Monthly Archives جولای 2020

Germany: SPD formally expels former Berlin senator Thilo Sarrazin

An arbitration committee upheld the Social Democrats’ decision to expel Sarrazin over Islamophobic rhetoric. The ruling marked the party’s third attempt to oust him after almost a decade fighting in court.

Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) have finally managed to expel controversial politician turned author Thilo Sarrazin, who has published a series of books over the last decade bearing little resemblance to the party’s stated positions. Sarrazin’s books criticizing the lack of Muslim integration in Germany, or the European single currency the euro, or what he perceives as a lack of freedom of expression in modern Germany had long been a thorn in the struggling SPD’s side, but levering him out of the party against his wishes had proven an arduous and slow process.

On Friday, an arbitratio...

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US coronavirus child care closures disproportionally affect women

Most days, Zora Pannell works from her dining room table in the United States city of Cleveland, Ohio, sitting in front of her computer, turning off the video on Zoom calls to nurse her one-year-old daughter, Savannah.

Pannell has balanced working from home and caring for her daughter and son Timothy, aged two, since March when she started a new job as a manager for a language services company the same week that Ohio issued a “stay at home” order to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Working from home is an exhausting daily juggle but she is more worried about being told it is time to return to the office...

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As Trump suggests election delay, White House condemns Hong Kong for postponing vote

A day before, Trump suggested the vote in the United States should be postponed.

The White House on Friday condemned Hong Kong for delaying its upcoming legislative elections for a year even as President Donald Trump a day earlier elicited significant backlash for suggesting the United States postpone its own November vote.

Earlier Friday, Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam used emergency powers to push back the city’s hotly contested legislative council elections, a day after a dozen pro-democracy activists had been barred from running.

“We condemn the Hong Kong government’s decision to postpone for one year its Legislative Council elections and to disqualify opposition candidates,” White Ho...

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Germany’s birth rate drops, confirming dramatic predictions for the whole world

Births in Germany are down, while its population ages. It’s a similar trend in other countries. A new study predicts a dramatic reduction in the world’s population by the end of the century.

“I don’t want to have a child until I’m really ready for it.” This is the kind of statement Hamburg gynecologist Christine Biermann hears a lot from her patients.

“The search for the perfect job and the perfect partner are deciding factors for women to put off childbirth for several years,” she says.

Germany saw 778,000 births in 2019. That is 9,400 fewer than the year before, or a birth rate of 1.54 per woman, according to new figures published by Germany’s federal statistics office (Destatis.)

That’s average within the European Union. France is at the top and Malta at the bottom.

Map of Europe showing birth rate per country

Germany is aver...

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US: Portland calm as federal agents hand over to local police

The first nightly protest in downtown Portland, Oregon after a deal was struck for the withdrawal of federal agents guarding a court was largely peaceful and ended on Friday without any major confrontations between state police and demonstrators.

The scene outside the federal court that started with yet another demonstration on Thursday night stood in sharp contrast to the two weeks of violent clashes between the protesters and the agents sent by President Donald Trump to quell the unrest in Oregon’s largest city.

State and local officers stepped up their presence as part of the deal between Democratic Governor Kate Brown and the Trump administration to draw down the number of United States agents at the demonstrations that have taken place in the city for more than 60 days following the ...

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Hard-hit Massachusetts worries COVID-19 respite is fleeting

A backyard barbecue in the picturesque Cape Cod town of Chatham, Massachusetts, has led to more than a dozen new coronavirus infections.

About an hour away, in the coastal community of Falmouth, an in-person high school graduation ceremony was scrubbed after school officials say some seniors were exposed to the virus.

And on the western side of the state, the Baystate Medical Center in Springfield is dealing with an outbreak of at least 40 cases traced to a hospital staffer who recently returned from an out-of-state vacation.

Less than a month after Massachusetts allowed gyms, movie theaters, museums and other public venues to reopen, there’s an increasing sense of dread that the hard-hit state’s summertime respite from the pandemic is waning just as families are looking ahead to the...

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آلمانی تجارت بدن می گوید: موج دوم می تواند مرگبار به مبارزه با خرده فروشان

یک خرده فروشی آلمان در انجمن تجارت انتقاد کرده است مشتریان برای نادیده گرفتن coronavirus قوانین ایمنی. آن هشدار داد که یک دوم مستند خواهد بود deathblow به بسیاری از مبارزه با خرده فروشان.

آلمان HDE خرده فروشان’ association روز جمعه التماس کرد با مشتریان به پایبندی بیشتر از نزدیک به کروناویروس بهداشت قوانین و گفت که یک تجدید coronavirus مستند در این رویداد از موج دوم می تواند فشار بسیاری از آنها را از کسب و کار خوب است.

فروش برای بسیاری از غیر خرده فروشان مواد غذایی در آلمان بود و در عین حال برای با...

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Hong Kong postpones legislative election citing coronavirus surge

Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam has invoked emergency laws to postpone September’s Legislative Council election by a year, citing a worsening coronavirus outbreak as the reason.

The move on Friday is seen as a setback for the pro-democracy opposition, which was hoping to capitalise on disenchantment with the current pro-Beijing majority to secure a historic majority itself.

At a news conference, Lam said the decision to delay the vote until September 5, 2021, was her “most difficult” this year but it was necessary to safeguard people’s health.

“We want to ensure fairness and public safety and health, and need to make sure the election is held in an open, fair and impartial manner...

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Twitter permanently bans former KKK leader David Duke

Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke has been banned from Twitter for breaking the social media platform’s site’s rules

Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke has been banned from Twitter for breaking the social media platform’s site’s rules forbidding hate speech.

The company said Friday that Duke’s account “has been permanently suspended for repeated violations of the Twitter rules on hateful conduct.”

It didn’t specify what exactly Duke posted that triggered the ban, but its policy on hateful conduct prohibits promoting violence or threatening attacks against people based on religious affiliation, race and ethnic origin.

Twitter said the ban was i...

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سینتی و روما ترس خود را برای یادبود هولوکاست در برلین

آلمان در راه آهن شرکت دویچه بان می خواهد برای ساخت یک خط قطار حومه که اجرا تحت برلین یادبود به سینتی و روما به قتل در هولوکاست. فعالان در آغوش مورد این طرح است.

هر زمان که Roxanna-لورن ویت بازديد برلین برای یادبود به قتل سینتی و روما در Tiergarten این شهر وسیع پارک مرکزی. آن را به یک محل خاص ، هیچ یک از مادر بزرگ او پنج خواهر و برادر جان سالم به در برد نازی سیستماتیک قتل سینتی و روما.

یادبود ممکن است در معرض خطر...

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