hong Kong’s crippled media
Jimmy Lai’s media company, Next Digital, said on Sunday that the crackdown had no way to operate it. The company, which has been criticizing China for decades, is taking steps to shut it down.
In a statement, the company’s board of directors said it had resigned asking for liquidation of the company. Lai, the founder and controlling shareholder, has been imprisoned on charges of including a breach of national security law that suffocated Hong Kong’s former bohemian press.
environment: Its flagship newspaper, Apple Daily, was the voice of a major democracy supporter in the Hong Kong media. In June, authorities frozen some of the company’s bank accounts and were forced to close them.
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Understand Vaccine and Mask Obligations in the United States
- Vaccine rules.. On August 23, the Food and Drug Administration granted full approval of Pfizer BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine for people over the age of 16 paving the way for increased obligations in both the public and private sectors. rice field. Private companies are increasingly requiring employees to vaccinate. Such obligations are legally permitted and are upheld in court opposition.
- Mask rule.. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in July masked indoor public places in areas where outbreaks are occurring, which is the opposite of the guidance provided in May by all Americans, regardless of vaccination status. It was recommended to wear. Find out where the CDC guidance applies and where the state has developed its own mask policy. In some states, the mask dispute is controversial, and some local leaders oppose the state’s ban.
- University. More than 400 universities require students to be vaccinated with Covid-19. Almost all are in the states that voted for President Biden.
- school.. Both California and New York City have introduced vaccine obligations to their education staff. According to a survey released in August, many American parents with school-age children oppose the vaccines required for their students, but mask obligations for students, teachers, and staff who do not have shots. Was more supportive.
- Hospitals and medical centers.. Many hospitals and major healthcare systems require employees to be vaccinated with the Covid-19 vaccine. This is due to the increased number of cases caused by the Delta variant and the low stubborn vaccination rate in the community, even within employees.
- New York City.. Indoor meals, gymnasiums, performances and other indoor situations require proof of vaccination for workers and customers, but enforcement will not begin until September 13. Teachers and other educational workers in the city’s vast school system must be vaccinated with at least one vaccine. Administered by September 27, without weekly test options. Municipal hospital workers also need to be vaccinated or have weekly tests. Employees in New York have similar rules.
- At the federal level. The Pentagon has announced that it will mandate coronavirus vaccination of 1.3 million active troops in the country by mid-September. President Biden has announced that all private federal personnel must be vaccinated against the coronavirus or subject to regular inspections, social distances, mask requirements, and most travel restrictions.
Black surfers ride the waves
Surfing comes from the Polynesians who settled in Hawaii, and while various African cultures have centuries of surfing habits, white men have long dominated sports in the United States.
It’s all changing. Today, a new generation of black surfers and activists are competing professionally, based on the efforts and achievements of several surfers who began building formal communities in the 1970s.
And the surfing industry is paying attention. Popular brands provide sponsorship, equipment and other support to black surfers and organizations.
Of course, for the same reasons as others, blacks surf for the joy of sports. But sometimes they organize paddle outs together as a protest or to mourn the victims of police violence. And often, black surfers explain a deep sense of healing in the ocean that their ancestors may have crossed as enslaved people.
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