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Kyrie Irving apologizes to US teachers for spreading flat-earth conspiracy theories

Kyrie Irving apologizes to US teachers for spreading flat-earth conspiracy theories

By Geopolitics reporterOctober 2, 2018Kyrie Irving doesn’t believe the Earth is flat…anymore.The NBA star has been at the center of a controversy ever since he claimed in a podcast last year that the Earth was not round. As recently as June, that the question was still worth debating. But yesterday (Oct. 1), at Forbes’ Under 30 Summit in Boston, the Celtics point guard apologized for spreading the theory, saying he didn’t realize how much his words would influence people.In an on-stage exchange with , a senior editor at Forbes, Irving said he regretted spreading that particular conspiracy...

October 2, 2018
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Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch describe their infamous “tarmac meeting”

Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch describe their infamous “tarmac meeting”

By Geopolitics reporterJune 15, 2018The office of US inspector general Michael Horowitz released a  about the actions of the Justice Department and FBI during the 2016 presidential campaign. One particularly striking passage (p.205-211) describes the now-infamous “tarmac meeting” between then-attorney general Loretta Lynch and former president Bill Clinton in Phoenix, Arizona.Some Trump supporters have claimed that the June 27 meeting proved that Obama’s administration and Hillary Clinton’s campaign were colluding to get her elected to the presidency. What the inspector general’s report...

June 15, 2018
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European companies are walking a political tightrope to do business in China

European companies are walking a political tightrope to do business in China

In 2016, French cosmetics brand Lancôme organized a free promotional concert in Hong Kong. A few days later, confronted with mass online criticism, : The artist meant to perform, , had met with the Dalai Lama and campaigned for democracy in Hong Kong, two causes antithetical to . In the face of calls for a boycott, the luxury brand backed down.The incident is illustrative of a broader problem that foreign companies face when doing business in China: The need to bend to Beijing’s political will in order to retain market access. Other recent examples include German car manufacturer Daimler,...

June 11, 2020
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China is mobilizing to control the narrative on coronavirus

China is mobilizing to control the narrative on coronavirus

About three weeks ago, Ivo Daalder, former US ambassador to NATO, submitted one of his bi-monthly columns to The Chicago Tribune for publication. In it, Daalder for choosing “secrecy and inaction” in dealing with , as the disease caused by the coronavirus is officially known. He wrote that China had turned “the possibility of an epidemic into a reality.”He also levied the kind of accusation against the Chinese Community Party and its leader, Xi Jinping, that neither is particularly fond of hearing: “Authoritarians are good at ducking responsibility and shifting blame,” Daalder wrote. “But...

March 5, 2020
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Europe is worried about Chinese corporate takeovers tied to Covid-19

Europe is worried about Chinese corporate takeovers tied to Covid-19

As Europe enters a recession induced by the spread of the novel coronavirus, officials are bracing for another possible wave of takeovers and acquisitions by Chinese companies, much like they saw after the 2008 financial crisis.Asset prices have crumbled around the world, and European institutions have started warning their members that they need to bolster corporate defenses to prevent . Earlier this month, NATO deputy secretary-general Mircea Geoana that some countries are vulnerable to losing their “crown jewels” because of the pandemic. And EU competition chief (paywall) that European...

April 29, 2020
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A Chinese propaganda video mocks America’s response to the coronavirus crisis

A Chinese propaganda video mocks America’s response to the coronavirus crisis

Toys have been drafted in the great-power competition between China and the United States.On April 29, China’s state-run news agency Xinhua posted an animated video titled “Once Upon a Virus.” In it, Lego-like figures representing the two countries trade barbs. The Chinese side mocks America’s slow response to the coronavirus pandemic and paints Beijing’s response in a flattering light, with the ragtime classic “The Entertainer” playing in the background.Relations between Beijing and Washington have become over the past two years. They’ve worsened even more during the pandemic.It’s believed...

May 2, 2020
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