The decision by President Biden to have his administration steer clear of the Beijing Winter Olympics is not enough. With the Games two months away and the host country’s ugly record on human rights well in view once again, more needs to be done to send China a message that it operates outside the bounds of acceptable behavior. Yes, the diplomatic boycott announced this week by the Biden administration was a wise move, a public rebuke to China’s growing list of human rights atrocities and a guarantee that the United States’ emissaries would not lend tacit approval of these Games with their attendance. Human rights organizations joined the American government and lawmakers from several nations in describing China’s treatment of its ethnic Muslim minorities as genocide and denouncing crackdowns on pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong . Pressure to hold China to task has only grown in the weeks since Peng Shuai , a Chinese tennis star, disappeared from public view in November … [Read more...] about A Diplomatic Boycott Is a Start. Sponsors Should Act Next.
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If you think of historical fiction as a way of translating the past, does your perspective change when that fiction has been translated from another language? As some of the season’s best new historical novels suggest, this added dimension can make a book even richer, even more provocative. And none demonstrates that better than Frank Wynne’s translation of Alice Zeniter’s THE ART OF LOSING (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 434 pp., $28), which won France’s Prix Goncourt des Lycéens. Its central character is a young Frenchwoman attempting to reconnect with the Algeria that shaped and then silenced her paternal grandfather. It’s a story that hurls the lives of mountain peasants into a violent political maelstrom. Naima, who works in an art gallery, is comfortable in the world of her French mother, and it isn’t until she reaches her late 20s that she feels compelled to piece together the story her immigrant father, Hamid, refuses to revisit: of how his father, Ali, in the midst of the … [Read more...] about The Ultimate Summer Escape: Historical Fiction
Presented by Uber Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Thursday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths each morning this week : Monday, 788,364; Tuesday, 789,745; Wednesday, 791,514; Thursday, 793,228. Senate Democrats are in the midst of a waiting game as they push to pass President Biden Joe Biden Pharma lobby eyes parliamentarian Demand for US workers reaches historic high Biden to award Medal of Honor to three soldiers who fought in Iraq, Afghanistan: report MORE ’s Build Back Better agenda by the end of the year but could be forced to wait until 2022 as they blame Sen. Joe Manchin … [Read more...] about The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Uber – Senate gets busy, except for Build Back Better
We’re covering tests of Pfizer’s booster vaccine against the Omicron variant and a new chapter in Germany after 16 years under Angela Merkel. Pfizer says its booster protects against Omicron Pfizer and BioNTech said Wednesday that two doses of their Covid vaccine “may not be sufficient to protect against infection” by the new Omicron variant, but lab tests suggested that three doses offered significant protection . The companies said that blood tests from people who received only two doses found much lower antibody levels against Omicron compared with an earlier version of the virus. Blood samples obtained from people one month after a booster shot showed neutralizing antibodies against Omicron, comparable to the levels of antibodies against a previous version of the virus after two doses, the companies said. Big takeaway: These experiments, done with blood samples in the lab, cannot determine for sure how the vaccines will perform in the real world. But the … [Read more...] about Your Thursday Briefing: Pfizer’s Booster and Omicron.